2012 ~ A Year in Review with Dr Seuss, Darwin & Hemingway Too.

This week, I’m joining a myriad of others in reflection.  Being a person prone to pondering (and alliteration it seems), reflection is not something I necessarily reserve for the beginning of a new year. But, now is as good a time as any to have a look back. So here are the posts that you, (judging from your visits and comments), seemed to have enjoyed the most in 2012.

When Leaders Lose Sight of Their Primary Purpose

Lives are lost.  Trust is broken. Property is destroyed. And, the captain is forever tainted with the whiff of cowardice, no matter what the outcome of official investigations to come.  That’s the sad tale of the cruise ship, Costa Concordia.

And Why?  This is why.   Read more

If I Ran The Zoo ~ A Whimsical Look at Leadership

When my boys were little, one my favorite things to do was to read stories to them at bedtime.  A well-loved story was Dr Seuss’ “If I Ran the Zoo”.  Basically, it is about a little boy, Gerald McGrew, who decides that the animals he sees in the Zoo are too ordinary and he begins to imagine what it might be like if he ran the Zoo instead.  I’m not sure what started me thinking about it but a whimsical mood has led me to creating my own version of “If I Ran the Zoo”.  So, with apologies to Dr Seuss, here it is: Read more

Leadership Lessons from the Old Man and the Sea

The other day, while channel surfing, I caught a glimpse of Spencer Tracy playing Santiago in Ernest Hemingway’s, The Old Man and the Sea.  It didn’t register much at the time because as you may know, when one channel surfs, the little grey cells kind of take a nap.  Later though, I began to think about that story and the lessons it has to teach us.  Read more

Why Do You Choose Leadership?

In many organizations, there is this implicit assumption that everyone aspires to be a leader. As a result, leadership roles in these places are ever in danger of being populated by people who privately lack the interest or desire to develop the skill required to lead others effectively. Read more…

Philosophy and the Corporate Boardroom

I was having a conversation with my son the other day.  We were talking about higher education and business.  At some point, those two conversations, while starting out separately, merged.  I think it was when he told me about a respected business colleague whose strongly held opinions included the notion that philosophy graduates have no place at a corporate boardroom table.  I’ve been thinking about that conversation ever since.  Read more…

Leadership – What’s Charisma Got To Do With It?

Charismatic leaders paint the picture of the leader as hero.  These are people who suggest, by their very presence, they can take care of us; cure our ills; make change possible; maybe even be the saviour we have long sought.

In reality, no one can do that single-handedly. Read more

Leadership and the Destructive Nature of Emotional Stupidity

Aristotle once said, “Anyone can get angry. That’s easy. But to get angry in the right way, for the right reason, at the right time and with the right person…that’s not so easy”

I was reminded of this the other day when on television, I, along with countless others witnessed this.  Read more

Leadership and Courage

Courage has many faces.  It doesn’t always show up complete with epaulets and a shiny sword yelling “Charge!!”  In fact, I would suggest it more often demands a much subtler approach.  Either way, courage is not something we can buy or fake. Read more

Personality vs. Character in Leadership

A recent, and much discussed event in the news has started me thinking about the difference between personality and character.   There are perhaps some who have spent little time considering if there even is a difference between them.  Even the Thesaurus on my laptop suggests the word ‘character’ as an acceptable substitute for the word ‘personality’.  But to me, they are quite different.

With my strictly layperson’s eye, I see that distinction as this- Read more

Leadership Perceptions ~ Changing the Record

I read an interesting article last week that started me thinking about the messages we send out to our children concerning what it is to be a manager.  I was thinking too, or perhaps worrying, that in spite of herculean efforts on the part of many ‘experts’ to change the perception of what it takes to be a good manager, we seem to be failing to convey a more enlightened message than the one that prevailed at the beginning of the Industrial Age.  Read more

6 Ideas About Creating Organizations That Value Ideas

Now, more than ever, businesses are having to rethink their product and how they deliver to market. So, the question, (or at least one of them) is, how do we build organizations that actively value idea creation and development?  Read more…

Leadership and The Value of Exploring Beyond Your Door

Success in these times will depend on our ability to reach beyond our current level of understanding about the world and about each other. Whether we choose to sail to far-flung places or find other ways to expand our knowledge, we must reach out and explore beyond our own particular doors. Read more…


Thank you very much for your readership over the past year.  I am especially grateful to those of you who have chosen to subscribe to this blog.  I hope it has served you well and will continue to do so in 2013.  My best wishes for a happy, healthy, purposeful and prosperous year ahead.




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3 responses to “2012 ~ A Year in Review with Dr Seuss, Darwin & Hemingway Too.

  1. Gwyn, Thanks for the list of your favorite 2012 posts. Some I read, some I missed. Some I’ve added to my reading list. May 2013 bring you great success.

    • Gwyn Teatro

      Dan ~ Thank you for spending a little of your time here. It is most appreciated. Best wishes to you for a successful 2013, however you define it 🙂

  2. Pingback: 2012 ~ A Year in Review with Dr Seuss, Darwin & Hemingway Too. | Spark The Action | Scoop.it

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