Leadership: Pragmatic & Proactive

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Leaders, Paradigms, Deck-Chairs, & Thomas Kuhn

Getting stuck, not being able to think out of the box, being politically blocked, playing it too safe, and getting trapped by groupthink are common ordeals for those that would like to lead change.
These obstacles don’t simply dominate the spheres of politics and business, but they appear in all aspects of our social life. From science to art we’re trapped doing incremental exercises, making mild adjustments, and rarely taking a step beyond the bow. We …

Uncertainty and (Maybe) A Paradigm Shift

Paradigm shifts aren’t easy. As Thomas Kuhn pointed out, it may take a crisis to bring on a change. Academic ideas can be stuck in inertia in the same way organizations can be. The movement beyond inertia implies leadership, the capacity to take risks, and the ability to look at something differently.
Sometimes this may mean looking at something that’s been staring you in the face and suddenly saying to yourself, “I never realized what it …

The Quest for the Foundations of Mathematics Or How to Push New Ideas

Recently, I read a new comic book entitled, Logicomix by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou, that shines light on the world of philosophy, mathematics, and….organizational leadership. Logicomix is first and foremost a story about the search for the foundations of mathematics. While the book takes a studied look at many mathematicians and logicians it focuses on the life of Bertrand Russell. The drama of the story stems from the seemingly inevitable madness of 20th century …

Talking Past Each Other: Paradigms & Interests

This past week I was invited to speak at the  National Women’s Leadership Summit sponsored by the Louisiana Center for Women and Government.
The conference focused on the issue of energy. Earlier in the week I attended a conference sponsored by the ILR school called, Jobs. Justice. Climate.
After both events it was immediately obvious that it was a challenge to speak across interests, but it was a greater challenge to speak across paradigms.
In The Structure of …