Collaborative Leadership Blog

The TAO of Collaborative Leadership

At one company, the turnover rate is 53%. This is an extraordinary cost for any business, with the actual cost being at least 4 times the salary of each individual leaving, with a multiplier effect when the number of people leaving is above 20%. We live in a different work world—the workforce is younger, the medium is digital, expectations are …

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Leading With Humility

One of the critical traits of a leader is humility—the ability to make oneself vulnerable to others, to not have an inflated sense of one’s own importance, and able to share of themselves from a place of understanding and empathy. They are not interested in bombast, public relations, or the trappings of the C-suite. They don’t have their own parking …

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Executive Transition Planning

The executive workforce is aging out, with tens of thousands of baby boomers retiring from corporations over the next 5-10 years. Many, if not most of those executives will not have a transition plan as they depart, and will face a range of reactions and impacts, from uncertainty and loss to health, family/marriage, and other challenges as they try to redefine themselves. …

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Bridging the Authenticity Gap

“I never give a 5”, said the senior executive when evaluating one of his people on a 5 point scale. “No one is perfect.” All our lives, in school, athletics, or socially, we are poked, prodded, and pushed to be perfect by evaluation systems that merely show us we are not 5’s, “not good enough”. We are less than perfect, …

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Dancing With Change

Robots and androids. Artificial intelligence. Self-driving cars. Technological transformations every 18 months. Futurist Ray Kurweil tells us that the 21st Century will not experience 100 years of progress, but rather 20,000 years. All this and more is our future, the impacts of which are constant, disruptive, and even chaotic change. We’re not talking about mere ups and downs in the …

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The Silo Effect…and a Choice

In this IT company, business is conducted in silos based on functions and hierarchy. There is a high degree of competence in each silo, but when working across them, there are big gaps. People tend to “throw things over the wall”, hoping someone on the other side will pick them up. Usually they do, but not always. People in silos …

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Is Trust in Decline?

Distrust is the new normal. There has been a dramatic decline over at least the past 15 years in almost every sector of our society—distrust of the police, government, financial institutions, ethnic groups, and even each other. “Distrust” is the headline every night on the news. In the business world, distrust is a daily affair as well, with fear being …

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