Governance – Not a Secondary Question

No matter how awesome your new hardware you bought is, without some quality software to run it, without a good operating system, that hardware is an very expensive paperweight. Without good governance, however, institutions are worse than a paperweight of course, because they can waste resources, harm individuals or people, and promote corruption to one degree or another. The operating system, governance, matters a great deal.…

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The Narcissist Leader; the Narcissist Organization.

Leadership is a very hot button topic and has been for some time now. However, perhaps we are not adequately equipped to pay attention to a style of leadership that can be successful on the metrics, but contains a poison pill within it. Let us identify and name this leadership style, and resist it in ourselves and our institutions.…

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Tending the Minority Voice

It would be easy if a single individual could have all the answers to all the issues we face in our institutions. However, that simply is not the case, and the majority does not always find the complete truth either. We must be sensitive to the minority voice and recognize that although we cannot let that voice rule by veto, that voice should still be heard and respected.…

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Conflict of Interest – the need to emphasis this point (again)

Recognizing when you are in a conflict of interest is important. The presence of such has implications on power and influence. That influence can be visible - when someone votes against an item that would be a financial detriment to them. But the influence is often as not invisible and unverifiable from the outside but no less strong. It is on all of us to take proper action when we are in situations where we have interests of personal benefit that bias our decision making abilities.…

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Critical and Essential Working Relationships

It is important for effectiveness in any role that relationships are developed well. Long term results will suffer and deteriorate if key relationships a fraught with mistrust, confusion, or simply a lack of connection can erode quality work.…

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Carrying the Weight – Together

My son has observed to me, that a good judge of a person's character is to try to move some heavy objects together with them. You really get a sense of how they sense what other people are doing while trying to work together. It is an experience that's worth reflecting on. And I found it as a learning experience again in a book I recently read.…

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Leading from the Margins: Part III

The ideal situation is where we are able to lead and influence to the best of our ability in an institution where we feel strong congruence with the mission and culture of the organization. However, this isn't always the case. This is the third of three blog posts exploring what it means to be on the margins of an institution, by asking how can we lead from the margins when we find ourselves there?…

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Leading from the Margins: Part II

The ideal situation is where we are able to lead and influence to the best of our ability in an institution where we feel strong congruence with the mission and culture of the organization. However, this isn't always the case. This is the second of three blog posts exploring what it means to be on the margins of an institution, by asking how can we lead from the margins when we find ourselves there?…

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Leading from the Margins: Part I

The ideal situation is where we are able to lead and influence to the best of our ability in an institution where we feel strong congruence with the mission and culture of the organization. However, this isn't always the case. The next three blog posts explore this by asking how can we lead from the margins when we find ourselves there?…

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