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Classic: What is success? Do You Have the Will to Lead and Answer the Toughest Questions? - Peter Koestenbaum

Classic:  What is success?  Do You Have the Will to Lead and Answer the Toughest Questions? - Peter Koestenbaum | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Philosopher Peter Koestenbaum poses the truly big questions: How do we act when risks seem overwhelming? What does it mean to be a successful human being?

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How can we muster the guts to burn our bridges and to create a condition of no return?

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{Have you asked yourself:]  How in the world did I get here? Or wrestled with ...strategic choices -- all of which seem hard and unpleasant -- and said, What happened to the fun part of being in business? According to Peter Koestenbaum, those uncomfortable questions -- those existential quandaries -- are at the root of issues that great leaders deal with all the time, and they influence every decision that must be made.
  
More than 25 years ago, Koestenbaum traded the cloistered halls of academia for the front lines of the global economy. It's not unheard-of for this philosopher, a tireless 71-year-old with thick glasses and a flowing beard, to visit clients across three continents in a single week. His agenda: to apply the power of philosophy to the big question of the day -- how to reconcile the often-brutal realities of business with basic human values -- and to create a new language of effective leadership. ...The more you understand the human condition, the more effective you are as a businessperson. Human depth makes business sense."

     

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Change -- true, lasting, deep-seated change -- is the business world's biggest and most persistent challenge. 

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Koestenbaum's wisdom makes sense to leaders at such giant organizations as Ford, EDS, Citibank, Xerox, Ericsson, and even one of Korea's chaebols. ... At Ford, Koestenbaum contributed to the company's 2,000-person Senior Executive Program throughout the 1980s. In more than a decade at EDS, he led seminars and coached hundreds of top executives, including then-chairman Les Alberthal. 

 

"Everything I do," says Koestenbaum, "is about using themes from the history of thought to rescue people who are stuck." His logic: Change -- true, lasting, deep-seated change -- is the business world's biggest and most persistent challenge. But too many people and too many companies approach change by treating it as a technical challenge rather than by developing authentic answers to basic questions about business life. 


WHY DOES BEING A LEADER FEEL SO HARD TODAY?

Because reckoning with freedom is always hard ...We're living in a peculiar time: It's marked by a soaring stock market, the creation of tremendous wealth, an explosion in innovation, and the acute alienation that occurs when the global economy hits the average individual. 

The message is, You're living in the best country in the world at the best time in history; you have an amazing degree of freedom to do what you want, along with an unprecedented opportunity to build immense wealth and success -- and to do it more quickly than ever before. Of course, the average individual has as much of a chance of launching a skyrocketing IPO as he or she has of becoming a movie star. 

       
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There's a terrible defect at the core of how we think about people and organizations today. ...There is little or no tolerance for the kinds of character-building conversations that pave the way for meaningful change.
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What's even more disturbing is that the ascendancy of shareholder value as the dominant driving force in business has resulted in a terrible insensitivity to basic human values. 

THAT'S A HEAVY BURDEN TO PLACE ON LEADERS. THEY MUST NOT ONLY GUIDE ORGANIZATIONS BUT ALSO WRESTLE WITH BASIC PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTIONS.

 

There's a terrible defect at the core of how we think about people and organizations today. There is little or no tolerance for the kinds of character-building conversations that pave the way for meaningful change. The average person is...riveted by the objective domain...where our metrics are; that's where we look for solutions. ...That's why books and magazines that have numbers in their titles sell so well.

 

We'll do anything to avoid facing the basic, underlying questions: How do we make truly difficult choices? How do we act when the risks seem overwhelming? How can we muster the guts to burn our bridges and to create a condition of no return?

     

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...Managing polarity teaches us that there are no solutions -- there are only changes of attitude. 
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There's nothing wrong with all of those technical solutions. They're excellent; they're creative; they're even necessary. But they shield us from the real issues: What kind of life do I want to lead? What is my destiny? How much evil am I willing to tolerate?

      

...Managing polarity teaches us that there are no solutions -- there are only changes of attitude. When you grapple with polarities in your life, you lose your arrogant, self-indulgent illusions, and you realize that the joke is on you. To get that message makes you a more credible human being -- instantly. 

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, August 19, 1:33 PM

I've recently learned that this classic article is the most downloaded article from Fast Company.  If you read it, you'll see why.  It asks the beautiful, and extraordinarily difficult questions about business and life. Changing perspective, and ultimately changing attitudes, is the big challenge in making lasting change fully sustainable.~  D

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The strong correlation between fair leadership and inspiring change

The strong correlation between fair leadership and inspiring change | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
A paper from Journal for Business Ethics suggests fairness in leadership is a powerful motivator inside and outside a company

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Trust, trust, trust - and it's all about perceptions...plus consistency and authenticity of course!

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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 8, 2013 8:45 PM

Integrity and strength of character are at the heart of leadership ... and a culture of "fairness" resonates across and outside of an organization.

Cath Daley's curator insight, October 9, 2013 8:16 AM

And I think fairness follows on automatically if you have integrity very high in your values, both personally and as accompany.fairness and integrity go hand in hand

Helena Gonçalves's curator insight, October 23, 2013 5:03 AM

Would you use "fair" to describe your leader?

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Small management risks that make a big difference

Small management risks that make a big difference | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
 A client and I were talking about how he felt disconnected from his team because of his travel schedule.

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Learning to Learn

Learning to Learn | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
I’m not good at many things.  Let me rephrase that.  I’m not naturally good at many things. There are many people who are smarter than me, process things quicker and overall just have a b...

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Why You Can Never Finish Anything And How to Finally Change It

Why You Can Never Finish Anything And How to Finally Change It | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

The law of inertia tells us a body in motion stays in motion. And the same goes for projects, creative ideas, daily tasks, half-written emails, and that thing you stopped working on to read this article. When you interrupt a task, it can be difficult to pick it up again.

 

And we are interrupted nearly every three minutes, according to Gloria Mark, professor of informatics at University of California, Irvine. What's telling is that roughly half those interruptions are self-imposed.

 

The result: When you're working on something without a clear deadline, seeing it through to its end can be a huge challenge.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, February 4, 5:42 PM

Never finishing what you start is more than a bad habit it stems from fears and hesitations. Here's how to get past the procrastinator's paralysis.

Chris Shern's curator insight, February 5, 7:39 AM

Being a big picture person can be a wonderful quality but you have to be able to "see the trees through the forest" in order to get things done. Find some tricks or useful techniques, whatever it may be find one that works for you.

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8 Ways to Stay Calm in the Midst of Chaos

8 Ways to Stay Calm in the Midst of Chaos | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Whether you are the chaos creator or just caught in the fray, the best way you can bring sanity back to your team is to be an island of stability. It's harder than it sounds when people are running and screaming with their hair on fire, so here are 8 tips for smooth sailing.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 9, 2013 8:20 PM

It's the nature of business to create panic and chaos. Everyone dreams of a company that runs smoothly and efficiently, but ambitious entrepreneurs, managers and salespeople can't help but push for speed. Rather than slow down on a product release or turn down a customer or two until processes are ready, decisions are made that tax resources and send teams into a frenzy.


Whether you are the chaos creator or just caught in the fray, the best way you can bring sanity back to your team is to be an island of stability. It's harder than it sounds when people are running and screaming with their hair on fire, so here are 8 tips for smooth sailing:

Debra Walker's curator insight, September 10, 2013 3:52 PM

It used to be said that the only thing constant is change.  However, these days we can add another - chaos.  As we all experience it, it is good to adopt skills that will help us cope rather than set expectations to eliminate it.  

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Does Your Passion Overshadow Another’s?

Does Your Passion Overshadow Another’s? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

It can be like an overpowering cologne or perfume. When someone enters the room, the scent overtakes everything, and we can barely breathe.

 

The same happens when someone’s individual passion overtakes a conversation or decision. What seems to be the unfortunate goal is for one person’s passion to be imposed on others. It is passion domination!

 

The discussion on passion in organizations gets very interesting as we dig into it. There are issues to be highlighted and resolved.

 

One key question is:  Can passion be transferred?

 

The question centers on two dimensions:

 

1) Personal passion

2) Organization passion

 

Read the complete discussion and join the conversation.


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Five types of leadership storytelling & when to use each

Five types of leadership storytelling & when to use each | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Just how many types of stories are there, you ask? The answer is, as usual, it depends who you ask. Various storytelling aficionados categorize stories in different ways, and there are no hard and fast rules.

 

These are overviews of each (read the full article for more details and prompts to help you come up with each type of story):

1. Introducing me

2. Conveying values

3. Teaching

4. Jumpstarting action

5. Inspiring

 

Here's the link to the full article: http://www.internal-monologue.com/2012/07/careful-around-campfire-five-types-of.html ;

 

These 5 broad categories and the examples shared in each are really good and will build a good foundation for leadership storytelling. According to Paul Smith in his forthcoming book on leadership storytelling "Lead With A Story" (August 20112), there are actually 21 different categories/applications for leaders to know about and use.

 

But this article brings clarity to the topic and will definitely get you started!

 

Thank you to fellow curator Gimli Goose for this article!


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