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Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability

June 16, 2013 by


Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability One of our favorite TED talks that speaks to the power of being vulnerable.  Vulnerability allows us the opportunity to explore our opportunities for growth and development.  By recognizing our vulnerability, we are able to modify how we perceive ourselves as well as others, making us better leaders. Enjoy!

Top 10 Differences Between Managers and Leaders by Scott Williams

June 16, 2013 by


Top 10 Differences Between Managers and Leaders by Scott Williams Excellent 5 minute video that reminds us that leadership is more than management, it develops and cultivates others to be followers and future leaders.

First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy by Derek Sivers

June 16, 2013 by


First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy by Derek Sivers All it takes is one person to follow… enjoy!

Don’t Let Your Mind Be A Shackle

June 10, 2013 by


“I think, therefore I am” Rene Descartes The human brain is quite powerful.  Perceptions become reality, reality becomes folly.  Those seeking personal and professional growth cannot allow their thinking to inhibit them. Strategies such as understanding the power of thought, defining your goals and then taking the actions needed to achieve it, and delaying gratification […]

Can’t See The Forest for the Trees or Selective Attention and What We Can Learn

June 7, 2013 by


Do a quick search on YouTube(c) and you will find a host of videos, long and short, that illustrate selective attention and it’s basic premise.  In essence, by spending a concentrated effort focusing on one thing, larger, more obvious things get missed.  This notion is summarily captured in the phrase, “can’t see the forest from […]

Leadership Influence to Drive Organizational Citizenship

May 26, 2013 by


Every day is an opportunity for potential risks due to ethical failures.  Leaders are the role models for their team in terms of the understanding and management of risk.  Through their actions, leaders are able to influence organizational citizenship behaviors by defining expectations, modeling compliance and holding everyone accountable for deviations.  “Effective leaders must have […]

Do You Have The Discipline To Rinse Your Cottage Cheese?

May 15, 2013 by


There is obviously an analogy here and it comes from the Jim Collins book, Good to Great: A world-class athlete who won the Hawaii Iron Man Triathlon 6 times, trained intensely and was very disciplined – biking 75 miles, swimming 20,000 meters, and running 17 miles per day. He burned approximately 5,000 calories a day in […]

The Theoretical Case for Women Leaders?

May 1, 2013 by


With the ongoing dialogue regarding women in leadership, a theoretical case can be presented that argues the effectiveness of women leaders based on ideal leadership styles and traits.  Previous research has focused primarily on men in leadership, arguing that masculine leadership traits were more desired and effective.  While underrepresented in the C-Suite for Fortune 500 […]

Lean Isn’t Just For Manufacturing

April 22, 2013 by


Lean reflects the use of standardized work/processes, capturing and deployment of best practices, and continuous incremental improvements that provide greater overall value to the customer through the elimination of waste.  The key elements of lean include elimination of waste, elimination of unnecessary work due to poorly defined or designed work flow, and achieving smooth work […]

Leadership Essence: The 4Cs

April 5, 2013 by


Leadership essence reflects the principles and values of the leader as well as the respect for the individual and the group. It also influences leadership style, or how one leads. While most leaders employ more than one style of leadership based on the situation, the essence of their leadership seldom changes. Leadership essence can be conceptualized […]