How do I lead when I'm not the boss?

“Our experience is that often the best and most critical people sit in the middle. We only have to use them in the right way…translating vision into action and action into vision. Many Japanese companies no longer talk about bottom-up or top-down processes. Instead, they realise that real organizational action is dependent on processes better characterised as middle-up-down.”
Source: the book Funky Business, by Kjell Nordstrom and Jonas Ridderstrale

Attitude - Words of Wisdom

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.


"Your most precious, valued possessions and your greatest powers are invisible and intangible. No one can take them. You, and you alone, can give them. You will receive abundance for your giving." -  W. Clement Stone

The head, heart, soul of leadership and rock'n'roll

“Sex, Leadership and Rock’n’Roll – Can life be that simple?”

“Not really. You need to know why you’re doing what you do as well.”

“So, does Leadership benefit from an MBA?”

“Yes, but no. You need attitude and soul as well …”

“So, is the secret of leadership not only technique but also attitude?”

“Er, definitely maybe …”

Crazy Wisdom

“A Zen Master once told me ‘whatever I say, do the opposite.’ So I didn't.”—Anon.

"I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation."—George Bernard Shaw

“A wise man makes proverbs but a fool repeats them.”—Anon.

Future fears, Present chances

If our minds are taken up with fears and hopes about the future,

we shall miss the chances that the present offers us.

Much of a leader's time is spent trying to create a future that people will want to move towards (vision and strategy).

Do not forget to dwell and act in the present (execution).

Let go if you are to soar

...and inspire the people you lead to let go, too.

Albert Einstein on Servant Leadership

Albert Einstein

This week, I came across a quotation from Albert Einstein that helps explain the underlying paradox behind the phrase 'servant-leader' for those who think of leadership in traditional terms - 'dominator' management, as Dee Hock, founder of Visa calls most leadership.

Tell me, I forget

"Tell me, I forget
Show me, I remember
Involve me, I understand"
- Confucius (attrib.)

Ah, collaborative learning that involves and engages...the very principle on which The Leadership Hub is built. The mists part and lo, there is insight (That's enough Zen, thanks. Ed)

Howard Gardner on Why Leaders Need to Tell Stories

Howard Gardner on why leaders need to tell stories

"The key to leadership is obtaining buy-in to the stories you tell and propagation of those stories."
Howard Gardner


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