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Leadership/Management Featured

  • Four Images of Leadership

    Diversity and wise crowds create new ideas. With business now a war of ideas, leadership shifts to the power of the latest idea and is thus fragmented and dispersed across multiple sources. It is no longer a role or type of person, but our need for leaders to be parent figures is blocking this shift in perspective.
  • The Effective Manager

    Effective managers get the best return from all available resources including their own time and talent. They challenge themselves to justify priorities in hard business terms. They question why they should do a particular task now or whether it should be delegated. Less effective managers spend more time doing than managing.
  • Why Emotional Intelligence Is Not Essential For Leadership

    Thanks to Daniel Goleman it is accepted wisdom that leaders must be emotionally intelligent to be effective. But this notion is not only wrong, it is harmful if it blocks people from showing leadership who might otherwise be great and vitally important leaders.
  • Leadership of The Outsider

    Leadership, as normally conceived, is an intra-group phenomenon: leaders occupy roles within groups, either formally or informally. Being role occupants, leaders are reference points for the resolution of group issues. From their dominant position within the group, they have authority to make decisions that affect the group’s well-being.
  • Beyond Leadership Style

    The concept of leadership style is a usurper. It seized the territory once occupied by management style. It's time to give it back.
  • Twenty-First Century Management

    Managers occupy roles with authority over others. But when knowledge workers manage themselves, management is a process in which all can engage. Yet, in our efforts to define management, we persist in calling it a role, thus for managers only.
  • Taming the Alpha Male Leader

    Overly masculine leadership styles are under siege like never before. Are you a hard driving high achiever with a sense of urgency and a ruthless streak? If so, the message is clear: you had better change or head for cover.

Success at Work Featured

  • Are You Making Progress?

    Recent research suggests that a sense of making progress is a powerful motivator. Unfortunately, setbacks knock us down much more than progress drives us forward.
  • What Are Your Self-Limiting Beliefs?

    We stay where it's safe for fear of failing, feeling humiliated and looking bad. Self-limiting beliefs are a self-imposed prison, walls we build and maintain to protect ourselves. How can we break out?
  • What is Servant Leadership?

    Servant leadership is a very popular leadership model. It was developed by Robert K. Greenleaf in 1970.
  • What Example Are You Setting?

    We lead by example whether we mean to or not, thanks to the old saying "actions speak louder than words." But how do we know what sort of example we're setting?
  • No Servant Leaders

    What's the difference between servant and green leaders? Servant leaders claim to have a different model of leadership, but being a green leader just means showing leadership on green issues.
  • Collaborative Assertiveness

    We think of assertiveness in adversarial terms: how to defend ourselves against someone using strong-arm tactics to influence us. How about a more constructive, win-win approach?
  • How To Contribute More in Meetings

    People are quiet in meetings because they can't think of any content to offer. Suggesting solutions is the only form of contribution they recognize. Why not contribute as a catalyst instead?