The Discipline to Defuse Painful Squabbles

Friends, Nearly every Sunday my parents packed us in the Ford Country Squire and we hit I-94, on the way to our grandparents on the east side of Detroit.  We always watched for the (Uniroyal, I think) billboard with the rolling digits, an up-to-the-minute tally of US Car & Truck Production.  I can imagine a … Continued

Speaking about sustained change

I’ve been speaking more and more about leading through sustained change – recently speaking to Cisco managers and the Mich Society of Association Executives.  Leading through sustained crisis is different than “normal” leadership.  Sometimes, all your assumptions fall apart.  Think about newspapers, who thought nobody could compete with their long-developed skills at gathering news, formatting, editing, … Continued

Execs Tips For Getting on Top of Time

I am working with a group of executives and when asked what issue they would like to discuss at our monthly meeting, they quickly and overwhelmingly said: Work overload. Email in particular has been mounting, becoming more and more of a daily (and nightly) grind.   We discussed numerous “tips and tricks” that make much … Continued

Men Leading in the New World of Work


Last week I wrote about the huge opportunity that’s there when you recognize slow change and move with it. If you had any question about whether women will become ascendant in management, check out last week’s survey. (It’s unscientific nevertheless the results of the 500 people who answered the survey are startling.) I’ll return to that theme in future weeks, but today the yin to the yang.

Women, Work and the Arc of Democratization

Often we live in the middle of slow-moving change, which only appears dramatic when we step way back.  It makes you wonder what possibilities go unnoticed, and who seizes on the opportunities buried in those slow changes.  For instance, I have long thought that the entrance of women into the workplace in large numbers – … Continued

Frans "Medici Effect" Johansson

I’m not sure I ever had more fun with a radio interview than when Franz Johannson came into my studio to do a “Superstar Leadership” interview.   Franz came with his wife and beautiful baby, and he had the enthusiasm and energy of someone who not only love their work but loves their life.   I tried to get … Continued

Celebrities and Everyday Leaders

Michael Jackson.  Steve McNair.  Mark Sanford.  Sarah Palin.  Those we follow, caught between circus and tragedy. If ever there was a time for Everyday Leaders, it’s now. With the freedom and democracy we were bestowed on the 4th of July, 1776, I think I’m going to work to make my corner of the world a … Continued