Social Leadership

Social Leadership

Today’s CEOs need to know how to spark and fan a social movement. Even so there are core groups they need to pay special attention to: their board, valued partners
Minding the Gap

Minding the Gap

Every leader I know is striving toward a future state that is so much better than what we have today. And they are acutely aware that they will have to
Rising to the Occasion

Rising to the Occasion

It’s not unusual for me to get called in by CEOs to work with their executive teams. They want me to raise their performance, help them work better together. Often
It's Innovation if you Lead It, Disruption if you Don't

It’s Innovation if you Lead It, Disruption if you Don’t

With so much change everywhere, you must step to the forefront to lead. Otherwise you recede into the background quickly. Even so leadership is not what it used to be.
The Million Cat Challenge

The Million Cat Challenge

Two weeks ago I was in Los Angeles taking the Billions’ Institute‘s Skid Row School for Large-scale Change. It was a 3-day extravaganza, bringing together 30+ leaders representing about 20

Intentionally Engaging with Problems

Obstacles, logjams and roadblocks point the way to what needs to be done next. Yes, it’s true: your biggest problems

What does an Executive Adviser Do?

In this 2 minute video I explain my work as an executive adviser. Since 1996 I have been relied upon

3 Kinds of Associations

Associations that focus primarily on creating transactional member value are actually practicing the old mindset, trying to save their organizations

Commanding Attention

Sometimes you have to violate your own norms to get people’s attention. Here’s a story of a time I did

Seth Kahan interviews John Sydnor on Venture Acceleration

John Sydnor is an expert in venture acceleration with a broad and deep background in technology, financial services, and venture

To arrange an interview, contact Seth at (301) 229-2221 or email him at Seth@VisionaryLeadership.com.

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New Growth Appears and the Old Gives Way

Yesterday my father joined Facebook. He is 81. Always ready to face a new frontier. He has let go of his reservations to join a ...
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Time Outside Time

Transformational rituals are sometimes referred to as time outside time. By this we mean that we have set aside a day or so for non-ordinary ...
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Time for a Year End Review

Every December this is what I do: I review my personal calendar. Because I keep every appointment electronically, it’s as simple as opening up my ...
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Take Time Out to Get an Edge

I am in San Francisco attending the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting of over 20,000, a meeting of amazing breadth and depth. It is my ...
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Do Something that Makes you Deeply Happy

I first met the CEO of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, Tony Cancelosi, in the summer of 2009. I was looking for a leader of ...
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John Graham Identifies 3 Future Trends

John Graham identified three emerging trends impacting associations when I interviewed him at the inaugural gathering of CEOs focused on Association Transformation.  19 CEOs were ...
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Abandoning Well-made Plans

It’s not always wise to stay the course. Sometimes the best thing to do is let go of what you planned and go with a ...
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Commanding Attention

This week I have an audio message for you. Let me know what you think! When you do the common things in life in an ...
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Support the Good Guys

All of us know people that are making the world a better place. Don’t take them for granted. Reach out and show them how important ...
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Walks and Talks

A good friend of mine told me how he was working with a team sitting in a conference room and they got stuck. They weren’t ...
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Social Learning Systems

A social learning system is any group of people who learn together. It could be a family, a group of people on a subway train ...
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Rituals of Transformation

There are two kinds of ritual. There are rituals of stability (e.g., saying hello, eating together, kissing or shaking hands when we greet) and there ...
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An Ecology of Leader Communities

The issues are real. Imminence is becoming urgency. To meet the future, it’s time to transform many associations. That’s why we are putting together a ...
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Did You Catch the Spirit of What I Said?

Half-baked ideas often contain a beautiful kernel, an essence that can be cultivated and nurtured until it matures into a powerful contribution. Yes, it’s often ...
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Uniquely You

Last Tuesday I went to the most extraordinary concert. The opening act, the Guru Ganesha Band, captured my fancy more than the main event. Guru ...
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