Leader as trailblazer

March 19, 2013 - 21:50 -- Dr. Ada
going west

I like to read about the history of the conquest of the West of the United States. It’s easy to get caught up on the romance of those first families breaking trail to Oregon, or to California. But the fact is that opening trail isn’t the most comfortable place to be. Yes, you have the thrill to be “the first.” But also the worries, and unexpected, and the dangerous. Those pioneers were brave!

Leading is about trailblazing. . . Continue reading »

Are you successful?

March 14, 2013 - 01:30 -- Dr. Ada

Emmy award

It depends on how you define success. . .

Maria Popva recent posting on Brain Pickings about Success got me thinking about the whole quest for success. She is right on when she hints there are as many definitions of success as people that talk about it. Maria reports that:

“Thoreau saw it [success] as a matter of greeting each day with gratitude and for designer Paula Scher, it’s about the capacity for growth; for Jad Abumrad, it comes after some necessary “gut churn”; for Jackson Pollock’s dad, it was about being fully awake to the world.”

Leaders are custodians

February 13, 2013 - 00:10 -- Dr. Ada

Belem tower guarding entrance to Lisbon's harbor

Yesterday, I was interacting with @Chascritical in tweeter. He was talking about custodianship as one of the purposes of a board of directors, which helps fix their minds on the long term, when so often it’s forced to be short term. It made me think this is one aspect of leadership that is rarely mentioned. This is what this post will cover. Continue reading »

What keeps you awake at night?

February 5, 2013 - 17:49 -- Dr. Ada


While individuals have a wide variety of reasons for keeping awake at night, a report by Europe’s largest Chartered HR and development professional body: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), titled HR Outlook: A variety of leader perspectives, found that leadership development is what keep about 49% of both leaders and HR department heads awake at night. Continue reading »


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