Growing Bad Leaders: Getting Better Results with People

Published: January 27, 2016

Many factors get associated with leadership, poorly I believe.  Here are some things that are NOT what leadership is about: Leadership is not about giving orders Leadership is not about having employees Leadership is not about taking away privileges Leadership is not about having a corporate position Leadership is not about treating people like subservient […]

How do we Teach Innovation In School?

Published: December 8, 2015

Students don’t learn to be entrepreneurs in most schools.  Very few students learn to think about innovation. When I write about “schools” here, I’m talking about elementary, junior high school and high school years. Our public schools teach our young people to be conformists – not rule breakers.  The fact that the United States culture […]

Leaders believe in the potential of people.

Published: July 28, 2015

Superman has x-ray vision. He can see if an opponent had a knife or another dangerous weapon – not that they would do much good against him – but he would never be surprised by what’s in the pocket of an adversary. He can see the physical resources that other people bring with them. Like […]

Don’t Waste Time on Meetings

Published: May 28, 2015

                A meeting is a waste of time –unless it contributes to your definite purpose.  Why do people meet in business? To review recent activity To ensure that people are coordinating their work To plan ahead To consider changes that may happen To initiate change Sometimes these meetings […]

Excellence is a Direction Beyond the Land of Good

Published: May 21, 2015

  I will never forget the day that Alex turned to me and said, “The good is the enemy of the best.”  I did not understand him at all.  I asked him to repeat, and then explain this idea.  Thirty six years later, I still remember his message to me. Alex was a psychologist that […]

Are You Willing to Finish?

Published: April 21, 2015

“I’m done!”  The executive shouts with glee, and shakes hand with his team.  “We reached our goals!   All done now, we can go home and relax!” This scenario almost never happens.  The modern condition of work is almost never about being “done.”  There are always more things to do.  For some people on a project, […]

The Problem with Leadership Quality Lists

Published: April 16, 2015

  A well-known management and leadership author has posted one of the familiar list of top leadership traits. The theme essay suggests that if you want to be a leader, you will be persistent, collaborative, a great communicator, and a visionary. Add to that a list of five other qualities. I get passionate about leaders […]

What Value Would You Die For?

Published: March 26, 2015

  As I write about management and leadership regularly, I read and write about the importance of values.  Businesses should hold values.  Principled leaders should demonstrate their values.  Emerging influencers should understand their values and seek alignment with the values of their workplace and peers. I’m not going to ask you what your values are.  […]

What Vulnerability teaches Leaders

Published: February 25, 2015

  I have confidence in the claims of Brené Brown – being vulnerable is a strength.  Popular culture teaches us that we must be strong – we must be victorious whenever possible, and occasionally dominate .  The role of “boss,” “manager,” and “supervisor” all suggest that the voice of authority should be unshakeable, nearly perfect […]

Choose Your Next Leader

Published: February 10, 2015

It is a privilege to serve.  What a mighty privilege it is to be able to select one’s leader. In the past, few people had a choice to choose their leaders.  A military general commanded the troops, workers on an assembly line listened to the foreman, and the church commanded our religious and moral lives.  […]

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