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New Year’s Resolutions for Leaders: Three Ways to Increase Your Impact in 2017

New Year’s Resolutions: probably the most broken promises in the world, next to campaign promises! But if you’re a leader who believes your word matters, there are ways to keep your feet on the ground, your head in your vision, and your integrity matched with your goals. Here are three kinds of resolutions that will […]

October Leadership Hauntings II: Exorcise the Ghosts of Your Past!

We are born from a long chain of legacies, stories, heroes and villains who instruct us, hobble us, or inspire us. Our ancestors, mentors, and nightmare bosses lived in our past, but the ghosts of our personal and professional ancestors still haunt us, don’t they? The ancestors we are proud to claim inspire us to […]

Boot up Your Leader-Radar: Three Tips to Help You Watch Tonight’s Clinton-Trump Debate

There has been a lot of noise in the news about how the candidates are preparing for their debate tonight. We’ve been asked to pay attention to issues about the moderator, alerted to Trump’s disdain for fact-checking, cautioned about Clinton’s costume, and the buzz is nothing if not confusing. Things have been made especially difficult […]

Pope Francis, embracing complexity: Meets with Tech Giants to Discuss Blessings and Pain from New Technologies

Pope Francis is a leader who can hold paradoxical ideas, and guide us to consider issues from many sides. Not my stereotypical idea of a pope — and that’s inspiring to me. According to the Washington Post, he’s been challenging tech leaders to stretch the envelope of their creativity, putting the human back into the […]

Problem? No problem!: Leaders who laugh, last

Here’s a funny, and very true poem by Kevin McCaffrey to remind us that 80% of our problem solving energy is devoted to solving problems we created, consciously or unconsciously, in order to feel busy, satisfied, competent or leaderly.  That’s surreal, funny, very human  — and avoidable! Read the poem, and my three step process […]

Three Tips for Today’s Leaders

Originally posted on The HSM Blog:
By Lynda Gratton As a business professor, I’m often asked about the nature of leadership today. When I think about what it means to be a leader right now, the first thing that comes to mind is complexity: today, leadership means being prepared to deal with many stakeholders –…

Leadership that Silences Natural Leaders: The “Volunteer Penalty,” according to Inc.

Jeff Haden hits the nail right on the head in his article, “5 Leadership Lessons You Won’t Learn in B-School,” in Inc. Magazine. #3 Reads: The “volunteer penalty” kills the flow of great ideas. Your best employees tend to come up with the best ideas. It’s natural to assign responsibility for carrying out an idea […]