This reaction paper discusses the psychodynamic approach to leadership styles and how it applies to my effectiveness as a leader. In this discussion of the psychodynamic approach, I will juxtapose my personal leadership style based on my personality type with the situation to give an accurate picture of how personality style dictates my behavior. Personality refers to the consistent pattern of thinking, feeling, and the way of acting (McCrae & Costa (1990). Since we will deal with personalities, it can be assumed that no two situations will elicit identical responses from the leader because they are situational and emotionally different. My leadership style will be assessed using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and how my temperament type is expressed in the workplace.
The tremendous popularity of massive social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, and others are like? a beacon to the hackers, scammers, and phreakers of the digital darkworld.? With as many as 175 million logins per day, Facebook is currently at the head of the pack and thus draws the most unsavory and skilled hackers.? Is your information on facebook safe or should you dump the social networks?? Read more at Norton Security.
In this CNET article by Declan McCulagh, he reports that the DoJ is planning to request mandatory data retention by Internet providers. Their argument is that the lack of data retention is interfering with law enforcement?s ability to investigate cases. This implies some kind of shift in the balance of privacy vs. access. No such shift has taken place. Read the rest of Lance Cotrell's article.
Leadership is not magic or mystical powers possessed by an anointed few?? It is not based on height, weight, or other physical features.? Leadership is something that must be manifested to be observed, felt, and understood. It is based on observance of behavior and clarity of vision that moves inexorably toward achieving a stated goal and engenders the voluntary participation of others towards the achievement of said goals. This succinct definition ?Leadership is the process of influencing an organized group toward accomplishing its goals? by (Hughes, Ginnett, & Curphy, 2009, p. 6) captures most of the essence of leadership. The successes of various leaders like Churchill, Reagan, Eisenhower, Nimitz, and Gates, have fueled the belief that leaders are born and not made. There is the belief that due to some innate character quality one person may be destined to be a great leader and another is not.
Sajid Farooq writing for the Bay Area NBC affiliate predicts dire times ahead for Blockbuster as they struggle to recover sales and profit which has been relentlessly chipped away by NetFlix and Redbox.? The task facing Blockbuster is not an easy one. Blockbuster planned to close up to 960 unprofitable stores by the end of 2010 to stem the flow of red ink and refocus its business strategy.? The company has decided that since it can?t beat them it may as well join them, and is taking aim at Redbox through a plan to offer their own rental kiosk machines.? Since the Motion Picture Association of America is unhappy with the low prices charged by Redbox this may provide an opportunity for Blockbuster to enter the market with the backing of the movie industry.? Time and strategy will tell the story.
The Center for Creative Leadership published a study of six public and nonprofit organizations to determine how the roles of leaders influenced the success or failure of the change implementation. The study indicated that between 66 and 75% of those change efforts failed and identifies the reasons for the failure.? One of the main reasons identified by the study is ?Insufficient advocacy for the change or failure to understand responsibilities in the change initiative? (Key and Newcomer, 2008). The study also identified several key strategies for leading organizational change to engender greater success.
I started to write an article about the ruling by Federal Judge Vinson when I stumbled accross th is awesome piece by Travil Pillow writing for the Florida Independent.? I encourage you to read this landmark ruling and check out the Florida Independent.
A Florida judge has ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, a victory for the 26 states that joined in a suit challenging the law in federal court.