Tag Archives: charismatic leaders
Posted on12. May, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
How much weight can we shoulder from the unspoken words, actions not taken before we realize that we’re boxed in? That our ability to lead, inspire, connect with our employees is inaudible and barely recognizable as such? That we wonder when we’re alone “what if I gave everything?” The tug of such nagging thoughts does [...]
Posted on10. May, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Where in the world am I going?” At one point it seemed merely a philosophical question about life that never needed an answer. Not answering the question wasn’t the first mistake; it’s not taking the question seriously and declaring the answer. Over the past four months the question has [...]
Posted on16. Mar, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
Image by ceybear In business we play to win. We strategize. We execute. We monitor and adjust our progress, believing that we’ll win against our competition. And when we come in second the sting cuts deep. Those cuts, if not dealt with, can sting longer than necessary. There is a moment that reveals itself for [...]
Posted on01. Mar, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
At the heart of conflict are two “needs.” If not acknowledged and dealt with they will slowly destroy a leader’s ability to build and keep relationships: the need to be heard and the need to be right. Need to be heard When people collide over differences, the knowing leader knows the importance of letting others [...]
Posted on07. Feb, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
Recently I wrote about the blinding impact of a leader’s obsession to achieve goals. Such obsession can easily turn into a myopic perspective yielding management edicts that distract and deflate employees. There is no room for leadership when obsession dominates. The persistent, unreasonable preoccupation of an idea will drive a manager to place higher importance [...]
Posted on05. Sep, 2010 by Shawn Murphy.
It’s a popular belief in leadership circles that a good leader creates an environment for his or her people to do their best work. The logical next thought to this belief is that the leader steps aside: steps aside to allow employees to apply their own knowledge, skills, and abilities to a project, situation, problem, [...]