Damian Gerke, providing leadership resources and leadership results.

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Lead Like a Trainer

Lead Like a Trainer

Leadership involves more than just telling people what to do. Here are some best practices from the world of adult training design that will help you be a better leader.

Take a Leadership Cue From Nature: Saturation

Take a Leadership Cue From Nature: Saturation

When rainfall is high for extended periods of time, the soil eventually cannot absorb anything more. After this, everything that depends on the soil for stability and nutrition starts to rot. So what do you think happens to your leadership if you’re saturated?

Take a Leadership Cue From Nature: Earthquakes

Take a Leadership Cue From Nature: Earthquakes

Earthquakes are one of the most destructive forces on the planet. Most of us know what earthquakes are, but are probably less conscious of the pressure buildup that causes them. It’s never good to let unnecessary pressure build up on the most important things in your life.

Take a Leadership Cue From Nature: Static

Take a Leadership Cue From Nature: Static

Static comes from friction. It invisibly builds up then discharges in an instant, usually on whatever object is closest to you. It’s a nuisance, it’s frustrating and in some cases dangerous.

Take a Leadership Cue From Nature: Entropy

Take a Leadership Cue From Nature: Entropy

Entropy, part of the second law of thermodynamics, is the concept that energy in a system will always move from order to disorder unless additional energy is applied. Meaning: Chaos reigns, unless we intentionally dethrone it.

Take a Leadership Cue From Nature: Fatigue Failure

Take a Leadership Cue From Nature: Fatigue Failure

Metal structures that experience many on-off cycles of forces will become brittle—even when those forces are well below what the structure can normally handle. Once the metal becomes brittle, the application of even a slight force causes it to fail. The results are usually catastrophic.

Take a Leadership Cue From Nature: Series Intro

Take a Leadership Cue From Nature: Series Intro

For the next eight weeks I’ll be doing a blog series called Take a Leadership Cue From Nature, using eight naturally occurring phenomena from the world around to illustrate how—if we’re not careful—we can let circumstances undermine our effectiveness. Maybe that thing we’re sensing may not be so strange after all…

Turn Your Leadership Upside-Down

Turn Your Leadership Upside-Down

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs illustrates how we tend to meet our own basic needs first. While this may be generally true, it also illustrates an opportunity for leaders to be more effective—by turning the hierarchy upside down.

Always Forward

Always Forward

Many parts of the human experience compel us to move backward. Fear, guilt, grudges, regret, lack of reconciliation with others (or ourselves) … there are so many reasons to look for ways to circle the wagons or retreat altogether.

Passionate vs. Emotional Leadership

Passionate vs. Emotional Leadership

Passion in leadership usually instills urgency, value and meaning into a team’s work effort. But it’s easy to equate passion and its distant cousin, emotion, to disastrous effect.

Movie Snapshot: Burnt

Movie Snapshot: Burnt

I’m a sucker for movies with a personal transformation story—especially in a leadership context. Not long ago I saw one that fits the bill: Burnt, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller.

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