Archive for LeadChangeGroup SmartBlogs
A Department of Labor report on the glass ceiling noted that “what’s important [in organizations] is comfort, chemistry, and collaboration.”
Chris Argyris, business theorist and professor, says there’s a universal human tendency to organize our lives around remaining in control and winning.
Might these hidden needs be the reason most companies have failed at incorporating diversity as a normal business practice despite all the research that demonstrates its positive impacts on the bottom line?[…] Continue Reading »
How long can you hold your breath? Better yet, unless it’s dangerous to your health, try it right now: hold your breath as long as you can.
How long did you make it? 30 seconds, one minute, maybe two? Before long, you couldn’t help yourself – you just had to breathe.
In fact, I could offer a huge incentive for you to hold your breath, but no matter how much money I offer, at some point you have no choice.[…] Continue Reading »
“Cheryl, you know more about these work processes than most of the folks up there. Did you apply to be a speaker?” I asked, wondering why my colleague was sitting next to me in the audience rather than participating in the panel discussion at the national conference we were attending.
“I thought about it but decided not to.”
“Once I get promoted, my chances of being a speaker will be better.”
Six months later, Cheryl called to tell me she’d been laid off during a company reorganization.[…] Continue Reading »
Diversity is finally getting beyond discussions of race and gender to include experiences, talents, and ways of thinking. I’d like to add another type of diversity to the conversation — virtues. More than 2,500 years ago, Aristotle “created” the Virtues as a guide to leading a “happy life.” They still hold true; that’s why they’ve lasted this long![…] Continue Reading »
A friend suggested that some people don’t want to lead. He insisted some just weren’t cut out for leadership and others might “never” or seldom choose a leadership role.
What makes a leader?
It got me thinking about what makes a leader. Is leadership a position, a set of behaviors or a decision? If a leader is the person in charge or a set of behaviors, I can agree with my friend.[…] Continue Reading »