Resilience is not a new term in academic and preventive medicine circles, nor is the idea of nurturing people’s inner strengths a new idea. In fact, the view that resilience is an important aspect of our well-being has been gaining attention among researchers and health professionals over the last 25 or so years. Studies have increasingly shown that the way people cope with the challenges they face in the various stages of life is influenced by their sense of who they are, how they relate to the world and others around them, and how well they manage the various parts of their lives.… Read the rest
“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”
“The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning? Serving? Do they achieve the required results? Do they change with grace?”
Unquestionably, the rapid advances in technology and rate of change in organizations has made the challenges associated with leadership increasingly dynamic. Yet, while technologies have continued to change, the very human dimension of leadership has not. Thus, as one surveys the vast landscape of leadership literature that spans some several thousand years, it is interesting to note how many theories converge around the idea that the principle task of leaders, both yesterday, today, and tomorrow is to purposefully create an environment where all can contribute toward achieving a shared purpose.… Read the rest
As leaders, we are charged with guiding our organizations to success. Whatever that mark of success may be be, it most definitely involves positive change. To be successful, we must question everything and never allow the mindset… Because That’s The Way It’s Always Been Around Here.
The best way to explain this to any organization is to present the gorilla experiment. This is a fabled story I have used many times. It has been handed down leader to leader, and I have been unable to determine the origin. It goes like this…
The experiment begins with five gorillas in a cage.… Read the rest
It’s a seldom discussed fact that Christopher Columbus nearly missed his chance to make the history books in his 1492 discovery of the “New World.” Had his ship sailed on yet one day longer without sighting land, they would have turned around and headed back to Spain on the 12th of October. The truth is, he had a slight followership problem to contend with—and his own deception nearly cost him historical immortality. Along the way, his crew had grown unruly and restless, which prompted him to start “cooking the books” and keeping a separate set of records: one for his eyes only and the other he shared with his crew.… Read the rest
“You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective…Are the things around you helping you toward success – or are they holding you back?”
For thousands of years the eagle has served as the official seal of empires, leaders and strength. Fierce warriors have valiantly displayed the image of the eagle on their shields, on their banners, and on their uniforms.
In America, the eagle has great significance as a national symbol. More than two hundred years ago America chose the eagle as the image to represent our country.… Read the rest