Tag Archive: organizational success

On Unicorns and Fairy Dust

I’ve rejected the “savior-leader” model but still feel pressure to be one. Savior-leaders arrive on unicorns and solve problems by sprinkling fairy dust over people and organizations. Poof! Everything is magically fixed. Internal: Internal… Continue reading

The Secret to Adaptive Cultures

Have you noticed this hypocrisy in yourself or people in your organization? Out of one side of our mouths we say, “We love new ideas.” Out of the other we say, “We hate… Continue reading

Bad is Stronger than Good

If the world naturally drifted upward like hot-air balloons, leaders and leadership would be irrelevant. People wore rose colored glasses  in the 60’s when they thought drugs and “free love” would create a… Continue reading

How Talking Makes Leaders Dumb

Dumb people talk – smart people do. Talking makes you seem smart. Talking without doing, in reality, makes you dumb. Doing is the only thing that makes you smart. Stuff in our heads doesn’t… Continue reading

How to Be Competent at Being Incompetent

Guess what insecure leaders do when one of their weaknesses comes to light? They immediate explain why it isn’t a weakness and how it’s not that bad. I see it all the time.… Continue reading

How to Enhance Authority Without Being Bossy

“Managing up” means you’re thinking like those over you and adapting. Those who adapt survive and thrive. Thinking like the boss: What’s the leader’s style? Where should I fit in and how can… Continue reading