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The Workplace Challenge We've All Encountered

The Workplace Challenge We've All Encountered

It’s great that you graduated top of your class and can write code - but can you give a peer feedback about what they just said in your team meeting? Feedback that will make a lasting and positive difference?

For many leaders, that’s a hard “No.”

Pencil or Ink founder Ellie Hearne on how companies are setting leaders up to fail - what can be done about it.

"Titles Don't Mean Anything." And Other Works of Fiction.

"Titles Don't Mean Anything." And Other Works of Fiction.

"Like the parent who's afraid to tell off their child for throwing food in a restaurant, the boss who can't say no is doing no one any favors."

Pencil or Ink founder Ellie Hearne reflects on a primary trait of a green leader.

Business is Personal: Reflections on Emotions at Work

Business is Personal: Reflections on Emotions at Work

In leaders, there is healthy emotion and there is detrimental emotion. But there is always going to be emotion in the office.

Pencil or Ink's Marketing Assistant Jared Chambers reflects on feelings and behavior at work.

Storytelling: What's All the Fuss About?

Storytelling: What's All the Fuss About?

Over the past few years, storytelling as a leadership tool has garnered more and more attention. So why are people looking to tell stories, and why now?

Learning from the Best - That There's Much Left to Learn

Learning from the Best - That There's Much Left to Learn

One of the great privileges of being a leadership coach is getting to work with and learn from some of the smartest and most-driven people working today. You learn from each other, you form a partnership, and, as is the case with any good working relationship, both parties walk away from each interaction smarter.

A recent HBR study unpacked the qualities that make for a great leader. We examine them here.