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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 IMPACT OF REALITY-EDITING LEADERS

Reality-Editing Leaders We hope you have been following along in our series of The Impact of Reality-Editing Leaders.  If you have not had a chance to read Part I, do so now, prior to reading this conclusion. Strategies of Reality-Editing Leaders 1st The first strategy is the generation of a “reality distortion field.” Among his many […]

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THE TOXIC LEADER VS. THE GENERATIVE LEADER

In our previous blog, we discussed how toxic leaders operate in a world of scarcity, thinking he or she is in constant danger of lacking scarce, precious resources like power, recognition or affirmation, creating self-centeredness. We also discussed how the toxic leader afflicts the organization.  If you haven’t had  chance to read The Toxic Affliction, […]

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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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LEADERSHIP & PERSISTENCE PART II: GREAT LESSONS LEARNED FROM FAILURE

In August 1978, the first successful trans-Atlantic balloon flight became a reality when the Double Eagle II touched ground in a barley field in the French village of Messery.  Between 1873 and 1978, thirteen trans-Atlantic attempts had been made—all ending in failure.  Double Eagle II had tried and failed, ending up in Iceland the previous year.  What […]

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LEADERSHIP & PERSISTENCE: THE LESSON OF BAMBOO

 Sooner or later, leaders confront the three hard truths of persistence. To review: (1) Initial success is no guarantee of future success. (2) There are no shortcuts to enduring success. (3) Life is hard so those who want to succeed must work hard. Nothing good comes easy or fast.  Life is hard and the leadership […]

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THE GENIUS OF PERSISTENCE – PART 3

Research indicates that even among the most gifted scientists, athletes or performers, more than a decade of intense training and preparation is required before achieving a world-class level of performance. Two very different individuals and their professional careers come to mind as a classic example of this finding—Actor and dancer Fred Astaire, and 19th century […]

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THE GENIUS OF PERSISTENCE: PART 2

It’s a common fallacy that great endeavors are accomplished with effortless grace—that the talent, gifting and genius of some people is so great, and the opportunities so many, that outcomes are achieved “all at once” with little effort. We tend to focus on the ten percent called genius and forget the ninety percent called persistence. […]

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THE GENIUS OF PERSISTENCE: PART 1

Thirtieth president of the United States Calvin Coolidge earned a reputation for being honest, direct, and hardworking.  Coolidge honored persistence with a plaque in his office. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not, nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with great talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is […]

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