Jane Fraser, The New CEO of Citibank: A Model of Leadership Development

Jane Fraser will be the next CEO of Citibank. She is the first woman chosen to be the CEO of a major money-centered bank. A remarkable accomplishment that is well overdue given the remarkable experiences she’s accrued over the course of her career While we will all watch how she meets the challenges of banking in a pandemic and post-pandemic world, it is clear what has prepared her for this role. Her portfolio of experiences. As my co-author Michael Couch...

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Savoring the Pandemic for Your Kid

We’re headed back to school which means another transition during this time of constant transitions. Parents are understandably concerned as they consider the options for their kid’s education, whether it be full time school, full time home or the hybrid model. Kids, for their part, are going with the flow. One parent told me that her first grader has no prior experience with school, so whether she is at home or school is all the same for her and one HS student...

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Who Do You Trust?

I was talking to an executive the other day who was telling me that she was concerned that her staff were taking advantage of working from home and that they were not always available as she would expect them to be. Seems that when she texted or emailed them for information on a project, it took them several hours to get back to her. In the “old days”, she told me, she would “just walk on down to their office...

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How about a Little Inspiration?

Go ahead a take a deep breath and get a little inspiration… no, seriously, stop reading and go ahead and take a deep breath, maybe even 2. What is it like to get some inspiration? Of course, we initially think of inspiration as the process of doing something creative that stimulates us. That, of course, is the philosophical definition of inspiration but the physiological definition is the taking in of a breath of air, an inhalation. I was talking with...

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The 2020 Word of the Year

I’m declaring “Mindfulness” as my 2020 word of the year. I know what you’re thinking. The 2020 word of the year should be Pandemic, or Covid-19 or I Hate This (that’s 3 words however). I’m preferring to take the high road and consider how well we’ve all done during this crisis. We’ve adjusted to a lot of changes over these past 5 months. Working from home, having kids scampering around underfoot, learning new technologies. and helping each other out whether...

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