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Toxic work environments can only exist where a lack of trust and respect are present, and this can only occur in the absence of sound leadership. So, what do you do if you’re not in leadership and find yourself in a toxic work environment?

The “Sweet 16? of Positive Work Environments

Leadership Freak

People in positive work environments love to see the boss coming. If people start worrying when you show up, you’re a downer. If people love to see you leave, you’re a loser. If your team hates receiving calls from you, you’re a lousy leader. They love seeing you because they’ll go further with you than [.]. Health Marks of leaders Motivation Optimism Taking others higher Culture Leadership Development Organizational Development

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First Look: Leadership Books for September 2011

Leading Blog

The Anywhere Leader : How to Lead and Succeed in Any Business Environment by Mike Thompson. Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in September. True North Groups : A Powerful Path to Personal and Leadership Development by Bill George and Doug Baker. StandOut : The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution by Marcus Buckingham. Willpower : Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney.

LeadershipNow 140: September 2011 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from September 2011 that you might have missed: @stevefarber: Want to solve the leadership crisis? tomasacker You can't find yourself in this chaotic, dynamic environment.

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Are You in a Controlling Environment?

Ron Edmondson

How controlling is the environment in which you lead? In a controlling environment, an idea can flourish only if there are systems to support the idea. In a less controlling environment, they create systems around the ideas…systems to make the ideas work.

Support Environment – ReImagine Work

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Mary Schaefer (posts, web, Twitter) shared a post a couple of weeks ago titled How are you Creating your Own Environment of Support? Support Environment – ReImagine Work. It is a story of how her site and her writing received the benefit of some traffic and some encouragement from another Lead Change member, Don Shapiro. Not only is it a [.] Leadership Development encour encouragement members support

4 Ways to Use Your Blog to Land a New Job or Client

C-Level Strategies

At the same time, I talk about myself from a personal perspective and mention some of my volunteer efforts, my degrees, and include links and mention to how I’m contributing to other organizations in the online marketing and leadership environments.

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The Top Five Habits of Effective Network Builders

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article featyred online by MIT Sloan Management Review. To read the complete article, check out other resources, and sign up for free email alerts, please click here. * * * “Open-source projects and grassroots collective action are important sources of inspiration for 21st-century civic engagement, enabling us to combine [.].

Top 5 Signs Of A Toxic Culture

The Leadership Advisor

The crazy thing is we don’t have the same reaction to toxic relationships or environments when we encounter them. As citizens, we rely on the leadership of our governments (local, state and federal) to protect us from irresponsible parties polluting our environment.

Ann Handley’s Secrets to Successfully Leading Virtual Teams

C-Level Strategies

Not everyone can function in a virtual environment, or has a hard time adjusting. People have different communication styles and needs — for example, some people really like face-to-face… so it’s a challenge to figure out how to make that work in a virtual environment.

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10 Commandments Of A Great Culture

The Leadership Advisor

If you set aside the religious implications most people struggle looking past, they are some great suggestions for living in harmony with one’s self, those around them and to have an overall healthy environment. It’s purposefully choosing what you magnify in your environment.

7 Essentials For A Quality Culture

The Leadership Advisor

A learning environment leaves room for mistakes and errors without the fear of being chastised unnecessarily. Honest mistakes happen and a learning environment reduces the stress of making them.

7 Things Healthy Teams Check at the Door

Ron Edmondson

I think healthy teams are intentionally created, so I’m consistently trying to make our environment better. After a recent staff meeting, I was thinking about what makes our team at Grace Community Church healthy.

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5 Characteristics of an Excellent Team Member

Ron Edmondson

I realize, and fully expect to hear, that to be an excellent team member requires an excellent team environment and leader. I love team dynamics and organizational structures.

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Corporate Cultures – Individual Initiated, Rules and Standards Controlled Environment

Strategy Driven

The Individual Initiated, Knowledge and Skills Controlled Environment represents a culture that is moving toward greater consistency in action if not action initiation. The following characteristics, benefits, risks, and risk mitigators are representative of the Individual Initiated, Knowledge and Skills Controlled Environment. You just finished reading Corporate Cultures - Individual Initiated, Rules and Standards Controlled Environment !

Leadership Lessons: 5 Critical Requirements When Leading Change

C-Level Strategies

Of course, this will be different in a corporate environment.) . Steve Woodruff and I couldn’t be happier to be welcoming our leadership colleague Mike Henry Sr. as this week’s Leadership Chat Guest Host.

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How Great Leaders Support Work Life Balance

C-Level Strategies

Now, one thing that often comes up when talking about work-life balance in the corporate world is the concept of “face time,&# the idea that it’s important to be visibly seen in this environment, and the more you’re seen the more you’re likely to advance.

8 Assumptions and 8 Questions about Innovation

First Friday Book Synopsis

Randy's blog entries Adaptation Exaptation Innovation: Processes and Environments That Invite Successful Innovation Bernd Schmitt Gary Hamel Roger Martin Steven Johnson Tom Kelley Twyla Tharp

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Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Leading Blog

Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. One of the most remarkable innovators of our time, Steve Jobs has been called a Henry Ford, a Walt Disney, a Thomas Edison. "We We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," Apple said.

“Fun” at Work

Great Leadership By Dan

If you are a manager, and you’ve chartered one of these things, you’ve taken the lazy way out of doing what you’re supposed to do as a leader, that is, create an energizing environment. However, you can create an environment where a natural sense of fun is allowed to emerge on its own.

The Strategy-Focused Organization: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Strategy-Focused Organization: How Balanced Scorecard Companies Thrive in the New Business Environment Robert S. Bob's blog entries "thrive in the new business environment" Align the organization to the strategy Aligning the Organization to Create Synergies David P. Kaplan and David P.

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Why Business Vision Matters More in This Economy

C-Level Strategies

Environment of increasing regulations.

Boost Your Creativity in Our Overloaded Information Environment.

Strategy Driven

Is our digital environment interfering with our employees’ ability to see the big picture? StrategyDriven effective executives, efficient employees Home About The StrategyDriven Organization Our Company Our Contributors Karen K. Juliano Howard T. Dickens Jr. Lucas D. Ives Sharon Drew Morgen Hank Moore Jamie P.

Just Announced: Magnetic Leadership Training Opportunity in Chicago

C-Level Strategies

Safe environment: Because of the nature of the simulation, the individual’s natural leadership style easily surfaces. Photo of me coaching the Magnetic Leadership Program participants was taken at the Wrigley Field event in April, 2011.

Looking For Leadership

N2Growth Blog

Place a leader into any environment and their impact will be immediately recognized. How can we re-ignite leadership potential in people who have not had great role models or the encouragement/nurturing environment to flex their leadership muscles?

How 4 Little Pronouns Can Make or Break Your Leadership

Terry Starbucker

It’s just not a good word in a team environment – I got to the point where I’d call somebody out on it nearly every time I heard it in the “silo” and “buy-in” contexts. It’s amazing how pronouns can tell us so much about the state of a company, and a team. Simple little pronouns.

5 Keys to Effectively Communicating Appreciation in the Workplace

Great Leadership By Dan

The workplace environment needs to change for the better, and leaders can change the course. In my business consulting practice, I have seen these simple principles of appreciation successfully improve workplace environments previously suffering from a bad case of burn-out.

The Difficult Follower – Is it You?

C-Level Strategies

Regardless of the cause or the particular emotional barrier, this leads to a toxic environment for the entire team if not addressed head-on. C-Level Strategies & Awakenings -- January 31, 2011 at 5:25 am [.] Reply Georgia January 31, 2011 at 10:00 am Great article, Lisa!

12 Tips for Making Marriage Fun Again (Revised)

Ron Edmondson

There is something about physically leaving the environment in which we are comfortable that pushes us closer to the ones we love. I previously posted this several years ago, before we were empty-nesters. I believe more in it today than I did then.

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Three Power Phrases to Disarm a Verbal Aggressor

The Recovering Engineer

The political or social environment surrounding the communication, and. When you feel that you have been verbally attacked, it is incredibly difficult to think of the right words to calm the situation and disarm a verbal aggressor.

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Business Proverbs and BS | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

by John • September 26, 2011 • Human Resources , Leadership • 3 Comments. But, by God I delivered the profit or I wouldn’t have been in the C-Suite long enough to provide a healthy environment for employees to reach their potential. September 28, 2011 at 8:40 am.

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10 Scenarios to Help Determine if it’s Time to Quit

Ron Edmondson

God may leave you in the miserable environment for a season…or even years. How do you know when it’s time to leave an organization? I recently wrote “ Leave Before You Have To ”. Sometimes it’s more damaging to stay than to quit.

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Are You A Fill In The Gap Leader?

The Leadership Advisor

Talent misalignment - In today’s streamlined environment, people can be asked to fulfill roles that may be outside their normal purview. One of the most prevalent things about many leaders is they make sure things get done.

4 Keys To Avoid Culture Creep

The Leadership Advisor

It’s not intentional, but the environment in which we’re operating has subtly shifted us to a different location. I’m a water rat. I love going to the beach.

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5 Characteristics of the Antiquated Leader

Ron Edmondson

Home About Consulting Church Family Leadership Navigation: Home » Leadership » Change » 5 Characteristics of the Antiquated Leader 5 Characteristics of the Antiquated Leader February 10, 2011 in Change , Culture , Innovation , Leadership , Organizational Leadership , Team Leadership with 11 Comments What’s important in leadership has changed these days, because organizations and people have changed.

Five Steps To Infuse “Magic” in Your Leadership Style

Next Level Blog

The qualities that make a good team a great one depend largely on the leader’s ability to create an environment of complete engagement. This guest post was written by Jason Monaghan with University of Notre Dame Executive Online Education: As any seasoned business leader can tell you, creating an exemplary team takes knowledge, perseverance, and a little leadership magic. The “magic” of a great leader is developed over time and through years of professional awareness.

17 Pearls of Visionary Wisdom from #LeadershipChat | C-Level.

C-Level Strategies

leadershipchat kellimac4 : @ LisaPetrilli Vision can extend far past what your eyes or even your mind can see – set it free in the right environment # LeadershipChat DrTroyRoddy If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never get there.

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On “Systems Thinking” and Improvement


Today, when I am responsible for improvements in a business environment, this lesson serves me well. A few years back, when I was struggling with some repetitive/difficult situations at work, one of my seniors (and a good friend) asked me, “Do you know the root cause of your problem?”. He went on to draw a diagram on his notebook, and connected the problem to the other parts of the organizational system.

Top 10 Traits Of An Engagement Centric Organziation

The Leadership Advisor

Not too many folks are likely to be engaged in an environment like that. If you have read more than 25 blogs on leadership this year, I would venture a guess that you have come across at least one post that at a minimum referenced or was focused on employee engagement.

My Dad, Steve Jobs and the Comparison Trap

Kevin Eikenberry

I grew up on a farm — an environment where mechanical equipment abounds and things break (often at inopportune times). Given that, having great mechanical skills and aptitudes are a great benefit to a farmer. Thankfully, my father had those skills. He was so good at the variety of skills required that I grew up [.]. Leadership Learning balance comparison Personal Development professional development