I recently read a blog post by Dr. Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries, the Distinguished Professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change at INSEAD in France. His post was titled the “Eight Archetypes of Leadership.” That post got me thinking about my own experience in consulting to leaders in North America and Europe over three […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
When was the last time you took a look in the mirror and asked some revealing questions? When we were children our parents and teachers were our primary source of feedback. Sometimes we liked it while other times it was hard to hear. Then in the early stages of our careers, we started to learn […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
If you’re like most of us, you like being right. Being right makes us feel good. My guess is that being right triggers a set of reactions that activate the pleasure center of our brains. Given the choice between being right or being wrong, we would all choose being right. What is right and wrong? […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Are you ever misinterpreted? Do people hear something that you didn’t intend? My guess is that it happens more than you think. The reason is we are always communicating silent messages. In fact, our words usually are a small component of the interpretation of our communication. How you communicate will reinforce or take away from […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
“Are you a critic or a champion?” In August of 2010 I launched this column with an essay on this subject. Back then, everyone seemed to be a critic. Today, things are the same if not worse. Criticism is in the air especially but not limited to political opinions. Critics are generally against things, and […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
There are several best selling books out that focus on developing and using your strengths. These include Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton. I’ve always been a believer that we should put more time into developing our strengths than working on our weakness. Leaders are people who have distinguished themselves […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Recently, I taught a module on trust in my MBA class. I asked my adult students the following question. “Do you tend to assume trust with others or must they earn your trust?” This simple question has profound implications on how we see the world and react to the circumstances we face. The class was […]Continue Reading... No Comments.