Entries by Lee Thayer

Perversity and the Stock Market

Perversity is an obstacle to real achievement. If you look it up in the dictionary, you will find that perversity refers to the illogic of what goes on in the world. Best interpretation: if refers to the common experience of living in a world that frequently does not coincide with your expectations about it. (Hello, Wall Street.) Perversity […]

Perversity, Cooking, and Leadership – Let’s Just Order In

I love perversity. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be in touch with reality very often. The rationality that we try to impose on the world doesn’t often work. The assumptions through which we observe the world more often then not, “spin” what we see out of shape. For example, people have lost interest in food […]

Casting the Right People in the Right Roles: Part II

The first source of the problem (of recruiting, interviewing, and choosing) (casting) a potential hire is, more often than not, stems from the candidate’s assumption that getting a “job” is a decision made essentially by the organization. That’s the wrong way of looking at it. It works best when both the candidate and the organization […]

Casting the Right People in the Right Roles: Part I

It would seem that one of the most universal problems in building and growing competent organizations is having just the right roles for your purposes, and then getting the right people cast in those roles. There are two major sources of this perennial problem. One source is on the organization’s side, and the other is […]

Why Role Descriptions Are Important

I’m often asked, “What’s the big deal about role descriptions. You’re just describing the job….”   The answer is, “No, they don’t ‘just’ describe the ‘job’ in another form.” Here’s how to think about Role Descriptions: When someone wants to write a story, they have to think deeply about what the story is about, and […]

Leadership and Change

Leadership and Change – That’s What Leaders Do Things change. What leaders do is to create a world that would not have existed without them. Change is unavoidable. Changing some part of the world from the way it is to the way it ought to be, is the work of leadership. Michelangelo said he saw […]

About Communication

When I was a child growing up on my Irish grandparents’ small, self-sufficient farm in southeast Kansas, I was intrigued by the notion of “communication.” Having no one my age to talk to, I tried talking to the animals – and we had most kinds. I pretended that they pretended that they understood. So, I […]