Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Challenge is Closed

16-Sept-07: The Challenge is officially closed. I would like to give special recognition to Steve Roesler at All Things Workplace for both the quantity and quality of the posts he produced; six in all. I am amazed by his ability to consistently produce high-quality posts. His final post in his weeklong series answering the "Does Most Leadership Suck, Including Yours...“ challenge, is our final entry.

While it has been a challenge for me to keep up with all of the e-mail and comments this question generated, the conversations have been invaluable in helping me better understand how real people view leadership. You can expect to see much of what you have taught me in my ChangeThis Manifesto.

Take care all...


THE CHALLENGE LIST: Update 16-Sept-07

Ernie A. Cevallos a.k.a. Perseus
Thoughts on Leadership

David B. Bohl
Slow Down Fast
Fulfillment and Leadership

Anita Pathik Law
Power of Our Way Blog
Does Most Leadership Suck?

How to be an Original
Does Your (Personal) Leadership Suck?

Carlon Hass
Possess Less Exist More
Does Your Leadership Suck?

Halina Goldstein
The Inner Travel Journal
If the World Didn’t Suck

Monday Morning Power
Attitude, the Ultimate Power
A Challenge on “Leadership”

A Miracle a Day
5 Reasons Why Companies Fail To Find Good Leaders

Deb Call
Spirit in Gear
Does Most Leadership Suck? Is That the Right Question?

Goodness Gracious
Leading the Way

Sam Chan
Acquire Wisdom and Live with Passion
Understanding Leadership and
The Art of Leadership

Alexys Fairfield
Unraveling the Spiritual Mystique
Monumental Leadership

Jeffrey Phillips
Thinking Faster
Does Your Leadership "Suck"?

Barbara Sliter
No John Wayne Here...

Michael McKinney
Leadership Now
You Can Change

Judy Martin
The WorkLife Monitor
Delving into the Mind of a Leader

Jenny and Erin
Jenny and Erin
Top 10 Reasons being a Leader Sucks

Lisa Gates
Design Your Writing Life
What Sucks Leadership?

Heather Goldsmith
A Creative Journal
Leadership Prompt

Priscilla Palmer
Personal Development Demands Success
Leadership Tag

Donna Karlin
Fast Company Expert Blogs
Leadership: Acknowledging Leaders

Amusing My Genius
Why Most Leadership Sucks..Including Mine and
Is There a Problem with Being too Positive About Everything?

Dr Hal
North Star Mental Fitness Blog
When Leaders Use the Prevent Defense

Daniel Sitter
Idea Sellers
The Role of Leadership in Selling

Martin Spernau
Tindertraum Weblog
All Leadership Sucks Including Mine

Don Simkovich
Hey Don
The Leadership Dilemma

Chris Marshall
Martial Development
You Have the Sensei You Deserve

Priscilla Palmer
Personal Development Demands Success
Good Leadership

Donna Karlin
The Leadership Challenge

The Naked Soul
Does Most Leadership Suck? - A Challenge

Joan Schramm
Momentum Coaching
Leadership, Empathy and Knowing How to Follow

Black in Business

Tim Milburn
What Sucks About Leadership?

Donna Karlin
Fast Company Expert Blogs
Leadership: Tagged for a Leadership Challenge

Steve Roesler
All Things Workplace
Leadership All Week: Accepting the Challenge
- Leadership: It's All About You
Leadership, Choices, and Implications
- Leadership: Is It About Them or Me?
- Leadership: What About These Factors?
- Leadership: Plucky, Lucky, and Sometimes Sucky


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Monday Morning Power said...

This is an impressive list of contributors. Will you be producing any type of analysis from all of this?

Shama Hyder said...

Fantastic challenge John. Sorry to have missed the boat on this one!

John W. McKenna said...


For you, a personal challenge.

If you write a post on your Blog defining leadership without regurgitating any conventional wisdom, i.e. Leaders vs. Managers; WWJD - What Would Jack Welch Do; 10 qualities, etc... Then get three people to post a thoughtful comment about your definition, I will append your posting to the Challenge List.

Are you up for the challenge?

Take care...


Mark said...

This was a great challange and you had good participation. Looking forward to reading all of the entries. Thanks again for including me!

Jim Stroup said...

I just discovered, as I was preparing to write my response today, that you had decided to close the item. One reason for that was that I was waiting for Steve to finish his series.

Sorry to have missed a chance to address a piece about this specifically to your challenge. However, you have assembled a nice list of contributors; I will enjoy reviewing their answers.

Thanks again for putting this one out there!

John W. McKenna said...


Thanks for the complement.

I plan to use the inputs to this challenge as part of my Change This Manifesto. I'm also considering a larger piece, perhaps an e-book with a more in depth analysis.

Take care...


John W. McKenna said...


Thank you for the kind words. I really enjoyed working this challenge and am currently fleshing out a few ideas for future challenges. I'll be sure to tag you for another insightful post.

Take care...


John W. McKenna said...


I’m always looking for great leadership posts. Just because the challenge is over doesn’t mean you can’t write a post. You have some great posts on your Blog and I would love to see what your answer to the leadership challenge.

Take care...