How an organization finds solutions to problems says a great deal about its culture, and its leadership. In Part 2 of this Blog about how effective leaders ask the right questions I’ll explore how leaders can ask questions in positive ways that inspire teams to find hopeful solutions.
I am always learning how to ask the right questions. And while I love watching Billy on the Street ask questions, his type of questions and techniques won’t really fly in the workplace. Recently, I read three interesting books/pieces about asking questions and thought I’d share them in this two-part Blog.
Too often today we see leaders who behave like Schultz; they “know nothing.” And with some leaders, it isn’t just avoiding decisions involving ethical dilemmas, it is failing to recognize future dilemmas the organization’s strategies may create for their teams.
As I read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit this summer, I was awestruck – awestruck by her work and awestruck by the leadership of Teddy Roosevelt, William Taft, and Samuel S. McClure. While Goodwin tells us about these three leaders and others, she also teaches us about the American political and social landscape of […]
When I read this past weekend that the current executive team at Market Basket ordered their workers back to work today or they would be replaced, it confirmed for me they didn’t get it. Unless Arthur T. Demoulas gets back in charge quickly this week, employees aren’t going to return and neither are many of […]
This week I have enjoyed looking back 45 years to the first moon walk, which happened at 10:56 PM on Sunday, July 20, 1969. I was a camp counselor at Goshen Scout Camps in the hills of Virginia at the time. Being very interested in astronomy and space, I rigged-up the black and white television […]
For-profit businesses aren’t always known for their generosity. But dozens of U.S. companies buck that trend every year, reaching into their deep pockets and giving money to help make a difference for some of society’s most vulnerable populations, including underprivileged children, victims of domestic abuse and hungry people.
This week I have been following the Tour de France because our family friend, Edward “Ted” King, is riding for the second year for Team Cannondale. Ted is our son’s age, I coached him in youth soccer and his mom and dad are friends of ours. And Ted is on the team because he plays […]
Today, we are used to our politicians taking shots at each other, mostly through third-party ad campaigns. Imagine, however, if Vice President Joe Biden got insulted by some personal comments made by past Secretary of Treasury Henry Paulson and then challenged Paulson to a duel with pistols.
There were several days last week when I felt like I was drinking out of a communication fire hose. I spent the early part of the day before 7AM getting caught-up on e-mails and working on detailed tasks. Then I went into a four to five hour meeting and came out to find 70 – […]