Category Dilbert

Dilbert on Tweeting: Laughter is the Best Medicine….

Oh, the fake news! Oh, the tweeting! How social media runs our brains…. If we can’t laugh our way free of the angst now, then when!? Thank you Scot Adams of Dilbert fame, for saying it like it is… Please fact check! Please! Thank you….

#Dilbert Strikes Again: Bad Leadership is Bad Thinking!

What is it that makes it so hard to look at the big picture? Why is it such a challenge to let things be messy when we’re learning? In organizations, it’s because leaders are expected — and expect themselves — to be right. So we grab onto “rules,” and forget about the context! So let’s […]

The Goofus and Gallant Paths to Leadership Excellence: Start Where You Are!

Leadership: sometimes it seems like the thing we do despite ourselves. When we think about what we’re supposed to do, we stumble. It’s that pesky learning curve. Aren’t you sometimes tempted to just throw leadership theory away, stand up and say, “I JUST WANT TO DO MY JOB!” For most of us, when we don’t […]

How to Lead a Better Meeting: Kellogg’s Leigh Thompson on Common Collaboration Mistakes and Solutions

One of the oldest leadership gaffes in the book is to do things the way they’ve always been done, especially when it comes to meetings. If we really want to empower collaboration and generate great ideas we can act on as a team, old-school meeting strategies have to go. According to Kellogg School of Management […]

Questioning Leadership: How to Get the Answers You Need in a Crisis

When I argued that the “A” in leadership is asking questions, I emphasized the importance of courage and curiosity. Asking questions means getting nuanced and relevant information from colleagues and followers in order to lead effectively. It’s particularly important in a crisis. But there’s a bigger challenge embedded in this not-so-small strategy — how do […]

Change without Leadership: How Fearful Leaders Create Failure

Models, frameworks, restructuring — oh my! Too often, this is leadership a la Wizard of Oz — all bells and whistles and sacrifice by everyone but the leader hiding behind the curtain, all to mask the fact that not enough assessment has been done to facilitate change without creating panic and despair. Good leaders take […]

Training Phobia: How Shortsighted Managers Let their Fears Limit Innovation

Ironically, some leadership trainings can produce bad management. If a leader learns that his authentic values are the core of good vision for the company, and doesn’t examine his values or have the courage to challenge himself, the result just might be this Dilbert cartoon! Arguably, bad leadership and bad management go hand in hand, […]

Training for Idiots: Why most leadership trainings fail

Thank you, Scot Adams, for your too accurate cartoon about the disrespect embedded in many of the most earnest leadership trainings! The problem isn’t that the trainers are trying to insult participants, it’s that they aren’t bothering to teach. The result is a training that feels at best like marking time, at worst like an […]

The D in Leadership for Times of Change: Don’t Panic!

Leaders facing a crisis have to muster all their best qualities and skills, but the most important element of sustainable leadership is creating sustainable relationships. According to my practical lexicon, that includes (follow the links to find out more…)  LISTENING, ENGAGING FULLY, and ASKING QUESTIONS. But no matter what leaders do in the face of […]

The “E” in Leadership: Engage Fully

None of us can get meaningful work done if we don’t connect. But burnout claims us all at a certain point, and sometimes engaging fully in any real conversation just feels too complicated. To followers, it might seem we do it on purpose… but the reality is that no leader in his right mind wants […]