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How to be a more predictable leader in an uncertain world
By Randall P. White
Why predictable? I’ve studied, observed, and written much about ambiguity and uncertainty. In my book, Relax, It’s Only Uncertainty, I frame uncertainty as an opportunity for new ideas, bold action, and innovation. People who manage uncertainty with less anxiety and[...]read more
Always be learning – a snippet from Randy’s interview with Noi Ha Nguyen
“Always be closing” was the abusive boss’s admonition from David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Glengarry Glen Ross.” But to be strategic, agile, and competitive, why can’t we revise that to “always be LEARNING”? Here’s a short clip from my conversation[...]read more
The adult in the room has left the building as Sandberg leans out
As a leadership advocate, I think Lean In – the book, the buzzword, and the movement – has some merit. Yet, at the same time, its critics – women who challenge its premise as not being equitable to all women[...]read more
How do we develop leaders for the workplace when the workplace has disappeared?
We’ve officially moved our residence to Miami. As I look around the unpacked boxes, waiting for the decorator, I look out the windows on Biscayne Bay and the high-rise cranes around the Miami metroplex, I have two thoughts. First, I’m[...]read more
Ambiguity natives – are we thinking of the best ways to tap the new leadership potential?
They know all about ambiguity and uncertainty. My colleague Dr. Jeremy Ghez wrote, “Don’t bore them with talk about VUCA. They’ve lived in a VUCA world where change is constant and fast.” Gen Z’s entire world experience has been nothing[...]read more
Pop quiz: What do science, democracy and uncertainty all have in common?
Pop quiz: What do science, democracy and uncertainty all have in common?[...]read more
American Psychological Association apologizes for its role in systemic racism, pledges work to correct
The American Psychological Association made a historic apology for its contributions to systemic racism, October 29, 2021. The American Psychological Association failed in its role leading the discipline of psychology, was complicit in contributing to systemic inequities, and hurt many[...]read more
A toxic workplace in a pandemic is even harder on marginalized employees
A toxic workplace brings down collective productivity for everyone. It typically causes lower morale, increased anxiety, depression, withdrawal, and anger. It causes a real harm to health. Long term, the loss of productivity, lack of retention of good workers, increased[...]read more
Toxic workplace – what leaders can do about it
The term “toxic workplace” has been widely used lately and means different things to different people. What does a toxic work environment look like and more importantly, how does it feel? Overall, it’s an environment that doesn’t feel psychologically safe.[...]read more
The three most important characteristics of agile teams
Agile teams are comprised of people who are able to deal well with uncertainty. They run toward it, they don’t avoid it.
And, they do at least these three things very well:[...] read more