The Trouble with Comparisons

Kevin Eikenberry

Comparisons like this rarely help. The post The Trouble with Comparisons appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. Leadership & Supervisory Skills Personal & Professional Development compare comparison comparisonsWe all do it.

Odious Comparisons


Gretchen Rubin at The Happiness Project considers the effect that comparisons have on happiness. Dennis Prager once observed that if you assume others are happier, that only means you don't know them well enough.

Work Performance and the Perils of Comparison

N2Growth Blog

To close, comparison can be a perilous path to take when working to motivate. Instead of falling into the comparison trap, try some of these tips and you just might lead your team to outstanding performance. Let me take you back in time. You’re in 8th grade.

My Dad, Steve Jobs and the Comparison Trap

Kevin Eikenberry

Leadership Learning balance comparison Personal Development professional developmentI grew up on a farm — an environment where mechanical equipment abounds and things break (often at inopportune times). Given that, having great mechanical skills and aptitudes are a great benefit to a farmer. Thankfully, my father had those skills. He was so good at the variety of skills required that I grew up [.].

2 Keys to Moving Beyond the Danger of Comparison

Ron Edmondson

2 Keys to Moving Beyond the Danger of Comparison. Comparison is dangerous. Comparison is dangerous for what is does to you, underneath the surface. But comparison also tarnishes the Creator God who created you His image. danger of comparison.

Mini Saga #68 – Comparison

Rajesh Setty

There was only one small glitch… Mini Saga #68 – Comparison. Tags: Mini Saga comparison investor pitch startup The plan seemed almost perfect. Joe was very excited to pitch his startup to Matt.

Leadership Lessons From A Marathon Run

Joseph Lalonde

Leadership Running Self-Improvement comparison emotional failure friends investment leadership marathon pain relationships running timeWhat a marathon taught me about leadership. Never in my life did I want to run a marathon. I thought it wasn’t for me. And the distance, 26.2

What To Do When You Doubt Yourself As A Leader

Joseph Lalonde

When leaders begin to doubt themselves, they begin to fall into the comparison trap. You can destroy your ability to lead by getting stuck in the comparison trap – Leadership lessons… Click To Tweet. The comparison trap is dangerous.

The Chill of History


Comparisons of Berlin then and now

This Bud's Not for Me | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

Because I had a few of the old cans in the refrigerator I conducted a side-by-side comparison through the eye of a marketer. The comparison raised a couple of brand trivia questions. In the CEO Afterlife. Main menu Home. Leadership. Branding. This Bud’s Not for Me.

Mindful Mondays: The Surprising Benefit of Comparing Yourself to Others

Next Level Blog

Mindful Mondays comparison perfection performance self-judgmentEvery so often you hear a story that’s the exception that proves the rule. In this case, the rule is don’t compare yourself to others; just do your best and play your own game.

Servant Leadership Explained via Santa the Bad Boss and Rudolph the Servant Leader

Modern Servant Leader

Servant Leadership "Bad Boss" Comparison Rudolph Saint Nick Santa Claus Servant Leader Jolly old Santa Claus has a reason to be so happy. After all, he only works one day a year and gets credit for all the gifts his elves made and the work his reindeer do. In return, what do the reindeer and elves get? Left over cookie crumbs, some carrots, and one hit movie vs. dozens for Saint Nick.

Come to Think of It

Chris Brady

  Education, occupation, geographicalbackground, and even personality traits pale in comparison to the history ofthought development in an individual.

Ethics and Trust: An Interview with Robert Hoyk

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob''s blog entries Advantageous Comparison Charles H. In 2009, Charles H. Green interviewed Robert Hoyk, co-author with Paul Hersey of a book that I highly admire: The Ethical Executive: Becoming Aware of the Root Causes of Unethical Behavior. After reading it, Green observes, “What grabbed me was their idea that ethics is usually considered a philosophical issue, but the management application of […].

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What is the Difference between Training and Development #HRBlog

Rapid BI

Business Training comparison Definition development differenceSo what is the difference between training and development? Does it really matter? It matters because we need to be able to identify activity. We often hear of employees never having been trained in a skill or process. But is this really true? We need to underatand what training is and is not, to be […]. The post What is the Difference between Training and Development #HRBlog appeared first on.

Labor Day


A good day to consider how much Americans work in comparison to other countries

The power of exposition (if used effectively)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries Analysis Argumentation convinces with logic and/or evidence Cause & Effect Classification Comparison Contrast Definition Description makes vivid with compelling details EDNA Exposition explains (exposes Exposition is arguably the most valuable and yet least appreciated of the four. Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) may well be the first person who formulated the four levels of discourse. At least I know of no sources that precede his Rhetoric and Poetics.

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Better Than Granola


In comparison to most of today's other food choices, I think we can agree that apple pie (via The Pioneer Woman) qualifies as health food. Provided that there are large quantities of cinnamon

Inflation v. Batman


Political Calculations has an interesting comparison showing the cost of being Batman in 1939 versus 2013

You Can’t Inspire Those You Look Down On

Leadership Freak

12 comparisons that lead to… Continue reading → Humility Influence Growth Leadership DevelopmentFeeling superior comes in many forms. All of them are justifications for looking down on others. You can’t inspire those you look down on. Manipulate yes. Inspire no.

Inequality Update


David Kanigan features a comparison of Mother''s Day with Father''s Day

7 Ways to Rise Above Feelings of Intimidation

Leadership Freak

Intimidation is an evaluation of the self in comparison to others. Intimidation is different from being afraid of heights. It’s about the self. Others have more experience, success, power, talent, good looks, or… Continue reading → Courage Fear Personal Growth Power Growth Leadership Development leadership success

Getting Old


A clever comparison photo at Eclecticity Light. Notice how the women look better than the men

Power & Paycheques: Can next gen leaders stop the compensation cash grab?

Roundtable Talk

The likely cause is a little thing called “comparison other”. Brain candy Generation X Generation Y Power comparison other executive compensation No raise for Canadian bank CEO's unfair compensation practicesLast week, the paycheques of Canada’s banking CEO’s made headlines because they *gasp* didn’t get raises. What will Ed Clark and Rick Waugh do without that six figure boost to their multi-million dollar comp packages?

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How to Maximize the Feeler-Leader on Your Team

Leadership Freak

Comparison: Feelers care about getting things done with people. The best way to maximize talent is to first understand their motivation. Think relationships. Dreamers care about what’s next. Think progress. Doers care about getting… Continue reading → Motivation Strengths Success Taking others higher Leadership Development leadership success

Tuition Leap


This is amazing: A comparison of the cost of law school in 1960 with that in 2009

Somewhere a Doughnut Is Calling Your Name


The ability to eat only one doughnut is a sign of true self-discipline so such comparisons may be skewed [Photo by Courtney Prather at Unsplash] This is National Doughnut Day. Heavy sigh.] I suspect that if William Howard Taft were still president, it would be a bigger deal.

Persistence pays off for leaders

Lead on Purpose

In a recent post about business ups and downs, Michael Hyatt makes an interesting comparison of amateurs to professionals in baseball: Professionals aren’t smarter than you. Successful leaders are persistent; they relentlessly pursue their goals. They probably don’t have secrets … Continue reading → Leadership Purpose learner persistence results success

Herding Your Thoughts

Kevin Eikenberry

It’s not the most common comparison, but believe it or not, your thoughts and sheep herders have a few things in common. Don’t believe me? Check out the video below! Tweet it out: Be attentive to your thoughts, because they predict your future.

Why September is the New January

Kevin Eikenberry

I don’t know where this type of comparison phrase originated, or even why it has become so popular; but it certainly has. And you have heard it many times: Breakfast is the new lunch. YouTube is the new TV. Sitting is the new smoking. I’ve got a new one for you today.

Just some Pictures.

CEO Blog

There is no comparison between store bought and home grown strawberries. Strawberries are on at home. This picture does not do justice to the quantity and certainly not to the taste. And the grandkids - Josh and Victoria continue to grow. So does this count as a 3000 word blog post

We All Start at the Beginning – The Question is, “How Far Along are You?”

First Friday Book Synopsis

About the only comparison to actual soccer is that they play on a field, with nets… I’ve heard it called “mob ball.” […]. Do you know what to do when you show up to work? This is not a small point. Have you every watched the youngest youth team play soccer? I’m talking sbout really young? Randy''s blog entries

12 Ways to Find Your Confidence

Leadership Freak

Puffing up, putting down, posturing, excuse making, and negative comparisons express – lack of confidence – cockiness. Lack of confidence is the dirty secret in top leaders. Insecure leaders often cover insecurities with strutting. Cocky is compensation for lack of confidence. Cocky is phony confidence. The need to feel superior means you aren’t. Confidence […].

Ultimate Guide to Linked In for Business

Kevin Eikenberry

By comparison you might think LinkedIn is a small site. By Ted Prodromou Social media seems to be almost everywhere. Just yesterday Facebook announced they have a billion members. It does have over 150 million members however. Let me say that again. 150 million members. Depending on your background and work you [.]. Books careers linked in marketing networking social media

Think About Your Employees, Not Yourself, When Creating a Theme for Your Strategy


I heard an interesting comparison recently. When you see people on the street talking to themselves, they are often classified as “crazy.” Yet what do we call it when we talk to ourselves inside organizations? Marketing or communications.”.

Free material open source training content

Rapid BI

The debate was an interesting one and where one individual raised the comparison with the software market – where great programs like Open-office etc are available free. […]. Is there such a thing as free open source quality training materials? On an ASTD thread ([link] today I caught up with a discussion on free course material.



Adjusting to the New Consumer Norm through Multichannel Strategies

Strategy Driven

This can be done by using online price comparison sites. In addition to being included on price comparison sites, retailers must come up with a strategy to boost their online presence.

Something Harder than Believing in Yourself

Leadership Freak

Every leadership development tool, technique, method, and strategy fades in comparison to the power of belief. If you think believing in yourself is hard, try believing in others. Everyone needs someone who believes in them; young leaders need it the most. The people who change us the most believe in us the most. The first [.].

No More Hitching Posts


I confess to preferring the earlier architecture and am glad they were able to keep the comparison Anderson Layman's Blog provides a fascinating look at the various changes to an old building in his city over the years.

Lest we forget this weekend….

First Friday Book Synopsis

Using this comparison, [.]. During its first 100 years of existence, more than 683,000 Americans lost their lives, with the Civil War accounting for 623,026 of that total (91.2%). Comparatively, in the next 100 years, another 626,000 Americans died through two World Wars and several more regional conflicts (World War 2 representing 65% of that total). Bob's blog entries

Are Sacrifices a Part of Leadership?

Lead Change Blog

Compared to sterile workplaces, the type of decisions and corresponding sacrifices pale in comparison. Many tough decisions need to be made every day. In hospitals and clinics, life-impacting decisions are made. On battlefields, just think of the decisions made and the ultimate sacrifices they may bring. Yet, sacrifices happen every day and in every place. [.]

Level-Setting Leadership in the Kardashian Age

Lead Change Blog

There’s been plenty written about the issue of “social comparison motive” and its possible negative impact on mood and self esteem, and though I’m not here to say it’s all bad, social comparison motive certainly raises challenges for today’s leaders.