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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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Quotations: The Secret of Insightful Knowledge Management


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


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POP the Secret in the Power of Praising

Praise be leadership and leadership is about praising. Did this sound sarcastic? Learn to spot sarcastic praise before you say it or hear it.

Dr. Z has scoured the Internet for the latest resources on T-POP: The Power Of Praising. Dr. Z. has brought this You Tube video to you to unlock the secret of praising. This secret has been locked up tighter than the next Harry Potter novel. By the way the last word in the yet to be released novel is “scar.” So don’t be scared by praise in leadership.

Take this 1:28 min video LEADERSHIP LESSEN from The Onion.

Dr. Z was “so glad you could join him” to pop the secret power of praising.

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