Leadership Theories

Remember a universal business preamble: “We the people”

September 8, 2021
As people change, so do organizations—not the other way around.

If your business is bananas, this might be why

September 8, 2021
Whether or not you believe in the theory of evolution, you are probably familiar with some aspect of the Monkey Theory of Management.

Who’s falling for advertising, anyway?

July 14, 2021
Though delivery systems have changed over the years, and messages have evolved to reflect the current dreams and desires of society, the ad business is still booming. Companies still spend more than half a trillion dollars on ads annually worldwide. We assume that this is because, well, advertising works. But does it really?

What does the customer really want?

February 10, 2021
A little boy was walking through the woods and found a frog. He picked up the frog, but was shocked when the frog spoke to him.

Think stream, not income

January 9, 2020
Is your business working too hard for too little money? This anecdote may point you to a new line of thinking.

In praise of the paraphrase

October 10, 2019
One of the most overlooked tools in clear communication is the paraphrase—summarizing what you’ve just heard so that you confirm you understood what the other person just said. This is such a simple, basic aspect of communicating effectively, but so often people ignore it, and it leads to all kinds of problems down the line.

9 eye-opening business lies

August 8, 2019
Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall’s book Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World is a fascinating and potentially myth-busting reality check. Here is a list and summarization of the nine lies they perceive.

On the music/leadership connection

April 11, 2019
Consider these terms: resonance, harmony, rhythm, symphony, ensemble, dynamics, pitch, scale. As a leader, do any of these words strike a chord?

Remember to heed the ____ Effect!

April 11, 2019
Business practices and the study of the mind have always gone hand-in-hand. Psychological effects are often applied to human nature in professional environments. Here are some interesting ones you may not have heard of.

Develop a positive explanatory style

February 25, 2019
  Positive people have a way of telling even sob stories in a way that reveals a silver lining. That’s called a “positive explanatory style.” Develop it with these 4 steps…