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Complexity and Transformation

March 22, 2017 0 Comments
Complexity and Transformation

(This is the final post in a three part series on how growing complexity is transforming our lives.) Continuous Transformation: The common lament these days is that the pace of change is on an exponential trajectory. We struggle to keep up. Knowledge (and of course data) is increasing by leaps and bounds every second. All facets […]

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Leaders of Hope

December 7, 2016 0 Comments
Leaders of Hope

The Swamp of Innovation It’s hard to remember that our task is to drain the swamp when the alligators of failure keep taking bites out of our hope and persistence. We all know the story of Edison and his 10,000 tries to find the right construction for the light bulb enclosure and filament. How does […]

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Words as Bond

November 30, 2016 0 Comments
Words as Bond

An organization’s culture can be simply stated as “The way things get done around here.” Notice that isn’t a list of values found on walls, coffee mugs, T-shirts or ball caps. It’s what actually happens in our organizations, and how it happens that matter. That is how stakeholders see us. Not as some empty words or […]

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Leaders and Self-Worth

November 9, 2016 0 Comments
Leaders and Self-Worth

Attitude Self-esteem and self-worth are a matter of attitude about one’s own value to loved ones and the community. If a person also has a strong sense of humility to go along with a strong self-worth, then the stage is set for a very effective leader. Confidence, self-worth and humility combine to make space for […]

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Servant Leadership

October 12, 2016 0 Comments
Servant Leadership

What is Servant Leadership? I’ve been thinking about the concept of “Servant Leadership.” To me, that term simply means that a leader is there to serve his/her people and teams as a resource. The leader allocates appropriate resources, removes bureaucratic obstacles and actively manages the organization’s culture. What Servant Leadership is Not It is not […]

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‘Satiable Curiosity

July 27, 2016 0 Comments
‘Satiable Curiosity

IN the High and Far-Off Times the Elephant, O Best Beloved, had no trunk. He had only a blackish, bulgy nose, as big as a boot, that he could wriggle about from side to side; but he couldn’t pick up things with it. But there was one Elephant—a new Elephant—an Elephant’s Child—who was full of […]

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It Matters What YOU Believe

June 8, 2016 0 Comments
It Matters What YOU Believe

I have the privilege of working with a couple of business incubators and several start up company founders. The founders are sometimes surprised when I suggest that they must pay attention to leadership now, not later. They are even more surprised and usually totally unprepared to talk about their own fundamental organizing principles. It “all” starts with […]

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Flattened By An Opponent

May 11, 2016 0 Comments
Flattened By An Opponent

Sometimes we take a stand on an issue or try something new and we find that we are “flattened by an opponent.” It could be a race we lose to a better prepared athlete, or a debate we lose, it could be a “sale” we lose or it could be a a political primary where […]

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Even IF You’re on the Right Track

April 27, 2016 0 Comments
Even IF You’re on the Right Track

Even if you’re on the right track, you have to be moving fast enough to stay ahead of the train of technology change or you will be run over! Being slow to adapt isn’t cutting it these days. And the juggernaut is getting faster all the time. I just received a “Call for Papers” from the […]

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Canada Geese – Leadership on the Wing

April 20, 2016 0 Comments
Canada Geese – Leadership on the Wing

Our Southern California neighborhood is inundated with Canada Geese a couple of times a year. In spring, they fly in to raise their young. In fall, they stop by on their way back north. I’m not at all sure where they go in between. Many of my neighbors “hate” the geese. They are definitely noisy, […]

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