Name tossers pepper their conversation with the names of people who the they think important. Name droppers want you believe that their association – however tangential – with an influential person is meaningful. The name dropper dangles the perception of being “in the know.”
Two things you need to know about name droppers: They want you to believe that their knowledge of this influential person gives them some kind of pull. Name droppers don’t want you to call them on it.
This brings me to the difficulty that I’ve had in coming up with fruitful results using Google Alert. The question I have decided to ask is what exactly is a transformational leader and why do institutions find it especially difficult to replace highly effective leaders?
I’ve used several key phrases – “leadership succession,” “servant leadership.” and “transformational leaders.” Some of the results have been quite helpful. such as the Inc. Magazine story about servant leadership among Navy Seals. That was an explanatory article that delivered both through its explanation of servant leadership and how this applies to Navy Seals.
However, Google Alerts hasn’t consistently delivered. The alerts I receive link to articles that are motivational in nature like this or are PR puff pieces such as this article. I’ll keep checking Google Alerts because that is one of the class requirements. But if I’m going to get better results I am going to have to expand my where I look beyond Google Alerts.