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...
Engage. What’s In It For Your People?

Engage. What’s In It For Your People?

Ourthinking Engage Your People!Straight up. Your people should be engaging the real issues, the elephant in the room. It’s good for their development, your company’s performance and it’s what virtually every culture desperately needs.Engage places a premium on...