"Organizations change...
As leaders transform themselves."
Dave Jennings

Dave Jennings

Two stories are competing for the future...
Leaders decide which story wins.
"Powerpoints don't sell change...
Leaders sell change"
Dave Jennings
Dave Jennings
"The person you become as a leader...
Is as important as what you achieve."
Dave Jennings
"You create the future you make time for."

You Can’t Fool Your Brain

Your brain is designed to work hard but it needs glucose, oxygen, water, nutrients, stimulus, and rest. Ignore any of these and problem-solving aptitude, creativity, memory, empathy, and decision-making ability can decrease. Even just a 2% drop in hydration decreases your concentration and alertness. It is easy to rob from your future for this minute. This moment has...

You Shouldn’t Be Better Yet

4 of 4 on your changeable brain: Most of us want to skip the learning curve. We want to be good at a new skill like we are good at our current skills. This is a normal feeling. After all, it is discouraging to try to learn something and feel incompetent. However, when facing a new pit of success, there is no reason you should be better than you are right now. Your...

What building block are you missing

3 of 4 on your changeable brain…Ever wondered why you are not gaining a skill and it just seems overwhelming or impossible to learn? You are not alone, and fortunately there is a clear path forward. Here is an idea to help you rewire your brain: In the 1960s, researchers were interested in understanding whether kids who were getting lower grades were merely incapable...

Different Learning Speeds, Same Learning

2 of 4 on your brain…Have you ever felt something is wrong with you because you have not learned something as fast as you think you should. Consider this: “The time it takes for your brain to make a new pathway does not predict whether you will master a task in the long term. (That is worth repeating so it can soak in…The time it takes for your brain to make a...

Changeable Brain 1/4: Focus + Repetition = Change

Part 1 of 4 on your changeable brain–As you consider facing challenges and making changes in the new year, let’s start with some brain science from our new book: “If you ignore the billions of neural connections that must be navigated, the brain is remarkably simple. Change in a healthy brain comes down to a predictable cycle: whatever you focus on...

Urgently Pursue Clarity

I continually hear from people in organizations that they wish their mgt team was more clear about direction. This is an issue at all levels. Many managers think they have done it, while others think they shouldn’t have to be bothered. Last week as Rick Newman of Salesforce and I were discussing this challenge, he shared wisdom from his dad who was a leader in...

Stop calling it “Office Politics” and deal with the behavior

As I coach leaders, many share the challenges of office “politics.” It’s a challenge across companies and levels. However, calling the actions of players “politics” ignores the real issues. It creates a mass unknown hovering above you that you have no influence over. It makes your brain go into fight, flight, or freeze pattern because your...

Publisher Accepts: Pit of Success Manuscript

Great news. The publisher has accepted “The Pit of Success: How Leaders Adapt, Succeed, and Repeat” and it comes out next year. Thank you all for your stories of embracing the pit of success and learning to lead in new ways. In doing the research for the book, one thing we are more convinced of is that what you need as a leader is learnable when you are...

The Million Dollar Feedback Formula

As I work with leaders across companies and countries, leader continue to ask for tips to help their people accept more feedback. And, although there are great tools for giving feedback, I believe the secret to giving feedback starts with the leader mastering the ability to receive feedback. That’s right. Your ability to receive feedback is the foundation for creating...

Is your culture a competitive advantage?

Your culture is your ultimate “uncopyable” competitive advantage. But, is your culture providing you with the advantage you need? In the January February issue of HBR, Sigal Barsade and Olivia A. O’Neill reported that cultures that create “positive emotions are consistently associated with better performance, quality and customer service — this holds true across roles...

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