The June 3rd, 2013 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the June 3rd, 2013 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! presents High Performing Organizations Manage Change Well. 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. what most organizations want to pursue. You''ve heard of "speed dating"? Well, here''s your monthly dose of "speed leadership development". 30 leadership bloggers in 90 minutes.

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? The post Why Are 2013 Graduates Considered Unprepared? By Ashley Bowers. College Graduates Not Ready for the Workforce?


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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.

How To Embrace Change In Today’s Organizations

Tanveer Naseer

When it comes to successfully leading today’s organizations, one skill that’s been growing in importance and need is the ability to manage change. While many of us have read about various organizations to understand how they’ve dealt with change, I’d like to share an experiment done with crows to highlight some key lessons we can glean from this research on how to embrace change.

How to Create Millennial Leaders in Your Organization

Great Leadership By Dan

Many organizations don''t offer an annual performance review and most don''t even offer a quarterly one, based on our new research. Make sure that after each project they finish, you are telling them what they are doing right and what they can improve on. Show them how you deal with other people in the organization and let them shadow you. Give them career advice on how to succeed in your organization and tell them your story of how you got to where you are.

Favorites of 2013–Team Building and Leadership Articles

Mike Cardus

With the end of the year approaching, this week is great to share some of my favorites of 2013. Favorite Team Building & Leadership Articles 2013. Some good, some OK, some crap…Below are my favorite articles from 2013. If you consistently overload your best people with “important projects” three things might happen. Here is the schedule it may change; 12/26/13 – Team Building & Leadership Articles. 12/27/13 – Images Used in Presentations & Workshops.

Project Management Best Practice 11 – Project Performance Executive Dashboards

Strategy Driven

Most managers would acknowledge that the use of efficient metrics is a key component to the successful planning, tracking, and execution of projects. Although the definition of those efficient metrics can be relatively easy when the project is small in schedule and resource size, the task can be much more challenging when considering the proper tracking metrics for a larger project. Relate Articles: Project Management Best Practice 3 – Line Management Project Ownership.

When does a project justify using change management tools?

Change Starts Here

One of the participants in the Design & Influence Irresistible Change webinar series recently asked, “When does a project justify using change management tools?” My answer, in a nutshell, is that any project or initiative that will change the way people work warrants going through a change management thought process to understand the impact the change will have and how difficult it might be to influence people to make the changes.

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Favorites of 2013–Team Building and Leadership Images Used in Presentations & Workshops

Mike Cardus

With the end of the year approaching, this week is great to share some of my favorites of 2013. Favorite Images Used in Workshops and Presentations 2013. With travel, conferences and organization development, team development, consulting and coaching work supplied me with more ideas and inspiration to work with. If you consistently overload your best people with “important projects” three things might happen.

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. Consequently, executive and manager attention and financial support may be disproportionately applied to the capital project(s), particularly in the event of overruns, at the detriment of problem resolution at the organization’s other operating assets.

I’m Not Sure I’m Up to the Task

Leadership Freak

Everyone in your organization needs to feel stretched in some area. Delegation Insecurity Leading Strengths Stress Taking others higher Values mission & vision weaknesses departmental communication giving feedback Growth Leadership Development organizational communication organizational success organizational values project organization Comfortable jobs equal drifting employees.

Complimentary Resource – Emerging Trends in Project Management

Strategy Driven

Emerging Trends in Project Management. Implementing project management soft skills into your projects will become increasingly important over the next several years; opening your mind to these emerging trends will open your door to new opportunities. The technical aspects of managing projects notwithstanding, project managers are increasingly asked to lead the organization in transformative ways. by Global Knowledge.

3 Ideas for Time Management and Getting Your Work Organized

Mike Cardus

Coaching 5 project managers , we identified that 2 have concerns about how they are managing their time, multiple project and customer needs, and they “feel disorganized”…. Heads you spend 30 minutes that day organizing 1 thing (inbox, office, client files, etc…) and you document what you organized, why you are organizing it, what was easy about organizing it, and how it will be helpful.

IT Organizations Built to Last

Strategy Driven

Over the past two decades, technology has advanced exponentially; and with that burgeoning growth, IT organizations have seen tremendous expansion. As the IT industry continues to evolve, the question becomes more relevant: how does one build an IT organization that is both impactful and lasting? Investment in People : Employees are the only assets that an IT organization has. You just finished reading IT Organizations Built to Last !

Long Term Implementation of Quality Teams Within Organizations

Mike Cardus

Long Term Implementation of Lean Six Sigma within Organizations from Michael Cardus. Whether you use Lean Six Sigma within your organization or not, this content will prove valuable to you…. Roles & Responsibilities for Improvement Projects Flow Chart. Select and Define the Project. Project Selection Worksheet. After the Project. Final Project Review. 5 Steps to Planning a Change Within Your Organization.

3 Ways to Improve Your Organization’s Culture


” But what exactly does it mean and what, as a business leader, can you do to improve your organization’s culture? Big producers, wealthy clients, and large deals are all part of who they are and what they project. In both of the cases I’ve outlined here, the organization’s culture usually dictates its strategy. Align employees’ core values with the organization’s. They are different for every person and every organization.

The First Thing Leaders Need to Do When Leading a Big Change

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Phil Buckley : Most leaders will lead their organizations through multiple big change projects. Constant change is a business reality and organizations must continually adapt to their environments to stay competitive or risk losing relevance and becoming obsolete. Transforming an organization while keeping day-to-day operations running is like fixing a car as it is being driven; it’s complicated, risky, and it’s not clear whether the team can pull it off.

25 Coaching Questions to Create your 2013 Leadership Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

For those of you on limited budgets and working for frugal or cash-strapped organizations, have no fear, you’ve come to the right place. What leadership competencies (skills, knowledge, attributes) are important to your organization, for your current role, and/or for the role you aspire to? What are some challenging assignments or projects, both on the job and outside of work that would give you an opportunity to learn and apply these new competencies?

Information Underload: What Are You Missing?

Let's Grow Leaders

” -Seth Godin, “I Get It“ The higher you grow in the organization, the more you work [.] Communication confidence Empowerment Execution Trust communication empowerment information leadership project management “It’s entirely possible that you can process and file more information than anyone who has come before you. And quite likely that this filing is preventing you from growing and changing and confronting the fear that’s holding you back.”

Building readiness to be your best

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development “After Tessa got away with simply saying I’m working on project xyz in the daily readout session I started doing the same. BIG works with individuals and organizations to create cultures of constructive dissent, respectful irreverence, unrelenting empathy, character-based leadership mavericks, and unparalleled performance.

If you consistently overload your best people with “important projects” three things might happen

Mike Cardus

If you consistently overload your best people with “important projects” three things might happen: They get promoted. Leadership Leadership Coaching Management Manager Training Organization Development Solution-Focused Team Building high performing teams retention of talent team performance underperformanceTheir level of performance drops. They resign or transfer. With either option, the high performers learn: The more you do around here, the more they ask you to do.

Seven Interviews to Help You Implement Change in Your Organization

Change Starts Here

My guest recounts a fascinating story about gaining agreement on a blueprint for change as she led the initiative for the organization to become a charter school system. In this episode, you’ll hear the hallmarks of a remarkable culture and learn the steps you can take to build a remarkable culture in your organization. Guest: Brian Horgan, Project Director at United Illuminating. My guest shares how his project team realized they needed to use change management.

Six Disciplines Adds Strategy, Goal-Setting and Project Management to Microsoft Outlook

Six Disciplines

Six Disciplines gives you the capability to create strategy, manage plans, set goals, and manage projects - all within Microsoft Outlook. . Access your organization''s goals, plans, initiatives, projects, action Items, and tasks - seamlessly from your desktop, laptop, and smartphone. . Watch the video - and find out more about how Six Disciplines helps organizations get the most from Microsoft Outlook. .

Change with Confidence

Leading Blog

Change with Confidence by Phil Buckley is a great handbook for working through a big change project. The book is organized around 50 critical and practical questions change leaders ask. Not surprisingly, the first question considered is "What do I bring to the project?" Knowing the answer helps you bring confidence and resolve to the change project. Importantly, Buckley also deals with questions such as, "How do I manage my day job, change project and life?"

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. Is it a factor of how many projects the worker successfully pitches? And if that’s the case, what becomes of otherwise fantastic (but perhaps a bit introverted) teammates that just happen to not be good at winning project contests?

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How to Build a Great Team and Culture? 60 Pointers


Vision and values are not “feel good things” written on the wall plaque – they have to be lived in every decision that an organization takes. It is said that an organization is an elongated shadow of the leader. As a leader, your beliefs, opinions, likes and dislikes will become the culture of your organization. It pays to be careful about what kind of organization you want to build.

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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. All of those observations can get you and your team thinking about what''s happening throughout the project lifecycle.

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The Good Struggle

Leading Blog

Almost everything—how we manage our organizations and our lives, how we make decisions at work and at home, and even how we think about ourselves—is deeply shaped by markets and market-based thinking.” Recombination also makes it much harder for leaders to inculcate values when people in their organizations know they and their leaders are basically modules in a plug-and-play world and could be moving on soon.

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’. You have been a meeting zombie, I have been a meeting zombie…We both are guilty of spreading the Zombie virus to others in the meeting room. Here is how it happens …Zombies need to feed. You call people into a meeting.

Collaboration is the Key to Providing Consistent Brand Value

Leading Blog

But if you want to create a more collaborative culture in your organization, decide what’s fair and what’s off-limits and communicate it clearly. Try customer relationship software, project management programs, or whatever captures your ideas and helps transform them into action. This is a post by Libby Gill, author of Capture the Mindshare and the Market Share Will Follow. As much as people love to over-complicate the topic of branding, simply put, a brand is a promise of value.

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How to Encourage Team Members to Lead

Lead on Purpose

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. Be sure that you clearly define the task, objectives and goals when assigning a project to assist your team members in their leadership efforts. Guest post by Lindsay Traiman.

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Motivate with a Memorable “Vision Phrase” that Matters

Michael Lee Stallard

Take for example Mack McCarter, founder and a leader of Community Renewal International, a not-for-profit organization that helps rebuild safe and caring communities through the restoration of personal relationships and trust. The foundation is projected to touch the lives of 50,000 children by 2014. A vision phrase that matters clearly communicates how the organization brings goodness, beauty and/or truth into the world.

Leading Others: How NOT to be in Control


Being at a certain position within organization means that you have a higher visibility which needs to be extended to others. Leadership Leading Change Leading People Leading Projects change communication lessons connecting leading change Team BuildingExcessive use of positional power: I was interacting with a leadership expert recently when he said, “If you have to use your position to exert your power, you are not powerful.”

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. 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. It has been called the greatest photograph of all time.

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(The Return of) The Leadership Checklist: 10 Things To Do Right Now To Make It A Great Year

Terry Starbucker

Study Up - Make sure you take the time to study the details of your business or project plan for the year ahead. Synthesize Goals - Now that you’ve studied the business/project plan (see above), you need to reduce it to “bite sized” pieces so it can be effectively communicated throughout the organization. Fellow leaders, it’s that time of year again – time to dust off our leadership checklist, and get ‘em done.

Decoding The Truth Of Leading Multi-Generational Workforces

Tanveer Naseer

When it comes to discussions on the various challenges leaders need to address in today’s fast-changing global economy, there’s one topic that merits a proper assessment as to whether or not it’s really an issue for today’s organizations. In some ways it’s only natural that we see an increase in discussions on potential challenges for organizations in operating under a multi-generational workforce.

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Making Feedback A Gift For Your Employees

Tanveer Naseer

As November slowly comes to an end, many organizations and their leaders are naturally looking back at the past year, evaluating what went right and where things missed the mark to help plan what measures they’ll need to take in response to this year’s successes and failures. From simply telling employees what they did wrong, to empowering them to take charge of their efforts in a manner that helps the organization to achieve its shared purpose?

Advice: Manage Well by Leading Better

N2Growth Blog

That is a variation on a comment I heard recently from an executive who was speaking about the responsibilities that senior managers have to lead their organizations through change. Organizations need their people; especially those at the top to get things done as well as show others people how to do more. Keep the projects on time and within budget by putting people into positions where they can succeed. By John Baldoni , Chair, Leadership Development, N2growth.

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Your career will soar if you avoid leaders’ #1 blind spot

Michael Lee Stallard

They feel employees’ enthusiasm and energy — or lack thereof — and recognize the bad results of an organization with overall morale problems. Organizations with high-engagement scores have customer loyalty numbers that are twice the level of organizations with average employee-engagement scores. Organizations with top quartile employee-engagement scores have twice the level of net profits as organizations with bottom quartile employee-engagement scores.

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Leadership: 6 Pointers on Having Face Time with People


All they do is respond to changing priorities and task requests and the relationship between the individual and a leader (or organization) becomes purely transactional. You can organize an open-forum or have a closed door meeting. Leadership Leading Change Leading People Leading Projects Managing Communication communication lessons Effectiveness growing others people management Quality

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

Terry Starbucker

They saw themselves as an important part of the organizations’s future (that is, the leader made sure they understood their roles and how it made a difference). “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. If you encounter a workplace filled with people who love their jobs, you’ll find a great leader who made that happen.

Why you need to stop telling them what to do


Every time a new project comes along or something new needs to get done, there they are, calling, sending email, knocking on your door to get your directions. You recently got this nice promotion, a “senior executive” in charge of a large and complex organization. When you stop wading in the weeds, your brain can fill the void with a grand vision for your organization.

5 Reasons You Should Subscribe to Sean’s Team Building Newsletter

Great Results Team Building

Whether you are in a family, attend a church, work in an office environment, are part of a project group, or participate in athletics, you are likely always looking for ideas and tips on how your team can become more productive. But just in case you were curious about why you should sign up and subscribe to receive one more email – here are FIVE reasons that Sean’s Team Building Newsletter will be worthwhile and relevant reading material for you and your organization: 1.