Posts Tagged ‘leadership’

How Lawnmower Leadership Hurts You and Your Organization

It is quite possible that you and other leaders in your organization have inadvertently fallen into the trap of being a lawnmower leader. Not sure what I mean? Allow Me to Give a Bit of Background A few months ago, an article, written by an anonymous middle school teacher and posted online, went viral.  In the…

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4 Tools Great Leaders Use to Avoid Pulling the Chicken Switch

The “chicken switch”is the ejection cord inside the cockpit of an F16 fighter jet.  The F16 is a $50 million-dollar piece of machinery that blares through the sky at speeds faster than the speed of sound.  Pilots are often faced in the moment with highly charged, high stakes decisions whose outcomes determine the course of…

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Given a Choice, Would People Choose to Follow You?

Regardless of the type of work you do and who is (or isn’t) on your team, the job of being a leader starts with you. This is why you should invest time to evaluate how well you are doing at the job of leading yourself and leading others. And, of equal importance, evaluating why you…

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How to Own a Room; A Firsthand Lesson from Iceland’s Prime Minister

I recently delivered a presentation on leadership at Iceland’s National Government Day. The event took place at Harpa, Reykjavik’s inconic concert hall and convention center, and served as a celebration of Iceland’s 100 years of sovereignty. 500 Icelandic leaders, from all facets of the country’s government, attended the session. It was an honor to be…

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Manchester Divided, 3 “Shocking” Growth Strategy Lessons

I think we can all learn a bit about Growth Strategy Execution from the Head Coach of the Manchester United Football Club, Jose Mourinho. Framing the Discussion In 1957, Igor Ansoff, an applied mathmetician and business leader, introduced a business growth model. The model depicts four growth strategies. Here is a quick example of each: Diversification:…

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HBS Professor Identifies the Central Issue of Leadership – One Word to Help You Address the Challenges

John Kotter is a legend in the world of leadership and change. A Harvard Business School Professor Emeritus, author of numerous business articles, and consultant to Global 5000 organizations, Kotter is, “internationally known and widely regarded as the foremost speaker on the topics of Leadership and Change.” (Harvard Business School) I’ve never met Kotter; however,…

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