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Challenging Leadership Thinking … To Enable Strategic Improvement

Learning to Think Like a Leader – Part 1

August 26, 2015

Dr. Scott Yorkovich


It’s just like riding a bike! That phrase is synonymous with the idea that there are certain things we never forget how to do. We don’t have to think. We just do. Hop on the bike, push off, and go! Singing the Happy Birthday song is not something we do every day, but you’ll never forget how the tune goes. For most of us, driving a car is something we can not do for a long time, but once behind the wheel, the skill returns quickly to mind. Jumping rope is another. Reading an analog clock (for those of us over 40) is another. Tying a shoe (unless you were raised on Velcro). All of these are rooted in neural pathways that are deeply embedded and hard to disrupt. We don’t have to think. We jump right to doing. Should leadership be this way?

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Leaders Know the Importance of Consistency

August 24, 2015

Dr. Robert Gerwig

Gerwig 2015-08-24

Are you a statistical genius? Do you love crunching numbers, calculating standard deviations, performing variance analyses, and conducting hypothesis testing? Some you may hate math in general and statistics in particular, but many of you are secretly math geeks. And thank goodness!

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Fighting What Comes Natural

August 19, 2015

Dr. Scott Yorkovich


How long can you hold your breath? Most people think they can hold their breath about a minute. Try it. Go ahead and try it right now. (I won’t go anywhere.) … How’d you do? Probably a lot less than a minute. It’s been awhile since I played this game and I over estimated how long I could hold my breath, too. (Just 45 seconds before I gave up.) When I was a kid, my friends and I used to see who could outlast the others at this trick. I think it’s a game almost every kid plays. (Well, boys do anyway — any girls want to comment on this?) Did you know that the strategy most of use to win this game is all wrong? Our natural tendencies for winning at breath-holding are wrong.

Some of our natural tendencies for leading are wrong, too.

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Sight (Repost)

August 17, 2015

Dr. Robert Gerwig

This article, posted by Robert in 2012, is a favorite. Robert and his wife are celebrating their anniversary and he is taking a break from writing this week.


Sight by Dr. Robert Gerwig

Inside the Wardrobe

August 12, 2015

Dr. Scott Yorkovich


Imagine a large bedroom and in the far corner is a tall wardrobe—–several feet tall, about four feet wide, and a few feet deep. The upper compartment stores a number of jackets and long garments, while the lower area holds drawers with folded clothes and various personal items. Imagine opening the wardrobe and a wave of fresh air washes across your face. Keeping the door open a moment longer, you realize there is a breeze flowing from that wardrobe. Curious, you reach with both hands into the center of the garments, spread your hands apart and slide the clothes to either side. You see light!

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