Tag: leadership

Living in Flow: How to Live and Lead with Less Effort and More Joy

December 18, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

The burden is never life. It’s what you’re thinking and believing about life. – Byron Katie You know the feeling of flow. Researchers describe flow as a temporary state during which you are fully present and immersed in what you’re doing. You have an energized focus and results seem to come almost effortlessly. I want […]

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How to Cultivate an Open Mind

November 14, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Ignorance is never random. ~ Gunner Myrdal We are living in a period of dramatic change. It became obvious on 9/11. The 2008 financial crisis, Brexit and the US Presidential election are more recent markers of a big shift. Humans are changing the way they view morality, religion, politics, education and marriage, just to name […]

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My Best-of 2015 Blog Posts

December 21, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

I’ll start by coming clean, except for the chance to slow down and take a big exhale near year-end, I’m not a big fan of the “holiday season.” The festive and spiritual traditions have been overtaken by modern forces. I wonder if the current definition of holiday hasn’t become hol*i*day (noun) 1. Period of time […]

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Create the Organization Your Heart Knows is Possible

September 18, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Everything I learned about creating an employee-focused corporate culture I learned while working for a large New York bank in the late eighties. When I became a CEO in the nineties, I recalled my experience working for the bank. I took note of its training, leadership and HR strategies . . . and did the […]

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A Case for Compassion: How to be Happy and Realize your Potential

October 31, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

In times of uncertainty (isn’t that all the time?) it’s useful to balance fear with compassion. Notice why you do what you do. You may be surprised how often fear is your motivator. Fear of not being endorsed, of not having good career options, of pissing somebody off, of being stuck doing work that’s boring, […]

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Reaching for Something a Mid-Life

January 11, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

I recently wrote an article as a guest blogger for ThoughtLeaders (also appeared in SmartBrief on Leadership). I love the topic of navigating the middle passage, exploring the unique. Click Here to read the article

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Leading with Optimistic Skepticism

November 21, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

I attended a Young Presidents’ Organization event last week that featured Denver Post columnist and CNBC analyst Dave Maney who spoke on the current economic revolution. I liked his observation that we are are in the midst of a whole-sale economic shift that comes once every few hundred years or more. He pointed out that […]

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My Interview with ColoradoBiz Magazine

September 14, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

  I was interviewed recently for ColoradoBiz Magazine on a range of topics including leadership, coaching, mentoring and one stupid thing that smart leaders do. Watch the 7 minute video below: Here is a link to the article. http://www.cobizmag.com/articles/the-leadership-lattice-brian-gast/

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The First Step to Becoming a Great Leader

May 31, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

When I work with top teams I am helping the team become more aligned and effective and I am helping the team members be better leaders of the teams they lead. The two goals are interrelated because the first step to becoming a strong leader is being a strong team member. Team members who lack […]

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Leadership and Self-Deception

May 4, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Just re-read Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arbinger Group, The best book on leadership I have ever read. Required reading for all of my clients. It teaches leaders that they betray their core values (primarily by seeing people as objects vs. people trying to meet core needs) they no longer see objectively. I call this […]

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