Let’s discuss empathy and authenticity
I was reading a business book last week. One chapter covered 5 different leadership styles. The author mentioned that each of us will feel more natural with certain leadership styles and less natural with others, but ultimately it’s important to learn each style. This enables a leader to be more …Read More
Lessons from a stand-in weatherman
You are a sports reporter for a local TV station. You’ve worked hard to get where you are, and you love what you do. Then, the unexpected happens. You’re asked to cover for the morning weatherman. You have to show up at 3 am and stand in a blizzard, freezing …Read More
How will you add your spark?
On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks rejected the bus driver’s order to give up her seat in favor of a white passenger. Rosa refused. She was arrested for civil disobedience in violating Alabama segregation law. This refusal was a spark that added to the growing fire burning …Read More
Why you should rock the boat
The absence of psychological safety can show up in different ways. Acting “professionally” can be a social filter that doesn’t match reality. And if you’re in a toxic work culture, it can be a damaging filter. It can mean not calling out the elephant in the room. It can mean …Read More
Let’s not kill ESG with politics
Making a topic political in the United States doesn’t result in constructive dialogue. Political polarization usually guarantees that intelligent debate dies. We start arguing over identity, instead of discussing the topic. (Find out why in this great article, written by my husband, Ozan Varol.) Unfortunately, ESG (environmental, social, governance) got …Read More
Life’s tango. Want to dance?
I love to rewatch old movies. Movies become a beautiful mix of the familiar and surprise once they’ve hit that magical place where it’s been long enough that I don’t remember much of the storyline. Recently, I rewatched Father of the Bride, a Steve Martin film with the perfect balance …Read More
The best way to crush psychological safety
“We’re cutting 60% of the workforce in one month.” That message was delivered to a friend during a company town hall meeting. Each person sitting there suddenly knew it was more likely that they wouldn’t have a job in the near future. Fast forward 1 month. “Arrive at 8:00 am …Read More
Public Benefit Corps, B Corps and ESG…oh my!
Let’s take a moment to talk about two symbiotic relationships to an Environmental, Social and Governance (or ESG) strategy: B Corporations (B Corps) and public benefit corporations (or PBC’s). Neither is needed for a strong ESG strategy that sets your company apart as an industry leader. But they can be …Read More
The search for meaning and purpose is fundamentally human
To win in the marketplace, you must first win in the workplace. To win in the workplace, you need to understand what employees today value. The Global Pandemic sparked the Great Resignation. What each of us expects from our careers has changed. In order to attract, retain, and engage the …Read More
Backlash against greenwashing
Greenwashing is misleading information by an organization to present an environmentally responsible image to the public. In other words, lying about sustainability practices or impact. In years past, the consequence of corporate greenwashing was consumer backlash resulting in negative publicity. This bad publicity might embarrass leaders and pressure them to …Read More