The technical manager becomes a leader of people.

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Published: October 22, 2013

Jeff has a secure job with a major financial services company. Skilled with databases and implementing new technology, Jeff has worked with managers and software engineers to produce reliable results at his workplace. He’s been given progressively more responsibility over the last two years; and he has helped younger engineers get the results they need […]

A compass, or a map?

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Published: October 18, 2013

  Warren Bennis is brilliant.  He wrote about the unpredictable world of the future (commenting on Karl Weick’s distinction between old school leaders, and adaptive leaders of the coming years): Maps, by definition, could only help in known worlds — worlds that have been charted before. Compasses are helpful when you are not sure where […]

Leadership and Disruptive Events of the World

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Published: October 15, 2013

        Two principles of leadership emerge during periods of disruption:  Strategic thinking, and the power of execution.  Strategic thinking helps the leader forge a new vision, taking advantage of the changed circumstance.  The leader may rethink old assumptions; as the structural forces that held everything together in the “old way” may no […]

Times of Accelerating Change: Disruption for Project Managers

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Published: October 11, 2013

  I believe that we live in a time of accelerating change.  Change has been going on throughout history, yet I sense that the rate of change continues to climb.  Change creates new opportunities, yet for many people change is tantamount to doom – a shakedown of the old ways of working.  Some change is […]

Leadership Education: “I Don’t want to be the Decider”

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Published: October 8, 2013

I think some people don’t like being “the decider.”   The leader is often also the decider for big choice points. Yet this doesn’t have to be – the leader may also defer to the group to make a good decision, and simply endorse the wisdom of others.  This leads me to wonder – are some […]

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