To Lead Change, Focus on What You Can’t Control

To Lead Change, Focus on What You Can’t Control

Ourthinking We’ve all heard the advice so many times: focus on what you can control.  Right now, you can go on the internet and find any number of “inspirational memes” reinforcing that message.  You’ve probably also seen a Venn diagram that looks something like...
Stop Trying to Seem Likeable

Stop Trying to Seem Likeable

Ourthinking Every field of study has its own running debates. How exactly did the dinosaurs go extinct? Do we live in a single universe or a multiverse? How can a three-dimensional figure have a finite volume and an infinite surface area? Did someone put the chocolate...
Management and the Illusion of Control

Management and the Illusion of Control

Ourthinking Back in the 70’s, Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer studied a phenomenon she called the Illusion of Control. That is the strong tendency people have to see their actions as causing things to happen, even when they have no impact whatsoever. She conducted a...
Leadership Development Myths – Part 3

Leadership Development Myths – Part 3

Ourthinking Myth #3: Leadership Is About TraitsThe leadership industry is obsessed with defining the traits of leaders. What are the elements of personality, character, or style that mark the successful leader?Some hold up the vague example of celebrity CEO’s, like...
Leadership Development Myths – Part 2

Leadership Development Myths – Part 2

Ourthinking 3 Myths of Leadership Development (Part Deux)Some myths are harmless, like Santa Claus. Sure, he’s not real, but he brings joy to children and encourages generosity – at least enough to balance out the tacit endorsement of consumerism. As I mentioned in my...