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Tag: Leadership

Shaming

September 18, 2019
Shaming

Question: I had an interesting question from a student in a recent guest lecture I gave at a local university. To paraphrase, the student asked, “Why do we say it’s best to criticize in private? I played competitive sports. The coach criticized us in public all the time. The shame caused us to redouble our […]

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Generosity of Resources

September 11, 2019
Generosity of Resources

Time, Connections, Knowledge: Leaders and managers are tasked with developing other leaders in the organization. Therefore, they must, of necessity, share the resources they have with their fellow employees. That is no easy task, if only because the press of day-to-day business tends to keep us all focused on tactical transactions. Time Perhaps the most […]

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Accrue Respect

July 17, 2019
Accrue Respect

First Manage: To be a good leader, you must first become a good manager. To do that, you must earn and accrue respect from the folks you manage. After all, the people give you permission to be a leader, not your position on the organization chart. Education Leadership is a learned skill. It seems to […]

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Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

May 29, 2019
Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

Forecasting is Treacherous Business: According to Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics, this year and next are likely to be filled with uncertainty. She names the events we all know are on everyone’s minds—Brexit, US-China trade tensions, and European Union reforms. Since Professor Yueh’s specialty is economics, she goes on to point out that those […]

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Efficiently Providing What Isn’t Wanted

May 8, 2019
Efficiently Providing What Isn’t Wanted

Management: When the markets for our products or services are reasonably stable and predictable, managing performance makes sense. We are, however, no longer in such a world. Managing will lead to performing to short term goals while missing the fact that markets may be moving away from us. Managing focuses on mitigating uncertainty by making […]

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Curiosity Disruption

April 3, 2019
Curiosity Disruption

The Curiosity Trap: As mentioned several times on this blog, curiosity is a common trait of successful leaders. Many leadership coaches consider curiosity to be a requisite leadership strength. Also, on the blog, I have mentioned that one’s strength is also a weakness. How do these two precepts jibe? When is curiosity a weakness? Disruption […]

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Shorts, Axles, Rodes, and Ho!

February 27, 2019
Shorts, Axles, Rodes, and Ho!

Mixed Metaphor? The other day, I was getting a bit excited about a situation that was frustrating to me. A friend said, “Don’t get your shorts wrapped around the axle over this.” I have heard the phrase “getting wrapped around the axle’ many times before. In context, it meant getting frustrated to the point of […]

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I’m Of Two Minds

February 20, 2019
I’m Of Two Minds

Bicameral: The latest neuroscience is refining our concepts of left-brain and right-brain functionality. Not very long ago, scientists thought that the right-brain did predominantly creative kinds of thinking. The left-brain, it was thought, did the logical thinking. Today, the understanding is that things are much more integrated, and the two halves of our brain are […]

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Helpful?

February 6, 2019
Helpful?

Perception: Recently, a young person who I’m mentoring got onto a tirade about his boss micromanaging him. After he calmed down a bit, I asked him to give me some details. (For confidentiality reasons, I will obscure the real information, but the “story” is otherwise true.) It seems that his boss would frequently delegate a […]

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Carefrontational

January 30, 2019
Carefrontational

A New Word: Back in 2005, during a leadership training class, I heard a new word, “Carefrontational.” I thought, “Wow! What a great word.” Very little further explanation was given. The instructor just used the word and knew we’d understand what was meant. I’m sure it is also apparent to you as well. Just in […]

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