I eased onto my rappelling device, anxiously staring at the small piece of protection anchoring my rope to the icy slope. How had I gotten here? Ultimately a lack of proper preparation, unfamiliarity with Fall Sierra Nevada couloirs, and a sequence of events that slowly but surely forced me to commit to this heinous route … Continue reading A mountain guide’s tips for leaders to manage risk more effectively
In one of his usually insightful blog posts , Dan Rockwell says, "Wisdom, like every other great thing, is pursued and nurtured, not attained." This phrase reminds me of my own view of leadership, that becoming an admired and respected leader involves a lifetime journey. When we get to the point where we think we … Continue reading It’s All About the Journey
I’m getting tired of hearing people say, “Just sit on your sofa.” That our grandparents fought the Nazis, but all we have to do is Netflix and chill. Or, “Find calm in the midst of crisis.” As good as that advice is, that’s hard. This may not be World War II, but it can sure … Continue reading Embracing the Suck
We are aware of the crisis we are in, and that whether the future will be better or worse than when we close our houses with us inside all depends on how we build it now. It is an excellent time to think about a hopeful future, with confidence in our capacity as a society … Continue reading What world will we encounter when we go outside?
Dear fellow Hoyas, Over two decades ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. I was in my 20s at the time, and I would like to share with you how I have learned to deal with uncertainty. Uncertainty as we all know produces fear. A common reason for this fear is the tendency we have in … Continue reading On Fear
Many of my mid-career coaching clients identify a desire to show up in business meetings more powerfully and confident, while quickly establishing warmth and authenticity. They are often the youngest leader in the room. They know their content cold and their expertise is unquestioned. Just as they stand to speak, close the sale, or question the viability of a proposed action, … Continue reading T.I.A.R.A.: 5 Points to Keep Your Cool — GUAA Career Coaching Partner, Theresa Garcia
We have all witnessed numerous types of leaders: "hoarders" , "ostriches" and "farmers." It is farmers who ultimately get the real job of leadership accomplished. "Hoarders" hoard people in their departments or offices. When they identify excellent employees or potential leaders, their first question is: "How can I keep this person here as long as … Continue reading The Job of a Leader is to Develop Other Leaders by GUAA Career Coaching Partner Larry Center (L’74)
Like many in the DC area, I reveled in Washington, DC’s first major sports title in 26 years. My entire family, including my sons Jared and Ben both former Hoyas now living in New York City, are both huge fans, Jared worked for Monumental Sports for four years after graduation, including two years in Sales … Continue reading Leadership and the Stanley Cup by GUAA Career Coaching Partner Larry Center (L’74)