Democratic Dictatorship

When it comes to leadership, no matter how much a leader may seek the valuable input from their village, at the end of the day, the final decision, regardless of the matter at hand, is the leader’s all alone.  This fact makes for interesting management of the...

Choosing the Urgent over the Important

Every person must make choices in their lives. These choices may be monumental or insignificant, they may be personal or they may be professional; but every day, our choices and our decisions measure in the thousands. Consider for a moment, the most mundane of tasks...

What’s Missing in Your Village?

Leaders exist at all levels of an organization. From the newest interns to the most seasoned executives, leaders can be identified by their drive, their passion and their willingness to take responsibility. But sometimes a leader needs to be unearthed, provided with...

Why Talk Kills Meetings

We have all been there. The meeting. A room full of folks listening to a speaker, occasionally taking the baton and sharing some insight, knowledge or point of view — but generally the talk is all one-way. Research, however, shows us that it is actually the...

Colin Powell’s Lessons in Leadership

There is a long history of business looking to the military for inspiration [think Sun Tzu and the Art of War]. The link between strategy and tactics, determination and flexibility and the importance of communication can be, in the militaristic world, a matter of life...