Friday, March 30, 2007
Welcome to Musings about Leadership and Competitive Strategy, a blog in which I will discuss the challenges managers face as they try to lead teams and organizations, make tough decisions, and formulate efffective competitive strategies. The blog will offer thoughts and insights based on my teaching, research, and consulting with many companies in a wide variety of industries. For more than a decade, I have been studying companies, as well as their leaders at all levels of the organizations. My work began as a doctoral student at Harvard Business School and continued as a faculty member there for six years after completion of my dissertation. Today, I teach at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island - where I continue my research and teaching. As a scholar at HBS, I learned how to conduct research with practical relevance for managers. I became a clinical researcher, meaning that I spent a great deal of time in the field - conducting interviews, administering surveys, and most importantly, observing managers in action. From there, I began drawing on that research, including many case studies, to help companies create and deliver leadership development programs that would have an impact on their top leaders as well as their rising stars. The best part of my job is the learning that I engage in every day. In all the time that I spend with managers as a researcher and consultant, I'm convinced that I learn a great deal from them every day. I've met many accomplished managers - most of whom are not widely recognized or celebrated - and garnered many insights into what makes for effective vs. ineffective leadership. I hope to share what I have learned in this blog, and to generate a lively dialogue with all of you, the readers of this blog. Thank you for your participation.