Tag Archive: Organizational Development

4 Principles of Responsible Boldness

Timid action insults your future. But in some organizations, boldness is perilous. 5 signs it’s perilous to be bold: Upper management believes the status quo is daring. Everyone colors within the lines. Responsible… Continue reading

Everyone Has More Weaknesses Than Strengths

Everyone has more weaknesses than strengths. Ignoring this truth makes leaders blind, confused, dangerous, and ineffective. Arrogance whispers, “Your weaknesses aren’t vulnerabilities.”   One of the most important questions leaders ask is, “What… Continue reading

All I Want is Just a Little Respect

Aretha Franklin speaks for everyone when she sings, “All I want is just a little respect.” Don’t poke dogs and expect them to kiss you.  The song, “Respect,” was written by Otis Redding.… Continue reading

4 Ways to Improve the Life Sucking Beast of Hierarchy

Hierarchies done poorly are life sucking beasts. But there is no perfect organizational structure. Advantages and dangers of hierarchy #1. Advantage: Clear lines of accountability. You always know who is in charge in… Continue reading

Solution Saturday: I’m a Male Leader with an All Female Team

Hi Dan, Love your blog, it’s my regular go-to! I am the male CEO of an organization that has no other male staff. I find increasingly that staff and board members are going… Continue reading

3 Strategies that Minimize Hierarchy and Maximize Speed and Agility

Think of organizations as human bodies, not hierarchical pyramids. Bodies are agile. Pyramids house the dead. Organizational leaders try to increase speed and agility by removing layers from pyramids. But removing layers –… Continue reading