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Authentic leadership and imposter syndrome

Imposter syndrome: those pesky feelings of inadequacy that can persist regardless of how successful we are in the eyes of the world. But is it really “imposter syndrome?” Sounds like a serious malady that might require a lifetime of therapy. Perhaps our culture has pathologized the natural nervousness that comes from growing into something new. … Continue reading Authentic leadership and imposter syndrome

The gateway to psychological safety and inclusion

Do you feel safe to be your authentic self in your work? In your family life? In your local community? Psychological safety is a big topic lately among my LinkedIn network, probably because so many of us feel unsafe in typical company cultures… especially if we feel different from the people around us. In this … Continue reading The gateway to psychological safety and inclusion

Rebels versus Guardians: a case study in misunderstandings

The story of Andrei Doroshin, a 22 year old who successfully led the testing and vaccination of thousands of Philly residents before getting fired, caught my eye in the news feed. Since writing this post, I’ve learned that this is quite a controversial topic and that Andrei is widely seen as guilty in the court … Continue reading Rebels versus Guardians: a case study in misunderstandings

Don’t let *could* be the enemy of great

If there’s one thing I hear from my rebel clients time and time again, it’s “I could do ____.” Yes, of course you could! You’re a fast thinker and dot connector with myriad interests. You’ve proven that you’re a quick study, picking up a variety of skills and know-how throughout your life. The double-edged sword … Continue reading Don’t let *could* be the enemy of great

For a better 2021, think inside the box

The transition to 2021 is well underway, and it couldn’t come a moment too soon! Have you started imagining how this new year could be better than the last?  The forced solitude and downtime, plus a greater awareness of mortality, are sparking cravings for change in so many people. Cravings for more meaning, authentic connection, and freedom … Continue reading For a better 2021, think inside the box

Are you designing your life, or is it designing you?

This past Saturday I ventured to the Javakheti Plateau, the high-desert region near the Georgia/Armenia border where the rugged landscape and frigid winter temperatures have shaped the lives of the (predominantly) Russian-speaking immigrants who dwell there.  I was well aware of my privilege as I photographed the ice fisherman who daily brave sub-zero temperatures to feed themselves … Continue reading Are you designing your life, or is it designing you?

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