Category Archives: Leadership Toolbox

Leadership Toolbox: Storytelling

By | January 10, 2019

[January 10, 2019]  Tell a story and people will listen; give them a bunch of facts, and they will run away.  The power of storytelling, especially for an experienced leader, is arguably one of the most effective means to communicate a message. “Storytelling has a narcotic power.” – Robert Harris, a modern English novelist The power of storytelling… Read More »

Leadership Toolbox: Measures of Effectiveness

By | October 19, 2018

[October 19, 2018]  Last week, I attended a strategy meeting with a local college to discuss innovative and, presumably, better ways to accomplish its mission.  With declining enrollment and resources drying-up, they were interested in what others outside academic life had to say.  One of my questions was what were the college’s Measures of Effectiveness.1 I was assured… Read More »

Leadership Toolbox: Best Practices

By | September 1, 2018

[September 1, 2018]  All serious leaders are relentlessly looking for ways to improve their ability in bringing people together for a common goal.  One technique I’ve found valuable is the use of documented best practices. “Companies that model best practices, that model the most upstanding principles, end up as the most profitable.  It’s not a trade of profits… Read More »

Leadership Toolbox: the SWOT Analysis

By | February 23, 2018

[February 23, 2018]  Yesterday I ran across some of my notebooks from combat tours in Iraq.  As an army engineer, those were laced with a military analytical framework that helped us overcome the complexity of construction in a combat zone.  Based on the more well-known SWOT analysis, we planned, developed, built, and maintained more work than engineers had… Read More »

Leadership Toolbox: the Planning Cell

By | December 12, 2017

[December 12, 2017]  Good leadership means possessing a well-developed sense of planning ahead.  Not surprisingly it is also recognized in basic leader development that planning is the key to being prepared, good decision-making, and quality of life.  That is why the best leaders have a planning cell in their leadership toolbox. This “planning cell” – or whatever name… Read More »