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Strengths are still overrated and overplayed
In the 13 years since author Marcus Buckingham popularized the strengths movement in leadership development, we’ve seen varying degrees of acceptance among our clients and colleagues. Late last year Forbes contributor Ekaterina Walter offered up the “Four Essentials of Strength-Based[...]read more
Leadership, ambiguity, diversity—Randy White interview in “Research News”
Randy was interviewed while in Brisbane by Research News, the publication of the Australian Market and Social Research Society. Glass ceiling author still waiting for more diversity among leaders During his visit to Australia this year, Dr Randall White argued[...]read more
Learning from learners around the world
As American leadership consultants working on six continents we see an opportunity to be simultaneously proud and humbled as we observe trends in emerging markets. The source of pride comes partly from having contributed in the authoring of the modern[...]read more
The Globe and Mail cites Leadership Excellence article by Randy White
We’re happy to see that Toronto’s daily newspaper picked up an excerpt from Randy White’s article in Leadership Excellence for its “Monday Manager” column. He (Randy White) contends that proponents of the so-called “strengths movement” seem to be passing out[...]read more
“Training Magazine Network” podcast on “the perils of playing to your strengths”
Randy White offers this audio clip on the drawbacks of strengths-based leadership in this podcast session for Training Magazine. Training Magazine Network provides a lively social networking environment for learning executives. You may need to log in to hear the[...]read more
Today’s leaders must thrive on uncertainty
Randy White writes on uncertainty in American Executive magazine… Uncertainty is an increasing reality for today’s executives. Those who can thrive as they charge toward the unknown share a predictable mix of savvy, attitude, and behavior. In this era of[...]read more
Cambria’s new Coach-O-Matic?
There are some things your best friend should tell you, so we’ll politely challenge a news release from Cambria Consulting, a firm we’ve admired for years. We wished they had asked for some outside feedback before launching their latest instrument.[...]read more
March 4, 2009, 15 leadership experts challenge the strength-based leadership movement
The following authors have contributed to the book The Perils of Accentuating the Positive, available TODAY… Michael J. Benson, PhD, manager leadership assessment, Johnson & Johnson Steven Berglas, PhD, UCLA Anderson School of Management. Anand Chandrasekar, research associate with the[...]read more
Leadership indicators amidst ambiguity.
We’re crossing the globe—in the last 30 days, India, England, South Africa, France…Upstate New York, Ohio and Texas—and can attest, there is a world-wide glut of talent. One client tells us there has never had so much good talent to[...]read more
It’s time executive education spoke up: We can’t afford another decade of strengths-based leadership.
Focusing solely on strengths is inherently elitist, expensive and wasteful. Research informs us that all organizations, strong or weak, have big gaps in talent. Everyone needs to be well-rounded and capable of working well with other people. When individuals are[...]read more