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12 Reasons You Will Be a Better Leader this Year

Leading Blog

Because you are generous with information. You know it enables and values others. Because you eschew the trappings of power. Because you exercise.

There’s No Such Thing as Organizational Change

Kevin Eikenberry

It is everywhere. Political leaders promoting changing policies. Organizational leadership touting new products or strategies. Team leaders outlining a process improvement. Leaders everywhere think their job is to create change across their team, organization or industry. And they are all wrong. You can create [.].

Leadership Development: Is Stress Holding You Back from Being a Sustainable Leader?

C-Level Strategies

This week at Leadership Chat we’re going to be tackling a subject that affects all of us as leaders and individuals: stress. Something else?

January Management Journey Carnival

Management is a Journey

Happy New Year and welcome to the January 2012 edition of the Management Journey Carnival! We’re off to a good start with the first Carnival Edition for this year. Blog Carnival Business Trends change strategy leadership management motivation organizational productivity survival skills

"How Are You?" at Greetings?

Chris Brady

"How are you?" What's up?" Morning." These and perhaps hundreds of other greetings are muttered throughout our culture with no thought and even less sincerity. We have almost a knee-jerk reaction. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. LLR Daily Application

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Team Vision and Mission - and the Difference

Great Results Team Building

Your team needs to define both its vision and its mission to be successful. This is your team’s Vision and Mission…. So, what’s the difference?

Walton Coggins (Boyd Crowder in Justified) Teaches Us a Lesson about Racism

First Friday Book Synopsis

I teach Speech Communication. One of the subjects we dwell on is “ethnocentrism.” It is a fancy, academic word, that basically means “I think that my group is better than your group, so I will focus on my group and, in some way or another, think less of your group.” There are a lot of [.].

The Secret to a Great Place to Work

Leadership Freak

** I believe in employees first, but I recently learned a bigger, more important truth. I asked an expert on “great places to work” if putting employees first was the secret to creating a great organization. She said, “Not really.” In the past: In, “The Essential Secret to Full Engagement,” I wrote: “Always place the [.].

Six Leadership Communication Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Next Level Blog

On this Martin Luther King Day, I’m going into The Next Level Blog archives for this post on what we can learn from the speaking virtuosity of this great leader. Several years ago I was given the gift of the recordings of the sermons and speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. There are companion books of the same title for each set.

“In the Final Analysis, the Rich Must Not Ignore the Poor” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

First Friday Book Synopsis

One reason that we stop and think about the great causes on Martin Luther King Day is that no one has replaced him. It was his voice that was so strong, and his message could not be ignored. There is no other Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and so we return to his words so [.]. Randy's blog entries Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Synergist: How to Lead Your Team to Predictable Success

Kevin Eikenberry

Today’s Resource Recommendation is The Synergist: How to Lead Your Team to Predictable Success by Les McKeown. This book proposes that there are four types of people on teams and in organizations; three of them are more naturally occurring and one, the synergist, brings greater success for all of them.

The Courage to Make a Change

Your Voice of Encouragement

During the summer of 1982 I was working as director of federally-funded programs for a local school system. Drastically different. test your

Valuable Insights from New Study on Top Companies for Leaders

The Practical Leader

470 companies completed a detailed questionnaire for this study. A panel of judges chose the top 25 companies for leaders. The top four were: IBM.

Leaders: Is Your Hat Teachable?

Linked 2 Leadership

We all wear many hats whether we are on our jobs, at home, or participating in extracurricular activities. Some of us wear one or two hats, while others of us wear multiple hats. Then, there are those unique situations that will cause us to flip from hat to hat several times in one day. Some [.].

Stained Glass Windows: A Story of God’s Providence from Daniel Doss

Ron Edmondson

My good friend Daniel Doss gets real and vulnerable to share how his popular song “Stained Glass Windows” became a song. Thank you Daniel!

Just Because You Never Left Camp, Doesn’t Mean You Are Fit to Lead it

Create Learning

Me tying knots back in my days at Summer Camp. You can read more here…. What can we do? What is our responsibility? michael cardus is create-learning.

Calm Leadership is Vital to Strong Community Management

Managing Communities

photo credit: jsmjr In the United States, today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, in honor of the late civil rights leader. A few days ago, NBC News released a full episode of “Meet the Press” from March 28, 1965, which featured Dr. King. It is embedded below. If you watch it, you’ll notice how [.]. Managing the Community

shorts.012 | Autonomy Enables the Helpful to Perform


If everyone in your organization only did what was written in their formal job descriptions, your business would be mediocre at best. For your business to excel, your workforce from top to bottom needs to be full of good organizational citizens. Those relationships between citizenship behavior, teamwork, and performance are expected. 2012). Bret L.

MLK’s “The Fierce Urgency Of Now.”

Rich Gee Group

You might surprise yourself


Focus on the Family, John 3:16 Commercial

Ron Edmondson

In case you missed this, I loved this Focus on the Family commercial. Others on Twitter thought it was a waste of money. What do you think? Jesus


The Personal Touch


I received a memorable email today. It was addressed to Dear *FNAME


Founders at Work: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days Jessica Livingston Apress (2008) Note: I recent re-read this book while preparing questions for interviews of two thought leaders and now share my reactions to it when it was first published several years ago.

Hallmarks of Good #Communication Systems and Practices

Management Craft

Here is a list of criteria I use to evaluate communication systems and practices. While no system will demonstrate all of these elements, the more the better. More PULL than PUSH. More than being inclusive, it engages people and is interesting. Nimble and changeable with built in feedback loops. As simple as possible. Low hassle factor. Sustainable.

How Twyla Tharp copes with her “five big fears”

First Friday Book Synopsis

In The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, published by Simon & Schuster (2006), Twyla Tharp observes, “No one starts a creative endeavor without a certain amount of fear; the key is to learn how to keep free-floating fears from paralyzing you before you’ve begun. When I feel that sense of dread, [.].

RapidBI in top 100 Tweeters on Human Resources

Rapid BI

RapidBI at #5 in Evan Carmichaels top 100 people on twitter on human resources for Jan 2012! Management Evan Carmichael top 100 twitter

Managers, Are You Telling TOO Many Stories? Be a little more messy. @tylercowen

Management Craft

I really like this TEDx talk from economist Tyler Cowen called Be suspicious of stories. I think anyone in a leadership role should watch it and think about what it might mean. Like Tyler, I am not advocating we stop using story - but it is useful to think about the potential ramifications of oversimplifying things through story.

Belief Is Powerful

Tim Milburn

If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m a HUGE 49ers fan! Huge=excited, passionate, loyal…not necessarily tied to one’s weight).

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Art Contrarian examines a collection of portraits of Andrew Jackson


How do you grow a small business?

Jason Womack

If you're a small business owner, would you add your say here about Growing Business in 2012? (5 5 questions, and they are all YES or NO.)

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How to Be Interesting


Jessica Hagy wrote an article for Forbes on how to be interesting in ten simple steps. Fortunately, Ricochet is here to advise you properly.

Leadership Caffeine-Success One Step at a Time

Management Excellence

Too many people fail to overcome resistance and start moving forward. Instead of heeding Drucker’s advice, fear rents space in their minds, creating a never-ending litany of excuses that help ensure that their feet remain firmly planted in place. Leadership Caffeine Professional Growth fear Resistance success

Instant Typewriter Nostalgia


I love writing on a computer but there is a moment that always evokes a strong desire for a typewriter: When addressing an envelope


Customer Engagement

Talent Technologies

Customer Engagement is a huge issue for companies that want to grow market share, reduce customer attrition, and enhance profitability. This is the second part of a two-part series. Last month, we analysed what customer engagement is. In this article, we look at what companies can do to promte customer engagement. Know which notes to play. Company.

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Back by popular demand: Where many of us were first exposed to classical music