Category Archives: Information

Profile on Evil Leaders

By | January 31, 2014

[January 31, 2014]  Leadership means many things but ultimately it means getting people to accomplish a goal.  Leaders come in a range of abilities and outcomes in performance – great, good, bad and yes evil.  But there is one category, the evil leader, which deserves special mention. Several years ago I was presented with a DVD of recordings… Read More »

Stuck in Atlanta Airport

By | January 30, 2014

[January 30, 2014 – Thursday]  I’m writing this from the Atlanta airport this morning, being delayed along with thousands of others since yesterday.  For those who have been out of the last 48-hour news cycle, the city of Atlanta and much of the southeast was in gridlock after two inches of snow and ice hit mid-day Tuesday. Both… Read More »

Leadership is Not Linear

By | January 29, 2014

[January 29, 2014]  Leadership is neither linear, nor is it one-dimensional.  It is not linear because critical skills of leaders are not gained at a consistent or predictable pace; if at all.  And, leadership is not one-dimensional because it is complex, multifaceted, requires focused effort to learn, and those skills can be lost.  We have all read books… Read More »

Know Yourself

By | January 26, 2014

[January 26, 2014]  Nearly everyone I know filling any leadership position will say that knowing one’s self is a requirement for a good leader.  What they will not say is that many do not believe it. This may come as a shock to many but the vast majority of leaders do not truly know themselves or are actively… Read More »

The Tyranny of Distance

By | January 24, 2014

[January 24, 2014]  Leadership is difficult under any circumstance, but distance between humans makes it that much harder.  It is well known that face-to-face social interaction brings us the best communications.  Distance is a form of barrier or obstacle that acts to prevent understanding.  The “tyranny of distance” means that we do not see others (figuratively) in an… Read More »

Use of “Red Teams” to Improve Leadership

By | January 21, 2014

[January 21, 2014]  Senior leaders improve leadership and effectiveness in their organizations in a variety of ways.  One of the most useful techniques is to draw upon the expertise of “red teams” to discover and recommend improvements.  A “red team” is usually a small, independent group with the mission to directly target the failures and inefficiencies of a… Read More »

A Balanced Personality

By | January 17, 2014

[January 17, 2014]  Leadership requires a person with a balanced personality.  The problem, of course, with this observation is the debate over what constitutes a “balanced” personality. There are many books and articles, as well as big businesses that make money allegedly offering the answers through a balanced personal life.  Some of these actually have great points about… Read More »