The challenge with reflection is there is always such noise going on in our heads – and in the myriad devices at our fingertips  - that often the higher wisdom we seek can’t be heard because these other voices shout so loudly.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Of late, I’ve been in a state of reflection. In order to do that, I’ve had to slow down a bit. And breathe. And listen.   The challenge with reflection is there is always such noise going on in our heads – and in the myriad devices at our fingertips  – that often the higher…

While usually you won’t see me speak in “don’ts” rather than “do’s,” today I’m breaking my own rules to share this list of 10 things you DO NOT want to do to your staff – especially if they happen to be millennials!

Don’t Do These 10 Things – especially to Millennials

While usually you won’t see me speak in “don’ts” rather than “do’s,” today I’m breaking my own rules to share this list of 10 things you DO NOT want to do to your staff – especially if they happen to be millennials!   Don’t point out their weaknesses.  It’s not your job to “fix” your…

JoAnna Brandi, Positivity, Positive Leadership, return on happiness

Cleaning Up Your Language

Most people on my mailing list have heard me speak. So it’s likely you’ve heard me talk about my genuine distaste for the phrase “No Problem” (and its brother “No Worries.”)   I tell the story of young man who answered my request for a late checkout time with the word “No” and how my stomach…

Reflection is One of the Great Leadership Habits

 As last year ended and this one began, I put myself in a process of reflection. Reflection is one of the great leadership habits. The challenge with reflection is there is always such noise going on in our heads that often the higher wisdom we seek can’t be heard because there are other voices that…

Steve Jobs taught us much about destiny, design and connecting the dots. ("You can't connect the dots moving forward, you can only connect them looking backward.") I remember reading the commencement speech he made in 2005 at Stamford and went back to read again what he said, describing his own life and his own learning. I was struck with his wisdom and the secrets to his success. He said, "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

Looking Back to Connect the Dots

Steve Jobs taught us much about destiny, design and why connect the dots. (“You can’t connect the dots moving forward, you can only connect them looking backward.”)   I remember reading the commencement speech he made in 2005 at Stamford and went back to read again what he said, describing his own life and his…

Core Competencies

Core Competencies

I love Peter Drucker, always have, always will.   I started learning Druckerisms early in my career since he was a favorite consultant of my former boss, Gerry Leeds. http://leeds.colorado.edu/About_Leeds/interior.aspx?id=238   Drucker believed that every three years every company had to take a look at their “Theory of Business.” That theory is made up of the…