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GOLDILOCKS, PORCUPINES, AND CHAMELEONS, PART 3: THE CHAMELEON LEADER

Now that we have discussed “The Goldilocks Zone” (the “just right” leadership relationship of effective leaders, and porcupine leaders (prickly, unapproachable, defensive leaders), we are finally able to reveal the chameleon leader. You may remember our earlier discussions on leadership in relation to outer rings and inner cores. Our inner core is home to an unchanging set […]

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GOLDILOCKS, PORCUPINES & CHAMELEONS – PART 2B: THE PORCUPINE LEADER

In our last post, we discussed the challenges working with leaders who are prickly, unapproachable and highly defensive, earning them the tile of a porcupine leader.  The porcupine leader is rightly termed a fundamentalist.  I am NOT using the term to refer to the 20th century Protestant movement that emphasizes adherence to the basic, “fundamental” beliefs […]

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GOLDILOCKS, PORCUPINES & CHAMELEONS – PART 1B: INNER CORE & OUTER RING CONNECTION

In our last blog we discussed the three circles that a leader operates within: the non-negotiable, unchanging inner core and his or her contextually generated attitudes, decisions and actions. The leadership challenge is to keep the inner core and outer ring operating in the “Goldilocks zone,” meaning a just right” relationship between the inner core and […]

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GOLDILOCKS, PORCUPINES & CHAMELEONS – PART 1

What is the “Goldilocks Zone” and how can leaders become stronger by getting into sync with it? One of the many challenges that leaders face is to keep the inner core and outer ring, which we will discuss in this blog, operating in the “Goldilocks Zone”, meaning a “just right” relationship with expressing ones beliefs and […]

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Executing the vision

LEADERSHIP BY MAGICAL THINKING

The announcement of a new tomorrow is necessary to begin the journey to the future. But it is just the beginning.  The vision must not only be widely understood and passionately embraced.  If it is to be genuinely transforming, it must be effectively executed and powerfully sustained. There is the leadership work of conceiving and […]

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Compass

DAY DREAMERS & DREAMERS OF THE DAY

Today, as you go throughout your day leading others, and watching other leaders in action, be encouraged that you can make your vision a reality; you can see true transformation around you by gaining inspiration from other’s success. Consider, today, are you just a day dreamer…or are you dreaming of the day when you will realize your dreams? Nineteenth century […]

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LEADING IN THE SHADOW – PART 3

It is imperative that leaders embrace a stance of “realistic hope.” By way of realism, this means embracing the inherent difficulty of life and leadership, knowing that we live in a fallen world full of Shadows.  Leaders should expect the forces of today to ferociously contest the realization of a better tomorrow.  They should not […]

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