Category Popular Culture

The Anti-Hero Syndrome: Leadership Lessons from Dexter

It’s unconscious but undeniable: what we feed our heads feeds our lives and our leadership values. The more conscious we are about it, the better off we are. It’s a good question to ask ourselves as leaders, and a great way to open up ideas in leadership training. Identifying which fictional world is feeding our […]

We are what we watch? Feeding leadership hungers with TV and movies

So what are you binge watching on Netflix, or following on cable this month? It may be your unconscious is giving you clues about your leadership hopes and dreams. It pays to pay attention to the ‘entertainment’ you’re drawn to. You may find clues to your aspirations and values, even in the most escapist shows. […]

Leadership Development for Kids: The Future Depends on Service Leadership

So I’ve been thinking about theories of leadership that are based in human connection, valuing people over profits, and community over power games. Here are a couple programs that inspire me with hope for future generations: 1. Kiwanis Service Leadership Trainings: “Kiwanis International empowers people at every stage of life to become competent, capable and […]

Bad Leadership Lessons: Ignorance is Never Bliss

Knowledge is the foundation of effective leadership decisions. That’s so obvious I’m embarrassed to have to write it down. But in this age called “post-fact” even by people who know that facts are important, it’s time to restate the obvious, as loudly and as often as we can. Today’s bad leadership blog answers the question: […]

Leading from Within: History Calls Us Today to Live the Best Story for Ourselves and Our Nation

The votes are in and counted. Now it’s up to us, as citizens who have a stake in the results, to be the leaders and followers we are called to be. And that means knowing who we are and what we want, so we can build the bridges we need to be the nation and […]

A Nail Biting Day for America: Voting in a Contentious Time

Is anyone else having trouble focusing on work? I am doing all sorts of smaller tasks, and trying to avoid the news, longing for distraction, anxious, hopeful and scared. It’s the day we vote, and decide the fate of our country for the next four years. On this day, our vote is our leadership, but […]

#PussyRiot on US Elections: New Video Irreverently Celebrates Women’s Wisdom and Power

Warning: if the P-word offends you, this V-word music video will get your blood running hot! Pussy Riot, the brilliant feminist activist group that protests for free speech, equal rights, and democracy in Russia, has responded to Trump’s grab for the P-residency and women’s P-rivates with a video celebrating women’s power.