Fri.Oct 28, 2011

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Are You a Visionary?

Kevin Eikenberry

Typically in these weekly “powerquotes” posts I feature a quotation from a famous, or at least known person. Today that isn’t the case. I don’t know Dan Ivey, though I found his LinkedIn profile just now. His quote came from a Fast Company email in my quotation archives from 2004. I’m pleased to share it [.].

I’m the Leader, It’s Not by Job to Make You Happy

Ron Edmondson

I encounter people who think it’s someone else’s job, perhaps my job as a leader, to make them happy. Put on a happy face! A Survey).

Letting Go of Your Need to be Right


As a leader, you are often rewarded for having all the right answers. You may fight hard for your position on a subject. However, as I’ve watched leaders put an effort into letting go of their own need to be right when it made sense to do so, I’ve also watched some things happen

No Fear of Failure

Leading Blog

Gary Burnison, CEO of Korn/Ferry International, shares one-on-one conversations with a dozen successful leaders in No Fear of Failure. He found a common theme in these conversations: they each “exhibited tremendous courage around the possibility, and even the inevitability at times, of failure. Vasella “found this to be a fascinating analogy.

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Leaders vs. Managers

Great Leadership By Dan

I introduced Jim to Great Leadership readers a few weeks ago with a post called "A Four-wheel-drive Diamond in the Rough Leadership Model". Behaviors?

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Photo Inquiry Friday: Describe the Exception, there is always an exception.

Create Learning

Working on a team and Managing a team has challenges. People by nature wish to catastrophize everything. Because Problems DON’T create solutions.

Control Your Feelings – Don’t Express Them

Leadership Freak

Image source Emotions are responses to information; believe wrong information and you’ll experience wrong feelings. For example, you think someone neglected their responsibilities causing deliverables to fall through the cracks. Based on that, you feel concerned, frustrated, or even angry. Don’t trust those feelings. Don’t express those feelings.

Servant Leadership Observer – September 2011

Modern Servant Leader

After a hiatus of monthly news updates, we resume the Servant Leadership Observer with September, 2011 news. I’ll post the October edition soon.

Nuggets of Wisdom from Leadership Caffeine

Next Level Blog

My leadership blogging friend Art Petty has a new book out called Leadership Caffeine. It’s a series of essays organized by common challenges and opportunities leaders face. The caffeine metaphor. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Books Leadership Art Petty Leadeship Caffeine

Thought-full Thursday: Clinging


Every Thursday, we provide you with a thoughtful way to coach yourself – something all leaders need to do. So take five and enjoy the inspirational quotes and reflect on the questions that follow. Your comments and answers to the questions are most welcome! By letting it go it all gets done.


Business Lesson from T.O.

Women on Business

There’s no denying that Terrell Owens is a great wide receiver, he’s got the speed and the skill so why isn’t he in high demand? He recently staged a televised workout to gain attention, but it seemed to do just the opposite gaining attention from only a arena football team. So what can T.O. teach your company? Talent is not enough.

Fast Friday with Winston Churchill (and a tribute to my Dad)

Roundtable Talk

Last Saturday, my father passed away after a short, but vigorous, battle with cancer. My dad was a larger than life guy and, what was comforting for my Mum and brothers after his death, was the outpouring of memories we received from his former pupils, rugby lads , friends and lawn bowling buddies. You make a life by what you give.”. Happy leading!

End the Patent Wars

Harvard Business Review

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the nation's top patent court, recently reached a decision that will have breathtaking ramifications: scientific research methods per se can be patented for a field of research. The case in question, Classen Immunotherapies v. The role of patents in the growth of innovation needs to be restored.

Authors of Our Own Lives


Kurt Vonnegut once remarked that the secret of writing fiction is to make the reader really want something and then take it away.

America: Excelling at Mediocrity

Harvard Business Review

Recently, I've been around the world and then back to the US of A. And what strikes me is how fast many parts of the globe are forging ahead — and how decrepit coming home can feel in comparison ( JFK airport , I'm looking at you ). It's got me wondering: what is America still the best at? Consider this thought experiment. How did we get here?

Art or Scam?


Art Contrarian on the finalists for the Turner Prize. [Be Be sure to click to see them.] An excerpt: My problem is that the term "art" has been watered down (Duchamp's legacy) to the point where anything can be called "art." But if anything runs the risk of being "art," then art is nothing special and the term becomes meaningless


Ten Innovation Myths

Harvard Business Review

Over the past year I've shifted my presentation materials so they include mostly pictures and 96 point font. That's good for audiences (at least, I think it is), but bad when I get the kind of request that landed in my in-box last week. I had presented a slideshow on this exact topic in April. Reality. Only creative geniuses can innovate. Curious?

Best Cities, Indeed


Whenever someone compiles a list of the world's best cities , it won't be long before the ranking is challenged and omissions are cited. Santa Fe is ranked higher than Paris


Corporations Must Become Socially Conscious Citizens

Harvard Business Review

This blog post is part of the HBR Online Forum The CEO's Role in Fixing the System. I recently heard that the only group held in lower regard than corporate executives in the United States is Congress. Think about that. What a terrible blow to business. And yet, I'd argue that it's our own fault. We have been purveyors of our own doom.

Something Ventured

CEO Blog

Random tidbits: There is starting to be a chill in the air but the beans continue to yield well. The growing season in Long Island is at least a month longer than Guelph. I did not interview for Brainlogic that ended up on Collaborative Innovation. I have been sore from added weight lifting. I am actually thankful that I am able work out.

In 100 Words: It’s About Perseverance, Talent, and Hard Work

Management is a Journey

Never Give Up and Never Give In– Hubert Humphrey I am a big fan of biography shows on successful people in sports, entertainment, business, etc. If you are successful, I want to know how you got there. Two themes that are constant in all of the biography shows I watch is the following: these successful [.].

Quote of the Day


We often make people pay dearly for what we think we give them. Comtesse Diane


Jack Canfield's Simple Trick to Become More Optimistic

Building Personal Strength

Jack Canfield It may take some work to become a truly optimistic person, especially in challenging times. Here's to your success! Post by Dennis E.

Petty Tyranny


A U.S. Supreme Court justice recounted over cocktails a while ago his travails with his hometown zoning board. He wanted to build an addition onto his house, containing what the plans described as a home office, but he met truculent and lengthy resistance. This is a residential area, a zoning official blustered—no businesses allowed. I asked.

Closeout for 10.28.11


Every friday we review the posts from LeaderLab contributors that has appeared on this blog and elsewhere online. Even great leaders need help managing people. This infographic discusses When to Hire an HR Manager. We reviewed The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan. John Richard Bell outlined The Essence of Strategy. Elsewhere. Featured

Oh NO! Is It Possible The Semicolon Will Vanish?

Bird's Eye View

A Hong Kong friend forwarded to me an article from the Wall Street Journal that brings tears to my eyes. Well, not really, but anything to do with the demise of our usage of punctuation strikes close to the heart of a grammarian and self-described language freak like me. Read what Herny Hitchings has to say. And more and more of it via technology.

The Great Firewall of America

Harvard Business Review

The Senate's PROTECT IP Bill, designed to stop piracy, now has a matching bill in the House: E-PARASITE. It would have been tough to top PROTECT IP, but they've managed to do it. It contains provisions that will chill innovation. It contains provisions that will tinker with the fundamental fabric of the internet. So what's in the bill? Facebook.

CEOs and Boards Need a Pact on How the Firm Will be Run

Harvard Business Review

This blog post is part of the HBR Online Forum The CEO's Role in Fixing the System. Another example of a CEO focusing on the short-term earnings rather than the creation of long-term value, right? Not necessarily. Because directors are elected by the shareholders, many define their role solely as representatives of shareholder interests.

Down with Knee-Jerk Downsizing

Harvard Business Review

Recently, the Wall Street Journal had a startling headline: "Lean Companies Ready to Cut." Its opening sentence: "Despite another quarter of robust corporate profits, an ominous impulse is stirring at many big companies — restructuring.". This strikes us as a knee-jerk reaction and a bad idea. Proceed thoughtfully. The picture is an ugly one.

China's Stubbornly High Food Prices

Harvard Business Review

For Beijing, tackling China's high inflation rate — 6.1% in September 2011, down slightly from the three-year peak of 6.5% in July 2011 — appears likely to remain a priority. Why are food prices — which rose by 13.4% The price of pork, a staple meat in China, was 43.5% higher in September than it was a year ago, for instance.