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

Leadership

Suspect your new hire won’t make it? 4 mistakes to avoid

Leaders fall into some common “traps” when confronted with the new hire who is stumbling. Here are 4 of the most common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Leadership

The dark side of collaboration and how to fight back

Multiple minds rarely think alike, yet joint decisions must be forged. This, of course, is both the curse and the magic of collaboration.

Leadership

What motivates Jane? (a.k.a. The Telepathy Game)

Proactively discover what each team member really cares about, what motivates them, and work to address it. Before it’s too late.

Office Life

At the intersection of food, influence, and leadership

For many of us, it was a rude awakening to become the leader and we learned that true “power” and influence doesn’t come on a silver platter.

Leadership

Why every manager needs to hear criticism and bad news

To maximize leadership success you MUST know not just the good – but also the bad and the ugly. Let others share their frustration or criticism.

Communication

“Thank you” magic: 5 creative tactics

To really make your appreciation stand out, be creative in how you say “thanks.” Here are 5 of my favorite ways to supercharge an employee or group with appreciation:

Leadership

Nice boss, tough boss: A fairytale

Stories of good and evil predispose us to see leaders along a “mental continuum.” At one end: the tough boss. On the other: the lovable leader.

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.

Leadership

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.

Communication

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.

Productivity

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.

Leadership

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.

Productivity

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.