Jerry Cahn

  • Insider vs. outsider: Who makes a better leader?

    Insider vs. outsider: Who makes a better leader?

    Today’s presidential race has pitted candidates as insiders vs. outsiders. Similarly, corporations face the insider-outsider dilemma when deciding whether to promote leaders from within or bring in a new person. Which makes me wonder: Are there any patterns that might help us — as voters or shareholders — decide whether insiders or outsiders are best

  • The power of fearlessness in leadership

    The power of fearlessness in leadership

    In Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge, Warren Bennis shares something he calls the “Wallenda factor,” named after the great tightrope aerialist Karl Wallenda. Every time Wallenda took to the tightrope, Bennis remarks, his life was at risk. Yet he never thought about failure. Things go wrong, but “a mistake is just another way of doing

  • In leadership, self-regard has a ripple effect

    In leadership, self-regard has a ripple effect

    In Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge, Warren Bennis studied effective leaders and their leadership styles, and shares many invaluable points. One idea he posits is that leaders make use of characteristics many people have but few actually employ. He explores the management of self-regard as one of these characteristics. Self-regard is critical in an effective leader

  • Training leaders for decision-making dilemmas

    Training leaders for decision-making dilemmas

    In today’s increasingly complex world, making decisions has become more difficult. As F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” Roger Martin suggested that the best leaders have this capacity and the

  • Creativity versus intelligence

    Creativity versus intelligence

    Returning from a workshop I recently led on how to increase employees’ creativity and structure ways to channel ideas into innovative products and processes, I began thinking about a comment I made – ‘intelligence is not a predictor of innovation; creativity is the key.’ Einstein claimed that imagination is more important than knowledge. Indeed, as a

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