The June 3rd, 2013 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the June 3rd, 2013 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! In this post I’ll share 3 misconceptions entrepreneurs and business leaders should be aware when starting a company but also when starting a bigger project.

Why Are 2013 Graduates Considered Unprepared?

Chart Your Course

While the National Center for Education Statistics is projecting nearly 1.8 Meanwhile, of the hiring managers that are looking at 2013 graduates, the majority only plans to hire one or two this year. via Why Are 2013 Graduates Considered Unprepared? By Ashley Bowers.

Picasso and Project Management

Strategy Driven

So what does any of this have to do with Project Management? The common theme from the above is with projects themselves. Just like art, there are projects that have major impacts on society, like the Sistine Chapel (Pyramids, Moon landings, etc.). While other types of projects are more the paint by numbers type. Projects (and Project Managers) also have many different ways to reach the end goal. Projects are works of art and not scientific theory.

2013 Trends and The Power of Women

Women on Business

I was recently asked to think about how 2013 trends will impact women in the work force and how women will impact the trends. Could I see the future as a projection of the strides I’ve been able to make, similar to what other women in business have done? companies had all-male boards.

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Eighth Annual Hay Group Study Identifies Best Companies for Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

There’s Chief Executive’s 2012 40 Best Companies for Leaders , Fortune’s 25 Top Companies for Leaders , and the just published Hay Group Best Companies for Leadership Study and Top 20. It’s no surprise that the same companies appear on these lists year over year. That’s because, unlike many of the high tech sexy companies that dominate the business headlines, companies that develop great leaders just quietly go about it and deliver great results year over year.

Risk Management Best Practice 5a – Monitoring for Organization-Wide Performance Risk Associated with Large Capital Projects

Strategy Driven

Large capital projects represent a significant investment on the part of an organization and can therefore impact, either positively or negatively, the company’s financial position, if not its viability.

Creating employee engagement through culture and job design

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Career Development Change Management Leadership Coaching Team Dynamics Workplace Issues In a refreshing interview, CEO Jim Franklin shares his company’s views on employee engagement.

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4 Design Thinking Tools for Engaging Your Team

Leading Blog

Where problems lurk unnoticed How well do you really understand how your team executes a typical project from day one to very end? There are different stages in a project. Team members'' daily roles can be different depending on the project life-cycle.

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Collaboration is the Key to Providing Consistent Brand Value

Leading Blog

Information is the organizational life-blood on which decisions are made - and customer value created - within every company. Try customer relationship software, project management programs, or whatever captures your ideas and helps transform them into action.

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At Work, "Yes" is Great, but at Times "No" is Even Better

Leading Blog

At work, we want our jobs, assignments, projects and "stuff" to move along smoothly: achieving objectives, getting promoted, winning contracts. This is a guest post by Michael Carroll, author of Fearless at Work.

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Guest Blogger Nathan Zeldes: Why and How to Communicate Across Company Lines


Although by now every company knows that it should encourage internal communications between its employees to leverage the collective knowledge that is its main asset, it gets much trickier when you start looking at sharing insight with people in other companies.

The Psychology Of A Company Leader

Tim Milburn

Look at a CEO of a fortune 500 company, get a sense of their personality, and then look at the CEO of a successful startup. A business leader may choose to do a forensic analysis of a failed project so that mistakes aren’t repeated in the future.

The Time is Now to Become an Entrepreneur

Mills Scofield

Ilan , Founder of The Founder Project , is no exception and I can''t wait for The Founder Project to come stateside! Unfortunately, less people are starting companies and most early startup dreams die at the vine. Companies, and jobs are literally being created out of thin air.

An Army of One

General Leadership

Take, for example, even some of the more mundane practices, such as parade-ground drills, formation runs, and training projects geared to collective problem solving.

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Leave room for possibility

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development When Amy, my business partner at Braithwaite, and I decided to add elearning to our services two years ago, we had a business plan full of charts and projections. We’d both worked at Fortune 500 companies so we knew the drill. Former bosses would have been proud. While we were planning rich, the elearning business [.]. Leadership Development Leadership possibility reinvention Trust

The No-Boss Workplace: Can Great Leadership Be Crowdsourced?

Terry Starbucker

Here’s how Rogoway describes how project decisions get made: Any Treehouse employee can propose a project by submitting it on an internal company website. If enough of their colleagues sign on to help the project goes forward.

5 Leadership Lessons: The Manager and the Monk

Leading Blog

On Hope : No one can lead a company or corporate group without having hope. Hope is something different from expectation, because the expectation I have for a person or a company can be disappointed. I realize that I must protect myself against such projections, for they are not good for me. If I were to identify myself with these projections, I would become blind to my weaknesses and would come to a standstill.

Why Creativity Thrives Under Constraints

Tanveer Naseer

There’s always excitement around a new project. Just about every influence on our once new and exciting project also brings a constraint. We can lose interest or become frustrated by our once shiny new project. The following is a guest piece by David Burkus.

Education? Innovation? Do - Learn - Do - Learn

Mills Scofield

Victor’s Leap Year Project “Masters Program” is the wave of the future. My work with students and the building project made me curious about further education in business, design, and social impact. Aron Solomon introduced me to Victor Saad and that was all it took.

The First Step in Self-Awareness Isn’t You - Redux

Leading Blog

At thirty-five, I was already an executive vice president with Turner Broadcasting, overseeing two divisions and reporting directly to the second most senior executive who soon would be named the company''s CEO. I had just admitted that the person I was projecting was not someone to whom I could relate. Human beings—and that includes most leaders—are relational. Self-leadership is fundamental to good leadership, but it is not the end-game.

Quiet Time: The Introvert’s 5 Keys To Influence


Take a look at the new book by this author, Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference (Berrett-Koehler, April 2013); I find myself pumping my fist and saying “yes!” By Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D.

Reinventing You – Becoming the Person You Were Meant to Be

Leading Blog

Did you know that there is a company that allows you to test-drive over 125 new careers to see if they are a fit?) The answer is to keep projecting the new behavior until you’re comfortable with it and others begin to accept it as the new “normal.” It’s not uncommon to think of personal reinvention as being somewhat contrived or manipulative. But reinventing you isn’t about becoming what you are not, but more of who you are.

The Big Picture of Business: Why a Company Would Improve? The Art of Learning From Failure to Get Better.

Strategy Driven

Too many companies live with their heads in the sand. A colleague recently complained about her corporation: “Things are much the same at this company, and I don’t see much changing unless leadership does.” Any company or organization is like a tree.

Leading for a Higher Purpose

General Leadership

Karen is the CEO of the New York-based strategic technology, staffing and project management company Sharp Decisions. “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” ” Albert Schweitzer.

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The Secrets Of Great Leadership (As Told By 8,000 People Who Love Their Jobs)

Terry Starbucker

“I interviewed a workplace consultant as part of a research project on people who love their jobs. In my quest for more human leadership , I’ve discovered a core truth.

Motivate with a Memorable “Vision Phrase” that Matters

Michael Lee Stallard

The foundation is projected to touch the lives of 50,000 children by 2014. When you communicate a memorable vision phrase that matters, the people you lead will be more motivated to help achieve it.

Boston Strong

General Leadership

Take, for example, even some of the more mundane practices, such as parade-ground drills, formation runs, and training projects geared to collective problem solving. Be it a squad, flight, platoon, company, squadron, battalion or wing.

Five Ways Leaders Turns Doubters into Doers

Chart Your Course

In a company-wide email, she announced Yahoo! Effective June 2013, all employees were required to work in the office. needed to reinvent itself and establish a shared mindset and vision as a company. This past February Yahoo!’s

Telework Week Challenge Already Expected to Save Americans Over $5 million

Women on Business

Telework Week 2013 is scheduled for March 4-8 and already 77,000 people have pledged to telecommute during that week. Telework Week is a global initiative from Mobile Work Exchange, Cisco, and Citrix, which encourages individuals, companies, and agencies to increase telecommuting. For the 2013 Telework Week, pledges are expected to save an average of $66 per day, which equates to an annual savings of $3,300 per person.

What Managers Are Looking For In Tomorrow’s Leaders

Tanveer Naseer

When I used to work in a Fortune 200 company, I always wondered what it took to get ahead at work. No one ever spelled it out and there were no set expectations for becoming a manager at the company. The following is guest piece by Dan Schawbel.

Power Does Not Equal Leadership

Tanveer Naseer

While most leaders don’t instill fear in their people like Mike Rice, most leaders of large companies do not make driving out fear a high priority. The following is a guest piece by Dennis Bakke.

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Three steps to engaging employees in what matters to them


Instead of the same old blah-blah –blah conversations where you discuss progress and problems on work projects at your one-on-one meetings, what if you talked about how they are being instead? You might be hearing a lot about employee engagement.

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Scott Berkun on “What To Do When Things Go Wrong”

First Friday Book Synopsis

In Making Ideas Happen: Mastering Project Management (O’Reilly Media 2008), Scott Berkun provides an abundance of information, insights, and counsel on how to master project management, whatever the nature and extent of a project may be.

Love and kindness in leadership


Andrew managed a group of employees that weren’t meeting deadlines for a major project. The project delays were costing his company money and time, and he knew that they might just cost him his job.

Using The Power Of Acknowledgment To Engage Your Employees

Tanveer Naseer

What incredible value and contribution Shelly brings to our team – we couldn’t achieve the same project success without her insights and actions.” The following is a guest piece by author Judith W. Umlas.

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How To Embrace Change In Today’s Organizations

Tanveer Naseer

A good example of this is Nike which, despite being known as a shoe company, has branched out into the digital space by creating new products like the digital bracelet FuelBand, which measures and tracks your daily movements, along with various smartphone apps and web services.

How to Encourage Team Members to Lead

Lead on Purpose

Leadership plays a vital role in every company. By encouraging others to lead, you can more easily achieve company goals and create a nurturing, supportive work environment. Allowing people to co-lead projects reduces anxiety and creates a more positive leadership experience by giving team members someone to lean on for assistance. Define the goal — Unclear goals can create huge obstacles for those attempting to lead a project. Guest post by Lindsay Traiman.

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10 Worst Office Coworkers of All Time

Women on Business

The Gossip loves to spread information about other coworkers, the company, and more. She can’t finish that project for you because someone more important needs attention first.

Meeting Zombies. How to Avoid Your Brain Being Eaten

Mike Cardus

The team leader / project manager being prepared for the meeting. This can be accomplished by having a project charter or a shared communication document that defines the ‘why are we here’ and the ‘what are the end goals’.

The Most Overused Word in Business

In the CEO Afterlife

Booz & Company’s survey of 3,500 global leaders, including 550 CEOs and 325 other C-suite executives report a serious lack of cohesion within their organizations. Consider these staggering statistics: 54% of respondents didn’t believe their company’s strategy will lead to success.

Hackers and Hummingbirds: Leadership Lessons from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Terry Starbucker

Though Facebook doesn’t have a visual culture map, the “hacker” culture within the company is very well defined and understood by all. Facebook is a company where ideas turn into products whether you are an intern or the CEO himself.

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Rethink the Value of Each Customer for Efficient Growth

Women on Business

If holistic thinking isn’t part of a company’s culture, it can be easy to focus on the wrong things. Most companies that include CLV in their ROI calculations include only the expected transaction value. Often, companies only count the direct revenue from a customer.

The Trouble with Control

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Jen Shirkani : I write about the damage done when, as leaders, we don’t fully allow employees to have control over their tasks, projects or budgets. And we are not talking small companies who hire less than ten people a year.