“If you’re a leader, your whole reason for living is to help human beings develop—to really develop people and make work a place that’s energetic and exciting and a growth opportunity, whether you’re running a Housekeeping Department or Google. I mean, this is not rocket science. It’s not even a shadow of rocket science. You’re … Continue reading Leadership Rocket Science
“The led must not be compelled; they must be able to choose their own leader.” – Albert Einstein What if you aren’t really leading anyone? Before you get too defensive, I also asked myself this question. When I did, it occurred to me that I might be a just little bit delusional. I thought of … Continue reading Why Should I Follow You?
“I have three treasures which I hold and keep. The first is mercy; the second is economy; the third is daring not to be ahead of others. From mercy comes courage; from economy comes generosity; from humility comes leadership” – Lao Tzu Mercy Leadership demonstrates courage through compassion and forgiveness. By watching some leaders you might … Continue reading Three Treasures to Hold and Keep
“Results aren’t everything they’re the only thing.” – Some CEO The prevailing logic is that leaders are responsible for results. Therefore we should evaluate leaders as follows: Good results = good leader Average results = average leader Bad results = bad leader Simple and straightforward. But not very accurate. Good leaders will sometimes fail. Bad … Continue reading A Balanced Scorecard for Leaders
We know this isn’t working. The signals are clear. So… We talk about change. Worry about change. Argue about change. Learn about change. Plan to change. Soon. Yet, months, even years pass with no real change. We beat our chests and pound on conference room tables. So much activity and so little progress. “…full of sound … Continue reading Breaking the Illusion of Change