Much of what I have written so far about decision making views the process as a rational one. Identify the issue, gather relevant facts, consider alternatives, good the best one, implement, and then evaluate. Making good decisions in this way is a means of avoiding or at least minimizing the effects of the various subjective or irrational influences that can derail our decision making process. But what about INTUITION? What role, if any, should intuition play in our decision making process, what some authors describe as “the opposite of logical, rational thinking”? … More More Than a Feeling: Intuition and Decision Making
After a bit of a “hiatus,” I’m back with a few more blogs posts about DECISION MAKING. Today, I share another interesting angle on the nature of decision making and how decisions are often made. … More Decision Making: It’s not always the “rational” approach that is the best choice.
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!
I invite you to attend the Leaders Serving Beaver County Thursday Breakfast Workshop, next week, March 16, at the Penn State Beaver Campus Lodge Room, beginning at 7:30 am. Please click on the link below for the full announcement. The event is “Free of Charge.” Please invite colleagues and friends to attend with you. http://www.minerdpublishing.com/lsbc_march_2017.htm … More Dr. Dittmar to present on “Continuous Improvement” at next Thursday’s Leaders Serving Beaver County Breakfast Workshop.
E stands for engagement. Leaders do not motivate, but they create an environment where people are motivated (and not demotivated) to do their best work. Money is not the only motivator, and sometimes not the main motivator for people to produce excellence, especially for long term performance. Leaders must assume that not everyone is motivated … More Engagement: The Second “E” 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 D. D stands for Decision-Making. Leaders must humble themselves and acknowledge that they may not be the smartest one on the team, or the one with the best perspective on every issue at all times. Leaders take the time to identify, gather and then analyze the … More Decision-Making: The “D” 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.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ time-tested way of servant leadership will be the focus of the upcoming Leaders Serving Beaver County leader’s workshop featuring the third installment of content from the popular book Forged in Steel, co-authored by Tunch Ilkin and Damian Williams. The workshop is part of the organization’s mission to raise up and develop the … More Servant Leadership Presentation at the Leaders Serving Beaver County “Thursday Breakfast Series”