“If you don’t use it…you’ll loose it,” is a familiar quote that, in this case, speaks to what we do or don’t do with new knowledge. Think about a skill or ability that you once had but now can’t perform (and I’m not talking about those that are “age-related,” i.e., playing sports). Software applications come … More Make Learning Stick: Transformational Leadership Development For the Long Haul, Part I
During the past several years, the phrase “Agile Leadership” has received a lot of attention. A lot has been written about agile leadership, and it seems to be today’s HOT BUTTON in the world of leadership practice. … More Agile Leadership: What’s All the Buzz About? Part I
Every now and then, it’s helpful to re-visit ideas, concepts, and models associated with leadership development. I’m not the only one to subscribe to the mantra that “Leadership is a journey, not a destination.” John Donahoe, president of eBay, believes leadership “… is a marathon, not a sprint. It is a process, not an outcome.” … More Leadership Rewind
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