As a kid, my mother was fond of quoting the verse, “Be ye kind, one to another (King James Version no less),” when she saw me and my brothers “mixing it up.” Often (sorry, perhaps at times), the immediate effect of her words was to calm things down. If that didn’t work, then others actions … More Kind Leadership: It’s the “Kind” of Leadership We All Want
I am a questioner. I ask questions. I don’t mean the type that always express skepticism–that I don’t believe what someone is saying–and that put people on the defensive. Rather, I ask questions to find out what someone is thinking. I ask questions to get them to think, to help them discover something they already … More Good Leadership: The Art of Asking Questions
In my previous blog, I spent a bit of time discussing the background and history of the term “Agile.” Originally developed as a new approach to software development in the early 2000’s, the term made the jump into the leadership literature in 2006-07 (You may be interested in reading one of the comments in response … More Agile Leadership Part II
“It depends on the situation.” We’ve heard this a lot when it comes to leadership. What seems to work in one situation, doesn’t in another. Southwest Airlines is successful because of the way it operates in delivering quality services to its customers. Other airlines have tried to duplicate its processes and failed. When a CEO … More Good Decision Making: It Depends on the Situation
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.
It’s an interesting question. I’ve done a lot of reading, research, teaching, and introspection of my own experiences regarding the true catalyst (or nature) of developing intrinsically motivated individuals. Many believe that the leader is mostly responsible for providing the inspiration and influence necessary to inspire and stimulate in followers the desire to work to … More Does the Leader REALLY “Motivate?”
Have you worked with or known leaders who behave as though they “know it all?” It doesn’t take long for that kind of leadership to wear thin among those who have to work in that environment and then begin to see the negative impact it has on the organization’s production and success. Who are the … More Are you a “know-it-all” leader?