Leading Organizations

Adapt Leadership Style to Cultural Context

The days of Mom and Pop businesses that catered to people who looked, felt, thought, and talked the same as Mom and Pop are over. Ethnic diversity has reached even the most remote and isolated regions of our nation. In what ways are you preparing to build a successful enterprise in the midst of this diversity? I don’t lament this reality and long for the days when everyone was like me. I rejoice and stand…

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Is American Higher Education in a 19th Century Rut?

Our system of higher education in America was modeled after the 19th century mass production assembly lines. While the business world–to some degree–has moved on to more fluid and creative solutions, because their survival depended on it–the world of higher education continues to be bound by this antiquated model. In the 1950s, Reginald Revans developed an alternative to the assembly line model. He called it Action Learning. I won’t go into the technique itself, but…

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How to Be Free from Tyranny of Inevitability

I was privileged to co-lead a TweetChat yesterday with Lolly Daskal—life coach and inspirational speaker who has taken Twitter chats to a new level with her #LeadFromWithin chats (every Tuesday at 8PM EST). Together with other fellow-Twitter fans, we discussed the topic of Foresight. I hope to write more about this in my next post, but for now I just want to reflect on the importance of foresight for your organization. Consider some of the…

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The Art of Indirect Influence

Have you ever noticed that there seems to be no straight cause-and-effect relationship between what you do as a leader and the response you get out of those whom you are trying to influence? Well.. It’s true. There are just too many other factors in the mix than can mess up that direct line of influence. So, what can you do? Maybe the answer to that question lies in the concept of indirect influence. The…

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Help your organization RESPOND rather than just REACT

If you have not yet experienced foundation-shaking change, don’t worry, you will. It’s only a matter of time. First reactions to this kind of change are usually not very helpful. In the next paragraphs, I write about the difference between a reaction and a response to foundation-shaking change. A friend of mine and I were getting ready to do some hiking in the mountains of Costa Rica. We got a hotel room at the last…

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  • 1 Chronicles 16:8 November 28, 2021
    “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”
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