Why Great CEOs Aren’t Always Great Leaders

Great CEOs are often people in a race to the future – they’re obsessed with defining the future because they can’t stomach the thought of reacting to a future created by their competitors. Somehow Steve Jobs was able to see the unseen, and marshal Apple’s resources to deliver the innovation that fulfilled his view of […] Read moreRead More»

The Leader’s Greatest Harvest

Seeds are curious things—small, innocuous . . . overlooked.  Incredibly, they are filled with an amazing power for growth. A growth for greatness. So, too, is your capability for seeding leadership potential! I learned from a close-friend that a single shaft of wheat, left undamaged and allowed to grow unchecked, could spontaneously multiply into a […] Read moreRead More»

The Rise (and Fall) of Mega-Corporations

It’s hard to imagine a time when huge, global corporations didn’t exist, but that time wasn’t too long ago. In fact, Richard Adelstein, a professor at Wesleyan University and author of The Rise of Planning in Industrial America, 1864-1914 reminds us in this fantastic HBR podcast that mega-corporations are a relatively new invention. Which companies will […] Read moreRead More»

The Linchpin to Your Company’s Success

Today’s show crackles with energy from the very first minute because my guest, our own Leaguer Irene Becker, is such an Extraordinary Thinker. Here are just a few examples: Says Irene about being the first female CEO of a near-bankrupt steel company in Canada: “I was a round blonde woman. Wrong look, wrong sex. I’ve […] Read moreRead More»

You’re a Thought Leader and We Need Your Leadership

  One of the cool things about modern discussions of leadership is that we now recognize that “leadership” is available to everyone, at every level of every kind of organization – or no organization at all. Anyone can lead and can even start a movement, simply by influencing the person next to them to influence […] Read moreRead More»

The Invaluable Leadership Attribute of Compassion

  On August 9, 1945, the United States dropped its second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, killing 70,000 people and injuring hundreds of thousands more.  One of those severely injured in the blast was Dr. Takashi Nagai, a radiologist at the Nagasaki University hospital.  Thrown to the ground while filing x-rays in his office, which […] Read moreRead More»

The Irrelevance of Profit-Driven Leadership

Leadership is not a position. It is the totality of your actions rooted in a set of beliefs that influence your interactions with people. Dominating corporations and small-businesses for centuries is a mechanistic-leadership view. Such a view holds that organizational profit is the leading input to a manager’s leadership style. The overused style takes for […] Read moreRead More»

Talent Acquisition: The Primary Benefactor of the “Big 3”

  When we talk about leadership, culture, and engagement – the “Big 3” – we often refer to existing team members… those who already contribute to the success of our organizations. And that makes sense; we certainly want current employees to feel valued and to contribute to a positive, productive company culture. However, the Big 3 […] Read moreRead More»

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