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Are You an Authentic Leader?

I am your servant. I do not come to you as a leader, as one above others. · When you read these words did the person who uttered them come to mind? Admittedly, the world is adrift in leadership quotations. But what makes these words special is that they were said by Nelson Mandel ...

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3 weeks ago

Leading in a Post-Heroic World: Do You Have What it Takes?

Date Line: 1994, · Forbes Magazine · THE NEW POST-HEROIC LEADERSHIP ”Ninety-five percent of American managers today say the right thing. Five percent actually do it.” That’s got to change. · Post-heroic leadership has gone by many names: shared leadership, participative leadershi ...

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1 month ago

Inter-generational Leadership: What’s Myth and What’s Reality–and Does it Matter?

The literature on inter-generational differences has been in hyper-drive for a while. Think tanks spew out analyses; book authors produce their take on the situation; bloggers convey their perspectives; and consultants beat the bushes for contracts to tell organizations how diffe ...

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1 month ago

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Back to the Future: Are You a Theory Xer or Yer?

The leadership field—and its cousin management—has an over abundance of information, from books, periodicals, business articles, blog posts, web sites and more. Much of it is repetitive, and many prominent book authors have regurgitated their works in subsequent editions. One mig ...

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1 month ago

10 Valuable Lessons for Aspiring Leaders

  · The following 10 lessons are not aimed at just those who wish to move into managerial positions; they’re also for those who work as project managers, team leaders, thought leaders, relationship builders, etc. And of particular note is that those holding senior positions in or ...

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Leading in a Virtualized World: 10 Traits of a Cyber Leader

  · The world is getting smaller, shrinking steadily due to rapid advancements in telecommunications technology. Work is being distributed to countries that would have been scorned at a decade ago. · As much as telecom technology has been a key driver to accelerating work distrib ...

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2 months ago

Five Ways to Serve Your Organization and Build Your Leadership Skills

  · The process of building our personal leadership skills isn’t done overnight. That’s rather obvious. However, what may not always be clear is that leadership development within organizations is, at its core, a reciprocal process. The same applies to community service and leade ...

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2 months ago

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10 Leadership Lessons to Succeed During Turbulent Change

  · To say that the first two decades of the 21st Century have been packed with major change events is an understatement. From the now 20-year war in Afghanistan, the Iraq war and the contrived conditions for its prosecution by President G.W. Bush, the Occupy Wall Street movement ...

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3 months ago

Who’s Your Tribe?

  · Human beings have an innate sense of wanting to belong to a community. It’s genetically ingrained in us. This leads many people to actively seek out a like-minded group, or tribe, to join. · It might be Gen Y Hipsters, whose appropriation of elements of Baby Boomer culture cr ...

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3 months ago

The Leader Sets the Tone

You’re at a work meeting. One of your co-workers is giving a Powerpoint presentation to 30 people from both your work unit and two other units in your organization. It took your co-worker two weeks to develop a technical presentation that’s part of a major corporate initiative.Yo ...

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3 months ago

Using the “Five Whys” to Identify Root Causes

Tajichi Ohno was born in 1912 in Dalian, China. As a young man, he was hired by Toyota Automatic Loom Works. Toyota was later sold to Platt Brothers, a British Company, prompting the Toyoda family to use the sale’s proceeds to begin an automotive manufacturing factory. Ohno staye ...

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4 months ago

The Cult of Donald J. Trump

  · The first couple of years of Donald Trump’s presidency brought out armchair psychologists. Some of these individuals had work-based connections to the broad field of mental health and a few were actual psychologists, all of whom took aim at the controversial 45th president of ...

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4 months ago

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The Six Inner Leadership Selves

  · Being a leader, in whatever capacity, is not a one dimensional affair. There are many ways that each of us can practice leadership: at work, in our community, at home, or in an unexpected crisis situation. One thing’s clear: you definitely don’t have to be in a management pos ...

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4 months ago

Simplicity IS Sophistication—and Better Quality

  · Think of a time when you’ve bought a consumer product or been part of a process, such as filing a complaint with an airline that lost your luggage. Have you ever had any frustrations with how complicated a new product was to operate, such as the entertainment system of a new ...

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5 months ago

Be Open to Outcome—The Leaderly Approach

A baseball bat and a baseball cost $1.10 · The bat costs one dollar more than the baseball. · How much does the baseball cost? · According to Professor of Psychology Emeritus (Princeton), Daniel Kahneman, most people (including smarty pants Ivy League students) state that the bas ...

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5 months ago

The Allure of Populism—and the Confusion with Fascism

  · Populist: 1) A member or adherent of a political party seeking to represent the interests of ordinary people. 2) A person who supports or seeks to appeal to the interests of ordinary people. Adj. Representing or appealing to the interests and opinions of ordinary people. Deri ...

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5 months ago

How Donald Trump Played America—and Himself

This leadership post is a look back at one I wrote prior to Donald Trump becoming President of the United States. Much of the numbness from the Trump term has abated now that President Joe Biden has just passed his 100 days in office. However, there’s much uncertainty what the fu ...

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6 months ago

When Leadership Matters–Throw out the Script

We’re used to watching politicians rely on scripts, prepared by their advisors, the people who lurk in the shadows, typically unseen by the public. Teleprompters have become a favourite tool for prominent leaders, notably leaders such as President Obama who was a master of using ...

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6 months ago

Five Leadership Practices to Navigate Global Turbulence

The end is not near. · Despite the frantic warnings and incoherent ramblings from pseudo experts, the human race will survive, at least for the time being. But if you’re a junkie for end-is-near messages, then go and have your fix. · Six years ago the August 2015 stock market gyr ...

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6 months ago

Are You a Smarty Pants?

Fill in the blank in the following quotation to see if you correctly identify the decade in question: · Any company that aspires to succeed in the tougher business environment of the ______ must first resolve a basic dilemma: success in the marketplace increasingly depends on lea ...

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