13 Leadership Temptations (to Conquer in 2013)

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton 13 Leadership Temptations To Conquer In 2013 We're starting a new year, with fresh possibilities, and it is a good time to think about our leadership values. As we think about how we want to lead this year, we need to recognize that it is tempting to make easy short-term decisions that end up having ethical consequences in the long run.

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The June 3rd, 2013 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the June 3rd, 2013 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! Prioritising Short Term Profits 2. Short Term Thinking 3. You''ve heard of "speed dating"? Well, here''s your monthly dose of "speed leadership development".

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Art of Managing—Is Your Success Placing You on a Glide Path to Oblivion?

Management Excellence

Moore Short-Term Success and Long-Term Growth We''ve Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: [link] Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.

Motivating people: Getting beyond money

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob''s blog entries Conference Board Elizabeth Mohr Employee Engagement: A Review of Current Research and Its Implications John Gibbons Martin Dewhurst Matthew Guthridge McKinsey & Company Motivating people: Getting beyond money some nonfinancial motivators are more effective than extra cash in building long-term employee engagement Many financial rewards mainly generate short-term boosts of energy The McKinsey Quarterly

3 Secrets to Sharing Secrets

Let's Grow Leaders

Keeping secrets creates short-term advantages and long-term costs. Don’t keep secrets. You gain the edge, but lose the relationship. The world could use less secrets and more sharing. I wish you would share more.

4 Reasons We Struggle with Ethics

Leading Blog

Ethics come in to play when the right decision for the long term doesn’t make sense for the short-term. Actions based on long-term values may not give us the same sense of achievement as short-term based actions, but they takes us to two different places.

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What You Can Learn From Black Swans, Forecasting, and Idolatry

The Idolbuster

Another option, which I will explore in the next post, is to find a way to find a more flexible work environment that focuses on longer term results. Busting Your Corporate Idol Chapter 9: Paint Your Environment Featured black swan corporate idolatry forecasting idolatry maimonides rambam short term strategy talebChapter 9 Paint Your Environment Part 9.

Why Precious Leaders Fail

Leadership Freak

The board doesn’t appreciate tensions between short-term profits and long-term success. Gollum, in The Hobbit, referred to himself as “My Precious.” Preciousness turns leaders into self-consumed beasts. The only one: Direct reports don’t understand the pressures squeezing you. Your boss doesn’t realize you’re plate was full last year! Employees reject the big picture. No one […].

How Need to Succeed Holds Back

Leadership Freak

Needy leaders choose short-term success over medium or long-term wins. The up side of the need to succeed is hard work and passion. The down side of the need to succeed is it blocks lasting achievment. Needy leaders: Make fear based decisions based on protecting themselves. Hold back others rather than release. Manipulate to achieve […].

How to Avoid Failing Successfully

Leadership Freak

Achieving results without building relationships is the formula for short-term success and long-term disaster. If busy equals success, you’ve arrived. But, the busier you are the easier it is to forget what matters. Hectic leaders are distracted leaders. Leaders without focus succeed at what doesn’t matter. Busy leaders get results but ruin relationships, for example.


Leadership Freak

Individuals and organizations drift toward short-term views and urgencies. Life goes where you look. Drift is inevitable. Course correction is normal. Cars and motorcycles drift where drivers look. Skiers and runners go where their eyes go. Drift demands intervention. Uncorrected drift always end badly. Drifting: “Everything’s running smoothly,” may indicate drifting. No one notices gentle [.].

How to Make Better Decisions

Leading Blog

We tend to define our choices too narrowly and see them in binary terms. Short-Term Emotion. "Why do we have such a hard time making good choices?" ask Chip and Dan Heath in Decisive. "A

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Nice Companies Finish First

Leading Blog

Sometimes it works in the short term, but it never works in the long term. An leader with enlightened self-interest will think in terms of the transactional benefits of everything they do. When you have the power usually associated with leadership.

Six Ways to See the World through New Lenses—and Lead More Effectively

Leading Blog

Some focus on short-term goals and on deepening their depth of knowledge in their domain of interest. Others have a long-term vision that enables them to differentiate various patterns and see how these will help them succeed.

Leading For A Better Tomorrow

Tanveer Naseer

Management has no choice but to anticipate the future, to attempt to mold it, and to balance short-term and long-range goals. In short, it must be organized for constant change. The following is a guest piece by Bruce Rosenstein.

Getting Things Done: How Great Leadership Moves From Talk To Action

Terry Starbucker

I break it down to 4 steps: Set up meaningful metrics and measurements, both short-term and long-term, that cascade down the organization. Leaders do a lot of talking.

What Motivates You? 360 Degree Perceptions

Let's Grow Leaders

Today I challenge you to a short-term experiment that I picked up reading What Keeps Leaders Up at Night. What motivates you? What would your friends say motives you? How about your mom? Your boss? Your kids? It’s been a while since we did some real work together at Let’s Grow Leaders. More to come on [.] The post What Motivates You? 360 Degree Perceptions appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders.

Improving management effectiveness

Lead on Purpose

The societal disease of our time—short-term thinking.” –Warren Bennis. “A One of the primary themes of Lead on Purpose is leading effectively regardless of whether you are in a position of authority – in a ‘management’ position.

How Courageous Leaders Address Fear In The Workplace

Tanveer Naseer

Lessons On Effective Leadership From A Nobel Laureate

Tanveer Naseer

Not just in terms of their own career growth, but in how it would open up a whole new understanding and area of knowledge in their field of study, if not also inspiring others to take up the cause to learn more about this elemental key to our existence.

The Benefits Of Being A Social Leader For Today’s Organizations

Tanveer Naseer

A recent study has found that less than a third of Fortune 500 CEOs are active on any given social media platform (not surprisingly, LinkedIn had the most CEO accounts, though Twitter has seen the most growth in terms of new CEO accounts).

Are You a Giver or a Taker?

Leading Blog

The giver advantage is often hard to see in the short term because the "giver advantage grows over time." Research shows that givers sink to the bottom of the success ladder. Givers may make others better off, but they do so at their own expense. But here''s the thing, givers also land at the top of the ladder with takers and matchers in the middle. Adam Grant explores in Give and Take , what separates givers at the bottom and top.

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When Servant Leadership Will Not Work

Modern Servant Leader

Short Term Objectives Only : If you have no long-term objectives. For example, when all you want is short term goals and are willing to throw away your investment and lose your team after those immediate goals are achieved, then servant leadership may not work.

The Business of Belief

Leading Blog

If we believe we know what''s happening around us, especially the near term future and general direction, we feel safe. Say no to short-term, comfort producing activities, and say yes to fear, passion and leadership. "Belief has been a most powerful component of human nature that has somewhat been neglected," says Peter Halligan, a psychologist at Cardiff University.

The Most Overused Word in Business

In the CEO Afterlife

Tactics are the ever-important short term decisions and activities that win battles and contribute to winning the war. Strategy has to be one of the most misused words in business. The word is tossed around boardrooms and customer meetings with reckless abandon.

Three Rules to Deliver the Best Possible Performance for as Long as Possible

Leading Blog

And although their profitability suffered significantly in the short-term and full recovery remains an uphill climb, they are not struggling to cure their customers of a "discount addiction." Michael Raynor and Mumtaz Ahmed went looking for those companies that were good enough for long enough to be considered exceptional and to rule out luck as the primary source of their performance. What they found they present in The Three Rules : How Exceptional Companies Think.

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6 Types of Bosses

Great Leadership By Dan

Bully bosses, like jerks, were probably always mean-spirited people but got promoted because of their hard work, technical talent, and their ability to manipulate, intimidate, suck-up, and get short-term results.

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Why leaders need a long-term vision

Lead on Purpose

What drives your daily activities—your long-term vision or making the numbers this quarter? If you’re a board member, do you incentivize your executives to make a long-term contribution for the company or to keep the shareholders happy this quarter? George discusses important topics including insisting on the long term, managing expectations and creating lasting value. Why are you in business?

030: Why Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Isn’t Enough for Superior Leadership | with David Burnham

Engaging Leader

David and Jesse discuss five aspects of what David calls Interactive Leadership: Overall long-term focus on impact vs. short-term focus on competition or being liked.

048: How to Build Deep Business Relationships | with David J. Soler

Engaging Leader

Deep, long-term business relationships can be extremely valuable. Yet most people seem much more focused on getting a high quantity of customers or other relationships, even if they are low-quality, short-term relationships.

When work passion goes awry


You might feel some discomfort in slowing down but consider that it’s short-term effort that will pay off in long-term results. . It seems everyone is talking about having passion about the work they do these days.

10 Reasons why Managers are Clueless about Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

It’s not just that leadership is hard and takes a lot of practice – it’s that we need to set the expectation that anytime we try something new, our performance will actually drop in the short term, but improve in the long term. People and organizations are psychologically biased towards short-term results, and don’t have the patience or tolerance to do what it takes to build long term capability.

Is there a strategy to communication?

Women on Business

You have to know your long term goals. Small businesses are notorious for not thinking past our short term goals, the problem with this thinking is that we miss opportunities to grow and increase our revenue because we don’t know where we are headed.

The freedom of “no”


Use whatever system you have at your disposal and log in everything that you’ve been asked to do (or think you need to do) — short term and long term. Most leaders I know are overwhelmed with the sheer volume of work that’s on their plates.

0409 | Two Strategy Questions That Matter


Either it requires a seemingly infinite time commitment, or it is easily mistaken for an organizational vision or (perhaps worse) a short-term operational plan. Strategy is a heavy topic.

Leadership Biz Cafe Podcast #12 – Erika Andersen On Leading So People Will Follow

Tanveer Naseer

What does storytelling reveal to us as being the key attributes leaders everywhere need to exhibit to encourage employees to follow them both in good times and in bad? That’s the basis of my conversation with Forbes columnist and leadership writer/consultant, Erika Andersen.

Leading through Long Term Influence

Great Leadership By Dan

If a leader only has authority and is unable to influence others, then his leadership will be short lived. Autocratic leaders will often make demands, threats or intimidation, which will generate short-term change but no support.

Climber or Contributor: Which are You?

Modern Servant Leader

Climbers create short-term wins with long-term costs. Contributors create long-term wins out of short-term costs. Members of a tribe generally fall into one of two personality types: Climber or Contributor. Although one is better for most tribes, each has its place. Which are you? Climber. The Climber seeks first to climb the career ladder. Climbers only contributes if it will help them climb. Climbers seek to promote themselves over their peers.

Leadership Decision Test: Serving or Controlling?

Modern Servant Leader

Another control indicator is when you make decisions that drive short-term results at long-term costs. You know that feeling: you just don’t feel right about a decision. Here’s a simple leadership test to validate the decision: does it seek to serve or control your stakeholders ? Naturally, you’d never seek to control control your customer, investor or employees, you say. But wait, there are nuances to these differences that may surprise you. Control.

Engaging Culture One Conversation At A Time

Tanveer Naseer

He similarly questions the routine use of layoffs, which he describes as “trading skills, experience, future capability, and competitive advantage for short-term cash.” The following is a guest post by contributing editor of strategy+business Sally Helgesen. The intense focus on corporate change during the last decade has given us a greater appreciation of the role that culture plays in organizations.

Profit From the Positive

CEO Blog

They talked about the balance between short and long term. Often the big results come from the long term but much more time and focus is spent on the short term. Time Management Tip of the Day: On the weekend, I had a large project I wanted to tackle. Something that might take 6 hours uninterrupted time. But I had a few calls scheduled. And an appointment. Things that broke up my days. So, I did not start the big project.

Weekly Round-Up: Top Articles On Employee Engagement & Embracing Millennials


Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. Each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays pull some of the best together here on my blog. So in case you’ve missed them, here is this week’s round-up of top posts.

Authenticity Deficit Disorder


We are so concerned about our short-term interest (time, money, reputation, etc.) that we lose sight of the long-term trust that will be gained by sticking to our promises. [Editor''s Note: This is a guest post from Miles Anthony Smith.

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