Tag Archives: Leadership in Crisis

CLIMATE CHANGE FEATURE: Wendell Berry, The Art of Leadership

Today, I’m launching my first blog on leadership and climate change, looking for what we can do to make a difference, even now as we see the harsh realities we have created. I’m beginning with a poem by Wendell Berry, a writer who speaks plainly and eloquently to teach us the core leadership values we […]

Problem? No problem!: Leaders who laugh, last

Here’s a funny, and very true poem by Kevin McCaffrey to remind us that 80% of our problem solving energy is devoted to solving problems we created, consciously or unconsciously, in order to feel busy, satisfied, competent or leaderly.  That’s surreal, funny, very human  — and avoidable! Read the poem, and my three step process […]

Bangkok Protestors Strike Back at Coup—With Forbidden Hunger Games Salute

Originally posted on The Stake:
This article originally appeared at YES! Magazine. In Bangkok, Thailand, protesters have taken to the streets against a military junta that seized power late in May—and they’re using the three-fingered salute from The Hunger Games as a symbol of their opposition to the new government. According the protesters, the salute is…

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 […]

@Forbes on TV #Leadership: Seduced by Survivor

“Outwit, Outplay, Outlast.” That’s the motto of the riveting, ridiculous, highly staged and somewhat abusive TV “reality” show, Survivor. Drew Hendricks’ blog in Forbes about Survivor leadership lessons misses an important distinction between cut-throat competition and leadership. What’s scary about this is that he’s not alone — leading by “power 0ver” ultimately serves one person […]

The only gateway to the transcendence of powerlessness is acceptance – not agreement

Originally posted on The Future of Leadership is Collective:
Experiences of powerlessness are gateways to deeper perceptions of reality. The most disconcerting experiences sometimes help us to access a deeper sense of life in all its possibilities. When the boundaries of our constructed identity are shaken, and we find a way of integrating the disturbing…

Language and #Leadership: How We #Fool Ourselves into Righteous Inaction

It’s hard to tell the truth. When we try, we get trapped by the lies we’ve been taught to tell and the politics we hide behind tell because it seems easier. Leaders have to stand in the center of our souls, tell the truth, and stop hiding behind euphemisms (words that make ugly things pretty) […]