Tag Archives: innovation

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 […]

Ode to Joy: Peter Bregman on Rafael Nadal, and the Courage to Feel

Yesterday, Peter Bregman made an impassioned call for emotional freedom in his Harvard Business Review essay, “Nadal is Strong Enough to Cry: Are You?” And what a day to do it, the 12th anniversary of September 11 when our emotions and memories might well be as strong as Nadal’s sobbing joy at winning the US Open […]

Why “Lean-In” is Good Leadership Practice for Women: It’s the Norm for Male Leaders

Scott Schieman, Markus Schafer and Mitchell McIvor reported last Sunday in the New York Times, that “leaning in, for men, is a cultural expectation. It’s what they are “supposed to do, and they are usually respected and rewarded for it.” It generates “symbolic power” that translates into workplace influence. But women, who “tend to encounter […]

Legacies and Traumas: Myanmar and Aung San Suu Ki

25 years after the unrest of 8.8.88, Myanmar is beginning to define itself as a new nation. Aung San Suu Ki is one of the most known internationally known leaders, but there are many who witnessed and survived the difficult years that birthed Myanmar, once Burma, from a dictatorship to a struggling democracy. Leadership in […]

Adaptive Leadership: Responding to the (Permanent) Crisis

Groundbreaking leadership theorist Ronald Heifetz has argued persuasively that sustainable leadership is adaptive leadership. In this Harvard Business Review article, he notes that crisis has become a permanent condition, making adaptive leadership even more important for survival, innovation and transformation. He writes: “The task of leading during a sustained crisis—whether you are the CEO of […]

John Coleman: “Reading and writing poetry can be a valuable component of leadership development”

” For one, poetry teaches us to wrestle with and simplify complexity. Harman Industries founder Sidney Harman once told The New York Times, “I used to tell my senior staff to get me poets as managers. Poets are our original systems thinkers. They look at our most complex environments and they reduce the complexity to something […]

Humility and Leadership: strength with aloha

Humility is a quality we generally think we should cultivate in ourselves, and value personally in leaders. But it can be more. Forbes praises humble leadership:  “A humble leader is secure enough to recognize his or her weaknesses and to seek the input and talents of others. They don’t trade on hubris (arrogance/pride), nor are they guilty […]

Carol Pearson Interview about Transforming Leadership and Archetypes

Carol Pearson was recently interviewed by Dr. Cathy Greenberg and Relly Nadler about The Transforming Leader, the 2012 collection about cutting edge leadership she edited. I’m proud to be in such good company as a contributor. In the interview, Dr. Pearson also talks about her work with archetypes and leadership, and the instruments she’s developed […]