Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Great Divide: Action vs. Reflection at Today’s Colleges

Yesterday, my daughter, husband, and I returned from college trip No. 2.   E. is a rising high-school senior and in the grip of her obsessive parents, who are insisting that she visit every college to which she might apply. … Continue reading

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Classic Leadership Wisdom: More from Churchill

Winston Churchill is best known for his leadership of Great Britain through World War II, and many of his best-known quotes come from that time. But some of my favorite Churchill sayings come from the later part of his life, … Continue reading

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If Your Feedback Isn’t Being Heard, Try This One Thing

“Hard words are very rarely useful. Real firmness is good for everything.”  –Alexander Hamilton   June 1993: Amy and I were designing a training workshop. We both worked for a leadership development firm, and the particular program we were building … Continue reading

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Classic Leadership Wisdom from King Lear

Shakespeare’s King Lear features among its many characters two brothers, Edmund and Edgar. The former is a bad egg, but he knows a lot about human nature. He knows, for example, that people have a tendency to blame their misfortunes on … Continue reading

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The Answer to “Why Do Bad Leaders Rise?”

In last week’s post I asked how it is that certain people utterly lacking in leadership skills manage to rise to, and hang onto, significant leadership positions. Is it that “corporate psychopaths” have an advantage when it comes to climbing … Continue reading

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Classic Leadership Wisdom from Henry V

Motivation is a perennial hot topic for leaders. There are 2,617 books on Amazon.com in the category of “Motivational Management and Leadership” and 222 specifically about motivating employees. Before you read any of those books, however, I’d suggest a small … Continue reading

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Why Bad Leaders Rise: Part I

“How on earth did he get to be CEO?” “I can’t believe they gave her that promotion.” “He has management’s full support. How can they not see the damage he does?”   At one point or another we’ve all marveled, … Continue reading

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