When cataloging leaders who live in my head, who accompany my thoughts, who taught me lessons as a child and guide my actions today, I realize there is something missing. (Click through to read more)


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George Steinbrenner, the late owner of the New York Yankees, was a deeply-flawed leader who achieved incredible results. Like his team, he is loved and hated. Both for good reasons. In this blog post I discuss his astronomical success in transforming the Yankees from a $10 million team into a billion-dollar global enterprise, as well as his countless charitable acts. But I also share stories that illuminate his dark side, like the time he fired his secretary for not bringing his tuna fish sandwich fast enough, and the time he hired a small-time gambler to dig up dirt on his star player Dave Winfield.


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As I have said before, stories are an important leadership tool. In the world of management and leadership education, several stories are consistently used for teaching purposes. These stories help learners remember important points and, at times, seem like fables. Often the finer points are left out and the takeaways appear to be more moralistic than scientific. One story that is told over and again is that of the experiments at the Western Electric Company. While the moral that is usually taught through this fable is important, the conclusions that often fall by the wayside are even more interesting. (Click through to read more) Read more >
Stories are incredibly powerful. This is why there are storytelling traditions in every culture. Stories that contain a moral, even (perhaps especially) those we hear as children, stick with us and resurface at appropriate moments (e.g., The Boy Who Cried Wolf). Leaders who know how to use story to communicate values, messages, and strategic visions are better equipped to influence and inspire. What stories do you tell? (Click through to read more.) Read more >