Alpha Leaders

We may all know an alpha leader. You know, the kind who self confident, bold, demanding, fast paced, direct and unemotional? Recently, I heard Eddie Erlandson, a co-author of the book called Alpha Male Syndrome speak, and the light went on. I actually work with a lot of alphas, or with people who work with […]

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Earning the Title of Leader

April 24, 2008 Column “About Leadership”, West Michigan Business Review Recent public figures who have had lapses in judgment do not deserve to be called “leaders.” But their stories may prompt us to reflect on what it takes to earn that title. Although the news headlines may lead us to believe otherwise, good leaders are […]

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My Wish for You

One Last Thing My colleague and friend David Chinsky published this in his new newsletter. Check out his site, David Chinsky and Associates and consider subscribing to his newsletter. It’s very well done! “I sincerely wish that you will have the experience of thinking up a new idea, organizing it, and following it through to […]

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Leaving a Leadership Legacy

Much of the work I do, particularly with 45+ year old executives, is concerned with discovering what they want to leave behind (or be remembered for) in their organizations and communities. We take the time to reflect, clarify and write a statement about their personal leadership legacy. I am occasionally asked what this individual legacy […]

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Trouble at the Summit

From the March 11, 2008 Aspire Collaborative Services Newsletter: High achievers may exhibit what George Parsons and Richard Pascale have described in Harvard Business Review as “Summit Syndrome”. We notice this phenomenon when an employee with an outstanding career becomes stagnant; or worse, she may sabotage her career by initiating unproductive arguments, failure to collaborate, […]

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Agility through Reflective Practice

My clients are on overwhelm! It doesn’t seem to matter what organization they are in or what position they have within that organization. A common goal for leaders is to be “agile”. Essentially, agility is the ability to change directions quickly. This often requires fast decision making. Most leaders claim it is impossible to put […]

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Interesting Book

“Carly Fiorina, Tough Choices” a memoir. Now we know her side of the story. She sure took a beating, and I’m happy she could put her story out there. Readers may take different things away from this book about the rise and fall of the former CEO of Hewlett Packard. I was reminded of how […]

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