Photo Credit: Katherine Hood

Whether you are hiring someone externally, transferring someone to a new department, or promoting someone, it is essential to plan for their successful ascent from “offer accepted” to “fully performing the role.” The manager has invested so much time into creating the job description, sourcing candidates, interviewing applicants, conducting reference checks, and making a successful offer, that they may feel their work is done at that point. However, I suggest that this is when the real work begins. …

Photo Credit: Wonderlane via Unsplash

I often talk to my clients about the fallacy of multitasking. This concept has become a badge of honor in the business world. We even see job postings stating that the candidate “must be able to multitask.” And yet, the research shows that multitasking actually reduces productivity and effectiveness while increasing stress.

And yet, even with that knowledge, I still fall into the trap myself now and again. This is the busiest time of the year for the center I run and so, my schedule has been more rigorous than usual. At the same time, I am committed to putting…

Photo Credit: Anthony Duran via

You know when you hear the same theme over and over again in a short period of time, it’s probably something worth blogging about.

Let me give you three different vignettes into this issue:

Vignette 1: I set out certain goals for my department at the beginning of the year and, while I haven’t been able to hire the staff to accomplish the goals, I am still holding myself accountable to accomplishing them.

Vignette 2: I’ve had a family emergency that requires a significant amount of my attention but I don’t want my personal issue to impact the work my…

Photo Credit: Franky Dee via

As I looked at this week, I took a deep breath and felt myself physically brace for what lay ahead. Each day held between 5 and 7 hours of scheduled meetings. Fortunately, this is no longer what my typical work week looks like but, whoa, did this cause me to take a pause as I saw the array of blocked times on my calendar.

Typically, what I would have done is thought, “that’s nice, but I still have this laundry list of things to get done this week…so, I’m just going to power through it.” …

Photo Credit: Neil Thomas via

A friend of mine recently sent me an article by Jesse Sostrin called Who You Are Is How You Lead. Jesse suggests that “[Leadership] is the simple act of being who you are in the company of others.” I think in our search for authenticity, we focus on the first half of this statement…let me figure out and get comfortable with who I am. And, that is an important endeavor.

The risk, though, is that we pay less attention to the second half of the statement, “…in the company of others.” How do we step into our authenticity in service…

Photo Credit: Frédéric Bisson

As a leader, how are you engaging your employees in the discussions about how your organization will exist coming out of this pandemic? Over the course of the last 18 months, employees have navigated a myriad of challenges to creatively find ways to perform their jobs.

One of the behaviors that has been exacerbated by the work from home requirement caused by the pandemic is the idea that “I must ALWAYS be on.” There is this belief that, because my supervisors and peers cannot see me working, if I don’t instantly respond to an email, phone call, or message, I…

Photo Credit: Tara Winstead

Even a person at cross purposes with himself is certain to end in failure.

- Nichiren Daishonin

Often when we hear the word conflict, we think about it in terms of an interaction with another human being. However, the individual that we are most often at odds with is ourselves. Because we tend to move quickly through these disagreements, we may not even notice them. For example,

  • Do you get up and go to the gym or do you hit the snooze button?
  • Do you take the unexpected “free time” from a meeting ending early to plot out a project…

Photo Credit: June Admiraal via

As children, we think little of the fact that we have no prior experience or knowledge of something. We take for granted that the process to proficiency will not be smooth. We view any progress as a smashing success and pay little mind to the hiccups along the way.

Think of the toddler learning to walk. Picture, if you can, the excitement radiating from their face as they clumsily lumber themselves up onto their feet. Such a sense of accomplishment! And then, almost instantaneously, they lose their balance. …

Photo Credit: Evelyn Chong via

In my yoga class this morning the instructor made the comment, “Notice where you are still holding on and let go.” How apt those words are for life. At some time or another we each find ourselves clinging to something that no longer serves us…and maybe never did. It might be a behavior, or a belief, or a worldview.

Take, for example, the senior executive who receives accolades for her work yet still believes that she’s not good enough. That wonderful concept of the imposter syndrome where she awaits the day that she’ll be “found out.” How is this behavior…

Photo Credit: Mabel Amber via

See if you can relate to any of these scenarios:

  • I’ve just been hired into a new company;
  • I’ve recently been introduced to a new boss;
  • I’ve been promoted to a new position.

Regardless of which scenario resonates with you, there are commonalities among them. One that I’d like to talk about today is how you come to understand what is expected of you, and how you effectively establish expectations for those reporting to you.

There are formal ways to understand what is expected of you. These include things like your job description, company policies, and perhaps performance targets. Then…

Lisa DeAngelis

Director for the Center of Collaborative Leadership at UMass Boston, Ph.D in Philosophy, CEO at Dragonfly Coaching, LLC

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store