Disaster Recovery and the Work of Leaders

Published: May 14, 2015

Tornadoes have ripped through southern cities.  Data center managers prepare for an electromagnetic pulse that will shut down the University hospital.  A specialist dies with irreplaceable information known only to him.  Disaster can come in many forms.  Leaders are often called to handle the recovery. What should a responsible leader do in the face of […]

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.  […]

Don’t Go With the Crowd

Published: March 19, 2015

  A success speaker and philosopher coached his followers to “Avoid going with the crowd.”  Why does this make good sense?   Some wisdom is just contrary to what most people expect. The crowd is doing similar things to each other.  People move together, follow the same pop idol, wear his shirts and cologne, and work […]

Meetings that Are about We, not Me

Published: March 3, 2015

Nothing turns off a conversation faster than a one-sided sales pitch.  At least, that’s how I react.    When two people meet for business purposes, I always see the objective as “let’s build a relationship and find ways to help each other.”  I don’t want to take my time to hear someone pitch their position to […]

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 […]

Radiance out of the Darkness

Published: February 18, 2015

Is that you smiling?  Can I trust that look? I believe there is a paradox at work here – if you want to be radiant, you must know the darkness as well.  Carl Jung wrote, “Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people.”   When we are familiar […]

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.  […]

Leaders Are Grateful for Diversity

Published: February 4, 2015

  The members of a working team likely have some talents in common.  They also have talents that are different.  It is beneficial for a leader to find a way to merge the unique talents that are present.  Those varying skills may increase the conflict in a group, and they may also help the group […]

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