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About | MICHAEL MCKINNEY
Leadership and management have been a topic I heard discussed growing up as my Dad conducted seminars and consulted in the field.
My own interest was piqued in my college days. Two books heavily influenced me and got me thinking about leadership. First was a 1976 book by Warren Bennis titled, The Unconscious Conspiracy: Why Leaders Can’t Lead, and the other was a 1968 book by Peter Drucker titled, The Age of Discontinuity: Guidelines to Our Changing Society.
In The Unconscious Conspiracy Bennis discusses the leadership crisis. He writes, “The crisis calls for leadership, but the leaders aren’t leading. They’re consulting, pleading, temporizing, martyrizing, trotting, putting out fires, either avoiding or taking the heat, and spending too much energy in doing both. They’ve got sweaty palms, and they’re scared.” Hence the name Leadership Now™.
Drucker wrote that before 1850 every technology was experienced-based as opposed to being knowledge-based—apprenticeship rather than study. Productivity will depend on putting knowledge to work rather than skills acquired through experience. He observed that the fifty years before World War I might have been called the “Heroic Age of the Entrepreneur.” That necessitated an emphasis on management to organize large numbers of people to do what was reasonably well-known.
However, beginning in 1970, the emphasis will again be on entrepreneurship— “the ability to create the new and different.” Bennis too talked about the need for leaders to have an entrepreneurial vision to avoid the routine and think about the forces that affect their destiny.
Drucker advised that as the Age of Continuity ends and we enter the Age of Discontinuity, we “will have to learn to put the future ahead of yesterday.” He explained that “In a period of change, and especially rapid technological change in which new industries will appear as the economic leaders, to strengthen yesterday weakens tomorrow.” Over fifty years later, his instruction cannot be ignored.
In 1980, I formed LeadershipNow™ to study and share what I was learning about leadership, management, and personal development. At this same time, I founded M2 Communications to manufacture multi-media products for consultants and speakers. I secretly hoped to get to know those in the field that I would cross paths with as a result of my work. In this way, I was fortunate enough to meet people like Buckminster Fuller, Stanley Marcus, Louis L'Amour, Jim Rohn, John Wooden, Peter Drucker, and Warren Bennis. All contributed to my education and made my day.
I am a member of the National Speakers Association.
I’ve also tried my hand at publishing Foundations Magazine—a personal development e-zine.
My interest in Biblical archeology lead me to found the CenturyOne Foundation in 1996. It is a non-profit organization that promotes biblical archaeology, historical and biblical research, lectures and publications on subjects pertaining to the time of the first-century C.E./A.D.
When I’m not reading leadership books, I like to read anything by Lee Child (Did you know that someone, somewhere, buys one of his Jack Reacher crime thrillers every 13 seconds?), David Baldacci, and the classics.
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