Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument

Back in January, our company shifted to a matrix organization structure. The year before, we were set up in a traditional hierarchy with about twenty associates reporting to a supervisor who reported to a manager. Under the new structure, the supervisors formed cross functional teams and collectively started to manage a group of sixty direct … Continue reading Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument

My DISC Personality Results

Last week I took the popular DISC personality test and it turns out I’m a high D. D is for dominance. The other personality types are Influencing, Steadiness, and Compliance. Here’s a summary of my report: John perceives himself as being pioneering, competitive, positive, assertive, confident, and a winner. Under moderate pressure others may see … Continue reading My DISC Personality Results

How Leadership Differs From Management

What are the ways leadership differs from management? Are modern pressures for speed and competitiveness causing an over-managed yet under-led Corporate America? I’ve been reading about this lately, and here’s what I’m starting to understand. At the head of many countries around the world there are separate managers and leaders. Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev is … Continue reading How Leadership Differs From Management

Disrupting Complacency Without Being A Caveman

What is the right way to create urgency in the workplace? I started reading John Kotter's Leading Change this week, and he discusses creating a sense urgency as the first step in meaningful organizational change. I wholly agree with the need for urgency, but I can't decide if I agree on all of Kotters's prescribed … Continue reading Disrupting Complacency Without Being A Caveman