Dynamic Duos: How Introverts and Extroverts Create Breakthrough Results

how introverts and extroverts become dynamic duos




What do these famous pairs have in common?

Lennon and McCartney

Burns and Allen

Jobs and Wozniak

Lerner and Loewe

Siskel and Ebert

They are all dynamic duos: extrovert – introvert pairs who created something together that neither of them would have done on their own.

What’s their secret?

Too often extroverts complain to each other about their introverted peers.

You never know what they’re thinking. They take too long to respond. They’re not good communicators.

And too often introverts quietly roll their eyes at their extroverted peers.

They talk too much. They speak before they think. They’re not good communicators.

But it doesn’t have to be that way, as these . . . → Read More: Dynamic Duos: How Introverts and Extroverts Create Breakthrough Results

How Managers Can Solve the Problem of Employee Retention

Quit or Stay

Employees are not a replaceable commodity. According to recent research, the tide has turned and employee retention has become a critical issue for organizations.

One of the easiest and most effective ways keep top talent is through “stay interviews,” developed by Bev Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans. First described in their bestseller, Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em, they have fleshed out how this works in their new book Hello Stay Interviews; Goodbye Talent Loss.

What I particularly like about this approach is it puts the responsibility for retention in the hands of the people who are in the best position to make a difference – the direct managers. And it is something managers can easily incorporate into their job.

I had the privilege of catching up . . . → Read More: How Managers Can Solve the Problem of Employee Retention

Overworked and Overwhelmed? Try The Mindfulness Alternative

Scott Eblin, author Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative

I had the pleasure of interviewing Scott Eblin, one of my favorite leadership experts, about mindfulness – the focus of his excellent new book Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative.

Mindfulness is getting a lot of attention these days. A number of Fortune 500 companies, including Google, AOL, Apple and Aetna, now offer mindfulness classes for employees. In a recent blog post, I discussed mindfulness in the workplace.

Delving deeper into this topic, Scott explains what mindfulness is, how the practice of mindfulness helps with the very real challenges we face today, and some simple and easy things you can do to begin practicing it right now.

This 15 minute podcast, the length of a TED talk, is packed with helpful information. . . . → Read More: Overworked and Overwhelmed? Try The Mindfulness Alternative

How Yoga Principles Bring Sanity to Your Work Life

Did you know that yoga is about more than just stretching and putting your body in poses? In fact, physical activity is just one of the Eight Limbs of Yoga.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Maren and Jamie Showkeir, authors of the fascinating new book Yoga Wisdom at Work: Finding Sanity Off the Mat and On the Job. Their book explains how all eight limbs apply to the workplace.

In our 15 minute discussion, we focused on two of the limbs: Universal Morality and Focus. You can hear their views and practical advice on:

How we limit our potential by listening to our inner critic. How small acts of unkindness and disrespect in the workplace erode our power, creativity and productivity. What you . . . → Read More: How Yoga Principles Bring Sanity to Your Work Life

Stewardship Is an Alternative to Leadership


Stewardship is about choosing service over self-interest. It begins with a willingness to be deeply accountable for a body larger than yourself – for a team, an organization, a community.

Imagine how strong your organization would be if everyone were deeply committed and accountable for its success.

These are not new ideas. The evidence and research results are in, and we know for a fact that partnership and participation are the management strategies that create high-performance workplaces.

Words like empowerment, collaboration and partnership have been tossed around for years.

So how are today’s organizations and institutions doing?

Here in the United States, the answer is, “not so well.” According to Peter Block, author of the seminal bestseller Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest, “A few companies . . . → Read More: Stewardship Is an Alternative to Leadership

Judgment Calls

I understand the desire to study great leaders. It is my own habit as well. I gobble up biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr., Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and currently Steve Jobs. But I read because I am interested in history. I do not believe that studying these leaders will reveal the secret formula to great leadership. Ultimately they were human beings with great strengths and also human flaws, and I think it is a huge mistake to idealize them and try to copy them.

The traditional paradigm where the great leader imparts his wisdom and leads his organization to great heights does not work in today’s world.

With an expanding global economy, a digital information explosion, and increasingly . . . → Read More: Judgment Calls

InsideOut Enneagram: Book Review


It can come as quite a shock to discover that everyone doesn’t experience the world the same way you do. They don’t necessarily perceive it the same way, nor are they driven by the same desires and needs, nor do they evaluate their experience the same way you do.

Basic temperament is inherent at birth. We can see it in newborn infants – some are placid and sleep easily, others are alert, others agitated easily. What you experience as you grow up shapes your personality and goals, but your temperament remains an unconscious lens through which you filter your experiences.

I love watching the light bulb go on when leaders get how fundamentally different temperaments are … and more importantly, that teams really . . . → Read More: InsideOut Enneagram: Book Review

Creating an Online Community

Creating an Online Community

What happens when you care deeply about something and have knowledge that can help others? Many people write a book on the topic, hoping to extend their reach.

What happens when you want to go beyond the reach of your book? You can start an online community like Kevin Eikenberry, Guy Harris and Becky Robinson did for From Bud to Boss, a wonderful newly released book for new leaders.

New leaders face many challenges that aren’t quickly addressed through an orientation program or a seminar.

Stunning statistics from a recent DDI study revealed:

42% of new managers don’t understand what it takes to succeed More than half of leaders learned through trial and error

New leaders desperately need support on an . . . → Read More: Creating an Online Community