If I hear Another Leadership Message By John Maxwell or Ken Blanchard I’ll Aspirate

I’m going to speak frankly. There are times when if I read another article or listen to another speaker expert on leadership I want to aspirate. Everyone of them have nothing in common except they speak the same absurd notions generic to anybody and anything …. 100 years ago.

The are empty suits paraded by speakers bureaus and event planners on the chicken circuit lauded by those who cling to excuses to pacify their own fears for inaction. Just another reason to shimmy to the bar. “Damn if we really learn something we can implement to move the bottom line. Lets’ do it again next year.”

If all leaders did were to make sure everyone were happy little would get done. I once worked at Covey where the rage was the 7 Habits. I even worked for his editor. What offended me was that at the end of the day neither were what they subscribed to. Oh my friends say we are only human.

What crap. Da Vinci recoiled by that assertion. He believed man had the ability to be divine.

Maxwell speaks about generic terms of service that were lauded by simpletons over the centuries. Great sermons with little application in a world moving at the speed of thought.

Blanchard has made a living pawning diatribes the populace like and universities admire. Knowing behind their own doors they intimidate the weak in order to sustain as much competitive advantage as possible.

What prompted this missive was a quote on LinkedIn by some well known pseudo expert about what leadership is. No wonder people are confused.

In the real world after the conference material receives the old heave ho in the fireplace no one cares what was said. They return to the real world of confronting commoditization and hypercompetition not goal setting or journaling.

There isn’t any one type of leader. There are dishonest leader who accomplish the objective. There are honest leaders who are so pliable they couldn’t inspire mold to light up a slice of bread. There are charismatic leaders. Then there are leaders who turnaround organizations by removing the very people who built the company. Those leaders made a boatload of money. Do you know why? Because leadership is about results.

There are rude dictatorial leaders who motivate by expectancy and or fear.  You do your job better than yesterday or you are out.

Sure we know what happens to dictators. History has also taught us what occurs to the timid. The bottomline is by and large they are not shepherds or sheepherders.

They are executioners. People who get the heavy lifting done. That is what makes them leaders. You may disclaim Goldman Sachs for being aggressive but I assure you that is the place you want to manage your money.

Not someone tantamount to the leadership expert who messaged me on Twitter: “Jim, stop all the talk about competitive advantage. Cant ee all just get along?’

I guess. Why would America want an educational system higher than Slovakia?

Why would you want your brakes installed by a guy who wants to be better than the company down the street?

Why would you want to have your heart operated on at the innovative Cleveland Clinic when you can go to a place that doesn’t give a damn?

If we want to make sure we just tread water until everyone catches up why doesn’t Pepsi wake up on Monday morning and say, “I wonder what can we do to help our friends at Coke?”

Why do we have winners in the Super Bowl rather than playing to a die celebrating collaboration?

The one quality they have is impatience with inaction.

They dislike excuses.


A failure to act unless told to.

They want mini leaders not managers.

In the real world, innovation becomes a competitive advantage or you are toast. You exceed shareholder expectations or you are out of a job.

You hold a meeting where someones feet is held to the fire for results or you lose marketshare.

So trust ….. I’m all for it. But in the real world behind the ozmanian curtain they are platitudes that even the public adherents don”t subscribe to.  Jim

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Jim Woods is president of The Jim Woods Group. A management consulting firm. Go here to see his work www.jimwoodsgroup.com. He advises and speaks to organizations large and small on how to increase top line growth in times of uncertainty and complexity. Some of his speaking and consulting clients include: U.S. Army, MITRE Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Whirlpool, and 3M. See more at his website www.jimwoodsgroup.com.

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