The other day I was reading the hobbies of several C-level executives. And once again I found the usual suspects: cooking, history, art, classical music, old-timers, wine, golf, walking in the mountains … I’ve always wondered, do they do this because it is just part of the social class they belong to (cf. Bourdieu)? Or do they really enjoy it?  And why have these hobbies never…
Back in the day, when I was a PhD student, I often received the question: what is your PhD about?  I always answered: I will only know this when it is finished.  I then tried to explain what Karl Weick (1995, p182-183) learned me: talk your walk, instead of walk your talk. The latter has failed many times, because one hardly makes sense of the future, but one does of the past. This…
“Walk the talk” is one of the most used clichés on leadership. And the importance of role modeling is undoubted. Transformational leadership theorists [i] call it ‘idealized influence’ and it is a core element in all positive leadership theories [ii]: giving the example is an effective way to influence people in the right direction. As Cialdini [iii] quotes Cavett Robert…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_qO7NFp4-s This video circulates already some time on leadership seminars and the internet. It beautifully illustrates the force of social proof: to determine what is correct, we find out what other people think is correct. (Cialdini*, 2007). A longer version of the video** shows that before this scene, the dancing guy had already quite a few 'first…