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Darwin and Leadership

Charles DarwinThe BBC has now had three, at my count, TV programs/programmes on Darwin and his legacy, one presented by David Attenborough, one by Andrew Marr and a whole mini-series presented by a French biologist with such perfect English that you found yourself spending the whole time trying to catch some evidence of the evolution of his own language by listening for a hint, even a hint, of French mispronunciation. I didn't find any.

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The Wisdom of Lao-Tzu

Of the best rulers, the people only know that they exist
The next best they love and praise;
The next they fear;
And the next they revile, when they do not command the people's faith,
Some will lose faith in them,
And then they resort to oaths!
But of the best when their task is accomplished, their work done,
The people all remark, "We have done it ourselves."

-- Lao-Tzu (6th century B.C.), Chinese philosopher.

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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle

Practice makes perfect, remember our Mothers used to tell us that all the time. Practice the piano, do your homework etc etc. Some nice liitle ideas here and some cool tools as well.

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The Great Leader is...

(This is an extract from September's Taking The Lead, the monthly email newsletter I write for Leaders in London, published today).

Carly Fiorina led the merger of HP and Compaq before being given the order of the golden boot, but has since had her reputation re-built by results: Thanks to her HP strategy, Hewlett-Packard overtook IBM last year as the world’s largest technology company. Tom Peters, the business guru and a past Leaders in London speaker, now refers to her as his "CEO Hero". Fiorina likes to quote Lao Tsu:

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The First Responsibility of A Leader Is...

Spotted in Hub Member Nick McCormick's newsletter 'The Be Good News':

"The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.
The last is to say thank you.
In between, the leader is a servant." -- Max De Pree

You can subscribe to Nick's newsletter here

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Nice quote on Servant Leadership

I took a look at the Tom Peters quote for the day thing that The Architect recommended and today's is perfect for me. See what you think:

"Organizations exist to serve. Period.
Leaders live to serve. Period".
- Tom Peters

(If you click on the link you can sign up to his Thought For The Day).

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Tom Peters on Authentic Leadership

"It's up to each of us alone to figure out who we are, who we are not, and to act more or less consistently with those conclusions." - Tom Peters

I like that. It's from Tom Peters' 'Thought For The Day', which you can sign up to as a daily email here: Tom Peters site

Kate Moor's picture

Is it Time for a 'new' Leadership Model?

Throughout our history we have endured many cycles. We are currently going through yet another revolution. What is underway now is a revolution which is comparable to the agricultural revolution of the late Neolithic and the more recent industrial revolution followed rapidly by the technology revolution. It is the combination of the industrial and technological revolutions which is spinning the growth society out of control. We are locked into economies where big businesses single focus is a limitless increase in corporate profits.

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Thought From The Zen Garden: What Lies Within

What Lies Within

"What lies behind us
and what lies before us
are tiny matters
compared to
what lies within us."

Quite a useful thought as we all gear up to lead through tougher economic conditions.

More like this: Thought For The Day Website

Kate Moor's picture

Looking Beyond

Two stonecutters were asked what they were doing.
The first said, "I'm cutting this stone into blocks."
The second replied, "I'm on a team that's building a catherdral."
* Anonymous