Rituals

By | February 20, 2014

[February 20, 2014]  Rituals are a special part of daily life … a pattern of habits that allows us predictability.  Rituals can be defined as a stereotyped sequence of activities that are designed to achieve a desired (and predictable) goal.  Leaders need to be aware of them and encourage the good rituals.  Rituals can be simple things like… Read More »

Has Social Media Changed Leadership?

By | February 19, 2014

[February 19, 2014]  I often get asked the question whether the growth of social media has had an effect on leadership.  In short, the answer is YES.  It has a great impact because the use of social media has changed the dynamics of communication.  Great communication is the cornerstone of executive leadership.  The ability to send a message… Read More »

Characteristic #49: Maintaining the Human Touch

By | February 18, 2014

[February 18, 2014]  Leadership is about maintaining the human touch with people.  People are the strength of their organization and leaders that do not understand this principle will always struggle to succeed.  Effective leadership means treating people right and respecting them.  As the saying goes, “Take care of your people and they will take care of you.”  But… Read More »

Ambassador Nominee Embarrassment

By | February 15, 2014

[February 16, 2014] Good leadership means building productive teams and organizations by ensuring the best and brightest leaders are ready for the job.  Leaders are a reflection of that organization and its senior executive leadership.  Yet, it appears that the U.S. has embarrassed itself over several recent nominations to ambassadorships1 (a senior leadership position).  The nominee to be… Read More »

U.S. Hockey Team Win over Russia

By | February 15, 2014

[February 15, 2014]  Everyone likes a winner.  Touted as the biggest win since the 1980 U.S. Hockey team was victorious over the USSR team in the 1980 Olympics, the U.S. team beat the Russian team today.  While the hockey contests still continue, this was a more important psychological victory.  Leadership in action!  Our respect goes out to the… Read More »

Like Us on Facebook

By | February 15, 2014

[February 15, 2014] Like us on Facebook. Yes, that’s right.  TheLeaderMaker is on Facebook.  Please click to like the page.  The more visitors, the more people have a chance to read about Senior Executive Leadership. Thanks to all our friends who support this effort and for helping get the word out. ————————— A direct link to the new… Read More »

Is Tribalism on the Rise in Organizations?

By | February 15, 2014

[February 15, 2014]  While human organizational capability has improved over the past several thousand years, one remarkably successful but old system has remained – Tribalism.  Tribalism is a way of thinking and behaving, with loyalty to a group, and strong identity.  Good and bad leadership thrives in the tribal environment.  Tribalism is usually about strong ethnic or cultural… Read More »

Valentine’s Day

By | February 14, 2014

[February 14, 2014]  Happy Valentine’s Day to all the lovers. Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day and the Feast of Saint Valentine, was first associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.  In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each… Read More »

Gatekeepers

By | February 14, 2014

[February 14, 2014]  Gatekeepers are in every organization and they are the ones who exercise control over access to something.  In the old days, this meant limiting access through the city gate.  Today, the term is used metaphorically, referring to people who decide whether you gain access to something; like to information, a person, a service, an interview. … Read More »