By Mary Lippitt | July 24, 2014 The childhood fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk leads us to believe that it is possible to toss out a handful of magic seeds and instantly garner overnight success. Leaders trying to implement a culture change within their organizations may mistakenly believe this same kind of “magic” […]
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By Mary Lippitt | June 26, 2014 Telling, Selling, Tracking and Engaging It is fair to say that the adage “the more things change, the more they stay the same” does not apply to leadership. The trends in leadership practices has actually been shifting significantly; from leaders assuming the sole decision-making role based on the […]
By Mary Lippitt | May 22, 2014 You do not have to have a lofty title, sizeable budget, or media coverage to be powerful. Growing power does not require a formal grant from the organization or having an “in-crowd” status. Power is not popularity or office size. Let’s rethink our assumptions about how confidence impacts […]
By Mary Lippitt | April 24, 2014 Charles Morrow’s article, Myths of Management, recounts the “cobra effect” or how reward systems plans do not always produce the expected consequences. During India’s colonial period, Britain sought to rid the continent of cobras. A bounty for dead cobras was instituted with the expectation that the cobras could be either […]
By Mary Lippitt | March 21, 2014 Business has undergone a sea of change in the past several decades. Competition, supply-chains, technology, and business models have shifted. Yet, many major corporations still rely on leadership theories from the 1950’s, causing leadership effectiveness to suffer. Certainly the tried and true frameworks remain valuable, but they are […]
By Mary Lippitt | February 20, 2014 Innovation. The very word conjures breakthrough products, magazine covers, and celebrity status. But those associations are too good to be the whole story. It requires a closer, more balanced, look. Innovation comes at a cost to leaders, teams and the organization. Organizational Culture and Policy Change Attention to […]
By Mary Lippitt | January 30, 2014 This is the beginning of a new series titled Power Levers. Over the next several weeks we will identify and examine seven power levers to add to your toolbox. What comes to mind when you think of powerful leaders? Do you envision the trustworthy, inspiring, and successful leader […]
By Mary Lippitt | January 28, 2014 In my last post, “Which is More Detrimental: Power or Powerlessness?“, I redefined the term “power” to challenge common misconceptions and introduced the seven levers necessary to effectively wield power. This week, I will take an in-depth look at one power lever that is often dismissed out of sheer […]
By Mary Lippitt | January 26, 2014 You are probably familiar with the saying “there is no substitute for experience” and perhaps can even attest to its accuracy. Over the past several weeks we have redefined power and explored the new and popular Systems Power lever. As the title alludes, this week I am delving […]
By Mary Lippitt | January 24, 2014 While “six degrees of separation” has historically been a standard reference point, today technology and social networking sites have helped to cut this figure in half. In our world it is easier to connect than ever before. However, all connections are not equal. An acquaintance is not the […]
This is a terrific book. It is both thoughtful and extremely practical. It helps leaders become better strategists, decision makers and influencers by showing them how six Mindsets are key to business success. Using Lippitt's paradigm, leaders can become more agile and resilient.
Jay Jamrog, Senior VP of Research, i4cp