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,...
I led two team projects during the last semester of my MBA program. One project involved the development of a business plan for a new deli. The other involved the development of a consulting plan for a crime-laden, Miami neighborhood seeking to become a tourist destination that could one day rival South Beach. The business plan was hypothetical. The consulting plan wasn’t—we were expected to present our findings to the area’s redevelopment reps at the end of the semester. The business plan consisted of a three-member student...
"Some day, when we have harnessed the power of the sun and the waves and gravity, we will learn how to harness the power of love. And then, for the second time, we will have discovered fire." — Teilhard de Chardin We’ve all heard of the notion of an ecological footprint—that measure of human impact on the carrying capacity of Earth developed by Mathis Wackernagel during his doctoral studies. It is often expressed in terms of how many planets, like ours, it would take to “offset” the damage that...
I’ll never forget being a young manager having learned to know-it-all, or defend-it-all, but not having truly “heard-them-all.” So, who is the them? And, why should we stop to hear what they say? Them refers to a leader’s followers. Even though I don’t like the word "followers" because it suggests a lower-rung status for organizational team members, followers are team members, colleagues, stakeholders, and members of the organization. Not only is dialogue not taught in business schools today...
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