Learning and failing: Four kinds of horses

I know a group of leaders who for years had identified something important they wanted and needed to learn. For them it wasn’t an easy something, it was a very, very hard something. They struggled and they suffered and they broke promises to themselves and others, and they called their team dysfunctional because of their struggle. […]

Get a question you can’t answer?

At On Your Feet, we’re big believers in saying what’s real. (Life is complex enough already, right?) When we get a question from an audience that we can’t answer, we just… uh… say we don’t have the answer. And then do our best to help them find it. That said, Jonah Lehrer, contributing editor at  Wired […]

That was then, this is now

By being unrealistic and crunched for time, I recently discovered a new way to start a follow-up meeting. The session had been rescheduled several times. Stragglers were making us late and, frankly, I was getting irritated. Because I’m a champion eavesdropper, it was easy to overhear that the team’s memory of our last meeting was dim […]

Physical telephone

Recently, we did some exciting work with James and Athena Pond, whose Transitions Global has done amazing work around the world helping teen victims of sex trafficking rebuild their lives. In light of the seriousness of their mission, the following warm-up exercise that we used might seem silly or trivial, but we found it to […]