Competing to Win: Lessons Learned for Reaching the Next Level of Organizational Performance

Competing to Win: Lessons Learned for Reaching the Next Level of Organizational Performance by Dr. Ted Marra  Setting the tone for this book and deriving the major theme is clearly articulated in the forward by Philip Sadler. He says a global business operating in today’s world has many more balls in the air than a juggling act. In fact it is no longer a few standard variety balls in the air but multiples of two kinds. One set of balls is leadership, developing a vision, and creating culture while the …

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And some were made to be followers

Maybe it’s the occupation I’m in or possibly the fact that I’m an incurable information junkie, but does it seem to you that we are overrun by media for managers, books, seminars and multi-day programs for leadership training. Conferences and seminars beckon aspiring leaders. Last week my copy of Inc Magazine came and here’s what took up the whole cover. “Become a better leader in just two days.” Not impossible, but doubtful. Through books and blogs, volumes are written on the topic of leadership.  There is no lack of training …

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Leadership vs Followship

I’ve been thinking. Surprising, huh? I read page after page every day of how to be a leader, how to direct and orchestrate the activities of others, how to turn chaos into creativity and ideas into innovative performance. I don’t read much about how to be a follower. There isn’t as much glamor in saying I’m a follower instead of I’m a leader.  Well, I’m different. I’m a self-admitted follower.  In fact, I’m an expert at followship because I pay attention to leadership.  I’ve never done this here before, but …

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Refining Grace