Lessons on Leadership
is a resource for provoking ideas
and action while reconciling the two.
by Dr. James Bailey, PHD
Feature: Great Leaders & Their Environments
How Darwin answers why the person and
the situation require crucial alignment.
Lessons on Leadership
Knits today with tomorrow
with yesterday to inform those that lead and
those who counsel those that lead.
Feature: Why the Heroes?
These are the reasons why the best of the best endure.
Lessons on Leadership
is about thought leadership about leading thoughtful leaders.
Feature: A Leadership Vector
Why Good and Great Leadership Are Not Related.
By Dr. James Bailey
"Lessons on Leadership, with all of its resources essays and exchange, will provoke new ideas and help you open your perspectives to new possibilities.
Read it, spend time reflecting on it, and tell others!"Richard Boyatzis, Distinguished University ProfessorCase Western Reserve University
There was a time when companies shied away from politics. The prevailing wisdom was that endorsing a cause was bad business. Better to stay away from advocacy, focus on sales, steer clear of sentiments, and avoid offending one side or the other. When businesses contributed to political campaigns, they often contributed equally across parties. Hedging political bets was the order of the day. But things have changed.
Corporate boards are mindful of technology-focused expertise in an escalating landscape of digital strategies. These include e-platforms, AI-machine learning, cloud-based business models, blockchain, quantum analytics, privacy, and big data protection. All of these are accompanied by cyber-security pressures. But awareness and action are not the same. Boards have been slow to educate themselves, relying instead on the CIO/CRO for information and due-diligence.
Professionals in all fields migrate from job to job, industry to industry. They do so for lots of reasons. Some weren’t satisfied. Others just found a better place. Some moved up the ladder; some didn’t. Some just moved on, looking for a new patch of sky to live under. So where are law firm partners going? Is there any pattern to their migration? A rhyme or a reason; a search for personal identity and a meaningful calling? And, are there identifiable gender dynamics—a topic of much interest these days? We set out to address these questions.
Gap years for high school and college graduates has exploded in the last decade. So much so that organizing gaps years has become a cottage industry. But what about full-fledged adult professionals? Would they benefit from a gap year? Yes, but it must be intentional and focused on reorientation and renewal.
Government regulation has long been anathema to corporate America, but not so much that it has stopped a chorus of executives in recent months from calling for the regulation of Facebook and other technology behemoths. Is it fair that different standards should apply to different companies?
At this week’s Milken Institute Global Conference, CEOs from five of the world’s most respected companies discussed how to navigate a changing world filled with volatility and uncertainty. The executives represented companies that are not the hothouse disruptors of the technology industry, but some of the world’s largest corporate titans — EY, Goldman Sachs, General Mills, Siemens USA and Viacom. And that’s what made these CEO’s responses all the more interesting.
Women’s issues in corporate America are on center stage. Topics such as the number of women among senior executives and pay differences between genders are news stories that resonate have become the subject of policy debate. But “big law,” an industry nickname for the nation’s hundred largest law firms, largely has avoided this attention.
In the 1999 film The Matrix, the sage Morpheus offered the neophyte Neo a bargain. He presented two pills, one red, one blue. One brought enlightenment, one obliviousness. In the political landscape of today, it seems as if everyone has accepted that bargain and swallowed one or the other pill. Whether red or blue pill is incidental. It’s irrevocable. There’s no turning back.
Everybody’s got a closet. Mainly youthful indiscretions or poor judgment, to be sure. But be prepared, because the odds are getting better that that closet will see the light of day. The combination of today’s schadenfreude—the pleasure derived from another’s misfortune—and access to events long forgotten, is so potent that everyone needs a strategy.
To understand why the deal on the government shutdown and border security reached by Congress, and signed by the President, succeeded the second time, it’s a must to understand why it failed the first time. As Santayana extolls, “those that ignore history are destined to repeat it.” In today’s news cycle, a month ago is history.