Posts by Jennifer McEwen

Recognizing All Parts Played

Now more than ever, we are part of an increasingly larger network of people, which beckons for crystal clarity on the roles we play. Who is the star of the show at work or in life, the person taking on a heroic role? You may know someone playing this role, or maybe it is you.…

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Avoiding Group Blink

As we act faster than ever just to stay on top of everything these days, it’s so important to remember that silence does not necessarily mean alignment. You may have personally experienced this: Your team leader shares a vision, and you are secretly uncomfortable with it or have different ideas. Yet despite your internal gut…

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Curious or Complacent?

How we view a given situation is shaped by our relationship to it. “Where you stand depends on where you sit.” This phrase – sometimes called “Miles’s Law” – is attributed to Rufus Miles, a 20th century US government official. Our different experiences explain why different people take away vastly different messages from the exact,…

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Courage Through Intention

I’m in Texas visiting family today. I feel blessed I have loved ones to see. It’s a stark contrast to those in the city of Uvalde who lost family members after the tragic events of May 24th at Robb Elementary School when a gunman entered and opened fire. Many lives were lost. But not the…

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Growth from Resistance

What’s occupying my mind lately—racially motivated tragedies, war in the Ukraine, economic hardships (especially where I grew up in Sri Lanka)—also quells my optimism. Before my mind does its ‘auto-balancing act’ to replace bleak thoughts with comforting images (about all the things that are going right in the/my world), I want to explore this discord…

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Frustrated Lately?

Many of the conversations I’ve heard lately are about people’s frustrations…with their employer’s return-to-work decisions, with other people, with rising prices, and so on. When coaching executives, I often ask “How’s it supposed to be?” I use this question when I hear a complaint to uncover a person’s vision for what they wish were the…

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Failure as a Foundation

I feared failure for much of my childhood and did my best to avoid it by aiming for perfection. It wasn’t until my early adulthood that I started noticing something wasn’t working. The more perfect I tried to be, the more upset I became with the outcomes. I realized that I needed to cut myself…

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Extraordinary Beyond a Crisis

These past months have me thinking a lot about how we handle crises and what it takes to operate successfully during turbulent times. What makes the difference between being an ordinary versus an extraordinary leader during a crisis? Extraordinary leaders do not keep their distance from events and people that need their leadership. Leaders I…

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When to Scrub Your Leadership

Remember those times when you didn’t show up the way you wanted? You may be aware of why you were not able to be fully present or effective in the situation. Maybe you were distracted by real life matters. Or you simply didn’t get enough sleep and your body was sending you an important message…

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Love and Leadership

“Oh, how I love you,” he said. One of my graduate school professors, the late Dr. Herbert Baker, professed his love for his students one evening at the end of a class on leadership. At the tender age of 25, it was the oddest thing I’d ever heard. He explained to the class: To practice…

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