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THE WOODENHEADED AFFLICTION IN ACTION

Were you able to read our recent information on The Wooddenheaded Affliction in leadership? If not, take a minute to read it here, and then read below to learn about the Woodenheaded Affliction in action. A tragic example. General Douglas Haig is a tragic example of what can happen when a top leader afflicted by […]

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THE WOODENHEADED AFFLICTION

The greatest of sins is to be conscious of none.” Introduction. What is Woodenheadedness? In The March of Folly: From Troy to Viet Nam, historian Barbara Tuchman describes human history as the “unfolding of miscalculation,” a litany of failure, mismanagement and delusion in the pursuit of disastrous national and organizational policies.  She explores four historic […]

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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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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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LEADING IN THE SHADOW: ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT LAST

Leading in the Shadow – Reflections on the Inherent Difficulty of Getting Anything of Lasting Value Accomplished Life is hard.  And if life is hard, it follows that leadership is doubly difficult. A better tomorrow is not inevitable.  Progress is not served up to the organization on a silver platter.  There are no four-lane highways to […]

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PASSION SERIES: A LEADER’S MOST VALUABLE ASSET

Passion born of noble purpose is the first quality of the leader, the primal source of sustained, effective leadership.  The Global Leadership Forecast 2011 identifies passion as a key measure of leadership effectiveness.  The term is used to describe leaders who are committed to and enjoy their leadership roles for the right reasons, and who […]

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A CASE STUDY ON A FLAWED VISIONARY: PART 2

Pierce was a catalyst for change in others, even on a remarkable scope and scale, yet he resented and resisted any attempt by others to make even the smallest change in his personal or professional life.  He was driven to meet the needs of a world, especially children, in pain and despair, hunger and homelessness.  In fact, […]

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