12 Ways to Find Your Confidence

Leadership Freak

Puffing up, putting down, posturing, excuse making, and negative comparisons express – lack of confidence – cockiness. Lack of confidence is the dirty secret in top leaders. Insecure leaders often cover insecurities with strutting. Cocky is compensation for lack of confidence. Cocky is phony confidence. The need to feel superior means you aren’t. Confidence […].

9 Tips to Avoid Getting Sidetracked

Leading Blog

Check your reference points to consider the motives—social comparisons and emotions—behind your decisions. Our decisions are biased by the comparisons we strategically choose in order to alter how we see ourselves." Too often we think we know exactly what is going on in our minds and what is affecting our behavior. Even though we are committed to our plans we find that the end result bears little resemblance to our best intentions. Somehow we get sidetracked.

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The Number One Reason Employees Get Sick.Perceived Unfairness at Work

Great Leadership By Dan

Comparison of fMRI brain activity in the active exclusion group versus inclusion conditions revealed greater activity in the part of the brain that is associated with physical pain (anterior cingulate cortex).

Just some Pictures.

CEO Blog

There is no comparison between store bought and home grown strawberries. Strawberries are on at home. This picture does not do justice to the quantity and certainly not to the taste. And the grandkids - Josh and Victoria continue to grow. So does this count as a 3000 word blog post

Personal Business Maturity

Great Leadership By Dan

The excitement in our environment paled in comparison and he seemed less than enthusiastic about applying his skills. Guest post from Jim DuBreuil: If you Google the term, “business maturity,” you will find lots of discussions about the emergence of social networks to drive new business.

DISC Behavior Report

Chart Your Course

Natural & Adapted Style – A four-quadrant comparison of the natural and adapted style. Our DISC Personalized Report Delivers Important Information.

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Book Review – Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Survive Your Promotion

I did occasionally feel like the author drifted into pejoratives when describing traits of extroverts in comparison to introverts. I completely understand that the book seeks to show the unsung value of introverts, but I felt like she was using unnecessarily negative language here and there in her comparisons. I’ve taken quite a few communication style surveys over the last 10 years, and every one pegs me as an extrovert.

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Why Women Should Lead Boldly


Rather than getting caught up on comparisons, a woman’s greatest strength lies in being herself. Sharon Hadary and Lauren Henderson, authors of “How Women Lead: The 8 Essential Strategies Successful Women Know,” recently wrote a blog entitled “Why Women Should Lead Boldly.”

The Economic and Social Impact of Language

Mills Scofield

For one final comparison, compare our map to a map of the Human Development Index: Languages Taught: Human Development: In these maps, we see that most American students study languages that are associated with high human development indices.

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Would You Pay $30,000 for a Gold Star?


According to research from Ian Larkin, assistant professor at Harvard Business School, social comparison — our natural tendency to measure ourselves against our peers — may be the most powerful workplace motivator. Motivation is a big industry.

Team Performance and the Three Levels of Mental Focus

Great Results Team Building

Outcome focused people enjoy competition as long as they think they can win – and because they link their self-worth and sense of progress to comparisons with their competition, they seldom have an accurate idea of how far they have come or how far they need to go to become great.

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Company Strategic Planning Agenda

Mike Cardus

Teams gather successes and progress made of 2013. CEO updates and successes of 2013. CFO $$ talk: Comparison of past to present financial Profit & Revenue. Strategic Planning Agenda. Below is a 1 day strategic planning workshop.

Art of Managing-The Best Measure of Employee Engagement

Management Excellence

workers are disengaged from their jobs, I recently had occasion to witness an interesting comparison and contrast in levels of employee engagement at two different organizations in the medical industry. On the heels of yet another study indicating most U.S.

Johnny Manziel - How Will Johnny Football Handle Celebrity in 2013?

Building Personal Strength

By comparison, Johnny Manziel had 3.419 yards passing and 1,181 yards rushing. Johnny Manziel When the Texas A&M freshman quarterback's name was called as the 2012 winner of the Heisman Trophy, I felt a thrill of delight.

The Final Piece to the Quality Hire Puzzle

Strategy Driven

And, according to information about reference checking in a report by Chequed.com , reference checking is most useful when it is automated and based on an assessment that verifies job-relevant criteria and assigns scores for candidate comparison purposes.

The Six Disciplines Organizational Performance Assessment

Six Disciplines

The ability to benchmark your organization''s performance - run it again in the future for comparisons, trends, change. The Six Disciplines® Organizational Performance Assessment is the fastest and most effective way to gain clarity about your organization''s performance on the key Baldrige performance excellence dimensions of: . Leadership / Culture. Strategy. Customer Focus. Measurement . People. Processes. Results.

StrategyDriven Enterprises Partners with Xen Wireless to Form StrategyDriven Analytics, a Utility Industry Asset Management Blind Benchmarking Service

Strategy Driven

Our system’s comparison capabilities will allow leaders to assess asset performance against similar utilities, peers within a geographic or interconnection grid region, and across the industry as a whole.”.

Old-School Take on New-Tech Social Networking Shiny Objects

Building Personal Strength

All these other shiny tech objects are dull by comparison. Copyright 2013. My wife''s smart phone started to crater after 2 years of pounding use, so she got a new, more advanced one. And one just like it for me! Great. I hadn''t figured out how to use the old one yet.

The Emerging Strategy of Innovative Service

Strategy Driven

It makes pretty good, average, satisfactory customer service look plain vanilla by comparison. The world of the customer has dramatically changed. The tough economy has made customers more value conscious, demonstrating far more caution in how they spend their hard-earned dollar.

The Six Disciplines Organizational Performance Assessment

Six Disciplines

The ability to benchmark your organization's performance - run it again in the future for comparisons, trends, change. The Six Disciplines® Organizational Performance Assessment is the fastest and most effective way to gain clarity about your organization's performance on the key Baldrige performance excellence dimensions of: . Leadership / Culture. Strategy. Customer Focus. Measurement . People. Processes. Results.

It’s Not a Fair Fight If You’re the CEO

Marshall Goldsmith

There’s no comparison of this phone booth with other booths in the area.” As the leader, you mere suggestions may mean more than you think. Watch your words! by Marshall Goldsmith. John Hay Whitney started the first venture capital firm, financed Gone With the Wind and Minute Maid orange juice, served as Eisenhower’s ambassador to Great Britain, and was one of America’s wealthiest men at midcentury.

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Help! My main contact left, and I’m panicked!

Strategy Driven

If all of this seems like hard work, it pales by comparison to the work you’ll have to do if you’re unprepared after the fact. Letter from a fan: Dear Jeffrey, I sell copiers in NYC, and this year I finished as the number one rep in the nation.

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Why many smart people can’t get buy-in from others

Rajesh Setty

They need to see this in comparison to the already available alternate opportunities as the opportunity you presented will COMPETE with alternate available options. I have been thinking about this question for a while and written bits and pieces on the topic before.

10 Ways to Overcome a Sense of Christmas Loss

Ron Edmondson

Avoid the comparison game – Don’t compare your losses to other people’s losses. Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. As the song goes, “it’s the most wonderful day of the year” But, for some people, Christmas can be a miserable time.

How to make sales calls on social media. Kind of.

Strategy Driven

If you have 500 business connections on LinkedIn, it pales in comparison to who has recommended and endorsed you. Letter from a fan: Hello Mr. Gitomer, I read your article on LinkedIn in the Daily Herald Business Ledger here in the Chicago Suburbs. I am a fan.

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What Impact Does Engagement Have?

My Own Coach

Is it another fad, a box to be ticked, or simply to draw comfort from the comparison with others? After all, the comparison against previous engagement scores and benchmarking with industry levels makes sense and is good practice.

Do You Have What It Takes To Be the Best?

The Idolbuster

What I noticed yesterday was another comparison -Jesse was driven by the need to “show everybody that he could be the best at something.” Ultra limited edition Michael Phelps Frosted Flakes by Timothy Moenk via Flickr CC. I always want to be the best.

5 Reasons We Chose to Not Speak Up

Ron Edmondson

Dick Savidge, President of Ministry Coaching International says, “Leading from strengths invites comparison. This is a guest post by Bill Blankschaen.

Six Social-Digital Trends for 2013

Harvard Business Review

In no particular order, here are six social-digital trends to watch in 2013: The Content Economy Content may become your company's most valuable asset in 2013. In 2013, content will not only be king, but queen, prince and jester, too.

Great Leaders Use Honesty to Help Their Successors

Harvard Business Review

By comparison, after its first 13 years, Apple had revenues of $8.9 Jack Ma , the founder and long-time CEO of Chinese web company, Alibaba , recently announced that he is stepping down as CEO, and now we have learned that Jonathan Lu Zhaoxi will become chief executive of the company in May.

Why You Should Crowd-Source Your Toughest Investment Decisions

Harvard Business Review

Sometimes it’s useful to ask non-experts what they think, as we did with the movie comparisons, and sometimes it’s best to aggregate experts’ opinions. Only three or four out of every ten movies made in America breaks even or earns a profit.

Health Insurance Exchanges Fulfill Both Liberal and Conservative Goals

Harvard Business Review

By providing software and counseling, the exchanges will help consumers make informed comparisons among these offerings. in the September 26, 2013 New England Journal of Medicine.).

What Business Can Expect from China’s Third Plenum

Harvard Business Review

Beijing’s business circles are buzzing this week about what the Communist Party of China (CPC) is cooking up for the Third Plenary Session of the 18 th Party Congress, scheduled to start on November 9, 2013.

Civil War Boundary in U.S. Affects Trade to This Day

Harvard Business Review

By comparison, the former border between East and West Germany restricts trade by about 26% to 30%. The line separating what used to be the Union and the Confederacy in America reduces trade between states of the former North and South by 13% to 14% , an effect that is strongest in food, manufacturing, and chemicals, say Gabriel Felbermayr and Jasmin Gröschl of the University of Munich in Germany.

Four Ideas for Creating Mobile Strategy

Harvard Business Review

But marketing spend on mobile pales in comparison to time spent there by consumers. Mobile technology presents all marketers with a tantalizing proposition.

High Deductibles Make U.S. Men Less Willing to Be Treated for Health Emergencies

Harvard Business Review

in comparison with a control group, says a team led by Katy Kozhimannil of the University of Minnesota. As American employers shift health-care costs onto workers, more have been offering health plans with high deductibles. But those deductibles discourage male patients from seeking treatment, even for serious problems like kidney stones and irregular heartbeats.

New Research: You're Doing Customer Experience Innovation Wrong

Harvard Business Review

In 2013, only 8% of the companies in this annual benchmarking survey received a top grade from their customers — and that''s a pathetically low number in comparison to the amount of professed innovation in the industry.

Platforms Are the New Foundation of Corporate IT

Harvard Business Review

The comparison is apt as corporate infrastructure is federated in nature with limited viability in the digital future. Reinventing corporate IT requires recognizing deep differences between what we have today and what we need in the future.

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In Recessions, Women Seek to Become More Attractive

Harvard Business Review

on a 7-point scale) to purchase lipstick, form-fitting jeans, and form-fitting black dresses, in comparison with women who had read a neutral article ( 4.97 Women who had read a vivid article describing growing unemployment and increasing scarcity showed a stronger desire ( 6.19 on the same scale), says a team led by Sarah E. Hill of Texas Christian University. In tough economic times, women appear to increase their attractiveness as a way of finding mates with financial resources.

A History of Entrepreneurship Can Hurt Your Job Prospects

Harvard Business Review

Employers and recruiting agencies sent 63% fewer positive replies to fictitious candidates whose CVs showed they had owned and managed small HR consulting companies, in comparison with equally qualified candidates whose CVs showed they had been project managers in corporate HR consulting divisions, according to research in the UK led by Philipp D.

One Difference Between a Great Recession and a Great Depression: Jobs

Harvard Business Review

If, on the other hand, you think the proper comparison is the Great Depression, the last U.S. On Friday we learned that the U.S. added another 195,000 (seasonally adjusted) non-farm jobs in June.

When Making a Big Decision, Think: “Eddie Would Go”

Harvard Business Review

Although the comparison may seem incongruous, in my life as a management consultant, the phrase “Eddie Would Go” often comes to mind when I look at the way managers and companies make risky, high-stakes decisions. Last month ESPN premiered a documentary as part of its “ 30 for 30 ” series.

Why Law Firm Pedigree May Be a Thing of the Past

Harvard Business Review

In comparison, a sample of 15 smaller, comparatively less known firms posted average growth in revenue per lawyer of 12.7% Have you ever heard the saying: “You never get fired for buying IBM”?