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Ensemble Leadership – Part II

In the previous post, we explore the colorful metaphors of Jazz and Gumbo to capture the spirit and power of the ensemble to bring out more creativity and adaptability in organizations.  In this post we take a look at the necessary shifts in leadership and its development that reflect and …

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Ensemble Leadership – Part I

The Power of the Ensemble Imagine for a moment a jazz quartet performing soul stirring music, evoking an experience of surprise, wonder, and inspiration and riding the feeling accompanying the unfolding melody and rhythm.  When immersed in the music, we are not likely to focus on the individual musicians, their …

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Warrior… for Love

This is a guest post by M.A. in Leadership alumnus Ryan Berg (Cohort 34) “No matter where you go in the world people are people and they all want many of the same things”… are words I spoke while standing in front of a large gathering in my hometown of …

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MBA versus MA in Leadership

Thirty years ago this month, I started graduate school.  At the time I was unsure about my future and was looking to make myself more employable.  I hoped I would find my calling in the process.  I enrolled in a program that Yale invented–a Master’s in Public and Private Management …

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Global Leadership: What Is It & How Do We Practice It?

When I mentioned to my new doctor, who is originally from India, that I teach global leadership, she replied, “well that would be a good idea.”  The way she said it suggested that she thought there was a real need for it in the world.  I agree.  Not only are …

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Race and Leadership

This post was co-authored by Marguerite Welch and Doug Paxton. “History, despite its wrenching pain 
cannot be unlived, but if faced 
with courage, need not be lived again.” Maya Angelou Our task is daunting.  As we seek to address centuries of racism and violence to create more inclusive, safe and …

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Building “Perfect” Teams with Collaborative Leadership

The New York Times recently published an article by Charles Duhigg (2016) entitled, What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team.  What is important about the article is not the conclusions that were reached, which I believe will make sense to you as someone who has already …

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Values Matter

In his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama spoke about how values are “the pillar of our leadership.”   At Saint Mary’s College, we concur, and believe attention to our highest values plays a unique and crucial role in developing our leadership potential. In a world with ever-shifting borders …

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