The Hierarchy of Education


It’s my belief we are conditioned as children—through the hierarchy of a centuries-old schooling system—to believe the oldest person in the room (the teacher) is the smartest. That works only for so long. We are further conditioned to believe that when we’re extremely smart we’ll be recognized by the highest authority—the school principal—through commendations and […]

Visual Depiction of a Connected and Engaged Organization

Courtesy Leslie-Ann Miller of @RippleThink

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Rethinking the Work of Leadership


In 1973, Peter Drucker stated in his book Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, “Management is not culture-free, that is, part of the world of nature. It is a social function. It is, therefore, both socially accountable and culturally embedded.” Some thirteen years later, Tom Peters remarked in the article Managing As Symbolic Action: “It requires us, […]

Flat Army Book Excerpt: Organizational Learned Helplessness


Did you know that in 1886, the U.S. court system recognized the corporation as a “natural person”? The fourteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that “no state shall deprive any person of life, liberty or property.” Perhaps it was used at the time to defend corporations and block any attempt at depriving them of […]

The Fifteen Habits of a Connected Leader


The Italian town of Pisa is an interesting place full of contrasts. The tower, of course, has been leaning amongst a sea of straight buildings in the Piazza del Duomo that includes tall Tuscan evergreens as well as columns that have adorned the Duomo, Baptistery and Campo Santo for several hundred years. Fine art in […]