Why do some people behave like there are Sabre-toothed Tigers prowling around in the Office

Sabre-toothed Tigers in the Office   The ability to think intellectually and rationally is driven by the frontal lobe of our brain. When things are running well, the frontal lobe is happy, and we function in a mature, logical manner.The amygdala, located near the spinal stem, is in charge of our fight, flight, or freeze response. The amygdala is the driver of our most base emotions; especially fear. When we feel threatened the amygdala gets fired up and our frontal lobe starts shutting down.We stop being…

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Who do your people really Trust to Lead?

Trust is a funny and fleeting thing. It is the cornerstone of all relationships. The shocking thing is that trust, more often than not, is based on the intangible. I’ve seen it dozens of times. A new platoon commander takes charge and starts issuing instructions. The troops know the officer is in command. They have sworn an oath to obey his commands. They will look at and listen to him but will watch the warrant officer, the second in command, to see what he does. Why?…

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We have a Mission and a Vision … Why? Oh Why? Isn’t Anything Getting Done?

We have a Mission and a Vision. Now What? I recently had lunch with a client, and we were talking through what he described as a dysfunctional leadership team. He had been on the team a short while and was already frustrated with the bickering and polarized camps. The company had a clearly articulated mission and vision. It had a very mature business plan and a large, capable, employee complement. Still, there was a problem. There seemed to be a gap between the organization’s mission, vision,…

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