2011

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My Personal Coach

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The concept of a coach is slippery. Coaches are not teachers, but they teach. They’re not your boss—in professional tennis, golf, and skating, the athlete hires and fires the coach—but they can be bossy. They don’t even have to be good at the sport.

Google's Project Oxygen

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Google clearly hopes to recapture some of the nimbleness and innovative spirit of its early years. But the key question is: Will Project Oxygen help a grown-up Google get its start-up mojo back? They wanted to build better bosses. So, as only a data-mining giant like Google can do, it began analyzing performance reviews, feedback surveys and nominations for top-manager awards. They correlated phrases, words, praise and complaints.

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Introverts and Extroverts

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Many people believe that introverts, by definition, are shy and extroverts are outgoing. This is incorrect. Introverts and extroverts differ in how they process information. Introverts get their energy internally. Extroverts gain energy from being with other people, often the more the merrier. There are shy extroverts and outgoing introverts. Most of us have a little of both in us, but lean one way or the other.

When Doing It All Won't Do: A Self-Coaching Guide for Career Women

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Fellow executive coach Barbara McEwen and I have authored a self-coaching book for career women that we will publish it next few days. The concept for the book came about because of the very real, very important needs that our female clients repeatedly expressed.

High-Trust Teams

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Trust is central to human existence. Like all social animals, human beings have an instinctive need to cooperate and rely on each other to satisfy their most basic emotional, psychological, and material needs. Without trust, we are not only less happy as individuals but also less productive in groups. Research has linked the virtues and benefits of trust to economic prosperity, societal stability, and even human survival.

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How Do You Standout as a Leader?

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Your genius is precise and will play out as your life signature.but only if you know what your comparative advantage is and build on it throughout your life.

Why Executive Onboarding?

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By Guest Author Robert Hargrove . Companies invest a tremendous amount of time, energy, and expense in hiring a new executive. Yet research conducted by the Gallup organization shows that a shocking 40% of newly placed executives are show the door before 18 months.

Why Leadership Checklists Matter

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by Guest Author Betty Shotton, author of " LiftOff Leadership ". Before every flight, professional pilots pull out a pre-flight checklist and go through it from top to bottom. Even if they have flown the same plane and gone over the same checklist thousands of times, they never assume that they know it all and skip that critical practice. Professional pilots know that their responsibility to the lives of their passengers is too great to risk by possibly forgetting a critical go/ no go check.

How does your personality affect your decision-making?

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Guest author Jeffrey Kennedy shows you how your psychological strengths and weaknesses determine your ability to "live long and prosper" in fast-moving markets. Do your decisions rely on data, or do you go with your gut? Think about your most recent auto purchase. Was it based on meticulous consumer research or did you go with a model that "felt right"? How about the last time you had to assemble something? Did you read the manual first or just figure it out as you went?

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How Do People Perceive You?

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Because all of the decisions we make are emotional (while we rationalize and justify those decisions analytically), our perceptions of others are based on intangibles that we use to make meaning in our world. These intangibles include our assumptions and beliefs, values, vision of the future and guiding principles.

Seeking Emotional Intelligence Employees

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With smaller staffs, higher stress levels and uncertainties around the economy, are employers changing what they look for in prospective employees? Who gets hired or promoted today? The short answer is: The person who is not afraid to take on new challenges, can pull support, lead others, and complete tasks on time. Someone who actively looks for opportunities to make improvements, who is a good fit with the organizational culture and backs corporate values and principles.

Why I Wrote Managing (Right) for the First Time

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By Guest Author David C. Baker. As a management consultant , I’ve had the privilege of interviewing more than 10,000 employees across 600+ companies. . Personally, I’ve been managed poorly , and I’ve been managed well. I’ve managed others poorly, certainly.

Six Guidelines for Resolving Intergenerational Conflict

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By Larry and Meagan Johnson. For the first time in history, there are five generations working side by side: the Traditional Generation (born pre-1945), Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), Generation X (born 1965-1980), Generation Y (1981-1995), and the Linkster Generation (born after 1995).

What is Your Desire?

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Religious teaching offers desire and fear as the two great tensions we have to deal with in our lives. Supposedly there are two cherabim's according to teaching, those of desire and fear that guard the gates of heaven. "It

Are Leaders Born or Made?

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By Guest Author Jack Zenger. Few things in my life have the consistency of the following exchange. . Stranger: “So what do you do for a living?”. Me: “I’m involved in the leadership development profession. We usually work with large organizations in developing their leaders, using a variety of programs and instruments.”. Stranger: (Pause) Mmmmm. “ So do you think leaders can be made or are they born that way ?”.

What is EntreLeadership

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EntreLeaders understand that ultimately the only power they can use to grow a quality team is the power of persuasion. Persuasion is pulling the rope and positional leadership is pushing the rope. And we all know you can't push a rope. You cannot lead without passion.

Four Keys to Corporate Leadership Success

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What will determine who gets the next promotion, and the one after that? Which of them, when the time comes, will get that corner office? In other words, what does it take to lead an organization — whether it’s a sports team, a nonprofit, a start-up or a multinational corporation? Interviews conducted with more than 70 chief executives and other leaders point to five essentials for success — qualities that most of those C.E.O.’s s share and look for in people they hire.

Natural and Spiritual Leadership

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In natural leadership , personality plays a primary role. In spiritual leadership , the Holy Spirit within each of us takes the natural qualities of personality and infuses them with spiritual qualities. While many aspects of natural leadership are similar to spiritual leadership, there are some that are diametrically opposed.

Building Leadership Trust

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By Guest Author Mike Figliuolo, author of One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership. . People follow leaders they trust. Trust is based on predictability. Sharing a clear, compelling leadership philosophy is the best way to become more predictable to your team (to see if your team trusts you, take this simple Trusted Leader Assessment ). . Many leadership philosophies are full of buzzwords. That’s not authentic.

First, Know Yourself

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You must know yourself to express yourself. Once you truly know yourself, your public identity becomes an extension of who you really are. Many of us have trouble firming up our identity (i.e.

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Human Resource (HR) Manager Challenges

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By guest author Jay Weiss of JGI Consultants. The recruiting process can be time consuming, but it is not only necessary to find the right talent to fit within your organization but an important first piece of the employee life-cycle.

Reluctant Leadership

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It should come as no surprise that statistically most of us are not born leaders. Though running a business or managing a department, does force the issue, creating unwitting, unprepared and usually poor leaders of many of us. . Being a leader is tantamount to being a risk taker, which is essentially the same thing as being an entrepreneur.

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Self-Knowledge Through Self-Assessments

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Family therapists, marriage counselors and personal coaches increasingly recognize that personality assessments can lead clients not only to greater self-insight but also to improved relationships. The tests "can help get to the heart of the problem quickly," says Richard Levak, a Del Mar, Calif., psychologist, who uses them extensively in his practice. "Too Too often psychologists operate on their intuition and clinical knowledge, but people are not often as they appear.".

Before Leonardo Da Vinci, the concept of “creativity” didn't exist

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By Guest Author Michael J Gelb. Prior to the Renaissance, the notion of individuality didn’t exist, because the concept of individuality, as we now understand it, didn’t exist. Paintings, for example, remained unsigned, and painters, anonymous, because the individual was considered unimportant.

Talent Management Challenges in 2011

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“Retaining, recruiting and managing high performers will become more difficult and complicated in the new year,” said Douglas Matthews, COO of Right Management. “We We already see the signs from both job candidates in our programs as well as directly from client companies. And we’re finding it in our research. Concern is growing because talent is increasingly the only sustainable differentiator organization have.

The Balance of Reason and Instinct

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By Guest Author Francis Cholle. When L’Oréal, the world leading beauty company, asked me to design global training programs to help with the management of creative teams I had to reflect deeply about business success at the intersection of creativity and management.

Social Mood and Presidential Leadership

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Don't blame Martin Van Buren for America's first deflationary depression. Social mood rode higher in the saddle than did our 8th President, who only stood 5' 6".

Entrepreneurship: Transforming Nothing into Something

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By Scott Adams, the creator of " Dilbert ," abstracted from How to Get a Real Education in The Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2011. If you're having a hard time imagining what an education in entrepreneurship should include, allow me to prime the pump with some lessons I've learned along the way.

Giving Away Trust

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Our hyperconnected, hypertransparent world continues to add new dynamics and issues to consider. That is as it should be and certainly how it turned out to be. And undoubtedly how it will continue to be. Trust is a funning thing , one of those soft things that we often rush by. What's not so funny is how often it lies at the center of our challenges and opportunities. Trust is like the air we breathe," Warren Buffett said. When it's present, nobody really notices.

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Leader-Led Development: A Workplace Reality

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by Guest Author Thomas Kayser. As Baby Boomers begin their mass exodus from critical positions in companies large and small, the looming shortage of qualified replacements grows more pronounced with each passing month. Due to this coming crisis, talent management —finding, developing, and retaining high-performing employees—now is recognized as a prime driver of future business success. .

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The Greatest Risk to Your Business

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By Vanessa Hall, author of The Truth About Trust in Business. As a leader in business, you are familiar with the fact that you have risks that need to be managed or avoided completely. But let me ask you this – have you ever considered a breakdown of trust as the greatest risk to your business?

How we connect with others today.

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Online interaction has allowed us to meet many new people, but it has not diminished our yearning to maintain older relationships. It's hard to imagine a world without email. It's now the dominant form of exchange, with the typical American adult spending more than an hour a day managing the inbox. People under 25 now spend more time texting from their cellphones than talking on them.

Personal Leadership Philosophy

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To create your personal leadership philosophy, you must define your principles or rules of conduct. These principles you will live and work by are called maxims. In the context of the leadership maxims approach, it is a short, personally meaningful, and easily explained statement that reflects one of your assumptions & beliefs about leadership. Maxims do not contain buzzwords ( like leverage, optimize, outside the box, win-win ).

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Wasted Human Capital

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A Georgetown University study of the class of 2010 at the country’s 193 most selective colleges found that as entering freshmen, only 15 percent of students came from the bottom half of the income distribution. Sixty-seven percent came from the highest-earning fourth of the distribution. These statistics mean that on many campuses affluent students outnumber middle-class students. “We

Retention and Development of Great Talent

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Corporate leaders often fail because the organization’s structure is wrong: key players don’t have budgets or authority, the company moves too slowly and the structure promotes destructive conflict. Younger, motivated people with highly sought-after skill sets often find their talents underutilized. The result is that talented people lose motivation and the organization suffers “brain drain” as they look for opportunities elsewhere. .

Emerging Grassroots Leadership

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Leadership remains one of the most important topics across a range of fields because studies continuously demonstrate that the success and well-being of any institution or society depend on the functionality, effectiveness, and promotion of leaders and leadership. Today, leadership is not synonymous with authority. The role of other individuals within an organization now contribute to institutional operations and change.

A Drive for Excellence

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Here in Michigan, the automotive industry has always been an everyday topic of conversation. In the past, college graduates would gain employment as automotive industry managers and high school graduates would be well compensated by seeking factory jobs.

How many friends can you really have in your social network.

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Over the past decade, primatologists' work, studying social behavior in chimps, gorillas, macaques, bonobos and baboons, has led to a unifying theory that explains not only a huge range of behavior. Also, why our brains are so big and what their most essential work is.

B2B versus B2C Marketing Adjustments

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By Guest Author Sean Geehan. One of the biggest differences between B2B and B2C worlds is marketing. Many successful marketing leaders have a difficult time making the required adjustments to be successful. . For instance, let’s look at branding and positioning. I’m a living case-in-point. I drink more Diet Coke than I do anything else. I have it stocked in my home fridge, in my work fridge, and I order it every day at lunch.

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Can't Get Enough Leadership: Book Notes & Coaching Tips

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With so much structural change happening within the world economy, people recognize that we need leaders more than ever before. Developing commitment in a world of "free agents" and "volunteer" talent is not an easy assignment.and… will require effective leadership skills. . Leadership is basically an interactive conversation that pulls people toward becoming comfortable with the language of personal responsibility and commitment. .