#38 – Competence

It’s worth fighting for more competent leaders. You don’t tolerate incompetence from your doctor or your accountant but do you feel the same about your leaders? Maybe you think that effective leadership is that much harder to measure than the successful treatment of an illness or the filing of a tax return. I don’t buyContinue reading “#38 – Competence”

The Boss

Lyft driver: You are a business person? Me: Yes. Driver: You are the boss? Me: No. Driver: When you came out I thought, “He is the boss.” Me: (knowing laugh) Is that because I look so serious? Driver: (kindly) No, no. Me: That’s ok. (In my head: It’s just the facade of competence and controlContinue reading “The Boss”

You Have to Decide

You were promoted to a leadership position because of your exceptional competence. Your team is full of competent people. They do not need your competence. They need your leadership. And so, you have to decide. DAVID BERRY is the author of “A More Daring Life: Finding Voice at the Crossroads of Change” and the founder of RULE13 Learning. He speaks and writes aboutContinue reading “You Have to Decide”

Unsaid and Undone

It matters to me to be good at things. Appearing competent is a hallmark of how I present myself to the world. And I am competent, very much so, in a lot of ways. And I’m not, really not, in a lot more ways. Competence matters so much to me that I have a frustratingContinue reading “Unsaid and Undone”

Redefining the “C” Suite

What if we replaced “Chief” with a new set of “C” words? What would happen to our organizations if excellence in these domains was the price of admission to the board room? CHARACTER – key words: self-awareness, trial, values, openness, courage “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must beContinue reading “Redefining the “C” Suite”