How Has ‘The Best of…’ Changed?

There’s no shortage of ‘best of’ lists, especially in the field of management and leadership.  We won’t opine here on whether what’s touted as the best is really the best, pretty good, or OMG-how-did-they-come-up-with-that.  But it is instructive to look at what is tending to make it to the ‘best of’ lists that may never have been seen on the market – or if seen, dismissed – 10 years ago.  What’s considered good information for leaders today, how has it morphed over the years, and why is it emerging? 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:

Continue reading