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September 26, 2022     |     Articles
Misalignments and Organizational Culture
Although there are often many factors contributing to toxic, or even unpleasant, organizational cultures, misalignments between expectations and reality are a consistent driver.  This article explores where those misalignments start so that leaders can identify and address them before toxicity comes creeping in.
August 17, 2022    |     Articles

Truth vs Integrity   

Integrity can be a tricky concept and always makes my short list of Tricksy Words. A common oversimplification is to say that having integrity means always telling the truth. But what happens when the truth is misleading? For me, integrity is what you do when no one is watching and also what you do when people are truly paying attention.

Layoffs Leave Many Chairs Empty
July 20, 2022    |     Articles

Leading in the Aftermath of Layoffs   

Particularly in larger companies, managers are often “informed” about layoffs in their team yet the burden of ongoing success remains on their shoulders. These situations are rarely easy but there are a few key steps that can make leading in the aftermath of layoffs more successful: Acknowledge, Observe, and Adjust.

July 13, 2022    |     Podcasts

Belle Walker on The Cost of Not Paying Attention   

In July 2022, Belle Walker appeared on The Cost of Not Paying Attention hosted by Janine Hamner Holman. Along with fellow guest Alex Salinsky, Belle and Janine explored how strategy, process, and people come together to foster healthy organizational growth.

June 10, 2022    |     Articles

Take Time to Savor   

On the personal front, I have been told over and over again to savor each stage of my son’s development. This is in stark contrast to the advice I have received as a business owner. Our companies also grow and evolve but the messaging for founders tends to focus on racing as quickly as possible to more, bigger, and faster. What if founders were also encouraged to savor contentment before pushing on?

May 18, 2022    |     Articles

Businesses is Businesses   

Just as each person is a unique individual, each organization is its own special snowflake.  The solutions that will best serve one set of people will likely be different from what can best serve any other organization – or even the same organization in a different phase of its growth or maturity.  But the *process* you follow to find those solutions can be remarkably consistent.

Living the Cliche - New Baby, New Perspective
April 12, 2022    |     Articles

Living the Cliché – New Baby, New Perspective   

I found out that my upcoming TEDx event was cancelled while feeding my 5 week old son. Moments after we hung up, he started fussing.  Talk about putting things into perspective! I am sure that there will be many moments that crystallize my priorities but this was the first time since he was born that I saw so clearly how my professional and personal identities have shifted.

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