Leadership Strategies: Taking on Those who Play Both Sides

This is the MOST difficult pattern to expose and transform in the workplace. Splitters seem so congenial and helpful. They always want to be your best friend. They always talk about how much they can help “watch your back”. Splitters are perfect CIA agents and often...

Leadership Strategies and the “What Problem” Crowd

Denial, as the joke goes, is more than a river in Egypt. It is something we all do on occasion when what confronts us is too hard to fathom. So, we say, “No, this isn’t happening”. Has to be a dream…mistake….joke…. And then, we pull ourselves up and do what we have to...

Leadership Strategies and the “I’m the Best” Folk

When I conduct one day Pattern Aware Programs at companies the same thing happens over and over. At the lunch break, everyone talks about a boss, co-worker, mother-in-law, ex-partner or neighbor who fits perfectly into the pattern mold. There is always a joke or well...

Leadership Strategies, Dialogue, and Beer with Obama

What exactly happens when people come together to discuss contentious issues? Normally all sides are consciously willing to talk in a fair and balanced way, and unconsciously prepared to protect their points of view. There may be a verbal “I really want to understand...

Leadership Strategies: The Professor and the Police Officer

          I have been following the undertow reactions from last week when Henry Louis Gates Jr. the African American Harvard professor was taken to police headquarters and now has a mug shot to add to his list of memory photographs. Immediately the media and most...