Overcoming Fake Talk

May 17, 2013

Now more than ever, people are engaging in “fake talk” rather than talking about what matters most. Why? Sometimes we just don’t know what to say or how to say it in a way that helps us get what we really want. I know there are a lot of books out there that deal with…

Read More

March Madness, Leadership Failure

April 25, 2013

March Madness is now over, but its effects linger. March Madness once referred to the breeding season of the European hare. But as any self-respecting sport fan knows, in the U.S. it refers to the single-elimination college basketball tournament. It’s a time of office betting pools, boundless alumni pride, and a national fervor matched by nothing…

Read More

Leadership: You Make a Lousy Somebody Else

April 9, 2013

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t.” That’s my favorite quote from the Iron Lady, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who died this week. She understood that leadership is not about titles or photo ops or posturing. True leadership is about authenticity, standing…

Read More

Jim Kouzes: Why You Should Hone Your Storytelling Skills

January 23, 2013

Part 3 of 4 About Our Guest: Jim Kouzes is the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership at Santa Clara University and coauthor with Barry Posner of the internationally award-winning and bestselling book, The Leadership Challenge, with more than 2 million copies sold. Jim and Barry have co-authored more than 30 other books, including The Truth About Leadership, Credibility,…

Read More

Jim Kouzes: Feedback, Learning, Performance, Improvement

January 14, 2013

Part 2 of 4 About Our Guest: Jim Kouzes is the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership at Santa Clara University and coauthor with Barry Posner of the internationally award-winning and bestselling book, The Leadership Challenge, with more than 2 million copies sold. Jim and Barry have co-authored more than 30 other books, including The Truth About Leadership, Credibility,…

Read More

Jim Kouzes: How Dialogue Skills Contribute to Exemplary Leadership

January 8, 2013

Part 1 of 4 About Our Guest: Jim Kouzes is the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership at Santa Clara University and coauthor with Barry Posner of the internationally award-winning and bestselling book, The Leadership Challenge, with more than 2 million copies sold. Jim and Barry have co-authored more than 30 other books, including The Truth About…

Read More

Our Gladiator Culture

December 12, 2012

The fiscal cliff that everyone’s talking about is one of those multi-purpose metaphors. It’s not just about spending, taxes, entitlements, and other pressing economic issues. It also describes the consequences of the combative behavior found in today’s politics, business, media, sports, academe, military, and even religion. Ours is a debate society. Radio and television “talk…

Read More

An Open Letter to Barack Obama

November 20, 2012

Dear Mr. President: First, congratulations on your re-election. Thanks to the ground rules in our wonderful Republic, you are the President of all our people. But 57 million of your fellow citizens voted for your opponent, so there is much work to be done to move the entire country forward, as you say. And it…

Read More

2 Trust Busters That Dilute Your Credibility

November 15, 2012

By Rodger Dean Duncan (this article by Dr. Duncan originally appeared in Fast Company magazine) You wouldn’t deliberately dilute your own credibility. But it’s possible that some of your innocent behaviors are producing precisely that unintended consequence. Credibility problems can come in the form of Trust Busters. Let’s consider two of the most common ones, along…

Read More