The Essence of Leadership in Five Letters

Leadership Freak

Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller capture, “The Secret,” of leadership in five letters, SERVE. The beauty of SERVE is inescapable simplicity and actionable clarity. Serve See the future: envision and communicate a compelling picture of a preferred future. What do I want to be true of the future? Why should anyone care? How will progress [.]. Author Book Notes Leading Marks of leaders Taking others higher Leadership Leadership Development organizational success

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New Screwtape Letter on Leadership Discovered!

Modern Servant Leader

Below is a new, recently discovered letter from the infamous Screwtape demon. Your last letter suggested uneasiness at learning that your patient had recently been promoted to a managerial position by his employer. Background for those unfamiliar with The Screwtape Letters: In The Screwtape Letters , author C.S. Lewis wrote a series of letters in the first-person, from a Demonic mentor (Screwtape) to his “Junior Tempter” nephew, Wormwood.

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What Four Letter Words are in the Way of Your Career?

Women on Business

NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE: In business, there are a variety of words that, when used in the context of women, have become akin to “four letter words.” Could it be because they don’t see any of the above [words such as driven and family-oriented] as four letter words ?”

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Letters to Lindsey Book Now Available!

Chris Brady

It took some finagling, a bit of sneaking around, and then a moderate amount of arm-twisting (you''ll just have to read the book to find out what I''m talking about) but finally, in the end, Terri. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Book

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How to Quit Your Job Like Sherwood Anderson: The Best Resignation Letter Ever Written

First Friday Book Synopsis

Scott Fitzgerald Funny Letters from Famous People How to Quit Your Job Like Sherwood Anderson: The Best Resignation Letter Ever Written Maria Popova MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow Sherwood Anderson The Atlantic Three Rivers Press Wendy MacNaughton Wired UK Here is an excerpt from a recent post by Maria Popova at her website, Brain Pickings. If you have not as yet checked out this treasure trove of brain food, please do so ASAP.

Top 2013 Resolution for Business Women Should Be Saying No

Women on Business

NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE: For many business women, saying “no” is difficult, but learning to say that two-letter word can have a very positive effect on your career, your business, and your life.

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14 Principles that Made Amazon

Skip Prichard

The Bezos Letters takes you through Jeff Bezos’ shareholder letters and distills them into growth principles you can apply in your company. After studying Jeff Bezos’ letters, what surprised you the most? Failure comes part and parcel with invention” (Bezos 2013 letter).

Roger Ebert advises a Texas preteen future Film Critic – on Writing, and Preparation – with a Personal Letter

First Friday Book Synopsis

I thought about just tweeting — but the letter is too good. Here’s Dana Stevens, on Slate this morning. In case you did not see it on Slate, look at it here. It appears that Ebert wrote it to the young Stevens somewhere around 1977-1979. Stevens, the movie critic at Slate, included this to introduce [.]. Randy''s blog entries

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10 New Year’s Resolutions for Leaders

Great Leadership By Dan

For 2013, I’m going to: 1. I’ll write a letter, or maybe even pay a visit, and let them know specifically what they did and why it was so important for me. leadership goals 2013 resolutions new years goalsThis post was first published 1/1/2013 on SmartBlog on Leadership: Having trouble coming up with a good leadership New Year’s resolution? Here’s a list of 10 to pick from. These are things that leaders know they “should” do but often don’t.

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How to Handle Change

Lead Change Blog

However, change is one five letter word that often strikes fear into teams and employees. Posted in Leadership Development As market conditions, budgets and consumer needs change, companies will have to adjust to remain successful.

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A Letter to the Church, from a Pastor

Ron Edmondson

After hearing many of their concerns, I decided to write a letter to the church. I’m blessed with so many pastor friends. I have the opportunity, through my blog and personal ministry, to interact with hundreds of pastors every year.

The Top 3 Corporate Communication Mistakes of 2013


2013 gave us many examples of both good and poorly handled communication from leaders and brands. Take a look below as we detail 3 communication mistakes from 2013. In August 2013, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong announced that AOL would be reducing the number of Patch websites.

Thoughts on Unjust Laws, from Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail – a Reminder as we Remember Nelson Mandela

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I’ve thought a lot about the legacy of Nelson Mandela, as we all have, since the announcement of his death. There is nothing I could add to the many moving tributes and remembrances that I have been reading. I was especially touched by the remarks of President Obama, and by the essay by Bono, among […]. Randy''s blog entries

“I am in Birmingham because injustice is here” – A Quote for the Day from Dr. King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail

First Friday Book Synopsis

But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their “thus saith the Lord” far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus [.]. Randy''s blog entries

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Get Prepared for 2013?s Unpredictable Changes and Chances

The Practical Leader

Tomorrow we publish my December blogs compiled into January’s Leader Letter. And what better way to prepare for 2013 than “giving your team the gift of becoming a better boss?” ” May you be prepared to seize all the changes and chances coming your way in 2013!

A Leadership Trait that Saved America

N2Growth Blog

After finishing his prepared words, he turned to a letter from a member of Congress and began to read to the skeptical crowd. Washington finished the letter through thick lenses and quietly walked out of the church assured that he had held the Army together.

The Secrets of Becoming a Remarkable Leader – What the Best of the Best Do

Kevin Eikenberry

Consider this an open letter to leaders – so after you read it, please share it with others. I’ve been in the business of observing, teaching and coaching leaders for over twenty years. I’ve read and written lots about the how’s and what’s and whys of leadership.

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How to Make Better Decisions

Leading Blog

We can counteract our tendencies with these four strategies the authors call the WRAP Process from the first letter of each step: Widen Our Options. "Why do we have such a hard time making good choices?" ask Chip and Dan Heath in Decisive. "A

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The Cornerstone of Great Leadership (Boiled Down To A Single Word)

Terry Starbucker

Or, to put it another inelegant (but shorter) way, imagine a boss who didn’t give a darn (or insert a stronger four-letter word). “Hey, let’s be careful out there!” ” Remember that line from the classic TV series “Hill Street Blues”?

Why “I” Is The Least Important Word

Terry Starbucker

One letter. One letter, one word. It’s another pronoun, two letters. There’s a pesky pronoun out there that leaders need to be contstantly aware of. It’s a slippery one because it’s so short and sweet.

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The Pope Shows That Sometimes Leadership is Addition by Subtraction

Next Level Blog

I’ve read a lot of interesting things about the Pope and the Catholic Church today, but the one that really stood out for me was a letter to the editor of the New York Times from Daniel C. He opens the letter with these two sentences: Click headline to continue.

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Get Featured in a New Board Candidate Reference E-Publication

Women on Business

The e-publication format (PDF) will be similar with a letter of introduction that I will write, followed by the candidate’s biographical information. I will begin including the e-publication as part of that campaign on March 15, 2013.” for 2013 non-clients.

The Essays of Warren Buffett, Third Edition: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Cunningham (Editor) Carolina Academic Press Here are business information, insights, and counsel of incalculable value This is the latest edition of volumes published during an ongoing process by which Warren Buffett presents a “chairman’s letter” (i.e. Bob''s blog entries "chairman''s letter" to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders Carol Loomis Carolina Academic Press Lawrence A. The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Third Edition Warren E.

A Teenager’s 4 Lessons On How We Can Face Any Challenge

Tanveer Naseer

For me, one of the many challenges I faced was publishing my own book, “ Don’t Change: A Mother’s Letter Of Love For Her Daughter” , without the help of a publisher. Original illustration by Alya Naseer.

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15 Leadership Short Cuts (That Are Dead Ends In Disguise)

Terry Starbucker

Relying on the employee manual “to the letter” (also see #4 above).

Josh LInkner on “The Past Is Dead”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Paul’s letters. Paul''s letters University of Michigan There is a quotation among those that I have collected, “The past is dead. Tomorrow will become whatever decision you make it,” that may be from one of St. I thought of that observation as I read one of Josh Linkner‘s latest blog posts. To check all the other resources at his website, […].

The Best Collection of Advice for New Leaders

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the August 5 th , 2013 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! Mary Jo Asmus , from : “Letter to a young leader: [link] ”.

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Tim Ferriss on “Richard Feynman: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Johnson Seneca’s Letters from a Stoic Sir Harry Kroto Surely You’re Joking [comma] Mr. Feynman! Here is an article from the archives of Tim Ferriss‘ blog. If I could select any six people throughout history to be my guests at a private dinner, I would include Richard Feynman, as would Ferriss. He also shares his regard for a video to which I have included a link. Who would be your […]. Bob''s blog entries Brew Johnson Feynman Horizon science program J.R.

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Hackers and Hummingbirds: Leadership Lessons from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Terry Starbucker

In his IPO letter Mark Zuckerberg wrote: “I started off by writing the first version of Facebook myself because it was something I wanted to exist.

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Leadership Lessons from the Banking Upheaval

Great Leadership By Dan

His letter to staff also makes it clear there is no place at the bank for people who do not share this vision. Guest post from Jean-Marc Laouchez , Hay Group: “Banking is no longer somewhere that you go, it’s something that you do.” - Brett King, Banking 3.0.

Niraj Dawar: An interview by Bob Morris

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Sloan Management Reviews Marketing Letters Niraj Dawar: An interview by Bob Morris Paul Schoemaker Pennsylvania State University Peter Drucker The Hudsucker Proxy the ideology of comfort and the tyranny of custom the Ivey Business School (Canada) the Journal of International Business Studies Tom Davenport Toyota Walmart William Davidson Visiting Research Professor at the University of Michigan Business School Niraj Dawar is a Professor in marketing at the Ivey Business School, Canada.

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 7/29/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results Drew Boyd and Jacob Goldenberg Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War Thomas Kranish Icons and Idiots: Straight Talk on Leadership Robert A. Lutz NUMBERSENSE: […].

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French Hero of the American Revolution

Michael Lee Stallard

In a letter to Hancock, Lafayette, like the signers of the Declaration of Independence, pledged his “life, his fortune and his sacred honor” to American independence.

What is Wrong with YOUR Team?

Great Results Team Building

Chesterton, a noted theological writer, is said to have responded with a very concise letter to the editor.

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Alfred’s Wake Up Call or How to Create the Life You Want to Be Remembered For

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

What would you like your letter carrier, newspaper delivery person or the grocery clerk to say about you? Alfred came from a long line of Swedish scientists, engineers and inventors.

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Passing the Leadership Baton Gracefully

Great Leadership By Dan

Sure, you’ll find plenty lots of advice on resigning from a job, i.e., how to give notice, how to write a resignation letter, how to resign gracefully, etc… but I couldn’t find anything written specifically for leaders on this topic. Do notify your manager first, and provide a formal letter. “Successful transition is the last act of a great leader.” - Francis Hesselbein I recently asked readers to submit their burning leadership development questions.

an article on Productivity in the Financial Times

Jason Womack

I’ve reached out via email, written letters and comments to Mr. Saunders, one day we’ll connect, I have faith. Oh thank goodness…I went to #CoffeeChat with Jodi last Thursday and saw a friend who was reading the Financial Times newspaper.

Critiquing Groupon CEO’s Exit Memo: What Works and What Doesn’t


Today… CEO Andrew Mason’s departure letter from Groupon. I’m pleased to share with you my inaugural post of Hit or Miss-ive— our new CEO communications critique column. Over the past months I’ve seen a plethora of leader communications that were leaked to media.

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The Wisdom of Embracing (Unacceptable) Wisdom


Yet obvious actions – like complaining or writing letters – would have been anticipated by the same bureaucracies who have adapted in such unimaginative (and damaging) ways to the financial crisis.

Guest Blogger Les Landes: Fueling The Human Rocket


Looking at the bright side of control It’s also important to understand that “control” is not a four-letter word.

Ambiverts win - Daniel Pink at World Innovation Forum.

CEO Blog

But 2013 we still have 1 in 9. People were sent a personal letter to donate that has a specific and easy way to act. From those predisposed - huge response in his test (44%) compared to only 8% when the the letter was general "dear student". Those who were not got a 0 response rate when they were not predisposed to a general letter (as expected). Those who were predisposed responded in 8% of the cases to the general letter.

There IS an “I” in Team

Dave Bratcher

When you look at the letters T – E – A – M, even my 5 year old daughter would be able to determine this word was without an “I” This saying is ridiculous in numerous ways, but admittedly, I have been guilty of saying it too.

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Best Buy Doubles Down on Yahoo’s Bet & Gets Applause for Good Communication


Recently in Hit or Miss’ive I commented on Yahoo’s letter to employees that halted telecommuting for its workforce. My goal of that column was to highlight what was wrong with the communications around the policy change announcement (not necessarily the policy change itself).

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