Tag Archives: Shawn Murphy
Posted on02. Jan, 2012 by Shawn Murphy.
An overused cliche says there is strength in numbers. And in this digital age where tribes, communities spring up reveling in a shared purpose, it’s not hard to find strength in numbers. Over the past 1.5 years, Ted and I have found that we have a shared purpose: help managers and provide insights into a [...]
Posted on06. Dec, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
Our world needs leaders who are willing to unabashedly draw a line in the sand proclaiming what they believe. But it’s not any line in the sand. It’s a line in the sand that says our humanity is key to achieving monetary success and personal satisfaction. The satisfaction is achieved by knowing the effort applied [...]
Posted on17. Feb, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
Lately the topic of confidence has surfaced in a variety of my conversations. Confidence is an intangible. It’s not something easily obtained or explained how you got it when you have it. I like Webster’s definition: A feeling or consciousness of one’s powers or of reliance on one’s circumstances. To be conscious of confidence you [...]
Posted on15. Feb, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
Values are tricky. We have personal values that may not be articulated, but drive who we are, what we do, and how we respond to others. We take our values into any situation where they act as a barometer for what we consider to be right or wrong. It gets a little tricky when we [...]
Posted on08. Feb, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
I ran across a question in my local paper on Sunday that answered the question, “What do CEO’s actually do?” The answer reflected what any leadership book for an MBA program would say: strategy, promote the organization in media, interact with the community and so on. Rather banal answer. So, E.M. of Sioux City, Iowa, [...]
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 on02. Feb, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
I’m not a big fan of Dilbert. Sure it’s witty. But I think its snarky storyline does nothing but reinforce the disillusionment of employees. I’ll stop here the commentary for risk of making a big deal out of nothing. Despite my dislike for the cartoon, one zinger of a storyline resonates with me. I don’t [...]