Real Leaders Don’t Watch Movies

“I’m king of the world!” “Show me the money!” “You can’t handle the truth!” “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” “Go ahead, make my day.” Memorable quotes from memorable films. Love ’em or hate ’em, movies of all types end up in our collective consciousness. In reviewing a list of movie quotes recently, I was impressed by how just one short phrase was all I needed to…

Real Leadership Development:You Know It’s Not Easy; It’s a Struggle.

As many readers know, I don’t have a whole lot of respect for “how-to” books on leadership and management.  I think they often convey a false sense of hope, in that by reading this book and following the author’s process, tips, advice, best practices, etc. you too will become the leader or manager you’ve always wanted to be (or that your organization needs you to be). Like I’ve said before,…

Leadership, Pornography, and A Visit to Justice Stewart

“Leadership” can be a fuzzy concept. Ask 100 people, and you’ll likely get a 100 different definitions. Often we feel like US Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart who wrote in the obscenity case of Jacobellis v. Ohio (1964): “I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description [pornography]; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so.…

Succession Planning, Part 2: Remaining Basic Steps

In the month since my post about Basic Steps for Effective Succession Planning, global economic issues have continued to ripple onto our shores, as we wrestle with our own economic concerns. Now more than ever, companies need great talent to lead them effectively, and smart leaders are doing all they can (as they did during better times) to ensure that they have a continuous supply of great talent. In this…

Succession Planning: Some Basic Steps

Even with the crummy economy and high unemployment, smart leaders are still concerned about the potential loss of great talent from their companies. Whether you’re running a company, division, department, or a team, you need to plan for your future talent needs. And the sooner, the better. In this month’s 60-Second Email (TM) , we outline the first steps you need to take for effective succession planning. And when you’re…

If Your Company Needs First Aid, Don’t Cry for Help.

A recent survey from OI Partners suggests that many companies are not adequately prepared when it comes to succession planning. And we’re not talking just at the C-level. This includes leaders and managers at other levels as well. One issue that many companies face is the fact that no one’s in charge or responsible for ensuring the company has enough successors for key positions. For more on this issue, please…

Lost Jobs Aren’t the Problem. They’re the Symptom.

There used to be a time when if jobs were lost during a recession, there was the expectation that many of these same jobs would eventually return after the economy came back. These days, though, there’s a whole different feel about jobs returning. In a recent article, “5 Myths About How to Create Jobs” (link), McKinsey notes that even if the economy were to add 200,000 jobs per month, it…

If Experience is the Best Teacher, What Did You Learn from the Great Recession?

“Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” – Winston Churchill. “Experience is the best teacher, but the tuition is high.” – Norwegian proverb If experience is, indeed, the best teacher, we’ve certainly had a post-graduate education this past year. And, yes, the tuition has been very high. So what did you learn from it? I didn’t have an immediate answer when I asked myself the…
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