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Katherine Tyler Scott

Katherine Tyler Scott is Managing Partner of Ki ThoughtBridge, a leadership consultancy, and is author, most recently, of Transforming Leadership: The Episcopal Church of the 21st Century. She is a board member of the International Leadership Association.

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The negotiation process

he most important thing a great negotiator must do is establish a process that will determine how the parties can...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | March 8, 2011; 08:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Different versions of truth

Neither side is able to explore any other options at this point because they have made their current positions sacrosanct. The overarching issue of achieving fiscal health has been lost in the hard-line rhetoric...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | March 1, 2011; 03:38 PM ET | Comments (6)

The danger of political showmanship

The kind of positional bargaining so prevalent in Congress right now doesn't generate more options...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | February 16, 2011; 02:22 PM ET | Comments (3)

Technology is a tool

Civil unrest and episodic protests in Egypt existed before last week...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | February 8, 2011; 03:06 PM ET | Comments (2)

Authority does not equal leadership

Ultimately, the authority to lead comes from those who choose to follow. When there is a loss of trust...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | February 1, 2011; 03:25 PM ET | Comments (6)


It was a message that inspires us to recall and embrace the true American character: a nation of people who believe in themselves, who value freedom and democracy...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | January 26, 2011; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Our role in this tragedy

Our pattern seems to be a brief awakening during a crisis, at which time we are startled and sickened by the horror of what happened, but then we soon return to a semi-conscious state that serves to distance us from...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | January 11, 2011; 07:10 PM ET | Comments (3)

In the blame game, no one wins

Those who want to redo 2008 to 2010 will see the decisions that contributed to the fragility of the economy and that have locked the country into two intractable wars had their origins well before this time frame...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | January 5, 2011; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (3)

The community rebuilders: Linetta Gilbert and Kelly Lucas

I have two nominees with whom I have had the privilege of working; both are professionals in the field of philanthropy. They are profiles in leadership and capture the vision, passion, courage, skill and tenacity needed to bring about real community change...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | December 22, 2010; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

When what you do outweighs who you are

A cloud of allegations hovers over this year's Heisman recipient, and a shadow has been cast on his character and on the integrity of those who chose him. In his case, fact and fiction are somewhat muddled; but what is clear is...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | December 16, 2010; 09:26 AM ET | Comments (2)

Obama's 'Sophie's choice'

The public should not accept such blatant manipulation or tolerate being held hostage by power plays and positional bargaining. This legislation is neither bipartisan nor optimum. Neither party achieved...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | December 8, 2010; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (2)

The federal budget as metaphor

Our values and beliefs are embedded in the numbers, and changing the balance sheet is about changing ourselves. Balancing the budget is not just a realistic reallocation of resources; it is a metaphor for our belief about the American character...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | December 1, 2010; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

How to save a company from demise

If culture is, as Terry Deal states, "the way we do things around here;" then corporate leadership must question the underlying assumptions that drive the behaviors of those within the company. Many assumptions are unconscious and have a dramatic effect on operations; surfacing them is critical to a company's ability to change. An integrated approach to leadership means...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | November 17, 2010; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

'A wish for leaders'

There are some key questions that should be considered by both, even though Senator Reid has retained his formal position and Speaker Pelosi's fate is now dependent on the votes of her peers. In the final analysis, both will have to be authorized by those they want to influence. Can they present and represent their positions...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | November 9, 2010; 02:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Work with those that would see you fail

We should not accept the appearance rather than the reality of cooperation; nor can we tolerate the unconditional resistance to change seen these past two years. In the long term those who are all about power not purpose, about self-interest not the common good, about control not compassion will be exposed as non-leaders...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | November 2, 2010; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (5)

Painting states into colors

The current political campaign language is deeply divisive. Painting states into colors denies our diversity and reinforces the delusion of independence. It rewards insularity and social callousness, i.e., "if I have adequate health care and you don't it's not my problem"; "if my children can get the best education and yours can't, that's too bad"...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | October 26, 2010; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (5)

Four lessons from Christie

In observing Governor Christie, we can learn how being direct and even aggressive has an appropriate place and time in the repertoire of a leader. In anxious and uncertain times, those most affected often perceive a leader's desire for collaboration as a weakness; a more authoritarian style is palatable, even preferred, by those wanting security. In these times of severe economic...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | October 13, 2010; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Matching 'outside game' to 'inside self'

Our culture still tends to equate extroversion with leadership and introversion with followership. The former is perceived as active (good), and the latter as passive (bad). Much too frequently, a quiet demeanor and reflective deliberation are not seen as leadership behaviors; while verbal, outgoing, decisive action is. I find it irresponsible to attempt to coerce someone who is being authentic into an acceptable, conventional role or societal stereotype of...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | October 6, 2010; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

The president as decider

This president is very logical, thoughtful and deliberative in the way he makes decisions; he doesn't appear to be impulsive or easily swayed by poll numbers grading his likability or direction. There seems to be healthy ability to obtain counsel from smart people who don't always see things the same way and who aren't afraid...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | September 28, 2010; 02:18 PM ET | Comments (1)

Of hope and havoc

Leadership, whether distributive or not, must be guided by a compass inscribed with the basic moral code of "first, do no harm." The real issues and concerns of movements are delegitimized when the values...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | September 21, 2010; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (2)

Managing the tension between intent and impact

Leadership is not value neutral; some values serve a positive social purpose and some do not. The espoused reason for the existence of Craigslist was at risk of being overshadowed by those who values are the commercialization of sexual expression. A leader would ask himself whether...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | September 8, 2010; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Character really does count

A combination of competence and character provides meaning and inspires hope to those whose dreams may be dimmed by middle management's tendency to divide the work force into leaders and losers.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | September 1, 2010; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Time is now for imam to speak on mosque

The motivation for leaders to speak varies. It might be a matter of conscience, the heat of political pressure, affiliation and loyalty to a group, an opportunity to influence, a chance to exploit the situation for personal gain, or just flagrant egotism. We have observed behavioral manifestations of all of these in the past year. The controversy over the Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque ...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | August 24, 2010; 02:54 PM ET | Comments (14)

Congress's actions 'the height of hypocrisy'

It is not leadership to automatically be against something no matter what it is and have nothing substantive to offer in its place. It is not leadership to vote against bi-partisan Committee legislation because it makes the other party look bad. It is not leadership to block the appointment of positions intended to help the government run more effectively.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | August 17, 2010; 01:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

Board acted 'admirably' to remove Mark Hurd

The one thing a board must preserve is the good reputation and trust in a company. A responsible board would never squander the good name of the Company. In the end, the HP board chose the Company's character over the CEO's competence.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | August 10, 2010; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leader as Chief Investigator

The leader must have a capacity to ferret out the fuller truth from differing and often conflicting perceptions and accounts.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | July 23, 2010; 06:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

Leading 'by any means necessary'

A "by any means necessary" approach to a complex problem is more of an example of coercion than leading.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | July 14, 2010; 02:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

No time for 'throw-away' leaders

If we identify leadership capacities as the primary criteria for judging an individual's ability to lead, we would have far more age diversity in the workplace and in public life.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | June 28, 2010; 03:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

Rebuilding 'Team America'

Such blatant hostility and disregard for their superiors endangers everyone. When respect for authority is absent more than egos are hurt - lives can be lost.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | June 24, 2010; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (7)

Let our neighbors starve?

Accommodation to the loudest voices and trying to convince them they are wrong would be irresponsible.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | June 23, 2010; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Staying ahead of the tsunami

By not understanding the more public nature of his leadership role early on, the President allowed others to define his actions and question his leadership as "being out of touch."

By Katherine Tyler Scott | June 15, 2010; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Facebook's urgent task

Facebook must retain the creative drive and bold innovation that gave it life while simultaneously ensuring that it will have a culture of ethical practices and trustworthy service.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | June 9, 2010; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

What it takes to mediate

Any hope of breaking this cycle of reactivity between Israel and Turkey rests with their mutual friend and ally: the United States.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | June 3, 2010; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bleeding to death on camera

The strategy of dumping information on the public without thinking of the result and without giving accurate, specific data about what it means now, and in the long term, is irresponsible.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | May 28, 2010; 03:48 PM ET | Comments (7)

The power of the caring adult

In our work with leaders, we frequently hear of the significance that caring adults have had in their lives.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | May 21, 2010; 05:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Ivy monopoly on leadership

We should never permit any institution, or elite group of institutions, to be the sole source of leadership, because no one institution possesses all of the best and brightest.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | May 18, 2010; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (1)

What Michelle and Laura share

There is something about the first ladies that draws others in and inspires them to follow and find their own purpose. Perhaps it's their authenticity or their ability to be fully present in the moment.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | May 13, 2010; 03:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leadership crisis in the Episcopal Church

Like other sectors, the church must lead in new ways that are inclusive and require meaningful involvement, shared authority, a redistribution of power and new forms of community.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | April 9, 2010; 12:33 PM ET | Comments (39)

Spiritual truths of leadership

Every leader must have a solid core--a sense of what defines them and tethers them when they encounter great difficulty or great temptation.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | April 6, 2010; 06:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's report card

Facts are important, but knowing what they mean is priceless. Obama's lowest grade comes in his management of health care's 'meaning.'

By Katherine Tyler Scott | March 18, 2010; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Right aspirations, wrong definition

The mistake the Canadians made was not that they had higher aspirations for success; it was their definition of success.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | February 26, 2010; 03:53 PM ET | Comments (32)

No zero-sum game

So far, there has been too much reinforcement of negative, resistive behavior and too little support for mature rational leadership in Congress.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | February 23, 2010; 01:13 PM ET | Comments (5)

High-risk status quo

"Staying the course" without revisiting issues when the facts or the context changes, is dangerous behavior.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | February 5, 2010; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Acting responsibly

There are those who think spending more money in the short term is a necessary evil; others think that cutting costs is our only option.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | February 2, 2010; 03:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

'You still believe'

"The avalanche of problems now facing us has not buried my belief in change. Deep down, you still believe in change too."

By Katherine Tyler Scott | January 26, 2010; 03:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Delivering us from anxiety

President Obama inherited many problems, but the most troubling is the fragile trust Americans have in their government and political leaders.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | January 20, 2010; 08:07 AM ET | Comments (5)

Underground bigotry

The existence of colorism is a fact in this country. How can we counter bigotry if we drive honest, open communication underground?

By Katherine Tyler Scott | January 12, 2010; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (24)

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