Book Me For A Speech

My Writing and Ranting

Press Room

Good Books

« I Think Bloggers Matter at Lot, But Blurbs Don't Matter Much for Creating Buzz: What is Your Opinion? | Main | Dear Bosses: Is It Your Last Chance To Reverse Your Vile Ways? Or Is It Too Late? »


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

I came across this the other day as well, I love TED and watch the presentations all the time.

This short presentation demonstrated many of the values I hold dear as a project leader/facilitator. To me, one of the most important lessons is that leadership happens everywhere, especially in that core group (not individual) that get the ball rolling.



In many cases the first mover finds his by serendipity. The second mover has to actually assess and decide to follow, and success is far from a sure thing.

Bruce Post

Having known many college admissions officers, I have often heard the lament: "All these parents keep telling me how their child is a good leader; just once I would like to hear someone say that their kid is a good follower."

Of course, even good following does not necessarily mean that the course being followed is effective, admirable or even moral. My favorite example of the leader/follower dynamic is the perpetually Lost Patrol in the comic strip Crock. Why, oh why, does that crew continue to follow the leader who got them lost in the first place?

Bob, here is a book on leadership for you to consider: "A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix" by the late Edwin Friedman. It certainly is an unorthodox treatment of the subject of leadership but it is immensely more creative and provocative than most of the stuff churned out about "successful" leaders.

Ali Ahmadian

I just love this TED lecture. Derek Sivers managed to fit so much valuable content in a 3 minute lecture. I read a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson long time ago that read “To be great is to be misunderstood.” After watching this lecture, I think to be great (successful) is to be misunderstood but know a nut who believes in you!
Thanks for the blog post Bob.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

Asshole Survival

Scaling Up

Good Boss Bad Boss

No Asshole Rule

Hard Facts

Weird Ideas

Knowing -Doing Gap

The No Asshole Rule:Articles and Stories