Erik Somasundaram

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Why Leaders Don't Lead And Employee Loyalty Is Dead

In recent decades—especially in the United States—job security, retirement security, and employee loyalty have all declined dramatically. Said another way, companies have completely and utterly abandoned their employees. We are not in this together; we are in this on our own.<p>Along the way, leaders …

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How Leaders Use Power To Drive Change

Last April, Larry Fink was quoted in BusinessWeek saying, “I don’t identify as powerful.” Now that’s provocative coming from the CEO of BlackRock, the biggest asset management firm on the planet, and #34 on Forbes Most Powerful People list.<p>Over nearly 30 years as a business school professor and …

Empathy Is Crucial To Any Personal Or Professional Relationship -- Here's How To Cultivate It

Have you ever shared a painful or challenging experience with a friend, partner, colleague or boss and instead of feeling heard you left the conversation feeling worse off and misunderstood?<p>In that moment, the person whom you were speaking to was not empathetic. They may not have intentionally …

How To Successfully Manage Someone Older Than You

I held my first high-power position at the age of 23, so questions from colleagues about my age undoubtedly came up. As a millennial managing a team much older than me at the Pentagon, I may have stood out a bit, but I never doubted my worth, and the experience I gained was invaluable. One key …

Can We Talk? How To Have The Conversations That Lead To Change

When we talk to one another, we naturally avoid unpleasant topics. We talk about the weather. We talk about sports. Keeping the conversation in the comfort zone serves as a social lubricant, making our interactions smooth. In business, we like to think we are hard-nosed, honest and insightful when …

Unpacking Vision: Three Capabilities Leaders Must Have

When people talk about leadership, they often use the v-word. <i>Vision</i>: the idea that the best leaders see things that others don’t or can’t. But vision alone isn’t enough. Leaders also need to enable their teams and organizations to embrace and enact that vision.<p>Visionary leadership requires three …

Five Ways To Get Optimal Outcomes From Your Team

What makes a team optimal?<p>Alignment, communication, collaboration, energy management, leverage, trust, and what else?<p>Google did some comprehensive multi-year research on this topic. I’ll refer to it below and map it to my work during the past 30 years in the areas of safety, belonging and mattering.<p>…