The November 2011 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the November 6, 2011 edition of leadership development carnival! It's meant to be more of a menu - organized in a way that you can pick and choose based on author, blog name, subject title, and a "teaser" line if the author provided one.

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? Matthew Kelly writes in “Off Balance: “An organization can only become the best-version-of-itself to the extent.

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Be More Productive Now: Mindful Strategies for Increasing Performance

Strategy Driven

Within the context of business, mindfulness offers simple – but extremely effective – ways for leaders and their teams to increase productivity. Start Daily Mindfulness Training: By increasing serotonin production, daily mindfulness training is a proven way to balance the dopamine kick provided by short-term tasks, as well as to ultimately overcome action addiction. 7, Telstra, BUPA, and large not-for-profit organizations. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging 191, 2011, 36–43.

Product leadership

Lead on Purpose

The position of Product Manager is the single most important individual contributor role at any technology (product-focused) company. The reason I make such a bold statement is this: If the product manager succeeds, the product succeeds. If the product team succeeds, the product line(s) will make money and the company will succeed. The key to success is product leadership. Without leadership, products churn, wring out money and waste a lot time.

21 Reasons Why Organizations Keep Idiots


Those who could make the firing decision have little contact with the individual's true work product. They have low expectations. They are waiting for someone to complain. They believe they are the only ones who see the ineptitude. They don't want to be judgmental. They see only the work that is done reasonably well. They don't care so long as the performance doesn't affect them. There is a family connection. There is a powerful protector. They are afraid of a lawsuit.

Problem-solving can be a matter of life or death | The Organized.

The Organized Executive's Blog

Problems have a ripple effect through the organization. You may view the problem as confined to one department, but employees throughout the organization may be affected too.

Levers of Organization Design: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Levers of Organization Design: How Managers Use Accountability Systems for Greater Performance and Commitment Robert Simons Harvard Business Press (2005) Eloquent and Essential Practicality Unlike subtitles of so many other recently published business books, the one for Levers of Organization Design correctly identifies its author’s primary objective: to explain “how managers use accountability systems&# to [.].

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How to Create a Culture of Innovation in Your Organization

Management is a Journey

Videos Business Trends leadership organizational productivity performance management strategic thinking survival skillsSome companies like 3M, Proctor & Gamble, Google, and Apple are known for their cultures of innovation. Emerging markets are also fertile ground for innovation in this global environment. Innovate or become obsolete is the new reality of business in this new millennium.It is not easy to create a culture that promotes innovation where one has [.].

The Rainmaker 'Fab Five' Blog Picks of the Week - A Look Ahead at 2011

Maximizing Possibility

 Today I would like to shift gears and take a look ahead at what the HR, talent management, and leadership development blogging community sees in store for us in 2011.  Below is a great collection of posts containing predictions, resolutions, trends, and thoughts for 2011.

Employee Productivity Improvement Project ROI Calculation.

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven effective executives, efficient employees Home About The StrategyDriven Organization Our Company Our Contributors Karen K. Loss of productivity costs resulting from acts of incivility and poor managerial behavior are staggering and yet goes largely unrecognized. Tweets that mention Employee Productivity Improvement Project ROI Calculation | StrategyDriven -- says: January 26, 2011 at 1:38 am [.]

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The argument for writing it down | The Organized Executive's Blog

The Organized Executive's Blog

The Organized Executive's Blog Skip to content Home About ← Paper or digital? Organized executives handle the challenge by assigning someone to take notes during meetings. That well-organized waiter might have a future as an executive.

Leadership and Time

N2Growth Blog

Some people use only a portion of a full day, while others leverage the entire day, and those who are most productive leverage multiples of a day…Multiples of a day you ask? Either not enough delegation, too much delegation, or improper delegation can substantially harm an organization.

Rise of Lonely American Employees Undermines Productivity

Michael Lee Stallard

These paths never end well for the individual, their families and friends, or for their organizations. To combat the pervasive loneliness that’s damaging American society and organizations, leaders need to create Connection Cultures that unite people and develop “relationship excellence&# that supplements efforts to develop “task excellence&# in organizations. Several facts recently caught my attention. In 1940, 7.7

How Does the Relevancy of your work, affect Productivity?

Create Learning

The Relevance Enneagram is a tool that will uncover and focus the organization’s, team’s, staff’s and your values to increase productivity and people who love the work they do. Your work and life are consistently driven by goals. What you find relevant about those goals you do more of.

Grant employees the time off they deserve | The Organized.

The Organized Executive's Blog

The Organized Executive's Blog Skip to content Home About ← Make smart investments in your staff Paper or digital? → Grant employees the time off they deserve Posted on May 24, 2011 by Amy Beth Miller It didn’t take long for me to recognize that J.

The cost and benefit of an apology | The Organized Executive's Blog

The Organized Executive's Blog

The Organized Executive's Blog Skip to content Home About ← What’s your must-have smartphone app? Problem-solving can be a matter of life or death → The cost and benefit of an apology Posted on June 14, 2011 by Amy Beth Miller Does saying “I’m sorry” make a difference?

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Email math: Unnecessary messages multiply | The Organized.

The Organized Executive's Blog

With abuses like that, it’s no wonder some organizations have resorted to disabling the Reply All button on their email programs.

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3 Ways to Be a Positive Leader

Leading Blog

I realized that any hard-charging leader can create success in the short term, but it would take a positive leader with a people and process-driven approach to build a successful organization for the long term. The result was a dramatic increase in team performance and productivity.

Is Empowering Employees A Myth in Your Organization?

Tanveer Naseer

On the surface, most leaders will agree that encouraging a workplace where employees feel valued and engaged is important to their organization’s growth and success. How To Build Your Team For Success How to Make Your Resolutions Have A Bigger Impact Why Employers Need To Engage With A Purpose Preparing For Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Helping Employees Regain Their Productivity After A Prolonged Absence.

Leading with Character by Leading from Within

C-Level Strategies

I also believe it requires not only a vision of where you are taking the organization you are leading, but a clear personal vision that clarifies why you’re working with, and leading, that organization in the first place.

Top 5 Signs Of A Toxic Culture

The Leadership Advisor

As leaders, we can sometimes even overlook this in our own organizations. Here are 5 signs of a toxic culture: Rampant gossip/rumors – When the rumor mill has more productivity than your organization, you are in trouble.

What’s In It For Me?

The Leadership Advisor

People want to align themselves with the organization and have an outlet for their talent. Both of these factors mean productive workers for an organization. Culture Development Employee Engagement Leadership HR Productivity Talent Retention

096: Bringing the Lean Startup into Your Organization: Leadership in the Age of Uncertainty | with Jeff Dyer

Engaging Leader

Perhaps it was an idea for a new product or service, or a process change to solve a complex problem. Perhaps it was an idea for a new product or service, or a process change to solve a complex problem.

Leadership & Influence

N2Growth Blog

Spammers and info-product sales people add contacts to a database, while savvy professionals interested in creating influence invest into people for the purpose of building relationships. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. You cannot be a effective leader without influence.

Possibility Maximizer: I4CP's Critical Human Capital Issues of 2011 Report

Maximizing Possibility

Each Friday I like to highlight a resource that I feel will aid in your efforts to Maximize Possibility in your organization. Today I have a great resource from my friends at the Institute for Corporate Productivity (I4CP) that will clue you in to the top issues facing human capital management in 2011. Happy Friday - I hope you have had a wonderful week!

Consider: Harnessing the Power of Reflective Thinking in Your Organization

Leading Blog

That makes Consider: Harnessing the Power of Reflective Thinking in Your Organization , one of the most important books you’ll read this year. Author Daniel Patrick Forrester states, “ Stepping away from the problem—and structuring time to think and reflect—just may prove the most powerful differentiator that allows your organization to remain relevant and survive ….

White Crayon Employee Engagement

The Leadership Advisor

There is no standard white crayon for every organization. It depends on the needs and dynamics of your organization and it is yours to discover. Everyone’s product/service seems to fit your problem so we imagine we must need them.

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Character Development + Skill Development = Leadership

The Leadership Advisor

As we work to develop and expand our global network, we continually connect with amazing organizations and professionals. Marlene has a master’s degree in HR Development from Webster University and is the author of Stop Workplace Drama (Wiley 2011).

Poor Leadership Costs Average Organization Over $1 Million Dollars Year

Six Disciplines

That’s over a million dollars a year for any organization with $15 million dollars or more in annual sales. Poor leadership is responsible for up to 30% of the reasons why people leave their organizations according to exit interviews conducted by The Saratoga Institute. Employee productivity. Poor leadership leads to poor employee productivity. Research from Blanchard shows that direct report productivity can be improved 5-12% through better management practices.

Maxwell's 5 Levels of Leadership

Leading Blog

The 5 Levels express a way to understand and organize your leadership growth. Level three – PRODUCTION – recognizes that relationships alone are not enough. Production level leaders are followed because of what they have done for the organization.

7 Essentials For A Quality Culture

The Leadership Advisor

Culture is a simple way of saying how an organization expresses itself internally and externally. It is driven by leadership and determines how the organization responds to all things, both good and bad. No organization is without culture.

Leadership & The Expectation Gap

N2Growth Blog

We have all found ourselves in the unenviable position of assigning work product only to end-up with the deliverable falling far short of expectations, while having the producer of said work product thinking they exceeded all expectations.

19 Revealing CEO Leadership Quotes

C-Level Strategies

I mentioned that as the organization’s Chief Relationship Officer, I have the opportunity to meet with small, intimate groups of these executives five times a year in different locales around the world.

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Paper or digital? | The Organized Executive's Blog

The Organized Executive's Blog

The Organized Executive's Blog Skip to content Home About ← Grant employees the time off they deserve The argument for writing it down → Paper or digital? Posted on May 26, 2011 by Amy Beth Miller I take a hybrid approach to managing information.

Creating value in 2011

Lead on Purpose

Ultimately, we all want to create more value — for ourselves, for the organizations we associate with and for the people we care about. Now that we’re off and running in 2011, let’s explore a few ways to increase our value: Improve skills and knowledge: Instead of hunkering down and running below the radar, take specific actions to improve your skills. If you’ve been hunkered down over the past year, don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone in 2011.

Been Promoted? Five Key Conversations to Have With Your New Boss

Kevin Eikenberry

Consulting Speaking Training Products About Blog Home Blogs I Like Leadership Learning Subscribe Been Promoted? If you know what his goals are for your department, region or organization as a whole, you are in a much better position to help him achieve them, right?

Five rules for executive product leadership

Lead on Purpose

The original idea for starting Lead on Purpose was a recognition that product managers have the need to lead (inspire, motivate, guide) people who do not report them. Their success depends, to a large extent, on people in other parts of the organization. The leadership role of the product team (PM, PO, PMM, UX) is critical to the success of any organization. Much has been written about where product management should report.

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Shaking-up Leadership

N2Growth Blog

Smart companies realize that if someone is performing below expectations, they need to be coached to productivity or replaced – there is no third option if a healthy organization matters to you. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth.

Do one less thing | The Organized Executive's Blog

The Organized Executive's Blog

Reaching for goals: triumph and tragedy | The Organized Executive: [link] #leadership 3 hours ago Reframing That Nasty Four-Letter F-Word | Productive Flourishing [link] via @ charliegilkey 3 hours ago RT @ LeadToday : It's not a real decison until someone takes action because of it.

Management and Leadership – Leadership Lessons from the United.

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven effective executives, efficient employees Home About The StrategyDriven Organization Our Company Our Contributors Karen K. Improve productivity, Enhance the bottom line… StrategyDriven Premium Subscriber Login Align Your Organization and Become StrategyDriven! Juliano Howard T. Dickens Jr. Lucas D. Ives Sharon Drew Morgen Hank Moore Jamie P.