Tag Archives: practice

Inspiration to ask great questions from Coach K’s Sanyin Siang

Sanyin Siang, of Duke University’s Coach K Leadership and Ethics Center, says there are 6 types of questions great leaders ask: “Effective leaders use questions to: 1. Establish credibility and convey who they are. Effective leaders are fearless about asking questions because a well-framed question can highlight the understanding of an issue, and communicate the […]

Can We Simply Lead?

Leading with authentic spirit means leading with love, which ultimately means leading simply. No matter how many theories we weave, no matter how complicated the tasks we must accomplish, the process is simple (but not easy). The path of great leadership, even great visionary leadership, is marked by presence, that is, leading by being, being […]

#Dilbert Strikes Again: Bad Leadership is Bad Thinking!

What is it that makes it so hard to look at the big picture? Why is it such a challenge to let things be messy when we’re learning? In organizations, it’s because leaders are expected — and expect themselves — to be right. So we grab onto “rules,” and forget about the context! So let’s […]

Making Your Great New Leadership Experiment a Great Success in Your Organization: Three Steps to Sane Transformation

So, you’ve found a new leadership guru you want to follow! Excellent. Maybe you had a powerful transformation at a seminar, or read a mind-blowing book about active listening orĀ  team-building strategies to empower innovation. Avoid the trap of enthusiastic failure! Use these three simple steps to Integrate, Test and Apply what you’ve learned about […]

The Leading Edge: Let’s make training better, deeper, faster, louder, funnier — and messier!….

It’s been a long time since I posted my thoughts about leadership, because every time I sit down to write lately, I’ve been thinking about the ways we circle around the same ideas and ideals. It’s not a matter of right or wrong, believing or disbelieving, or even worthiness. After two years of writing about […]

#Leadership #Creativity? Want it? Get it? Got it? Good!

We all want it — that flash of insight that solves a problem, makes us essential, pumps the adrenaline up a notch, and gives the world a chance to see that unique twist of mind that makes us a creative leader! It’s not just the inspiration, either, we crave the innovative vision to make our […]

Holistic Leadership: Bridging Theory and Practice in Effective Team Relationships

Leadership Theory — can’t live with it, can’t live without it! Or at least that’s how it feels sometimes, when theory waxes theoretical, and practice waxes pragmatic, and the bridge between the two feels pretty rickety! I believe it’s worth the struggle to build an exploratory place for the two to connect — praxis, as […]