The Cure for Lazy Leadership | Michael Arnold | TEDxClemsonUniversity

We need a cure to the toxic contagion of lazy leadership. To prevent abusive bullies from controlling disengaged employees. Command and control is so last century! Michael watched Neil Armstrong step on to the moon while sitting on his grandpa’s knee. He wanted to be an astronaut, but discovered in high school he was 3 inches too tall! Michael decided to become an engineer and build taller spaceships, discovering his passion: solving problems by changing the status quo. Michael’s mentor in college told him "Don't become a quality engineer in the automotive industry." He found the last 25 years in automotive quality to be challenging and fast paced, but now understands the advice thanks to the command and control management culture. Michael’s focus the last 15+ years has been solving complex problems, gaining both Shainin Red X Journeyman and Six Sigma Black Belt certifications, including teaching and coaching Six Sigma. Michael’s experience and knowledge enables him to help others solve their biggest problems. Drawing on this experience he now trains and coaches others to resolve problems with innovative solutions. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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