By Mary Lippitt | January 22, 2014 One of the most effective forms of organizational power in today’s workplace is recognition power. However, in speaking with countless executives and supervisors over the years and as confirmed in our recent survey, I’ve realized an unsettling trend: recognition power is often the most overlooked. Expanding recognition power […]
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By Mary Lippitt | January 20, 2014 Command and authority power result in speedy compliance, clear direction, and action. Using the “do it because I said so” approach rarely requires discussion or heated debate. However, the “salute and execute” approach can be very helpful. During a crisis, the use of command power saves lives and […]
By Mary Lippitt | August 6, 2012 In a complex world, speedy solutions rarely work. Unintended consequences, time lags, and interconnected systems whirled with risk and ramifications sidetrack easy solutions. There are no quick fixes and that leadership mindset needs to change. Ralph Kilmann’s 1991 book, Beyond the Quick Fix: Managing Five Tracks to Organizational […]
By Mary Lippitt | March 27, 2012 As anyone who has ever driven a car knows, blind spots are potentially lethal. This holds true in leading business organizations as well on the road, so it’s time we worked to eliminate them from one of the most critical business tasks of our age: culture change. […]
By Mary Lippitt | July 22, 2011 Archimedes was on the right track when he said many years ago, “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” Selecting the right lever for the situation is something a successful leader does, if not by […]
By Mary Lippitt | June 7, 2011 If leaders keep on doing what they have always done, they will get the same results, which is a recipe for disaster. Both leaders and poker players need to know “when to hold and when to fold.” Effective leaders need to decipher the internal and external environment and […]
By Mary Lippitt | May 31, 2011 I bet a few thoughts popped into your head when you read the title of this post. What?! Ridiculous! Who in their right mind? Err…how big was the crib? Wait, I thought Charlie Sheen was in his 40’s? A 50-year-old CEO sleeping in a crib is as ridiculous […]
By Mary Lippitt | April 12, 2011 It’s time to update the carrot and stick approach. A cartoon of a donkey hitched to a wagon with a stick in front of it with a carrot enticing the donkey highlights the problem of trying to influence action without thinking about ramifications. For centuries, dangling the carrot […]
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