Kirstin Lynde

Kirstin Lynde

Kirstin Lynde is the founder and principal at Catalyze Associates, a firm dedicated to intensive, immersive, and metrics-based leadership development and coaching programs. She has led leadership programs as an executive at Randstad USA, Forrester Research, Digitas, and Ropes and Gray.

Articles by Kirstin Lynde

The Whole Human

10 days and 34 words to better relationships

Grab a sticky note and enhance how you express caring, warmth, humility, and respect for others through these 34 words. You’ll likely get back more of those same four relationship goodies from them. Not to mention faster request turnaround times and more enthusiastic, thoughtful help.


Are you authentic? Do you bring enough of yourself to work?

The payoff for authenticity in the workplace is rarely a miraculously saved life or such a profoundly moving story. But frequently, a person’s authenticity does result in saved (or much stronger) work relationships, psyches, or businesses.


Radical candor: Is it ever OK to use the word ‘stupid’ when giving feedback?

You have a spectacular opportunity to show your team what it looks and sounds like to solicit honest performance feedback, then receive it with curiosity, openness, and gratitude. And to ensure you’ve got both the “edge” and the soft touch that managing human beings requires.


3 sneaky excuses for procrastination: Are you guilty?

So… what are the legitimate-sounding distractions that most typically get in our way? After talking with hundreds of executives in my leadership programs, here are what I find to be the big three.


Developing leaders: Lessons from one of the most impressive behavior change efforts ever

What can a program to feed starving children possibly teach us about “leadership development?” Here are four key lessons from Jerry Sternin of Save the Children's success in Vietnam.


Here’s why you need to make yourself a ‘To-Not-Do’ list

Given time is your most precious resource, I contend it is essential to give regular, disciplined thought to what you should stop doing. Maybe not every day, but at least once or twice a month.