Leadership and the Yellow Brick Road

I've often heard by those who take on new roles of leadership that they feel like they don't know what they're doing. There is, of course, the reality that this was caused by faulty promotional procedures. But let's assume for argument's sake that the placement is warranted. What leads to such feelings of uncertainty? Truthfully, it's because leadership is complicated…

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Book Summary: If Aristotle Ran General Motors

  What's it about? Outside of the strategy analyses, the marketing plans, and the spreadsheets, there are pieces of a business that just aren't taught in today's business schools. Further, they aren't fostered in many businesses, which most likely accounts for the lack of teaching them. Morris dives into four ancient Greek virtues - truth, beauty, unity, and goodness -…

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Modern Leadership from Five Classic Quotes

Leaders are storytellers. They create a vision for others through their language, and we often memorialize that language with clothing, tattoos, and colorful graphics. We have so many leaders, past and present, which means there are countless leadership quotes for us to digest. How often do we stop and really interpret what those words means with regards to our leadership?…

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Three Terrible Attitudes in Leadership

How a leader takes initiative is dependent on the language they use. Actions often speak louder than words, but for leaders, words can be just as significant at revealing how they view the world. The phrases that follow may seem outdated, even obviously misguided, but those in leadership positions still use them with frequency and fervor. "Stay in your lane"…

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Leading Against Pluralistic Ignorance

In "The Emperor's New Clothes", a narcissistic emperor succumbs to the wit of two conmen, leading to his reveling in town stark naked. While the emperor's leadership skills are an entirely different matter, the reaction, or lack thereof, is the subject of this article. Dozens of townspeople sat by in reverent (or fearful) silence and allowed an unclothed man to…

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Leadership Challenges in Improving Cameroon’s Education

Leadership has a great deal of application to this wicked problem project, but that does not signify any level of ease or simplicity with which to apply its concepts. The first roadblock of this project is my geographical distance from Cameroon. I will need to inspire a network of participants to carry out the overall vision through a carefully and…

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Why My Favorite Leader is Gary Vaynerchuk (and why you need to follow him)

Full disclosure: This started as a simple post on LinkedIn, but when I hit the character limit, I knew I hadn't done justice to the message. He, and you, deserve more than that. Before we get to Gary Vaynerchuk, let's go back some years in my life. If I define myself now as successful, what I've been in the past…

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Book Summary: Blink – The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

  What's it about? We make decisions so quickly, sometimes it feels like intuition. Gladwell breaks down how we make these decisions with a multitude of examples of how professionals and laymen alike know in the blink of an eye whether someone is suited to be president or if a supposedly ancient statue is fake. By way of thin slicing,…

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