MBAs–both the degrees and the people who have them–are an obsolete waste of time and money. An irrelevant recipe for failure. At least that’s what all the cool entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are saying. So what’s next? Learning to code and “lean startups.” Accelerators are the new b-school.
There’s just one problem though.
While creating a product and starting a company have never been easier, building and sustaining a business have never been harder. And lean is not everything. That means business education has never been more important. But first, both b-schools and companies need to learn some new tricks.
Craig Gosselin, General Counsel and Human Resources (HR) leader for iconic American brand Pacific Sunwear, believes that managing legal and HR affairs for a major brand warrants the same outlook as doing so for a smaller company: The emphasis has...
Purpose and strategy. They seem to fit like peanut butter and jelly. Purpose is the jelly, sweetening our appetites for the work to be done. Strategy is the peanut butter, making it all stick together as we do the work.
Purpose is not fluff. It is the content of our strategy’s character. It is what makes organizations strong because it inspires people to engage in their work and achieve meaning in what they do. Purpose defines the personality and story of an organization and, in turn, the policies and processes that flow from it.
Just how good of a leader are you? A quick test may be how well you are “leading” with your teenage son or daughter.
Leading as a parent is one of the most challenging, purpose-filled jobs we have. Maybe it is just me, but parenting changes when your child is in the middle of those teen years. When they were younger, we could just tell them what to do, and they acted without too much fuss. When they were younger, they looked up to us almost with admiration.
Well, something happens to our child around the age of 16, and we change, too. We shift from an autocratic leadership model to a coaching one.
Here’s what I mean. Leading teens becomes about four key things:
1. Setting boundaries
2. Upholding accountability
3. Guiding, not telling
Read the article for insights on each of the four elements, plus the added input from other voices in the comments.
Successful collaboration requires leadership. This excerpt from a book by Cisco executives Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese explains the key behaviors that leaders must exhibit to support and enhance collaboration.
Whatever happened to leadership? Have all the great leaders gone from the world scene? Are leaders born, or do they emerge in appropriate circumstances?
A few years ago the London Sunday Times ran an article with the title “Whatever Happened to Real Leaders?” It read in part: “The foreign secretary was a stuffed shirt. But the prime minister was not even that: ‘he was just a hole in the air.’ The words are George Orwell’s, applied to Lord Halifax and Stanley Baldwin, in the late 1930s. What resonance they have today! . . . What the country needs is leadership, and this is true of the Western world as a whole.”
The article continued, “The gap between the desirable and the real has never been as great in this respect. As you open the newspapers or watch the television news, is there a single political leader in the West whose words you would expect to remember? Would you expect to learn anything from them? Do you expect them to do anything inspiring or creative, or even just the right thing? We have reached a real low point in leadership, lower than at any other time in recent history. . . . ‘I sowed dragons, and I reaped fleas,’ said Nietzsche.” It’s a powerful plea for the kind of leadership that can deliver humanity from the grip of its many problems and evils.
Do you find leadership daunting? Even scary? I do. Frankly, I think we should. Leading others carries a huge responsibility. It is not for the faint of heart, for those afraid of being wrong, for those who want comfort and stability, or for those who need external affirmation.
The importance of asking for help, in addition to answering the "why" and asking the "why not." Leadership is inspiring others to act but also being humble in gathering input and advice from the talented people that surround a leader.
Polarization keeps us apart, disconnected, unable to find creative solutions that benefit all. There is only “win-lose” and a perpetual loop of insular thinking
These three sentences sum it up best:
"You have a choice. You can continue the never-ending cycle of polarization. Or you can decide to stop following leaders who are misusing their power and decide it is time to engage in sincere, respectful dialogue."
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