October 2015

You know about the Elevator Pitch.

Here’s the Elevator Code.

I heard about it at a client meeting. A sizeable financial services company. A senior executive brought it up.

We have a Leadership Council, the spunky leader stated. We want folks to engage with each other. We believe it’s good for business. So we created a company Elevator Code.

The code:

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When I look at public leadership, the view is dismal.

I’m reminded of it as I flip through Jay Cost’s essay in the Wall Street Journal, The Politics of Distrust (10/17/15). I am reminded of it as I watch politicians lobby for a vote. I watch, I listen, and I do a gut check:

Can I trust you?

I think about you and me. Our spheres of influence. Our everyday interactions with folks. Colleagues, clients, friends. Our laboratory for everyday leadership.

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I’m not one to preorder books.

This one I had to have at once.

Sherry Turkle’s Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age.

It arrived last Friday. I crawled into bed and entered reading heaven.

Turkle is Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT. Trained as a sociologist and licensed clinical psychologist, Turkle has spent the last 30 years studying the psychology of people’s relationships with technology.

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People tell me I’m direct.

I always think to myself, boy, there is so much I don’t tell.

I filter.

Kevin McCarthy, the presumptive successor to John Boehner as the Majority Speaker in the US House of Representatives, got himself into a bit of hot water last week with comments he made about the Benghazi hearings.

McCarthy spoke the truth.

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