Too often, you hear employees
complain about the amount of meetings they attend. In some cases, they say there was no need for the
meeting. In others, you hear the meeting
could have been accomplished through emails. One of the worst outcomes of a meeting is the meeting after
the meeting. Those can turn into
the real meeting where
Over the weekend, I spent a few
hours with the older gentleman I know.
His wisdom is exceptional.
And I’m always prepared to hear what is on his mind. As usual, he engaged me in a thought
provoking conversation that may cross the boundaries of political
correctness. At the same time, it
is a valuable conversation I would like to share.
He started with the following: It is
a parent’s job to prepare their children for life. When they are negligent in that job, the child could grow up
I was recently engaged in an online
conversation about the difference between experience and opinion. On the surface, they appear to be very
different. However, when you peel
back the layers, you discover they are birds of a feather.
When ten people encounter an event
together, why does each person recall a different story about it? One’s point of view can obstruct what
is seen. By point of view, I’m
referring to mental, not physical.
With that question, it makes you wonder: Do we really experience what we say we experience?
From birth, there are certain things
that all humans share, regardless of language or country. When we are born, no one is born with
the ability to walk, talk, feed themselves, tie shoes or write their name. Each of us has gone through the process
of learning those things. And we
failed many times in the process.
Those are some of the things that all healthy people share. It is part of our human
experience. And it is part of the
common ground that binds us together as a human race.
At the same time, even though we all
experienced times of failing, like falling over and over when first learning to
walk, we somehow began learning the value of
“If you can find a path with no
obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” –Frank A. Clark
Shifting the Focus
The corporate environment is ripe for women and minorities
to step into leadership roles. To maintain those roles, it will be important to
develop skills to handle larger obstacles. When you aspire for higher
accountability, you must be prepared for
There are a plethora of articles
that support or condemn multitasking.
Some say it takes 23% longer to finish one item when you multitask. Others say the brain is evolving and
could potentially compartmentalize tasks simultaneously, like a computer. While both comments may have merit,
there is an aspect of multitasking that is almost never discussed. That is the
In most companies, collaboration is
a valuable part of corporate culture.
In fact, it’s expected that teams, departments and divisions work and
share information together. In
some of the best companies, collaboration is well executed with outside
vendors, suppliers and consultants.
Yet, for some reason, collaboration does not always happen. Many businesses tend to be divided by
silos – groups of people who function like clicks.
Our society has always been filled
with brilliant people. However, most of
those talented people and their innovations will never be known by the public. Why?
They were too smart to work with others.
And one person can’t do it all.
Furthermore, when they train and develop themselves, they
While being smart is valuable, there is a dark side. In some cases, being smart can serve as more
of a shield to protect a person from being wrong. In other cases, it can serve as a sword to
invalidate others and back them off. Ultimately, it can allow the person to
Part 2 for Podcast: Ted Talks about Leadership and What Stops
In part two of a lively interview with Karissa Thomas, Ted
Santos dives into a discussion about leadership and breakthroughs. Karissa is
the host of the Lady K Show. And she
asks Ted to openly discuss a number of counter intuitive perspectives on what
makes someone a great leader to why breakthrough initiatives get derailed.
In addition, Ted talks about common themes amongst CEOs of
some of the largest corporations in the world.
In part one of a lively interview with Karissa Thomas, Ted
Santos opens up about some of his best kept secrets. Karissa is the host of the
Lady K Show.And she uses this
opportunity to intimately engage him in a thought provoking discussion about
leadership, company culture and breakthroughs.
In the discussion, Ted talks about how some of his personal
experiences prepared him for leadership as well as training and developing