The June 3rd, 2013 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the June 3rd, 2013 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! When the senior executives are not leading improvement of the management system they inevitably undermine the efforts of others because they don''t understand the impact of their actions.”.

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.

Organizational Performance Measures – System Implementation Challenges

Strategy Driven

Organizational performance measurement systems are complex constructs that significantly impact leadership decisions, employee behaviors, and management processes and systems. Acceptance of a new or upgraded performance monitoring system centers on metric and report accuracy.

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Project Management – What is Critical Chain?

Strategy Driven

Successful project managers know that the success of their project hinges on the development of a solid plan, the diverse consideration of integration challenges, and the right evaluation of resources. You just finished reading Project Management - What is Critical Chain? !

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.

Mindful Mondays: Chill Out. Your Life Depends on It

Next Level Blog

Along with my normal routine of coaching, speaking and writing, my big project this summer has been taking a 200 hour course to become a certified yoga instructor. Mindful Mondays fight or flight response parasympathetic nervous system stress management

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Collaboration is the Key to Providing Consistent Brand Value

Leading Blog

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.

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He’s not ready to be promoted (but thinks he is)

Lead Change Blog

He blames you, the system, politics and that crazy project you gave him last year. Posted in Leadership Development SmartBlog for Leadership [link] He thinks he’s ready to be promoted. You don’t. You don’t want to crush his spirits, but he’s not listening. He’s a strong performer and a vital member of your team. You know he’ll get there, but only if he listens. [.]

Change with Confidence

Leading Blog

Change with Confidence by Phil Buckley is a great handbook for working through a big change project. I think that this is some of the hardest change to lead because you are not just merging systems and processes but different organizational cultures. 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.

Ready to Be Promoted?

Let's Grow Leaders

He blames you, the system, politics, and that crazy project you gave him last year. He thinks he’s ready to be promoted. You don’t. You don’t want to crush his spirits, but he’s not listening.

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.

Five Ways Leaders Turns Doubters into Doers

Chart Your Course

Effective June 2013, all employees were required to work in the office. Your business is adding a new time-management system, which requires employees to log their hours on specific projects. This past February Yahoo!’s s fledgling CEO Marissa Mayer made her first misstep.

Power Does Not Equal Leadership

Tanveer Naseer

The systems guru Edward Deming once said that a leader’s job is to drive fear out of the organization so that employees will feel comfortable making decisions on their own. The following is a guest piece by Dennis Bakke.

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What is Your Innovation Style?

Great Leadership By Dan

You contribute by organizing the new projects and developing efficient systems that ensure the work or product is completed with precision and accuracy. Guest post from Shoya Zichy: Innovation is critical to an organization''s growth and competitive advantage.

How to Create a Culture Where People Can Grow

Great Results Team Building

As leaders, sometimes the greatest influence we can have is in creating a culture where our people can settle into quality soil, establish a root system, and grow.

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28 Leadership Development Recommendations for your Individual Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

Everyone can improve their coaching, exactly what form "improve coaching" takes could vary for every individual: be more encouraging, be more challenging, focus on building an understanding of the organization as a system, spend more time coaching - less time reading and writing reports, etc.

050: Keys to Personal Productivity | with Erik Fisher

Engaging Leader

Is GTD still the dominant time management system today? App: Toodledo used by Jesse in combination with the 1MTD approach and with Basecamp for team projects. Is GTD still the dominant time management system today?

25 Career Options in Leadership Development

Great Leadership By Dan

Leadership Development Consultant : h elping companies design leadership development systems, processes, programs, etc…. Project Manager : m anages large, complex organizational leadership development programs and systems. Interested in a career in leadership development?

Neuro-Wifi: Power of Mutual Empathy

Michael Lee Stallard

These neurons act like an emotional wifi system. A colleague at work does a fantastic job on a project. #4-Feel Others’ Emotions - Mutual empathy is a powerful connector that is made possible by the mirror-neurons in our brains.

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Hansei and 6 Pitfalls to Avoid in Reflective Exercises


Improvement & Development Leadership Leading Change Leading People Leading Projects Process Improvement Quality Improvement Hansei improvement Kaizen leading change Quality Toyota Production System

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Guest Post: Keeping Your Finances Afloat While Working From Home

Survive Your Promotion

In this regard, a person needs to have files, folders, notes, or at the very least, a well-organized computer system that can give them the information they need very quickly. It is important to give equal increments of time between like projects. photo credit: Jeremy Levine Design.

How to Build a Great Team and Culture? 60 Pointers


Have systems in place. Improvement & Development Leadership Leading People Leading Projects Team Building Culture Culture Building Management I recently delivered a talk at a local entrepreneurship forum on the topic “ How to Build a Great Team and Culture ”.

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Four Steps to Improve Poor Performance

Chart Your Course

They are perpetually tardy or absent, or procrastinate and mismanage projects. They abuse the system. Underperforming employees are not hard to find. They are cavalier about company rules, create conflict in the ranks or seem to do just enough to get by.

Cooperation and Outward Spiraling Success Loops

Mike Cardus

Was struggling with sales representatives and project managers turning in expense and budget reports on-time…They told me “We have tried everything and our CFO is tired to putting out fires for us.”. started by asking: What do you want the people in sales and the project managers to do?

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10 Practices That Drive Innovation


Innovative companies build a system that taps into the collective knowledge of everyone and lets everyone promote good ideas. Fund Outside Projects. Innovation means more than just new products or services.

Perfectionism Hurts Productivity

CEO Blog

I was trying to coach a friend on time management and sent him the following email: When I have skills I need to master, I set myself up with a deliberate learning system. Interestingly, this is also a time management technique that I have found effective - the Pomodoro system. It all started with a learning project This morning I was feeling Blogger guilt. That is what happens when a blogger does not feel they are posting often enough.

Seven Ways To Follow Like A Leader

Tim Milburn

They add value to the people and projects that come their way. They find ways to make processes and systems better. I’ll often get asked what it takes to be a great leader. Those asking the question are typically looking for one or two standout, key principles or characteristics.

How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Lead the Future


Recently, I was privileged to read a fascinating research project by John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio titled The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the men who think like them) Will Rule the Future.

Integrating Design Theory & the Scientific Process

Mills Scofield

She is co-president of Brown''s student initiative to incorporate the arts into STEM, STEAM and a project manager on Brown''s solar decathlon " Techstyle Haus " team, of which about half are women! My educational system created silos between the different disciplines.

The Slippery Slope of Not Asking Why

Mills Scofield

In one of my first projects at Bell Labs, I was the system engineer on three different messaging services. Done and on to the next project! I’d like to think I’m good at challenging the status quo.

One Person Must Be Responsible For The Work

Mike Cardus

Following a systems theory approach a change to one part will affect the other parts in unknown ways. The above sounds rather constricting – and it will help people pull out of the confusion of having 2 Responsible people working on the same project-goal.

Lessons from Amazonian Culture and Ecology for Talent Management

Mills Scofield

He was an experienced forestry engineer who had managed a number of different cacao and coffee projects in the region. ” We’ve instituted a system where técnicos rotate into different areas and take detailed GIS coordinates of all the farms.

Jump Start 2013 with a Change Management Toolkit and a Free Change Agent Strategy Session

Change Starts Here

But after all the presents are wrapped (and then opened), after the decorations have been put away (or not), after the ball has dropped in Times Square, it’ll be time to get back to work and show 2013 who’s boss!

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 7 of 7

Strategy Driven

We at the Human Potential Project are not naïve dreamers who think the transition to this new way of working will happen on its own or overnight. Silent Killer #6: Modern Indentured Servitude. Today’s world is one of sharp contrasts.

How to Give Constructive Criticism: 10 Tips for Successful Coaching

Modern Servant Leader

” or “How’s that project you’re working on with Jane coming along?” Your human resources department can be an outstanding support system in providing constructive criticism and helping you grow, together. We all want the best for our team and we each want to succeed. The problem is, hearing what we do wrong, sucks. Nobody enjoys listening to a list of things they could improve.

The Value of Vision Series – Shilpa Jain

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

focuses on the meeting point of personal, interpersounal and systemic change; that is, we believe that a transformation out in the world is interdependent with a transformation in ourselves and in our relationships. SEEing the Change. Shilpa Jain. “Is Is vision over-sold and over-rated?

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.”.

3 Ways to Improve Your Organization’s Culture


Every morning when I logged onto my system at Merrill Lynch I saw their well-known “bull” logo and the words “A Performance Driven Culture.” Big producers, wealthy clients, and large deals are all part of who they are and what they project.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 5 of 7

Strategy Driven

Contemporary information systems are blind to many of the key drivers of productivity and have consistently failed in their quest to integrate the diverse operations of a company. Silent Killer #4: Worship of Information.

6 Important Elements of an Executive IDP Process

Great Leadership By Dan

A support team should consist of the head of HR, a project manager and or administrative support person, and at least one executive "coach" (or more, depending on the number of IDPs). The support team needs to put a system in place to gather all plans, establish metrics, goals and accountability, monitor progress, report on progress, and recommend corrective actions. Leaders at the top of the organizational pyramid need ongoing development just as much as newly promoted supervisors.

StrategyDriven White Paper Advises Leaders on Preventing Catastrophic Industrial Accidents

Strategy Driven

“It permeates the organization’s performance standards, operating processes, training programs, rewards systems, and, most importantly, the decisions and behaviors of everyone from the C-Suite to the shop floor.”

Tactical Execution Best Practice 7c – Are You Thinking Lean? The ‘Wastes’ of Execution: Inventory

Strategy Driven

Greg Gaskey is a StrategyDriven Principal with over twenty years of nuclear plant operations, maintenance, and large-scale program and project management experience.

20 Interesting Behaviors of Strategy Tourist

Strategy Driven

This gives you enough money to fund you pet projects or cut costs without any effort when you are forced to do so. Blame the market, other departments or poor IT-systems for the fact that you are not taking brave, independent action.