Sunday, May 29, 2011


Leaders work to move systems forward and aim for transformational change. This is great,and results in positive growth; but transitions, even truly positive ones, are hard. One of the big challenges of leadership is to be positive about change while acknowledging the difficulty of transition.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


It seems to me that one of the challenges of leadership is to get change processes moving without doing too much of it oneself. Do too little and you don't build any momentum. Do too much and no one else feels any ownership. Titrating that dichotomy can be tricky...I wonder how others do it?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


"The largest question facing the human race is not when will you learn, but when will you act on what you've already learned." - Neale Donald Walsch

Leadership and action are inextricably intertwined. However, action without thought, and thought in isolation from others, are both meaningless. So leaders need connection, contemplation, and action.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Last week I had a chance to lobby on the Hill for NASW, promoting the Social Work Reinvestment Act. I was surprised at how easy it was...staffers were interested in what I said and I think I actually made a difference. Goes to show you that having passion about your topic can make you a really convincing and engaging speaker.