Are bright, young professionals your organization’s greatest asset?

April 5, 2010

Below, Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd:

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The best kept secret of American government and politics is that it powered by the enthusiasm, passion and over-drive of young professionals. And it’s no secret at all. Year after year, you see the swarm in Washington, DC.

Start ups too are mostly about young professionals and twenty something dreamers who can give everything they got. They tend not to have families or mortgages that chain them down. And multinationals can’t exploit them enough in emerging economies.

Bright, young professionals are the greatest asset to the organization that can channel their energy and passion to creative, innovative and productive purpose.

It’s cat herding at its best. And it can be an extreme challenge – especially if you are focused on processes and technology rather than people.

Moreover, not all young professionals are equal. Identifying those with a leader’s heart early (and coaching them) is critical to moving the herd in the direction of success and results. They are the golden key. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Crisis of Leadership. A Crisis of Responsibility. Or Both?

April 4, 2010

Hristos a inviat!

Below, Imagine Leadership by Nitin Nohria and Amanda Pepper of Harvard Business School’s Leadership Initiative. Nohria and Pepper collaborated with XPLANE to create this video in order to generate a discussion of the value and importance of leadership to address some of society’s most pressing problems.

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Insight

“Corporations are not people…” says Klaus Bandisch (@friendsaround50) of Waikiki, Hawaii.

Global economic problems have revealed several underlying failures of modern society. Some represent recurring challenges ever bound to the human condition. Among them is the failure or lack of great leadership. It is an issue that cuts across borders, cultures, economies, industries and Hopes.

Here’s what we know: results and break-neck performance are king. And for good reason. We all love profit.

Here’s what we are starting to think about: Compassion and empathy are powerful management and leadership tools.

Business thinkers often fail, however, to emphasize that high emotional (or social) intelligence is when the heart can be applied to problem-solving with prudence and strategic practice. Alas, high emotional intelligence is not something you can easily grab off the shelf. Read the rest of this entry »