Elephant syndrome is what I call it, the tendency to never forget. But I am not referring to a good memory. I am talking about a faulty forgetter. Like the elephant in the photo, we remain tied with string to obstacles we could readily overcome. […]
As employers and/or potential employers, it is our responsibility to evaluate those who work for us. And it is not by chance that the term “evaluate” is used here because evaluate means to “form […]
Several times a week I sit in meetings with clients, board members, and team leaders. In each of them things are said, ideas proposed, and conclusions made that need to be retained, shared, and referred to later. I have been writing notes on a paper tablet then scanning and sending to those who need […]
From the Harvard Business Review, April 14, 2015, by Gary Hamel
Pope Francis has made no secret of his intention to radically reform the administrative structures of the Catholic church, which he regards as insular, imperious, and bureaucratic. He understands that in a hyper-kinetic world, inward-looking and self-obsessed leaders are a liability.
Last year, […]
One company embarked on a program to update the way it interacted with incoming customer requests. As a consulting firm, they employed a fairly large number of mentor/coaches with a wide range of experience in business. There were accountants, manufacturing experts, clothiers, restauranteurs, sales experts, marketing and PR people, and much more.
Their advertising […]
Once upon a time in a place far away there was a man who made a journey to see his friend in a distant city. The sojourner walked into the pastor’s office and could not help but see the chair off to one side. Behold, it was an ugly chair. It appeared to have […]
Self-importance seems to go hand in hand with titles. Ascending to a position of power and importance can readily go to one’s head. One leader revealed that within hours of being appointed to a new job, one where he was in charge, he received two phone calls from colleagues encouraging him to show his power, […]
This concept of leading from behind appears in the news fairly often. The term and the concept have found their most academic expression in an idea put forth by Linda Hill of the Harvard Business School. She claims it originated from reading Nelson Mandela’s autobiography when he likened leaders who shepherd their […]
I am talking about the set of beliefs we as leaders have, often gone unnamed or unexamined, but held strongly […]
When I was last in Africa, I found a book in the library of the home in which I resided about the early days of safari hunting. The industry is tightly regulated these days and was, to a certain degree, even in the early part of the twentieth century. The hunters and guides were […]
As the twentieth century began, navies in only a half-dozen countries were experimenting with a new type of watercraft – the submarine. Invented in its most recent and most useable form by Irish immigrant and schoolteacher John Philip Holland, most traditional navy officers didn’t like submarines, did not understand how submarines could be deployed […]
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