Culture Starts at the Top

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  While a leadership development and change management consultant, I am a “culture person.”  I believe that nothing much else matters unless the organization has a healthy culture and the tone is set at the top.  So I am going to be writing several posts on how to create a culture where people want to work. Culture starts at the …

How To Lead Like A Sage (at a younger age)

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People who regularly read my blog know that I am passionate about sage-ing or positive aging.  After writing my book Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts,  I started to weave these concepts into leadership development since the most important person to lead is yourself.  One of my main conclusions in my book is that “it is hard to be …

Courage is a Skill to Practice NOW

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Now is the time to practice courage.  In these uncertain times, courage is an important leadership skill to practice.  And just as any other skill, practice enhances most skills and usually makes them stronger.  Courage is a skill we need to be practicing professionally and personally in order to do the right things. What is courage?  There are a few …

Vulnerability is a Leadership Strength

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Vulnerability is a leadership strength. This was the title of one of the chapters in my book Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts.  But the editor from my publishing company did not think that title would resonate with male leaders.  So the chapter is called:  Leaders Connect with Empathy and Compassion. I still believe vulnerability is a strength, yet …

Embracing Mortality to Move Forward

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One of the themes that emerged out of the research for my leadership book Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts was the value of embracing mortality and learning about grief and dying in order for leaders to connect with empathy and compassion.  I started the research for this book in 2004 when I was teaching undergraduates.  In fact, I developed …

What They Don’t Teach You In Business School

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A college friend told me recently he agreed to “retire early” instead of being laid off. He said the organization was “killing his soul.” The most devastating consequence of downsizing (often called layoffs) is how it destroys the culture. Peter Drucker believed in the power of culture and was famous for saying “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Culture is the …

In the New Reality: We Are All Self-Employed

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We are living in a new world of uncertainty. Industries, companies, and positions are disappearing –causing lingering fear and mistrust. As a result, there is a shift in the way people connect with their organizations (employee contract) and expectations. The old reality (old paradigm) was based on employee performance, loyalty, dependence, and commitment. In return, organization had an obligation to …

Leadership Development is Personal Development

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One of the statements I often make is: “Organizations only grow and improve when people grow and improve.  So to become a better leader, work on becoming a better person.” Since self-awareness is empowering, leadership development starts with understanding the self.  And the better we understanding ourselves, the easier it is to understand others.  Not easy–but easier.  First, it is …

Becoming a Sage by Seeking Wisdom

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One of my favorite words is “wisdom” probably because we think of Sages as having wisdom.  In fact, I like the phrase “becoming a sage” so much that this is the title of my monthly podcast series (on the second Friday of each month). You may be familiar with Krista Tippett, the public radio host of On Being (and newsletter with the …

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast!

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“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” It is said that Peter Drucker used this phrase to indicate that corporate culture is more important than company strategy.  Yet, many companies are making decisions that are destroying the culture.  I often use these metaphors to describe culture: Invisible tapestry.  We often can’t see it, but culture weaves people together. Glue.  It is the glue …