Author Archives: carolburbank

Michael Cohen’s Awkward Turnaround: Can Bad Leaders Change Their Ways?

Rep. Paul Gosar (R Arizona) accused Michael Cohen of selfishness and untrustworthiness, noting that he doesn’t deserve to be believed in his current testimony because, after all, “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire,” (quoting the sign behind his chair).  Granted, this childish poke at Cohen is more a silly twitter meme to entertain people uninterested in […]

Remembering Nobel winner,poet, critic, and activist Liu Xiaobo, with his last love letter…

Who says artists aren’t leaders? Standing up to power, speaking truth, making art despite assaults, attacks, and criminalization of his art, Liu Xiaobo deserves to be remembered and honored. He lived the life of a creative leader. Thanks to Lit Hub Daily and NY Review of Books for this report… “This text is the last […]

Update: Myanmar and Muslim Violence, with Military Leadership Framing the Crisis

Last week I wrote about Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence in the face of Myanmar’s ethnic cleansing, and international criticism from other Nobel prize winners around the world. New sources point now more to the challenges of military leadership, dominating this crisis on both sides of the conflict. Violence and discrimination against the Ryohinga Muslim […]

Petra Kuenkel on Collective Leadership

The collective has been missing in leadership development thus far. Changing our mindset involves awareness of the underlying complex compositions and dynamics of the systems that require change and the dynamics developing in a group of collaborating actors. We need to shift from a self-centered consciousness to awareness of the larger whole. In the old paradigm,… […]

Update: Myanmar, “A Textbook Example of Ethnic Cleansing…” and Aung San Suu Kyi’s Continued Silence….

On Friday, the Dalai Lama became the latest Nobel Peace Prize laureate to raise the issue of Aung San Suu Kyi‘s silence, following statements from Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and the rights advocate Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, both of whom called on Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi to take action. According to a […]

Update: Violence in Myanmar, and Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence

My last blog asked leadership questions about the role of Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi’s apparent complicity with the military regime she fought against. Here are resources to help understand the unfolding situation there, and the attempts to get to the truth about what is happening in Myanmar. Other members of the international […]

When Visionaries Disappoint Us: Living Legacy vs. Leadership Choices

Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for democratic resistance to military dictatorship in Myanmar, was released from house arrest in 2010. Now State Counsellor, facing a crisis of targeted attacks on the minority Rohingya people, she is expected to stand up for inclusion and peace once again.  What can we learn […]

Multipliers: Smart Leadership Multiplies Smart Solutions, Smart Followers

In this episode of the Blanchard LeaderChat podcast we interview Liz Wiseman, author of Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter. Drawing on some of the key points from the new revised and updated edition of her acclaimed Wall Street Journal bestseller, Wiseman explores why some leaders, whom she calls diminishers, drain capability and […] […]

Inclusive Leadership = Successful Teamwork! (Thanks #LeadershipFreak!)

Feelers are like Rodney Dangerfield. They get no respect. Every team has Doers, Feelers, and Dreamers on it. Doers are driven to finish things. Dreamers are driven to start things. Feelers prioritize relationships over results. Feelers don’t finish enough things for Doers and they don’t start enough things for Dreamers. At first blush, they seem […] […]

Trump’s spinning fact-free carnival ride: dizzying transcript of an ungrounded leader

It’s early on a cloudy morning, and I spent my breakfast reading the transcript of President Trump’s April 5 interview with the New York Times. The thunder’s rumbling and the rain is starting, big heavy drops that promise to get heavier. It’s hard to get excited about a day like this, like it’s hard to […]