Tag Archives: danger

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: […]

Transformational #Trump: The Contradictions Behind the Mask

Taking Donald Trump seriously means looking behind the mask to the contradictions that make him both entertaining and dangerous as a leader. According to the Economist, “Mr Trump’s secret sauce has two spices. First, he has a genius for self-promotion, unmoored from reality (“I play to people’s fantasies. I call it truthful hyperbole,” he once […]

Donald Trump: Breaking all the rules of good leadership

According to Schumpeter, of Economist fame, Donald Trump is a living example of power driving a leader out of leadership and into a whole new realm, moving past self-confident into self-centered. And that’s a dangerous move, for many reasons. “Making people more self-confident is good. But power also makes them more self-centred. In one study, […]

#BlackFriday: Are We Shopping Sheep or Creative #Followers?

Last year, I wrote about the zombie followers lining up for Black Friday deals. (By the way, I was one of them!) This year, I’m on a budget and in impulse buy recovery, so I’ve decided not to shop today. (When my online “deals” came in the mail, several of them weren’t exactly what I […]

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 […]

Is Provocation Leadership? Kim Jong Un and the Diplomacy of Aggression

Dictatorship has its privileges, it seems. Including threatening war in order to — well, that’s not quite clear, yet. Ernesto Lonono, in a thoughtful profile in the Washington Post, notes that “making sense of the Kims has been more of an art than a science. A cadre of North Korea scholars has spent decades piecing […]

Be a Leader, Not a Zombie: Zombie Candidates and Voters after All Hallows Eve…

News from the Zombies As you can see, there have been a lot of images about zombie candidates, not just for Romney, kind of a seasonal meme (viral concept). The main theme seems to be that the followers of the undead candidates are brainless. And in fact none of us are brain dead, although as […]

What We Can Learn in the Wild: A Leaderʻs Survival Guide?

From Lonely Planetʻs entertaining blog… What to do when you encounter dangerous animals Kate Armstrong 16 May, 2012 (with occasional comments by Carol Burbank, leadership wrangler…)   There’s no better story than an encounter with a charging bull elephant. That said, you want to make sure you live to tell the tale. Whether you are spotting […]