Hubris versus Humility and the Search for Adaptive Leadership

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The most extreme case of hubris in recent memory involved the leaders of Enron. As an Amazon review says, “They make a mockery of conventional accounting practices and grow increasingly arrogant and blind to their collective hubris.” (The Smartest Guys in the Room, Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind). Hubris, from the Greek, defines a sense […]

    Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

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    A couple of years ago I was talking to the CEO of a medium-sized company. “We started the year with 10 strategic initiatives,” he said. “It’s now May and we’ve scrapped 4 of them and added 3 new ones. We are committed to being agile and flexible in our approach to business, but at this […]

      Time after Time (after Time after Time)

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      “Time after Time” goes the song by Cyndi Lauper. Time deadlines have been a pervasive theme in software development projects, and in fact, for all projects. But what time are we really talking about? What defines late? Is time the most important control measure? This post explores four distinctly different “time” perspectives:  planned versus actual, […]

        Adaptive Leadership eBook Just Published!

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        My new eBook, Adaptive Leadership: Accelerating Enterprise Agility is out! We are at a tipping point. Technology—cloud, big data, mobility, social media—tops CEO’s list of concerns per a recent IBM study. “There has been no other point in history when so many aspects of disruptive change have collided and conspired to wreak havoc,” writes retail […]

          Why Even Good Managers Cause Projects to Fail

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          In December 1999 I published my first “agile” book, Adaptive Software Development (wow, nearly 15 years ago now). Recently, Dorset House Publishing and Addison-Wesley brought out an electronic edition of this book. To promote this edition we selected a chapter that can be read in full–for free. This chapter, Why Even Good Managers Cause Projects to […]