Category Business Leadership

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: […]

Corporate Power Suggests Moderation to Corporate Power: Marriott’s Arne Sorenson’ letter to President-Elect Donald #Trump

It’s important to remember that it’s human nature for leaders from certain levels of elite status prefer to speak to people on their own level. It’s an unusual leader who can step up or step down to share power across class barriers, across polarizing issues, to build bridges between the fear of difference and the […]

Surviving Workplace Bullying: Real Tools for a Real Problem

This is a great TedX talk about bullying that all of us might use against so-called leaders who bully us into despair and submission, and colleagues who do not stand up for us when we need them, or perpetuate the bullying. Workplace bullying is inexcusable, but far too common. These tools will help us all […]

October Leadership Hauntings II: Exorcise the Ghosts of Your Past!

We are born from a long chain of legacies, stories, heroes and villains who instruct us, hobble us, or inspire us. Our ancestors, mentors, and nightmare bosses lived in our past, but the ghosts of our personal and professional ancestors still haunt us, don’t they? The ancestors we are proud to claim inspire us to […]

The Second Debate: Bully Leadership and the Trump Bravado

And that may be the biggest problem of the bully leader. He has to keep center stage in order to keep power. He has to silence real discussion to control any opposition. And he has to mask himself in forcefulness to prevent being unmasked as a person with weaknesses he’s hiding with all his might. For all its noise, it’s a weak kind of leadership, perhaps growing out of a woundedness that becomes a practice of wounding others as a form of self-protection and external control.

#HBR: The Authenticity Paradox in Leadership

Should you be transparent about your feelings and challenges? Should you be cautious, and strategic in your leadership persona? Such a paradox, in a world that claims to love authentic leadership! Authenticity is a double-edged sword, building trust and breaking it down, depending on how we perform our true selves. According to Hermania Ibarra, in […]

Antidote for #Leaders Behaving Badly (You know who they are!)

Collective Leadership: Open letter to #Trump from alma mater Wharton students and faculty

Trump’s alma mater has officially taken a stand against Trump’s exploitation and, in their mind, mis-representation, of their business pedigree. In an open letter, increasing numbers of students, alums and faculty daily sign to raise a collective leadership voice, and criticize his positions and the intolerance they spread. Will it change the minds of all […]

So you want to be an #authentic leader? Know your own story, and live it flexibly!!

So many of us talk about being authentic, as if it is the most important quality of a leader. But what does it mean to be authentic in the challenging roles and relationships we have to navigate as leaders? This short video answers that question by showing you how to master your leadership story, and […]

Why lead? #HBR asks the $20,000 #leadership question

One of the most telling questions you can ask someone in any kind of leadership role is what motivates them to be a better leader. The Harvard Business Review wants us to ask the hard questions so we can find real answers to make our leadership better. Motivation is everything. “Those with internal, intrinsic motives […]