Wed.Jan 11, 2012

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Women Small Business Owners Are America’s New Job Creators [Infographic]

Women on Business

Did you know that 99% of the employers in the United States are small businesses? Using information from the U.S. Via: Bolt Insurance.

What You Need to Know About Why People Fail

Leading Blog

“There are thousands of books on success. But very few on failure,” begins Siimon Reynolds in Why People Fail. Yet mastering failure is surely a vital step in achieving your aims, hopes, and dreams.”. He is passionately driven to take the "taboo" out of failure. As Reynolds suggests it is a "forbidden subject. They are: 1. Optimism), Are you calm?

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3 Things Great Leaders Know About Managing Change

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Change Management Leadership Coaching. I’m working with a client right now who is leading his organization through a massive restructuring. He engaged me to help with the inevitable human reactions to monumental change. Change Management Leadership Coaching Change Character-based Leadership

Coopetition: Embracing Millenials In The Workplace

The Leadership Advisor

They encourage “friendly” competition, which can often not be too friendly. Millenials embrace the conversation.

7 Spending Encouragements to Make Life Better

Ron Edmondson

Spend more time looking towards your future than at your past. Spend more energy on what you can change rather than what you cannot. Spend more time reading a book than watching television. Spend more time extending grace than holding a grudge. Spend more time listening than talking. Spend more time dreaming than dreading. Do you have more?

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Solving 15 Reasons Leaders Won’t Lead

Leadership Freak

** “I’m so frustrated because my boss won’t make decisions.” Bennis said, “Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.” Leaders with titles who refuse to lead frustrate their teams. It’s more common than you might think. I regularly hear things like, “My boss refuses to move forward.”

Coopetition: Embracing Millennials In The Workplace

The Leadership Advisor

They encourage “friendly” competition, which can often not be too friendly. Millennials embrace the conversation.

Helping Leaders to Balance Being and Doing

Aspire-CS

Erika Andersen writes amazing books. My personal favorite is Being Strategic. If you don’t have a copy, you should. She has another in the works about leadership, which I’m excited about. I met Erika through an introduction from Wally Bock (via social media) and we hit it off, as he thought we might. Tweet This

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When Being GUTSY Starts Young

Women on Business

I recently spoke at a women’s networking group and asked the bright and creative professionals to think about the earliest time they could remember when they spoke out for themselves. To jog their memories, I told a story about unfairness when a boy in my elementary school class was yelled at when I was the one “sneaking” in front of him in line.

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Awe (a mindful leadership blog)

Linked 2 Leadership

What a great time to start something new—at this time of year. This is the season we look to the past with fondness, the present with awe, and the future with great expectations. It’s a rare time for many; a time when we actually stop to reflect, renew, restore, and re-create. Seeing the World Anew There’s [.].

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In 100 Words: There is No “I” in “Team”

Management is a Journey

The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I’. And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I’. They don’t think ‘I’. They think ‘we’; they think ‘team’. They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but ‘we’ [.].

Interview: Project Mgmt and Software Dev Best Practice

Crossderry Blog

Continuing my interview with Stephen Ritchie (@ruthlesshelp, blog here ). author of Pro.NET Best Practices (Amazon paperback & Kindle , Barnes & Noble ). Also, Stephen describes a promotion to get 40-percent-off his book at his blog here. . If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I’m wary of the term best practices.

Leading From the Middle

LDRLB

The newest issue of Strategic Leadership Review is out and features three more strong articles promoting evidence-based leadership. Abstract.

HBR’s Most Popular Blog Posts of 2011

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Katherine Bell for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * As 2011 comes to a close, the editors of HBR.org [.].

Job hunting today?

Chartered Management Institute

According to a new report by MyJobGroup, today is the busiest day of the year for job-hunting. MyJobGroup, which posts vacancies on its website, studied the past seven years of data and found that the first "normal" Tuesday after the new year was the busiest for the number of people looking for new work or a career change.

HBR’s Most Popular Blog Posts of 2011

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Katherine Bell for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * As 2011 comes to a close, the editors of HBR.org [.].

Dabbling with the minds of leaders and Society

Chartered Management Institute

The RSA has just published a report entitled; "Beyond the Big Society - Psychological Foundations of Active Citizenship". You can download it here: [link]. It's a fascinating read, making a call for far smarter interventions in the psyche of society. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Giving Tough Feedback? Sleep on It

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here. Many people advise that you should give difficult feedback immediately, preferably within 24 hours of an incident. But next time you have to provide constructive criticism, consider [.].

Invest in yourself in 2012

Bud to Boss

If your New Year’s resolutions strategic plan involves improving your management skills, check out our upcoming training camps. The longtime favorites and brand new workshops teach you the vital skills needed to be an effective manager. 6-7: Orlando, FL. . 8-9: Dallas, TX. . 13-14: Charlotte, NC. . 16-17: Atlanta, GA. . 21-22: Birmingham, AL.

Giving Tough Feedback? Sleep on It

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here. Many people advise that you should give difficult feedback immediately, preferably within 24 hours of an incident. But next time you have to provide constructive criticism, consider [.].

New Book: Leadership Starts With You

Tim Milburn

I’ve discovered there is one thing every effective leader has in common. It is the determination to lead yourself first. We need you. Leadershi

Are You Really Connecting With Your Customers?

Eric Jacobson

Do we offer services and content to customers on their schedule, not ours? Are we responding to customers online in a timely manner?

Whose path are you on?

CO2

David Whyte asks the question, would you rather fail at your life or succeed at someone else’s? Our lives have porous boundaries. Often, it’s unclear if what we do and value are chosen, suggested, or implanted. Maybe your dad, mom, sibling, or friend played hockey or danced or debated or painted or studied law. What is it you love?

The Business Case for Reading Novels

Harvard Business Review

I've been a devoted, even fanatical reader of fiction my whole life, but sometimes I feel like I'm wasting time if I spend an evening immersed in Lee Child's newest thriller, or re-reading The Great Gatsby. Shouldn't I be plowing through my in-box? Or getting the hang of some new productivity app? Or catching up on my back issues of The Economist ?

Executive Coaching Tip: Avoid Heavy Lifting

CO2

High-performing leaders who want to go from great to greater often believe that executive coaches will require them to do a lot of heavy lifting. Some worry that in trying to fix their weaknesses, they’ll sap some of their strengths. Executive coaches don’t want you to do heavy lifting. Focus on what you and others do well.

Don't Think Different, Think About Different Things

Harvard Business Review

This post is about innovation. But before we get started, imagine the produce area in your local supermarket. Were you able to do it? That seems like a strange question to ask. Of course you could. But the strangeness of the question says something fundamental about the way your memory works. Now back to innovation.

Downsides and Upsides

Execupundit

If you are very busy, swamped with work, the downside may be that you don't have time to think in depth and see the big picture.

How to Choose the Ideas Your Company Should Invest In

Harvard Business Review

My last post described how Innosight follows a three-stage process to evaluate investment proposals from outside entrepreneurs. But deciding how to invest in ideas at a corporation is a different beast. After this starting point, however, our VC process holds pretty well. The first decision is whether to explore an idea more deeply. criteria.

The real reason feedback is so scary

Anese Cavanaugh

It’s easy to notice when things go wrong, and then to stir and marinate in them. It’s easy to do a quick high five and move forward when things go right. What’s not as easy, is to do the reverse; to bask and marinate in what’s gone right; and to do a quick high five and move forward when things have gone wrong. It will stay.

Limiting Distractions At Work

Six Disciplines

How many times are you distracted at the office on an average day? What do you think these interruptions cost you in productive work time? The answer is probably more than you think. According to a recent survey of more than 500 workers conducted by uSamp: More than 50 percent of workers waste an hour or more each day on interruptions.

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Execupundit

From Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally

What to Do With Your Hands When Speaking

Harvard Business Review

The most frequently asked question of presentation coaches is "What do I do with my hands?" In past writings , I have cautioned against choreography; I've seen far too many presenters attempt to illustrate their narrative with specific gestures and wind up tying themselves into pretzel knots. Ronald Reagan provides an alternative point of view.

Entertainment Break

Execupundit

The trailer for " After The Thin Man

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Why Organizational Change Resolutions Are Easily Broken

The Practical Leader

Here’s a partial list: Safety culture. Customer centric/focus/service. Teamwork. Innovation. Flexibility/adaptability to change. Excellence.