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Leadership, Part 10: The Motivation to Lead

In the previous seven posts, I laid out a progression of leadership, with the understanding that the fundamental need for any leader is a group of people willing to follow. At one end, an individual through a crisis or through … Continue reading

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Leadership, Part 9: The Last of the 7 Cs: Coercion and Control

The quote is attributed to the English historian and writer, Lord Acton, in a letter he wrote in 1887: The tendency is for power to corrupt, and for absolute power to corrupt absolutely.  The final step in the progression occurs when a leader’s consuming … Continue reading

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Leadership, Part 8: The Sixth of the 7 Cs: Compensation

The sixth level in the progression, Compensation (or Consideration in Kind), involves the leader promising and delivering rewards to his supporters in exchange for their loyalty. This method of establishing followers is rampant across both the political spectrum and in … Continue reading

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Leadership, Part 7: The Fifth of the 7 Cs: Comparison

(Note: according to WordPress, this is the 100th post at mrprocedure.com. I guess my reward for reaching 100 posts is to begin work on the next 100. It was pure coincidence that my 100th post would occur during a presentation … Continue reading

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Culture Change Simplified, Part 4 of 4: Eat Less, Exercise More

In this final installment, we discuss how to change a culture without dynamiting the whole operation. If an analysis of your organization’s culture suggests dynamite is warranted, read no further. Fortunately, the vast majority of organizations can successfully change. Conceptually, … Continue reading

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Culture Change Simplified–Part 3 of 4: Re-orienting Organizational Direction

In Part 2, we made the unsettling observation that the culture of the organization will–for better or for worse–dictate its destiny. Many years ago I worked in an organization that was “sole source” provider of its particular products. As a … Continue reading

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Culture Change Simplified–Part 2 of 4: Culture as Easy as A-B-C-D

Imagine yourself as a CEO (no, don’t visualize the corporate office, corporate jet or large paycheck). You come into an organization on your white horse (or white Mercedes) and declare that “we need to change the culture. We will become … Continue reading

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