Three-Dimensional Leadership

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Penn State and the Peter Principle

The Penn State scandal has people calling for board oversight reforms.  Changes only are as effective as the character of the people they involve.  Character results from the values that motivate behaviors. The Peter Principle results when people get promoted but fail to learn new perspectives and skills to handle the new responsibilities. 

Power Drunk People

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Complication’s Confounding Complacency

Here is the language of people who have no intention of solving a problem

Enduring Excuses

  1. “These things are very complicated, and we are trying to get our hands around the issue,”
  2. “We are just starting to study the issue, and have not gotten very far.”

Accountability Requires Action

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Dr. Martin Luther King Synthesized Mission, Vision, and Values into A Cohesive Strategic Plan

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. embodied the synthesis of mission, vision, and values into a strategic plan.  Here is an excerpt from chapter two of The Three-Dimensional Leader: Negotiating Your Mission, Resources and Context

  • Dr. King’s mission was equality. 
  • His vision was expressed beautifully in his “I Have a Dream” speech.  
  • And his values were nonviolence. 

A strategic plan says, “We will use these resources to accomplish this mission that will get us to our vision as we pursue it with these values.”  

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Four Conditions of Creative Innovation


“Even during times of economic downturns, products that provide innovations that meet customers’ changing needs will prevail in the marketplace.  Innovation keeps companies relevant to consumers.”  So says The Three-Dimensional Leader: Negotiating Your Mission, Resources and Context, which also lays out four ingredients to bring out a team’s creative potential.  


Innovation requires 1) imagination, 2) coordination 3) synergy from diversity, and 4) getting the customer’s view.