Author Archives: Evan Schmiedehaus
Stop saying TOXIC, It’s not helping!
An Exploration of the Language of Change
Wait, is my boss gaslighting me?
Subjective well-being and the employee lived experience
A Culture of Learning and Curiosity
Over the past six years, I have been on an extended journey of learning and self-discovery. Throughout, I committed to following my interests and curiosities to better understand the following questions: who am I; why do I do what I do, and in many instances, why do WE do what we do; what is the […]
What Public Problem Are You Working To Solve And Why?
When faced with this type of question, how would you answer? I was recently challenged with this very question when applying for a fellowship. I appreciate this type of question because it causes us to think and to state who we are and what we are all about. I feel strongly that many of the […]
The Resilient Leader: A Tribute
In honor of Thay’s homecoming yesterday – after living in exile for 51 years. Welcome home! Mindfulness in a Changing World: The Teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. As we attempt to navigate the unremitting surge of life, pressing us forward, many look to the guidance of spiritual leaders. We do so in order to realize […]
Receiving Feedback: A Letter To A Mentor
One of the things I most admire about individuals who consistently perform at optimal levels is their willingness to put themselves into situations where they constantly receive feedback. This idea of gathering as much feedback and information as possible – in order to achieve and maintain high-level performance – is outlined in the work of […]
Ethics – Relics or Relevant?
Many classical philosophers and scholars spent their entire lives grappling with the idea of ‘ethics’, including Aristotle and some of his contemporaries. We can only imagine the rich debate that filled the Lyceum as both student and teacher challenged their understanding of applied ethics. Aristotle, one of the most influential minds in the field of […]
The Complex Emotions of Leadership
It seems as if very few people are willing or capable of exploring complex emotions; especially leaders. Why is it that leaders frequently miss opportunities to engage and support team members as they experience complex emotions? Do leaders lack understanding of complex emotions? Has time become such a scarce resource that we only engage challenging […]
The Apology of a Daring Leader
Apologizing is not weakness Owning our missteps – shows humanity, an acknowledgement of responsibility, humility, and vulnerability The process of apologizing helps us reset and reprioritize the things we value An apology clears the way for new beginnings and possibilities Saying I’m sorry will help us move towards growth and understanding A Case […]
The Purpose Review
The ineffectual nature of the traditional performance review process seems to be a never ending storyline as evidenced in the 2008 Wall Street Journal article, “Get rid of the performance review!”. Discussions on how to skillfully facilitate a meaningful dialogue with actionable content persists with few notable changes. I would advocate that we consider a […]