Collaborative Leadership Blog

Bridging the Authenticity Gap

“I never give a 5”, said the senior executive when evaluating one of his people on a 5 point scale. “No one is perfect.” All our lives, in school, athletics, or socially, we are poked, prodded, and pushed to be perfect by evaluation systems that merely show us we are not 5’s, “not good enough”. We are less than perfect, …

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Dancing With Change

Robots and androids. Artificial intelligence. Self-driving cars. Technological transformations every 18 months. Futurist Ray Kurweil tells us that the 21st Century will not experience 100 years of progress, but rather 20,000 years. All this and more is our future, the impacts of which are constant, disruptive, and even chaotic change. We’re not talking about mere ups and downs in the …

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The Silo Effect…and a Choice

In this IT company, business is conducted in silos based on functions and hierarchy. There is a high degree of competence in each silo, but when working across them, there are big gaps. People tend to “throw things over the wall”, hoping someone on the other side will pick them up. Usually they do, but not always. People in silos …

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Is Trust in Decline?

Distrust is the new normal. There has been a dramatic decline over at least the past 15 years in almost every sector of our society—distrust of the police, government, financial institutions, ethnic groups, and even each other. “Distrust” is the headline every night on the news. In the business world, distrust is a daily affair as well, with fear being …

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