The 1989 leadership classic On Becoming a Leader contains what has become one of the most discussed and frequently misunderstood concepts in leadership literature. I’m referring to, of course, Warren Bennis’ insightful list of twelve differences between leaders and managers.
As a Director for the Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), I am often asked, what are some must-have tools for school administrators? Well, here are my favorites in no particular order.
Researchers discovered that each composer had his or her own highly individual rhythmic signature. “This was one of the most unanticipated and exciting findings of our research,” asserts Levitin. “Mozart's notated rhythms were the least predictable, Beethoven's were the most, and Monteverdi and Joplin had nearly identical, overlapping rhythm distributions. But they each have their own distinctive rhythmic signature that you can capture. Our findings also suggest that rhythm may play an even greater role than pitch in conveying a composer’s distinctive style.”
In a sense, a community—your organization—is a giant collection of habits. Later, when Duhigg talked to the major, he said, “Understanding habits is the most important thing I’ve learned in the army.” “Once you see everything as a bunch of habits,” says Duhigg, “it’s like someone gave you a flashlight and a crowbar and you can get to work.”
Despite being a denizen of the digital world, or maybe because he knew all too well its potential to be isolating, Jobs was a strong believer in face-to-face meetings. “There’s a temptation in our networked age to think that ideas can be developed by e-mail and iChat,” he told me. “That’s crazy. Creativity comes from spontaneous meetings, from random discussions. You run into someone, you ask what they’re doing, you say ‘Wow,’ and soon you’re cooking up all sorts of ideas.”
He rode out of Texas in the depths of the Depression and was credited, during his reign as chairman of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC), with saving American capitalism and mobilizing the nation for World War II.
Stuart and Mary Manley are proprietors of one of the most beautiful secondhand bookstores anywhere—Barter Books—in the northeast corner of Northumberland, England.
After being forgotten for more than 70 years, they rediscovered, in a box of old books bought at auction, a rare original of the now famous WWII poster Keep Calm and Carry On.
Produced more than 70 years ago, this poster was one of three propaganda posters produced by the British government in the spring of 1939 in the build up to World War II. To be used in a time of crisis or invasion, this poster was never officially issued to the public. All of the posters were printed in two colors, using a “special and handsome” typeface, which would be difficult for Germany to counterfeit, along with the crown of King George VI as the only graphic device.
Whether you are starting a Small Business or coaching a basketball team, you need to posess great skills in leadership. Leaders can either make or break a team or company. That’s why we have compiled a list of the most important leadership books for your business book library.
If you had to name an iconic American building, what would it be? An ambitious TV series and accompanying Web site, both titled 10 Buildings That Changed America, have just started production and will explore iconic U.S. architecture. They will present structures that “changed the way we work, live, and play,” according to the Web site. The buildings were chosen by a group of practicing architects as well as architectural experts, in partnership with the Society of Architectural Historians. Chicago PBS station WTTW is producing the show, hosted by Emmy Award-winning producer Geoffrey Baer, and it’s scheduled to air in 2013.
“I deserve” thinking threatens our ability to lead. It diminishes our influence because it takes us out of the community; out of the narrative. We no longer lead for the cause but only as a means to serve ourselves. Side effects include distrust, cynicism, the wrong kind competition and isolated thinking. Good leadership creates connections and avoids points of disconnect.
When working with patients, I always assess their total load and then try to reduce it by slowly removing the factors that could cause harm. At the same time, I will add new elements that will nourish them in order to enhance the healing process.
We’ve all seen hashtags pop up on the Trending Topics list, then fade away after people run out of jokes about their #worstdate. But what is the lifecycle of that hashtag? How did it become popular, and where did it go after?
"How are you of service? I'm not being judgmental here or looking for you to fill the comment section below with your resume of community service and good deeds. I'm asking you to take some time (like I did this week) to realign how you interact with the world around you."