Women and Leadership


Do Men and Women See Leadership Differently? Generalization is risky. But we humans cannot resist searching for patterns. And there are interesting patterns around women and leadership and gender and leadership. Gender Some of you have already noticed that I said “men and women” in one paragraph and gender in the next. Gendered perspectives and […]

Is focus a good thing?

Does focus mean you miss the donkey

Is focus always a good thing?  Middle managers focus on success in their slices of the organization chart.  Researchers focus on patterns and themes in their data. In quantitative research, we look for statistically significant patterns and themes. In our society, we are pushed to narrow and clearly define our boundaries.  In research, this is […]

How did “social” get the black hat?


“Social” as Learning, Improving and Celebrating Some time ago, I sent out invitations to join an asynchronous five-day conversation about “Do it Yourself” (DIY) learning and how to support it.  The event was in the CPsquare community:  one of my online “homes.”  Like all CPsquare activities, this event emerged from intersecting member interests; not from […]

Successful Knowledge Leadership

Successful Knowledge Leadership: ARK report

Should leadership for pro football, preschool, and open source software development look the same?  Of course not.  And leadership for knowledge-intensive work shouldn’t look like leadership for assembly lines.  The Ark Group has just-published a new report:  Successful Knowledge Leadership: Principles and Practice in which I authored the chapter: Knowledge Leadership on the Edge. The executive […]

Resisting pressure to fragment

Are you a systems thinker? Do you regularly encounter pressure to fragment? Do you get questions like “But what is your area of specialization?” Or comments like “But that project was never intended to include THAT.”  I do. So–even though I rarely write blog posts–I started a new blog: www.IslandHealth.Info It’s explicitly about things like […]