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3L’s of Self-Directed Learning: Insights from My TEDx Talk


I started 2019 by delivering a TEDx talk at TEDxGCET in Vallabh Vidyanagar. This post covers a few key insights extracted from the talk. Video to be posted soon. Formal education is a launch pad that equips us with fundamentals. But we need wings to fly long and high in the direction of our dreams.

Getting Back to Basics


There are decent and intelligent people who voted for Hillary Clinton. There are decent and intelligent people who voted for Donald Trump. All of them are our fellow Americans and they deserve, as a minimum, some basic respect and even - dare I say it? some friendliness.


7 Things Every Leader Needs to Quit Immediately

Ron Edmondson

I’ve often wished I could say something to every leader. Some things I’ve learned the hard way. I often share things leadership should do, but today I thought I’d share some things not to do. Some things to quit.

Conquering the 5 Misconceptions that Hold Leaders Back

Leading Blog

T HERE ARE THINGS we believe that when we really think about them, we might find that they are not helpful. We might think of them as blind spots that adversely affect our leadership effectiveness. In What Are Your Blind Spots?

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New Year, New Opportunity

Kevin Eikenberry

The start new year is often a time when people look ahead and create goals and a vision of where they want to be at some point in the future. Soon after the start of new year is often the time when people lose sight of those goals and visions. They become frustrated at the […].

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How to Be a More Courageous Manager

Let's Grow Leaders

Most moments of managerial courage come down to the micro-decisions you make when you’re just a little bit scared, and the stakes really aren’t that high.

7 Traits of an Insecure Leader

Ron Edmondson

Christian are called to walk by faith. Of course, this includes Christian leaders. A part of our calling in leadership means we won’t always know what the future holds, but we steadfastly follow God’s leadership. I must be honest.

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Business Writing Services: Enjoy Confidence in Your Communications

Women on Business

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The Coaching Alphabet

Kevin Eikenberry

Daily, I am asked questions about coaching success. Daily, I strive for greater coaching success for myself. Today, I challenged myself to share three ideas that will, when implemented, help you be a more successful and confident coach.

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Quotes And Leadership Lessons From The Upside

Joseph Lalonde

A Reel Leadership Article. The Upside, starring Kevin Hart as Dell Scott and Bryan Cranston as Phillip Lacasse, is a heart-warming tale.

Leadership: A Spiritual Boot Camp

Lead Change Blog

Leadership expert James MacGregor Burns, once wrote something that we think is very interesting to consider. He said, “Leadership is one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth.” Since those words were originally written more than 40 years ago, we suspect that leadership has actually become one of the most observed and the most understood phenomena on earth.

Unlocking Creativity: Are These Creativity-Inhibiting Mindsets Holding You Back?

Leading Blog

I N AN IBM global survey of CEOs, the overwhelming consensus was that more than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision, successfully navigating an increasing complex world will require creativity. In a world where we must adapt or die, we need creative solutions.

Tips for International Business Traveling to Ensure a Smooth Trip

Women on Business

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Playing it Safe — Not My Style — And, Often Not God’s Plan

Ron Edmondson

A number of years ago, I observed a characteristic in me I hope is not permanent. After our boys moved out of the house, we moved to a downtown condo. The condo sat on a hill, overlooking the river district of our community. We loved the view, but it presented a problem on windy days. We had to weatherize our front porch every time we suspected a storm, turning over the furniture and making sure everything was secure.

Three personal foundations to master for better leadership


When we look at a well-built building, most of us don’t notice the foundation. Instead, our eyes go right to what’s on top of it. If it is unusual, old, or beautiful, we might comment on those qualities. Have you ever heard someone say, “That’s a beautiful foundation”? Most likely you haven’t.

Health and Well-Being in the Workplace

Lead Change Blog

Employees are no longer just motivated by a paycheck. Those who are there just for the money will usually work inefficiently. To improve employee morale and health, you can consider implementing these tips. Encourage Employees to Work Out. As a leader, you should encourage your employees to exercise during working hours. Physical activity will keep them mentally sharp, meaning they will be able to work more productively.

Career Development May Mean Career Disruption

Let's Grow Leaders

Today we’ve invited our friend and author, Julie Winkle Giulioni, to share some career development expertise from her book Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Organizations Need and Employees Want. Julie has offered a FREE download of the book […].

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Where Did Everybody Go? 23 Ways to Stick With Your Goals

RapidStart Leadership

It’s happening already. If you go to a gym or fitness facility, you know this to be true: there’s that sudden influx of new faces in the new year. With the turn of the calendar often comes a desire to turn over a new leaf, and fitness goals feature prominently. … Where Did Everybody Go?

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Meeting the Needs of the Modern Consumer

Strategy Driven

It’s 2019, and the power consumers have in today’s marketplace continues to be unparalleled.

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Seven Career Viruses


Fear of failure. The opportunity-killer. Careers are made by seizing opportunities. Lack of judgment. Just make sure you don't seize every opportunity. An open door sometimes leads to the basement. Fear of success.

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The Need To Innovate

Eric Jacobson

I find this advice from Ken Goldstein (from his book, Endless Encores ) particularly helpful. He says: "You have to be innovating all the time. The only sure path to a limited repertoire is not to push yourself beyond the familiar.

96% Believe They are Good Listeners and That’s Baloney

Leadership Freak

Chances are you’re a lousy listener – even though you think you’re good at it. The problem is, 96% believe they are good listeners according to Accenture. But a Scientific American article states, “… studies… Continue reading → Listening Leadership Development

Better Isn’t Always Better

Joseph Lalonde

There’s been so many innovative, awe-inspiring inventions in the last couple of decades that it is mindblowing. The Apple iPhone, high-speed internet, DVR… All of these inventions were improvements upon something we already had. The iPhone allowed the average phone user to carry a mini-computer inside of their phone. High-speed internet drastically reduced the time […] The post Better Isn’t Always Better appeared first on Joseph Lalonde.

The Legislation Involved In Working With The Government

Strategy Driven

Securing a government contract is the Holy Grail of business. As an entity with a trillion dollar budget, they usually reward contractors with competitive deals. Plus, they are an establishment which needs work completing on a regular basis.

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Your Leadership Heritage

Lead Change Blog

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”. Isaac Newton said that in the 17 th century, and the idea is even older than that. Other people have helped you become what you are today. They’re part of your heritage, your leadership heritage. If you take the time to reflect on your leadership heritage, you will become a better leader. You will deepen your understanding of why you do things the way you do.

Top Post Series of 2018: Leading in Context Blog

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton The Top Post Series this year reflects a concern I have that many other people must share. It is a concern about what can happen when we don’t use ethical thinking. This series answers the important question “Why should we take the time to think intentionally about the ethics of our […].

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5 Traits Every Leader Should Have to Achieve Hero Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Jeffrey Hayzlett: What’s leadership? What makes for an effective leader? The answers to both these questions are relative to every organization -- big or small. There is no one set of rules that makes for an effective leader, but leadership encompasses a slew of characteristics and different people embody different sets of traits. The fact of the matter is, some people become good leaders and others don’t. For me, a good leader isn’t someone who just tells others what to do.

Time to Expand? How to Get it Right

Strategy Driven

If the time has come for your business to expand and take things to the next level, you need to tread carefully. Of course, growth and expansion are vital parts of running a successful company but expansions should always be undertaken with great care and consideration.

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Some Old Friends


One of the quiet joys as a parent is when you discover a children's book which both you and your children can enjoy. Excellent stories. Beautifully written

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One Question and One Commitment that Enhance Well-Being

Leadership Freak

One question and one commitment have the power to enhance well-being in others. But first, a Gallup study that represents 98% of the world’s population. 5 Elements of Well-Being: #1. Career Well-Being –… Continue reading → Encouragement engagement Marks of leaders Mentoring Personal Growth Taking others higher Culture Growth Leadership Development organizational success

Setting Your Team Up for an Amazing Year: A Frontline Festival

Let's Grow Leaders

Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival! This month, our contributors share their thoughts about setting up your team for an amazing year. We’ve expanded Frontline Festival to include other formats such as podcasts and artwork, and hope you enjoy the […]. The post Setting Your Team Up for an Amazing Year: A Frontline Festival appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Frontline Festival

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Unintended Consequences: Minimizing the ‘Oops Factor’ in Decision Making

Joseph Lalonde

Unintended consequences is the term for outcomes that are not the ones foreseen by a purposeful act. When a manager consistently gives tough assignments to a worker who’s proven himself to be reliable, the go-to employee may begin to feel “penalized” by the additional load while the less reliable workers get a free ride. What […] The post Unintended Consequences: Minimizing the ‘Oops Factor’ in Decision Making appeared first on Joseph Lalonde. Guest Posts

Three Ways to Make the 4AM Club Work For You

Strategy Driven

“Early to bed, early to rise makes a [wo]man healthy, wealthy and wise.” ” – Ben Franklin. You’ve heard it said a million times before: the early bird catches the worm, and in the opinion of many highly successful people, the phrase is much more than a cliche.

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Novels for Leaders


Raw ambition, for one thing


3 Powerful Ways to Develop a Development Disposition

Leadership Freak

New Book giveaway!! 10 complimentary copies available. Leave a comment on this guest post by Julie Winkle Giulioni to become eligible to win one of TEN complimentary electronic copies of the best seller,… Continue reading → Author Book Notes Leading Growth Leadership Development

How to Shape Your Company Culture (Part 1)

Engaging Leader

Culture. How we do things around here — how we treat each other, customers, and suppliers. It’s not just about communication. And yet it has everything to do with communication. Many factors drive company culture. For example: Company purpose, identity, and vision Corporate values and behaviors Leadership style Organizational structure Total rewards Work environment Inclusion […]. Blog Communication strategy