Duane Dike is the manager of creative production for a large entertainment company in Southern California. He has a doctorate in management and organizational leadership and an MBA in management. He is a popular guest speaker for education and management groups on subjects related to innovation, leadership and thinking.
More from Duane
13 Jun 2016
‘Authentic leadership’ is one of those phrases that gets tossed around so much that its real meaning is in danger of getting lost. So let’s take a look at ‘authentic’ in the context of leadership, music and tourism.
02 May 2016
'Recognition', in its most basic sense, means being able to put a name to a face. But in the business world, names without faces are all too common. And the larger a company grows, the more likely it is that bosses don’t know the names or faces of the people who do the work.
19 Apr 2016
We humans operate in complicated structures called ‘systems’. And the ability to think critically about these systems is the root of all humor, creativity, drama and life.
07 Mar 2016
No-one operates effectively in isolation. That’s why we all need trusted compatriots to teach us how to think, help us to see things differently and to keep us out of trouble.
24 Feb 2016
For the most part, change is gradual and evolutionary. But sometimes it's best for us to push the evolutionary process and go for more rapid change. And that requires good, even transformational, leadership.
21 Dec 2015
True leadership is the stuff of relationships. Being a leader is much more complicated than simply acting leader-like. True leadership is quality-based. Fake leadership is leader-like-sound-bites of things leaders might say.
05 Oct 2015
None of us learn to read, ride a bike or pack a suitcase in a day. That's why learning, like change, is a process, not an event. And it's something leaders need to understand if they are to create learning cultures rather than environments of rote or blind faith.
07 Sep 2015
Great performance is a product of happy people. And happy people are a product of good leadership, not of formal performance appraisals which treat people like children, create bad feeling and breed unproductivity.
06 Jul 2015
The career advice I received when I was young was pretty unimaginative. What I wish I’d been told then is what I try to tell young people now. Make plans, but don’t box yourselves in. Be adventurous. Experiment. Think outwardly - and don’t be afraid take gambles.
08 Jun 2015
As I’ve recently been reminded, life has an end and it could come any time. That realization brings with it a renewed focus on the things that matter. And few things matter more than the happiness that dwells in the things you do for others.
21 May 2015
Every move a leader makes affects someone and something else. So leadership effectiveness depends on three things: knowledge of the job, your place in the working environment and your ability to relate to others. Remove any of these and - like a stool - you're heading for a fall.
11 Feb 2015
Whichever way we look at workplace culture, critical elements such as productivity, job satisfaction and personal responsibility all boil down to one factor: boss behavior. Without knowledgeable and empathetic leaders, healthy cultures, work environments and systems can’t exist.