Category Archives: Information

North Korea – Senior Leadership

By | December 1, 2013

[December 01, 2013]  One of the many interesting phenomenon of studying senior leadership is that while we see patterns of greatness, we also see unique individual and cultural differences in those leaders.  Over the past week, there has been news coming out of North Korea that they have arrested a retired U.S. citizen and Korea War veteran who… Read More »

The Bias Against Achievement

By | November 30, 2013

[November 30, 2013]  One would logically expect that in a nation that values and rewards achievement, that any bias regarding success would be in favor of the characteristic.  In reality there exists, in many cultures, a bias against achievement.  Senior leaders should make themselves aware of this peculiar social phenomenon. Everyone has experienced the classroom show-off, whose interaction… Read More »

What Leaders Don’t Say …

By | November 25, 2013

[November 25, 2013]  On January 12, 1950, Secretary of State Dean Acheson gave a speech in which he explained America’s Asian Policy, specifically saying that certain countries (e.g., Japan, Philippines) were inside the United States’ protective sphere.  South Korea1 was not mentioned in his speech and five months later, North Korea2 invaded. Acheson was severely criticized for giving… Read More »

The Origin of Species – Charles Darwin

By | November 24, 2013

[November 24, 2013]  The Origin of Species was published November 24, 1859, just 154 years ago today.  But its applicability to human organizations and psychology is clear.  Yesterday I wrote about the necessary immense adaptability of senior leaders.  We can learn much from Darwin’s writings.  Below I have listed some of my favorite quotes from Darwin.  “A man… Read More »

Senior Leader Transitions

By | November 22, 2013

[November 22, 2013]  Fifty years ago today in 1963, US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  The nation was shocked and grief stricken.  Nevertheless, there was an orderly and peaceful leader transition to the new President, Lyndon B. Johnson. Organizations transition senior leaders for a variety of reason.  While it can be a good thing when replacing an… Read More »

Insulated Leaders

By | November 21, 2013

[November 21, 2013]  Everyone has probably seen the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz.  One subplot is about the problems that occur when the Wizard of Oz (a senior leader) is naive about what is going on around him.  It is a risk to senior leaders, protected by well-meaning staffs, to find themselves insulated or protected from… Read More »

Military Veterans: Combat to College

By | November 20, 2013

[November 20, 2013]  Today I’m speaking to veterans who are beginning their college experience.  The message is simple – with passion, adaptability, and some basic college skills, they will succeed.  Senior leaders have the responsibility to help improve the success rate of our veterans; we owe them at least this much. The success rate of veterans in college… Read More »

Secret Information is Not Secret

By | November 18, 2013

[November 18, 2013]  Leaders have trouble remembering that “secret” information is not truly secret, especially in this age of evolving communication’s technology.  If you tell someone about anything, put it in writing, or place it where it can be seen, it will eventually become public and no longer secret. Most people will remember US Representative Anthony Weiner D-NY,… Read More »