Margaret Thatcher: Glass Ceiling Breaker & History Maker
With leadership comes controversy. Whether guiding ten people or tens of thousands, even the best leaders will have their admirers and antagonists. Margaret Thatcher, who recently left the world she impacted so greatly, experienced both extremes throughout her illustrious professional career. Thatcher’s rise from grocer’s’ daughter to three-term reign as Great Britain’s Prime Minister has […]
Is IPR Really Better than CSR?
I read an article recently detailing the differences between an In-Person Relationship (IPR) and a Cyberspace Relationship (CSR). Aside from my initial frustration with more acronyms to be aware of, the subject intrigued me because this discussion is a current hot topic for all types of families today—personal and corporate. While virtual interactions between people […]
A Leader’s North Star
In days gone by, mariners made their way through seas and vast oceans using a system called celestial navigation. This astronavigation involved using “sights” between the visible horizon and a celestial body such as the sun, moon, or one of 57 stars. The most popular of those stars was Polaris, commonly referred to as the […]
Making the Most with Millennials
The operational review had been scheduled for over two weeks, so where was the employee? Her day started at 7:30am, and several clients were already in line along with me awaiting her arrival. I glanced at my watch again; she was now over eight minutes late. I turned to one of her customers and asked, […]
Much Ado about Lincoln?
There has been a lot of attention given to Lincoln lately. A major motion picture has highlighted his presidency and leads the Oscar nominations at a stunning dozen. Since the fall of 2011, Bill O’Reilly’s book, Killing Lincoln, has climbed the charts and has now sold over one million copies. All this attention begs the […]
Generational Leadership: Generations at Work
What do a 55–year-old CEO, a 38–year-old manager, and a 22–year-old intern have in common? Definitely not their favorite music. Probably not their style of communication (email versus Twitter). Maybe their Starbucks habit. The one thing these age groups absolutely have in common is that they’re all members of today’s workforce; many of them are […]
Oversight vs. Overreach
There seems to be mounting evidence that some modern-day leaders are trending toward overreach as opposed to oversight in their roles and responsibilities. Currently we are witnessing such overreach in government as programs and policies expand to “assist” people make decisions that our Founders felt were best left to individuals. But the tendency to overreach […]
The Art of Shepherding
During the holidays, we are reminded of the famous story of shepherds watching over their flocks by night. Those lonely figures scattered on hillsides with mangy sheep seem foreign to most of us in the 21st century. But did you know that shepherds will still be roaming mountains and valleys this season while we enjoy […]