We are imperfect decision makers. Much has been written about this in the past ten years. There is something about our brains that makes what should be a rational process, an irrational one–and without us knowing it. Being attentive to these subconscious “cognitive missteps” can help us avoid making poor decisions, especially when it really matters. … More Ignore at Your Own Risk: Bounded Decision Making
When it comes to making “successful” decisions, that is, decisions that achieve their intended purpose, especially important, strategic ones, the track record is somewhat dismal. Perhaps I’m being too kind. In fact, research shows that at least 50% of all such decisions fail to accomplish what the decision makers had hoped for. There are many reasons why … More Decision Making: Good Implementation or Bad Implementation–That is the Issue.
This blog entry is one of a series that I plan to share with you about Decision Making. It is a topic that has garnered a lot of attention during the past 20 years. Interestingly, when we started the M.S. in Organizational Leadership Program in 1995, and included in our curriculum a course entitled, “Leadership and … More Decision Making: First Installment
Many of us who embrace the overarching framework of Servant Leadership believe it is the “right” thing to do. That is, we are committed, in principle, to the perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors that represent the servant leader. All too often, though, others believe that Servant Leadership represents practices that are soft, that are easy to perform, that … More Servant Leadership: It’s Not Only Right; It Works!
Often, when we hear the word “bully,” we immediately think of the terrible problem that schools face when students verbally, physically, and otherwise abuse fellow students. And, we are all too familiar of the awful consequences that occur when those bullied students strike back. Unfortunately, though, other organizations, as well, may be full of bullies. What is often … More No One Likes a “Bully” Leader.
We’ve now reached the final letter in the L.E.A.D.E.R.S Model: S for Stewardship. In my previous blogs I’ve shared the meaning of L for Leadership; E for Ethics; A for Alignment; D for Decision Making; E for Engagement; and R for Resilience. I trust you have found each component of my model helpful and that … More Stewardship: The “S” in the L.E.A.D.E.R.S. Model
The letter “R” in the L.E.A.D.E.R.S. Model stands for resilience, which literally means to “bounce back.” Effective leaders meet inevitable obstacles and setbacks with optimism and energy. Leaders employ emotional intelligence to help develop resilience in others. Leaders do not treat most failures as ultimate or terminal, but as learning experiences from which all can … More Resilience: The “R” in the L.E.A.D.E.R.S. Model
The next letter in the L.E.A.D.E.R.S. Development Model is A. A stands for alignment. When people clearly understand the vision, mission and strategy of the organization, there is alignment. When employees understand how their job contributes to the fulfillment of the vision and mission, there is alignment. When employees’ personal values are in agreement with … More Alignment: The “A” in the L.E.A.D.E.R.S. Model.
Change—it’s a word that for some evokes feelings of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. For others, it means a new adventure, an improvement, or a chance to discover something “new and improved.” No matter how we respond to change, in today’s world of work and life, it’s ubiquitous and has no end in sight. Here’s what … More Thinking About Change?
Communication, communication, communication. We’ve all heard and perhaps said it ourselves,” What we need is more communication.” Whether it’s from employees who work at Company A or volunteers for a non-profit agency, when things aren’t going well, frequently the cause is cited as “a lack of communication.” Often those who feel that way may not … More Leadership Communication