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Leadership Paradoxes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott Kearby Mar 30, 2012. 12 Replies

When I teach leadership classes or mentor young leaders, I usually introduce and discuss the concept of paradoxes and stress their importance to leaders.  The typical paradoxes we discuss are:The…Continue

Tags: quality, insights, success, paradox, mentoring

Office of Quality Improvement

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carol Davison May 19, 2011. 3 Replies

Does anyone have experience with or is aware of a office/team in the public sector dedicated to improving processes, productivity and outcomes across organizational lines?   Continue

Tags: government performance, quality, performance, improvement

What Makes You Tick?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dawn Lautwein Jul 1, 2010. 4 Replies

We all work for government for different reasons: some for job security and retirement, some because it's a job as good as any other, some because there is not a "civilian" market for their skills…Continue

360 Performance Evaluations

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Bott Jun 16, 2010. 9 Replies

I am leading a team in a large urban county charged with recommending a new personal performance evaluation tool.  There is a lot of buzz about 360 evaluation systems among the decision makers even…Continue

Tags: personnel, government performance, 360, review, evaluations

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"No Such Thing as a Federal Election"

Several years ago in an interview with the original Commissioners of the US Election Assistance Commission, I made the assertion that there is no such thing as a “federal election.”  After a few moments of stunned silence, Buster Soares, the Chair of the Commission, asked me to explain what I meant- which I did.  Later in…See More
Feb 17, 2013
Scott O. Konopasek posted a blog post

Holding Accountability Accountable

 "It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities."  ~Sir Josiah Stamp            For a long time, I have wanted to examine and write on the subject of accountability as it is such a widely used term that it has arguably become cliche.  As I researched the term and asked a few people about their views and experience with accountability in the public workplace, I was somewhat surprised by what I see as a disconnect between the value…See More
Jul 3, 2012
Scott Kearby replied to Scott O. Konopasek's discussion 'Leadership Paradoxes'
"Scott ... they are not mine. I had read them in a book sometime ago and when I read your post that jogged my memory. To find them I just googled "Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership" & here's what I found…"
Mar 30, 2012
Scott O. Konopasek replied to Scott O. Konopasek's discussion 'Leadership Paradoxes'
"Thanks everyone for your comments and additions to the paradoxisms.  Anyone have any more to share?"
Mar 30, 2012
Scott O. Konopasek replied to Scott O. Konopasek's discussion 'Leadership Paradoxes'
"Scott-  Thanks for these additions.  I love paradoxisms.  Are these attributable to anyone or are they yours? "
Mar 30, 2012
Janina Rey Echols Harrison replied to Scott O. Konopasek's discussion 'Leadership Paradoxes'
"This rolls back to corporate culture which had huge impact.  And I agree with you that I would choose not to work in certain organizations because of their culture."
Mar 30, 2012
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Mar 30, 2012
Sandra Yeaman replied to Scott O. Konopasek's discussion 'Leadership Paradoxes'
"I'm a dozen years late in getting around to it, but I finally finished First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently, by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman, summarizing the Gallup Organization's 20-year…"
Mar 30, 2012
Scott Kearby replied to Scott O. Konopasek's discussion 'Leadership Paradoxes'
"I'm a fan of the Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership ... of course easier said than done, but if it was easy anyone could do it! People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centered - Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you…"
Mar 30, 2012
Scott O. Konopasek replied to Scott O. Konopasek's discussion 'Leadership Paradoxes'
"Thanks for the feedback and the article Dannielle. I usually like what I read in HBR but the article cited sounds more like an updated twist on the old saw "nice guys finish last." I don't buy it as a generalizable rule but I have to…"
Mar 28, 2012
Dannielle Blumenthal replied to Scott O. Konopasek's discussion 'Leadership Paradoxes'
"Here is a post about the Harvard Business Review article: http://www.timsackett.com/2011/07/27/why-being-a-fair-hr-leader-wont-get-you-promoted/ “In management, fairness is a virtue. Numerous academic studies have shown that the most…"
Mar 28, 2012
Dannielle Blumenthal replied to Scott O. Konopasek's discussion 'Leadership Paradoxes'
"A Harvard Business Review article states that managers who are perceived as "tough" (approximate wording) commanded more respect than those who were seen as "fair." That seems like a paradox to me."
Mar 28, 2012
Mark Hammer replied to Scott O. Konopasek's discussion 'Leadership Paradoxes'
"Your examples are all pleasant, and uplifting.  I like them, and concur.  A more negative example might be that the more one emphasizes accountability, the less of it one ends up achieving.  People are clever at inventing ways for the…"
Mar 28, 2012
Dorothy Ramienski Amatucci replied to Scott O. Konopasek's discussion 'Leadership Paradoxes'
"I think the quid pro quo concept hits the nail on the head.  In my experience, good leaders have always encouraged me to work for the betterment of my own career and the organization -- not to make them specifically look good.  Any manager…"
Mar 28, 2012
Allison Primack replied to Scott O. Konopasek's discussion 'Leadership Paradoxes'
"Melissa Tullio ‏tweeted back the following response from the GovLoop Twitter account:  "#leadership paradox, manager POV: having no time to be creative & engaged, which is necessary for good leadership." "
Mar 28, 2012
Scott O. Konopasek posted a discussion

Leadership Paradoxes

When I teach leadership classes or mentor young leaders, I usually introduce and discuss the concept of paradoxes and stress their importance to leaders.  The typical paradoxes we discuss are:The more you give respect to others, the more respect you gain.The more appreciation you express to others, the more you are appreciated.The more power and authority you delegate to others, the more power and control you have.The more you plan, the less you have to plan.These discussions usually get lively…See More
Mar 28, 2012

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Scott O. Konopasek's Blog

"No Such Thing as a Federal Election"

Posted on February 17, 2013 at 11:22am 0 Comments

Several years ago in an interview with the original Commissioners of the US Election Assistance Commission, I made the assertion that there is no such thing as a “federal election.”  After a few moments of stunned silence, Buster Soares, the Chair of the Commission, asked me to explain what I meant- which I…

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Holding Accountability Accountable

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 11:33am 0 Comments

 

"It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities."  ~Sir Josiah Stamp



            For a long time, I have wanted to examine and write on the subject of accountability as it is such a widely used term that it has arguably become cliche.  As I researched the term and asked a few people about their views and experience with accountability in the public workplace, I was somewhat surprised…

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Leadership and Generosity of Spirit

Posted on December 22, 2010 at 5:01pm 0 Comments

“Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious” ~Zhuangzi



A generosity of spirit for people of any station is an appropriate attitude for everyone to have and exhibit year round in the workplace, in the community and in the home. It is even more appropriate for a generosity of spirit to be exhibited at the holiday season, particularly by those that find themselves in a position of leadership.



So what is a “generosity of spirit?” Of course the word…

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Best of times; Worst of times

Posted on June 1, 2010 at 3:48pm 0 Comments

Dickens captured the state of all human condition in his pithy phase "It is the best of the times; it is the worst of the times." It has always been so and always will be. A contemporary turn of the phrase is found in the question: "Is the glass half empty or half full?" Given our personal disposition as an optimist or a pessimist, our mood, or immediate state of affairs, all of us can easily respond with either "empty" or "full" and not think further of it. Dicken's quote is another way of… Continue

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At 5:36pm on April 16, 2010, Andrea Schneider said…
Hi Scott,
Thanks for joining the Evaluation Group, it's one of my favorite topics. I'm sure you will bring a lot to the group in ideas and good questions.
Andrea
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