LeadershipNow 140: April 2013 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from April 2013 that you might have missed: Ariens CEO outlines Seven Skills of a Lean Leader. Read the remaining 50 Tips to get to World-Class Fast by @_robin_sharma.

Observing the best in class


In a ballet class, you begin at the barre. There, you practice the foundational movements of ballet in order to move on to the next part of class which takes place in the middle of the room without a support to hang onto. Who is best in class, and what are they doing?

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LEADERSHIP: A Master Class

First Friday Book Synopsis

Leadership: A Master Class allows individuals and organizations alike access [.]. Siegel emotional intelligence Erica Ariel Fox George Kohlrieser Howard Gardner LEADERSHIP: A Master Class MIT Sloan School of Management More Than Sound New York Times Peter Senge Primal Leadership Pulitzer Prize Social Intelligence Teresa Amabile The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights Warren Bennis Working with Emotional Intelligence

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Leadership: A Master Class with Daniel Goleman

First Friday Book Synopsis

Leadership: A Master Class Daniel Goleman, Host More Than Sound A “must have” wealth of resources Years ago, I began to recommend books that I thought should be added to what is, in effect, an in-house business library that almost any organization should have, whatever its size and nature would be.

Grassroots Leadership by the Rising Middle Class

Coaching Tip

The business world has been buzzing about the rising "global middle class" for at least a decade. A 2012 report by the European Union Institute for Security Studies, using a broader definition of middle class, predicted that the number of people in that category would grow from 1.8

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Praise for High Performance Team Building Class

Mike Cardus

We had a GREAT time completing the 2nd offering of the High Performance Team Building Certificate Class – offered through the University at Buffalo School of Social Work Continuing Education Department. Video link.

The Definition of Class In A Manager

Eric Jacobson

The book covers eight core responsibilities of a new manager , including: Hiring Communicating Planning Organizing Training Monitoring Evaluating Firing Expert advice is additionally provided regarding: Using Your New Authority Managing Your Mood Building Trust One of my favorite sections of the book is the one about class in a manager : Class is treating people with dignity. Class does not have to be the center of attention. Class does not lose its cool.

How To Be A Manager With Class

Eric Jacobson

One of my favorite sections of the book is the one about class in a manager : Class is treating people with dignity. Class does not have to be the center of attention. Class does not lose its cool. Class does not rationalize mistakes. Class is good manners. Class means loyalty to one''s staff. Class recognizes the best way to build oneself is to first build others. Class leads by example. Class does not taken action when angry.

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The Heavy Cost of “Maximizing Shareholder Value” – Thoughts on the Shrinking Middle Class

First Friday Book Synopsis

Well, this too is murder — on a mass scale. Only on Wall Street, they call it “maximizing share-holder value” and they call it “legal.” ” And they substitute dollar bills where a conscience should be. Dammit! A business is worth more than the price of its stock. It’s the place where we earn our living, […]. Randy''s blog entries

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Are you ready to kick butt in 2013?

Women on Business

Right now, the idea of kicking butt in 2013 is probably the last thing on your mind. These could be speaking engagements, guest blogging opportunities, being part of a panel, leading a workshop or class, hosting a Google+ hangout or a Tweetup.

“It’s Hard To Buy Class A Talent With Class C Money” – Or, Don’t Look for Great Customer Service from Resentful Workers

First Friday Book Synopsis

It’s pretty tough to provide good customer service with workers who resent their jobs. Think about it. If a person arrives at work, for a job that exists to serve the needs of the customer (and many, many jobs exist for this very reason), and the person does not want to be at work, you’re […]. Randy''s blog entries

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About that Shrinking Middle Class – (Plutocrats by Chrystia Freeland)

First Friday Book Synopsis

As I have written frequently on this blog, I really do live in two worlds. One world is the world of “business books,” books that show up on the Amazon “Business and Investing” lists, and the New York Times list of Business Best Sellers. Each month, my colleague Karl Krayer and I present our synopses [.]. Randy's blog entries

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Attention Leaders: Five Attitudes to Take to work in 2013

You're Not the Boss of Me

So, with that in mind, here are five attitudes that I think will be necessary for business leaders to take, in achieving success in 2013 and beyond: Attitude # 1: Diversity is not a black and white subject ~ There are a myriad of distinctions between human beings. Attitude is a big deal.

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 4/1/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Products that Win Steven Gary Blank Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You: Retrain Your Brain to Conquer Fear, Make Better Decisions, and Thrive in the 21st [.].

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Complimentary Resource – Summer 2013 Mood Tracker Report: Empowering Employees to Improve Performance

Strategy Driven

Summer 2013 Mood Tracker Report: Empowering Employees to Improve Performance. In our new Summer 2013 Workforce Mood Tracker Report : Empowering Employees to Improve Performance , we asked employees what they thought of reviews and what would make them better.

Will You Be Ready?

Tanveer Naseer

It’s a dilemma that this graduating class is familiar with because you’ve dealt with this issue for the last five years as members of our community here at Heritage.

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Complimentary Resource – Operational Risk Management: How Best-in-Class Manufacturers Improve Operating Performance with Proactive Risk Reduction

Strategy Driven

Operational Risk Management : How Best-in-Class Manufacturers Improve Operating Performance with Proactive Risk Reduction. This Analyst Insight highlights the steps taken by Best-in-Class companies to successfully mitigate risks in order to reduce the potential impact on their financial goals.

The Posture of a Leader – Origins of Lead Change Part 8

Lead Change Blog

For example, “If you are a student in my class and you don’t learn what I’m teaching, I’ve let [.]. Posted in Leadership Development In Tribes, Godin talks subtly about the transition in leadership from autocrat to servant. The section is titled The Posture of a Leader. He lists a series of shifts that we need to be aware of. Leadership Development impact instigate Origins of Lead Change Seth Godin Tribes Value

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7 Uncommon Ways To Be A Positive Influence On You and Your Team

Lead Change Blog

You may not class yourself as a leader, but you are a leader, whether you’re leading a team, a family or even yourself. Posted in Leadership Coaching Leadership Development Light Your World [link] The psychology of leadership simply fascinates me, and no more so than when leaders have a positive influence on their team. In your role, as a leader, the energy you emit is [.]. Leadership Coaching Leadership Development Light Your World

Loyalty Beyond Reason Defined

Leading Blog

However, the research ended up with a narrow focus on more extreme examples of consumer behavior that could be more readily classed as fanaticism. This is a post by Brian Sheehan, author of Loveworks: How the World''s Top Marketers Make Emotional Connections to Win in the Marketplace.

Drawing: A Life Lesson

N2Growth Blog

John, do you understand what’s going on in this class?”. I was obviously the least “talented” person in his class and he was flummoxed as how to work with me. By John Baldoni , Chair, Leadership Development, N2growth.

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The Government Shutdown and the Verbal Tells That Give Leaders Away

Next Level Blog

This week’s Federal government shutdown is the latest in a series of sad and maddening examples of a leadership class that’s disconnected from the people it’s supposed to lead and serve. Well, here we are again.

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Mindful Mondays: Focus on What You Can Do Now

Next Level Blog

This topic is on my mind today because of a realization I had after a yoga class yesterday. One of the biggest barriers to being present is worrying about what might happen in the future rather than what you can do right now. Two of my favorite quotes speak to this challenge.

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Mindful Mondays: Chill Out. Your Life Depends on It

Next Level Blog

The in-class exam is next week – wish me luck!). Along with my normal routine of coaching, speaking and writing, my big project this summer has been taking a 200 hour course to become a certified yoga instructor.

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Three things required for resilience


Because I knew that my education would be key to a better future, I worked hard at my classes, even the most difficult ones (like organic chemistry and physics!). My professors believed in me, helping me to discover that through hard work, I could do well my classes.

6 Steps To Empower Others And Yourself

Tanveer Naseer

While small businesses may not have the budget for tuition reimbursement, it’s certainly possible to offer short classes at the office or encourage employees to look into free classes as well. The following is a guest piece by Megan Totka.

Mindful Mondays: Seven Things I’ve Learned About Life and Leadership from Three Years of Yoga

Next Level Blog

I thought I was in pretty good shape but my first yoga class seemed like it would never end. Three years later, I’ve taken close to 1,000 classes and, about a month ago, completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training program. It was three years ago last week that I started practicing yoga.

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Leading for a Higher Purpose

General Leadership

For almost a quarter of a century, her organization has been providing best in class technology services to both national and international clients. “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” ” Albert Schweitzer.

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Three Lessons Dick Clark Taught Us About Succession Planning

Next Level Blog

And, as the title of the show implies, among his many other accomplishments, Dick Clark left a world class lesson in leadership succession planning.

Introverted traits we can all use


Teachers told us our oldest daughter needed to stop talking so much in class. My youngest daughter’s teachers were always telling my husband and I that she needed to speak up more. She spent a lot of time alone in her room, reading and doing puzzles.

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Dramatize Your Ideas!

Nathan Magnuson

I don’t think I’ll ever forget one particular college history class. As a business major, I wasn’t extremely invested and this particular class took place right after lunch.

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Do You Give Your Power Away At Work?

Tanveer Naseer

Surely those in positions of authority and those among the wealthy class have far more power to wield, and consequently more influence to direct what course my organization or my community might take? Are we giving away our power when we show up at work?

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Snapping out of your leadership struggle


How about a class in yoga, Russian literature, or a creative hobby you’ve wanted to try (Hip-Hop dance? Leadership can be emotionally difficult at times, and that’s natural for any human being who takes their work to heart. But it doesn’t have to be a continual struggle.

What the Communist Party Got Right About Leadership

Nathan Magnuson

Today’s post was co-written with Brooke Steinke, a student in our Organizational & Management Communication class at CollegePlus. It was great to have you in our class, Brooke!

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How to Get Your Great Work MBA

Kevin Eikenberry

Imagine taking a world class coach, bestselling author and Rhodes Scholar who focuses his time on helping people accomplish more of the right work in their […]. Ok, so it isn’t a real MBA, but with all due respect, in some ways it might be better. So if it isn’t a “real” MBA, what is it?

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How to Make Your Ideas Contagious

Leading Blog

Jonah Berger shares the science behind word of mouth in Contagious and even teaches a class at The Wharton School by the same name. As leaders we need to understand how to make our ideas catch on. This is most effectively done through word of mouth and social influence. It''s more persuasive than advertising and is more targeted to an interested audience. Interestingly, most people think that most word of mouth happens online.

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Mindful Mondays: You People Are Amazing!

Next Level Blog

I was a Saturday morning regular for Preston’s class when I lived in the Washington, DC area and was still very new to yoga. Next month marks the third anniversary of me getting serious about yoga. I’ve had a lot of great yoga teachers in the past three years.

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Remaining a Beginner


Or perhaps you’d like to take a class, attend an external leadership development program or travel to a foreign country that you’ve never been to.

How to Prove You Know Everything

Engaging Leader

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Are you fighting forest fires or growing trees?


. “I don’t have time for this”, said the senior level executive about the prestigious leadership development program she had landed in which required significant time in the class and being coached by me.

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Five Rules for Giving Employees Feedback

Chart Your Course

Visit our online Providing Performance Feedback class . Drive Performance with Regular Feedback! We all know how to praise and reward, but giving constructive criticism to your employees is also important.

The Main Reasons Strategic Planning Fails

Nathan Magnuson

When I was a college student, my New Venture Studies class had the opportunity to advise a local resident starting his own coffee shop. As an aspiring entrepreneur, I was excited to be involved – that is, until I realized the capital came from an inheritance.

Women, Invest in Yourselves

Women on Business

Shortly thereafter, I found myself part of what I like to call Fannie Mae’s “graduating class of 2009.” Guest Post By Mary Kinney, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Ginnie Mae, a cornerstone of the U.S.