Category Archives: Education

Ask not how to lead but how to learn to lead

on February 8, 2018 in Education, Leadership

Sometimes people who want to know to lead ask directly, How do you lead? I don’t think they’re asking a question that will help them improve their leadership. You can walk and talk, but you’d be hard pressed to describe how you do it beyond generalities like “you put one foot in front of the other.” No one taught you the theory behind language or walking. You practiced until you[…] Keep reading →

10 Signs U.S. Universities Are Sabotaging Themselves

on February 3, 2018 in Education, Inc.com, Leadership

10 Signs U.S. Universities Are Sabotaging Themselves Moody’s downgraded higher education to “negative.” S&P agreed. Finances aren’t the problem. Leadership is. S&P predicted a bleak future for higher education last week. Last month Moody’s downgraded the sector to from “stable” to “negative.” Leaders know financial issues usually aren’t root problems but point to them. Here are 10 signs pointing to problems among American universities independent of finance, from most obvious leading to the broadest and most important. 10. The most[…] Keep reading →

Civilian Service and a Civilian Service Academy: Crazy or the Answer to Many Problems?

on January 10, 2018 in Education, Leadership

Meeting with Frances Hesselbein means talking about service. Her touchstone phrase is “to serve is to live.” All the men in her life served in the military. She taught at West Point and led me to my co-teaching for three days last fall. By contrast, when I grew up, I associated the military with the draft, whose compulsory nature seemed unconstitutional. My sense of community has changed—I would say matured.[…] Keep reading →

Nurturing Millennial Leaders: the Influencive Interview

on January 2, 2018 in Education, Leadership

Influencive‘s Surya Prakash Singh posted an interview of me, “Nurturing Millennial Leaders,” of how to start leading, especially if your traditional education didn’t help. The article begins Nurturing Millennial Leaders I get the chance to speak with author and leadership specialist Joshua Spodek. According to a survey, each day approximately 10,000 baby boomers retire. By 2020, 48% of the workforce will be made of millennials. Because of this scenario, 84%[…] Keep reading →

The 20/80 Rule, Leadership, and Integrity

on November 21, 2017 in Education, Exercises, Inc.com, Leadership

My Inc. post today, “The 20/80 Rule, Leadership, and Integrity,” begins The 20/80 Rule, Leadership, and Integrity In a leader’s relationships, the 20/80 rule counts, not the 80/20 rule. Leadership means people watch you–not to what you want to say or do, or mean to, but what you actually say and do. Attention to detail counts. Not sometimes, but always. What Vince Lombardi said about winning applies to leadership: Leading is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You[…] Keep reading →

6 Lessons I Learned Teaching Leadership With a 4-Star General at West Point

on November 13, 2017 in Education, Inc.com, Leadership

My Inc. story today, “6 Lessons I Learned Teaching Leadership With a 4-Star General at West Point,” began 6 Lessons I Learned Teaching Leadership With a 4-Star General at West Point What I learned teaching leadership with a four-star general at West Point. Who is America’s greatest leader? Longtime readers of my column will remember Six Lessons I Learned at Lunch With the Best Leader in America, where I called Frances Hesselbein the nation’s[…] Keep reading →

How Big Words and Jargon Make You Look, and It’s Not Smart

on November 4, 2017 in Education

My post on Inc. today, “How Big Words and Jargon Make You Look, and It’s Not Smart,” begins   How Big Words and Jargon Make You Look, and It’s Not Smart Do you use big words to make you look smart? Do you realize it achieves the opposite? It’s tragic to hear people try to sound smart or educated by using big words. Even more tragic is that people encourage the practice.[…] Keep reading →

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