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What the Medici, Homer, and Michael Scott Can Teach Us

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  • With due humility…
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 25 years and they’ve never been defeated, right. They’re unstoppable.
  • Even in tough times we can lay a foundation for successWe must be patient in our apprenticeships.Good mentors are invaluable.We can’t be shy when opportunities arrive.We must have foresight. Humility and respect for others go a long way.

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  • 1. Team Leadership
    What the Medici, Homer, and Michael Scott Can Teach Us
    Brian Flanagan | Hauenstein Center | February 2, 2010
  • 2. Review: Self-leadership
    “The ancients who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue throughout the kingdom, first ordered well their own states. Wishing to order well their states, they first regulated their families. Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their persons. Wishing to cultivate their persons, they first rectified their hearts. Wishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sincere in their thoughts. Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the utmost their knowledge.”
    Lesson: Before we can hope to lead another person, we must first learn to lead ourselves.
  • 3. Three premises
    There is no one-size-fits-all approach to leadership.
  • 4. Three premises
    Washington: Stately, disciplined leader who inspired unity.
    Adams: Volatile, combative leader who stood on principle.
    Franklin: Brilliant, diplomatic leader who won through common sense insights.
  • 5. Three premises
    Jefferson: Philosophical, calculating leader who did best with the written word.
    Madison: Studious, meticulous leader who could frame a debate.
    Hamilton: Genius, visionary leader who didn’t fair well in duals.
  • 6. Three premises
    There is no all-terrain approach to leadership.
  • 7. Three premises
    Thomas Jefferson
    Levels: Local, state and national offices
    Roles: Executive, legislative, and diplomatic responsibilities
    Contexts: Colonial, revolutionary, and early republican contexts
  • 8. Three premises
    Leadership can be learned, but it cannot be perfectly taught.
  • 9. Three premises
  • 10. Team leadership concepts
    Medici effect
    Tribal storytelling
    Emotional intelligence
  • 11. Medici effect
  • 12. Medici effect
    Creativity & innovation
    Directional vs. Intersectional ideas
    Intersection of cultures & disciplines can …
    Reduce barriers to creativity.
    Combine concepts in original ways.
    Ignite an explosion of ideas.
  • 13. Medici effect
    Great products, according to Mr. Jobs, are triumphs of “taste.” And taste, he explains, is a byproduct of study, observation, and being steeped in the culture of the past and present, of “trying to expose yourself to the best things humans have done and then bring those things into what you are doing.” ~NYT, 1/31/10
  • 14. Medici effect
    Lesson: Diversity – differences in culture and discipline – is essential to building teams capable of creativity and innovation.
  • 15. Tribal storytelling
  • 16. Tribal storytelling
    Culture & values
    Transmitting and renewing a team’s DNA
  • 17. Tribal storytelling
    Peter Cook’s story
  • 18. Tribal storytelling
    Lesson: Tribal stories are one of the most effective ways to transmit and renew a team’s culture and values.
  • 19. Emotional intelligence
  • 20. Emotional intelligence
    Resonance
    Limbic system = open loop
    Implications
    Prefrontal cortex does battle with limbic system
    Limbic systems collide
  • 21. Emotional intelligence
    Mastering the battle
    Self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation
    Managing collisions
    Empathy, social skill
    Inspiring the best in teams: enthusiasm, optimism, happiness, productivity
  • 22. Emotional intelligence
    Michael Scott on emotional intelligence
  • 23. Team leadership
    Lesson 1: Diversity – differences in culture and discipline – is essential to building teams capable of creativity and innovation.
    Lesson 2: Tribal stories are one of the most effective ways to transmit and renew a team’s culture and values.
    Lesson 3: Emotional intelligent leaders – those who master themselves and manage relationships – are the glue that holds people together.
  • 24. Team leadership
    Questions?
    Your examples?
    Medici effect
    Tribal storytelling
    Emotional intelligence