Tag Archives: theory

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 […]

Leadership So Far: Three Things I Know for Sure

There are so many questions about leadership, so many stories! And I’m as bad/good as everyone else, as smart/dumb about buying into mythologies and processes that succeed/fail. Leadership is a great unknown, a dream of a common language of aspiration, of hope, of transformation. I was thinking this morning — what do I really know about […]

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 […]

Visionary Leadership: Seth Kahan on the Pragmatics of Innovation

One of the most difficult challenges of good leadership development is bridging vision from theory into clear, effective practice.Too many managers fail in leadership initiatives because they’re applying techniques they only  understand as theory. The key to becoming a better leader is finding ways to live the values and beliefs behind the vision. That means […]

Training for Idiots: Why most leadership trainings fail

Thank you, Scot Adams, for your too accurate cartoon about the disrespect embedded in many of the most earnest leadership trainings! The problem isn’t that the trainers are trying to insult participants, it’s that they aren’t bothering to teach. The result is a training that feels at best like marking time, at worst like an […]

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 […]