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Leadership and Laughter

February 2023 Do you want to be an unf*cker? As I’ve mentioned before in the Leadership Library, at some point during the pandemic I came across Erica Schreiber’s light-hearted blog post, “When F*cked Is Funny.”  It’s about how she uses … Continue reading

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Leadership, Ubuntu and Evolving the WEIRD Mindset

January 2023 People do not perceive worlds but enact them.  Different mindsets bring forth different worlds.  –Susanne Cook-Greuter and Ntyatyambo Sibanda “I am because we are“ I recently attended a fascinating Growth Edge Network community presentation – materials from which … Continue reading

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Leadership and Depolarization in These Times

December 2022 It’s not clear to me that the long-term generational rise of liberal values, which I do think is happening, and [of] which there’s solid evidence in the polls, is necessarily going to trump all these other aspects which … Continue reading

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Leadership Library Review: “Lessons from Plants” by Beronda Montgomery (Harvard, 2022)

November 2022 We would do well in our interactions with others to consider how we take care of plants.  For the most part, we begin from the expectation that the plant has the ability to grow and thrive.  When the … Continue reading

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Seeing with a Full Moon in Each Eye

October 2022 Admit something: Everyone you see, you say to them, “Love me.” Of course you do not do this out loud, otherwise someone would call the cops. Still, though, think about this, this great pull in us to connect. … Continue reading

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Leadership Library Review: “Unleash Your Complexity Genius: Growing Your Inner Capacity to Lead” by Jennifer Garvey Berger and Carolyn Coughlin (Stanford, 2022)

September 2022 It turns out that when we need to handle complexity the most, we often are least able to…Complexity tends to trigger us, to make us anxious or afraid or overwhelmed. When this happens, our nervous system creates a … Continue reading

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Leadership Library Review: “Leader as Healer” by Nicholas Janni (LID, 2022)

August 2022 The cultures in which toxic leaders hold the greatest power are those that uphold the outmoded belief that traits like empathy, vulnerability and connection equate to weakness…Executors endorse these biases, while Healers dismantle them. The Leader as Healer … Continue reading

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It’s a VUCA and a BANI World

July 2022 The BANI framework offers a lens through which to see and structure what’s happening in the world. At least at a surface level, the components of the acronym might even hint at opportunities for response: brittleness could be … Continue reading

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Leadership Library Review – “Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street” (HBO, 2021)

June 2022 “She is doing what television would do if it loved people instead of trying to sell to people.” – Official Trailer “Street Gang” is the story of many leaders contributing to the collective “workshop” leadership journey of bringing … Continue reading

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Nature, Human Nature and Leadership

May 1, 2022 [T]here is great solace in remembering that what we call human nature, with all of its terrors and transcendences and violent contradictions, is a humble subset of nature itself: In nature, where stars are always being born … Continue reading

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