This one may be tough to swallow...
Drink: Grateful Dead Cocktail (vodka, gin, tequila, Chambord, rum and sour mix - yikes!)
Pairing: This cocktail pairs well with the debate over whether DEI is "dead." It's colorful, full of strong opinions and laced with the serious and most ridiculous parts of the conversation. One of these and you'll surely be in for a heated debate. Non-alcoholic alternative... mix every kool-aid flavor together and a cup of sugar.
Drink: Homemade bloody mary
Pairing: Packed with vitamin c, a bloody mary made from fresh tomatoes hits the spot when you're trying to keep your teams motivated during bouts of existential dread. Optional: w/o alcohol, w/vodka or w/tequila.
Back to the office continues...
Drink: Homemade mimosa
Pairing: A homemade mimosa with fresh-squeezed orange juice is perfect for employees whose leaders are requiring them to come back to the office. Non-alcoholic option: Sanpellegrino Aranciata
"I don't know how I could have been any clearer."
Drink: Dirty vodka martini
Pairing: A mid-shelf dirty vodka martini pairs great with middle management miscommunications, especially when the person ordering doesn't actually like olives. One martini is all it takes to get the miscommunications flowing.
Remember when Comedy Central hosted a rotating cast of inebriated narrators trying to retell important, interesting and offbeat stories from history? What would happen if senior leaders, executive coaches and seasoned consultants shared their unfiltered stories and advice on leadership, teams and organizations? Welcome to "Drunk OD."
January 16th, my grandmother celebrates her 97th birthday. January 17th our nation commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 93rd birthday. As we step tentatively into the new year - some of us with new glimmers of hope and others still tending to the wounds of the previous years – we begin to ponder how to celebrate and honor the important days ahead.
We spend our whole lives getting to know ourselves, unlearn old habits, and becoming who we are as an individual, member of a group, and leader. These aren't skills that can just be taken in a management workshop, graduate school or webinar. Leaders practice them over and over. The same skills we practiced at 15 or 35 or 65 reveal our growth, understanding and relationship to ourselves. Before we move on to interpersonal skills, let's recap our list of intrapersonal skills for leaders.
Why are you here on the planet? What part of the story of humanity are you playing? Great leaders are connected to an unshakable sense of purpose. So much of our careers focus on what we do and what role we play. But, what is the simple truth behind why you exist in this world? It is both a spiritual and practical question.
This might very well be my favorite addition to any list of leadership skills. Becoming. Most competency lists will include something like "learning" or growth mindset," but becoming is so much more. It's part science, part art, and part magic. It's about intimacy, trust and work. It's about knowing when to hold on tight, and when to surrender. When people have it, you know it because it is palpable. It's almost like they have an otherworldly tranquility about them. And leaders need that now more than ever.