A Follower Saves the Day

A Follower Saves the Day 1199 723 Sharna Fabiano

Elliot, a technical engineer, was assigned to monitor a piece of machinery he was unfamiliar with. Over the first few weeks, he had questions for the supervisor in charge, but…

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Culture of Support

Culture of Support 2016 946 Sharna Fabiano

There are more than 20 of us on Zoom for a monthly volunteer meeting for Exhale Pro-Voice, a support textline for people who have had abortions. We start with a…

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In Defense of Leadership (and Followership)

In Defense of Leadership (and Followership) 903 602 Sharna Fabiano

I recently joined a staff of young artists and teachers for a short-term community project. In a conversation during our preliminary training, I was startled to hear several of them…

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Civic Followership

Civic Followership 1126 1500 Sharna Fabiano

As relieved as I feel since the US Presidential election was definitively called for Joe Biden, I also have a new and startling appreciation for the fragility of our democracy,…

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Leaders Who Care

Leaders Who Care 1382 675 Sharna Fabiano

Think of all of the teachers, parents, or mentors who have supported you in the past, those who made a difference in your life at the time, or perhaps for…

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Transforming Fear Into Courage

Transforming Fear Into Courage 1382 922 Sharna Fabiano

In Leigh Bardugo’s marvelous novel, Six of Crows, the protagonist Inej reminds herself, “When there is fear, something is about to happen.” In this way, she trains herself to pay…

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Followership in Public

Followership in Public 900 675 Sharna Fabiano

I’ve been writing about followership at work for a while now. As professionals, we celebrate leadership but overlook followership, and there are real personal and organizational losses that come from…

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Leading and Following at Home

Leading and Following at Home 1000 750 Sharna Fabiano

My negative spiral around exercise goes something like this: I feel lethargic and I want to move, but the thought of doing “exercise” makes me feel self-critical, which makes me…

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More Connection = Better Meetings

More Connection = Better Meetings 1367 619 Sharna Fabiano

Connection is vital for us to work well together. It’s the foundation of clear communication, of “getting on the same page,” of building and maintaining trust within a team. Without…

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Remote Portraits: A Creative Collaboration

Remote Portraits: A Creative Collaboration 2232 1388 Sharna Fabiano

I did something rather unprecedented this week: a remote portrait session through Zoom! I would not have ever thought such a thing could exist, but it does now! And it…

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