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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 […]

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 […]

KM as Hierarchical?

Yesterday I tweeted that authors of a blog post about knowledge management had managed to push my buttons. I assume that in writing their piece they researched through a number of sources. Perhaps they read the “knowledge management” literature driven by software vendors that many of us dismissed in the 90s. If the relationships […]

CoP & Projects: A Toxic mix?

I’ve been exchanging tweets with Matthew Loxton about whether communities of practice (CoP) and projects are a good fit. He’s sceptical; I suggested it can work, depending on context and on definitions of a project. I haven’t written specifically about this before, so thought it was worth sharing preliminary thoughts in a blog post. First, […]

Musings on Client Panelists in Problem-Based Learning

For over 12 years, I’ve been involved with problem-based learning processes in which mid-career professionals present their ideas to executive panels. The settings and my roles have varied, but there are common threads: intense learning environments; current, complex or wicked challenges (problems); and client panel members who drop into the situation without the lived experience […]