Trust. So Important. So Hard to Gain. So Easy to Lose.

Trust. So Important. So Hard to Gain. So Easy to Lose.

Trust everywhere is being severely eroded. So much that I trusted in past has betrayed my trust. Hospitals and medical professionals, I trusted without reservations. Journalists, I trusted to report the truth. No longer … they have betrayed my trust. Politicians and government I have never trusted. Have we entered a trustless world? What does this mean for us poor trusting folks?

We Are Living in a Leadership Vacuum

We Are Living in a Leadership Vacuum

Has the sun set permanently on great leaders? No? Well, where are they – today I see none. I see only powerful groups and many rulers and ruler-wannabes. Exercise of power and leadership are different. We have lots of the former, but a serious vacuum in the latter. Why should this be? Is it ever likely to be corrected – somehow?

Leadership: What It Isn’t and Why It Is So Important Today

Leadership: What It Isn’t and Why It Is So Important Today

Leadership seems to be a very popular topic today. Google search results number in the billions. I have just done a lot of reading and so much of what I read does not come close to my lengthy experience with leaders. This tells me that leadership, so important today, is far from well understood. Here is my take.

Always Darkest Before the Dawn

Always Darkest Before the Dawn

Darkness – in the sense of largely-missing clarity and certainty – is upon us, with no dawn in sight. Business leadership must provide the “light” meanwhile. The “light” here is clear, agile, adaptable plans that develop continuously as a process, not a management product. Leadership-as-light is not a new concept but the critical role of agile management is.

Problems? No, Just Challenges

Problems? No, Just Challenges

Some quite capable people in vital leadership roles do not think that words matter in general – that words are just personal preference. Three very important words in particular – issues, problems, and challenges – seem especially misused by leaders. Does this truly matter for leadership effectiveness? You bet it does!