Where Do You Find The Very, Very Best Idea? – Insight from Steve Jobs, from 2004

First Friday Book Synopsis

The first steps of a creative act are like groping in the dark: random and chaotic, feverish and fearful, a lot of busy-ness with no apparent or definable end in sight. There is nothing yet to research. For me, these moments are not pretty. I look like a desperate woman, tortured by the simple message [.]. Randy's blog entries idea innovation Steve Jobs The Creative Habit Twyla Tharp

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Never Give Up, Part III - The Boston Red Sox Win the 2004 World Series

Building Personal Strength

Never Give Up, Part I - Leonard and Hearns "Showdown" in 1981 - Never Give Up, Part II - The NC State WolfPack's 1983 Men's Basketball National Championship Now that Major League Baseball is about to get underway, I'm remembering the 2004 American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees - one of the most unforgettable examples of perseverance I've ever seen. The Red Sox were known, until 2004, as the team that couldn’t get it done in the World Series.

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Be•Know•Do: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Cavanagh (Foreword) Jossey-Bass/Leader to Leader Institute; 1st edition (2004) How to develop leaders who have character, competence, knowledge, and results-driven initiative I recently re-read this book, curious to know to what extent […]. Be•Know•Do: Leadership the Army Way: Adapted from the Official Army Leadership Manual United States Army (Author); Frances Hesselbein and Eric K. Shinseki (Introduction), and Richard E.

Three Ways to Turn Setbacks into Progress

First Friday Book Synopsis

Artwork: The Big Mobile (2004), 3rd Biennial of Contemporary Art [.]. Here is an excerpt from an article written by Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here.

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A Q&A with David Shenk

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob''s blog entries "data smog" A Q&A with David Shenk Alexandra Beers and has contributed to National Geographic Away From Her President’s Council on Bioethics “The Bell Curve” Gourmet Harper''s Lewis Terman NPR Oxford English Dictionary in 2004. Here is a portion of a mini-interview featured by Amazon during which David Shenk responds to questions about his latest book, The Genius in All of Us: New Insights into Genetics, Talent, and IQ.

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Be•Know•Do: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Cavanagh (Foreword) Jossey-Bass/Leader to Leader Institute; 1st edition (2004) How to develop leaders who have character, competence, knowledge, and results-driven initiative I recently re-read this book, curious to know [.]. Shinseki Field Manual 22-100 [comma] Army Leadership Frances Hesselbein Jack Welch James Kouzes and Barry Posner John Gardner Patrick Lencioni John Kotter Jossey-Bass/Leader to Leader Institute; 1st edition (2004) Oliver Wendell Holmes Peter Drucker Richard E.

The five co-authors of Change Anything: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler are assoviates in the VitalSmarts firm, “An innovator in corporate training and organizational performance, VitalSmarts helps teams and organizations achieve the results they care about most.” They have also collaborated on four business bestsellers: Crucial Conversations, Crucial Confrontations, Influencer, and most recently Change Anything. [.].

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Toby Lester: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Toby Lester is a journalist, an editor, and an independent scholar. In addition to writing books, he is a longtime contributor to The Atlantic, for whom he has written extensively, on such topics as the reconstruction of ancient Greek music, the revisionist study of the Qur’an, and the attempt to change alphabets in Azerbaijan. Between [.].

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The 50 Most Influential Management Gurus

First Friday Book Synopsis

Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School McKinsey Award Seeing What's Next (2004) The 50 Most Influential Management Gurus The Innovative University (2011) The Innovator's Dilemma (1997) Global Business Book Award for the best business book of the year The Innovator's Prescription The Innovators' DNA (2011) The Innovator's Solution (2003) the Thinkers50Every two years, the Thinkers50 publishes their definitive list of management thinkers.

Adrian J. Slywotsky, Part Two: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Adrian J. Slywotzky is a consultant and author of several books on economic theory and management. He graduated from Harvard College and holds a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has worked as a consultant since 1979 and is currently a partner at Oliver Wyman.

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The Best Business Books Ever: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Army's Official Army Leadership Manual: Leadership the Army Way Be*Know*Do (2004) Thomas S. The Best Business Books Ever: The Most Influential Management Books You’ll Never Have Time to Read Basic Books (2011) Note: This review is of a book published earlier this year. It is a sequel to one published in 2003. What we have here is a series of brief discussions “the most influential management books you’ll [.]. Bob's blog entries Adrian Slywotsky Corporate Strategy Clayton M.

The Top Ten Posts on My Blog in 2020

Kevin Eikenberry

I have been writing a blog since 2004, and averaging at least three posts per week for the past 11 years. That is a lot of writing, and a lot of reading. In 2020 alone that means I’ve written and posted over 150 posts – and even if you take out the posts from our […].

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The Secret to Self-Confidence

Lead Change Blog

In 1997, this I knew… I would leave my corporate job in my 20th year with my employer, in 2004. Posted in Self Leadership I used to think self-confidence meant I would never have a doubt. When I think a back on this significant experience in my life, I realize that’s not true. I made plans to start my [.]. Self Leadership courage energy Growth Self Development

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Weekly Round-Up: 5 Habits of Influential Employees, Create a DEI Workforce, How to Receive Feedback, The Cure for Fear, Leadership Tips & Insights


In the 2004 movie "National Treasure" with Nicolas Cage and a bevy of other stars, Cage's character discovers a set of multi-colored spectacles (eyeglasses) essential to decoding a hidden message on the back of the Declaration of Independence.

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Special Feature Pt1of2: The Heat

General Leadership

I t was mid 2004 and the heat of the Iraq desert pushed beads of sweat from my pores. GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at [link]. The following short story is part 1 of a special 2-part series sponsored by General John E. Michel related to veteran’s stories and others-centered leadership.

How Cancer Helped Me See the Key to Successful Organizational Change

Michael Lee Stallard

In early 2004, just nine months after completing treatment for breast cancer, my wife, Katie, was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. Article Published by SmartBrief Sometimes life lessons come from surprising places. During the months that followed, I learned an important lesson about connection that influenced my perspective on how to approach organizational change. I wrote about this lesson in an article published by SmartBrief.

The Re-Launch of KevinEikenberry.com

Kevin Eikenberry

In May of 2004, we launched KevinEikenberry.com as a part of the rebranding of my business from The Discian Group to The Kevin Eikenberry Group. Over the years, this site has served us well; many of you first found me from that site, and it served as an integral part of the marketing of the [.]. Leadership Learning Special reports

The New KevinEikenberry.com

Kevin Eikenberry

KevinEikenberry.com has existed since 2004. Today it is reborn (with the third major redesign since the beginning). The site is lovely, functional, and overall we think it is pretty great, but I don’t want to talk about it like a father talks about a new baby (“Did I show you this picture? What about this […]. The post The New KevinEikenberry.com appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. Leadership & Supervisory Skills website

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How Companies Are Using The Ramsay Assessment Test To Find The Best Candidates

Joseph Lalonde

The Ramsay Assessment test was introduced in 2004 to thoroughly examine the candidate’s mechanical skills. The Ramsay Assessment Test is a popular tool in overseas countries for choosing the best candidates for entry-level jobs in different industries.

The Art of Servant Leadership

Lead Change Blog

But that is exactly what Art and Lori Barter did in 2004, when they purchased Datron World Communications. By integrating the servant-led paradigm into their inner lives and professional thinking, today’s leaders can revolutionize heartless corporate strategies that reward the few at the expense of the many. Not many industry revolutions begin with a typical married couple who risk everything to do something they’ve never done before.

How to Get Rid of the Things That Drain You

Next Level Blog

I received an email from a coach I worked with back in 2004. Over the weekend I had a great reminder of how much things change over time. She had been cleaning out some files and found a document that she asked me to write for her when we were working together. It was a list of twenty nine things that were draining my energy back then. I was in a bit of a funk in that period and the list included worries about family, health, friends, business – the works really.

Change vs. Consistency

Kevin Eikenberry

This is the 700th blog post on this blog, and because I blogged previously here, this is really my 1532nd post since March of 2004. This fact got me thinking about consistency, and led me to today’s quotation. “But change must always be balanced with some degree of consistency.” ” - Ron D. Burton, lawyer, businessman, [.]. Change Change Leadership Communication Leadership Learning Quotations Ron D. Burton

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Are You a Visionary?

Kevin Eikenberry

His quote came from a Fast Company email in my quotation archives from 2004. Typically in these weekly “powerquotes” posts I feature a quotation from a famous, or at least known person. Today that isn’t the case. I don’t know Dan Ivey, though I found his LinkedIn profile just now. I’m pleased to share it [.]. Leadership Learning Quotations Success Steve Jobs vision visionary

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are

Kevin Eikenberry

And Facebook wasn’t born until February of 2004. by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz This is a book about social science, that could not have been written 20 years ago. Because Google wasn’t born until September 4, 1998. Why does that matter? Because data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz uses date from sources like Google and Facebook to understand […].

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Peter Drucker on The Effective Executive


The June 2004 article by Peter Drucker in Harvard Business titled “ What Makes an Effective Executive ” is a must read, if you are a student of leadership. Ultimately, leadership is all about ability to act on the ideas. In that sense, anyone who thinks of the self as a leader has to be good at executing things. Probably a reason why top leaders in organizations are referred to as executives – the one who executes, not just someone with a fancy title and corner office.

RSS feed for Management Improvement Blog Posts

Curious Cat

I have created a RSS feed for select blog posts from the start of the Curious Cat Management Improvement blog in 2004 (as well as other posts I have made on management improvement on other blogs). Subscribe to the John Hunter management improvement RSS feed. Doing so will add a post each day to your RSS feed reader from my past blog post. Of course, the normal RSS feed for this blog will continue to provide access to the new blog posts I publish.

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Leaders Who Lust

Leading Blog

I N 2004, Barbara Kellerman wrote that “the idea that some leaders and some followers are bad, and that they might have something in common with good leaders and followers, has not fully penetrated the conversation or the curriculum” on leadership.

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Leadership: Balancing Art, Craft, and Science

Mike Cardus

2004). 2004). Leadership does not exist in a vacuum; others observe it while a person is leading, found while experienced within a particular context. Removing the person leading from the context creates confusion and uncertainty.

Tune-in 9pmEST SiriusXM Ch125! Topic: Grace & Selfless-Service

General Leadership

Morgan joined the Air Force team in 2004 when she married Capt Earl Arnold (Twitter: @EarlArnold22 ), a C-130 pilot turned Cessna 208 Instructor deployed to Afghanistan since July 2013. Join us – LIVE Wednesday, 2 April – at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific) on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 & the David Webb Show ! This is our 10th installment of the “ 12 Virtues of Leadership ” series and tonight we feature the virtue of “ Grace.”

Mary Schaefer featured as Leading Voice at Lead Change Group blog this month

ReImagine Work

Since 2004, Mary has had own business coaching and training managers, HR leaders and employees to bring more humanity to their work cultures through treating each other like human beings, applying listening and coaching skills, and… Excerpt from Lead Change Group post by Paula Kiger, June 1, 2016. As an IT professional, Mary loved figuring out when things went wrong; it was like figuring out a puzzle. But her favorite thing was helping others learn new things and flourish at work.

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Make Time to Improve

Deming Institute

Guest post by John Hunter , author of the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog (since 2004). When We Understand Our Work and We are Given the Ability to Improve It – We Will. Jim Benson. So first make sure you understand your work. Ask why you do things the way you do.

Lead Change like a Slinky®

Lead Change Blog

Change is Like a Slinky: 30 Strategies for Promoting and Surviving Change in Your Organization (2004) by Hans Finzel. The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make (2004) by Hans Finzel. This post is a part of our 2016 Lead Change Group Guest Blogger Series. Today we are pleased to introduce you to Joshua Lee Henry from Advancing the Kingdom to Transform Society. Go from Sinking to Succeeding in Creating Significant Change for Your Life and Work.

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3 Unexpected Apps for Leaders

Lead Change Blog

Christine has been blogging since 2004 at her site, PurpleCar.net. Search on the term “Leadership App” and your web browser will explode. Dumped in front of you will be a plethora of articles from famous outlets like INC Magazine , private leadership mobile apps from stalwarts like Dale Carnegie , and Google and iTunes store links to leaderships apps in dizzying amounts. Applications are a ubiquitous part of our 21st century lives.

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035: Infectious: How to Connect Deeply and Unleash the Energetic Leader Within | with Achim Nowak

Engaging Leader

Achim leads a firm called Influens, an international training and coaching company founded in 2004. Achim leads a firm called Influens, an international training and coaching company founded in 2004. Do you connect deeply with others? Do you inspire people? Do you leave a lasting impression? Beyond strategy, beyond business expertise – what people ultimately respond to is YOU. Your energy. Your vision. Your ability to move hearts and souls.

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20 Most Popular Posts on the Curious Cat Management Blog in 2016

Curious Cat

Dangers of Forgetting the Proxy Nature of Data (2004) *. 6 posts were new to the top 20 list this year (posts from 2004, 2010, 2011, 2013 [2] and 2014). 2004: 1. These posts were the most popular posts on the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog in 2016 (as measured by page views, as recorded by my analytics application). Toyota Post Record Profit: Splits $15 million in Pay and Bonus for top 21 Executives (2014). Stated Versus Revealed Preference (2013).

Focus on the Journey, Not the Destination

Lead Change Blog

In 2004, I was given the opportunity to buy a company, and my wife Lori and I decided to run it based on servant leadership principles. I am a monthly contributor to MoneyInc.com and this month I wrote about my early leadership journey. The article, titled, “Beam Me Up Scotty,” talks about me being too focused on my own career — causing me to miss an opportunity to learn from my boss, who was a very quiet, humble servant leader.

Art Barter – A Servant Leadership Interview

Modern Servant Leader

In 2004, Art purchased Datron, then a subsidiary of Titan Corporation. Art Barter is the owner and Chairman of Datron World Communications. He’s also the Founder and CEO of Servant Leadership Institute. Art knew he could make Datron more successful through leadership changes – in particular, the application of Servant Leadership principles.

0703 | Becoming an Authentic Leader with Bill George


Bill George is professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004. Mr. George is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic. He is the author of the new book, Discover Your True North , an updated version of his bestseller True North. In this interview, we discuss how to become an authentic leader. Listen in iTunes ] [ Listen on Stitcher ]. In This episode, You’ll Learn: How to define your values.

Josiah Bunting’s biography of Grant: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Grant: The American Presidents Series: The 18th President, 1869-1877 Josiah Bunting Times Books (2004) Every year about this time, probably because of Presidents Day, I re-read brief biographies. Ulysses S. This year, I selected Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), 18th President of the United States. Bunting’s one of the two, the other written by Michael Korda [.]. Bob's blog entries Brooks Simpson James Atlas Josiah Bunting Let Us Have Peace: Ulysses S.

How to Discover Your Organization’s Deep Purpose

Skip Prichard

In 2004, the company was struggling as more children showed a preference for video games and electronic toys over LEGO’s colorful construction blocks. I’m a passionate believer in purpose. Whether personal or corporate, purpose fuels us in a way that is difficult to describe.

Simple Techniques to Overcome Negative Emotions When Negotiating with Others

Leading Blog

A 2004 experiment using sociometric badges in a mock negotiation (between a corporate vice president and a middle manager) demonstrated that “tone of voice” used by participants in the first five minutes predicted more than a third of the variation in the objective and subjective outcome of a negotiation. A KEY PREDICTOR of entrepreneurial success is a leader’s ability to manage relationships with investors, employees, and customers. Relationships are negotiations. We all negotiate.

Improving the Wood River Women’s Foundation Using Deming’s Ideas

Deming Institute

Guest post by John Hunter , author of the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog (since 2004). In this conversation with Nicole Luisi of Aileron, Terri Bullock, Vice President of the Wood River Women’s Foundation , shares how she has improved herself and her organization with Deming principles.

Leadership in the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association

Coaching Tip

. RVIA Membership Directory. Special Award. Presented to an individual within the RV industry who has made extraordinary contributions to the industry''s overall success. Norm Jacobson. Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. Sid Johnson. Jayco, Inc. The RV Financing Community. Pete Liegl. Forest River, Inc. Wade Thompson. Thor Industries. Jim Sheldon. Monaco Coach Corporation. Don Walter. Starcraft RV. Mel Adams. Airxcel, Inc. Thompson. Thompson Associates, Inc. Thomas Faludy. Carefree of Colorado.