Monday, June 13, 2011

Are Your Leaders Everything They Could Be?

The RSA and the LSE deliver up wisdom on leadership at the corporate level...

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The London School of Economics and The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce turn out so much content choosing what to listen to is a little like trying to take only on sip from a garden hose.

This weekend I was pleased to choose two lectures   On Monday 9 May 2011 Tim Macartney spoke on Next-generation Leadership and Management as part of the LSE Sustainability in Practice lectures.

Not to be outdone, RSA chief executive Matthew Taylor's annual lecture to the Society was titled Enlightened Enterprise was presented on the 9th of June 2011.

There are those who say "these things come in threes."  I try not to be superstitious, but I am looking for a third talk along these lines from from Gresham College so that I can make it a triple play.

Or maybe I'll find it on TED...

...or at POP! Tech

You know, there are lot's of very smart people out there sharing their ideas, more than ever before.  All you have to do is point and click.

Dead, Undead

Deaths, real and imagined, in the news...

Avoid the roadblock or stop at the roadblock, but do not fight at the roadblock.

First, the good news.  Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, the Al-Qaeda chief in east Africa and killer of hundreds in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, was himself shot dead by Somali Transitional Federal Government soldiers when he and another man attempted to evade a roadblock in Mogadishu last week.  Seems his driver made a wrong turn while driving a car full of supplies to an Al Shabaab safe house.  A Somali-American friend of mine laments "Of course he has already been replaced."

Unscene of an uncrime uninvolving dozens of the undead being investigated by unneeded cops

Now, the other good news.  On the 7th of June, 2011, "25 to 30 dismembered bodies, including those of children," were not found buried on a rural homestead in Liberty County, Texas.  Crediting their investigation to a lead provided by an unnamed female psychic, someone at the sheriff's office tweeted significantly erroneous information which was picked up and flashed around the world by local news outlets.  Oops.  Turns out there were no bodies, just some blood from a weeks old suicide attempt, the odor of meat rotting in a broken freezer, and a mess of cops standing around looking for something to do.  Still, I'd rather the media (especially those who use unverified tweets as headlines) have egg on its face instead of the Texas Rangers having a mass grave on their hands.  Psychic...hoax...revenge...prank; is there a difference?