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Leadership: 10 Tips for Collaborative Leaders

I once worked with the Director of a federal agency with a 7,000+ person workforce spread thinly over 70 countries. Together with the senior team we designed a change initiative that would only work if it was led by volunteers.Mandating behavior change was not an option. Actually, this is no different than any other initiative. …

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Leadership: Change Leaders

Change Leaders are the people who steer the change experience. They may or may not be formally recognized by the organizational hierarchy. They use the project plan as a roadmap, doing whatever it takes to achieve the best possible outcome. In complex organizations there is always a core group of change leaders. To accelerate positive …

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Leadership: Communication Under Pressure for Leaders

Seth is a motivational speaker and keynote speaker. He uses storytelling and communication exercises to help build strong business communities and ignite positive organizational change. Pressure can come from a variety of sources both planned (e.g., a board presentation or meeting with your CEO), and unplanned (e.g., a natural disaster or terrorist action). Your needs …

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Leadership: Every Professional has Stories to Tell

Seth is a motivational speaker and keynote speaker. He uses storytelling and communication exercises to help build strong business communities and ignite positive organizational change. Human beings have been telling stories since the dawn of language. Evidence points to narrative as the way the human brain is wired. We learn by making sense of the …

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Leadership: Interview of Gail Williams – Leadership Alchemy

Interviewed by Seth Kahan, April 2006 1995-96 Gail Williams of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center supported the President’s Commission of Advisors on Science and Technology, and the National Science and Technology Council. This private- and public-sector collaboration worked on establishing policy and leveraging resources in the pursuit of a national science and technology agenda. Today …

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Leadership: Leadership Transition Planning

Seth is a motivational speaker and keynote speaker. He uses storytelling and communication exercises to help build strong business communities and ignite positive organizational change. A Leadership Transition occurs when key members of the senior management team change, resulting in turnover of the know-how and experience required to ensure continuity and strategic success of the …

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Leadership: Leading from the Middle

By Seth Kahan and Raj Chawla Top-down command-and-control leadership is not enough to get results in today’s workplace. There are three reasons: Increasing levels of economic, political, and social complexity Equal access to information at all levels in organizations More sophisticated and empowered customers and stakeholders Things move fast. Stakes are high. Agility, speed, and …

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Leadership: Leading in Complex Organizations

Many of the organizations I work with are complex. This means they have one or more of the three attributes which make leadership particularly difficult: Geographic distribution – employees, customers, and partners are spread around the country, region, or the globe. Each physical location creates separation, challenging alignment. Multi-disciplinary – staff members have differing professional …

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