Archive for February, 2011

Symbiotic Development

Monday, February 21st, 2011

We can learn a lot about personal development by studying a length of rope. Ancient peoples figured out a long time ago that the strongest ropes were those made of twisted hides, sinew, hair, vines or whatever other natural material they could get their hands on. Chances are, they discovered this truth after a series of unfortunate events where single strand ropes sheared at inopportune times – “hey, there goes tonight’s dinner.” (more…)

The Ego Trap

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Walt Kelly’s famous Earth Day poster proclaimed “we have met the enemy and he is us.” This statement rings true for many aspects of modern life, but perhaps none more so than in the management of our career.

Throughout my business experience, first as a corporate leader and now as an executive coach, I have witnessed numerous promising trajectories flatten-out because of the debilitating effect of ego. Shooting stars turn into falling stars. Supernovas fizzle and die. Incandescence to irrelevance. You get the picture. (more…)