Leadership Lessons from Wild Rice

Leadership Lessons from Wild Rice

In my last blog What if Leadership Exists in Abundance, I invited people to imagine an abundance instead of scarcity of leadership. If we believed leadership could occur throughout our organizations and communities, would we have higher expectations of our leaders? If...
What If Leadership Exists in Abundance?

What If Leadership Exists in Abundance?

The prevailing belief today is that leadership is a scarce commodity in our organizations. What if this wasn’t true? Nature depends on self-organization to ensure life continues to exist and evolve. The self-organization in nature looks a lot like leadership in...
The Wolf You Feed Gets Stronger

The Wolf You Feed Gets Stronger

There is a Cherokee Legend about Two Wolves. An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me.” He said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed,...
The Moon Is Always Full

The Moon Is Always Full

I recently was introduced to the phrase “the moon is always full.” It comes from a story that is included in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki.Master Baso said, … Every day the moon becomes larger and larger and on the fifteenth day, it becomes full. This is...
The unseen adaptive capacity of people

The unseen adaptive capacity of people

I recently received an email from a colleague that I have known for over 40 years. He was responding to my blog on Tensions are Promising and mentioned he is still learning how to live into the tensions that exist in the web of relationships he has at work. That...
The danger of unexamined habits

The danger of unexamined habits

A friend recently sent me this reminder: When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower. This triggered a juxtaposition between this strategy and the usual strategy we employ when an employee isn’t performing at work. Our usual...
Designing Organizations that Last

Designing Organizations that Last

How many organizations and organizational leaders want their organizations to still be thriving 100 years from now? On one hand, we might think a lot of leaders and stockholders would like to see this kind of longevity in the organizations they lead or invest in. ...

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