The Challenge of Change

When I brought my usual brand of laundry detergent home and went to place it on the shelf… it wouldn’t fit. Perplexed, I inspected the bottle and compared it to the nearly empty one it was scheduled to replace. The brand was the same, the volume was the same, it even had the same fresh scent, but for some reason, the cap design had changed. This bottle had a taller cap than its predecessor. I couldn’t see a benefit to [...]

By |2021-06-17T04:53:09-05:00June 17th, 2021|Leading|0 Comments

Try approaching diversity like you would safety

When I work with organizations – especially in the energy sector – it’s clear that safety is a priority and there are systems and mechanisms in place to ensure that things happen in a safe way. And when things aren’t happening as they should be, a safety dashboard provides a transparent and simple way to flag issues. It works because the business depends on it – and, of course, it is the right thing to do.  […]

By |2021-05-20T03:14:35-05:00May 20th, 2021|Leading|0 Comments

Putting purpose to work

Ten years into my career with oilfield services giant Schlumberger, I had a series of pivotal moments that were to change my life.  One of these moments was a trip to the continent of Africa that completely changed the way I viewed myself, my responsibilities, and my capabilities. Combined with other significant events in my life in 2005 – including achieving my PMP certification and the confidence that came with the credential – it was clear I had found my [...]

By |2021-04-22T07:09:24-05:00April 18th, 2021|Leading|0 Comments

The 3 B’s of Inclusive Leadership: Beliefs, Biases and Behaviors

We show up to work as our 'whole selves' and, in many ways, this is a good thing. Authenticity is important to well-being and pretending to be someone you’re not is an emotional drain. But with that also comes the challenge of respecting - and actively seeking out - those who are different from us. This is what it means to practice inclusive leadership - creating a space where different views, perspectives, and experiences are embraced.  Within us lies the [...]

By |2021-01-29T09:40:12-06:00January 28th, 2021|Leading|1 Comment

An Important Letter for Racial Reconciliation

The events of this summer have moved me to my core. So I did what I do, I reached for my pen. Here’s an excerpt from my new book collaboration A Collective Breath.   Dear White Christians, I love you, and God loves you; but He needs you to understand some things. I need you to understand some things: 1. It is not (insert the name of a Black person you know)’s responsibility to educate you on the history of [...]

By |2020-10-07T20:01:41-05:00October 6th, 2020|Healing, Leading, Lifting, Loving|0 Comments

Delegation Done Right

As a project manager, I have found delegation to be one of the most valuable tools in my toolbox, but it is one that I have seen often misused. Why is it misused? Well, quite simply because often times people don't understand the difference between true delegation and just telling someone to do something. Anyone can tell someone to do something, especially the "bossy" people, but can you properly delegate a task to someone? We'll take a pen for instance, [...]

By |2020-06-15T19:42:50-05:00November 9th, 2017|Leading|0 Comments

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