Leadership Quality Wins: Moving Beyond 10,000 Hours

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”

Prioritizing through Tragedy, War, Conflict and Peace

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…

One Overlooked Element that Can Stop or Supercharge Any Project, DPPE

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.  

Nonprofit Leader Partnerships: How to Achieve the Right Balance

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.

Think like an Entrepreneur: Be AntiFragile No Matter Where You Work

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”

Curing ONE of the Seven Deadly Diseases of Management, Performance Appraisals

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.

Beyond Resilience: Givers, Takers, Matchers and Anti-Fragile Systems

“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”

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, stifledContinue reading “A Two Step, Two Video Dance towards Loose – Tight Change & Innovation Leadership”

The Impact of a Challenging Goal, Parasailing in Key West

If you’re trying to be miserable, it’s important you don’t have any goals. No school goals, personal goals, family goals. Your only objective each day should be to inhale and exhale for 16 hours before you go to bed again. Don’t read anything informative, don’t listen to anything useful, don’t do anything productive. If youContinue reading “The Impact of a Challenging Goal, Parasailing in Key West”

Change Leaders: Why Should Anyone Trust Your Vision? John Kotter and 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.