Being the Change

Being the Change“We but mirror the world.  All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body.  If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi is attributed with saying, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  It turns out he didn’t actually say that, but it’s not a bad simplification of what he did say.  Gandhi knew that change is difficult, at times even overwhelming, and pragmatically, he knew two things:

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Traditionalist or Disruptor?

Traditionalist or Disruptor?Today’s leaders can learn a lot of lessons from the upheaval in the political environment – some highly useful, and some perhaps not to be emulated.   But one friction point that is creating a useful dialogue for reflection right now is whether it is better to defend and promote the value of traditional values, norms and ways of doing things – or conversely, to embrace disruption as a means to jar a tired old system into needed action. Continue reading

Ten of the Best Ideas in Leadership

My colleagues and I frequently hear senior executives express concern that they aren’t able to stay on top of the endless stream of new books and magazine articles focusing on topics pertaining to successful leadership.  Most recently, one of my executive coaching clients said, “I know I would benefit from doing more reading, but even with the best of intentions, I never seem to find the time!”

This comment prompted me to attempt to capture the essence of successful leadership in a manner that even the busiest executive would likely have time to read.  Here, then, is what I’ve come up with—the top ten leadership practices for the “people side” of the organization, particularly during CHANGE:

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