Archive for October, 2011
Posted on31. Oct, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
When you take a leadership role you don’t take an oath promising to lead selflessly and act with the good of the whole in mind. No. In reality, taking a leadership role is largely a non-event. Perhaps a few congratulatory handshakes and emails might mark the occasion. But the occasion of taking a leadership role [...]
Posted on30. Oct, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
What story do you want your leadership to tell? What story is told through your actions? Does your story illustrate what you believe or want? Leadership is an honor we all have the opportunity to show. My good friend Susan Mazza says leadership is a verb. It’s when we are in action that we show [...]
Posted on28. Oct, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
I turn 40 next month. The momentous birthday has me deeply reflective, really nothing new for me. My reflective nature is certainly evident in my posts lately. I’ve spent several months attempting to inspire you to look deeper into how you lead people. More specifically, I’ve spent considerable time exploring how you can evoke meaning, [...]
Posted on26. Oct, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
“I become steadily more persuaded that perhaps the greatest disparity between reality and managerial perceptions is an underestimation of the potentialities of human beings for contribution to organizational effectiveness.” Douglas McGregor When it comes to work, some of you would be hard pressed to think of it as a community. And probably for good reason. [...]
Posted on24. Oct, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
In an age dominated by media spreading scandal and greed, anger and frustration, it seems as if we’ve lost sight of what’s important. You cannot, however, let the dominating news stories mar your contributions as a leader. It’s easy to be seduced to believe unleashing the passions of others to do great work is a [...]
Posted on22. Oct, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
Are you occupying space in this life or are you defining the space? I don’t ask you this question to be confrontational. I ask it to bring to your attention the serious need we have for more leaders in all industries at any level who are willing to make this world better for everyone. Make [...]
Posted on21. Oct, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
If you were to assess the leadership in your company, would you say it’s lacking, abundant, or somewhere in between? The impression I get from talking with employees is that it’s lacking or mediocre. That’s not surprising given the tremendous amount of strain most company’s are under. Stress rolls down from the top to managers [...]