Speaking of Leadership – John F. Moore

John F. Moore is the founder of The Lab, a consulting firm that provides market research, consulting services, and product delivery to help small and medium businesses, as well as local governments and state agencies, implement common sense approaches to leveraging social business strategies, tactics, and tools to meet their organizational goals.

In addition to his work with The Lab, John is a Strategic Advisor to Silberberg Innovations, the Founder of CityCamp Boston (an event focused on bringing together citizens, local government officials, municipal employees, experts, programmers, designers and journalists to share perspectives and insights about the cities in which they live), and a contributor to Fortune.com.

Prior to founding The Lab, John was the CTO, SVP of Engineering, Chief Social Ecosystem Strategist at Swimfish, CTO, VP Engineering at Sonicbids, Inc., and the Director of Engineering at Brainshark,Inc.

John is also a prolific blogger, a frequent speaker on government 2.0 and social business strategies, and has grown strong, thriving communities on Twitter (19,000+), Empire Avenue (600+), and Facebook (150+).

I corresponded with John recently via email to ask him about social media and leadership.

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Speaking of Leadership – Gawain de Leeuw (part 2)

Father Gawain de Leeuw was ordained to the priesthood in 1996, serving churches in SeattleKorea, and White Plains. He was raised in Rochester New York, to a multi-faith family. He was graduated with a degree in Philosophy, cum laude, at Oberlin College in 1991, awarded his Master in Divinity degree at the University of Chicago in 1995, and received his Anglican Studies certificate at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church. He was graduated with his Doctor in Ministry in Congregational Development at Seabury-Western Seminary in 2010. After ordination, he received the Luce Scholar’s award, serving the English Mission at the Anglican Cathedral in Seoul and teaching liturgical theology at Anglican University. He has been trained in Leadership, Authority and Organization at the Tavistock Institute and facilitative leadership and coaching at the Interaction Institute for Social Change. He has done his clinical pastoral work at Roosevelt-St Luke’s hospital and at the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education in Chicago. He has written for the Anglican Theological Review, The Witness, SoMA magazine and Salsa New York. He has served as the chair of the Committee for the formation of a Credit Union, and is currently the Dean of the Westchester Central Clericus, and president of the White Plains Religious Leaders. He serves on the board of the Westchester Housing Action Council and Meals on Wheels. He is a founding member of the Garrison Institute’s Clergy Initiative. He is also a Rotarian. When he is finished with his daily work, he is occasionally found at the Lazy Boy Saloon enjoying a Rogue, or a Captain Lawrence.

As part of the Speaking of Leadership series, I sat down with Father Gawain de Leeuw recently to talk with him about leadership inside and outside the church. Part one of this interview was posted here.

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Turning around in a greenfield (part 2)

In the last post, I shared the details of a leadership transition I lived through and suggested two factors that were important to the outcome. Let’s turn to each of these now in more detail.

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Turning around in a greenfield (part 1)

Like most folks, I’ve had the chance to live through a number of organizational transitions, some successful, some not, but all of them have been instructive and helped me prepare to some day “get the call” and take over the reigns of a large organization.

I’m running a client engagement now with the IT department of a Fortune 200 company in the middle of large-scale transition: new ERP system, new ECM system, and outsourcing large parts of IT and Finance all at the same time. Their CIO is in the thick of it, and it’s too soon to tell whether he (and the organization as a whole) will be successful. But it reminds me of a similar transition I lived through and whose outcome I did get to witness first hand…

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