Tag Archives: ego

Ego and the Anti-Leader: Dentist Walter Palmer Goes After Easy Game

I try to write about positive leaders and leadership trends here, but in the past few weeks, my heart has been heavy with the news that Walter Palmer killed a protected, named, tracked and beloved lion in Africa. And that’s got me thinking about ego-driven leadership. The killing will have consequences, according to EcoWatch: “The […]

The Fall of the Alphas: Corporate Anthropologist Dana Ardi on Building Better Beta Leadership

Looking for some good, smart storytelling about contemporary leadership in corporations? Check out Dana Ardi’s 2013 book, The Fall of the Alphas: the New Beta Way to Connect and Lead. Like me, Ardi is a trained anthropologist/ethnographer — a student of culture and the ways people work together, play together, and build stories that fuel […]

Margaret Wheatley: What’s so bad about fear?

In her article, “Eight Fearless Questions, ” (Edge Magazine, 2013), Margaret Wheatley models some remarkable questions. Even more remarkable, she doesn’t answer them — she invites us to hang out in the question long enough for it to offer up  surprises and insights. This was my favorite one in the list. What’s so bad about […]

How to Get Out and Stay Out of the Leadership Box

Hereʻs a radical idea; innovation isn’t about solving problems — it’s about staying in the “problem space” long enough to see what’s really going on, and then taking action. According to Bart Barthelemy and Candace Dalmagne-Rouge in HBR,“as you start thinking of a solution, you unconsciously begin shutting off possibilities for getting a deeper understanding […]