Leadership 101

simple insights for those in leadership

Quote of the Day | 07.22.19

Solving a problem is often a matter of perspective.

  • Ron Edmondson
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Quote of the Day | 07.19.19

Leaders often serve in the role of problem solvers.

  • Ron Edmondson

July 19, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day | 02.03.16

90 percent of a leader’s efforts should be spent on selling the problem and helping people understand what is not working.

  • Samuel R. Chand

February 3, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day | 11.16.12

Most leaders prefer to look for answers where the light is better, where they are more comfortable.

– Patrick Lencioni

November 16, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day | 10.17.12

Probe behind the positions for what the underlying interests are.

– William Ury

October 17, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 12.02.09

All it takes is one idea to solve an impossible problem.

– Robert Schuller

December 2, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 09.14.09

Leadership requires that we go looking for and initiate and move toward the problems so that we can intercept them when they are small.

– Nancy Ortberg

September 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Tuesday Thots

From Seth Godin’s Blog, Monday, August 3rd.

Bear shaving

Global warming a problem? Just shave the bears.

Let’s define “bear shaving” as the efforts we go to do deal with the symptoms of a problem instead of addressing the cause of the problem. A rare Japanese PSA (now long lost to the copyright gods) showed a girl shaving a bear so it could deal with global warming (here’s a lesser one)…

Example: putting a sophisticated queue management system into the Department of Motor Vehicles so that people waiting in line feel like it’s less of a mob. This is bear shaving. The productive approach would be to redefine what actually happens in that building so the line itself disappears.

Example: iPhones come locked so they can’t be used with other carriers, so people spend hours and plenty of money to ‘unlock’ them. That’s bear shaving. Better to figure out an easy way to pay AT&T their tribute so they can be truly unlocked…

Example: You have emotional issues associated with eating. You shave the bear by getting bariatric surgery instead of dealing with the issue that caused the problem in the first place.

Example: You have a leaky roof and you shave the bear by buying buckets.

Step one to eliminating bear shaving: call it when you see it.

August 4, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 06.22.09

As leaders, we constantly need to determine whether something is a problem to be solved or a tension to be managed.

– Nancy Ortberg

June 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 01.21.09

Leaders describe pressing problems that are imperiling mission achievement and then ask people to devote their best thinking and most innovative ideas to solve them.
– Bill Hybels

January 21, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment