Insights on Management and Leadership

Decision Making vs Implementation

Many mistakes happen because people don't distinguish between the two different requirements. Here's an example. People might tell you, "It is a good decision” but they drag their feet to implement it. The decision will be at best, partially implemented or altered or not be implemented at all, or worse, implemented maliciously: they will sabotage the implementation. Where is the mistake? What is happening?

Turning Crisis into Opportunity: The Leadership Challenge

The question of how to manage in a time of crisis, and specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic, requires an analysis of the roots of the crisis. With the Big Bang time and space started and the universe became one big web of sub-systems that have to collaborate horizontally and vertically for the total system to operate.

What is a fact?

Yesterday during dinner two of my sons had a debate. One was saying that his friend had the coronavirus disease because he had all the signs, the symptoms of the disease. The other son disagreed. He said "You cannot say that he has the corona disease until he gets tested. ...

Intelligence vs Wisdom

Intelligence is the capability to handle information and derive conclusions based on the information that you analyzed and deliberated. The better are your analytical capabilities to find patterns , and understand the patterns, the more intelligent you are; you can derive conc...

Introduction to the new edition of Mastering Change

We are all living in a major global health crisis: Covid 19 . The pandemic crisis is not new . Before Covid 19 there was SARS, and before that MED . and before that the EBOLA scare. And before that THE SPANISH FLU, and before that THE MEDIEVAL CHOLERA. But there IS something n...

How to Finalize a Decision

There are three managerial styles that discuss a subject over and over and just cannot close the debate and bite the bullet. They cannot complete the final step in making a decision, that is, taking the decision. Type (A) type (I) and type (E).Type (A), the bureaucratic style,...

What is a Mistake?

‍Audio blog transcribed & How do you handle a situation in which someone is so scared of making a mistake in the decision they need to make that they panic? If most of their energy is focused on the panic, then very little is left to deal with the problem that is worrying them...

Is it a Disagreement, a Discussion, or an Argument?

In some languages, the word “disagreement” and the word “confrontation” are the same. For example, in Spanish, a discussion is una pelea, a fight.How can we have a civilized, constructive exchange from which all parties learn and thus reach a better decision? It depends on the...

The Ingredients of Respect

Analyze the following statement I received in an email (author unknown):"I was raised to show respect. I was taught to knock before I open a door. Say hello when I enter a room. Say please and thank you, and to have respect for my elders. I would let another person have my sea...

Why Bad Ideas Are Good Ideas

People often get upset when offered a poor solution to a problem. Some even become aggressive, critical. But notice, when someone proposes a bad idea, someone else will reject it and offer a better one instead. The bad idea stimulated a good one. The reaction to a bad idea can...