The Icarus deception

Daedalus was a brilliant inventor, the Thomas Edison of his day. Unfortunately, he angers King Minos, the ruler of the island Crete, and he is thrown into jail located at the top of a building on an island. Desperate to flee the island, Daedalus uses wax to build some wings for himself and his son…

Leadership: and it’s Why’s

Joe was in a real fix. The equipment he scheduled to hire from the builder’s supplier had accidentally been hired to another customer, there was no alternative machine available for a month. Joe needed to do something fast, if he did not the job he was working on would be behind time by weeks and…

Leadership: and having a big heart

There is so much said about leadership. And, rightly so. Leadership is not a hat you put on for a few hours and remove at the end of the day. Once you take up responsibility, you are expected to be accountable for the results of everyone you lead [and this could just be yourself]. Everything…

Leadership: and imagination

There is an obvious application for imagination when you are leading a team. It is in imagining an inspiring vision. “Visionary” is often among the first words used to describe great leaders. And, the word “visionary” is associated with a leader’s ability to conjure a vision few others had thought of. However, there is another…

Leadership: The weight of our words

The laminated sign next to the order and pay point at the cafe read: “We can’t and we won’t serve you while you are ON the phone. We need to engage.” These are the first words that greet every single customer [not just the rude ones]. On the flip side, when I email a colleague…

Leadership: Cattle leadership

On one of Mandela’s long morning walks, he turned to his biographer and said: ‘You have never herded cattle, have you, Richard?’ Richard Stengel said he had not. Mandela nodded. As a young boy of eight, Mandela had spent long afternoons herding cattle for his mother or some others in the village. He explained: “You know, when…

The solution finder

There are those who when things are broken, they are the quick to defend themselves as to why it is not their fault. And there are those who go on the offense and blame others. And then there are those who find solutions and fix things. They look at the situation and then come up…