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 …

The Power of Presence

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For the past few weeks, I have been sharing my thoughts about the growing “disease” of social isolation and how important it is for leaders to build community.  I shared research by Sheryl Turkle who has written two books and a TED talk on how technology is harming our ability to have conversations.  Turkle says we need to work at …

The Real Purpose of Leadership: Part 3

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In Part 1 and Part 2 of my blog series on “Building Community,” I focused on the growing disease of social isolation, the problems it was causing, and what leaders might do about it.  This post is about the real purpose of leadership. When I think about community, I am reminded of Robert Putnam’s classic book Bowling Alone: The Collapse …

How Leaders Build Community: Part 2

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This is a blog series on social isolation and how leaders need to pay attention and build community as a result.  In a previous blog, I shared a quote from Thomas Friedman’s latest book Thank You For Being Late:  Friedman asked Surgeon General Murthy what was the biggest disease in America today.  Without hesitation, he answered, “It’s not cancer.  It’s …

Leaders Need To Build Community: Part 1

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As I said in an earlier post, one of my current research areas is the topic of community.  So I am going to write a series of posts on various aspects of this topic.  Based on his most recent book, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, Thomas Friedman of the New …