First Look: Leadership Books for August 2013

Leading Blog

Creative Followership : In the Shadow of Greatness by Jimmy Collins with Michael Cooley. Here''s a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in August. Breakthrough by David C.M. Carter The Chaos Imperative : How Chance and Disruption Increase Innovation, Effectiveness, and Success by Ori Brafman and Judah Pollack. Stop Talking, Start Communicating : Counterintuitive Secrets to Success in Business and in Life by Geoffrey Tumlin.

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What Makes A Great Company Per Jim Collins

Eric Jacobson

magazine’s June 2012 issue featured a compelling article about author and leadership expert Jim Collins , who has studied leadership for 25 years and penned four best-selling books. Leadership Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Jim Collins Great Companies

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Creating a Meaningful Life

Kevin Eikenberry

And today’s quotation from business author Jim Collins points in a direction I agree with and that has big implications for us as individuals and as leaders. Intention Leadership Learning Personal Development Quotations Jim Collins meaning Meaning.

LeadershipNow 140: July 2013 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from July 2013 that you might have missed: From @knowledgwharton Bloomberg''s Peter Grauer: How the ''And Factor'' Defines Leadership. From @inc > Jim Collins: Good to Great in 10 Steps.

20 Things all Great Organizational Leaders Do

Leadership Freak

Jim Collins said he wanted to write a book about great organizations not great leaders. Coaching Influence Leading Marks of leaders Culture emotional states great leaders jim collins Leadership Development organizational success uncomfortable truths But as his research grew, he realized great organizations had one thing in common, great leaders. He ended up writing, “Good to Great,” a book about leaders.

What Legacy Will You Leave?

Lead Change Blog

On May 1, 2013 a man named Wally Collins passed away. Posted in Self Leadership [link] Have you ever been touched deeply by someone you barely knew? A few short years ago I sang at his wedding as he married one of the people I hold most dear, Mary McClean.

Lessens From Jason Collins: Coming Out As a Parent in the Office

The Idolbuster

Jason Collins article is the first active professional male athlete to come out. Collins wrote a first person account of his life before coming out, and how he feels now. Now, Collins is looking forward to living an authentic life.

30 Books in 30 days – Remembering 15 years of the 1st Friday Book Synopsis – (Great by Choice by Jim Collins)

First Friday Book Synopsis

{On April 5, 2013, we will celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the First Friday Book Synopsis, and begin our 16th year. During March, I will post a blog post per day remembering key insights from some of the books I have presented over the 15 years of the First Friday Book Synopsis. We have met [.]. Randy's blog entries

Instigating Leadership

Lead Change Blog

These include selections from Collins Thesaurus of the English Language, and WordNet 3.0.) Posted in Meet LeadChange What does it take to instigate leadership? Merriam-Webster defines instigate as to goad or urge forward: provoke. The Free Dictionary ads to stir up; foment.

The Three Ways To Be A "Level 5" Leader

Eric Jacobson

Author and leadership expert Jim Collins defines Level 5 leaders as those who: Pursue goals with the ferocity of lions while displaying the humility of lambs. According to Collins, who has studied leadership for 25 years, this level of leader is a rare breed.

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045: How Conscious Leaders Build Value | with Fred Kofman

Engaging Leader

In the landmark book Good to Great , Jim Collins studies what drives average companies to take a quantum leap and become extraordinary. These leaders, whom Collins calls “Level 5,” channel their ego ambition away from themselves into the larger goal of building a great company.

Leadership Caffeine-5 Priceless Lessons from Amundsen and Scott

Management Excellence

In preparation for an upcoming presentation, I’ve become a bit obsessed with studying the 1910 expeditions and race between Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott to 90-degrees South (the South Pole).

4 Ways To End Destructive Pride

Tanveer Naseer

In the book Good to Great, legendary business consultant Jim Collins uncovered what it takes for a company to be great. After five years of colossal research, Collins and his team of researchers found something unexpected. The following is a guest piece by Ritchie Norton.

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From Drucker To The Lean Startup: The (Literary) Evolution of Leadership Philosophy

Terry Starbucker

Good to Great – by Jim Collins. I am pleased to present the first More Human Leadership Podcast , a new regular feature at

What It Takes To Be A Level 5 Leader

Eric Jacobson

Author and leadership expert Jim Collins defines Level 5 leaders as those who: Pursue goals with the ferocity of lions while displaying the humility of lambs. According to Collins, who has studied leadership for 25 years, this level of leader is a rare breed.

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To be a Good Teammate, Accept No Excuses

Great Results Team Building

13) Suzanne Collins was 46 when she wrote “The Hunger Games”. One of the most important skills to be a good teammate and improve mental toughness involves the decision to set high expectations and never make or accept excuses. Winners are both intentional and accountable.

Improving management effectiveness

Lead on Purpose

Here are a few quotes to whet your appetite: “Good is the enemy of Great.” –Jim Collins. One of the primary themes of Lead on Purpose is leading effectively regardless of whether you are in a position of authority – in a ‘management’ position.

What It Takes To Be A Level 5 Leader

Eric Jacobson

Author and leadership expert Jim Collins defines Level 5 leaders as those who: Pursue goals with the ferocity of lions while displaying the humility of lambs. According to Collins, who has studied leadership for 25 years, this level of leader is a rare breed.

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Taking leadership to the next level

Lead on Purpose

In recent days I’m re-listening to Good to Great by Jim Collins. Collins’ definition is simple: “Level 5 leaders blend the paradoxical combination of deep personal humility with intense professional will.” This is, as Collins puts it, a “study in duality.” The following are among some of the phrases Collins uses to describe the duality of a Level 5 leader: Demonstrates a compelling modesty, shunning public adulation. I am admittedly a creature of habit.

The Practical Gift of Humility

You're Not the Boss of Me

Many of you will have heard of Jim Collins. building awareness Building Relationships Employee engagement Leadership Leadership Development Leading Teams Character-based Leadership Charles Dickens humility Jim Collins Level 5 leadership

The Wisdom of Titans: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Wisdom of Titans: Secrets of Success from Entrepreneurs Who Rose to the Top William Ferguson bibliomotion books + media (2013) “Vision without execution is hallucination.” Bill") Marriott Jim Collins John Robbins Julia Stewart Noel Watson Paul L. ” Thomas Edison According to William Ferguson, “After interviewing the eleven titans for this book, and based upon my knowledge of and interaction with many others, I found a blueprint […].

Leadership…What’s Charisma Got To Do With It?

You're Not the Boss of Me

These and other elements can indeed be developed even among those of us who have had what Jim Collins describes as a “ charisma bypass ” because, as he says, charisma is a personality trait and leadership is not about personality.

Fear Your Strengths: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Fear Your Strengths: What You Are Best at Could Be Your Biggest Problem Robert Kaplan and Robert Kaiser Berrett-Koehler Publishers (2013) Actually, what we should fear are complacency and self-satisfaction as well as the assumption that “just good enough” really is.

What It Takes To Be A Great Company

Eric Jacobson

magazine’s June 2012 issue features a compelling article about author and leadership expert Jim Collins , who has studied leadership for 25 years and penned four best-selling books. Leadership Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management General Management Skills Jim Collins Great Companies

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

First Friday Book Synopsis

I highly recommend Gail Collins’ America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines, published by 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. Noteworthy among hundreds of “leaners”: o Margaret Sanger opens first […].

065: Influence 3.0: Upgrade from Leadership to Impact

Engaging Leader

In the early 90s, the Iron Curtain fell. More people started using the Internet, and then the Web. The world was becoming smaller, more diverse, and more connected. Market conditions changed more quickly, and became more complex and harder to predict.

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

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob''s blog entries America''s Women: 400 Years of Dolls [comma] Drudges [comma] Helpmates [comma] and Heroines Daisy Bates (1914-1999) Dr. Mae Jemison (1955- ) Gail Collins Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) Harriet Tubman (1822-1913) Ida B. 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.

Read Good To Great

Eric Jacobson

If you haven't read, Good To Great by Jim Collins, do so. The five years of research that Collins and a team conducted to prep for the book consisted of examining 1,435 U.S., Near the top of virtually every list you'll see of the best leadership books, you'll find Good To Great.

Jen Shirkani: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob''s blog entries Achieve Global Bergen Brunswig bibliomotion books + media Ego vs. EQ: How Top Leaders Beat 8 Ego Traps with Emotional Intelligence emotional intelligence Franklin Covey Jen Shirkani: An interview by Bob Morris Jim Collins Lao Tzu Level 5 leaders MHS Emotional Intelligence assessment (EQi) Hay Group Emotional Competence Inventories (ECI/ESCI) Nordstrom Oscar Wilde Select Comfort (the Sleep Number Bed) Tao Te Ching the TRACOM Group

Liz Wiseman on Good and Bad “Multipliers” in the Workplace Environment

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries "Multiplier" Challenger Debate Maker Decision Maker Diminisher Empire Builder getting people on and off a “bus” Good Boss [comma] Bad Boss Good-to-Great Greg McKeown Investor Jim Collins keeping a “fly wheel” moving and in the right direction Know-It-All Liberator Liz Wiseman Liz Wiseman on Good and Bad “Multipliers” in the Workplace Environment Micro Manager Robert Sutton Talent Magnet Tyrant whether or not to be a “hedgehog” or a “fox

Robert Steven Kaplan: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Robert Steven Kaplan is the Martin Marshall Professor of Management Practice and Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School. He is also and co-chairman of Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a global venture philanthropy firm. Prior to joining Harvard Business School in September 2005, Rob served as Vice Chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. with […].

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 12/2/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind Jocelyn Glei, Editor Innovating Analytics: Word of Mouth Index- Use the Next Generation of Net Promoter to Increase Sales and Drive Results […]. Bob''s blog entries "Don’t dumb down — brain up!" "My

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020: How to Develop an Effective Culture

Engaging Leader

“I’ve heard what thought leaders like Jim Collins and Patrick Lencioni have to say,” Steve asks, “but it just seems like theory when I think about how to apply it to our team. In this episode, Jesse and Marty answer an important question from a listener.

Discoverin?g Your Team Member's Talents

Great Leadership By Dan

Doing this will allow you to get the right people on the right bus in the right seats (as Jim Collins would say). Guest post by Joseph Lalonde: One of the best things we can do for our team is to discover our team member''s talents. The place where they really shine. The talents of our team members are usually what drives them to excel. Your team will find purpose and meaning when they begin putting their skills to work. The key is discovering the talents of our team members.

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Anti-Planning Zeitgeist: Embrace It at Your Peril


Even Jim Collins begins his latest book, Great by Choice, with a cold fact: “We cannot predict the future.”. And some have missed Collins’ second sentence: “But we can create it.”

031: How to Be That “Lucky Leader” People Want to Follow: Amundsen’s Race to the Pole

Engaging Leader

Book by Jim Collins: Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All. Lessons from the South Pole, Part 1: Roald Amundsen vs. Robert Scott. Most people want to be on the winning team and follow a leader that’s winning.

Re-Imagining New Leadership Possibilities in 2014:

The Empowered Buisness

As best selling author, Jim Collins, notes: There is a big difference between being an organization with a vision statement and being a truly visionary company. 7 Secrets to Creating a Vision That Pulls Your Company Forward. It’s that time of the year!

Could Your Next CEO Come from Any Department?

Modern Servant Leader

In Good to Great, Jim Collins explains the best CEOs are not external hires, but brought up through internal development. How do you view each department in your organization? Do you value operations, maintenance, customer service , engineering, information technology , sales , finance, marketing , accounting – all departments, equally? Therefore, your organization is best served by looking across the entire company for future leaders.

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm on…Prophesies, Predictions, and Forecasts

The Practical Leader

" - Jim Collins and Morten Hansen, Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck — Why Some Thrive Despite Them All. "I confess that in 1901 I said to my brother Orville that man would not fly for 50 years. Ever since, I have distrusted myself and avoided all predictions."

Learning, Leading and Lasting Part III

Six Disciplines

In their best-selling book, Built to Last, authors Jim Collins and Jerry Porras studied businesses that survived at least 100 years, in order to learn more about enduring companies. Lasting. There’s a big difference between an “excellent book” and an “excellent author.” The evaluation of a single book is self-contained; it stands on its own.

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Six Secrets to Doing Less

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob''s blog entries Booz & Company Jim Collins Matthew E. Here is a brief excerpt from an article written by by Matthew E. May for strategy+business magazine, published by Booz & Company. In it, he explains why the best innovation strategies are rooted in the art of subtraction. To read the complete article, check out others, learn more about the firm, obtain subscription information, and […].

“How to Be Exceptional” is Destined to be a Landmark Leadership Book

The Practical Leader

Collins said, quite bluntly, he didn’t know how to teach people the six key competencies he found leaders need (he subsequently rethought that, but hasn’t necessarily hit the mark with direct advice). Why not help your colleagues or loved ones have an exceptional 2013!

‘Tis the Season of Prophecies, Forecasts, and Predictions

The Practical Leader

‘Tis the season for futurists, forecasters, and analysts to line up with seers, fortune tellers, and prophets to earnestly foretell what 2013 has in store for us. We made it through yet another doomsday prediction!