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
Feelings vs reasoning
26 Sep 2016
The older I get, the more I see that rather than ignoring peopleís expressions of feeling, managers ought to welcome them as good for business and realize that results can improve when you listen and respond appropriately to them.
Learning to play together
17 Aug 2016
Even though we shared the same experiences, I think very different from my brothers. But that didnít stop us learning to play together. So why screw up the little time we have on this earth with prejudices, hatred, and mistrust?
Focus on the positives
11 Jul 2016
Why do we feel the need to wallow in the negative? So many good things happen in our lives, but our work-world tends to drive toward the negative and the non-productive.
Truth, authenticity and leadership
13 Jun 2016
ĎAuthentic leadershipí is one of those phrases that gets tossed around so much that its real meaning is in danger of getting lost. So letís take a look at Ďauthenticí in the context of leadership, music and tourism.
Names without faces
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 donít know the names or faces of the people who do the work.
It's all about systems
19 Apr 2016
We humans operate in complicated structures called Ďsystemsí. And the ability to think critically about these systems is the root of all humor, creativity, drama and life.
Select your confidants carefully
07 Mar 2016
No-one operates effectively in isolation. Thatís 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.
When evolutionary change needs a nudge
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.
True leaders are human
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.
Those darn performance appraisals
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.
Career planning 101: what I wish I'd known then
06 Jul 2015
The career advice I received when I was young was pretty unimaginative. What I wish Iíd been told then is what I try to tell young people now. Make plans, but donít box yourselves in. Be adventurous. Experiment. Think outwardly - and donít be afraid take gambles.
You donít know whatís going to happen tomorrow
08 Jun 2015
As Iíve 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.