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Change without Leadership: How Fearful Leaders Create Failure

Models, frameworks, restructuring — oh my! Too often, this is leadership a la Wizard of Oz — all bells and whistles and sacrifice by everyone but the leader hiding behind the curtain, all to mask the fact that not enough assessment has been done to facilitate change without creating panic and despair. Good leaders take […]

Leadership as Cooking, but Gourmet? Not!

It’s official: the mess is not getting any cleaner. If leadership is like cooking, Obama is overwhelmed by the number of pots in the kitchen. I suppose it’s inevitable. At least according to cartoonist Adam Zygus, he’s got three big problems: 1. No one’s helping. OK, maybe too many cooks spoil the broth, but one […]

The “E” in Leadership: Engage Fully

None of us can get meaningful work done if we don’t connect. But burnout claims us all at a certain point, and sometimes engaging fully in any real conversation just feels too complicated. To followers, it might seem we do it on purpose… but the reality is that no leader in his right mind wants […]

Sequester Cartoon: Is there such a thing as tragic childish leadership?

There are certain fundamentals we need to find common ground — and being FLEXIBLE (read MOBILE) is the most important one. When future generations look back at this crisis, they’ll say, “What the heck happened? Didn’t they even know how to tie their shoes so SOMETHING could happen? Why were they so stuck?” They’ll also […]

Art on the Leading Edge: Malala Yousafzai and Gavin Aung Than

Leaders inspire art that is inspiring. Here’s a great offering by Gavin Aung Than that I found on the blog ZenPencils. I love the simplicity and transformation that shows the determination and clarity of Yousafzai’s recovery and continued activism. It’s an impressive example of how art can express a story so compellingly. There’s something about […]

Voting with Both Sides of the Brain: repost from Creating the 21st Century

Carey Upton posted this AMAZING piece analyzing left and right brain patterns in media, voting, political party patterns and ways of thinking and being. I agree with his conclusion, applied to leadership — we need to balance both sides to be effective! Read on, and click to his blog for more considered, entertaining gems. Voting […]

Wanna be a Team Player? Depends…

In any organization, we talk about followers as “team players…” But it depends on where a person is in the team hierarchy, whether being a team player is good for you. Leaders need to remember that neglected team members might just find another team! When I coach creative followers frustrated with the leadership in their […]