Tag: leadership

leadership accountability

Accountability: The difference between management and leadership

Accountability and the inner work of leadership Leadership gurus are often asked about the difference between management and leadership, and how to make the transition. My two answers: accountability, and inner work. The perfect manager, but not yet a leader Charlotte is an experienced and highly trained senior manager. She knows good management starts with […]

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Leadership, linguistic ontology, somatics, and spirituality

Much leadership theory comes from psychology, or worse it is just made up. That is far too narrow a range of “sources” for a topic as important as leadership. In other publications, I talk about economics, neuroscience, sociology, and leadership. In this talk, given at the International Leadership Association in 2007, I introduce three other […]

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VUCA and leadership: What tools do leaders need?

VUCA and Leadership The dynamic and fast-changing nature of our world today can be described by VUCA, a term coined by the US Army War College. VUCA stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity…. There are two important megatrends: digitization, and the rise of the developing world. Digitization The first telegraph machine was invented in 1838. Forty years […]

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neuroscience

The Skeptics Guide to Neuroscience: Three things you should know

Neuroscience or neurobabble Does knowing the chemical formula for the reaction between octane and oxygen that takes place in the internal combustion engine help you repair a car? Will it help you win a Grand Prix? Perhaps not. Systems can be analyzed a number of levels from the quantum to the cosmic.  For information to be useful […]

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business gurus

Stop Treating Business Gurus as Prophets. Question Everything!

In no domain that I can think of, do writers get a “free pass”, that is that their words are taken as axiomatic (or gospel if you prefer).  Even the most famous scientists of the 20th century, Einstein, Turing, Watson (DNA), lived with a torrent of criticism and debate through their lives. Certainly our time […]

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change management

Time to Euthanize Change Management?

If we had leaders at every level… Imagine an organization filled with leaders at every level who excelled at aligning staff with change strategy. Key change programs become priorities for them, they work hard at understanding the big picture, handle conflict assertively, yet gracefully, motivate and align staff, communicate with affected stakeholders (say customers), skillfully […]

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