Tag Archives: cartoon

#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 […]

Zen Pencils and Amy Poehler: If at first you don’t succeed… be great anyway!

Whose shoulders do you stand on? Zen Pencils on Leaders in Science

Today I’ve had the blues, feeling rather small — but then Gavin Aung Than, of Zen Pencils fame, reminded me that I am standing on the shoulders of a lot of people who accomplished a great deal — and helped me be taller. Remembering that I am part of a lineage of innovators helps me […]

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 […]

Teenage Defender of First Nations Rights Becomes Literal Superhero

Originally posted on The Stake:
This article originally appeared at YES! Magazine. This week, we got our first glimpse of DC Comics’ newest character: a teenage girl from James Bay, Canada—and a member of the Cree, one of the largest First Nations in North America. Created by writer Jeff Lemire, this character is inspired by real-life…

Zen Pencils: Art on Leadership, Risk and Joy

Today, I want to shout out to Zen Pencils, aka Gavin Aung Than. Than is a freelance cartoonist based in Melbourne, Australia. After working in the corporate graphic design industry for 8 years he quit his unfulfilling job at the end of 2011 to focus on his true passion, drawing cartoons. Gavin launched Zen Pencils at […]

We are all shapeshifters! It’s time to evolve into shapeshifter leaders with integrity.

In mythic terms, shapeshifters are often thought of as troublemakers. They can hide their true identity and sneak around. That makes them untrustworthy, because you can’t really see who they are. They’re inconsistent, in the most magical way possible, changing their appearance and making us believe they are one thing, when they really are another. […]

Visionary Pragmatism: How to Survive Your Success

One of my least favorite sayings is, “No good deed goes unpunished.” But there’s some truth in it, especially when it comes to visionary leadership. Some leaders — MLK, for example, or Joan of Arc, as in this cartoon — get punished by a resistant culture for their success, for the gift they’ve brought through […]

Cartoons about Aung San Suu Ki: Images of Leadership in Crisis

Aung San Suu Ki’s release from house arrest in 2010 was celebrated in Burma and by the international community, and her work in the parliament has been praised and criticized.  Here are three recent cartoons painting a picture of her triumphs, celebrity and challenges since her release from house arrest. She has said: “Sometimes I […]

Update, Leadership Lessons: Malala Yousafzai in Editorial Cartoons

I love the cartoonists! They say so much about leadership in a single image..