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Tag: Leadership

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, scientist thought that the right-brain did predominantly creative kind 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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Groupthink

January 23, 2019
Groupthink

Bad Rap: We all use groupthink, whether we admit to doing so or not. I hear groupthink used as an epithet — “Avoid groupthink” or “That’s just groupthink.” I gather that the point of the warning to avoid groupthink is to make sure that I do think. And question not only my assumptions but the […]

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The Universe is Indifferent

December 26, 2018
The Universe is Indifferent

Paranoid: Here’s my belief: The Universe is Indifferent. By that I mean it doesn’t care whether I — or my family, or my community, or my country, or even the earth itself — survive or not. It isn’t out to kill me either. It’s just indifferent. So, I’m not paranoid about this. I see cosmic […]

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Shipshape

December 12, 2018
Shipshape

Experience: There is a saying about sailing that goes something like this: “Sailing is hours and hours of boredom punctuated by minutes of sheer terror.” In my experience, that is pretty much true. Moreover, while I am familiar with sailboats, my brother is an expert on all things marine. When I asked him about his […]

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Stick To Your Guns?

December 5, 2018
Stick To Your Guns?

Which Guns? There is a misconception on some folks’ part that leaders must take a decision and stick to it. “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” I don’t think that is always appropriate or useful. I do believe it is true that a leader must show decisiveness. I also think it’s important that a leader […]

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Tribal Animals

November 28, 2018
Tribal Animals

Nature Rules: There is a lot of discussion about organizational culture these days. What is it? How does it contribute to or inhibit effectiveness? How do we “manage” it? “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” – Peter F. Drucker I define culture as simply “the way things get done around here.” And that means how decisions […]

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