Tag Archives: cartoon

Michelle Bachmann: Called to Leadership?

Every one of us has heard a call to leadership, in some part of our lives. Michelle Bachmann was called by the Koch Brothers, who put the tea in the Tea Party’s bank accounts. But now, despite her brave front, she seems to have been called away from leadership, at least in the front lines […]

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 […]

Christian vs. Gay: What Kind of Heroic Leaders are We Looking For?

Great athletes are the center of our cultural attention — and that makes them sports heroes. Here are some interesting takes on Jason Collins and heroism after he came out as gay last week. This cartoonist thinks it’s inappropriate to reward him, when others’ courage has not been rewarded the same way…. But in a […]

Leadership as Cooking, but Gourmet? Not!

It’s official: the mess is not getting any cleaner. If leadership is like cooking, Obama is overwhelmed by the number of pots in the kitchen. I suppose it’s inevitable. At least according to cartoonist Adam Zygus, he’s got three big problems: 1. No one’s helping. OK, maybe too many cooks spoil the broth, but one […]

David Petraeus Cartoons: A Picture of the National Distraction

How can we properly thank the cartoonists who capture a current moment in history, with a clever slant that wryly shows us who we are now. Reminding us of other less delicious, more entrenched scandals… Or demonstrating our distraction from more life and death issues… Or pointing out an oddly paradoxical naivete of leadership… Or […]

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 […]

Sequester Cartoon: Is there such a thing as tragic childish leadership?

There are certain fundamentals we need to find common ground — and being FLEXIBLE (read MOBILE) is the most important one. When future generations look back at this crisis, they’ll say, “What the heck happened? Didn’t they even know how to tie their shoes so SOMETHING could happen? Why were they so stuck?” They’ll also […]