Author Archives: Barb Krantz Taylor

27 Jun

Uber-Derailed

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

If you have been keeping current on any business news, you’ve heard that Travis Kalanick, the CEO of Uber, has finally resigned. Two weeks ago, he announced he was taking a “leave of absence” citing the recent death of his mother and the need to “grow as CEO” (duh!), as reasons to take a break

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Stressed Executives and Reactive Dogs
24 May

Stressed Executives and Reactive Dogs

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

Many of you know I train dogs…and it is uncanny how often insights I gain from that world help me understand the world of executives. Here is today’s lesson:  Both dogs and people have emotional brains that react under pressure and stress and impact performance. In an “optimal emotional state”, my dogs perform great. With

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19 Apr

How to Avoid a Bad Hiring Decision

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

One of the most difficult conversations I have with CEOs and other senior executives is when a new leader, who seemed so promising during the interview process, shows up “differently” on the job. The confident, outgoing, leader-like candidate becomes a narcissistic bully The respectful, people-focused candidate can’t handle conflict or make tough decisions The smart,

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15 Mar

Dear White Boss

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

Dear White Boss, I have been thinking a lot about diversity lately. Many kinds of diversity…though I probably reflect most on the differences rooted in political, racial, gender, sexual identity, religious and even personality these days. What I know, from personal experience in and research on individuals, teams, and organizations is that MORE diversity (of

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02 Nov

Great Leaders Embrace the Insecure Child Inside

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

Stress and pressure trigger the emotional brain, which can lead to unhelpful/ineffective responses in a range of leadership situations. Since executives (and many of the rest of us) are under lots of stress and pressure, it stands to reason that their emotional brains will hijack them and bring forth less-than-stellar leadership skills. In fact, Michael

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16 Aug

Three Ways to Win a Gold Medal in Leadership

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

I don’t know about you, but I stayed up too late watching the Olympics. I couldn’t seem to get enough of Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, Simone Biles and the rest of the athletes—big sports and small, medal winners and those who are happy just to be there. I loved the beauty of phenomenal athletic achievement and

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