Leadership Lessons

Leadership Lessons is a monthly column from executives and thought leaders regarding best practices they use at their organizations to develop managers and leaders at all levels of the organization.

  • Why You Need “Uncomfortable Inclusion” In Business Today

    When an organization commits to being uncomfortably inclusive, it solicits and considers feedback from all stakeholders before a decision is made, even if it will take time and delay the decision.

  • Become The Boss Of Burnout Syndrome

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic, burnout syndrome (BOS) has increased in prevalence among executives. Here are some ways to recognize this condition and tips for avoiding it.

  • How And Why To Make Space For Discomfort

    Most people quit when discomfort appears, mistakenly thinking something must be wrong. Instead of quitting, the next time you’re working toward a goal, notice when you feel uncomfortable and follow these tips.

  • How To Get The Story Learner’s Edge

    “Extreme leaders” notice others' accomplishments, but they also learn their stories, understand their challenges, and absorb their hopes, dreams, and aspirations.

  • Teach The Mind By Inspiring The Heart

    While many leaders have become fixated on improving their teams’ communications skills during COVID-19, they, instead, need to be focused on something quite different — something that is not always about the leader and the organization’s metrics.

  • Effective Listening Starts With Empathy

    Effective listening cannot exist on its own. To talk about effective listening as a self-contained art form becomes an academic exercise without heart, with nowhere to go.

  • Want A High-Performance Team?

    Being in biopharma for 30 years, I’ve been fortunate to work with many talented professionals possessing that “it” factor. Now, “it” isn’t something you can see on a resume, as these are the intangibles. However, you can get a hint of those intangibles if you are willing to go beyond the scripted hiring process.

  • Leadership Is Manifest In Intention

    In my experience, the most effective leaders are intentional about everything they do; how they speak, how they listen, the everyday conduct of their lives.

  • How To Survive And Thrive In A World of Rapid Change

    Without a physical space to hold the conversations that drive growth, innovation, and engagement, leaders are now tasked with cultivating success within their organizations through the virtual realm.

  • How To Help Your Team Contribute Ideas You Can Use

    Are you getting all the ideas you need to improve your business? Do your employees have the confidence to share their ideas and best practices and advocate on behalf of your customer?

  • Leadership And Strategic Teams – 3 Keys To Development

    What separates effective teams from those that struggle? What are the key principles of team leadership and team trust?

  • “So, You’re Telling Me I’m Not A Rock Star?” — When Feedback Goes Wrong

    Feedback fails when supervisors make it about themselves, rather than developing the person receiving the feedback. We fail our people and our organizations when we do not provide timely and effective inputs.

  • Coaching Through Crisis

    In my work with leaders from across the country — many of whom are responsible for maintaining wellness programs for the companies they serve — three things seem to surface as critical strategies for coaching through crisis:

  • Right Now, You Should Think “Coach First”

    We’ve all seen the value that coaching can produce on performance, but traditional coaching approaches are difficult to scale and too expensive to implement.



  • Three biopharmaceutical executives discuss plans around their company getting back to in-office operations.

  • Recent events of female athletes expressing the need to focus on their mental health seems to point toward mental wellness being one of the next big things, along with women leaders being willing to "rewrite the rules."