Category Archives: Self-Knowledge

The Master Blows It Out

Leading is more or less drenched in the assumptions of individualism. At least in United States culture, the traditional belief is that leading others depends on having a strong, clear sense of self, one that is more or less unassailable by circumstances or the arbitrary perceptions of others. Even when there is an awareness — […]

The Reason for Evil

Gwen Adshead begins her recent book, The Devil You Know: Stories of Human Cruelty and Compassion, with an epigraph from Carl Jung: “The reason for evil in the world is that people are not able to tell their stories.” As a forensic psychologist and psychotherapist she’s heard some unimaginable ones — from decades of listening […]

On Organizational Anger

There is a form of organizational anger that all leaders need to understand. It is not the hostile outburst of an aggrieved staff member, though this may be a symptom just as a shooter in a public place can be a symptom of a broader social despair. It is not the same as dealing with […]

How you do one thing is how you do everything

The other day I happened to read a blog post on fractals and human behavior, one that includes this provocative title line — a line that seems at first glance too simple for the complexity of our lives but also somehow holds an intuitive truth. Our self-awareness is built on a sense that we are […]