In its early days when it became more widely available to the public (mid-to-late 1990’s), the internet was about research, facts, discussions, and sometimes even vehement disagreements (the infamous “flame wars”), but there was an abundance of quality and expert information to teach, to learn from, and to share. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: book review, cable TV, computers, control, disruptive innovation, film, greed, improving the status quo, information empires, internet, phone, power, radio, The Master Switch, Tim Wu, TV, unquintessential leader
This was a fascinating book. Tim Wu is a big-picture guy and he writes from that perspective as he details the history of the information empires that have risen and fall in the last 120 years in America. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: firing, hiring, organizational culture, promoting, public-facing culture, quintessential leader, real culture
One is the public-facing culture. This is the culture embodied by all the organization’s external communications, the motivational mantras plastered everywhere throughout their brick-and-mortar structures, and the one they present to potential customers and employees.
These are the organization’s stated values. Read the rest of this entry »
The Almost-Irresistibly Seductive Combination of False Information and Charismatic People – A Quintessential Leader PerspectivePosted: March 5, 2017 in Examples and Analyses of Lack of Leadership and Unquintessential Leadership
Tags: alternative facts, angling, charismatic people, False information, lies, omission, seduction, spin, trust, unquintessential leadership
On the one hand, we have a great potential and capacity for intellect, logic, reason, and critical thinking, all of which can give us the ability to be objective, to think well, and to make sound decisions.
Yet, on the other hand, we overwhelmingly have the propensity to be absolutely slaves to our emotions, all of which are subjective, biased, seldom based on anything more than the feeling of the moment, and which completely derail that other side of us that should always be engaged and also always be the leader in the final outcome of what we say and do or where we go next. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: Arc of Justice, Birth of a Nation, D. W. Griffith, death, fear, ignorance, Kevin Boyle, Ku Klux Klan, Nat Turner, prejudice, racism, unquintessential leadership, violence
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
The heart of this story is about a first-generation free black man who, through the sacrifices of his parents, was able to become a physician took place in 1920’s Detroit, but it could be taking place right now in 2017 anywhere in America as a new wave of virulent racism, prejudice, and white supremacy sweeps this nation under the alt right rhetoric and “alternative facts” of a new generation of ignorant and fear-mongering groups, who are strongly reminiscent of the KKK and its subsidiaries that swept the country in the 1920’s. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: Building Trust and Being Trustworthy, cliques, fiefdoms, healthy organizational boundaries, organizational dysfunction, resistance to change, unquintessential leadership
Corporations, companies, political bodies and groups, educational institutions, religious organizations, and social organizations all suffer, to one degree or another, from organizational dysfunction.
Why has organizational dysfunction become the norm instead of the exception to the rule? Read the rest of this entry »