When B-O-S-S is a Four-Letter Word

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Why’s boss a four letter word? It’s a double SOB spelled backwards). Companies spend an awful lot of time and money training managers how to be great leaders. Maybe we should also tell them how not to be bad bosses? It might be harder to stop doing annoying things than to learn brand new skills.

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Are Team Assessments Self-Serving?

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It seems like every time I administer an off-the-shelf leadership team assessment, the results are horrendous! I’ve been through a gauntlet of team assessments as a leader, team member, and facilitator, with a variety of companies and teams, and the results always seem to be the same.

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The Impact of the CEO on Leadership Development

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A Genie (actually an HR Vice-president at a former company) once asked me, “ Dan, if you could waive your magic wand and only do one thing for leadership development, what would it be?”

Traps to Avoid When Evaluating Leadership Potential

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From DDI’s Finding Future Perfect Senior Leaders: Spotting Executive Potential 1. Focus on current performance. Reliance on multirater (360°) feedback , which doesn’t predict potential, but only current competencies. Inconsistent criteria, vision, or expectations.

Using the performance and potential matrix to assess talent

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Note: for an updated (Jan 2012) version of this post, see The Performance and Potential Matrix (9 Box Grid) – an Update. The performance and potential matrix (9 box grid) is one the best talent management tools I’ve ever used. Here’s a tutorial on how to use the tool: What is it?

7 Ways to Measure the Impact of Leadership Development

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Much has been written about the importance of measuring the impact of leadership development programs or systems. Over the years I’ve been looking for practical, meaningful, and effective metrics.

A guide to great development moves

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Changing jobs is an often used and effective way to develop new leadership capabilities. I wrote the following guide when I worked for a large global company (“ABC”) to help support a strategy to move executives across at least two functions, businesses, and countries.

Career Management: Should you Relocate?

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It used to be if a hard charger wanted to advance in a company, moving to another location every 2-3 years was an accepted part of the unwritten deal. IBMers used to joke that IBM stood for “I’ve been moved”. In fact, if you were not being asked to move, it was a sign that you had fallen off the fast track. One company I know of had a leadership development strategy that in practice was referred to as “ 2x2x2 ”.

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How to Design a Great Leadership Team Off-site Meeting

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Taking a leadership team off-site for a few days is a great way to develop strategy, get creative, develop a team, learn, and re-invigorate a team. Here’s a proven design method I’ve used: 1. What’s the overall purpose of the meeting? To develop a 3 year strategy? Improve teamwork? Solve a big hairy problem? Sometimes it’s a combination of a few things, but try to keep it to just a few. A great off-site agenda should not look like an extended staff meeting.

Leadership Development is a Sunk Cost

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I often hear that managers just don’t have time for leadership development. They are too busy learning a new part of the business, dealing with an employee performance issue, getting ready for a new project, negotiating a new deal with a supplier, onboarding a new supervisor, crunching a new budget, and getting ready for a visit from headquarters.

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How to Maximize Your Return on Investment from a Leadership Development Program

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Attendance at a leadership development program does not guarantee behavior change or improved results as a leader. An openness and willingness to new ideas and approaches is certainly important, combined with a lot of hard work during the program. But once the program ends, and participants all go their own ways and return to their real world work environments, unfortunately, many of them will soon forget what they learned and soon revert back to old familiar habits.

How to Select an Executive Education Program

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Here are some guidelines for selecting an executive education program: 1. Identify the development needs. Boil it down to the top three development needs, or in other words, “what are you trying to get from a program?” Typical answers are “learn how to be more strategic”, “leading change”, or some combination of functional knowledge (finance, sales, and marketing). There may be is a timeframe that’s better or worse than others (i.e., next 6 months, avoid the summer, etc…) 2.

Helping Others Develop Their Potential

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G uest post by Kevin Eikenberry: Most of us find ourselves in a position to help others achieve more of their potential than we realize. Sure, as leaders, supervisors, and parents we can see ourselves in that position; but the fact is that all of us are uniquely qualified to help at least one other person in our lives reach their potential. I believe it is part of our purpose in life to serve others in this way – to encourage and support people we care about in becoming their best selves.

Questions That Facilitate Learning From a Development Assignment

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Development assignments by themselves don't always produce new learning and behavioral change. We need to step back and reflect, and make sense of the experience. Here are some questions a leader can ask themselves, or better yet, discuss with a coach. Questions That Facilitate Learning From a Development Assignment excerpts from Handbook of Leadership Development Cynthia D. McCauley, Russ S.

Leadership vs. Management - Does it Really Matter?

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It’s seems like the profession of management, or supervision, has fallen out of style these days. I hear things like’ “we need more leaders, and less managers”, and “well, she’s a good manager, but not a leader”. A lot of leadership books, courses, and gurus espouse the wonderful virtues of leadership, while contrasting against the archaic, horrible characteristics of management.

Eight Step Guide to Developing Your Leadership Skills

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Here’s how to develop your leadership skills, adapted from Lombardo and Eichenger’s Leadership Machine: 1. Know what the target looks like. There are hundreds of books out there that claim to offer the secrets of how to be a great leader or manager, including “Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun” to “Leadership the Soprano’s Way”. It can be overwhelming, confusing, and sometimes contradictory. So what’s an aspiring leader to do?

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How to Identify Leadership Potential

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Here’s a summary of three studies on how to identify leadership potential: Development Dimensions International DDI has developed a set of criteria that they say will accurately predict executive success, based on their own experience and research, and research by others, including work by Jim Collins for his book Good to Great ; Morgan W. McCall, Jr.'s s High Flyers ; and Ann Howard and Doug Bray's landmark 30-year study of professional and personal development at AT&T. DDI’s list: 1.

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The Worst Leaders Of All Time

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We all know that We “learning from others” is one of the most effective ways that leaders develop. Whenever I ask leaders to think back and reflect on how they developed their leadership capabilities, they inevitably will mention two categories of managers they’ve learned from. First, there’s the role model, inspiration leaders that they observed and got advice from.

6 Q Leadership

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Excerpt from “The ROI on People- The 7 Vectors of Research Robert W. Eichenger and Michael Lombardo According to Day and Lord (1986), differences in the quality of executive leadership explain as much as 45 percent of an organization’s performance. Hunter and Schmidt (1990) suggest that it might be 48% for those executives who rank one standard deviation above average.

Women's Leadership Exchange - Blog - Hope for Women Business.

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Womens History Month: Acknowledging Six Women Named Alice Its a New Dawn, Its a New Day, Its a New Life For Small Business and Im Feeling Good Hope for Women Business Authors, Afterall Subscribe in a reader Posted: June 7, 2007, 06:31 AM by Leslie Grossman Last night I had an "aha" experience. Check out www.womensleadershipexchange.com for all 2007 conference dates. Posted: October 9, 2007, 10:38 PM by Donna Coulson Leslie: What great finds at Grand Central Station!

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How Less Work Produces Great Work

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Maybe it's just the time of the year - post Thanksgiving and pre-Christmas/Chanukah - but it seems to me that everything I'm reading is telling me to work less. Or maybe it's just that I took a breath, following my final business trip of the year - approximately 24 roundtrips - but who is counting anyway - to actually listen to the Universe. Now, I'm very fortunate, because most of my business trips are personal rewards.

Harvard Breaks Their Rules

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Congratulations Harvard! Welcome Drew Gilpin Faust, the first female president of what some consider the top university in the US. After 371 years, since its founding, and a bonfire of criticism of its previous president Lawrence Summers, who suggested that women's lack of ability explained why less women than men are at the top in math and science in the educational arena -- Harvard chose a woman to lead it into the 21st century. Who is this woman?

The Secret: Women are Fabulous at Economics and Math. Now Go Get Your Award!

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WLE Keyholders and readers, please check out the Wall Street Journal - April 21, 2007 to get the full details of Professor Athey's brilliant work.) The news that Harvard University Professor Susan Athey, 36, won the praised John Bates Clark Medal - for the Nation's Most Promising Economist Under Age 40 - defies Lawrence Summers statement that got him fired as President of Harvard.

Slow Down. You Move Too Fast. | Rich Gee Group

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Washington DC Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007. 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 Slow Down. You Move Too Fast.

Organizational Time Management for Leaders

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The Four Steps to the Epiphany: A book review by Bob Morris

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The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Products That Win Steven Gary Blank Quad/Graphics (Third Edition, 2007) Here is “a radical reexamination of the entire new product introduction process”…and almost everything that precedes it The review that follows is of the Third Edition, published in 2007.

Katrina Markoff Named Woman of the Year by American Express and.

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In 2007, Vosges-Haut Chocolat generated nearly $12 million in sales.

Female Leadership on the Decline in Canada :: Women on Business

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found that the number of women in top executives positions in Canada has fallen over the past year from 37 women in the highest-paying executive jobs in 2006 to just 31 in 2007. In April 2007, Catalyst surveyed all of the FP 500 companies in Canada, and at the time, 15.1%

Human Competence: A book review by Bob Morris

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Gilbert Crown Business (2007) How and why the behavior engineering model “is really an outline of a performance troubleshooting sequence” Note: The comments that follow discuss the “Tribute Edition” (2007) of a book first published in 1996, after its author’s death. Lindsley Robert Sutton “The Knowing-Doing Gap” the “Tribute Edition” (2007) Thomas F. Human Competence: Engineering Worthy Performance Thomas F.

Pioneer women who “leaned in” throughout U.S. history

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I highly recommend Gail Collins’ America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines, published by William Morrow (2007). history Sally Ride Sandra Day O''Connor Sheryl Sanberg William Morrow (2007 With all due respect to Sheryl Sanberg, she is only one of the latest women who have “leaned in” to achieve success in U.S. history.

Peter Gray on “The play deficit”

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Bob''s blog entries Aeon Alex Webb/Magnum Baudrémont Boston College Children at Play: An American History (2007) France Free to Learn (2013) Howard Chudacoff Le Grandes Meaulnes Meuse Peter Gray on "The play deficit" Psychology (2011 Here is an excerpt from an article by Peter Gray for Aeon, an online magazine about nature, culture and ideas. It was launched in London in September 2012, championing bold thinking and fine writing. Every weekday it publishes a long-form essay, free to all.

Ten of the most important women in U.S. history

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history Toni Morrison (1931- ) William Morrow (2007) Zora Neale Hurston (1891 – 1960 However different these ten women may be in most respects, all of them share this in common: They had or continue to have a great impact on the quality of life and the standard of living for everyone in the United States. They could also serve as role models if only they received more attention. […].

Laura Vanderkam: An interview by Bob Morris

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She is also the author of Grindhopping: Build a Rewarding Career without Paying Your Dues (McGraw-Hill, 2007), which the New York Post selected as one of four notable career books [.]. Bob''s blog entries 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think 2007 City Journal environmental issues in lawn care Grindhopping: Build a Rewarding Career without Paying Your Dues Harvard Business Review people should do what they love and love what they do Henley''s Book of Verses.

Everything Is Obvious: A book review by Bob Morris

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Watts Everything Is Obvious: How Common Sense Fails Us Fooled by Randomness (2001) Lakota Indians Nassim Nicholas Taleb Phil Rosenzweig The Black Swan (2007) The Halo Effect The Misuse of Common Sense Thinking Is About More Than Thought Voltaire We Don''t Think the Way We Think We Think Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins Everything Is Obvious: How Common Sense Fails Us Douglas J. Watts Crown Business ((2011) “Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.”

On Conan Doyle: A book review by Bob Morris

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Williams Classics for Pleasure (2007) in a nostalgic country of the mind John Sutherland Maria Konnikova Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes Memories and Adventures Michael Dirda Notes on Susan Sontag On Conan Doyle: Or On Whitman Philip Lopate Princeton University Press The Hound of the Baskervilles The Washington Post Book World The White Company The Whole Art of Storytelling Vincent Starrett Welcome to "a romantic chamber of the heart What W.

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The SOBCon Manifesto

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Home About Me About This Blog Starbucker’s Amazon Store TerryStarbucker.com Ramblings From a Glass Half Full The SOBCon Manifesto by Starbucker on March 25, 2010 I am one of the founders of SOBCon , a venture that started in 2007. My partner is Liz Strauss, author of Successful Blog.

Practice Perfect: A book review by Bob Morris

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Prietula Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better Teach Like a Champion The Making of an Expert (July/August 2007) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Innovative management: A conversation with Gary Hamel and Lowell Bryan

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Bob's blog entries 2007 Bill Breen Claudia Joyce Forward-looking executives must respond to the growing need for a new managerial model Harvard Business Review Press in their recently published book Innovative management: A conversation with Gary Hamel and Lowell Bryan Joanna Barsh Management Innovation Lab McGraw-Hill McKinsey & Company Mobilizing Minds (Note: Lowell L.

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Shortlist Announced for Financial Times and Goldman Sachs “Business Book of the Year” Award

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Cohan (The Last Tycoons 2007) [comma]Healthier and HappierThursday September 15th, 2011: The Financial Times and Goldman Sachs today announced the shortlist for the seventh annual Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award (www.ft.com/bookaward), which aims to identify the book providing the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues. The shortlist is: [.].

Get Lucky: A book review by Bob Morris

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Bob's blog entries Against the Gods “I wouldn’t give a fig for simplicity on this side of complexity but I would give my live for simplicity on the other side of complexity” “Man plans and then God laughs” Thomas Jefferson “The Making of an Expert” (July 2007) Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking [comma] Fast and Slow Edward T.

Daniel Diermeier: An interview by Bob Morris

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Daniel Diermeier is the IBM Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice, a Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences at the Kellogg School of Management, and a Professor of Political Science at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, all at Northwestern University. He is director of the Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship [.].

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

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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.