Asking people to dance: Creating better spaces to be more inclusive at work

Leadership Memo 2021-4 We hear the term “diversity and inclusion” quite a bit recently, but do we really know what that means? Do we know how that applies to our work, regardless of whether it is remote? “Psychological safety” is…

Do you know that gratitude is a great stress reliever?

The past year is definitely one for the history books. The world is not what we are used to. We are forced to change the way we do things. The old ways don’t work anymore, we have to change our…

Integrity is not outdated, it’s a crucial leadership quality

Leadership Memo 2021-3 In the past couple Leadership Memos, I recommended a list of essentials that agile leaders do (read the full article in January Memo for a refresh). I also defined the differences between leadership and management: leadership is…

Humility is more than a rave, it’s essential in leadership

I have been hearing the terminology of servant leadership a lot, that leaders need to be servant leaders. So what is a servant leader? The terms servant and leader seem to be contradictory, don’t they? I would suggest this definition:…

How is remote leaders different from in-person leaders?

Did you notice that a lot of transformation is being pushed? It doesn’t matter whether it is an agile transformation, a digital transformation, or whatever transformation. When you push something, instead of people wanting it themselves, it creates an environment…

Give thanks and appreciation with a grateful heart

Leadership Memo 2020-5 Happy Thanksgiving from the US! I am thankful for the opportunities that this unprecedented time gives me. I’ve met many people around the world during the last 8 months and made a lot of new friends. I’ve…

Uncertainties and messiness is something to be embraced

In my October posts, I listed out several examples of resistance to agile from executive management and middle management. We also explored why they acted that way. Today, let’s look at it from a different perspective.  What is agile? Agile…

How to improve on emotional intelligence

“Talented leaders emerge where heart and head, emotions and thoughts meet.” - Daniel Goleman. Last time, we talked about why leaders need to have emotional intelligence, and what emotional intelligence is. We discussed that it starts with self-awareness which leads…