Leadership and People Development by Donna R Walker

Category Leadership Skills

Leading into 2021

I was truly hoping that we had finished using the words “unprecedented” and “pivot.” Yet here we are again. The questions I’ve been asking myself for months and again today is “how do leaders hold it together right now?” And the corollary “how do I hold it together right now?” And of course the more growth-oriented question of “how do leaders lead into 2021?”

Life as I Know It

I’m super-curious about how this pandemic will shape life as we know it. What new habits or ways of life will become ingrained in me and our organization due to this extended, unintended social experiment with remote work?

And the Winner is…

When I was a kid, winning was simple. If I ran faster or jumped higher than the other girl, I got a better color ribbon than she did. If I spelled more words correctly in class, I won the contest…. Continue Reading →

Formal Leadership Journeys: Picking What’s Next

As I think about the emerging talent in the organization where I work and my role in helping develop our next leaders, I find myself recommending different formal leadership programs for different kinds people at different points in their journey…. Continue Reading →

Push Me Pull You

This past week, I’ve been intensely and intentionally applying some concepts from David Rock’s Your Brain at Work, particularly “self-directed neuroplasticity.” I’ve also been applying them in relation to the Enneagram social styles of Assertive, Compliant and Reactive. Stay with… Continue Reading →

Training for a Rainy Day

I’ve been through 5 recessions in my adult life if I count the double dip in the early ‘80’s as 2. Life experience has taught me that recessions aren’t rare events, in fact they come and go with surprising regularity –… Continue Reading →

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