Inviting and asking people to dance: Diversity and inclusion at work

Leadership Memo 2021-5 What comes to your mind when you hear the term “diversity and inclusion”? Do you think that it’s a bunch of mumbo jumbo? Are you annoyed that you have more boxes to tick? Do you think that…

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…

Integrity is not outdated, it’s a crucial leadership quality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

Do you know the difference between leadership and management?

Leadership Memo 2021-2 Last month, I asked, “How do you know you’re a leader?” and I recommended a list of essentials that agile leaders do. This time, I want to get down to the basics. What is the difference between…

How do you know you are a leader?

Leadership Memo 2021-1 Happy New Year! As we start the first week of the new year, new hope and excitement bubbles. However, we’re not that quick to forget the volatility, uncertainties, complexities and ambiguities (VUCA) that we all experienced in…

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…

How do I know they are working hard? (Part 2)

Leadership Memo 2020-4 Last time, we were addressing this question: “How do I know that my employees are working instead of slacking off, watching Netflix all day?” We talked about trust being the most important. Trust the people who work…

How do I know they are working hard? (Part 1)

Leadership Memo 2020-3 “The art of leadership consists in bringing and keeping people in the highest performance levels, and this happens when people are in the best state of personal well-being.” - Daniel Goleman I think we can all agree…

Ready to go back to the office, anyone?

Leadership Memo 2020-1 We have all been working remotely for the past few months, and you may think you got the hang of remote working. You figure out what meetings to call, what doesn’t need a meeting, you learn how…