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About cedricj

I am a licensed psychologist and management consultant and have always been intrigued by how leaders can inspire people in their organizations. The bottom line is that people are not always motivated by material rewards, the use of the carrot or the stick, fear and intimidation,and command and control, Five human needs inspire and drive us. Kristine S MacKain, Ph.D and myself describe these inspirational forces in our book "What Inspirational Leaders Do" (Kindle 2008)

Are You A Traveler or a Tourist?

A metaphor for an effective connection with another culture is to compare the process to the difference between a tourist and a traveler. The tourist takes a flying visit, seeks a home away from home experience by staying in familiar (Western) hotels. … Continue reading

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Breaking Ego-Mind Addictions – A Reflection on the True Self

The operating system of all regret is the ego-mind. That internal commentary about our self often begins with “What if?” Such “what if?” moments are centered on individual performance, need for validation, and control. Anyway if we are only as … Continue reading

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From "What if?" to "What now?"

It was one of my iconic scenes over fifty years ago. The episode became a part of the highlight reel played over and over in my mind ad nauseam. The soundtrack is not some dramatic and inspiring Chariots of Fire … Continue reading

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My Dog: My Spiritual Director

We have all adopted animals. In life they have delighted our hearts. At their death our hearts were broken. But was the rescue worth it? Every minute was. I carried the lifeless body of my dog Oaxaca to the vet’s … Continue reading

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The Search for Community

The consummate joke on humans is that we are social animals in need of others to maintain our wellbeing. However, many times we can’t stand being together. That is not just true of the ornery uncle at Thanksgiving dinner. We … Continue reading

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Get Yourself a Truth-Teller

We can all do with a few truth-tellers in our lives since we all occasionally succumb to phony behavior or groupthink. They can encourage beginner’s mind and innovation in our organization. Another name for a truth-teller is a devil’s advocate. … Continue reading

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Managing a Difficult Leader by Doing the Opposite

This article is an excerpt from my sacred memoir “Not Everyone Who Wanders is Lost” at breakframe.wordpress.com Some leaders really rattle my cage. And when I get hot under the collar I sometimes react rather than respond in ways that … Continue reading

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My Failure, My Friend

In a culture besotted with success how can we have a more productive relationship with our failures? And at the same time not lower our standards in the pursuit of excellence? Some measures that we use in our organizations are … Continue reading

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Interview by the Executive Diary with Cedric on his Life’s Work

From the Diary Of  Cedric Johnson  Cedric is an expert in leadership transition and inspiring leaders to empower others. We are delighted that Cedric has agreed to answer some questions and provide us with the value of his insight into … Continue reading

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Don’t Play Whackamo With Your Ego

We all have ego challenges. Our anthem often seems to be “I did it my way”. But this egocentric striving works against productive collaboration. It stifles the generation of new ideas and thought leadership. It divides us from each other. … Continue reading

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