Wed.Sep 28, 2011

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10 Insightful Social Media Quotes from Smart CEOs

C-Level Strategies

I’m quite fortunate to be part of the team at CEO Connection , working closely with our CEO members on a daily basis as Chief Relationship Officer.

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The Danger of Vision Casting

Ron Edmondson

Vision casting can be dangerous… It can destroy the health of a team… Cast your stones if you want, but it’s true.

5 Actions To Take After a Huge Failure

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Self Leadership It’s out there… the headlines are printed, the paper is printed and the world is reading the news over morning coffee. Information once hidden is now fairly public. Someone has messed up and the consequences are splashed across the information landscape.

The 3 Core Elements of Delegation

Leading Blog

Without delegation no organization can function effectively. Yet, lack of courage to delegate properly, and the knowledge of how to do it, is one of the most general causes of failure in organizations. Lester Urwick, Elements of Administration. Every time you delegate work to a teammate, three inescapable core elements of delegation are in play.

Building Leadership Development From Scratch and Early Morning Sessions?

ReThink HR

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting at the Ohio HR conference which had a record of over 700 attendees. can I stress that it was at 7:15 am.

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Decision Outliers- Their Impact on Team and Organizational Effectiveness

Great Leadership By Dan

What if you have an outlying preference that holds you back? A behavior that if modified, moves you closer to the norm and makes you more effective?

Ready to Rideout the Bear Market?

Coaching Tip

Bear markets are cunning beasts. Don't get me wrong -- we are not in the bear market territory yet. At least, not officially. Close, but no cigar.

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Are You Accountable or Responsible?

Next Level Blog

Are you accountable or responsible? What’s the difference and why does it matter? The first time I heard this distinction was years ago in one of my first coaching engagements. I was interviewing. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Leadership Personal Presence

7 ways the best leaders set an example by going first

Bud to Boss

This is a guest post from Kevin Eikenberry , a two-time bestselling author, speaker, consultant, trainer, coach, leader, learner, husband and father (not necessarily in that order). He is one of the speakers at our very popular Bud to Boss and Leadership training camps. Read more about Kevin here. Attitude. If you don’t do it, who else will? Trust.

This + That + Also This – Success Requires Not 1 Thing, But Many Things

First Friday Book Synopsis

It is a very competitive world out there. Your job may be in jeopardy, because someone else wants your job, and is preparing right now to do your job better than you can do it. Especially if it a good job. Those are increasingly scarce, it seems). So, you have to always keep getting [.]. Randy's blog entries Mastery success

Failed Culture Change Causes Failed IT Projects

The Practical Leader

Many organizations are implementing significant overhauls of their IT systems. But many of these projects are poorly implemented.

Complexity and Achieving Goals at Work

Create Learning

Work and Complexity are continually intertwined. Jaques 1998). The task assignments that you delegate to subordinates.

Hope Actually IS a Strategy (Part 2)

Linked 2 Leadership

It took me three months. Just one quarter. Only twelve weeks. I’m back. My social experiment is over, and my conclusion is: Hope still lives, albeit on a fairly powerful respirator. In my last blog, I shared that it was getting harder to write monthly… (apologizing for the no-post May,) I wrote that: “My shelves [.].

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Bob Burg on Life and Leadership

Leadership Freak

Yesterday Bob Burg took my call and we chatted for nearly an hour. I don’t waste much time on calls so after he shared a bit of his story, I asked him if he thought of himself as a leader. I loved his answer. It set us on a conversation spanning leadership, encouragement, defining success, [.].

Chief of Staff ? Do You Need One? ? Michael VanBruaene

Michael VanBruaene


The McKinsey Quarterly: Top Ten Articles for Third Quarter, 2011

First Friday Book Synopsis

Once again and to its great credit, The McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey and Company, has created online access the Top Ten articles for third quarter (2011) as selected by its readers. In case you missed them, you can now check them out and join the conversation. Here are brief descriptions [.].

Bad Apples Produce Negative Outcomes

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development [link] Dan Rockwell wrote a post yesterday on his Leadership Freak blog titled One Bad Apple Does Spoil the Whole Barrel. Consider the effect of one bad apple when it comes to teams and teamwork. One bad apple can spoil the performance contrary to some popular sayings. Bad Apples Produce Negative Outcomes.

Mariano’s Mellow, Even at a Milestone

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from a recent article written by Jason Gay for the Wall Street Journal. It it, Gay shares his thoughts about one of the greatest baseball players ever…who also happens to be one of the most humble superstars ever: Mariano Rivera, the “closer” for the New York Yankees. He recently became the [.].

Leading in Context® Blog Index

Leading in Context

Thank you for being committed to responsible leadership, and for following the Leading in Context® Blog. This Index includes over 100 posts that I have written on a wide variety of subjects related to responsible leadership. May they help you be successful on your leadership journey. com © 2009-2011 Leading in Context LLC. All rights reserved.

Zag: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Beck Marty Neumeier Peachpit Press The Attention Economy: Understanding the New Currency of Business The Brand Gap Thomas H. Davenport Zag: The Number One Strategy of High-Performance Brands

Why HR and the CEO Should Be Joined at the Hip


The day the Jacobs Suchard (now part of Kraft Foods ) Board of Directors promoted me to the C-Suite, they strongly suggested I align myself with the CFO. My regret is that I did not free up my other hip for Human Resources, a group of eager young managers at the rear of the functional pecking order. There’s no doubt. Four good reasons: 1.


Keys Skills for Increasing The Social Side of Emotional Intelligence

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

Keys Skills for Increasing The Social Side of Emotional Intelligence. The first step towards adjustments and needed change comes with awareness.

Why HR and the CEO Should Be Joined at the Hip


Ultimately, it is the CEO who determines the corporate culture, whether good or bad. Over my long tenure, I was extremely competitive, action-oriented and results-driven. So is it any wonder that my employees acted similarly? I’ll explain it this way: Firstly, these cultural characteristics were monitored and measured. There’s no doubt.

You Should Be Able to Get Rich in Charity

Harvard Business Review

There, I've said it. There should be no limit to the amount of money a person can earn making the world a better place, so long as the money is commensurate with the value they produce. And never let anyone else stop the machine. Let it keep producing value. Keep measuring it. And keep paying, without limit. Encouraging it is not. Would we do it?

Death by Triangulation


“We don’t see the world as it is. We see the world as we are.” ” –Anais Nin. Death by Triangulation. And it’s not over.

E Pluribus Unum


My family and I are on a vacation and field trip to Washington, D.C. this week. frontpage

Wounded Healers


You do not have to be perfect to urge ethical behavior. As ethicists have noted, all of us can be wounded healers. The argument that any advocacy of ethical behavior must be from a saint is a diversionary tactic. It is often wrapped in the cloak of nonjudgmentalism; the idea that no moral judgments must be made on the behavior of others.

Voice of Experience: Natalie Horton (Deutsche Bank)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from a profile of Natalie Horton (Head of Synthetic Equity Trading for North America, Deutsche Bank) written by Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) for The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. Visit us daily to discover issues that matter, share experiences, [.].

Idioms, Cobblers,and Sausages


Mollie Hemingway at Ricochet is collecting foreign idioms. For example: For "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" -- Portuguese: Cão picado por cobra, tem medo de linguiça // A dog bitten by a snake fears sausages

Break Out From Predictability

Eric Jacobson

Inspirational leadership wisdom today came from Bahram Akradi, the CEO of Life Time Fitness.

Seeking Credit for Evil


Michael J. Totten reports on an interesting twist: A publication that should know is questioning Iranian trutherism

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Help To Your Team Provide Excellent Customer Service

Eric Jacobson

Project a positive attitude by being helpful, interested, trustworthy, reassuring, respectful and reliable.

General Grant


I have written before about the charm of U.S. Grant's memoirs. You can read his autobiography online.] It is easy to see why Grant and Mark Twain became friends. An excerpt: On the evening of the first day out from Goliad we heard the most unearthly howling of wolves, directly in our front. He kept on towards the noise, unmoved.

Why You Still Haven't Gotten a Job

Harvard Business Review

They say, "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten." So why do we repeat things that we know aren't working? Take jobseekers who send out hundreds, sometimes thousands of resumes , and never get any results. Last year, I was visited by one of these chronic resume-senders. Was the requisition withdrawn?