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American Presidential Quote: "Of all the imperfect forms of government"

Having a little trouble finding the source for this quote. Believe it was Reagan. who said "Of all the imperfect forms of government, our is the best man has so far come up with."
posted by Nicholas Geary on Apr 14, 2014 - 4 answers

 

Help Me Watch Some Movies

I have a college course that is requiring me to watch 4 movies and write a report on them. They need to specifically have leadership, teams, or managing change as the over-riding theme. [more inside]
posted by zero point zero on Apr 13, 2014 - 45 answers

I'm a leader! But no one knows it yet...

I'm getting a promotion, but it won't be confirmed until the spring. How do I begin to transition into my new role without overstepping boundaries? [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Jan 23, 2014 - 18 answers

Abraham Lincoln Quote?

I'm looking for a quote from Lincoln that essentially says, "If you want to see the leaders of the next generation, look to the children's schoolyard." Does anybody know that quote exactly and it's source?
posted by CollectiveMind on Dec 22, 2013 - 4 answers

What are some creative organizations with no centralized leadership?

I was remembering this year-old post on the Valve company handbook and wondering if the Hive Mind new of any other companies -- particularly companies with some sort of creative output, whether for-profit or non-profit -- that work without a hierarchical structure? Good and bad examples welcome. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Jul 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Books for 30-something researcher suddenly in a management job

Can you recommend a book for a newly-promoted researcher who isn't used to managing a team? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on May 20, 2013 - 9 answers

Better response rate: direct email questions or an online survey?

I would like to follow up with participants from two recent leadership workshops, to get an idea of how they have incorporated what they learned, or how they have moved up in their careers (librarianship, if it matters), etc. Would I get better results if I emailed each participant directly and asked for their input via email, in a narrative form, or ask them to complete an online survey? [more inside]
posted by crepeMyrtle on Apr 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Leadership is defined by results, not attributes.

I'm looking for books about reluctant leaders who went on to demonstrate outstanding leadership. Both current and historical figures accepted. [more inside]
posted by anderjen on Sep 10, 2012 - 18 answers

How to a influence and achieve organizational change?

How do you help guide others to recognize, accept, and work towards a unified vision resulting in orgazational change? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on May 28, 2012 - 6 answers

lead me with strong hands / stand up when I can't

Can you suggest some books about leadership? [more inside]
posted by teragram on Mar 12, 2012 - 11 answers

A Real Leader Faces the Music, Even When She Doesn't Like the Tune

I'm taking a graduate-level course called Leadership in Education. We are required to work in small groups of four throughout the semester to discuss the material and do group projects. I'm really excited about the class, but the other members of my group seem apathetic at best, which makes group discussion and collaboration quite difficult. Given that this is a leadership class, how should I handle this situation? [more inside]
posted by chara on Jan 31, 2012 - 12 answers

Trial by fire?

I panic at work when the stress is on. Can you help me handle the fire more gracefully? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Teach me how to behave like a leader

Teach me how to behave like a leader - and skip all of the theory. I want books and/or podcasts that teach leadership behaviour step-by-step. [more inside]
posted by damian_ on Dec 18, 2011 - 21 answers

Lead me

Looking for group exercises aimed at professionals that can demonstrate how leadership works, or games the group can play where they have to organize themselves and perhaps undertake an activity or complete a task. Basically any ideas that are fun, gets the group laughing and thinking- and they leave believing I'm awesome.
posted by the noob on Nov 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me sort out a career in Org Consulting, Org Leadership, or Org Change.

I want to get my doctorate (PhD or EdD) in something like organizational leadership/organizational development/human and organizational learning. I also want to move into the career of organizational assessment and change (being a consultant maybe?) with a distinct interest in higher ed. Can you give me advice, help me think of pitfalls, and generally guide me in decision making? [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted on Nov 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Nice Guys Finish First?

Steve Jobs was legendary for being a badass in the name of seeking excellence from those who worked for him and to make Apple a success. Many other business leaders seem to have similar personalities. But who are the opposite? What business leaders have a reputation for being unfailingly nice? [more inside]
posted by The Deej on Oct 31, 2011 - 21 answers

how to encourage the boss

Yesterday I was called into what turned out to be a humiliating tag-team meeting where my supervisor and the department director took turns berating me for my job performance over the past year. Short on specifics and long on phrases like "you don't display ownership of your projects," and "you're always late," etc. All this is odd because just a couple months ago I got an un-scheduled mid-year raise and 'ata-boy from the director. Yes, one of the same who was pounding on me yesterday. [more inside]
posted by markhu on Oct 5, 2011 - 22 answers

Questions to ask of a CEO.

I've been selected to participate in a 'Leadership Pipeline' at the very big corporation I work for. I'll have a chance to participate in a one on one discussion with the CEO, COO etc. What questions should I ask of them in order to appear engaged and stand out while not seeming disingenuous or cloying? [more inside]
posted by BrodieShadeTree on Sep 27, 2011 - 19 answers

Why is human judgement so bad at picking good political leaders?

Why is human judgement so poor at picking good political leaders? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Aug 30, 2011 - 44 answers

Who are the inspiring leaders who aten't ded?

I'm out of the loop. The first I heard about Jack Layton and Paul Wellstone and John Smith was when they died. Help a working mama out: who are the inspiring leaders who aren't dead yet? Obviously I skew Anglophone in my language constraints and bleeding-heart liberal in my politics, but I'm interested in hearing about anyone anywhere who seems compassionate and competent... so far.
posted by rdc on Aug 26, 2011 - 24 answers

How to learn zookeeping skills

I am most likely going to be made the chair of an extremely dysfunctional academic department in a few years. How can I best prepare for this position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 - 17 answers

Nonfiction book on management and leadership, targeted towards women in a technical, men-dominated field?

Can anyone recommend a nonfiction book on management and leadership, targeted towards women in a technical, men-dominated field? [more inside]
posted by stefnet on Mar 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Leadership books outside the self-help genre?

Are there any books about leadership that don't fall into the self-help genre? [more inside]
posted by circular on Oct 16, 2010 - 17 answers

Themes are hard. Lets drink tea.

Need ideas for a asb/leadership team year "theme" please! [more inside]
posted by toni_jean on Jul 30, 2010 - 6 answers

How do you lead a bad team?

You're thrust into a leadership position. Of a bad team. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by NoRelationToLea on May 24, 2010 - 20 answers

Books and films about leadership.

Suggestions for narrative books and films that study the dynamics of leadership. Was tipped off to "Ender's Game." Leadership is a frequent subject of "Lost." What else should I check out? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on May 19, 2010 - 37 answers

Corporate Cultural

Tell me about cultural differences in your workplace. How do German, English, Chinese, Nigerian, or Tazmanian workers differ when attacking a problem, reporting status, dealing with subordinates or drinking on the job? Use this infographic as inspiration. Are certain cultures more effective than others on a shop floor versus a trading floor? I understand this question flirts with stereotypes and baked-in cultural bias. I get it, but that is what makes organizational dynamics so......dynamic. Pointing to a study that says Latin American's have a higher power distance than Germans is a great answer. Saying that the French aren't productive because they take all of August off is probably not as good. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on Apr 29, 2010 - 11 answers

Please recommend some books about incompetent military leaders.

Please recommend some books that deal with incompetent military commanders and, ideally, the competent ones who replaced them. [more inside]
posted by circular on Apr 18, 2010 - 18 answers

Natural leadership

I've noticed that some people have what I'm going to call "natural leadership"--that is, even if they're put into a situation where everyone is formally equal, they're the ones everyone looks to. I've been in countless such situations, and there's almost always been one person who was the one everyone else said to check with. I want to be that guy. What do I need to do to be that guy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2010 - 72 answers

Seeking flood image

Help me, hive mind. I vaguely recall an image (in Time Magazine, perhaps) of a man wading in waist-deep water holding a sign that said "Leadership please." I think it was from the Hurricane Katrina disaster but I'm not entirely sure. Have looked and looked online to no avail. Can anyone help?
posted by chavenet on Jan 15, 2010 - 3 answers

How to be a good "new boss"

I am your new boss. How can I get our relationship off to a good start? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 - 33 answers

Conferences with less synergy?

Please recommend conferences dealing with leadership, management, and the like that aren't buzzword-tastic snoozefests. If they exist. [more inside]
posted by hijinx on Nov 5, 2009 - 3 answers

How can I be a better leader when there's adversity?

How do you carry out, and encourage, instructions that you really, really disagree with? [more inside]
posted by Melismata on Nov 3, 2009 - 15 answers

Looking for Decisonmaking Style Selection tool

I am looking for a leadership tool I used to use back in the late nineties, but can't find anymore. It was a flowchart intended to help a person determine which decisionmaking style to use in a particular set of circumstances. Essentially it takes the D1-D5 framework (where D1 is highly directive and D5 is highly collaborative), and sets up a flowchart process that helps the person determine which to use. So for example it would ask “Will other people be affected by the decision” (yes argues for collaboration) and “Will other people's acceptance of the decision be required for implementation” (yes argues for collaboration). [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Oct 22, 2009 - 1 answer

Veni Vidi Vicious

How do I become an effective leader? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Oct 20, 2009 - 16 answers

Should I remove my name from a project since I disagree with part of their approach?

This is a question about politicized business relationships and whether I should remain connected with a company that's doing things differently from industry "best practices" as I understand them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2009 - 3 answers

Leadership in Film and on TV

Examples of leadership on film (or tv). [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Sep 27, 2009 - 22 answers

Leadership/Communication Books

Can you recommend a good book about leadership and/or communication skills? [more inside]
posted by MorningPerson on Sep 23, 2009 - 9 answers

How do I start a poetry group at work?

How do I start a poetry circle at my company? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Aug 18, 2009 - 7 answers

Pointers on the practice of poise

How do I become more calm, or at least appear to be more calm? [more inside]
posted by thisjax on Jul 29, 2009 - 20 answers

A leader is a dealer in hope.

I need your all-time best snippets / excerpts / misc. bits-of-wisdom regarding leadership and management (of people, specifically). [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Apr 29, 2009 - 17 answers

How did you end up in a IT Leadership role?

What steps did you take to prepare for and ultimately land your IT leadership position? [more inside]
posted by Silvertree on Feb 2, 2009 - 7 answers

"Camp Obama" Training Session Manual?

Does anyone know where to get a PDF or Word document of the "Camp Obama" 2-day training session manual?
posted by mwachs on Dec 29, 2008 - 0 answers

Releasing alpha-dog on demand?

How can I tap into my alpha male tendencies? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2008 - 22 answers

Need interesting speeches given by leaders

Any suggestions on famous "leadership" speeches ala Patton's Speech or similar? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Sep 16, 2008 - 14 answers

Help me plan a sabbatical

I think after 20 years in my post it is almost time for a sabbatical leave. Should my board approve this idea, please help me to think about some fun and educational plans for a year-long sabbatical adventure. I am in the non-profit health sector, an MD executive with a primary focus in community health. I am especially interested in developing my insights and leadership towards the broad determinants of health from practical community based approachs. I think travel out of the US would be of interest to both my family and me.
posted by dougiedd on Jul 5, 2008 - 11 answers

Do employers value leadership schemes for students?

How would something along the lines of Monash University's Ancora Imparo Leadership programme (general) or its Leadership in a Technological Environment programme (engineering-specific) be viewed by prospective employers? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ on Jun 2, 2008 - 2 answers

Looking for a book on leadership during times of great change

I'm looking for a fairly recent book about leadership during times of major change written by a female author. [more inside]
posted by salvia on Feb 15, 2008 - 4 answers

How do I fire someone without demoralizing the rest of my team?

How do I fire someone without demoralizing the rest of my team? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2007 - 38 answers

Social Entreprenuership in Print

What are some good books and magazines related to social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, and the Fourth Sector? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 9, 2007 - 4 answers

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