Category Archives: Leadership

Ignorance and Leadership: What You Don’t Know Counts for More than You Think

Recently the topic of ignorance has caught my eye. Not ignorance that comes from a lack of knowledge, but rather from a desire to be open to what’s new and possible. Leading Blog reviewed a new book by Itay Talgam on the topic called The Ignorant Maestro, and Jamie Holmes wrote a New York Times op-ed piece imploring “The Case for Teaching Ignorance.” How can ignorance be applied to helping leaders become more effective? It has to do with instilling curiosity as a value. “The more we know, the more we can ask. Questions don’t give way to answers so …

Become Part of the Fabric – Guest Post by Alana Muller

Today’s guest post by master networker, Alana Muller. You can read Alana’s blog at Coffee Lunch Coffee. For many of us, when we enter unknown territory or face a new situation, we have a sense of momentary anxiety… How do I get from here to there? Will I know anybody? Will anyone talk to me? What do I say? What am I doing here anyway? Of course, the tension eases as we become more familiar with the activity, get to know names and faces, learn about the organization or purpose for the event. It helps if we feel confident in our approach. …

Living and Leading Connected

Below is a re-post of my Conscious Shift Magazine article. What does it mean to be connected as a leader? (Hint: It’s not about the Wi-Fi)! According to the dictionary, to connect is to “bring together or into contact so that a real or notional link is established.” What may be surprising is how vitally important being “connected” is to being a good leader. Leaders work with and through people, and that requires connection. In a Harvard Business Review article from February 2013, entitled “How Poor Leaders Become Good Leaders” Zenger and Folkman identified the areas that are shown to …

Does Your Leadership Make Connection a Cultural Priority?

Connection is a hot leadership topic for me this month. I’ve been exploring the impact of connection on how and why work gets done. There is a strong link between effective connection and results. In my work with leaders and teams, I have observed a range of cultures in which connection is present; I have also seen the opportunity for connection to be deepened and instilled as a cultural priority. We know that effective leadership requires the presence of two key dimensions; the relational (how we work with and through others) and task (the getting things done part). Decades ago, …

Technology and Leadership: The Missing Connection

Technology is one of the greatest additions to our modern lives.  Yet the way we use it and engage with it, may not necessarily be helping with our leadership effectiveness.  Sure, we are more ostensibly connected-never far away from our phones, tablets and laptops.  Yet proximity does not a connection make.  I would argue that technology may be one of the contributors to leadership disconnection. Leadership requires focus. Technology is distracting. It takes a lot of discipline to stay off social media and email. The more we can remove distractions, the easier it is to become focused on the person …