Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

When three rights make sense.

June 7, 2011

Today, I experienced something that I have never experienced before — ever.

The right person . . . at the right time  . . . for the right reasons.

Enough said!


Textographer (noun)

January 3, 2011

A person who texts for someone else (1.3.11).

Critical Thinking Matters.

November 13, 2010

I think that every person running for an elected office should be required to take a standardized test for critical thinking. If they don’t pass, they don’t pass GO!

What is cultural capital?

June 5, 2010

Academically, cultural capital is defined as “forms of knowledge, both tangible and intangible, that have value in a given society in relation to status and power.” However, I would like to offer a more practice-oriented definition of cultural capital: the rules for engaging other types of capital (human, economic, social).

Cultural capital defines how people (human) engage each other (social) and their resources (economic). Whether the culture of an organization is good or bad – cultural capital is created when values, traditions, beliefs and language become the currency to leverage other types of capital.

For actionable leaders, cultural capital is the most important type of capital. It is the difference between creating an environment to maintain the status quo or building the foundation for making change.

Diversity and Democracy must start now.

February 8, 2010

In her autobiography, Reconciliation, Benazir Bhutto “tried to trace the roots, causes and potential solutions to the crisis within the Muslim world and the crisis between the Muslim world and the West. Theology, history, economics, democracy, and dictatorship have all played significant roles in bringing the world to this crossroads.” Her premise from the beginning has been “that extremism thrives under dictatorship and is fueled by poverty, ignorance and hopelessness. The extremist threat within the Islamic world and between the Islamic world and the West can be solved, but it will require addressing all the factors that breed it.”

Today it was reported that India has successfully tested a long-range nuclear missile capable of reaching Pakistan and major Chinese cities.

Let’s start now. Our future depends on it.

Change happens when . . .

January 6, 2010

. . . the status quo is unacceptable.

Effective civil discourse requires leaders to listen, not just promote.

December 14, 2009

A few days ago I ran into a local leader who directs an important public sector initiative. Upon mentioning that I had tried to contact him to discuss a potential investment in the community (related to his area of responsibility) he abruptly stopped the conversation because he did not believe it was a good idea.

After reflecting on this interaction over the last few days, I have concluded that if a leader chooses to listen or engage in dialogue only when they happen to like the topic, they aren’t leaders, they’re promoters.

A call to action that is priceless.

October 9, 2009

One trait that effective leaders possess is knowing when and how to call people to action. Regardless of what a leader is “calling people to act on” they must understand when and how to build widespread support. They also must be able to seamlessly engage simultaneously at the individual (micro), organization (meso) and community (macro) levels of society.

Like many competencies of effective leaders, this competency rarely manifests itself early in a leader’s life experience. In fact, it is usually the trait of an experienced, successful and more senior leader. Engaging the average person, building consensus across organizations, and taking the time to understand the wide diversity of perspectives which people hold is no easy task. And, the value of using this competency to act and make change  . . . priceless!

Giving back . . .

October 8, 2009

I am not sure who said this first, but it is a great quote to remember, especially for leaders.

“For those who have been given much we have a responsibility to give back.”

Time is a finite resource.

October 7, 2009

Time is a finite resource. Time is perhaps a newly defined, and the most important, form of capital we possess because we control it.

Also, how we spend our time on a daily (and nightly) basis is one way of measuring what we value.

Researching and writing a dissertation, raising a family, reading great works of literature, visiting the ill and frail, campaigning for elected office, helping a stranger with directions, thinking creatively and sharing the results . . . even taking a well-deserved nap . . . all require time.

Some things we do take a lot of time. Instead of saying I wish had more time, why not say, how will I be more intentional with my time.

Time matters.