In the card game of poker, a bluff is a bet or raise made with a hand, which is not thought to be a winner. The objective of a bluff is to induce a fold by the opponents who hold the better hands. The size and frequency of a bluff determines its profitability to the bluffer. By extension, the term is often used outside the context of poker as in leadership to describe the act of making promises one cannot execute. Having the pokers bluff in mind as it relates to the behaviors of leadership, strategy and execution, I couldn’t help but to think about the hallmarks of change – disruption and the use of Crisis Leadership as a means of disrupting incumbent marketplace decisions.Read More›
So you write, produce and star in a hit TV sitcom, what do you do next?
If you are comedian Louis CK you walk away. As he told Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, “I wanted the show to feel new again. I felt like I did three seasons that were all one spurt, and that felt good and I wanted to forget the show, so I took time to forget about it. I aggressively forgot the show existed for a few months.”
“You have to link managing with politics.”
That was the way that Eduardo Campos, who was governor of the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, believed that public officials needed to lead. According to his obituary in The Economist, Campos was a technocrat beloved by international bankers but also someone with the common touch who liked to meet and mingle with his constituents. It was on a campaign trip for Brazil’s presidency that he was killed.
Have you ever found yourself frustrated by a problem that, in spite of your best efforts and creative fixes, defies an enduring solution? How often have you implemented new programs or processes only to find the same or related problems resurface elsewhere? Chances are that if you’ve spent any significant time in leadership positions you’ve had this experience, and more than likely the root cause for this is that you’ve been treating symptoms instead of the underlying diseases. Taking an Integrated Leadership Approach brings the holistic, synergistic perspective necessary to break this cycle and look beyond the obvious in order to get to the root cause(s) of whatever problem you may be facing.Read More›
What do you think the biggest problem facing leaders today is?
Sanjog Aul, host of CIO Talk Radio, asked me that question during an off-air discussion and I am glad I was off the air because I couldn’t not think of what to say. Our on-air discussion was focusing on time management and while I think every executive struggles with the perception of not having enough time, I don’t think that biggest problem facing leaders. Good executives figure out how to manage their time.
Only 20%-30% of corporate and business unit strategies successfully deliver expected results. That is a bold statement. However this statistic has been reported in many studies from reputable firms and publications and mirrors much of what I have observed and experienced during my career.Read More›
Are you spending too much time with your boss?
If you are, you may suffer a drop off in engagement, innovation and productivity. At the same time if you don’t spend enough time with the boss, the same can occur.
Our organizational world is constituted and shaped by language. It is also accessed and made available to us through language. Language acts as the lens through which we can see and understand the challenges presented, and subsequently make sense of and provide solutions for.Read More›
What do you do when the person sitting across from you fires a question at you that, like a 90 mph curveball spinning toward your face, threatens to knock you flat?
This is a challenge that I as an executive coach have advised many senior executives – as well as rising ones – to handle without looking like a minor leaguer bailing out of the batter’s box. Typically such questions come from a journalist, or maybe in a town hall situation from an aggrieved employee.
Is there such a thing as too much loyalty?
That is a question that Mary Barra may be considering after her latest appearance before a Senate committee investigating the faulty ignition switch problem that resulted in 11 deaths. While GM has cleaned house of engineers and lawyers accused of culpability, Michael Millikin, its chief counsel, has remained in place.
If you are responsible for leading teams, how can you be sure that the work being done throughout the day will innovatively increase impact and productivity to make tomorrow a better place? Or, if you are responsible for managing Solopreneur projects, how can you be sure that the work will increase impact and productivity? Isn’t that what productivity should be doing? Making the Future Picture (how leaders intend the future to look prior arriving to it in the distant future) a well defined place of improvement? These questions are some that leaders everywhere must consider on a more frequent basis with greater purpose in mind if they are really focused on providing greater impact across their organizations.Read More›
* This post was originally posted in Life Science Leader
In my writings, I define leadership presence as the “right stuff of leadership,” and, by doing so, I embrace a holistic concept. For me, presence is more surface appeal — as the term executive presence connotes; it denotes a leader’s approach to getting the most out of themselves as well as their team. By that definition of presence encompasses conviction, authority, power, and the application of them through a leader’s actions and words.
You might consider presence as defined by three verbs: be, do, review. Let’s take them one at a time…