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Another Small Kindness

8 May

 

Here is a six minute video that will give you a chuckle and a pick-me-up.  He calls it local leadership.  I prefer the term small kindness. For more about the impact of small kindnesses go to kindness.  Have a look and a lift.

 

 

 

How a little thing can change peoples’ lives

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZXC59EI7Zo

 

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Mentors and Sponsors

17 Apr

By now most of you have become familiar with Sheryl Sandberg’s comments about the need for to women to “Lean In” to become corporate executives.  The video on TED is well worth the 16 minute investment.  The reviews of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead at Amazon are fascinating (please don’t’ bother to read all 200+).

 

Her comments and book have raised an interesting issue:  the difference between mentors and sponsors.  The New York Times recently had an interesting article on this topic.  It’s a good read – food for thought.

 

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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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Leadership and respect

7 Nov

This week the New York Times had an interesting article about respect.  When asked “What are some things that are important to you in terms of culture?” the interviewee answered “ We have absolutely clear discussions with everyone about how respect cannot be messed with in our culture.”  This is the beginning of three long paragraphs halfway into a article entitled If I Hire You, What’s Your 100 Day Plan?  It’s a worthwhile two minute read.

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Rachel Carson & Leadership

31 Oct

This week is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring, a book that changed how government and business viewed and used chemical pesticides, particularly DDT.

The New York Times Business section occasionally does bios of leaders who had significant impact on our society.  An article by Nancy F Cohn entitled From Calm Leadership, Lasting Change is such a bio and a fine read.

I was particularly interested in her citation of Susan Cain’s book, Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.  Here is my favorite quote from her book about Isaac Newton:

Isaac Newton:  “A mind for ever/ Voyaging through strange seas of Thought, alone.”

–  William Wordsworth

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Leadership and Trust: A Refresher

26 Sep

There is probably nothing as important to the effective functioning of people and organizations as a high degree of trust.  Therefore it’s a good idea to take another look at trust from time-to-time as a refresher.  The WSJournal recently had a thoughtful article worth reading for such a refresher.

Please note the author’s failure to discuss your trust baseline when beginning to work with people:  To trust, or to not trust and wait for evidence to trust.  This is often an issue for thoughtful people.  My opinion is most people are trustworthy, so it is a good baseline to trust from the beginning as you collect evidence.  However, you must be aware of the possible consequences of not trusting and not fall into the trap of Pollyannaish naiveté.

The Journal article is a good read at:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204138204576603031565507232.html

Essential For Leadership

12 Sep

Here are some key ideas essential to anyone seeking to develop into a leader.  The first is we are living in an information economy where work has migrated from muscle to mind:

http://www.corridorbusiness.com/consulting/on-managing-knowledge-workers/

Second, the American economy and thus the universe of organizations comes in three flavors:

Private for-profit exists to “create wealth”

Public exists to “protect and serve”

Private not-for-profit exists to “do good”

http://www.corridorbusiness.com/consulting/organizations-that-exist-to-do-good/

http://www.corridorbusiness.com/consulting/mars-and-venus-private-and-public-sectors/