Posts in Leadership
Leadership Calm

People positively respond to those who create frames of trust, hope, compassion and stability. As I told one president, who was complaining about the drama on his board, "Feelings are fine. Just don't be a co-producer of the play. Embers are everywhere. The mark of your leadership will be whether you fan them."

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The Outer Work

The theologian Meister Eckart said, “The outer work will never be great if the inner work is small.” In this change of season are you doing anything that has you as a beginner? What new opportunities await that will smooth the rough edges off your ego, by putting you in a place of discomfort and newness?

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LeadershipDavid Baum
In Praise of Flip Flopping

In my experience, great leaders continually reassess situations and only the very foolish or fundamentally flawed will hold a position long after wisdom or judgment informs otherwise. The ability to learn from our mistakes, admit error and change course is the first thing you teach MBA students or even your own child as a key to success.

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LeadershipDavid Baum
Stepping Back From Polarization

In matters of substantial difference, don't question people's intentions, question their judgment. If your goal is to minimize the amount of polarization that exists in our culture, carefully watch your language. Questioning intention is often seen as an attack on integrity, and while you may feel passionately about your point of view, everyone feels that their intentions are good. No matter what.

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LeadershipDavid Baum
We

You hear the word a lot. “We are in this together”, “We need to be a better team”, “We must all get on board”, “We need to better communicate with each other”—these are but a sampling of comments from almost all most any business setting on any given day. But what does “we” really mean?

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Coaching, LeadershipDavid Baum
Our Flaw in National Character

Ultimately, to say you are sorry takes deep courage. It is the right and just thing to do. It is a flaw of huge proportions not to apologize, especially when the errors in judgment have cost so much. As a parent I would be embarrassed if I raised my kids to exhibit the levels of arrogance and certainty I have recently seen in all levels of our government dealing with the tragedy of Katrina.

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LeadershipDavid Baum