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Lead On

Next to the weather, leadership is probably the most talked about topic most of us do little about.

The weather may make us feel helpless (with deep complexity, chaos theory, and all that) but leadership certainly shouldn’t — even if it does put us in the realm of having to deal with wetware — the kind that breathes, talks back, and depends on all manner of psychological machinations just to meet deadlines and get the work out. My mission is to be a reliable source of leadership insights for your leadership development.

As a technology manager, you get results through people who have their own wills, needs, wants, priorities, hot buttons, likes, intolerances, and other human foibles. Kinda makes you long for Windows 95, eh?

You may have noticed: I’m new to these parts. But not to this part of the world. I’m a leadership coach who’s formally trained in that (at Georgetown University), informally trained in that (management posts in four time zones with Fortune 500s, start-ups, not-for-profits), and familiar with the technology landscape. Worked in a — get this — time-sharing mainframe environment, oversaw software development when the target machine was an IBM XT, owned a Kaypro II running CPM (also proudly ran around town flashing and organizing my life with an original Palm Pilot, an HP 100Lx, and a Psion)...

Leadership is more than a hobby for me. I’ve written several books on it. Hundreds of articles about it. Published upwards of a million words on it. And I’m working on a doctorate in behavioral science.

I tell you that because I want you to appreciate this: Much of what’s said and written about leadership is bunk. Bull. Horse feathers.

Remember that. Whenever you read anything about leadership. Including at least once a week when you’ll find some leadership thoughts from me here.

The higher you aim, the more it’s about leadership and the less about matters technical.One thing I’m going to do for you though: declare as often as I can where I’m coming from when I try to get into your head with some “truth” about leading others. If it’s my opinion (based on my 30+ years of experience and observation in the workplace), I’ll say so. If it’s the latest research in a social science journal (and I read a lot of ‘em), I’ll say so.

My mission is to be a reliable source of leadership insights for your leadership development. Leadership does matter. It matters to every organization, and it matters to your career. Think of it this way. There is no great organization run by a lousy leader. Not for long anyway. And if you want your management career to continue with an upward curve, you’ve got to continue refining your leadership skills. The higher you aim, the more it’s about leadership and the less about matters technical.

So we’re going to explore together. Maybe disagree together. And learn together. About leadership. A very important and vital topic that you can | must do more than just talk about.

— Don Blohowiak
Leadership Coach

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