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485 weeks ago @ N2Growth Blog - Leadership and Opportu... · 1 reply · +1 points

Wharton professor Mike Useem calls it the "Leadership Moment." I believe that it's really one of the most significant keys to leadership. Leaders understand that you never know when the next opportunity may come across your bow. Take advantage of the moment to exercise leadership and you will rise above the rest.

495 weeks ago @ N2Growth Blog - Intellect...an Asset o... · 1 reply · +1 points

This post really resonated with me as I'm sure it did with many others as well.

I once worked for someone who I consider to be extremely high on the "intellectual" intelligent scale but bankrupt when it came to emotional intelligence. He accomplished a lot of things in his young life but not near as many as he could have. It was very painful to watch and be part of it.

I hate to stereotype or generalize about intelligence and leadership, but my personal experience definitely supports your post and I think the short list at the end nails it.


498 weeks ago @ N2Growth Blog - What If Leadership Was... · 1 reply · +1 points

Thought provoking post with super comments! As usual.

In the maritime world we have a similar word that is often a catalyst for lively conversation: seamanship. Like leadership, it defies our tendency to want to break it down and put it's pieces neatly into little boxes. Seamanship, like leadership, is about having the capacity to adapt to constantly changing conditions and exercising the requisite skill(s) to produce a positive outcome. The sea can teach us a lot about leadership.

On the Weekly Leader podcast we try to focus our discussions on the exercise of leadership and to avoid using the term leader or leadership as a noun and/or role. (This objective ends up being nearly impossible to accomplish, but we try.)

Leadership, like seamanship, is something that you practice or exercise. Adding those 4 letters to a noun complicates things. It tries to make it into an art form, the interpretation/appreciation of which will always lie in the eye of the beholder.

Finally, "bad" leadership, if there can be such a thing, can usually be most closely tied to authority or role. (some politicians come to mind). But "good" leadership is always a result of positive activity or influence.

We can discuss or argue all day long about defining leadership, but like Justice Potter Stewart once said about another controversial subject, "I know it when I see it."

Thanks again for producing such a great post and to all of the other commenters that have added value to it.

507 weeks ago @ Weekly Leader - Experience Means Nothi... · 0 replies · +1 points


Thanks for another great, thought-provoking post.

While leadership is filled with all kinds of challenges, this is one of the most difficult to address. Since experience most often informs and guides judgement, how do we avoid falling into comfort, complacency and overconfidence in decisionmaking. This is particularly important in times of crisis where we often don't have time to consider a wide range of options outside of our sphere of experience. This is where education and training can play an important role. However, even with this, it is impossible to anticipate every outcome.

One of the age old questions of leadership is how do we recognize when to use our experience where we need to and abandon it when we don't?

517 weeks ago @ Weekly Leader - Drive: The Surprising ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Thanks for visiting and commenting Bart. Enjoy the book.

The podsafe music leading into Dan Pink's interview was Drive by Rotoscope. There are live links in the shownotes. http://wp.me/pjJvD-Vt

Thanks for being a podcast listener too!

518 weeks ago @ Weekly Leader - Weekly Leader Podcast ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Thank you for providing such great podsafe music!

521 weeks ago @ Weekly Leader - Work Life Lead: Is Sho... · 0 replies · +1 points

Ed, thanks for another great post. I couldn't agree with you more.

I love what new technology can do to connect people and create opportunity. Twitter and Facebook have become so popular that they will soon become as ubiquitous as the telephone This is not a bad thing; in fact, it's a great thing. The point is that they are simply tools to connect us. What we do with them will define our outcomes.

In the end, it doesn't matter how large and wide your networks are. It's your contributions that will make a difference and create value. Don't stand by idly.

524 weeks ago @ Weekly Leader - Twitter Leadership Fol... · 0 replies · +1 points

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for visiting, commenting and sharing some TweeterLeaders! Maybe we can get you to guest post for an upcoming Weekly Leader Twitter Leadership Follow Friday Project post. Let me know if your interested. Thanks again!

536 weeks ago @ Weekly Leader - Leadership Q&A: A Lead... · 0 replies · +1 points

Thanks Ed.

In the Weekly Leader podcast, we always ask our guests how they and their companies are using social media to lead and manage. Many, like Peter Aceto, ceo of ING Direct Canada and Jay Rogers, ceo/co-founder of Local Motors, are enhusiastically embracing these tools and continuously experimenting with them.

As we are currently experiencing a fundamental shift in how people communicate, relate and work, with social media playing a very significant role, those with skills in this area will end up with a meaningful competitive advantage for the future.

548 weeks ago @ Weekly Leader - A Little Perspective · 0 replies · +1 points

Sorry about your experience. I had trouble replicating it. What operating system and browser version are you using? That would be helpful in order to debug. Thanks.