Beware the ‘Boss Shadow Effect’

Shadow of a person on the grass

Loads of leaders have a blind spot when it comes to underestimating the shadow they cast.  I call it the Boss Shadow Effect. Many of us assume our teams are open and honest with us. About what they’re really thinking about our latest idea, how we ran that Monday morning meeting or what they think…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Falling Apart

I haven’t been myself lately. In fact, since my dad died about six weeks ago, between you and me, “not myself” is an understatement. The truth is, I’ve been a bit of a basket case. It’s a ‘falling apart’ of sorts. All messy and not very pretty. I have found myself resisting the discomfort of…

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The Leader’s Paradox: Why Not Knowing Is Quite Alright

We like to: Know. Have it all worked out. Be “on top of it”. Feel in control. Conversely, we don’t like to: Not know what to do. Be completely out of our depth. Look stupid or incompetent. Feel vulnerable. The intense internal and external pressures placed upon leaders to be ‘strong’, ‘powerful’, ‘convicted’, ‘confident’ and…

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