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22 Feb, 2018

Why Do Leadership Development Programs Fail?

By |2018-02-22T15:58:16+00:00February 22nd, 2018|Business, Your Knowledge|1 Comment

By Glen Calderon

In January 2014, McKinsey & Company conducted a study that examines the 4 main reasons why leadership development programs fail:

1.            Not allowing for context.  Simply, leadership development training is unique.  One size does not fit all regardless of a homogenous company, management or […]

15 Jan, 2018

Martin Luther King as A Leader

By |2018-01-15T23:38:25+00:00January 15th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Your Actions, Your Decisions, Your Knowledge, Your Leadership Role, Your Words|3 Comments

Donald T. Phillips in his wonderful book, Martin Luther King on Leadership, does a nice job providing significant detail as to why Martin Luther King (MLK) was a great leader. We often focus on the rhetoric and powerful speeches that he gave, but there is so much more substance to the man than just what he had to say.

1 Nov, 2015

Daily Leadership Thought #73 – 7 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Making Any Big Life Decisions

By |2017-05-08T17:15:41+00:00November 1st, 2015|Business, Personal, Your Actions, Your Decisions, Your Knowledge, Your Leadership Role, Your Life|0 Comments

In business and in life it's very important to know who you truly are before you attempt anything dramatic. There are so many messages out there telling us who we ought to be that we sometimes get caught up in a web of self-deceit because that's what we think we should be doing.

1 Apr, 2014

Leadership Thought #468 – The Biggest Mistake Leaders Make

By |2017-05-08T17:15:52+00:00April 1st, 2014|Business, Your Actions, Your Knowledge, Your Leadership Role|0 Comments

The biggest mistake leaders make is to think it is all about them. They believe that success or failure is a direct result of their own personal behavior rather than a team effort. Show me a successful leader and I will show you a person surrounded by good people who each do their own jobs exceedingly well. While it is common practice in this country to celebrate the individual, no one builds a high performing organization by themselves. This doesn't mean that the leader isn't an essential ingredient; however, he/she needs other ingredients to complete the recipe.

24 Jan, 2014

Leadership Thought #462 – The Need To Step Back and Reflect

By |2017-05-08T17:15:55+00:00January 24th, 2014|Business, Your Actions, Your Decisions, Your Knowledge, Your Leadership Role, Your Relationships|1 Comment

In our society that rewards constant action, it is often hard to step back and reflect about where you have been, what you have learned, and where you should be going. However, leadership requires thinking and reflection as much as it is supposed to stimulate action. Many people I know are busy at doing the wrong things. They are working hard but not smart. Every day is just one more attempt to push the boulder up the hill and hope that at some point positive sustained momentum will push them over the top. Unfortunately as the slope of their climb increases the weight of their responsibilities also increases and the path they are treading becomes less predictable and stable. You can't push forward into unchartered territory and not expect to learn some tough lessons along the way. If you are not careful, you may slip or fall and the boulder will roll right back over you.

28 Sep, 2013

Leadership Thought #451 – Beware Of The Pedestal

By |2017-05-08T17:16:17+00:00September 28th, 2013|Business, Personal, Your Actions, Your Knowledge, Your Leadership Role, Your Life|1 Comment

Beware of putting yourself or anyone up on a pedestal. There are right ways and wrong ways to feed someone else's or your own ego. Just because an individual has experienced significant success in one aspect of life, doesn't mean they are equally competent in all other things human. It doesn't do that person or you any good to blanket the praise. It is one thing to appreciate and respect individual accomplishment. It is another to think that similar success could be achieved in whatever else that person attempted. In fact, it can be dangerous as we heed advice or jump to conclusions about different situations based on who we choose as our role models. For example, Bruce Springsteen is a very talented songwriter and musician, but there is most likely a difference between his songwriting and his own reality. He is not a deity, he is a man. Thinking he has life all figured out isn't fair to him or you. No one of that stature can ever live up to the hype.

17 Jul, 2013

Leadership Thought #440 – Avoid Being Put On A Pedestal

By |2017-05-08T17:16:21+00:00July 17th, 2013|Business, Personal, Your Actions, Your Knowledge, Your Leadership Role, Your Life, Your Relationships|1 Comment

Avoid being put on a pedestal by yourself or by others. I've seen good people get too full of themselves when they begin to view themselves as extra special and different from everyone else. In happens in all industries and in all sectors. Nonprofit leaders certainly aren't excluded. It is never good for any of us to be surrounded by people who are too deferential. Success without humility typically leads to ego issues. I'm not saying we shouldn't value or respect accomplishment, but we shouldn't put a disproportionate emphasis on the attributes of the person. Superlative outcomes are usually the result of good timing, hard work and specialized focus not generic ability. In addition, doing good work that taps into your unique talents makes a positive difference in the lives of others should be enough of a reward. Don't get too caught up with celebrating YOU.

28 May, 2013

Leadership Thought #435 – In Life And Business, There Are Winners and Losers

By |2017-05-08T17:16:23+00:00May 28th, 2013|Business, Personal, Your Actions, Your Knowledge, Your Life|3 Comments

Winning does matter. Our country is built on the idea of individual freedom, personal initiative, competitive markets and free enterprise. In the Unites States we are constantly keeping score and rewarding those that achieve in all walks of life. You can chose to live a reactive and safe life rather than a proactive and riskier existence, but then you are dependent upon others who create the overall conditions of success from which you earn your living. This doesn't mean that all successful people do it the right way or have admirable values. There will always be individuals who cheat the system or take advantage of the less fortunate. However, I would contend that this number is smaller than everyone thinks and our legal system (contrary to popular opinion) does a good job of ferreting them out. It certainly is not perfect, but our civic system and the “rule of law” does exist and often works. Regardless, we all learn from an early age that life isn't fair and all we can control is our actions in response to anything that happens. There are very few true victims in life...

9 Nov, 2012

Leadership Thought #414 – What Next?

By |2017-05-08T17:16:33+00:00November 9th, 2012|Personal, Your Actions, Your Knowledge, Your Life|1 Comment

I am in the process of reading Gordon Livingston's great new book, The Thing you Think You Cannot Do, and as usual he delivers many useful tidbits of helpful information and a wise perspective. In one chapter, he talks about the importance of asking the question, "What next?" While his clinical therapy patients may often be dealing with much more significant challenges than my clients, as human beings we all have things that hold us back and inhibit our positive momentum. It's easy to get mired in the past or caught up with the urgency of managing now. Many of us are far too quick to embrace the role of victim and tell our sad stories to anyone who will listen. We end up creating negative energy which hinders our ability to move on and create a positive future. I'm not saying we don't have to make peace with what has happened, but the best way to get out of hole is not to keep digging deeper but to climb out.