I experienced a series of events over the weekend that caused me to reflect on the challenges women face in this society and what we can do individually and collectively to change the way women are viewed, treated, and supported in leadership positions. The first event that sparked my reflection on this topic was viewing a show on Oprah's OWN network entitled MisRepresentation. It is quite a powerful documentary of the societal influences of the media on young girls and women and how they have an impact on women's ability to be seen as...
Could a shared leadership framework enable organizations to deal with complexity, improve decision-making, enable adaptability and nimbleness, and increase performance across the board? Researchers such as Craig L. Pierce and Henry P. Sims Jr. would say yes! What exactly is shared leadership and how could it improve an organization's performance? Shared leadership is a multi-faceted model of leading. Even though there is not a great deal of research in this area, studies conducted to date have demonstrated that the...
At Saybrook's August 2010 residential conference, I participated in the generative and strategic dialogue seminar facilitated by Dr. Nancy Southern, Dr. Kathia C. Laszlo and Dr. Alexander Laszlo of the organizational systems program. Learning about the difference between discussion and dialogue was particularly transformative and deepened my understanding of the concept of “thinking together”—at work, at home or in the community. This learning enabled me to better understand why some discussions I engaged in the past were...
Leadership in our modern cultures is not only highly valued but essential for our evolution. As I approach 30 years of professional work, I realize that almost 100 percent of the value I bring to organizations and what I am compensated for involves leadership. My work in leadership comprises of creating an even playing field for teams and individuals. It is about recruiting and people development. It involves arbitrating and creating spaces for peaceful dialogue. It is about finding the spark within each soul to...
If you're hearing undertones of sarcasm laced with anger and heartbreak in the title of this post, you're reading me right. I originally had grand intentions of creating an enlightened piece about integral leadership and spiral dynamics... well, not really, but it sounds dazzling. Instead, my attention swayed toward news over the more than 48 exotic animals running loose in Zanesville, Ohio. According to CNN and other news outlets, a man named Terry Thompson caged black bears, grizzly bears, lions, leopards, Bengal tigers, wolves,...
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