Leadership Lessons from World’s Youngest Human Cannonball

Elliana Grace Hentoff-Killian is the world's youngest female human cannonball. Just twenty-one years old, she performs with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show "Built to Amaze." She shoots out of a canon at 65 miles an hour, that's a g-force of 7, similar to what astronauts experience reentering earth's atmosphere. Last year on NPR's Talk of the Nation, Elliana described what being part of a circus is like. I fell a little in love with her and listened as other circus performers, past and present, called to weigh in. They explained … [Read more...]

Why Examining Very Bad Bosses is So Very Good for Us

I seriously thought I was losing my mind. I’d write a lengthy report and magically it would disappear. Important documents would come in by mail, I’d put them on my desk for review and whoosh, gone. I’d ask colleagues, “Do you have…? Did you see…?” and they would shake their heads and wonder why I was asking. It must be me, I thought, I’m having some kind of breakdown at the age of 25. This was my first “big” job after undergraduate school. Heeding my parents’ advice about not going into education, their profession, (they wanted me to … [Read more...]

Got A Very Bad Boss Story? We Want YOU!

Imagine, you are 29-years old, you graduated top of your class from a prestigious university. Your family is super proud that you got that coveted job at a well-established company. Today, you're standing outside your office at a busy city crosswalk, head hanging down with a sign around your neck reading, "I screwed up at work." Your boss ordered you to stand there all day. Living in Tokyo for about 5 years, I often saw this kind of work punishment doled out. As a Westerner, this kind of shaming seemed so foreign, so, well, wrong. How … [Read more...]

Very Bad Bosses (And What They Can Teach Us About Leading)

This week, Dr. Maria Church and I are launching our CALL FOR YOUR STORIES about Very Bad Bosses. Drumroll... After the article below was published in one of the U.K.'s top 100 socially shared online magazines, we've become inspired to play a larger role in shifting the tsunami of bad boss experiences to better, more fulfilling work experiences.  Like a Chicken Soup for the workplace soul, we're compiling stories, lessons and advice about how to survive workplace villains for a new book. Shh, that's all we'll share for now but today, I … [Read more...]

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