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Best Leadership Books of 2012

Leading Blog

T HE WAYS we have thought about leadership have not always served us well. We have tended to think of leadership as something outside and above the rest. If leadership isn’t among, it will let us down. We have become mired in the organizational processes that are no longer relevant to the world we live in. Barrett. Book

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The September 2012 Leadership Development Carnival NFL Kick-off Edition

Great Leadership By Dan

So with apologies to those who don't share this passion, I present to you the September 2012 Leadership Development Carnival, NFL Kick-off Edition.

The Secret Sauce of Process Improvement


A colleague from a different department recently asked me, “When does this process improvement stop?”. Second ingredient in this sauce is involvement of practitioners in defining and implementing improvements/processes. Third and final ingredient is empathy when implementing process improvements. he further inquired.

The May, 2012 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the May edition of the Leadership Development Carnival ! She's also been a consistent Twitter supporter of Great Leadership.

Purpose Precedes Process


If process is a vehicle, purpose is the compass. Purpose gives a definite direction to processes. Most system implementation or change initiatives focus enough on the P-P-T – People, process and technology and somewhere along the lines, the focus on purpose blurs. Sell the purpose and process will take care of itself.

Thriving Through Processes

Leadership Freak

Organizations without processes never thrive. Effective and efficient processes create platforms that enable, enhance, and evaluate both individual and organizational performance. What’s your systematic process for achieving breakthroughs, living transparently, or solving problems? Powerful processes: Eliminate drama.

Thriving Through Processes

Leadership Freak

Organizations without processes never thrive. Effective and efficient processes create platforms that enable, enhance, and evaluate both individual and organizational performance. What’s your systematic process for achieving breakthroughs, living transparently, and solving problems, for example? Prevent distractions.

The Six-Question Process

Marshall Goldsmith

The Six-Question Process for coaching is an approach that I have seen work consistently well with executives. This process has produced measurable change in effectiveness (as evaluated by direct reports) with four CEOs that I have personally coached. The Six-Question Process. by Marshall Goldsmith. Where are we going? Summary.

The Process is as Important as the Product: 7 Tips to Manage Both

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

7 tips to manage for both results and process. If you are too process-focused, you are in danger of losing momentum. Trust your people.

Agility in Process Improvement Initiatives


The famous 80:20 rule applies to process improvement initiative as well. In my book #QUALITYtweet , I wrote: #QUALITYtweet The first step of your process improvement journey is to know what really needs improvement. Leadership Leading Change Process Improvement Quality Improvement change QualityWe need collaboration.

Why Your Leadership Is Overrated

N2Growth Blog

How are your leadership skills? I’ve always said leaders need to get over themselves and get on to the practice of leadership.

Leadership and Self-Awareness

N2Growth Blog

If you’re in a position of leadership and don’t feel you have any blind spots, you’re either very naïve or very arrogant. Thoughts?

The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership

Leading Blog

Gary Burnison considers leadership to be a privilege. Most people like the idea of leadership but few count the cost. That’s not easy.

Leadership And Making Choices

N2Growth Blog

Choice ; it’s a simple, yet critical aspect of leadership. At its essence, leadership isn’t a job – it’s a choice. Thoughts?

Leadership Influence the Go-Giver Way

C-Level Strategies

There are “Five Laws of Stratospheric Success” that Bob reveals which bring this theory to life in business and leadership: 1.

QAspire Blog 2012: Essential Posts Redux


2012 was a fantastic year. January 2012 : What We Need The Most in 2012? February 2012: In Praise of Comprehension and Meaning.

Food For Thought – April 2012


Chris Guillebeau thinks, “ It’s Not the Process, It’s Not the End Result, It’s the Act of Making Things ”. Great Quotes Random Musings Round Ups Self Growth great quotes Leadership Round Up self development thought provoking questionsNote: Important take-aways marked in bold+ italics. Recognize that life is not a novel. Revel in it.”.

2012 Best Books on Leadership, Innovation and Strategy


It’s the season for lists and as 2012 begins to wind down, we thought we’d review what we’ve read this year and put together a list of our own. If you haven’t there’s still time left in 2012 to dig into these great books. Leadership. The world is a busy place, especially for those in leadership. Innovation. We’re biased.

The March 2012 Leadership Development Carnival Going Green Edition

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the March 4th, 2012 Leadership Development Carnival Going Green Edition. Saint Patrick's Day leadership development carnival

10 Essential Leadership Models

Great Leadership By Dan

While there have been thousands of books written about leadership, there are a handful of leadership models that have served me well as a leader and leadership development practitioner. These are the tried and true models that have shifted my thinking about leadership and help create teachable leadership moments for others.

Reasons to Embrace Business Process Management

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development There is no question that in today’s volatile economy, extreme business-cycle fluctuations can occur often. With proper business process management implementation, you’ll have the ability to manage an array of business changes that constantly transpire. Leadership Development BPM process management

The July 2012 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the July 2012 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival ! july carnival leadership development carnival carnival

The Four Leadership Traits of Highly Collaborative Leaders

Leading Blog

There’s a direct relationship between the agility and resilience of a team and the transparency of its decision-making process. It’s culture.

12 Reads for 2012


In that spirit, we’ve compiled 12 books we feel every leader or aspiring leader should commit to read, or re-read in 2012. The Leadership Challenge by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. The single must-read book on leadership. Do not let 2012 pass without reading this book. And why not? Influence by Robert Cialdini.

5 Leadership Roles To Get Your Team Walking Through Brick Walls

Terry Starbucker

The Cheerleader - This is where I call “leadership relentlessness” comes in. LeadershipTheir loyalty is on their sleeves.

7 Impractical Leadership Principles and Why I Use Them

Ron Edmondson

Honestly, good leadership isn’t always practical. BTW, I wrote about that process of protecting my ministry HERE.). Seriously.

8 Essential Principles of Effective Leadership

Leading Blog

He writes in The Shaping of an Effective Leader : Our understanding of leadership does not come to us all at once. Leadership development is a process. The implementation of these eight principle will have a profound impact on your leadership: The Necessity of Character. Eventually they become leaders in title only.

A Navigational Guide To 6 Paradoxes of Leadership

Terry Starbucker

LeadershipHow we deal with these paradoxes can be the difference between good and great. Take a foolish risk, you can bring down the company.

5 Important Leadership Lessons You Learned in Kindergarten

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Leadership is about going somewhere. Pay attention to the process. It is important to pay attention to the process along the way.

How to Expand Your Leadership Capacity

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post By Brian Gast : What’s your leadership capacity? Such conditions test your leadership capacity. Then things got tough.

3 Suggestions for a Leadership Transition

Ron Edmondson

The initial momentum a new leader may have can be jeopardized by the environment created during the opening days of his or her leadership tenure.

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Putting the human back in human resources

The Organized Executive's Blog

Develop leadership at all levels. Empower employees at all levels within your organization to express their full leadership potential.

The Art of External Processing in Leadership

Anese Cavanaugh

They’re some of the core qualities of effective empathetic leadership. There is an “art” to external processing.

Leaders: Stop Trying to Be Efficient

N2Growth Blog

It’s important to remember leadership is a people business, and people are messy. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth.

Authentic Leadership Development: Your Past, Present, and Future

Great Leadership By Dan

There’s been a lot written about the concept of “authentic leadership”, that is, being a leader that is comes across as sincere, genuine, and real.

Leadership and integrity

Lead on Purpose

In his recent post 10 Mistakes Leaders Should Avoid at All Costs (on Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership blog ), Enrique Fiallo said the following about the importance of integrity in leadership: There are many things you can lack and still steer clear of danger. Lincoln said: “Great leadership is a product of great character.

Leadership and Resourcing

N2Growth Blog

In today’s post I’ll look at the topic of resourcing as a key success metric for anyone in a leadership position.

How to Use a Leadership Coach

Next Level Blog

One way to go is to hire an experienced leadership coach that can help you take an objective look at your performance and guide you in the process of making adjustments that will make a positive difference to you, your team and your organization. Don’t have the budget for a leadership coach?

10 BIG Development Goals for Leaders for 2012

Great Leadership By Dan

However, in the realm of leadership development, there are a handful of things a leader could do that have the potential to be truly *transformational, life-altering, and help to create a whole new worldview. It could involve new people, markets, customers, products, tools, and processes, all of which are opportunities to learn and develop.

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Leadership as Provocative Competence

Leading Blog

Jazz has always been a good metaphor for the art of leadership. Barrett wants us to look at leadership differently and increase our leadership repertoire beyond hierarchical models, “so that we more fully appreciate the power of relationships.” Leadership: Artistry Unleashed. And in that he succeeds.

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