Dr. Rob Sheehan: Leading with an Open Mind

How open minded are you, really? This is a question I have been asking myself since reading an interview with Adam Grant about his newest book, Think Again. In his interview with Inc. magazine, Grant explains that most of us spend our time in one of three different mind-sets: Preacher Mode: Persuading others to your point of view. Prosecutor Mode: Trying to prove someone…

Dr. Rob Sheehan: Are You Coachable?

Our new cohort of Executive MBAs at Smith Maryland are about to start the Executive Coaching part of our program and I am sending them this recent article* from Harvard Business Review to help them make sure they are in the right frame of mind to start the process. But, all of us need to be open to “coaching” whether we have…

Dr. Rob Sheehan: Build a Culture of Appreciation

You honestly appreciate your team and you probably think that they know it. You are probably wrong. According to research reported in Harvard Business Review*, many leaders incorrectly assume that the team they work with know how they feel about them.  They call this an “illusion of transparency.”  In other words, no – people cannot read your mind; or your heart. Here is what…

Dr. Rob Sheehan: Traits of Incompetent Leaders

What are the traits of incompetent leaders? I know – sadly – you could probably make a long list, with footnotes and examples of poor leaders you have endured. However, there is some good news.  According to a recent article in Harvard Business Review*, progress is being made in identifying bad leaders. For example, research in 11 different experiments have shown that one…

Dr. Rob Sheehan: Leading Innovation

Dr. Rob Sheehan is the volunteer blog editor of Insights With Impact. He has more than thirty years of executive management experience, including eighteen years as CEO of two different national nonprofit organizations. He is currently Academic Director of Executive MBA programs at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland – College Park…