Tag Archives: risk

Zen Pencils: Art on Leadership, Risk and Joy

Today, I want to shout out to┬áZen Pencils, aka Gavin Aung Than. Than is a freelance cartoonist based in Melbourne, Australia. After working in the corporate graphic design industry for 8 years he quit his unfulfilling job at the end of 2011 to focus on his true passion, drawing cartoons. Gavin launched Zen Pencils at […]

You Must Confront These 4 Uncomfortable Truths About Trust

4 uncomfortable truths, indeed — especially “trust means letting go of control.” Hard for leaders and co-leaders and followers alike. Between the pulsing “I want” of our ambition and the fearful “is it enough?” of our secret thoughts, control feels like the solution to keep us on track. But it’s not, really — trust is. […]

#BlackFriday: Are We Shopping Sheep or Creative #Followers?

Last year, I wrote about the zombie followers lining up for Black Friday deals. (By the way, I was one of them!) This year, I’m on a budget and in impulse buy recovery, so I’ve decided not to shop today. (When my online “deals” came in the mail, several of them weren’t exactly what I […]

We Don’t Need Another Hero? A call for heroic and inclusive diversity in the stories we’re telling about leadership…

We love a hero — but we often mistake “power over” assertiveness and risk-taking for heroism. The problem isn’t that heroes can’t be leaders, but that we have a narrow idea about what it means to be a hero (and, for that matter, what it means to be a leader!) When we understand heroic leadership […]

Risk, Reward, and Trust, Oh My! Visionary Leadership Builds Value-Based Systems for Innovation

Visionary leaders hope to get everyone excited about innovation and transformation, making systemic change and new beginnings easier and more rewarding. The pragmatics of transformation, though, mean creating visionary systems that reward risk and reward, built on trust. Here’s Henry Doss, entrepreneur and blogger at Forbes, about the ways leadership and innovation fuel transformation, and […]

Hero or Fool?: It’s Hard to Decide in the Face of Failure

Today, I’m taking a different angle on leadership, looking at another unlikely leadership lesson from the idealistic individualist Chris McCandless, whose off-the-grid Alaskan adventure ended in starvation, and sparked a novel and film, Into the Wild. Author Jon Krakauer posted a recent blog at the New Yorker describing the biochemistry of McCandless’ tragic death. Krakauer […]

When Leaders Fail: Is There a Point of No Return?

Sometimes I think American ideas about leadership are relentlessly optimistic. We believe that authenticity guarantees meaningful success, and we tell the story that visionary leaders are heroes who muster the stamina to fail and rise again, better than they were. We celebrate creative followers for taking risks that make the world better. But we rarely […]

The Interrupters: Inspiring Leadership in the Streets

The spirit of leadership shows best when individuals put themselves on the line for the good of community. I write about this heartfelt, courageous form of leadership as aloha leadership, a committed, holistic practice of leadership that works with core values of integrity, self-knowledge, and respect for relationships. Certainly, the Interrupters are a living example […]

Shakti Vahini’s Activist Leadership: Diversity, Alliances and Social Change

Often we believe that the best leaders to right a wrong are those who have suffered the oppression. But world-changing leadership needs to come from allies as well as those who suffer, or activism cannot succeed in changing a damaged culture. Whatever the cause, whatever the oppression, alliances must be made between leaders from privileged […]