Wrestle to grow

Ripe Fruit The story goes that one of Plato’s students invited him to come teach Dionysios, king of Syracuse. Dionysios was a decadent king, and the student hoped Plato could help the king learn to love wisdom, develop self-discipline and rightly lead his people. Instead, the king exiled Plato’s student, then kept Plato under an informal house arrest. He couldn’t, …

Podcast 52: Plato’s 8 Universal Leadership Qualities (Part 3: VERY Good-Looking)

Subscribe and listen on Spotify or Apple … or watch below. (We’ve been producing podcasts for a year! How did that happen?) In Plato’s Republic, Socrates defines eight characteristics a leader must have. How do you feel about the fact that the third item is “very good-looking?” What does that mean in the modern world? … Are you good-looking? Two …

Your coworker, the flat-earther

There is an important point about employee engagement below. But first, a quote. Do any of the following coworkers sound like people you have known? If you can get past the old-fashioned (and hilarious) writing style, this list of bank employees will give you a smile: The place was full of quaint characters. There was West, who had been requested …

Automotive disruption is (finally) here?

Another for my automotive friends: The data and historical examples are sobering in colleague Dr. Dan Edgar’s predictions of disruption for automotive retail. For example, BEVs have a life cycle of 500,000 to 1 million miles. Hmm. Great organizations test their own assumptions. What here challenges your team’s current thinking? What do you want to do with it?

Horn Sections Make Rock Better: Deep Dark Truthful Mirror

I’ve been thinking about mirrors lately. I, and many of my clients, have been taking a look in the mirror. It’s a healthy–and painful–thing to do. I’ve also been reading Peter Senge‘s “The Fifth Discipline,” a classic text my father often referenced in his work, from my teens to the present. Senge argues that the truly effective organization is the …

Hanging out at airports with Gen Z

I’m not quite sure what to make of this Vice article about “Airport Culture.” The short version: Generation Z in London have been taking the bus to the airport and using it as a hangout. It’s cheap. It’s safe. And you can people-watch or even connect with strangers–many of whom are in the middle of major life events. It is …