Archive | February, 2013

The Power of Leadership Succession

27 Feb

Ruminating about 28 years of consulting with organizations of all types, I noticed an interesting fact. With one exception, I have never been in an organization with an effective ongoing leadership succession process. A few leaders talk about it but almost no one does anything about it.

Today we are seeing the beginning of a generational change in leadership all across organizations.  The “baby boomers” are leaving the work force.

Consider this article, it presents a model which embeds leadership succession in the process of organizational improvement.  Maybe you know a colleague who might want to consider this, if so please forward.

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The Power of Negative Thinking

20 Feb

This article introduces, without mentioning it, behavioral economics.  This is an approach that posits “rational” decision making is nonsense and recognizes that most decisions are emotional to a greater or lesser extent.  It also overthrows the idea that our emotions are totally under our personal control, they most assuredly are not.  Although people are able, under some conditions, to manage their emotions to a large extent. For an in-depth discussion of this, go to the “Psychology of You” section in Beyond IQ.

Consider this, rather than just conceptualizing the worst possible outcome, imagine the best and the worst.  If you are skilled at guesstimating the future what occurs will probably lie between these two extremes.  This is a best case/worst case scenario and it effectively, as much as is possible, manages your expectations.  Food for thought.

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A Short Classical Break = Leadership

13 Feb

What possible connection could music have to leadership?  This TED video is entertaining (musically)  and enlightening (intellectually).  One of the best TED videos I have seen – enuf said.

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A Dollop of Common Sense

6 Feb

Reading about management and leadership I rarely encounter content in an article that leaves me in total agreement.  This article is filled with common sense advice that is on-target in every respect

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