Leadership and human resource development, performance improvement and productivity growth through focus on self-directed learning, strategic thinking and leader effectiveness in business, education and nonprofit organizations.
Recommendations for Reading
Kotter, J. P. (1996). Leading change.
Phillips, D. T. (1999). Martin Luther King on leadership
Collins, J. (2001). Good to great
Gladwell, M. (2000). The tipping point
Wheatley, M. J. (1992). Leadership and the new science
Pink, Daniel H. (2005). A whole new mind
Gladwell, M. (2005). Blink: The power to think without thinking.
A self-directed learner is persistent, self-disciplined and self confident, takes responsibility, organizes, plans and sets an appropriate pace, and tends to be goal oriented. From: Guglielmino, L. M. (1977). Development of the self-directed learning readiness scale. (Doctoral dissertation, University of Georgia, 1977). Dissertation Abstracts International, 38, 6467A.
Leaders who are successful in creating effective adaptations have acquired the ability to mentally consider and understand a labyrinth of challenges and potential solutions and make non-linear assessments by linking disparate factors and information.
Strategic thinking requires holistic thinking, reframing of situations and perspectives, and developing mental frameworks and theories to apply to solve complex problems
Turbulence in the internal and external environments demands rapid responses from leaders and organizations. The counterbalance of adapting quickly but also effectively elevates the level of leadership skills, preparation and organization necessary for achievement.
The correlation of strategic thinking with leader effectiveness is stronger in individuals from minority groups than those from the majority group. (Zsiga, 2007)