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As noted here every year, easily one of the most gratifying aspects of authoring a site like this is the interaction offered by visitors from around the world. They present thoughtful and engaging comments from which we all learn so much, as well as offering us the opportunity to discover additional value on many of the contributors’ own web sites.

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Book Review: Innovation: Need of the Hour

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Sramana Mitra is a successful businesswoman who has developed specific and focused ideas on how entrepreneurs can improve their chances, how this can help the economy, and how the economy itself might better be structured to encourage this worthwhile outcome. The latest in this series is certainly no exception. Give it a try!

Fortuitous leadership

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As we’ve seen , the form of more-or-less genuine individual leadership most likely to be identified at the top of an organization is to be discovered in the founder/owner. The co-incidence of what we recognize as individual leadership with success in such instances is just that: coincidence. This is the individual leader who appears from within.

Summarizing the fallacy of individual leadership

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We’ve covered a lot of ground over the past several years in these pages. We’ve talked about everything from free-market capitalism to history – even physics. In due course we will talk more about what leadership in an organization really is, and how to manage it. It encourages personal ties which rise to the level of cultishness.

Sources of real leadership

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In the course of our current review of the reasons to reject the concept of individual leadership as it is taught by its modern proponents, it is worth addressing the unavoidable fact that there really are some leaders around. So, we will nail these manifestations down, and hopefully leave them behind us as we continue our discussion. See you soon!

Book Review: Acting Up Brings Everyone Down

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The question of how negative individual behavior affects the workplace has received considerable attention over the past few years. And it’s good that it should do so, for at least two reasons. This is why this issue is so important to managers. The treatment is friendly, honest, and inescapably engaging. The author is correct. And welcome aboard!

Back up

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Managing Leadership is back on-line and stable, with all posts and links restored. My apologies to those who have received repetitive event notifications about this site via their subscription methods or Twitter resulting from the reconstitution process – this should be over, now; your patience is greatly appreciated. Sphere: Related Content.


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This site suffered a catastrophic collapse earlier this month, and neither the host nor the blog platform experts were able to resolve it. As a consequence, it ultimately proved necessary to delete the entire blog and reload it from a backup which, fortunately, was made two months ago. In the meanwhile, thank you all for your patience.


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Meandering magnetism

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Meandering magnetisim

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Among the most dangerous of the many troubling features of the modern leadership movement’s prescriptions is its cultivation of the idea that leadership, at its best, is expressed by individuals so possessed of the leadership persona that they simply infect “followers” with the impulse to follow them. We surrender control. Really. Please stop in.

Exuding something

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Easily among the most disagreeable aspectsof the generally disagreeable concept of exceptional individual leadership is the noxious notion of “followership.” Does that turn out to be the organization? The organization, after all, exists merely to give expression to the “musings,” as one prominent leadership guru puts it, of the leader at its apex.

The Manager’s Stone

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— Note: The Managing Leadership Blog is very proud to have been selected as one of the top 40 leadership blogs for 2010. These instincts run so deep in all of us that we typically either pursue them or cheer on those who do. Eventually, the evidence just becomes too much to resist. We are forced to revise our world view. Honestly.

Playing the odds

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As a rule, we should expect talent to be evenly distributed throughout the world. All other things being equal, we should find individuals with exceptional ability at some particular rate per capita within all nations, communities, even organizations. So, large groupings should have more talent than smaller ones. Is that what you see? Read the news.

The Star Spangled Banner

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Book Review: Good Boss, Bad Boss

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With his previous book, “ The No Asshole Rule ,” Stanford University Management Professor Bob Sutton struck a powerful chord, resonating strongly with many of us – most of us – struggling mightily to do good, decent work in organizations of all sorts all around the land. It is: bosses matter. It is common enough to see this sort of thing. Excellent.

The Philosopher’s Stone

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The first alchemists sought the now legendary “philosopher’s stone” – a special material that could be used to turn common metals into gold. In time, it came to be believed that this magic substance could solve other intractable problems in life as well, not least among them the conquering of death itself. They add up. They make sense. Do you?

The alchemists

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An astronomer concluded a discussion of the likelihood of life elsewhere in the universe by enthusing about how fulfilling it would be to find it, because it would help us learn more about who we are. But the quantum physicists argue that the question is, at bottom, irrelevant because, not to put too fine a point on it, so are we. See you soon!

Obtuse expertise

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And obnoxious. Moreover, the author patronizingly suggests that the reader may have something to contribute to his or her own success, although he also understands that it may simply be too much to ask of them to fail to attribute it to the author. There is no target worth seeking. There is nothing there. Try it out – it’s interesting and fun.

Roundup: Lessons from every quarter

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Advice for effective management has been showing up in some of the most unlikely places over the past several weeks, or in unexpected guises. Let’s take a look at some of these, leavened with some real advice from some of the best management trainers around. Clues to communication. Obvious places. Staying motivated. Unlikely places.

The Management Uncertainty Principle

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We’ve seen how physicists have discovered the limitations on their ability to attain precise and comprehensive knowledge about the characteristics of an object at a given moment in time. As it happens, there are researchers who adopt something very much like the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle with respect to management.

The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

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One of the most peculiar phenomenon uncovered in physics over the past century is known as the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. This states – to the great frustration and irritation of many – that we cannot know with precision both elements of certain pairs of characteristics of an object. Does that make sense to you? How about us in management?

Notes for the New Year

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Events drive others until you prioritize, imposing some degree of control on their flow and on the degree to which that affects you – or, better yet, reversing the direction of that influence. In my case, a re-prioritization was called for by events of late last year, and one of the events affected by it is the publishing schedule of this blog.

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Home Go to Guest Posts Disclaimer Gratitude - 2010 I am filled with gratefulness as I think about 2010 coming to an end. John Hunter is a passionate improvement expert who shares some profound lessons on management, leadership, lean and Deming. Thanks to both of them for enlightening and inspiring. Talk to you soon.

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Best Leadership Books of 2010

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A crisis exposes character or the lack of it. Our reaction is important. Our recent history requires a response; a correction; a change in the status quo. If we are thinking more-of-the-same or merely upping our game then we are destined to fail again. On the other hand if we are looking to change our games or approach, then we have a way forward.

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Shut-up & Listen | N2Growth Blog

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Copyright/Legal Privacy Resources Sitemap N2Growth Blog © Copyright 2010 N2Growth. The best leaders are proactive, strategic listeners.

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Intellect…an Asset or Liability? | N2Growth Blog

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Copyright/Legal Privacy Resources Sitemap N2Growth Blog © Copyright 2010 N2Growth. Is your intellect standing in the way of your success?

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Efficient vs. Effective | N2Growth Blog

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Copyright/Legal Privacy Resources Sitemap N2Growth Blog © Copyright 2010 N2Growth. Are you efficient or effective, or do you know?

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Copyright/Legal Privacy Resources Sitemap N2Growth Blog © Copyright 2010 N2Growth. Is it possible to be a leader without being humble?

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Top 30 Leadership Blogs 2010 | N2Growth Blog

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Top 30 Leadership Blogs 2010 | N2Growth Blog ( [.] I know, I know - another list? Great question. Did I get your numbers wrong?

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Copyright/Legal Privacy Resources Sitemap N2Growth Blog © Copyright 2010 N2Growth. That is the question. I hope these thoughts help.

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Copyright/Legal Privacy Resources Sitemap N2Growth Blog © Copyright 2010 N2Growth. If so, you likely have issues with conflict.

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My Five Most Read Posts of 2010

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These are the five most read posts on my blog in 2010. I wrote one about books last week). Today’s list is simple.

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Five Reasons Why Every Leader is a Salesperson

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Reply Ed Oakley August 23, 2010 at 9:53 am I couldn’t agree more, Kevin. And, more importantly, great leaders are great salespeople.