Category: In The Middle

What He Taught Me: “Neutron” Jack And The Sense Of Urgency For Action

Leadership Lesson: Keep in mind all that you can learn from a leader — his or her various attributes, approaches, and attitudes — even if you don’t agree with certain aspects of their leadership and/or management. Case in point: Jack Welch and the need for urgency.

Jack Welch, a legend of the business world and former CEO of General Electric, passed away last week at the age of 84.

It was under Welch’s tenure from 1981 to 2001 that GE, a company rooted in the work of Thomas Edison, expanded beyond its traditional businesses of appliances and lighting, growing into the global conglomerate it was known to be at the height of its dominance.

Both the company’s reach and reign in…


When It Comes To Integrity, “Playing Nice” Shouldn’t Mean Giving Up What You Stand For

Leadership Lesson: In order to remain as honest as possible, save time for all parties involved, and retain one’s integrity, it’s important to let others know when you disagree with them, even when it’s with a silent gesture.

At the U.S. Capitol memorial service for Representative Elijah Cummings, who died last week and who was revered by both sides of the aisle for his leadership over the course of his more than twenty years in the House of Representatives, one of his pallbearers, as he made his way through the receiving line of bipartisan congressional leaders, snubbed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s handshake.

Check out the clip below.


A Rebuttal: Someone’s Missing The Mark On Understanding The Growth Mindset

Leadership Lesson: The growth mindset is not merely about a foundation of continual learning lacking experimentation or risk-taking. Understand that, and you’ll realize the value of constant development, evolution, and risk-taking.

When it comes to how we learn, develop, and push forward toward accomplishment, Dr. Carol Dweck’s seminal book mindset: The New Psychology of Success – How We Can Learn To Fulfill Our Potential laid the groundwork for understanding the difference between the fixed mindset and the growth mindset.

The gist of the difference lies in what someone believes and does to achieve what they can.

The fixed mindset keeps itself locked…


Mentorships Are The Connections That Bring All The Pieces Together

Leadership Lesson: Don’t forgo any part of your personal efficiency and strength, or that of your team or organization, by ignoring the importance of mentorship.

Mentoring is a powerful tool and experience.  Both the mentor and the mentee can gain from the relationship, with each side walking away more refined and better prepared for having partaken in, and extracted advantages from, the relationship.

In order to avoid its underestimation, the mentoring relationship should not be seen as an arrangement in which the mentee and mentor are assigned and the mentee is merely learning and gaining new information from the mentor. There’s more to it than that.

Through mentoring, there is not only a transfer of knowledge regarding the environment…


For Your Own Development, What Do You Think Leadership Lessons Should Look Like?

Leadership Lesson: Leadership lessons are everywhere. Open your mind. Be willing to look deeper into the unfamiliar, to draw out and see the lessons.

Recently, in the course of researching and looking for new books to read, I was reading book reviews, considering what each book might offer, and I came across one of my favorite leadership books – The Leadership Challenge – How To Make Extraordinary Things Happen In Organizations by James Kouzes and Barry Posner.

I consider The Leadership Challenge to be my original leadership handbook and bible. It was one of the required reads for the Managerial Skills class in my MBA program, and it was truly what hooked me completely on leadership.

Maybe it became my leadership bible because it…


The Leader’s Legacy: How Do You Determine How History Will Remember Your Name?

Leadership Lesson: Thinking about what you want your legacy to be — and what it might actually be as of today — helps you shape your leadership to work toward leaving your desired mark.

“History will remember your/their name…”

In the current political climate, tempers run high, patience runs low, and discord and distrust run amok. The political landscape has become unrecognizable and shifted so far away from what is considered traditional and typical decorum and behavior.

The one thing that hasn’t changed is how each side of the political divide continues to stake their claim on the higher morale ground, all the while reassuring the public that their side is actually the one doing what’s best…


In General, Do We Need To Prime Every Person or Student As If They’re The Next Leader?

Leadership Lesson: It’s important to understand that, although they will contribute meaningful value in other ways, not all people want (or need) to be leaders.

An article in The Atlantic, titled “Why are American colleges obsessed with leadership? What’s wrong with being a follower? Or a lone wolf.,” questions the need – or “obsession,” as labeled by the writer – of American higher education institutions to build the next generation of great leaders.

Much like various other discussions, a question underlying this article is whether or not someone can just be a follower — that there is no need to work necessarily toward all-powerful, upper-most tier of leadership.

There is some truth in the article. There is no need to assume…


What People Teach Us: Caitlyn Jenner, Her Community, And The Opposing Side

In a recent interview on WBUR’s Here and Now, Caitlyn Jenner spoke about her life, covering topics spanning from her early life, to winning Olympic decathlon gold as Bruce Jenner, up into her revelation of her lifelong identification as female. Jenner also covers these topics and more in her new book.

An interesting part of the conversation took place when it turned to politics.

At the time Jenner revealed her newfound life as a woman to Diane Sawyer on 20/20 in April 2015, she was asked how the Republican establishment would accept her.  Jenner was a known conservative whose newly-revealed identity clashed with the well-known traditional, conservative, and religious values of the Republican Party. At that time, she believed it would…


Do You Believe Business Can Step In To Make Government More Effective?

Can business step in to make government more effective?

From the outside, these two institutions may look very different, but at their core, there is so much they have in common. How far apart are these worlds, really?

Because business has suffered some well-known, controversial, and ethical wounds and maintained some long-lasting scars in its own world, it’s easy to imagine – and expect – the backlash when representatives of the business world enter the world of government. The private sector now meets the public sector. The true critics may hiss at the territories overlapping while others watch with a mindful eye.

There will always be opponents of these two streams crossing as the contention is that the…


What Do You Allow As “Free Speech?”: Milo vs. Maher

Are you open to dialogue with a staunchly entrenched opponent or do you just ignore them?

Notoriously liberal comedian and political TV host Bill Maher sat down with alt-right poster boy Milo Yiannopoulis on the former’s HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher in a meeting of ideological extremes brought together by Maher’s push to get liberals to open up to that which they find, at best, uncomfortable and, at worst, ideologically reprehensible.

Overall, through the course of the show, Maher was more open to listening to Yiannopoulis’ ideas than the rest of his panel of guests, which tends to lean left the majority of the time.

Neither Maher nor Yiannopoulis is known to hold back in the respective political and societal realms they occupy….


As Demonstrated In Brexit: How Do You Include A Former Opponent?

The Brexit Referendum has come and gone, and through it the people of the United Kingdom–England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland–decided to leave the European Union with the decision to leave winning by a relatively slim margin.  There are various reasons both sides of the argument supported their side and opposed the other when it came to the vote of whether or not to stay with the bloc of 28 member states in Europe that served, overall, as a “single market.” The status of the UK in the EU has many implications from a financial, economic, trade, and ethnographic, among other considerations.

Related Post: Everyone’s A Customer

Soon after the vote, Prime Minister David Cameron, who campaigned for and supported…


For All Its Relevance And Benefits, Does Emotional Intelligence Have A Dark Side?

 

Leadership Lesson: It’s important to consider how you recognize and utilize the emotions you see and can interpret in your environment, using them to the workplace’s advantage and not only for your benefit.

Since its first mention in the leadership development field, Emotional Intelligence (or “EQ” for “Emotional Quotient”) has been seen as the someone’s ability to understand and read their environment with clear thinking so as to react without emotion in the moment.

It allows one to be able to process and handle the situation at-hand as objectively as possible without getting wrapped up in the situation so that they can step outside themselves and determine how to proceed effectively, without their response being clouded by immediate emotion.

Since the phrase and concept was coined, much…


When Someone Has Betrayed Trust, How Deserved Is Restorative Justice?

On Election Day in 2015, Bridgeport, CT reelected it’s disgraced former Mayor, whom had gone to jail for seven years for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from those doing business with the City, to the Mayor’s Office.  Five years after leaving federal prison, he beat the incumbent Democratic Mayor in the primary to then go on and beat a fellow Democrat, who finished third in the Primary but ran as an Independent in the General Election, for the office. In some circles he’s now hailed as “the comeback kid.”

This scenario has some semblance of restorative justice. In restorative justice, one who has committed a crime or violation is rehabilitated to mend the harm that their shortcomings caused.  In essence, it repairs the needs…


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