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THE DIMINSHER AFFLICTION

Beware the leader too smart to be wise. What is a Diminisher? Author and consultant Liz Wiseman’s book, Multipliers, features two distinct and contrasting types of leaders; multipliers and diminishers.  Multipliers are strong and capable leaders in their own right, but they use their talent and organizational power to access and leverage (multiply) the strength and talent […]

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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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THE REALITY-EDITING AFFLICTION

Human kind cannot bear very much reality.” —T. S. Eliot What is Reality Editing? Reality editing is the process of reframing, reconfiguring or “spinning” the “facts” such that they support a plausible, attractive but highly selective narrative, which, predictably, features the leader at the center of the narrative, always in control, always right, and above […]

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THE TOXIC AFFLICTION

Nothing grows under the giant banyan tree.” —Indian proverb Introduction: When Plants Compete We don’t think of plants as competitive in the same way as animals or people.  But, it may surprise you that the quest for scarce, precious resources is just as much a part of the plant kingdom as the animal kingdom. Plants […]

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THE ALPHA AFFLICTION

We’ve all heard of the Alpha Male.  It may not surprise you to discover that about 70% of senior business executives are alpha males. What may surprise you is what alpha males can can do to your organization, if left to their own devises.   Yes, the lion will one day lay down with the lamb, […]

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THE FUEL OF LEADERSHIP AFFLICTION: UNCHECKED POWER

I charge thee, fling away ambition: by that sin fell the angels—Shakespeare, King Henry the VIII Organizations place leaders on a pedestal and hand them a megaphone. They give them access to “hard” organizational resources (capital, tools, personnel) as well as “soft” assets (the authority to promote or demote, the right to grant job security or […]

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DESTRUCTIVE NARCISSISM – THE CYCLE OF DECLINE, PART II

In our last blog, we discussed the beginning of the cycle of decline for a narcissist. Today, we will continue down that path. As a reminder, our discussion started with healthy self-assurance and well-founded confidence that moves to overconfidence and superiority; then from superiority to grandiosity; and finally to emotional isolation. What happens when the […]

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THE PATH TO DESTRUCTIVE NARCISSISM: THE CYCLE OF DECLINE

In our discussions on leadership, it is impossible not to discuss narcissism and its effect on others.  This week, we will discuss how a person enters the downward cycle away from constructive narcissism.  How often do you see these patterns in your leadership circle, and how do you protect yourself from adopting unhealthy patterns? Constructive narcissists […]

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THE ROOT OF LEADERSHIP AFFLICTION SERIES: DESTRUCTIVE VS. CONSTRUCTIVE NARCISSISM

If you are just joining us in our “Root of Leadership Affliction” series, we are now deep into our discussion on destruction narcissism and power. Recognizing the Difference: Constructive vs. Destructive Narcissism. It is critical that we draw a clear distinction between constructive narcissism and destructive narcissism.  The constructive narcissist infuses the organization with urgency […]

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