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I once worked for a very difficult woman, who on a bad day was pathological. But that taught me that you can't negotiate with a bully....

An organizational psychologist I once worked with told me pointedly, “Every organization is dysfunctional. You have to decide if you can work within that particular dysfunction.” What she didn’t say, but which I later understood, is this meant working within the games and the rules that shape the dysfunction. And if we’re not at least...

There is no shortage of data and social media articles on our need for psychologically safety to innovate and deliver great work. People and teams who feel safe at work contribute without fear of punishment, share ideas, and collaborate. Fantastic. Also, no kidding. But let's face it: organizations just aren’t very psychologically safe....

This is the third version of this article I’ve attempted to write. But there’s an idea here that won’t let me write anything else. So what is it I really want to say? It's this: Please don’t stay in your lane....

I recently worked with a great guy named Josh, who’s a very thoughtful leader. In our work together, we tried to focus on his business strategies and ambitious goals. But we kept getting sidetracked because Josh was so irritated with his boss....

A change management consultant recently explained to me how she only wanted to work with leading-edge companies with healthy cultures that didn't focus on the bottom line. After holding back a dramatic eye roll, I kind of felt sorry for her. ...

Companies everywhere seem to suffer the same three problems: we’re organized in silos, we not collaborating effectively, and work isn’t getting done. While uniquely aggravating, these problems just aren’t unique....