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Leadership is a relationship

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Merriam-Webster’s dictionary lists several definitions for the word relationship. The term is generally used to denote family ties, but it’s also used as a state of connecting or binding participants. Actions that bring people together and bind them in a common cause are key to building effective relationships. for their success.

Trust and Job Satisfaction

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One of the most important keys to leading a team is creating an environment of trust. Merriam-Webster defines trust as an “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something.” Why is trust important to job satisfaction? People prosper when they know their efforts are appreciated and their work is meaningful.

Lean startup, lean company

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“I explained the theory of the Lean Startup, repeating my definition: an organization designed to create new products and services under conditions of extreme uncertainty.” This definition comes from Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses.

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Guest Post: How non-leaders can lead

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By Peter Davey. John C Maxwell defined leadership when he said, “The true measure of leadership is influence, nothing more and nothing less.” If you want to further understand John Maxwell’s viewpoint on this, you’ll probably need to look at what types of behavior are most commonly associated with effective leadership. Attitudes are contagious.

Tenacity in 2012

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Successful people share several common traits; tenacity is at the top. Merriam-Webster defines tenacious as “persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired.” Think about your favorite athlete, actor, business leader, or other successful person and you’re sure to find tenacity as one of their defining characteristics.

Guest Post: Begging For Leadership Won’t Get You A Pocket Full of Change

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By Kaity Nakagoshi. Change is inevitable and so is the resistance to change. People are often not welcoming of change unless it is implemented by leadership correctly. It’s natural that people become complacent with the status quo and perform rote tasks without giving their actions much thought. Toyota Case Study. The president of the U.S. Train.

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Enduring success

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One of the key traits of great leaders is their ability to move forward despite the difficulties they face. They not only find ways for their own progress, but also find ways to help others along the way. Enduring success happens over time, bit by bit, day by day. The true definition of success is duration. Don’t stop, don’t get discouraged.

Book Review: The Coming Jobs War

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“If you were to ask me ‘From all your research, what is the best predictor of new jobs?’ my answer would always be new customers.” Jim Clifton , chairman of Gallup and author of The Coming Jobs War: What every leader must know about the future of job creation , says that what everyone wants is a good job. Unless…. Fire all lousy managers today.”.

Product leadership

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The position of Product Manager is the single most important individual contributor role at any technology (product-focused) company. I understand that many of you may not agree with my statement (I invite you to leave a comment and make your case for a more important position). The key to success is product leadership. The opposite is also true.

Book Review: The 1% Solution

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“The average difference between the gold medal winner and fourth place is just 1 percent.” In any type of competition the margin of victory is slim, and it can seem overwhelming to even try to compete. While you may never be 100% better than all the others, you can be 1% better at hundreds of things. You have to start from where you are.

Guest Post: How to Encourage Your Team Members to Stand Up and Lead

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By Andrea Gordon. To be successful in today’s market, team members need to step up and be ready to take a leadership role. It is not easy to develop leadership skills in others, however, so it’s very important to understand that some people do not share your goals and aspirations. 1. Challenge – Issue a challenge. (In

Leadership lessons from the mountain

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I had the opportunity recently to go up to Sundance , a local ski resort, to go mountain biking with my team. This is the type of mountain biking where you ride up a ski lift and bike down one of many trails to the bottom, load up and do it again. The mountains are absolutely beautiful this time of year and the weather could not have been better.

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Five rules for executive product leadership

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The original idea for starting Lead on Purpose was a recognition that product managers have the need to lead (inspire, motivate, guide) people who do not report them. Their success depends, to a large extent, on people in other parts of the organization. The PMs who take a leadership approach to their job have the most success.

Communicating product vision

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Communication has changed significantly in the past several years. Twitter, Facebook and other social media have driven personal interaction to short, succinct statements that force us to be brief and to the point. One of my colleagues on the engineering team recently told me “if you can’t write your spec in 140 characters, I can’t implement it.”

Sharing the success

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The word “sharing” is one you won’t find used very often in business. Competition has increased in every market and those who succeed have to spend time, money and effort to win. And winning itself has become the end game for too many people. However, success at all costs is not worth the price. UNLESS you focus on helping other people win.

Recognizing opportunities

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The old saying goes “opportunities are all around us.” There are times when that statement is true for all of us, but the opportunities usually are not apparent. Opportunities come in different ways. Some are easy to spot and gladly accepted (getting that promotion at work). If the old saying is true, how do you spot opportunities? Make a plan.

Book Review: 15 Minutes Including Q&A

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“Most business presentations stink. Really Stink. They stink in a way that drains souls.” That’s the mantra by which Joey Asher operates, and he wrote the book 15 Minutes Including Q&A: A Plan to Save the World from Lousy Presentations to help solve the problem. From now on, all presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes.

Creating value in 2011

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Every New Year brings new opportunities. Something about turning over the calendar causes people to take a hard look at what they can do to improve on their current situation. Ultimately, we all want to create more value — for ourselves, for the organizations we associate with and for the people we care about. The word value has many meanings.

ProductCamp Utah

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Holding user conferences is one of the great pastimes of organizations far and wide. Enter BarCamp. The ProductCamp growth has been incredible.

Guest Post: Three Ways to Increase Trust and Eliminate Drama

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By Marlene Chism. You ask your employees to engage, but they sit there with their arms crossed. You solicit ideas, but no one comes forward. No one seems to know exactly what is expected and everyone seems to pass the buck. If you see any of these drama indicators, it’s likely that there is a trust issue in your workplace. Stephen M.R.

On-boarding Product Managers

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A few days back Jim Holland and I had an engaging conversation about on-boarding product managers. We concluded that product leaders too often leave this important task to the HR team and miss important opportunities to strengthen relationships and build their teams. In complex roles like product management and product marketing, this does not work.

Confidence—key to success

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Confidence is one of those things that ebbs and flows. Some people have it, some more and others less. It’s even defined differently by different people. Regardless of how you define it, confidence leads to success. A recent experience caused me to think about my own confidence level. I realized it had been ebbing. Attitudes rub off. Trust yourself.

It’s the people

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Everybody knows it, and yet too many executives, VPs, managers or other so-called “leaders” seem to forget: it’s the people that make the organization successful. It’s too easy to focus on the products or the projects and lose track of the people who are doing the work. Do they believe your vision? Do you inspire them? What drives them?

Guest Post: A Leader’s Perspective on Failure

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By Tim Eyre. Our culture has become increasingly obsessed with perfection. You see it everywhere. It’s pervasive in the entertainment industry, as depictions of celebrities contribute to an unattainable idea of what beauty really is. In fact (dare I say it?), failure can even be a good thing. To be sure, all failures are not created equally.

Leadership & Influence

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. You cannot be a effective leader without influence. Remove these people from your network.

Innovation Creates Uncertainty

Leading Blog

We don’t like uncertainty. It’s not comfortable. We want innovation. We like creativity. It’s engaging. But innovation creates uncertainty.

The Top 10 Things Leaders Should Hear From Their Teammates

Terry Starbucker

Let’s count ‘em down, from the bottom to the top: 10. How many of these 10 have you heard? Did I miss anything? Let’s lead well!

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Leading with Character by Leading from Within

C-Level Strategies

There is no escaping the fact that when we show up for work and for our leadership roles, we bring the entirety of ourselves to the table.

7 Random Pieces of Advice for the Younger Leader

Ron Edmondson

I love working with younger leaders. I want to share some things I’ve learned from experience. Some of it hard experiences. It’s okay.

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The Introvert’s Guide to Getting Noticed in Business

C-Level Strategies

getting your ideas heard. having your leadership talents recognized. communicating effectively, through words and actions. The essence of these steps?

12 Killers of Good Leadership

Ron Edmondson

Here are 12 killers of good leadership: Defensiveness – Good leaders don’t wear their feelings on their shoulders. Others will follow.

3 Ways to Be a Positive Leader

Leading Blog

This is a guest post by best-selling author and speaker, Jon Gordon about the value of developing positive relationships with the people you lead.

10 Secrets of Many Senior Pastors

Ron Edmondson

I get to hang out and know many senior pastors. I was asked to give my perspective as a senior pastor, since each of them report to one. James 5:17).

Top 5 Signs Of A Toxic Culture

The Leadership Advisor

If you saw green glowing ooze with a nasty vapor rising from it, how close would you get? I think most folks would feel the same way.

10 Essential Steps To Leadership Excellence

Terry Starbucker

Every successful leader gets this question posed to them at one time or another: “How did you do it?” Period. And guess what? Lead well!

7 Actions While Waiting on God

Ron Edmondson

During the waiting period, I find I need to increase my prayer and study time, preparing my heart to receive God’s instructions.

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Keeping It Simple

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. One of the most effective ways to order your world is to simplify everything you encounter.

My Hardest Advice for Young Leaders

Ron Edmondson

It’s actually the hardest piece of advice I have for this generation of young leaders. It was intense training. That’s not the rules.”

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A Secret Your Husband Keeps…But Needs You to Know

Ron Edmondson

Ladies, here’s a secret your husband probably won’t share…. He needs your unconditional respect…in fact…he needs you to be his biggest fan….

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How to Discover Your True Path in Life

C-Level Strategies

We were all moved, and many of us shaken, by the loss of Steve Jobs last week. We cheered him when he battled back from being fired at Apple.

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