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Leadership Shelf Life

by Carl Robinson on

  The notion that leaders predictably decay like loaves of bread on a store shelf seems harsh, to say the least, but that’s exactly the suggestion made by one executive we work with. It is his view that there is …

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Leadership Post-Recession

by Carl Robinson on

We recently moderated a conference for 80 executives, each somewhat battered and bruised by the economic downturn, but still, on their feet and mostly feeling more optimistic about the future. We asked them to reflect on the lessons they had …

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The Irrational Organization

by Carl Robinson on

We’ve long made the case that organizations are inherently irrational places. There is a fundamental unpredictability of behavior that occurs whenever two or more people are asked to complete work together. Varying personalities, motivations, and experiences clash in surprising ways, …

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Getting Succession Planning Right

by Carl Robinson on

This is the second part in our two-parter on succession planning. If you missed the first part last week, see below. With all the possible de-railers when it comes to a successful succession plan, how can leaders most effectively navigate …

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Succession Planning Complications

by Carl Robinson on

This is the first part in a two-part series. Check back next week for how to overcome the unique obstacles to developing a succession plan. It’s easy to argue for the necessity of a succession plan. On the very surface, …

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Compensating For Top Leader Shortcomings

by Carl Robinson on

Can one person singlehandedly provide the leadership an organization requires? Experience tells us no. Successful organizations do not rest on the leadership of a single individual; rather, they are filled with adept leaders who work together to achieve goals. But …

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