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Real World Leadership

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A zen saying goes roughly like this: “The use of the wheel is where all the spokes form to make the hole.” Another: “The most useful part of a bowl is the empty space within.”  As a leader, my role hasn’t been to necessarily build things, but to facilitate the best in the people I […]

Ending or Beginning?

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I was given an opportunity to retire after 35 years on the job and pursue some new challenges. “Retirement” is nebulous to me.  All that term means right now is closing this chapter and moving to the next. But the timing is such that I found myself questioning, “When do I really pull the trigger?” […]

Ethics

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As leaders, we face ethical challenges every day.  Ethical frameworks exist to provide some systematic approach to govern decisions.  While the study of ethics frames this question in “How should we live our lives?”, I want to examine right now the “What am I going to do?” question, especially as it relates to the individual in a company leadership […]

In The Name of Love

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Optimization

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You don’t just “get there”: As any parent who has driven with children can appreciate, our subordinates, peers, and bosses all want to know “are we there yet?”

Feeding Our Scapegoats

Everything you see or hear these days that involves a mistake requires someone to pay for it.

E-SIX: The Direction of Our Hangout

Some of the best moments I have had on this job have been sitting around a table after conferences or meetings, having a beer, and rubbing elbows with people I personally admire.

Before You Go – Resolving Intractable Conflict

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I hope you enjoyed this series on intractable conflict.

Politics and the Process of Conflict

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Choose carefully what you want to fight over. Pick the battles that are REALLY worth fighting over.

Resolving Technical Issues of Conflict

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There are clear pitfalls that occur, intentionally or not, when conducting negotiations.

Maintaining Objectivity in Conflict

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Success will be measured not in how we deflect it and hold it at bay, but in how we engage it and mold it to benefit the needs of our community.

Labor Day Conflict

I wasn’t going to post today, because I am taking a day off to relax and be thankful for having meaningful work that is compensated by acceptable work conditions, decent pay and benefits.

Your Role in Creating Organizational Trust

It’s very much the story of the little boy crying wolf. When the time comes that we need to have credibility, it is too late. Hopefully the wolf ate the boy first.

An Atmosphere of Trust

People don’t choose the nuclear option against people they like and respect, unless they are sociopaths, of course.

Protecting the Players

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In conflict, there will always be petty tyrants who want to advance their own egotistical agendas, and they will always be able to keep yes-men and weaklings in their employ.

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