Replayed: Be an astronomer of people- The Challenge of Leadership and Management

Leadership is a hot topic these days. I wanted to replay this post from 2016 because I liked it. I subscribe to the YouTube channel of Jason Silva, Shots of Awe. This week he was talking about the telescope and the wonders and complexity of the universe. I am amazed at the vastness and complexity …

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Developing Great Leaders: The Human Workplace Perspective

Today’s guest post is about leadership, from a younger perspective than mine, but the thoughts are almost universal. Being a leader within a workplace is about more than having an enviable title and corner office. There are opportunities that the leaders identify and use to get to where they are. There are years of dedication, …

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From the Archive: Lessons on Talent from Theodore Roosevelt

When struck with a bout of writer’s block I reach back into the archive and find something I thought was good. This piece makes that grade.  Theodore Roosevelt was known for his bold leadership during his presidency. He is considered to have had one of the most successful and talented administrations. A major reason for …

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Problems with your company culture? Look in the mirror!

Have your employees been leaving? Have your Glassdoor ratings not been where you would like them to be? Employee productivity not where you would like it to be? It is very likely you have a culture problem. Who is to blame? Who creates the culture? Every organization has a culture. Some have a good culture …

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Great advice on leadership: A review of Don’t Just Manage Lead!

I have to be honest, when I started reading this book I expected a book of leadership platitudes and truisms written by yet another CEO trying to make his name as an author. I am happy to say that was NOT what I found. Arthur E. Coombs III has produced a book that is generously …

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An important study on the Future of Work

I am away this week at an IBM #NewWaytoWork conference as an invited “Influencer” for my work writing about the future. For this week I am going to highlight a view posts that discuss some of the issues of mobility that we will be discussing at the conference. This post appeared in February of 2015. …

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Good Leadership is not easy

One of the things that comes in my inbox on a daily basis is a management tip from the Harvard Business Review. I received one the other day entitled Lead Your B-Level Players to A-Level Success that was adapted from “How to Manage a Team of B Players,” by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic. In this tip he …

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Posts on Leadership for Throwback Thursday

I received a compliment the other day on a post on leadership I wrote in July. We are struggling with leadership today. Perhaps it is the current political season that make the dearth of leadership so apparent. Companies struggle with leadership. New generations cannot decide if they want to be leaders while older generations are …

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Future Friday: Is the future of management in gamification?

At the #SHRM15 national conference speaker, writer, entrepreneur Marcus Buckingham talked about his research and writing on leadership. He was releasing a new book Standout 2.0 in which he talks about assessing your strengths as a leader in order to be better in your job and in your life. During his presentation he was talking …

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Improve your leaders to improve your employees

In The Effective Executive Peter Drucker wrote that “the distance between the leaders and the average is constant.” That is a pretty powerful statement if you think about it for a minute. It focuses attention away from the employees and onto leaders. Often we look at the poor performance of employees as the source of …

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