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Breakthrough Performance Depends on Mindful Leadership Choices

November 18th, 2016

What if I told you that leadership today requires you to not act? That leadership can no longer be about demanding execution? That instead, leadership requires deep reflection about “acting” as a leader. Would you call me crazy? Maybe. A few months ago I might have thought I was crazy too —but, as I discuss […]

The Inevitable Fusion of Learning and Business Leadership

July 5th, 2016
The Inevitable Fusion of Learning and Business Leadership

I recently read a wonderful article in Chief Learning Officer magazine entitled the Inevitable Fusion of Learning and Talent Management. If you’re interested, read the entire article here. It’s authors provide a nice rationale for the need to fuse talent management and learning together, and honestly, there is nothing I disagree with in their approach. […]

Business Performance Depends on Continuous Learning

June 27th, 2016
learning cycle

I’ve been fortunate the past few years to work with a number of very good senior executives who have led business transformations in pursuit of breakthrough performance. Their efforts pushed me to think deeply about how great organizations achieve great results, and in many ways they shaped my career as I moved from academia to […]

One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor

May 14th, 2016

I have a dear friend, and former colleague, who busts me up laughing every single time he breaks into his Sean Bean impersonation — in which he argues that essentially in every role, in every film, Sean Bean simply redeploys his Yorkshire accent, whether or not it’s appropriate at all. All he has to do […]

Millennials Can’t Lead Like Us: Conditions Won’t Let Them

April 26th, 2016
what does successful leadership look lik

Last week I facilitated a meeting of senior leaders in HR primarily focusing on the issue of emerging leadership paradigms and developing Millennials to lead. We held the session at Centre College of Kentucky, a phenomenal liberal arts college in Danville, Kentucky, and enjoyed the hospitality of their leadership as well as the contributions of […]

Opportunity to Discuss the Future of Leadership with Heads of HR

March 30th, 2016
spring meeting series

I am very much looking forward to a chance to discuss how new demands for performance improvement are driving significant new demands for leadership…if you’re interested, take a look at the link below. Peer to Peer Discussion In this session we will lay out some initial findings from a research process uncovering potentially effective leadership behaviors […]

Collaboration is Learning, and Learning is, well, Collaboration

March 24th, 2016

I’ve been working on a leadership development project in which we’ve identified four dimensions of leadership for a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. The four dimensions (the energizer, journeyman, talent cultivator, and empowering skeptic) suggest certain behaviors are more likely to be successful under such volatile operating conditions. In the context of a recent […]

Collaboration is Energizing

March 21st, 2016

As I work on a leadership development project, some recent reading I have done on collaboration continues to spur my thinking. I have posted a couple of narratives about how the call for collaboration may in fact require some different behavior from us than we might expect. Namely, that collaboration might have to look a […]

Collaboration Means Adaptation

March 10th, 2016

A recent study on agile processes and methodologies got me thinking about the need for collaboration in workflows. So, I posted about how hard it is for people to understand what collaboration means and I referenced some work I am doing on leadership behaviors which imply collaboration might sometimes be the opposite of what we […]

When does collaboration potentially mean tension?

March 8th, 2016

I am plowing through some reading, trying to prepare for a workshop scheduled for April – hoping to take a group of leaders to the next level of accomplishment for themselves and their organizations. As I read more and more, in order to gather some insights to share with the upcoming cohorts, I am grateful […]

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