Wearing Masks

Masks were worn in the Greek theatre for a variety of reasons. One was to enable a single individual to play multiple roles simply by changing a mask. Masks were also used as a sort of portable microphone system, with its built-in megaphone. It was quite an effective "technology" for the huge amphitheaters before which... Continue Reading →

Leading versus “lording”

Jesus was talking to his disciples and he said this.  "You've observed how....rulers throw their weight around and how quickly a little power goes to their heads.  It's not going to be that way with you."  Matthew 20:25, The Message. Jesus' statement came directly after one of his disciples asked for appointment to a seat... Continue Reading →

Five Reasons for Integrity

The internet lit up recently with story after story about a Seattle pastor who used over $200,000 of his megachurch's money to buy his way on to the New York Times best seller list. It's bad enough for any author to attempt such a deceit, but it's more painful when it's a person making claims... Continue Reading →

We want to sit at the head table.

"You let people walk all over you."  A friend recounted how an advice-giver told him to "get a spine."  Seemed like good advice.  Being everyone's doormat is not a good thing. Although...  Power is funny because it doesn't always give what it promises to its possessor.   Power is good when a solitary individual powerfully... Continue Reading →

Letting People Down

The president began the meeting with, "We can't do any business because we don't have a quorum." It has happened before.  A carefully constructed agenda and set of to-do's was turned into just an interesting conversation.  The meeting ended with nothing getting done in spite of the fact that the organizational clock was ticking. Those... Continue Reading →

Teamwork

One of the greatest sins a “leader” can commit is to work alone.  Good leadership equips, empowers, trusts, and releases.  The best way to do this is through teams, and this is a good definition of team.  "A team is a group organized to work together to accomplish a set of objectives that cannot be achieved... Continue Reading →

Never Eat Alone

I just finished Keith Ferrazzi’s excellent book, Never Eat Alone.  I found out about the book from several references to it on LinkedIn’s excellent business networking site.  Still, you never know what you’re going to find when you buy a book based on others’ recommendations. Almost from the first page of the book I was hooked.  I... Continue Reading →

Ignorance is not a good thing!

“The only thing worse than training your people and having them leave is not training them and having them stay.”  Henry Ford.    Organizations that do not train their people are poured in ideological and methodological concrete.  In some respects they are like a university that never allows research or thought that is dated after... Continue Reading →

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