Tag: Linnette Werner

The One Skill

Linnette Werner

If you lost everything tomorrow, what is the one skill you would most need?

In early October, I went to a conference where Ron Heifetz, Marty Linksy, and Alexander Grashow (authors of The Practice of Adaptive Leadership, 2010) were each presenting. The opening night of the conference, Marty Linksy walked on stage to deliver the address. He said many things that were inspirational and impressive, but perhaps the most was at the end when he said something along the lines of, “I’ve learned a lot of things. I’ve written a lot of things, but the most important thing is relationships.” Continue reading “The One Skill”

Leadership Includes Endings

Linnette Werner

People rarely talk about leading through endings as a core competency in leadership, but endings are a necessary part of the cycle of leadership as much as beginnings are.  Closing programs, graduating students, losing people, shrinking assets, and slowing momentum are all part of the cycle leadership–whether that is in business or education, governments or communities, or families and friends.  We like to talk about the startups and we often tell stories about the glory days, but we rarely take time to appreciate the leadership skill that goes into an ending.  

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Which Box Do I Check? Does it Matter?

Linnette Werner

My mom is Hispanic. My dad is Caucasian. For most of my life, I just ignored the fact that I am mixed because I look white. Everything was “fine” until my brother, who is four years older than me, started applying for colleges. There was a big debate in our family about which box he should check on his application for school. In the end, he chose to check the Hispanic box. He was accepted to the university that he wanted to get into – a local public university. But when he showed up for orientation, he realized there had been a lot of assumptions made based on his checking that box and he had been placed in the Spanish-speaking orientation. He didn’t speak Spanish, but didn’t want to say anything, so went the whole day not knowing what anyone was saying.

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