ish happens

ish. This is the word we use when something is stuck between being and not being. Between is and is not. For example, we might say, “that shirt is red-ish.” Or, “I’m feeling sick-ish.” And sometimes, “the weather is a bit warm-ish.” Describing things as ish is handy, because it helps us avoid committing when we’re…

Leadership Not-So-Quotables

How many common leadership phrases can you quote in 10 seconds or less? And, go. Lead by example. Leadership is action, not position. Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things. Lead, follow, or get out of the way. Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. Begin with the end in…

Leadership Takes the Stage

I recently guest-blogged on the Lead Change Group’s site, exploring leadership themes from the world of theater.  Here are two excerpts: Playing the Part of Leader You can learn the behaviors of a good leader, and act like one, but until you truly feel and believe in what you are doing, your “audience” may be…

Let’s phase out leadership development

I readily admit that it could be self-damaging to suggest we do something as silly as phasing out leadership development.  After all, this is what I do for a living.  I create leadership learning programs, I coach leaders on their personal development, and I teach leadership to anyone who wants to listen.  I read and…