Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Cross Boundary Collaboration

In his new blog, collaboratioNation, speaker and author Seth Kahan examines how people work together across boundaries with illustrations from a multiethnic school, a toy company where customers design products, a story of how stone soup fed a village and more.

I'm comfortable proposing that leading and following is about changing one's physical, emotional and mental boundaries for the benefit of others and welcome Seth's contribution to the conversation about the collaborative aspect of this.

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Monday, March 06, 2006

Leadership and Decision Making

"One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes . . . and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility."

Eleanor Roosevelt

(from HeartMath)

Friday, March 03, 2006

Inner and Outer Leadership

There's an external face to leadership. First the personal - gestures, tone of voice, content of speech, expression and so on. Beyond that but still close to the person, there are the symbols or accouterments like a bench, a chair or a throne. Then, physically independent of the person, are their results such as the attitudes of those around them, their reputations and their products including projects, organizations and enterprises or writings, science and art. Meanwhile we know so well that leadership is more than these externals but these are what we most easlily observe and together comprise what we call "character" in our attempt to describe the real person.

Descriptions of character or personality may be as close as we can get to describing a specific leader unless that person does it for us by telling us what they think about themselves and what they stand for. But this gets complicated. Are they really describing themselves and how are we interpreting this information? Although we can develop skills of discernment we can never know the truth of it and ultimately the decision to trust, to follow, requires a leap of faith. And just the same applies as a leader enrolls a follower.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Playfullize the Enterprize!

This is the admonition of Major Fun himself, otherwise known as Bernie Dekoven. To appreciate this gentleman it is helpful to know that he once ran a small operation initialed IBM. In this case IBM stood for the Institute for Better Meetings. If I called him and he was away from his phone the voicemail message was, "Hello, this is Bernie. I'm presently conducting a Better Meeting, so please leave a message." Bernie brings a uniquely multifaceted approach to revivifying the fun that was in an enterprise. You can sample the possibilities at DeepFUN for Businesses and Institutions.