Leading and Learning: How to Feed a Community


When I started this blog in April 2006, little did I understand about how a community works. I would write posts each week only to be read by my immediate colleagues and friends. Their work fueled my own journey of understanding how a social community works.

Are you letting conflicts fester?


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How to Establish Thought Leadership? Interview With Dr. Liz Alexander


It is the most important tool we have as professionals to build our personal brand and establish credibility. How does one build thought leadership in his/her area of work? Tanmay Vora] Liz, when I started my own blog in 2006, I had no idea about the concept of thought leadership.

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28 Ways Leaders Re-charge Their Batteries: How to Increase Energy, Improve Mood, and Manage Stress

Engaging Leader

In 2006, Google became concerned that their highly intelligent, passionate employees were burning out. The post 28 Ways Leaders Re-charge Their Batteries: How to Increase Energy, Improve Mood, and Manage Stress appeared first on Engaging Leader.

How To Present Yourself Like A Professional. | Rich Gee Group

Rich Gee Group

home about rich our team news our fans services executive coach business coach speaking inspire media knowledge books affiliates contact Rich Gee Group 203.500.2421 How To Present Yourself Like A Professional. His ability to speak in front of the group each month is a pleasure to watch.

How to Be an Inspiring Leader

Harvard Business Review

Inspired employees are themselves far more productive and, in turn, inspire those around them to strive for greater heights. Learn how they do it with this 6 minute video slide deck. See More Videos > See More Videos > To understand what makes a leader inspirational, Bain & Company launched a new research program , starting with a survey of 2,000 people. Your key strength has to match how your organization creates value.

How To Sustain Team Success Through The Storms of Adversity, Uncertainty, And Change

Tim Milburn

Perkins, Author of Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race. Winning tactic : Find committed team members who want to go to Hobart. Preparing in advance for everything the team needs to do to succeed is crucial.

Open Business Models: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape Henry Chesbrough Harvard Business Press (2006) Innovation requires an open mind…and the courage to challenge “the ideology of comfort and the tyranny of custom.”

How to Create Remarkable Teams PART 2 – Collaboration

The Atman Group

To get you started I will expand on the list that MIT research scientist Peter Gloor calls the “genetic code” of collaboration: learning networks, ethical principles, trust and self-organization, knowledge sharing, and transparency. Openness – willingness to explore and to change.

How to Utilize the Team Excellence Assessment


Home ELS Home Leadership Development Executive Leadership Training Change Management Learning Products Employee Selection Contact us Oct 26 How to Utilize the Team Excellence Assessment By admin Many people have been asking us to tell them more about how the Team Excellence Assessment works.

Speaking Tips: The Introduction


From 2006, a very important skill: How to introduce a speaker

Your Organization Wastes Time. Here’s How to Fix It.

Harvard Business Review

A year into their jobs, how many employees still have the unbridled energy and enthusiasm that they brought with them to their first day on the job? How many still believe they can make a difference? Organizations waste too much time - see how Bain helps them manage it like money in this 10-minute video slide deck. To download a customizable version, visit the Visual Library. But it is not easy to make the tough decisions to defund.

How to Pull Your Company Out of a Tailspin

Harvard Business Review

At any given moment, about 5%–7% of companies either are in free fall or are about to be. Of those who do, about half have to fundamentally redefine at least a part of their core business in order to save themselves. At first, the causes of free fall appear to be external: a global financial crisis, a banking system collapse, government deregulation, or, more common, a new business model or technology harnessed by a nimble insurgent competitor.

Brand Exposure

N2Growth Blog

Have you figured out how to apply the laws of scarcity to brand management? Whether you’re assessing the strength of a personal or corporate brand, finding the appropriate level of brand exposure is key to sustainable growth in brand equity. As I stated above, having an underexposed brand, or what I like to refer to as having a brand in stealth mode, means that you really don’t have much of a brand.

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5 Elements of Working Out Loud by @JohnStepper


When I started this blog in 2006, I only thought of it as a repository of my own lessons as a new manager. John Stepper defines this as working out loud : Working out loud is an approach to building relationships that can help you in some way.

Zag: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Zag: The Number One Strategy of High-Performance Brands Marty Neumeier Peachpit Press (2006) How to “zag” when everyone else “zigs” In a previous book, The Brand Gap, Marty Neumeier explains how companies can bridge the gap between business strategy and customer experience, noting that brand-building isn’t a series of isolated activities; rather, it is a [.].

How To Create Lasting Influence | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Understanding how to leverage the influence factor can make a defining difference in your ability to drive change, build cohesive teams, and to successfully implement strategic vision. As a leader your “Influence Quotient” is the IQ you need to pay attention to.

How Twyla Tharp copes with her “five big fears”

First Friday Book Synopsis

In The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, published by Simon & Schuster (2006), Twyla Tharp observes, “No one starts a creative endeavor without a certain amount of fear; the key is to learn how to keep free-floating fears from paralyzing you before you’ve begun.

How to Optimize Your Team-Based Learning & Development | Making.


This video addresses the importance of very deliberately focusing the team effort on what the greatest opportunity is – and how to determine that opportunity. The assessment itself has 46 questions and takes each team member about 15 minutes to take.

Personal Leadership Book: Behavioral Styles


Watch and comment, sharing your perspectives and experiences, to help us write the book! To the “enlightened leader&# in you! I agree that it is easier to work with people with certain styles, verus others. I would love to be on your mailing list for future distributions.

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How to Engage Employees, Customers, and Followers [video]

Engaging Leader

Whether engaging employees, followers, customers, or your children, you need to be effective at all 6 Cs of engagement. The post How to Engage Employees, Customers, and Followers [video] appeared first on Engaging Leader.

How to Test Your Advertising Quickly, Cheaply, and Effectively

Harvard Business Review

In fact, that's why I subject myself to the ordeal. By noting laughs, groans, silence (the worst), and puzzled expressions, I discover how to improve the set. Few companies have been willing to invest in randomized mailings and analytics and data mining divisions.

How to Build a Brand | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Unless you are a very large enterprise it is unlikely that you have the time, money, staffing, or external professional relationships to execute a brand management strategy such as the one outlined above. Solid advice that anyone interested in marketing and branding should pay attention to.

Facing Challenges | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

My question is this: have you taken the time to do the necessary planning? Instead of beating yourself up or giving in, it is critical that you develop the ability to learn from setbacks. Sir Edmund Hillary was unsuccessful on three different occasions in his attempt to climb Mt.

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The Ten Behaviors of Strong Personal Leadership

Next Level Blog

Since writing the first edition of The Next Level in 2006, I’ve coached, spoken with, and observed thousands of leaders in action. They understand that to lead others effectively, they first have to lead themselves effectively. They endeavor to live at their best so they can lead at their best. They tune into what’s going on around them and notice the physical, mental, and emotional reactions they’re having to what’s going on around them.

Efficient vs. Effective | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

So much so, that I have really come to cringe every time I hear the word efficiency. It’s not really that there is anything wrong with becoming more efficient, but what I find is that far too many executives major in the minors when it comes to efficiency.

Drinking the Talent Kool-Aid | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Even worse is when those sound-bites are used in an attempt to make statements which embolden a corporate position that doesn’t really even exist to begin with. then you are likely just paying lip service to the value of talent.

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Introducing Our New Team Excellence Assessment


Home ELS Home Leadership Development Executive Leadership Training Change Management Learning Products Employee Selection Contact us Oct 26 Introducing Our New Team Excellence Assessment By admin How does your team stack up to a world-class heart transplant team?

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Using Outdated Management Practices Can Be Very Costly

Deming Institute

Wells Fargo to pay $150 million-plus over allegations its workers opened fake accounts. As I said in a post on my blog, in 2008, The Defect Black Market : It is simple to blame employees for taking such action.

Toxic Work Environments | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

While these articles tended to stir the pot a bit, they were in my opinion mostly missing the mark. In the text that follows you’ll find the truth about toxic cultures… A toxic work environment thrives off of everything that great leadership stands in opposition to.

Shut-up & Listen | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Take a moment and reflect back on any great leader that comes to mind…you’ll find that they are very adept at reading between the lines. They have the uncanny ability to understand what is not said, witnessed, or heard. Want to become a better leader?

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What’s the Biggest Idea in Corporate Culture Today?

Marshall Goldsmith

The practice of executive coaching introduced corporate culture to an exciting new idea: the end of shame. Under the guidance of a coach, it’s OK to admit what you don’t know and ask for help. If that sounds terrifying, it’s because most of us have been conditioned to hide our flaws for fear of punishment, reprisal or a rival seizing a competitive advantage. The story of how Alan turned Ford around is now well documented.

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Humility and Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

As my wife has always said, “Those who talk the most usually have the least to say.&# Leaders need to understand that being authentically humble humanizes them, allows them to build stronger trust bonds, and engenders confidence & loyalty from peers and subordinates alike.

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Managing Board Relations | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Over the years I’ve met more than a few CEOs who paid little or no attention to their board of directors, only to find themselves wondering what went wrong as they were being ushered out the door prior to the expiration of their employment agreement.

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Loyalty vs. Tenure | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

If your organization confuses loyalty and tenure there is trouble on the horizon…If your business rates tenure higher than performance as a measure for employee evaluation, it is time for you to consider updating your talent management practices and procedures.

QAspire Blog: Practical Insights on Quality, Management.


Home Go to QAspire.com Guest Posts Disclaimer People Focus - 2010 Management Improvement Carnival Samba Carnival at Helsinki 2009 - Photo by Tanmay Vora Some of my most significant learning in quality and continuous improvement have come from John Hunter’s Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog. This year, John invited me to participate in 2010 Annual Management Improvement Carnival , and I was thrilled to host it on this blog.

Bonus or No Bonus? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

So what’s it going to be this year…a turkey, an extra paid day off, a cash bonus, stock/options/warrants, something creative or nothing at all? There is a tremendous amount of conflicting data as to whether or not incentive compensation in any form is an effective motivation tool.

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The Disconnected Leader | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

The harsh reality is that great numbers of leaders continue to operate in a vacuum by sequestering themselves away in the corner office and attempting to lead from afar. Trust me when I tell you that being out of touch is never a good position to find yourself in as the CEO.

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Leadership & Initiative Overload | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Fact : bright, talented executives with a bias to action will often take on more than they should. Is your rubber-band stretched so tight that it’s about to snap? Rather entering the productivity zone is found working at about 60% to 70% of capacity.

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You know you are competing on analytics when….

First Friday Book Synopsis

In an article that appeared in Harvard Business Review (January 2006), Thomas H. Davenport explains how to become an analytics competitor: champion analytics from the top, create a single analytics initiative, focus on your analytics efforts, establish an analytics culture, hire the right people, and use the right technology (ies).