What wins the race? It is the leadership quality and finesse of multiple factors that wins, not the novice conceit of speed, or the number of hours of practice. From the book, “Inner Speed Secrets: Mental Strategies to Maximize Your Racing Performance,” by Ronn Langford and Ross Bentley share insights into the nuances that also applyContinue reading “Leadership Quality Wins: Moving Beyond 10,000 Hours”
Every moment offers a choice. As we experience national level stress, it’s helpful to consider that smart, adaptive planning, through complexity, is essential to leadership, in tough times. What helps is to focus on the important while managing the urgent? As I wrote this post originally, the United States was dealing with the…
Leaders know that good data is essential to good decisions. But what data? Finding the right data, at the right time, from the right sources is critical.Data is the first of four elements from a simple acronym DPPE. It stands for Data, Purpose, Plan, Evaluate.
Like a well-played symphony, when nonprofit leaders partner well with their board, staff and volunteers, magic happens. Though a board of directors or council holds ultimate legal and fiduciary responsibility, true success requires a solid partnership between the chief executive officer (or staff officer) (CEO / CSO) and chief elected officer, a board chair or council president.
How do you FRAME an approach to entrepreneurial change that helps you adapt to a business climate that is always changing? I asked those attending a question, “How many of you have been in your same career for more than ten years or so?” Two raised their hands. Their professions were cosmetology and nursing. Though thereContinue reading “Think like an Entrepreneur: Be AntiFragile No Matter Where You Work”
Entrenched habits tend to persist, mostly invisible, until poets, reformers and provocateurs start writing, talking and asking questions. They challenge us to reexamine long-standing practices that no longer fit our current world and what’s on the horizon.
“Our focus on removing or minimizing randomness has actually had the perverse effect of increasing fragility.” How can we work through this paradox in organizations? Assistant Professor Adam Grant’s recent works provides insights. As a follow-on exploring the concept of anti-fragile systems that I blogged about earlier, consider the power of Dr. Grant’s recent work on Givers,Continue reading “Beyond Resilience: Givers, Takers, Matchers and Anti-Fragile Systems”
Random, extreme events: What are our options when we confront events we don’t understand? Is it possible to develop characteristics to emulate strengths in nature in becoming antifragile as described by former wall street trader, now academic, Nassim Nicholas Taleb? “When you are fragile, you depend on things following the exact planned course, withContinue reading “Beyond Resilience: Black Swans, Anti-Fragility and Change”
“There isn’t anything so practical as” a good model to help leaders, change agents and advocates explain what is happening in change and transition, paraphrasing Kurt Lewin. An informed change leader can head off the deadly effects of compliance and indifference and increase true, community commitment with a good set of tools, facilitation skills and change research, informed by timelyContinue reading “Two Tried & True Change Models – Evergreen for Agile Change”
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: