Monthly Archives: June 2007

Are you a leader or a manager?

What is the difference between leadership and management?

So much has been written on the difference between leadership and management. Dr. Z has scrutinized these 2 words and he has unlocked the secret differences for you:

  1. Leadership comes before management in the alphabet – so if you want to come first be a leader not a manager.
  2. There is a “ship” in leadership and a “man” and “men” in management – if you want to sail through work be a leader but if you want to be a man’s man be a manager.
  3. There is “hip” in leadership and “age” in management – if you want to be hip be a leader but if you feel old or age be a manager.

Now you know why it is Dr. Z’s Leadership Institute not Dr. Z’s Management Institute. Dr. Z is hip, he is sailing along, and he strives to be first.

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Dr. Z. Leadership Metaphor Power Made Easy


The leadership metaphor for this week is:

Leadership is like a blade of grass.

  • You often feel insignificant
  • Even when you are healthy you turn green
  • You often get stepped on

And here is Dr. Z’s Power Quotation to overcome leadership procrastination:

Don’t let the grass grow under your ass.

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Leadership is like a…

Dr. Z. believes in the power of metaphor or similie (if you like that sort of thing).

Complete the following sentence:

Leadership is like ….

When you master metaphor you will master leadership. You can voice the metaphor during all occasions, people will be bamboozled by your ambiguity, others will salute you as a sage, and you will be like, cool eh.

In future posts, Dr. Z. will share some powerful leadership metaphors to prime your mind with the miracle of metaphor to take you to the next level of leadership.

For example, leadership is like a penny:

  • it makes cents
  • it often is ignored or undervalued, and
  • it doesn’t get you much anymore.

Any reader with a creative leadership metaphor is encouraged to post it in the comment section of this blog so other leaders can steal it can call it their own.

A penny for your thoughts…


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Havidol: The drug for leaders who want to have it all.


Are you prepared to HAVIDOL?

Dr. Z. recommends Havidol as the drug of choice for leaders who recognize more is not enough.

Not sure you need havidol, take the ZING self-assessment test. Determine if multitasking makes you feel powerful and other essential questions to determine is you need this amazing drug.

As a caution here is the small print from the website for the use of Havidol:

Problems can be avoided if you take HAVIDOL only when you are able to immediately benefit from its effects. To fully benefit from HAVIDOL patients are encouraged to engage in activities requiring exceptional mental, motor, and consumptive coordination. HAVIDOL is not for you if you have abruptly stopped using alcohol or sedatives. Havidol should be taken indefinitely. Side effects may include mood changes, muscle strain, extraordinary thinking, dermal gloss, impulsivity induced consumption, excessive salivation, hair growth, markedly delayed sexual climax, inter-species communication, taste perversion, terminal smile, and oral inflammation. Very rarely users may experience a need to change physicians.

What are you waiting for…dare to Havidol! 

Important Notice: The Dr. Z Leadership Institute ethical principles clearly states that the institute will not profit from the promotion of drugs (even though many drug dealers and large pharmaceutical companies have no trouble with this). The institute does not receive any money for you mindlessly clicking to the drug site nor do they receive any free samples – of course, if the makers of Havidol would like to send Dr. Z a t-shirt he wears size XL.

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Wait Here, I found a hair in my goal


Goals can drive you hairy or you can even have hairy goals.

Dr. Z. encourages you to have hope rather than goals. Because who ever wants to hear someone say to them, “you haven’t got a hope.” And nobody ever says, “you gotta be hag!”

Perhaps you have heard of a BHAG – Big Hairy Audacious Goal!

Collins and Porras defined a BHAG as:

A true BHAG is clear and compelling, serves as unifying focal point of effort, and acts as a clear catalyst for team spirit. It has a clear finish line, so the organization can know when it has achieved the goal; people like to shoot for finish lines.” (Collins and Porras, 1996).

Dr. Z recomends just the opposite – a SBEH – Small Bald Easy Hopes. Here are the benefits:

  • Small: When you think of it at the end of small is the word all – small is all you need.
  • Bald: Keep the hair out of the goal and have the fantastic association of soaring with Bald Eagles.
  • Easy: Easy does it, why make work any harder than it is. Also this will give you plenty of time to goof off because the goal will not take much time to achieve.
  • Hope: Why set goals when you can live on hope?

So rather than state : I will be the top widget guy in the world go with hope. Here is a hope statement. I hope I can keep these widgets being made and I hope I have a job tomorrow. And shoot for the finish line – this is Dr. Z’s finish line – so carry on leading, loving, learning and being lazy.

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If you can’t trust Dr. Z., who can you trust?


Dr. Z’s Leadership Institute is under attack! Yes, we have reason to believe the Burgundians are ready to turn us over to the authorities just like they did to Joan of Arc so many years ago. 

The Burgundian menace rivals the drama of the Da Vinci Code when the lead character voiced the top movie action line of all time: I’ve got to get to a library, fast.

People have begun to ask: Is Dr. Z. a real doctor? Where was he educated? Are his credentials authentic?

To nip this in the bud, Dr Z. has included a copy of his diploma in this article. Oh sure, some of you will read it closely and note that it says:

This certifies that Dr. Z is a member in good standing in the WD-40 Fan Club and, as such, is entitled to sprary WD-40 wherever and whenever it may be needed, and to wear blue and yellow on consecutive days of the week.

Let’s not quibble about this minor point. It is just like a diploma and if the doubt continues to spread about Dr. Z’s credentials he may be forced to spray WD-40 right at the Burgundian menace.

Dr. Z will readily admit that this diploma might not have the same prestige as a Ph.D. from Harvard but don’t you just love the color and when you think of it really, what is more useful – a Ph.D. or WD-40? By the way WD stands for Wit Doctor. So there.

But enough about us as the Burgundians are trying to make us forget about the important contributions of the institute to leadership in the year 2007 and beyond.

Dr. Z’s Leadership Point: It is always good to have an enemy when you are a leader because it helps to define you. When things get drab, slow, or indifferent — rally your troops with the need to battle the enemies in the boardroom, the cubicle, by the water cooler, and at the photocopy machine. Stand on your desk and bellow:

We shall not flag nor fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France and on the seas and oceans; we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be; we shall fight on beaches, landing grounds, in fields, in streets and on the hills. We shall never surrender and even if, which I do not for the moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, will carry on the struggle until in God’s good time the New World with all its power and might, sets forth to the liberation and rescue of the Old.

Choose your enemies well and please leave the Burgundians to Dr. Z. and Joan of Arc!

Also, notice with all this talk of the enemy you have forgotten the whole issue of whether Dr. Z. is a real doctor and in future articles we can return back to the important purpose of the institute — creating leaders who can think outside of the cubicle!

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Quotation Corner: Don’t Myth Out On Leadership

Welcome back to Dr. Z’s Leadership Institute Quotation Corner.

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born – that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. ~ Warren G. Bennis

If leaders are made what are the ingredients?

  1. 73 hours of work each week: this adds substance to the recipe of leadership. In addition it will make your hourly wage rate a whooping $.61 cents over minimum wage, and based on current calculation may make you eligible for some social assistance.
  2. One Wal*Mart Greeter’s vest: this will make you stand out as a leader and make you human and welcoming to all employees and to be able to show them where the toilet paper is. It may also give you experience in a future job you may hold to supplement your retirement income.
  3. One M.B.A. this will demonstrate a willingness to do many meaningless assignments at university to get your degree and future employers will seize that skill set to have you perform many meaningless activities at work.
  4. One Coach: someone who is willing to stand in your future and say it is impossible.
  5. One BlackBerry: this will keep you in constant contact without you ever having to really engage with the living breathing employee standing right in front of you asking, “can I have six months of paid leave to look after my aging budgie bird?”

Dr. Z.’s Leadership Point to Ponder: Leadership is for the birds so whatever you do don’t budge, budget.



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Going up: How to craft a dynamic elevator speech.

Dr. Z is adamant: As a future leader, you must have a personal elevator speech plus a little extra that sets you apart.

Be prepared when the door opens on opportunity or if you get stuck between floors with a captive audience – regale anyone trapped behind the door with your unique elevator speech.

A pithy and potent elevator pitch ensures that you will be noticed in small enclosed spaces.

Elevator though leaders, those consultants who spend far too much time going up and down, suggest your presentation be a cogent 30 second zinger of who you are and what you can do for others. Dr. Z, our incessant innovator at the leadership institute believes you should always go the extra floor – leave your awestruck audience with something tangible.

Here is an example of an elevator moment: My name is Jack and I make magic happen by putting my stamp on the mail delivery system – the lifeblood of our organization – and ensure you get the mail every day before 10:14 a.m.

WOW, a person hears that and they are saying to themselves we must get this person into LIP: The Leadership Intern Program initiative.

But if you have 30 seconds to shine, let’s craft your speech to take you to the penthouse.

Here’s your template:

My name is _________ (don’t say blank, fill in the blank with your real name) and I _______________ (impress others with your organizational contribution) and gift them something they can’t resist, such as a GI Joe action figure wearing the company hat!

In the battle to the pinnacle of leadership there is nothing like an elevator speech and the gift of a GI Joe action figure to get people to notice you and to ensure that they are talking about you throughout the entire organization. Your name will be on everyone’s LIPs as you take your rightful place in the Leadership Intern Program.

Dr. Z. looks forward to seeing you at the top. But please, just remain quiet so he can enjoy the elevator ride.


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The Leader-Talk© Program: The Top 5 Tips on How to Talk Like a Leader


Dr. Z has done extensive research on leadership communication patterns (he listened to leaders talk with each other as they went down a buffet line filling their plates with meat balls and mashed potatoes at a leadership conference). 

After this state-of-the-art research fused with rigorous analysis of the data and the composition of the meatballs, Dr. Z has concluded that leaders do not know how to talk like leaders.

Maybe you can walk like an Egyptian but can you talk like a leader?

To remedy this leadership gap Dr. Z has developed Leader-Talk© – A program to teach leaders how to talk so that someone —- anyone, will listen.

Here are Dr. Z’s top 5 tips to talk like a leader:


Open mind/open mouth. Do not talk with your mouth full of meatballs. If you do you will say, “I want the report on Tuesday” and your direct report will hear, “I flaunt the port on booze day.”


Listen. The top secret in terrific Leader-Talk© is to listen more than you talk. The more time spent listening the less time available for you to say something stupid.


Pair-a-phrase don’t paraphrase. Don’t paraphrase when you can pair-a-phrase. Notice how this last sentence was an empty paraphrase of the previous sentence. Employees are not looking for repetition they are looking for leadership. The 2 powerful pair-a-phrases are: “we’ll see” and “run that by Bob.” If you need something extra, take a quantum leap to a new paradigm by stating: “Did you know that two dimes makes 20 cents?” Upper management will respond well to your bottom-dime leadership approach.


Feelings. Empathy is such a rich way of expressing yourself as a leader. For instance, an employee is quivering like jelly and says, “I feel horrible and devestated that the KY project went done the tubes.” To demonstrate empathic Leader-Talk©, make sad puppy eyes and ask the employee, “How do you feel about that?” Employees love it when they know their boss is really listening to them.


Walk the talk. Learn the art of transformational  Leader-Talk© by going beyond talking to walking. If an employee asks if they can talk to you, just keep walking and say, “It is time for the rubber to hit the road and let’s forget about the talking and get with the walking.” Make sure you wear a pedometer to show how serious you are about your new leadership movement. ” Your employees will be sure to hold you in high esteem as a leader who walks the talk.

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Thought Leadership: Snap snap, grin grin, wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more?


Have you noticed the rise of a new term in leadership. Thought Leadership.

According to Wikipedia (the on-line source to decrease the need to think):

Thought leader is a buzzword or article of jargon used to describe a futurist or person who is recognized among their peer mentors for innovative ideas and demonstrates the confidence to promote or share those ideas as actionable distilled insights

Translation: If you are a thought leader it means you can’t be bothered really doing anything but you can sit for long hours and think and think some more and then tell others what to do based on your distilled (about half a bottle of gin) insights.

Because thinking is so important to leadership, second only to getting large stock options, Dr Z’s Leadership Institute will be offering the following 6 Cognac and Cogitation Thought Leadership Seminars this fall.

Blinking Thinking. We will read an excerpt of Malcolm Galdwell’s book Blink, contort our eyelids to go up and down like fast moving elevators as we blink out Morse code messages around the seminar room.

Finking Thinking. We will think about leadership ethical dilemmas and figure out how to fink on someone who did something wrong without them being able to identify who finked.

Linking Thinking. We will embark on an Internet search and start following so many links that before we know it we will be sending money to someone who knew our deceased distant relative in Nairobi who died and left us 2 million dollars but our agent in Africa will need us to send them $2633.21 to cover the postage to ship that money to us. Proving that if you can’t think, you can always link

Oinking Thinking. We will learn to ham up our leadership style by thinking outside the pen and realize that oink does not rhyme with think even thought it looks like it should.

Pinking Thinking. Following the insight of Daniel Pink we will develop A Whole New Mind. There used to be a movement that when I am old I shall wear purple and now Pinking Thinking Thought Leaders will wear Pink and use empathy, symphony, story, design, play and meaning to create a hole in the mind that will let out really good ideas which followers will embrace as they storm the nearest hill for no apparent reason.

Winking Thinking. Of course or on the course we all need something completely different, such as Monty Python’s Nudge Nudge wink wink innuendo thinking. If you know what I mean.

If you register early you will receive Dr. Z’s custom designed FOLLOW THE LEADER t-shirt and THOUGHT LEADERSHIP IS LIKE A YO-YO, YOU’VE GOT TO KNOW HOW TO SPIN THINGS coffee mug. 

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