Ethics and Direction

Years ago I used to watch the Paris-Dakar rally, perhaps one of the most grueling events in motorsport history. Until the mid-2000s, the traditional event…


Leadership is to Contend with the Unknown

We live in times where the old maps of people and project management are becoming obsolete. Technological and logistic advances present new solutions but also…


Adaptive Challenges

There's an old proverb which says, "Don't be the general who's still fighting the last war." The wisdom of this proverb suggests that every new challenge…


Path and Pace in Leadership

In the early 80s, specialists at the Department of Labor in Japan started noticing a disturbing pattern in the country's workforce. Many professionals, even…


Leadership as Listening

Leadership begins with listening. Listening is however a reflective practice that engages with the many voices around us. These voices may come from a variety…


A Leader’s Toolbox: First Who, Then What

Here we are. This is the fifth and last post in this series I titled A Leader's Toolbox. Leadership is about becoming whether helping others take the next…


A Leader’s Toolbox: Using Authority to Promote Change

In the first post of this series I dealt with how high performers have a greater tendency to operate from a technical mindset, which when questioned often…


A Leader’s Toolbox: Organizations as Cultures

Back to our reading of Reframing Organizations, Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal offer an insightful look into two frameworks that are easily overlooked in…


A Leader’s Toolbox: Organization and Adaptability

Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal are two scholars who in 2008 published a seminal book on organizational management called "Reframing Organizations". Their work…


A Leader’s Toolbox: Overcoming Defensive Reasoning

Chris Argyris was an author and leadership expert whose essay titled Teaching Smart People How to Learn presents us with timely insights into why some of the…