Bookcase: Leading the Unleadable
Jun27

Bookcase: Leading the Unleadable

Your team probably includes some difficult people. You may not have chosen them – they could have been inherited – but they are your responsibility, even if at times you don’t know what to do. Should you shunt them off onto a project? Chastise them in public? Ignore the situation and hope the team handles it? Minimize their responsibilities?...

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Bookcase: The Silo Effect
Jun13

Bookcase: The Silo Effect

Government is replete with silos. Like the weather, everyone complains about them but nobody does much to change it. And if they try, they often find the silos sturdier than expected. That’s why Gillian Tett’s The Silo Effect is an interesting book for government executives. Primarily about business, it still includes government, which is rare in leadership epistles. And...

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Bookcase: The Ethics of Influence
May29

Bookcase: The Ethics of Influence

As understanding of social behaviour increases through intensified research, many government executives are learning about the art of nudging. Governments are establishing nudge units to encourage the citizenry to adopt desired behaviours and, less formally, ministries are trying other routes than laws and regulations to get results. You might well be a nudge artist today. You are more likely...

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Bookcase: Leading Great Meetings
May16

Bookcase: Leading Great Meetings

We curse meetings, but they are essential to today’s collaborative leadership approach. We may long to eliminate them – and no doubt some could be trimmed – but the bigger issue is to make the ones we have more effective. Richard Lent, a Boston-area consultant who has spent 25 years trying to improve his meetings, believes you can learn...

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Bookcase: Creating Great Choices
Apr18

Bookcase: Creating Great Choices

We learned in grade school that one plus one equals two. But when we are faced with two choices in decision-making – and usually decisions end up framed around two possibilities — our approach might be described as one versus one equals one. We discard the lesser choice and move on with the better one. That defies some of...

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