All About Leadership

Peter Drucker famously stated that "management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." Great leaders possess dazzling social intelligence, a zest for change, and above all, vision that allows them to set their sights on the "things" that truly merit attention. Not a bad skill set for the rest of us, either.

Recent Posts on Leadership

Performing Under Pressure: Martian Style

What do you want to be wearing in a high pressure moment? It's a lot cheaper than a 16 million dollar NASA space suit.

Building an Effective Team Culture

A strong team culture is important to success and member satisfaction. A few coaching strategies can help teams quickly and effectively foster a positive culture.

Why Narcissism, Greed and Power Go Hand in Hand

By Joseph Burgo Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 Shame
Modern day America has been characterized as both a New Gilded Age and a Culture of Narcissism. It is no coincidence that these two critiques have arisen at the same time.

Future of Careers Part 3

Managing Your Career in the 21st Century: three critical things to do.

What Trump Can Learn About Leadership From His Daughter

Leadership is in the news these days. The primaries race for the Presidential candidacy has really put the spotlight on this issue. For anyone in a leadership role self-awareness and reflection can make a big difference in your leadership success.

Do You Work for a Demanding 'Type A' Boss?

By Victor Lipman on October 03, 2015 Mind of the Manager
Type A managers, of which there are many, can at times be impatient, stressful, and plain old hard to work for. Here are practical tips to help you survive, and even succeed.

The Age of Decentralized, Distributed Knowledge

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 Jacob's Staff
For centuries, the flow of information has followed the structure of organizations. This is no longer true. What changes have resulted from the explosion in connectivity and information-sharing? How are organizations and leadership struggling to cope? How will our lives be affected? What can we learn from the resistance to innovation/change?

5 Reasons Not to Fear Public Speaking

By Victor Lipman on October 02, 2015 Mind of the Manager
Great speakers are made, not born (as are plain old good ones). Consider the examples of this famous five. All overcame significant public speaking confidence problems — and so can you.

Detection and Management of Depression and Bipolar Disease

By Julie K Hersh on October 01, 2015 Struck By Living
On September 1, 2015, the Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care at UT Southwestern under the direction of Dr. Madhukar Trivedi was officially launched. Dr. Trivedi, an internationally recognized expert in depression and mood disorders, received the 2015 American Psychiatric Association Award for Research, the Association’s most significant award for research.

Dear Men: Wake Up and Smell the Inequality

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 Give and Take
Men see no bias, hear no bias, speak no bias

Don’t Let The Algorithm Become Your Rockstar!

By Tim Leberecht on September 30, 2015 The Romance of Work
What we need in our organizations are not smarter, more powerful algorithms, we need more true rock stars—visionaries and “misfits” who defy the confines of strict rationality, and rhyme more than they reason.

The Playground as Battleground: Take the Test!

Nice girls don’t do conflict. A girl often will become a “people pleaser” and adopt accommodation and avoidance as conflict styles. She will say “yes” when she really wants to say “no.” In contrast, men often perceive “no” as “go.” No becomes a challenge, something to conquer.

Volkswagen, Why?

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Hidden Motives
What could have possibly motivated VW to take the risk?

How Aquaman Rules The Shark Tank

Some skills that will prevent you from sinking.

Are Your I-Centric Habit Patterns Getting the Best of You?

As you read the followng seven I-centric habit patterns, identify ones that do not serve your organization and see them as opportunities to develop WE-centric patterns. Monitor your impact. Notice how, by shifting to WE-centric patterns, you increase positive energy, focus your colleagues on creating the future, and enable greater leadership behaviors in everyone.

Time Management 101

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Head of the Class
College students, especially those in their first year, often struggle with time management. How can they learn to use their time wisely while still reserving some for recreation and socializing? Documenting where and how they spend (and often lose) their time is a good first step.

Psychology of Deep Connection

There is a part of the brain that activates when we meet people. It’s called the "like me/not like me" part of the brain or the Rostromedial Prefrontal Cortex. However, there is another part of our brain that has a bigger impact on us — and one that explains deep connection.

Make Candor a Priority

Here are 5 things you can do, as a Leader of Change, to elevate candor and TRUST as the foundation for healthy conversations in your organization.

Bad Teachers Can Damage You-- or Make You Stronger

From one very bad teacher, I learned that intelligence without emotional generosity means nothing, that narcissism unchecked is poisonous and that sometimes it is far more honorable to be refused membership to a group than to be part of it. That lesson left welts.

What Are The Chances of a Clinton or Fiorina Presidency?

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on September 26, 2015 Presence of Mind
Cross-cultural data on women’s paths to head of state suggest that Clinton’s chances are better than Fiorina’s. But it's hard to say. The first woman president or prime minister of a country usually arrives somewhat unexpectedly.

Who Says Extroverts Make Better Leaders? Part 2

In the first part of this interview, Andy Johnson, author of Introvert Revolution: Leading Authentically in a World That Says You Can’t, discusses misconceptions and biases surrounding introvert leadership. In this second part, he offers tools, tips, and more insights to help introvert leaders thrive in an extrovert*-centric world.

Is it Narcissism—Or Just High, Healthy Self-esteem?

By Caroline Beaton on September 25, 2015 The Gen-Y Guide
How psychology tests are failing us: the data behind Millennial narcissism.

Pope Francis for President? The Master of One-Downmanship

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 24, 2015 Just Listen
Of course that’s not going to happen. But there’s something about the Pontiff that is touching a nerve in many people—Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

4 Surprising Things that Expand Your Waistline

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on September 23, 2015 Minding the Body
Waistlines are growing faster than BMI levels. Here are four culprits you might not suspect.

Maintaining Self-Control With a Superior

Are you struggling with a disrespectful supervisor? These tips can help you.

The Decision Scorecard

Personnel evaluations are often painful, for the supervisor and for the employee. Instead of evaluating the person, why not evaluate the decisions? List the decisions the person made during the year and review how they got made and how they turned out. This approach turns a critical conversation into a collaborative one, driven by curiosity.

Understanding Primates – and Donald Trump

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 Naturally Selected
By scientific criteria, Donald Trump is not a natural leader. How can we then explain his popularity among certain groups of American voters? To understand it we need to go way back into our evolutionary history as primates or consider our own childhood experiences in the school play ground.

Calling All Presidential Hopefuls — It's Not About You

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 17, 2015 Just Listen
Political hopefuls know what it's like to be "one done" in the polls. However until they understand what it's like to feel one down to leaders you're dependent on but don't trust, they'll never earn back our trust and confidence and we'll never get back OUR hope.

Champion Novak Djokovic Reveals the Power of Visualization

By Aldo Civico Ph.D. on September 17, 2015 Turning Point
How world-class player Novak Djokovic trains for mental toughness using mindfulness and visualization.

The Personality of Donald Trump

By Ryne A. Sherman Ph.D. on September 17, 2015 The Situation Lab
The fate of any organization is a function of that organization's leadership. The the United States is no exception to this rule. Further, how a person leads is a function of his or her personality. Thus, we must consider the personality of the leading Republican candidate Donald Trump and what a Trump presidency would mean for the fate of our nation.