Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

3 Success Factors for High Performance Teams, and What Gets In the Way: Interview with a Millennial

Leadership today has evolved greatly and includes high performance within teams.  Teamwork can also be the “secret sauce” that defines successful organizations.  Our systems for supporting high performance and leadership in teams and in entire organizations have not kept up with the times. Some of our most persistent management practices date from the industrial age, including […]


3 Things That Cause Ethical Breakdowns in Workplace Culture: Timing a Reminder is Everything

Tensions among senior staff in universities seem to be making the news on a regular basis. Examples include leader strife at Rutgers (blame), Penn State (cascade failure to deal with a crime) and University of Virginia (abrupt leadership goings and comings.) Last year Forbes described the University of Virginia‘s Board of Visitors vote to unanimously reinstate […]


There’s No Such Thing as Leadership? Pull, Influence and “Open Space” vs. Power

How many times has the question been asked, “What is management vs. what is leadership?”   This question, which is actually about power and influence, seems as if it may never die.  A web search on the difference between the two delivers 176 million results. __________________ A web search on “what is management vs. leadership” […]


Change and Endings: Letting Go and Acceptance before New Beginnings

Successful transition through endings is a necessary skill in the 21st century.  A William Bridges classic gives insights into helping endings succeed. <This post is part one of a two-part series on William Bridge’s Transitions change approach, with related change models and business examples.> Sometimes an ending is a major, transformative revelation for a business, such […]


A Two Step, Two Video Dance towards Loose – Tight Change & Innovation Leadership

If there is one thing that is buzzing in leadership circles in social media, it is that building an innovative, agile culture is key to remaining viable, surviving disruptive change, and thriving. Consider Loose – Tight leadership by rightsizing your grip. Grip the steering wheel too tightly and the result can be crushed creativity, stifled […]


Knowledge, Passion & Power: 3 Simple Change Principles to Release It

Leverage is a reason that leaders use when choosing to work in collaboration as well as hire consultants, who have the skills of helping leaders see multiple perspectives.  This is especially an asset when dealing with difficult, complex, even wicked problems.  This quote rings true in our experience with change projects:   “If knowledge is […]


Change Leaders: Why Should Anyone Trust Your Vision? John Kotter & Harvard Business Review

There are many trends about change management that I imagine Dr. Kotter has seen in his long career. As we prepare for the Association of Change Management Practitioners (ACMP) 2011 conference next week, including sharing new Skype videos with change authors on our updated site, ChangeManagementResources.com, I’m sharing nuggets of change leader material here including John Kotter’s highlights of some common assumptions about how leaders approach change.


The Difference between Management & Leading Change, Seth Godin

Leadership, what is it? Does it really exist, or is it really just another form of management, one that refrains from using implied power, as Peter Drucker has described it? This interview of Seth Godin features managing vs. leading, specifically leading change. Seth is a well-known speaker and social media author who writes about building community, […]


Co-Creation in Theory U: Leading from the Future as it Emerges & the Road to Commitment

Theory U features concepts intended to help leaders and managers in the public and private sector break through unproductive patterns of behavior. This includes not listening to their staff and clients’ and producing ineffective patterns of decision making. Otto Sharmer’s diagrams and practices include accessible illustration on paths in listening, for example, reinforced through the book, as a key focus on the left side of the U:


Entrepreneurial Success in Business, Professor Saras Saravathy & Effectuation

To understand innovation and entrepreneurship, listen to Saras Saravathy, Associate Professor – Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.  She speaks on how to be successful in business, starting  with “entrepreneurship is teachable.”  She has also been featured on TEDxMidAtlantic. Professor Saravathy says, “if you have the desire and intention, as well attention, it can be […]