What Happens when Good and Great Leadership Conjoin?

The world tends toward continuums. Hot and cold have warm and cool along the way. Big and small have all manner of magnitude in the middle. Even black and white have hues between. Winter, spring, summer, and fall represent varying points along a gradual scale marking...

The Return of the Larger than Life Leader

Inevitably and rightly so, a New Year summons reflection. What happened, why it happened, and what can be done about it will be a prevalent theme. The focus is typically on specific events, as specific events allow for clear diagnoses, prognoses, and prescriptions....

4 Self-Improvement Myths That May Be Holding You Back

Advice on how to improve one’s self is everywhere. It accounts for about 2.5% of all book sales in the United States. Add in speeches, training programs, TV programs, online-products, coaches, yoga, and the like, self-help is a $10 billion industry per year, and...

Why Do CEOs Like Chipotle’s Overstay Their Welcome?

Chief executives are expected to instinctively know how to lead and when to leave their company. Balancing the tension between leading and leaving requires an executive who has deep empathy of workplace rhythms and a showman’s instinct for timing.

Reconciling The Practice With The Business of Law

The US legal industry enjoyed double digit growth for five decades until the Great Recession of 2008, when demand for services dropped by 5% and outside counsel spending declined by 11%. It was a serious crisis that led firms to forego annual hourly billable rates...

Learning from Adversity: One Obstacle at a Time

Adversity happens. Our instinct in the workplace when adversity does arrive is to deny its importance, attribute it to a person or event outside of our control, or, even better, to ignore it. Frustration and failure are unavoidable, so the question for us is what can...

The Indispensability Syndrome

Making plans for summer vacation? You’re probably wondering whether you’re too busy to take a week off from work. Maybe you’re thinking that you can, but only if the resort has WiFi. Likely the prospect of being away from the office makes you a bit jittery....

Balance of Business and Law

The following was authored by Julia Zemnick Gill, Winner of the 2015 GWSB Student Leadership Essay Competition   Law firms have experienced excruciating growing pains over the past decade. The legal industry is one of the largest and most profitable industries in the...

Pathfinding the Future of Business Schools

By James Bailey (This is the text of a speech delivered to the Conference of Management and Executive Development Programs) It’s a shame that the famed American writer, James Fenimore Cooper, was born about 200 years too early. In his famous Leatherstocking series,...

Why the Heroes?

Heroes have been held out as the best of us throughout recorded history. All cultures commit to profiling and proclaiming them. Their stories are our past, present, and future, told through the protagonist’s lens. We research, record, and relate them for a reason....

The Stress, the Switch, and the Sources of Renewal

Imagine the eighteen months of General Motors CEO Mary Barra’s life. In her short tenure, GM will have recalled more than 30 million automobiles worldwide. Her firm is besieged by allegations of a caustic culture of carelessness, dysfunctional bureaucracy, warped...

The Leadership Vector

The world tends toward continuums.  Hot and cold have warm and cool along the way.  Big and small have all manner of magnitude in the middle.  Even black and white have hues between.  Winter, spring, summer, and fall represent varying points along a gradual scale...