Guest contributions:

04.22.13  Uncommon Leadership 

04.02.15  Switch and Shift  

05.13.15  Better Practice Team Performance

05.29.15  Better Practice Team Performance

07.08.15  Switch and Shift 

07.14.15  Better Practice Team Performance

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Stacey's Reading List...

 

"Tribe of Mentors" by Timothy Ferriss

"Shortcut" by John Pollack 

"Seeing What Others Don't" by Gary Klein

"Several Short Sentences About Writing" by Verlyn Klinkenborg

"The Birkman Method - Your Personality at Work" by Sharon Birkman Fink and Stephanie Capparell

"Creative Intelligence" by Bruce Nussbaum 

"Improv Wisdom" by Patricia Ryan Madson

"Training To Imagine" by Kat Koppett

"Quiet" by Susan Cain

"Where Good Ideas Come From" by Steven Johnson

"A Whole New Mind" by Daniel H. Pink

"Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman 

"Rework" by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson  

"The Leadership Pipeline" by Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter, James Noel  

"Life:  Selected Quotations" by Paulo Coelho 

"Deep Change" by Robert Quinn

"The Power of Full Engagement" by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz  

"The Way of the Shepherd" by Dr. Kevin Leman and William Pentak  

"Developing the Leader Within You" by John Maxwell  

"Mr. Peabody's Apples" by Madonna

"Orbiting the Giant Hairball" by Gordon MacKenzie

 

 

 

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Wednesday
Sep262012

Please don't tell me you're "leading by example"... 

Time after time, I hear individuals refer to their style of leadership as one where they “lead by example”.  And time after time, I cringe (on the inside) hoping not to show my despair on the outside. 

And just to be fair, maybe that’s “what” it looks like when you’re doing it, but that’s not “how” you do it, or rather, where it comes from.

I think you can dig deeper.  Be more articulate.  Describe for me HOW you arrived at that particular style of leadership [root => place], not WHAT it looks like when you are doing it [example => result]. 

You could lead from any number of places, for example, from:

  • Strict boundaries
  • High empathy
  • Freedom and independence
  • Camaraderie
  • Insight and perspective
  • Charisma
  • Humor, wit, sarcasm
  • Acquired wisdom over time
  • Philosophical reflection
  • Inquiry 

That’s what I want to hear.  That’s what I want to know.  Because that’s really how you’re doing what you do.  That’s your leadership style…. 



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