Leadership Excellence

mirroring behavior

Successful people know how to mirror. They mirror consciously. They mirror well.

The power of mirroring has been keenly on my mind in the aftermath of the Parkland shootings in Florida. I was touched by the extravagant range of human and activist responses, and I found myself remembering a response to the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, two years back, that had richly moved me. It is a sublime tale of mirroring. It took place on a JetBlue flight that carried the grandmother of Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, one of the club-goers that got killed in the shootings, to Orlando to attend Luis’ funeral.

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listening

I have always loved the notion of a Third Eye.

According to the symbology of the 7 chakras or energy centers, the Third Eye sits right in the center of our forehead. Smack above our eyebrows. It is the place in our body that links to our intuition. It’s also the pathway to any psychic powers we may possess. Very cool. 

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productivity

I arrived at Navision, a Danish technology firm that specialized in CRM (Customer Relations Management), the week after a Senior VP from Microsoft had shown up for a visit. The year was 2002. Navision had just been acquired by Microsoft. The work force at Navision was overwhelmingly enthusiastic about joining this US giant. There was much good will toward Microsoft. Until Mister SVP gave a speech.

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I miss it already. Corner Office. For many moons my favorite Sunday morning read.

On Sunday, October 27, the New York Times posted Adam Bryant’s final Corner Office column. 10 years. 525 interviews with CEOs, gleaming their wisdom and insight on what they know about leading a business, condensed into a half-page read. Hiring the right talent. Creating high-functioning teams.

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I just spent 12 days in Bhutan. Did the sort of stuff most first-time visitors to Bhutan are wont to do. Hiked up to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Visited the massive Punakha Dzong Monastery in Punakha Valley. Marveled at Buddha Dordenna, the largest Buddha statue in the world.

Awe-inspiring. But my richest insights came from my encounters with the Bhutanese people. Insights about Presence.

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