There is no work-around for effective leadership

Hi there. I have taken some time off writing. I thought maybe it was a dry spell because I couldn’t seem to take a thought on a logical journey to a conclusion. I started wondering if it might be because I am struggling to find truth these days.  Or maybe there are just too many opinions, ideas, thoughts and yes, truths, that trying to provoke thought through writing (as I said is my intention) is becoming unrewarding.

Then an article caught my eye. How a Radical Shift Left Zappos Reeling describes the chaos that ensued with CEO Tony Hsieh’s move to holacracy. The concept of leadless organizations just really needs some exploration. I can do that! Continue reading There is no work-around for effective leadership

Parlor Games

lets-playI just saw a “game” on Facebook that got my attention.  It said “Each of us possesses different types of personality that fall in the certain category. There are basically four types of people in this world. You can only fit into one of these four personalities; which one is it?”

The call to action was “Let’s play.”

Okay, I just can’t let that go.  Granted it is Facebook which makes no claim to the authenticity or veracity of anything posted. And it is Facebook where we go these days for our news and opinions.

And it is kind of fun to see where you fall out in these “games.” Perhaps we learn a little something about ourselves, which helps us feel comfortable in our own skin.  Learning and comfort can be a good thing.

So why did this get my attention?

Because it stereotypes, and stereotyping limits. Continue reading Parlor Games

A Modern Day Business Fable

castle-foyerOnce upon a time, there was a small but beautiful castle, tucked under a mountain outside the city.   The castle had been in the William’s’ family for generations, and had a long history of splendor and opulence.  Old Mr. Williams loved the castle and tended it carefully until he got too old to work.  When old Mr. Williams passed away, the family donated the old castle to the state historic Society, as the family and the castle could trace their roots back to a famous person in history.  The Director of the Society was excited to renovate the castle, and hired a contractor to restore it to its early grandeur.  They had a limited budget for the renovation and realized that the renovation would have to take place over a long period of time, but The Society was very interested in opening at least part of the building to visitors as soon as possible.  They conveyed this to the contractor.

The contractor who successfully bid the project was called Bert, and he hired two subcontractors to supplement his own skills.   The first subcontractor, Harry, was quiet and gruff, but a very competent builder.  Harry had performed renovations on old buildings for many years, and was considered an expert on foundations and stability of old buildings.  The second subcontractor, Franz, was effusive and charismatic – a decorator known throughout the community for his wonderfully creative works.   Bert had worked with Franz many times before, and really enjoyed those times because Franz involved him in the decorating – Bert’s long-time avocation.  Continue reading A Modern Day Business Fable