Tag Archives: metaphor

Relationship tips for entrepreneurial leaders

An article in Entrepreneur Magazine argues that effective leaders always make relationships a priority.    “You tend to achieve your top priorities. So even though it may be hard to admit your need other people, you’ve got to make them a priority.” Their advice: BE REAL. BE A GIVER. BE APPRECIATIVE. Great leaders know this, […]

The Handle And The Suitcase

Originally posted on DCulberhouse:
“It is up to the individual to remember that it’s okay to use the handle, just as long as you don’t forget the suitcase.”  -Ed Catmull, Creativity Inc. Ed Catmull, the President of Pixar and Disney Animation shares a visual in his new book, Creativity Inc. where he asks us to “imagine an…

Are You Cashing Your Reality Checks?

Cashing our reality checks…. what a great metaphor for a necessary leadership task at all levels of an organization! Itʻs all about risk management, change management and managing the organizational story — the narrative that needs to be able to deal with issues before they break something! Practical and clever. He writes: “As a leader […]

Leadership “Intervention:” teachings of popular culture

It’s a familiar story: boy/girl meets drug-of-choice, boy/girl falls in love, boy/girl’s family intervenes, boy/girl goes to rehab and starts over. In the TV series, “Intervention,” this plot happens over and over again. Most of the addicts go to rehab, and many stay sober for awhile, maybe longer. The stark white postscript on the screen […]

Metaphors and Leadership: How Do We Make Sense of This Crisis?

We live through story; so it’s important to pay attention to the metaphors we use about our leaders. In the Washington Post yesterday, David Ignatius used a powerful metaphor to describe the sequestration crisis. It tells a difficult about leadership, about the crisis, and about what we need to do. Co-dependent Leadership and the House […]

Leaders Negotiating Badly: Bridging the “Cliff” (with help from Tom Toles)

The budget deadline, aka “fiscal cliff” is testing our patience and the leadership qualities of Republicans and Democrats. The Republicans veer between pretending to want to negotiate… and coming to the table to negotiate while hoping negotiation is not necessary… to negotiating a position that it’s the other side’s fault, while admitting that it doesn’t […]