Next Level Leadership Blog


Trust Building Is a Dance worth Practicing


“Conversations are the way we connect, engage, navigate, and transform the world with others.”  –Judith Glaser Do any of these situations sound familiar?  You sent an email acknowledging your team’s great work and offering some ideas about how to make the report preparation process next month easier on everyone.   The email triggers frustration from team […]

Nugget #52 – Peeling Back the Layers Expands the Conversations


“A real conversation always contains an invitation. You are inviting another person to reveal herself or himself to you, to tell who they are or what they want.” –David Whyte In January 2016 I made a commitment to write and share 52 nuggets of leadership wisdom.  With great support from our team, a few nuggets […]

Nugget #51 – Make the Journey Memorable, Play It Different


“Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”  –Cecil Beaton During an annual summer trek to the beach, Nikki’s mom was hospitalized.  Among the many challenges that week was only having one car and […]

Nugget #50 – Strategic Planning Is Leading – Part 2


Lessons in leadership often come when you least expect them. I helped a small growing organization orchestrate a process to stand up an executive team. Prior to this process the Executive Director was driving nearly all the organizations decision-making herself. This approach no longer served the organization’s needs, and she wanted to invest in the next level of leadership…

Nugget #49 – Strategic Planning Is Leading – Part I


“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” — Rejecting the Beatles, Decca Recording Co. 1962  Over 16 years, some of the common reasons we’ve heard that explain why an organization created a strategic plan but didn’t implement it are, “the environment changed in ways we didn’t anticipate”, “the plan ultimately […]