The Highest Type of Leader

As noted leadership scholar Jim Collins puts it, “The most powerfully transformative executives possess a paradoxical mixture of personal humility and professional will. They are timid and ferocious. Shy and fearless. They are rare—and unstoppable.” OK. But what do they do and how is this effective?

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Do You Want a Savior?

IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, liberals, in a state of shock, have been encouraging themselves to listen to Trump supporters. For example, after she said she was “depressed for a week,” a Hillary-supporting friend told me, “We need to be empathic.” This is laudable, but I urge all of us—liberal and conservative alike—to listen to ourselves—especially the part of us that longs for a savior.

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Future Shock All Over Again: Buckle Up

DO YOU REMEMBER A BOOK CALLED FUTURE SHOCK ALVIN TOFFLER? It was about how change was “avalanching on our heads,” and that we are “grotesquely unprepared to deal with it.” He defined future shock as “The dizzying disorientation brought about by the premature arrival of the future.” He said it can kill you.

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Do You Have GAS?

By asking about GAS, I’m not talking about the aftereffects of a big bowl of chili, and I’m not just trying to be cute; I’m talking about the General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS), a term coined by the late, great Hans Selye, an endocrinologist at the University of Montreal and the father of modern stress research. This syndrome could kill you. Do you have essential hypertension? GAS is probably why.

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