Tag Archives: shapeshifter

Visionary Pragmatism: How to Survive Your Success

One of my least favorite sayings is, “No good deed goes unpunished.” But there’s some truth in it, especially when it comes to visionary leadership. Some leaders — MLK, for example, or Joan of Arc, as in this cartoon — get punished by a resistant culture for their success, for the gift they’ve brought through […]

Leadership Tensions: Paradoxes That Keep Us Dancing with our Leadership Story

“Leadership Freak” blogger Dan Rockwell offered an intriguing list of leadership tensions this week: The Ten Tensions of Leadership: Tenacity and kindness. Vision and openness. Kindness and candor. Passion and quietness. Analysis and initiative. Planning and people. Solitude and relationships. High expectations and helpfulness. Decisiveness and listening. Focus and flexibility. In the lively discussion afterwards, […]

The A in Leadership: Ask Questions

If leaders LISTEN, and ENGAGE FULLY, they’ll be ready to ASK QUESTIONS — the third key to leading through a crisis. Crisis tends to stimulate all our old habits and ideas, forcing us into a corner by instinct, no matter what our skills, goals and hopes might be. The way out of instinctive reactivity is […]

Shapeshifter Leadership: More than just being flexible

The shapeshifter has a bad name in our culture, because we usually see the worst of this challenging archetypal leadership style. We get this Dilbert-esque, lazy kind of flexibility that gives managers a bad name. Contrary to Scott Adams pointed skewer, managers who aim for flexibility are rarely evil, but they are dangerous. They’re trying […]

Originally posted on Joe Blogs:
My friend Darren sent me a link to these rather excellent alternative London Underground signs… (click image above for link to original photographers blog) Apparently they’ve been appearing for some time now, but like 99% of passengers, I’m sad to say I’ve missed them.. They’ve been done so well, that…

Romnesia: The Self-Made Millionaire and Leadership Myopia

A Justifying Myth for Millionaires: The Self Made Man? George Monbiot‘s remarkable political analysis of the myth of the self-made millionaire jumped into my email box thanks to a friend who’s been tracking my leadership blog. In “Mitt Romney and the Myth of Self-Created Millionaires,”  Monbiot writes: “We could call it Romnesia: the ability of […]

Is it Leadership or Just Regular Crazy?

What would we do without Scott Adams to bring us down to earth about the ways we, as part of organizations and in the greater cultural vortex of human advancement, (mis)manage our development!? I admit it, Iʻm an idealist, with my theories and practices of sustainable leadership, community-centered aloha leadership, and the most challenging of […]

Michael Malone: Shapeshifter Leadership in the Virtual Economy

Technology journalist Michael Malone releases his new book this week, The Guardian of All Things: The Epic Story of Human Memory. It sometimes takes the profoundly interdisciplinary journalistʻs mind to tap into science in a way that challenges our ideas of who we are. Take his 2009 book, The Future Arrived Yesterday: The Rise of […]

Good Advice for Leaders: Write Your Own Script!

In her Washington Post column on Wednesday, Sally Jenkins attributes Gabby Douglasʻ bad fall on the balancing beam to demoralization. The attacks on her hair, and the “racial narrative, the rags-to-riches narrative” imposed on her combined to reduce her “from gleaming to grim.” Itʻs a powerful argument, that a small story imposed on someone in […]

Shapeshifter Leadership

I haven’t been blogging but I’ve been teaching, researching and writing — and I’m back with a new take on the spirit of leadership! This May, my newest research on leadership with spirit came out in a Fetzer Institute supported volume, The Transforming Leader. Edited by Carol Pearson, Ph.D. (President of Pacifica Graduate Institute) It was […]