LeadershipNow 140: December 2013 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from December 2013 that you might have missed: Top Themes to Pull Forward from 2013 by Jon Mertz @ThinDifference. Noonan: The Most Memorable Words of 2013. 5 Things Successful People Do Before 8 AM by Lifehacker.

Succession Planning: Not Just for Older Leaders

N2Growth Blog

He is highly intelligent and incredibly successful with a net worth of $15.3 billion as of March 2013 (per Forbes Magazine.) It is essentially impossible not to and this is particularly true in the ever-changing and evolving technology industry.

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International Women’s Day 2013: Defining Success (Accenture Global Research Results)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Accenture conducted its global research study, “Defining Success” for release on International Women’s Day to gain insight into behaviors and attitudes regarding women’s careers. The research: o Seeks to better understand how professionals define success – in their careers and personal lives o Explores career satisfaction, work-life balance and workplace priorities – Examines how technology [.].

How Nonprofit Leaders Can Use Strategy and Technology to Enhance Organization’s Performance

Great Leadership By Dan

Unprecedented competition, higher expectations, accelerating technology, changing preferences and time pressures are all converging to create a challenging landscape. Successful nonprofits will embrace the following three approaches to succeed: 1. The technology imperative.

2013 Trends and The Power of Women

Women on Business

I was recently asked to think about how 2013 trends will impact women in the work force and how women will impact the trends. But many of the trends are picking up speed now and should become even more pronounced in 2013. Guest Post By: Andrea Simon, PhD.,

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Attention Leaders: Five Attitudes to Take to work in 2013

You're Not the Boss of Me

So, with that in mind, here are five attitudes that I think will be necessary for business leaders to take, in achieving success in 2013 and beyond: Attitude # 1: Diversity is not a black and white subject ~ There are a myriad of distinctions between human beings.

What I learned from attending New Media Expo 2013 in Las Vegas!

Bernd Geropp

New Media Expo 2013/ Blogworld. 3 days packed with great and useful presentations on all kind of topics around online platforms, lots of networking and a trade show with really useful stuff on latest technology and services.

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Think SoLoMo or SoCoLoMo – Social Commerce, Local & Mobile – For Digital Success

Modern Servant Leader

CMSWire: Key location-based Technology Stats and the Effect on Business. Technology Commerce Content eCommerce Local Mobile Social Social Media SoCoLoMo SoLoMoIn an evolving digital work place, it is critical for leaders to think of their products, services and leadership in terms of SoCoLoMo. This is a take off of the popular SoLoMo, which stood for So cial Lo cal and Mo bile, with the Co addition standing for Co mmerce and / or Co ntent. Why is SoCoLoMo important?

The Secret to Successful Recruiting

Strategy Driven

While workplaces are swiftly becoming more and more advanced in cloud computing, using social media for marketing purposes, and generally becoming au fait with modern technology, there is one area which is sadly lacking when it comes to technological advancement.

Hiring (not Firing) for Soft Skills – TTI Success Insights

Chart Your Course

How agile will she be in adapting to change if the company were to switch CRM systems, and does she posses the initiative in learning and implementing new technologies that comes from having the well developed skill of continuous learning? via Hiring (not Firing) for Soft Skills – TTI Success Insights. HIRING (NOT FIRING) FOR SOFT SKILLS. By Cindy Rosser.

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Two Resources for a Great Productivity Tool

Kevin Eikenberry

I wrote today’s recommendation with that thought in mind… About a year and half ago, I wrote about and recommended Evernote – the star technology in my personal strategies for personal productivity and effectiveness.

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Rebooting Work: How to Make Work— Work for You

Leading Blog

Rebooting Work by Silicon Valley legend Maynard Webb and Carlye Adler is a sensible look at the changing nature of the workplace and how you can use emerging technologies to take charge of your career. Webb believes that technology presents us with an opportunity.

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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.

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The Coming of the Clairvoyant Computer

Leading Blog

In commercial, industrial, and government applications—in the real-world usage of machine learning to predict—it's known as: Predictive analytics —Technology that learns from experience (data) to predict the future behavior of individuals in order to drive better decisions.

Why Great Brands Lose Their Way

In the CEO Afterlife

I remain impressed with the ongoing success of P&G, L’Oreal, Nike, Whole Foods, Pernod Ricard, Apple, and Starbucks. With the exception of niche, specialty, and some consumer technology markets, I see less and less of this in big business.

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Decoding The Truth Of Leading Multi-Generational Workforces

Tanveer Naseer

One of the key faults found in all these discussions on the differences between Millennials and the other generational cohorts is that they often differentiate generational values with respect to technological differences – in particular, differences in usage – as opposed to sociological ones.

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Leading For A Better Tomorrow

Tanveer Naseer

the seemingly most successful business of today is a sham and a failure if it does not create its own and different tomorrow. Are there examples in your field you can draw on that have been successful in achieving this balance? The following is a guest piece by Bruce Rosenstein.

15 Nuggets of Wisdom From 15 Entrepreneurs

Terry Starbucker

What are the secrets to entrepreneurial success? “Be sure to look at ideas from the other (customer) side” – Ken Barker , CEO of Crailar Technologies , who is developing (get this) the first natural fiber alternative to cotton that the clothing industry has ever had.

The Widening Gap Between Leaders and Up-and-coming Leaders…and What to Do About It

Great Leadership By Dan

What’s needed to overcome what I call the “leadership crisis,” is not new technology or massive staffing changes. The challenge is to put these and other innovative tools to use in a structured manner to build an enduring leadership succession program.

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

Tanveer Naseer

However, in addition to these, there also 3 important skills leaders can learn and develop from being active on social media; skills that social leaders have demonstrated as being critical to their organization’s success in today’s highly competitive and interconnected global economy.

How Low Tech Events Provide High Quality Results

Great Results Team Building

The novelty that technology like phone apps or iPads or GPS receivers may offer is certainly attractive to many event planners, but those bright shiny objects are often yet another example of style over substance. Having more computers does not make a school or its students more successful.

My Top Three Success Books - All by Steven Pressfield

Building Personal Strength

Steven Pressfield Quite a few affiliate consulting firms promoted these technologies, and after the sale we awarded some nice prizes. Copyright 2013. Personal development Books Success Steven Pressfield Behavior Performance

Meetings as relationship-building opportunities


Relationships are the bedrock of healthy, successful organizations. Oh, and P.S. – most of these suggestions can be adapted to any technology (conference call, web conferencing) that you may use for your meetings, and may be even more important for those venues!

Success Begins with Quality Customer Service

Chart Your Course

Entrepreneurs willing to invest the time and effort into satisfying the most valuable component of their business are setting themselves up for long-term success. He recommends incorporating more technology, such as social media engagement and mobile communications, to achieve this goal.

Four Ways to Grow Your Business

Chart Your Course

According to a May 2013 survey from email marketing company Constant Contact, 59 percent of small businesses say running their business is harder today than it was five years ago. Successful companies regularly say it’s their people that make them stand out in the marketplace.

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

Leading Blog

Change whatever you must about your business—your markets, your technologies, your people…anything. What sort of leadership contributes best to corporate success: charisma, hard-driving, larger than life CEOs who move the company forward seemingly by force of will, or humble, deliberate, share-the-glory servant-leaders?

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Personal Business Maturity

Great Leadership By Dan

I once managed a department with seasoned veterans who possessed exceptional technical skills and a history of success in the company. They put forth an authentic effort to achieve success because they respect the authority above them to make such decisions.

Why HR Needs to Be a Marketer

In the CEO Afterlife

Within every successful brand is a core promise. They’re bloggers, content curators, product raters, mobile app makers and technology experts. Great marketing begins with great strategy. Great strategy seldom happens without sacrifice. Sacrifice is the natural path to differentiation.

The Beauty of a Little Inconsistency

Survive Your Promotion

The key to successful blogging, according to all the experts, is consistency. The second key to success is apparently picking a great niche and sticking with it. Whatever you write, do it several times a week. And if you really want to be a big deal, several times a day.

Change Behavior with Performance Coaching

Coaching Tip

Books Business Coaching Leadership Memes Personal Coaching Self-Awareness Skills Success Work life " Have you ever seen a winning team that had no coach? You cannot perform with excellence unless you have a coach.

Nine Rules for Employee Engagement

Chart Your Course

Countless studies have proven that an engaged workforce contributes significantly to a business’ success. This desire has increased in recent years, due to the rapid pace that technology is changing the way businesses work and the skill sets they require.

Connecting with Abrasive Leaders

Great Leadership By Dan

Success lies in getting and maintaining rapport with them; to keep emotions in check and not get drawn in to a defensive, unproductive spiral. Guest post from Cheryl A. Bond, Ed.D.,

Learning Methods | Vital Learning

Chart Your Course

Productive and engaged managers, team leaders, and team members are critical to the success of your organization. Technology continues to evolve, creating many new options for delivering training. Flexible Delivery Options. Tailor-made for Your Employees’ Needs.

Introverts: 6 Ways to Maximize Your Natural Strengths

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Jennifer is recognized world-wide as the “go-to” expert on the power of introverts following the success of her first book The Introverted Leader. Dim the lights, turn off the radio and reduce distractions from technology to get inside your head. Guest Post by Jennifer B.

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The Worst CEOs of 2012: What did we Learn?

Great Leadership By Dan

This post first appeared 1/24/2013 on SmartBlog on Leadership : The year 2013 has begun, and with it a new year of scrutinizing CEO performance. Valuewalk says it “used our own proprietary technology to make the final decisions.” How can CEOs avoid ending up on the “Worst CEOs of 2013”? It’s worth taking one last look at 2012?s s poor performers to see what we can learn for this year. In case you haven’t seen one yet, here’s a compilation of the 2012 lists: 1.

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Well Connected People Get Results

Coaching Tip

In business, we often hear that it''s not what we know, but also who we know that can help us find success. . As the business world and the Internet become increasingly intertwined , it''s becoming apparent just how relevant that platitude is to the success of your career and business.

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Retired? 7 Insights on Getting Back in the Game

In the CEO Afterlife

Despite the anomalies of a different industry (this one was fresh food), I was able to assess the situation in short order and define a course of action, always mindful of understanding the company/industry’s key success factors before leveraging them for marketplace differentiation.

Leaders Who Follow Rules

Lead on Purpose

A successful leader has the trust of those under him or her and is supported by those subordinates. Periodically, a revamp of the rules may be necessary to encompass technologies, living environments, and anything else that can cause contradictions within them. He has a passion for various subjects like education, career and technology, Parenting etc. Leaders who follow rules have subordinates who do – Guest post by Jack Meyer.

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What Leaders Adopting Social Media Can Learn from Drug Addicts

Modern Servant Leader

In essence, this is how people progress from denial of a need to change through the successful change of the behavior. Technology "Social Media Adoption" "Stages of Change" "Transtheoretical Model of Change" Drug Addict Leader Social MediaBehavioral psychologists have this big fancy term for how people make changes in their life, it’s called the “Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change”, we’ll just call it “Stages of Change”.

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Key elements of leadership and product management

Lead on Purpose

Most technology companies are comprised of people and teams that discover, define, design, develop and deliver products to the market. Their success depends largely on how well these teams work together to produce great products and services. The role of product manager has become increasingly important to the success of the products and the companies; it has become increasingly strategic.

How to use Measurement to Manage Like a Pro

Lead on Purpose

Katz from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, notes that metrics are in use everywhere, but if the organization uses the wrong metrics, they will not achieve the expected results. Yet, the Dodge Viper was a smashing success changing Chrysler’s image overnight. While you can’t depend on your gut for every decision, it surely plays a vital role in separating ordinary managers from the amazingly successful ones. Guest post by Mary Prescott.

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12 Tips to Communicate Better and Improve Business Results


Whether you need to leverage new technology, engage employees to deliver better for customers, or just keep meeting your business goals, good communication is critical to any success strategy.

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Millennials: 3 Characteristics that Define how they Approach the Workplace


Their generation is one of selectivity, choices, technology, and team work. Because millennials rely so heavily on technology, this means they may not have had the opportunity to practice verbal communication skills in business situations.

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