Leadership Writing Precisely

Sharing with Passion

There is high merit to sharing ideas with passion.  The Internet has cinched it. It levels the playing field for thought leaders from all walks of life. Less appealing is the Followers game.  On Twitter it is accounting by Retweets, Mentions and, well, Followers.  On Facebook, the chase is for Fans, Likes, Comments and Shares. LinkedIn buzz  speaks of Contacts and Connections. Google + implores ever widening Circles.

Our leadership egos are mesmerized by this provocative numbers game. We demand to be heard.  The more followers, me thinks, the better. Read more


Two Click Tribute to Steve Jobs


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Okay, let’s get this straight right off the bat. I ain’t an expert on the life and times of Steve Jobs. I never met the man. But I do recognize  a grande  tribute when I see one.  So I’m piling on!  There have been gazillions of salutes to Mr. Jobs upon the news of his death on October 6th. The passionate homage of thousands was unleashed at internet speed. Momentous testaments topped headlines worldwide. The mass eulogy continues unabated in blogs, business journals and news magazines.  Yet with all the hype, speed and simplicity carried the sad day. Enter the two-click web memorial courtesy of Google and Apple. Surely you noticed?  Open your browser and there it was. From the Google home page, the announcement  came simple and true. No blaring headline, no fancy font– just the news:  Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011.

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Decisions in the Middle are Nowhere

I just blogged last week about varying behaviors demonstrated by Wimps, Facilitators and Leaders.  There was much ado about how Wimps play the middle with inaction while Facilitators interject constructively to affect positive outcomes. Leaders, meanwhile, take firm positions on one side or create new stands with passion and certainty. This post is a spinoff of sorts to that mantra.  It concerns making decisions by consensus, getting feedback, using counsel and soliciting advice.  All good, you say?   I think not.

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The 10th Thing Successful People Do Differently

[bquote_right]“Give me the gist” he says. “And, if I’m still interested, I will get to the details later.” Then he never does. He is too busy, you see.[/bquote_right]

Conventional wisdom insists that people highly favor short bullet points, memorable visuals and succinct lists. Conference goers, workplace trainees, online readers, even academics in study mode are busy, busy, busy people.  In-depth analysis has taken a down and dirty back seat.  The Internet has cinched it. We are determined that whatever the message– no matter how profound or insightful– not get bogged down and “lost” in it’s own minutia detail. Read more