Need An Excuse Not To Change Your Culture?
Oct17

Need An Excuse Not To Change Your Culture?

Um, hold on a second, just let me close the door to my office. The conversation was about to get a bit more interesting. I was on the phone with the Jan, the head of Human Resources of a privately held consumer products company.  The company had notched 102 straight years of profit- until this last year.  It was their first losing year ever. I was working with them to assess their current state, with a special focus on the company...

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Why Do Leaders Lack Empathy?
Oct09

Why Do Leaders Lack Empathy?

Last Wednesday was a sunny, crisp, beautiful Fall New England morning. That’s when it all went terribly wrong. It was already 8:10 am, and I was hurrying to get Miranda, my nine-year old daughter to school on time. Her school’s about a mile from home, and thus far this school year, we’ve been riding our bicycles to get there and back most days. Wednesday, Miranda would have none of it.  She was upset, and cried out, I don’t want to...

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PTSD: ‘After multiple combat deployments I had no idea what I felt.’
Oct04

PTSD: ‘After multiple combat deployments I had no idea what I felt.’

— Caught by surprise the Green Beret sitting across from me grasped that all his elite training hadn’t prepared him to confront his interior landscape. “I’m master of the outer terrain, now I discover an unfamiliar interior terrain?” His stunned expression said it all. Habitual suppression compromises our ability to be effective in relationships or in society. Excessive pressure and stress will eventually trigger an implosion....

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5 Important Reasons To Avoid Irony and Sarcasm
Oct01

5 Important Reasons To Avoid Irony and Sarcasm

Morons should kill themselves. When you read that, what’s your reaction? What do you think? How do you feel? What judgments do you make? That first sentence was tweeted, as was this one: Cyclist almost killed my dog this morning. He fell off and yelled at me. I hope he broke his f—ing arm. But wait, there’s more. This tweet was in reference to an allegedly neglectful mother: Tie her tubes. Now. All three tweets were...

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6 Threats Keeping You From Innovating
Sep19

6 Threats Keeping You From Innovating

Innovation:  Creating value by doing something better by doing it a new or different way. That “something better” could be many things: A new product A refined process An improved way to collaborate Innovation doesn’t have to mean a radical change -incremental tweaks are innovative, too.  Given this broad definition of innovation, everyone can be innovative.  It’s not limited to a select, creative few. We both...

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Winter is coming to the Plains
Sep13

Winter is coming to the Plains

Editors Note: Tim Yakaitis is one of a number of #NewWarrior men actively collaborating to support the protests on the Standing Rock Lakota Reservation. The ManKind Project has a proud and long history of connection in the area. Learn more. by Tim Yakaitis,  I returned last night from my second trip to the Standing Rock Lakota reservation where now over 6000 people from more than 200 tribes are encamped. As I slept under the stars on...

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