Leadership

I was asked recently to write something about my leadership style / management philosophy. As a startup CEO I led a team of ~35, and now my office has something like 350 FTEs. Eventually, hands on leadership becomes impossible and one needs general principles that can be broadly conveyed. I have a “no drama” leadership …

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Dialog 2015

I’m at a fancy meeting with a bunch of money folk, tech entrepreneurs, and scientists. No, it’s not Foo Camp, but might be similar … don’t know yet. I doubt there will be an Illuminati / Dark Enlightenment initiation ceremony, but one can always hope ;-) Dialog is an biannual 2-day thought retreat, gathering 150 …

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How to Lead as a Follower

  I know there’s always a lot of talk about leadership. But I’ve always been enamored with people who seem to be great followers. And I’m not talking about the folks who just say “Yes, sir” and “Yes, m’am” to their boss at every turn. I’m talking about the middle-management employees, young professionals, and the …

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Thinking Big

If your life’s work can be accomplished in your lifetime, you’re not thinking big enough. (Wes Jackson) This quote from a recent white paper by Barrett Brown, The Future of Leadership for Conscious Capitalism, resonated deeply as I read it yesterday. Perhaps as a result of my own formal retirement from the pursuit of paychecks …

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Inspiring a Vision

A few years ago I was sitting in a meeting with my then-boss at the time. I remember telling her I was amazed at how she could manage so many personalities on our staff and all the “stuff”  — our family life, our concerns, wishes for a promotion, personal goals, etc. — each of us …

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Pre-Tenure Leadership

As the dean of a college whose faculty includes many assistant professors, I am frequently asked for advice on how much service they should undertake. The twin horns of their dilemma? They know that service counts for less than teaching or research in annual and promotion evaluations … but they also know that demonstrating leadership …

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