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It Is What It Is … Today (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

It Is What It Is … Today (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

Opinion

The phrase “Up Until Now” (UUN) is almost an incantation for creating accountability. It is a small but very powerful reframing that reminds any leader that he or she is accountable for the future the organization creates for itself. It is critical for leaders to be able to assess reality honestly. If the current conditions are not good, you can either put lipstick on the pig and keep it — or find a way to actually be the catalyst for a different future. After all, that is what leadership is about. read more >

The Cost of Winning at All Costs (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

The Cost of Winning at All Costs (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

Opinion

For any change to happen (whether it proves positive or detrimental), some oppositional energy is required. Advocacy and debate are supposed to be a constructive process of developing the best ideas and possibilities, refined and melded into a solution. But when the debate devolves into finger-pointing and a desperate insistence on being right and even demonizing others who have a different view, we do not see those benefits. We only get the diatribe. read more >

Integrity and Courageous Authenticity (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

Integrity and Courageous Authenticity (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

OpinionHealth Care

The capabilities most closely aligned to sustainable performance are integrity and courageous authenticity. Taken together they are the best predictors of a leader's ability to consistently get the best from an organization. They are also great examples of how not all “soft skills” are about charisma or even popularity. Each of these two capacities requires a level of focus, clarity and courage that will often create friction — especially in cultures that have been sleepy for long periods. read more >

You're Not the Boss of Me (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

You're Not the Boss of Me (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

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It does seem to me that having leadership skills is one of those areas in which women still have to be better than men in order to be recognized, because men can still get away with demanding followership without immediately being written off as bossy. read more >

Accountability Sans Jerkiness (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

Accountability Sans Jerkiness (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

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A CEO can delegate just about everything except culture. And every company will have a culture, whether it just happens or is implemented purposefully and continually by leadership in every decision and hire. read more >

When a Leader Screws Up (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

When a Leader Screws Up (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

Opinion

We all make mistakes. Some are simple and practical, but as leaders we can screw up in visible, expensive and very painful ways. I have recently had the opportunity to experience firsthand the impact of a very personal screw-up (mine, I am afraid), which took me back to some best practices I have learned over the years for dealing with mistakes. read more >

Isaac Newton: Executive Coach (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

Isaac Newton: Executive Coach (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

OpinionTechnology & Telecom

As it turns out, all of Isaac Newton's laws of motion apply to human behavior — and especially to leading change. So, with apologies to the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, of which Sir Isaac was a member, here is my spin on Newton's three laws of motion as they apply to people and organizations. read more >

The Power of Personal Presence (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

The Power of Personal Presence (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

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Here was the scene. About 250 unhappy travelers were all gathered in a crowded departure lounge. Weather and traffic snarls on the East Coast were playing havoc with getting equipment and people where they needed to be. Here are some powerful lessons in personal presence as modeled by a Delta pilot on a stormy night in Atlanta. read more >

Marking Territory: A New CEO's Big Bet (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

Marking Territory: A New CEO's Big Bet (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

OpinionTechnology & Telecom

It is natural that a new CEO wants to put his or her imprimatur on the company. A bold move to let the employees and stockholders know that “I am here and I am taking the reins” is part of the modus operandi for a new leader. After all, every new alpha wants to mark the territory. read more >

The Power of Peers (Goldberg on Leadership)

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In most businesses, no one speaks truth to power, so imagine the value of a dozen or so peers committed to a CEO's success. read more >

Thanks, Stephen (Goldberg on Leadership)

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An examination of Stephen Covey reveals that his progression in thinking closely mirrored his progression through life. read more >

Culture vs. Rules (Goldberg on Leadership)

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The recent drama at JP Morgan Chase has brought the subject of government regulation and oversight front and center again. read more >