In a previous series of posts I presented the Leadership Enrichment LIFE-cycle (LEL-c) and committed to share more about Leadership Platforms…the ultimate goal of Enrichment. By way of introduction, I want to give credit where it is due. It was my long-time friend and one-time mentee, Lisa Sokolowski, who first gave me the idea.
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In the previous 4-part series on Leadership Enrichment I presented the LIFE-cycle one step (i.e., stage) at a time. Now I want to circle back around and introduce the suffix “-cycle” and cover the actual features and benefits of the model when it comes to elevating personal and organizational performance. Read more ›
In earlier posts we covered Life-long Learning (L), Internal Locus of Control (I) and Fulfillment (F), which ultimately brings us to a fourth and final step in the Leadership Enrichment LIFE-cycle (LEL-c): EXCELLENCE. Nowhere else does our focus on becoming a better leader in relation to others become more important; for a couple of reasons.
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In the first two installments, we established that Awareness leads to Learning and, through Acceptance, releases our potential for Changing. But until we begin to work the change plans we’ve established, our potential remains unfulfilled. So in this installment, we’ll focus on Fulfillment: Action that enables Growing as we advance through the Leadership Enrichment LIFE-cycle (LEL-c). Read more ›
In the first installment of this 4-part series on Leadership Enrichment, we addressed the idea that elevating our awareness and increasing our openness to learning can produce higher levels of knowledge through a commitment to Life-Long Learning…step one in the LIFE-cycle. Here is where we will focus on using the knowledge we’ve gained to make decisions regarding what aspects of our personal and organizational Leadership Platforms can and should CHANGE. This is vital because, at the end of the day, we can gain a ton of knowledge and still have nothing to do (e.g., the knowing-doing gap). Ever been there? Read more ›
When thinking back over years of consulting, coaching and mentoring on Leadership in a variety of organizational and personal contexts, there are a number of observations that truly stand out. Some as conspicuous by presence; like the old science (e.g., Taylor, Skinner, et al.) of hierarchical command and control models that many organizations still use to “manage the business” and the value of each position it promotes. Others, however, as conspicuous by absence; like the new science (e.g., Deming, Kohn, et al.) of leadership as a means of improving the operating culture and effectiveness in many organizations and the value of each person it promotes. Read more ›
My long-time mentor and friend, Thomas A. “Smitty” Smith would often describe general industry in America as “100 years of business unhampered by progress.” There is little doubt about the need for Real Leadership and great leaders, but little evidence to suggest we are able to satisfy that need. I believe that, in large part, this is because we haven’t become adept at converting potential into performance…new information into new behaviors. Borrowing from Dr. Oz’s famed indictment on our health, we are the best leadership-educated society in the history of mankind, but we don’t use that education to change our leadership behavior or improve our leadership performance.
In my new book, Real Leadership! Are You Ready?, I take a close look at this seemingly unnatural yet all to prevalent phenomena in our personal and professional endeavors. In the years to come, it is my contention that we must first do something about this modern dilemma if we are ever to deal successfully with the social, political, and economic pressures that are already upon us.
Before sharing my thoughts on this, I’m interested in hearing yours.
What is Real Leadership? What difference does it make? Why do you think we still operate in a leadership vacuum…or do you? If you do, what are you presently doing about it?