December 1, 2014


Rosabeth Moss Kanter once wrote that "Power is America's last dirty word.  It is easier to talk about money, and much easier to talk about sex, than it is to talk about power."[i]


Power and politics are often equated but they are not the same thing although deep...

June 24, 2014

When I taught Strategic Leadership, the students had to read John Kotter's 1990 article on "What Leaders Really Do. "  Kotter was very effective in setting out different functions for leaders and managers such as leaders align people as opposed to managers who organize...

May 16, 2014

Are you a better leader than the next guy or gal?  Comparing one leader to the next is how people often think and judge a person’s leadership capability.  It is not surprising that people think this way given the European history of kings and queens, the Genghis Khans...

March 24, 2014

In trying to develop one's leadership capabilities, you often hear comments like "get a consultant", "you could use a coach," or "find a mentor."  It's a bit confusing on what are the differences  among them.  Having discovered that, next comes the basic question of wh...

February 15, 2014

Emotional Intelligence has become popularized by the prolific writing of Daniel Goleman.  In his 1988 Harvard Business Review classic, he outlined the concepts of self awareness, self regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill.  It has caught on because the conc...

December 1, 2013

In my recent blogs, I have been advocating a leadership framework based on the 3 Ps of People, Planning, andPerformance.  Everything around leadership begins withPeople.  There is no leader without followers.  Followers need to know what direction to go.  That takes or...

November 12, 2013

When I was growing up, there was a colloquial phrase that captures the essence of defining moments in leadership. It was when one “aww-shit” wipes out a thousand “at-a-boys.”  There are many forms of defining moments depending on your leadership role.  At the superviso...

September 20, 2013

I like to read the Harvard Business Review to see if there are any new ideas on Leadership. The September 2013 magazine had an article by Ibarra, Ely, and Kolb entitled “Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers.” The article starts off by saying, “Many CEOs who make gender di...

August 30, 2013

The July-August 2013 Harvard Business Review featured an article on Leadership entitled “How to Balance Competence and Warmth.”  It’s a readable article if you have not been around leadership development over the years.  As Cuddy, Kohut and Neffinger point out, “Althou...

June 20, 2013

You often hear about the triple bottom line or the 3 Ps of People, Planet, and Profits.  I am a fan of this thinking on what a company must achieve.  I think there are some similarities with leadership.  My 3 Ps for leadership are People, Planning, and Performance....

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