The Trap of Checkbox Leadership

by Alli Polin on November 1, 2013

There is no list of to-dos to check off to be an exceptional leader

Way back when I was acting more, I would know my lines cold, go deep on my character and truly focus on my relationship with all the other characters.  I know I was a good actor based on feedback and casting but I also had an awareness that I had not yet tapped into what I needed to be great.  One on-film class in particular stands out to me since I came face to face with one of my personal “walls.”  I needed to cry, on camera, on cue, over and over.


The Being of Leadership

by Alli Polin on September 3, 2013

Acting and leadership are about connection, authenticity and responsiveness

I took my first acting class when I was in elementary school and theater was a part of my world all the way through college and into “real life.”  At some point, probably around the arrival of children and promotions at work, life got incredibly busy, acting fell away and became a happy memory.


Getting Back to Business as Usual

by Alli Polin on April 19, 2013

getting back to business as usual for leaders

I’ve sat down at my computer several times this week to write a new post.  Willing myself to take my mind off of the Boston Marathon bombing and refocus it on my clients, writing, networking etc.  Just go back to business as usual.  I’m going to be honest with you – I’m doing a terrible job of it.  After a lot of thought, I realized that I just didn’t want to post an upbeat piece on leadership and began to think about the leaders that are helping everyone else process and move through this experience.