#18 – Build Capability Before You Need It

This is #18 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” Here’s another one that I like a lot. Since we know that nothing lasts forever, a healthy, necessary and realistic point of view for leaders to take is that whatever is working right now will not necessarily work next year. Rationally, we understand that.Continue reading “#18 – Build Capability Before You Need It”

Put Out Into Deep Water

Each one of us has a net in which we capture an understanding of ourselves. That net is strong, it can hold a lot. And testing that strength scares us so we don’t do it very often, if ever. Instead, we keep tossing our net in the shallow end of our experience, catching and re-catchingContinue reading “Put Out Into Deep Water”

Independence Day

What it takes to form a nation: Dedication to higher principles. Clarification of identity. Exploration of the unknown. Devotion to a cause. Consecration to learning. Sacrifice, sacrifice, sacrifice. And, what’s at stake: Freedom from tyranny. Independence of purpose, thought and action. Discovery of new frontiers. Becoming your own authority. What it takes to develop theContinue reading “Independence Day”

Put Out Into Deep Water

Each one of us has a net in which we capture an understanding of ourselves. That net is strong, it can hold a lot. And testing that strength scares us so we don’t do it very often, if ever. Instead, we keep tossing our net in the shallow end of our experience, catching and re-catchingContinue reading “Put Out Into Deep Water”

Productive Disruption

I’m rereading one of my favorite books right now: Gordon MacKenzie’s, Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace. As Mackenzie describes it: Orbiting is responsible creativity: vigorously exploring and operating beyond the Hairball of the corporate mind set, beyond “accepted models, patterns, or standards” – all the while remaining connectedContinue reading “Productive Disruption”

Fitting In and Standing Out

When I last worked inside an organization I was chiefly responsible for leadership development. Fortunately (and with the benefit of hindsight, perhaps even amazingly), there was a portion of that time – about three years conservatively – when our team, along with the principal leadership of the company, operated within the context and with theContinue reading “Fitting In and Standing Out”