Three Critical Shifts e-Report Now Available

My latest e-book from O'Reilly Media is now available. It expands on my widely read post for strategy+business examining three mental shifts that leaders must make in order to cope with contemporary organizations and situations. The three shifts are: Moving from linearity to complexity: We live … [Read more...]

Three Big Shifts Makes S+B Top 10

I'm pleased to share the news that my column, "Thinking Like a Leader: Three Big Shifts" made it to #3 on the strategy+business top 10 most-read list for 2015. It's an honor to be on a list with Herminia Ibarra, Roger Martin, and so many other notables. More important, I'm happy that the article … [Read more...]

Cultivating Leadership for a Complex World I've recently had the pleasure to speak at two Cultivate conferences put on by O'Reilly Media. The topic has been three big mental shifts leaders need to make to be effective in a complex, fast-moving environment. You can read a strategy+business column on this topic … [Read more...]

Your Critical First Ten Days as a Leader

Forget the first 100 days. As a leader, your impact begins from minute one. Within your first 10 days, your direct reports, boss, peers, and other key stakeholders will take your measure on how much they trust you, whether you inspire confidence, and how effectively you make decisions. These first … [Read more...]

Put the Humanity Back in HR (and our Organizations)

It was quite the coincidence that the NY Times ran an expose on the culture at the day before Strategy+Business posted my column on the need to put more humanity back into our organizations if we are to engage people, unlock their energy and creativity, and bring forth the best in all of … [Read more...]

With a Little Help from My Friends…

I am  putting together a book drawn from my recent writing called Leadership Future: Catalyzing Positive Change in a Turbulent World. I will be self-publishing the book and crowdfunding production costs. I am taking this approach because I am dedicating all net proceeds from the book to funding … [Read more...]

#FF: 15 to Follow for the New Year

Twitter has become a great source of insight, inspiration, and breaking news. With almost everyone jumping on the bandwagon, there is a wide variation in quality. In hopes of improving the signal-to-noise ratio, here are several people who I think are worth the follow for leadership, management, and … [Read more...]

The Accountability Equation — Chosen as One of Tops for 2014

I am proud and pleased that Strategy+Business has chosen my post on "The Accountability Equation" as one of the best of 2014. The full post is below. You can also read my 2013 post that also made the "best of" list: "Let's Just Stop Calling Them Leaders." It is not just the honor of being chosen, it … [Read more...]

Should Leaders be Heroes or Relationship Builders?

This post originally appeared at As I walked through the airport recently, a quick scan of the magazine rack showed a preponderance of glossy covers featuring photographs of single individuals: a CEO, a celebrity, a politician. This focus on the individual is an extension of … [Read more...]

The Waves and Streams of Crisis Communications

This post originally appeared at Strategy+Business. Complaints about the media and communications are among the most common my colleagues and I hear from leaders when we study crises. It was a consistent theme at a recent symposium we co-hosted on the response to the Boston Marathon bombings. … [Read more...]