Speaking Truthfully

“The problem with telling the truth is that it is never the whole truth.” James Flaherty, founder of New Ventures West Speaking truthfully is the third component of four foundational leadership principles that to me are essential in creating a workplace where everyone can thrive (along with paying attention, listening …

Listening Deeply

In my last blog, I wrote about the four foundational skills of great leaders: paying attention, listening deeply, speaking truthfully, and acting compassionately. Today, I’d like to dive deeper into why I think the practice of listening deeply is crucial for effective leadership. You’ve probably heard it a hundred times …

Paying Attention

People often ask me about my favorite leadership model, and my learnings over the years about what makes leaders successful. Many books have been written on this topic, and entering “leadership model” yields over six million results on Google search. A number that makes my head spin. We seem to …

Dreambox

I recently received a beautiful gift, a Dreambox. It’s a small circular wooden box, only about two inches in diameter. On its lid is an exquisite image of a dragonfly. In almost every part of the world, the dragonfly symbolizes change. The kind of change that has its source in …

My “Thing”

I have the good fortune of collaborating with Jennifer Garvey Berger and the team at Cultivating Leadership, a consulting firm that specializes in helping leaders become more agile, creative, and successful in a changing world. I am impressed with Jennifer’s wealth of knowledge and her generosity in sharing it. I …

Restoration

I recently attended a talk by Clare Dubois, the founder of TreeSisters, a global network of women who fund the restoration of tropical forests as a collective expression of planetary care. I was very moved by Clare. She used a stark image as she was talking about the destruction of mother …

At Home

“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place”. ― Miriam Adeney   Almost twenty years ago I chose the expat life – …

Life after Google

I just posted these pictures of me on Facebook. #ladyofleisure #endlessgratitude These hashtags pretty much sum up my current state, my life after Google.  It’s been 7 weeks since I left. An instant change from going a million miles an hour to living life slowly. From tight deadlines and “always …

The Manifesto

It’s been a week since the infamous manifesto by a Google engineer became public, and five days since he was fired for it. This situation has become a catalyst for many to speak up:  How tough it is for a woman to make it in Tech. How people with more …

It’s not you, it’s me… Why I broke up with Google

A month ago, I broke up with Google. For 12 years, I worked for a company that is widely recognized as one of the world’s best employers. It’s no surprise that this was the hardest decision of my life. In fact, it took me 3 years to make it. Every …