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Philosophy and the Corporate Boardroom — June 30, 2014

Philosophy and the Corporate Boardroom

You're Not the Boss of Me

philosophyI was having a conversation with my son the other day. We were talking about higher education and business. At some point, those two conversations, while starting out separately, merged. I think it was when he told me about a respected business colleague whose strongly held opinions included the notion that philosophy graduates have no place at a corporate boardroom table. I’ve been thinking about that conversation ever since.

It reminded me that in spite of our ever precarious world economy, we continue to cling to what we consider to be tried and true. In so many organizations, finance, economics and the pursuit of individual prosperity continue to be the only subjects worthy of respect and concentration. It used to work. The business world was the land of bottom lines. The workforce did what it was told. The planet was comprised of a collection of unconnected entities. Their markets did not…

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Power Reveals Character —

Power Reveals Character

How Leaders Manage

abraham lincoln quotes

Johnathan was a very smart man. When his coworkers had a problem or grievance, they would go to him to render his advice even though he had no authority over them and worked side by side with them every day. Not only was he smart, he was a hard worker. He worked for a purpose. He wanted to be the leader of his section of the organization.

For years he watched his manager take advantage of him and his coworkers. He would exploit and manipulate people for his personal benefit. He would do things such as make all his people work extra hours and do extra jobs without doing the same himself so he would get his personal bonuses without rewarding or recognizing anyone else. He knew his manager was wrong and had frequent conversations with his coworkers over lunch and breaks about the injustice.  He promised himself and those…

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What does it take to transform your leadership? —

What does it take to transform your leadership?

WISER LEADERS

Sarah Rhead, Director of Programs at the Leaders Institute of South Australia, is accredited in The Leadership Circle assessment tools and had the privilege to attend a workshop about Stages of Adult Development in relation to assessing Leadership Circle Profiles. In the blog post below she shares some of the insights gained during this workshop and searches for an answer to the question ‘what does it take to transform your leadership?

A day with Lisa Lahey. Well it’s a start!

Lisa Lahey is an engaging, humble, intelligent and very nimble facilitator as well as being a well-known Harvard Professor in the field of adult development and the Immunity to Change process which she co-developed with Robert Kegan. What a privilege to spend a day with her and The Leadership Circle community last week. Very exciting for me!

As an accredited The Leadership Circle (TLC) coach who…

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Your role…. —
There’s a Better Way Than “Us Against Them” —

There’s a Better Way Than “Us Against Them”

The 16%

One of the key ingredients to being a successful leader in the 21st century is collaboration. In fact, developing collaborative leaders is a core part of SGR’s mission. Perhaps that’s why it seems to stand out so much when I see a person’s approach to leadership centered around “us against them.”

This kind of attitude can be about “young vs. old,” “conservative vs. liberal,” “management vs. council,” “supervisors vs. employees,” and so on. It doesn’t matter what the teams are, the common denominator is an “us versus them” mentality.

Some leaders do this thinking that they are “challenging the process.” It’s a real temptation because it can elicit immediate response, and it can elicit strong emotions. Together, these things make a leader think that momentum is building. However, wise leaders recognize that momentum is not always synonymous with progress.

The problem with “us against them” leadership is that it…

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Freeing the Captives—How to Confront Your Personal Leadership Barriers (Part 1) —

Freeing the Captives—How to Confront Your Personal Leadership Barriers (Part 1)

Linked 2 Leadership

Freeing The Caged BirdThe release of Bowe Bergdahl has been a hot item in the news recently. And I’ve had several interviews on regional and national news media about what it’s like to come home after being a POW for five and a half years.

Our capture situation in Vietnam was quite different and my time in solitary confinement was short, so I’ve focused more on what it was like to return after years of poor diet, little news, periodic abuse, and isolation from family and society.

I’m glad Bowe Bergdahl is back home, and I know his family is relieved. Time will tell what the military sorts out about his capture and military service, but the discussion about him, as well as the annual celebration of our nation’s independence, has reminded me of why I’m so passionate about helping free the captives in my consulting, writing, and speaking.

What’s Holding You Back?

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4 Derailers That Will Undermine Your Leadership — June 27, 2014

4 Derailers That Will Undermine Your Leadership

The 16%

“Because he believes so deeply that he is right, a severely self-righteous person doesn’t realize that he is behaving in a self-righteous manner.”
Bob Johansen, Get There Early

“The three primary derailers are difficulty handling change, not being able to work well in a team, and poor interpersonal relations.”
Susan Scott, Fierce Leadership

What will do you in? If you are in a leadership position at all, what will do you in, making you utterly ineffective? What will reach up and cause you real harm?

I was revisiting some books I have presented earlier and was struck by these four problemsthese “derailers.”

The first comes from Bob Johansen in Get There Early, and the next three come from Susan Scott in Fierce Leadership. Both books are worth reading. (But if you want to laugh out loud at her “directness,” read Susan Scott. She is…

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Effective Leaders Are Story Doers, Not Just Story Tellers —

Effective Leaders Are Story Doers, Not Just Story Tellers

Linked 2 Leadership

Mountain Climber

We all learn from stories, we get to practice our emotional responses and we can test our beliefs in safe territory.

“A leader is someone who demonstrates what’s possible.” ~ Mark Yarnell

Describing Your Purpose

Your story will be a narrative that describes your purpose in a way that is easily understood, is intriguing, inspiring and ultimately is sufficiently engaging to capture the imagination of your target audience.

It also will get them to spend, support or evangelise you. Without a coherent and inspiring story your organisation will have an uphill battle to influence and gain market share.

“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.” ~ Robert McKee

Knowing Your Audience

You have two audiences:

  • One is your workforce
  • The other is the people outside your organisation

For both groups the story is fundamental but insufficient on its own to ensure success in a…

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Leadership Minute: Wisdom for the Ages —

Leadership Minute: Wisdom for the Ages

Doug Dickerson on Leadership

wisdom

Your success as a leader is not the product of wishful thinking. Your journey comes through preparation and planning. If you want to know what kind of leader you will be five years from now then look no further that your friends. It’s not whether they can take the journey with you; but do you want to take the journey with them. Choose your friends wisely. When you plan your life on purpose you get intentional results. What is the difference maker? Faith.  No plan is problem-free. You can plan for the future but you can’t predict it. Things happen. In Through adversity will come courage and character. In success will come gratitude and humility. The thread that connects the two will be your faith. Hold on to it tight and never let it go.

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The Servant Leader Commits to the Growth of Others —

The Servant Leader Commits to the Growth of Others

The 16%

“The best test (of a servant leader) and difficult to administer, is: ‘Do those served grow as persons; do they while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely to become servants?’”  – Robert Greenleaf

This post is the final installment in a blog series on Servant Leadership. Greenleaf’s hypothesis is that this particular servant leader characteristic is both a “best test” and “difficult to administer.” Let’s take a closer look.

Best Test
To be a “best test” of any outcome is quite a feat. The test criteria include observable behaviors such as: growing as persons, becoming healthier, wiser, freer, and gaining autonomy. But perhaps the most desired outcome (at least for perpetuating the framework) is observing those served becoming servants. In other words, you know you are being successful as a servant leader when you witness those you have served beginning to serve others. I’m not just…

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