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The Shortest and Most Powerful White Paper on Leadership Ever Written

Dr Z.’s Leadership Institute staff have been doing extensive and exhaustive research in July and have now developed the quintessential leadership whitepaper.

Okay, we admit it wasn’t the whole month we worked. Would you believe that we put in a full week? If not, would you believe that we spent a full day on it? Okay we were golfing, drinking, and going to the beach all month, but if you look carefully you will notice the paper is all white, except for the print!

And as an added bonus we have offered the document in a Word format so that you can tweak a few words, change the attribution, and call it your own. Okay, we admit our Adobe Acrobat PDF maker wasn’t working, we couldn’t figure out how to get it to work, so we just left it as a Word document and had the clever guys in marketing come up with a rationale — “it makes the document open source,” they said. This nugget of marketing wisdom was generated at the 19th hole after half a dozen beers.

Click on the link below and to open the Word version of the white paper:

dr-z-leadership-white-paper.doc

If you take the time to read the whole paper, and this means getting to the end of the one page you will notice an additional clever marketing ploy generated by the same guy who said it was open source:

We know things that  you don’t.

We won’t tell you what they are unless you pay us a big fee!

Operators are standing by…

Call Dave at (204) 254-2130

Email Dave at dzinger@shaw.ca

Ask about the free Gerbil cage,

including a Gerbil exercise wheel, with every new contract!

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Quotations: The Secret of Insightful Knowledge Management

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One of Dr. Z’s. key maxims is: When in doubt, quote. Transformational leaders demonstrate the attitude of platitude.

Sprinkling your meetings with quotations is the secret formula for demonstrating high performance knowledge management.

To help you leverage your leadership moxie Dr. Z. will bequeath you quotations to share with your staff to instill inspiration, innovation, interaction, insight, and tepid applause.

At your next staff meeting before someone starts up the projector and turns out the lights, command the team’s attention and assertively proclaim:

There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs. ~ Source Unknown

Dr. Z. would like to share the leadership lessens of this quotation?

  1. When you can’t even find the elevator, do not lend your name to a quotation – leave the attribution as anonymous.
  2. This quotation is invalid if you work at the top of the Empire State Building.
  3. Beware of false dichotomies: Notice that there is no mention of an escalator.
  4. If the elevator is broken – call a repair person – if there really is no elevator move to another building.
  5. A true leader empowers, empower your minions to take the stairs for you while you take the credit and the kudos of all successes for your team – this will be sure to endear you to your staff as they recognize what a team player you really are.

Reflective Leadership Point to Ponder: If you actually did take the stairs, where would you put them?

Picture Credit: Patterson park pagoda stairs by http://flickr.com/photos/jepoirrier/512433995/

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