Harry’s Blog

The Dark Sides of Vision, Mission, and Purpose

March 2015
A large corporation continues to communicate its vision of delivering value to shareholders to employees and investment analysts alike, assuming it to be obvious and inarguable. Quarter after quarter, however, shareholder return is mediocre. From a financial standpoint, the company is an also-ran. Innovation and employee engagement are afterthoughts—creativity and excitement are missing from the organizational culture. Read More >

Post-Traumatic Growth—for Leaders

July 2014
With 500,000 soldiers suffering from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and the therapeutic community in hot pursuit of both preventions and solutions, trauma is well recognized as a mortal risk for soldiers, sailors, and civilian emergency responders. Trauma is also a risk for leaders in the exercise of their “normal” duties. In a “VUCA” world fraught with volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, leaders can face organizational dramatic organizational crises at any moment. Read More >

Leaders and Ships

January 4, 2014
As an outgrowth of American business education, leadership development is oriented toward what is personally profitable, and thus it aspires to increased self-awareness (what people think of me), enhanced competencies (my knowledge, skills, and abilities), and measurable development plans (what I need to do to succeed). Read More >

The Difference Between Management And Leadership Is (Still) Not A Helpful Distinction

February 1, 2014
“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people use the words ‘leadership’ and ‘management’ synonymously, and it drives me crazy every time.” I see three problems here, two related to outcomes and one that is philosophical. Read More >