Wed.Feb 01, 2012

A CEO’s Unintended Consequence of Joining LinkedIn

C-Level Strategies

During a recent conversation with one of my CEO clients at CEO Connection , the topic moved to our private LinkedIn group and how he could use it to discuss some of his challenges with fellow members. And then he shared with me something I hadn’t anticipated.

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20 Things to Stop Waiting For


Leaders everywhere are called “leaders” because they don’t wait for things to happen. If you want to be a leader, you must stop waiting for someone else to: Say what needs to be said when others aren’t. Yes, it’s risky, but who better than a leader to say it? Show empathy for those who aren’t empowered because it’s the right thing to do. Start having fun at work because life is too short to be serious all the time.

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Business Leader Future : A Sketch

Leading in Context

Leading in a Complex Global Context I did some research about global trends and challenges and how they will change the way we lead in the future. The answers I found explain why we sometimes feel that we're in a perpetual state of disequilibrium. Ethical Leader Trends collaborative leadership ethical leadership context global ethics management and leadership sustainability what is ethical leadership what is leadership

Who is an Entrepreneur?

Rajesh Setty

It’s hard to “box” an entrepreneur as there are so many different kinds of them. However, there are several characteristics that will make it easy to spot one. I have picked 11 really good definitions of an entrepreneur. Here they are (in no particular order). #1

Who is your Tom Brady?

Bud to Boss

Football fan or not, the Super Bowl is this weekend. Patriots fan or not, the New England Patriots are headed to Super Bowl XLVI. Whether you are a die-hard Pats fan, a “Hatriot” or an uninterested bystander, it’s hard not to at least respect the partnership of Coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. This Sunday, they attend their 5 th Super Bowl together—the most by a coach-quarterback tandem in history—with the chance to win their 4 th championship together.

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Getting Corporate Leaders Coming to You

Leadership Freak

** Don’t worry about getting noticed by senior leadership; care but don’t worry. Mike Myatt said, “Great leaders don’t need to worry about influencing the C-Suite, the C-Suite will always come to them.” Stop trying: Organizations don’t need needy people. Doug Conant remarked, “Don’t try too hard to connect with senior leadership.” Doug illustrated his [.]. Innovation Leading Marks of leaders Personal Growth Taking others higher Growth Interview Leadership Development organizational priorities

Share the why as you share the what…

Ron Edmondson

When you are leading people…. When you are introducing change…. When you want people to follow…. When you want buy-in to the plans…. When you want to build or maintain momentum… When you are experiencing growth… When you are experiencing decline… Don’t bother with the what….

Getting Corporate Leaders Coming to You

Leadership Freak

** Don’t worry about getting noticed by senior leadership; care but don’t worry. Mike Myatt said, “Great leaders don’t need to worry about influencing the C-Suite, the C-Suite will always come to them.” Stop trying: Organizations don’t need needy people. Doug Conant remarked, “Don’t try too hard to connect with senior leadership.” Doug illustrated his [.]. Innovation Leading Marks of leaders Personal Growth Taking others higher Growth Interview Leadership Development

Win the Rat Race: Taking 6 Steps Back

Linked 2 Leadership

Remembering that “everyone running the rat race is still a rat,” I have lately been watching some beautiful 1950’s black and white films to hearken back to a slower time. I’m particularly drawn to their lavish sets, dramatic dialogue and most desirably, the simplicity of life. It was a time of a slower pace and more peaceful rhythm to [.].

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How To Inspire People.

Rich Gee Group

Tell them WHY you do it. Business Coaching C-Level Career Coaching Tip Media Piece Social Media Ways & Tips TED

What’s the Companies goal & how do you fit in? Team Building Activity

Create Learning

The majority of problems within teams and organizations comes from unclear goals. Once the Goals are agreed upon and known my preference is within a QQT/R format then developing the Roles and Procedures can happen.

Should I Consider Full-Time Vocational Ministry?

Ron Edmondson

I get asked this question a lot… I spent more than twenty years in business before entering vocational ministry. Many hear that and turn to me for advice on the subject of transitioning into a full-time ministry position. I realize after I’ve answered the same question numerous times that it’s a common issue and worthy of sharing here.

Feed It Forward

Marshall Goldsmith

I have observed more than 50,000 leaders from around the world as they participated in a fascinating experiential exercise, in which I ask participants to play two roles. In one role, they provide "Feed Forward ": They give another participant suggestions and as much as they can help with a specific issue. In the second role, they accept Feed Forward : They listen to suggestions from another participant and learn as much as they can.

Creating Demand: The Secrets of Truly Magnetic Offers

First Friday Book Synopsis

How do some companies generate runaway growth and extraordinary customer loyalty, even in a sluggish economy? Adrian Slywotzky, an Oliver Wyman senior partner and bestselling author, examines the unpredictable dynamics of demand creation in his latest book, Demand: Creating What People Love Before They Know They Want It. With engaging stories, Slywotzky pulls back the [.].

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Love this #ted talk from Shawn Achor - Will help you be happier.

Management Craft

Check out this supercharged and amusing talk from Shawn Achor - it is excellent and has the potential to help us all live more fulfilling - and successful - lives. 12 minutes. Breakthroughs Workplace Happiness

Losing the War of Talent, a Telling Leading Indicator – The Challenge for RIM (BlackBerry)

First Friday Book Synopsis

As in ancient times, talent has become the coin of the realm. Companies that multiply their human talents will prosper. Companies that don’t will struggle. Talented People are scarce. Ed Michaels, Helen Handfield-Jones, Beth Axelrod: The War for Talent ————— So, here’s the problem. People want to work with, and for, a winner. People do [.].

Innovation Soul Food? Irritation!

Mills Scofield

Seriously! You know when you have an idea for a new business, product, service or process and you tell someone and they pick it apart? They tell you all the reasons it won’t work.

Harvard Business Review on Aligning Technology with Strategy: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Harvard Business Review on Aligning Technology with Strategy Various Contributors Harvard Business Review Press (2011) How and why technology should support your organization’s strategy…not the other way around This is one of the volumes in a series of anthologies of articles that first appeared in Harvard Business Review. Having read all of them when they [.].

Tame Your Technology and Get More Sleep

The Practical Leader

Electronic tools are incredible. They can enhance communications, build relationships, and increase time effectiveness. Electronic tools can also replace true communication with information overload, damage relationships, and overwhelm our day.

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Native Language – Use Common Phrases in Most Popular Languages

Modern Servant Leader

The world is shrinking. Across my career, I’ve worked on many multicultural and international teams. Today, I work directly with individuals who have a native language of English, Italian, Hindu, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish or Vietnamese.

Why You Should Stop Trying to Delight Your Customers: The Idea in Practice

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an article written by Matthew Dixon, Lara Ponomareff, and Anastasia Milgramm for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * The notion of going above and beyond customer needs [.].

No One Asked My Opinion…But $100 Billion for What?

Management Excellence

As of this writing, the world is abuzz with the expected Facebook IPO. The number $100 billion is being floated and passed around (probably by those who stand to benefit from a big IPO), and whether real or wild speculation, that’s a number that gives one cause to pause.


Top leaders have great communication skills

My Own Coach

Top Leaders need to have great communication skills because their whole purpose is about getting results through others. As a leader, you will have gone past that stage in your career where you have had to role your sleeves up and complete the "doing".

Seven Types Of Student Leaders To Avoid

Tim Milburn

In just a few short weeks, we will begin the process of selecting and electing new student leaders. We have a variety of ways for students to get involved on our campus. But there are some students who want to do a little more. They don’t want to simply be involved, they want to be influential.

Leadership Transitions: How Not to Fail

Linked 2 Leadership

In the October 2009 edition of Chief Learning Officer, Michael D. Watkins’ article “The Eight Toughest Transitions for Leaders” outlined the top transitions that most business leaders have to navigate during their career. The transitions are: Promotion Leading former peers Diplomacy (authority versus influence) New organization International move Organizational turnaround Corporate strategy realignment Business [.].

The Days of "Manager Knows Best" Are Ending

Harvard Business Review

To get a glimpse of what tomorrow's young global managers might be like as leaders, take a look at how today's young people think about communications. For one thing, they are devoted to connectivity. In a recent survey of more than 2,800 college students and young professionals in 14 countries, Cisco found that more than half said they could not live without the internet, and if forced to choose, two-thirds would opt to have an internet rather than a car.

Call for Papers on SLR


As longtime readers know, several months ago we launched a partnership with the Strategic Leadership Review , an upstart scholarly journal with articles aimed at practitioners. You might notice the similarities in website design. From time to time, we highlight SLR articles. Today, we’re looking for a few more. Take a minute to glance at the call for papers below. If you have a piece you think would fit, check out the full guidelines here.

When Presenting, Remember to Pause

Harvard Business Review

After several high school and college courses, a few classes at Berlitz, and numerous trips to France and Italy, I have developed enough facility in their languages to get by in their restaurants, hotels, and shops, but not nearly enough to have full conversations. However, I have also developed a taste for French and Italian cinema, and so my Netflix queue is populated primarily by such films.

The Effects of Excessive Ego


An excessive ego can be a chain that slows our advance. It can also resemble a curtain that keeps out the light. It can become a wall that causes us to see only our turf and not the larger expanse that should be our concern. It can poison relationships, cloud memories, and subvert judgment.

Fiat's Smart U.S. Launch Strategy — Really

Harvard Business Review

The automotive press has been relentlessly critical of Chrysler CEO Sergio Marcchione — savior of Chrysler and Italy's auto industry — about Fiat's return to the United States. The company's initial foray, the Fiat 500 , sold only about 26,000 units in its first year, far short of Marcchione's 50,000 unit goal. Yet the carping misses the conundrum faced by companies planning market entry — for Fiat to get big in the U.S. market, it had to start tiny.

Not So Cozy


At Unhappy Hipsters : When it came to staring contests, they were a triple-threat


Crowd-Sourced Labor: Will It Trump Permanent Employment?

Harvard Business Review

A few weeks ago, I wrote up some of the trends that I'm going to be watching in 2012. One was the interesting phenomena of access to assets replacing ownership of assets in more and more realms. Car-sharing services such as ZipCar , room-sharing services such as AirBnB , and project-based programming services from companies like odesk are upending a lot of our assumptions about what it takes to run a business. Indeed, owning anything may soon be seen as an industrial-age relic in a lot of cases.

Setting the Stage


Let's see now. I'll be working this evening on a plan to roll out a brilliant and insightful (if-I-say-so-myself) workshop. Should I have some depressing news reports droning in the background or pop in an excellent Gershwin CD that will increase brainpower and spirits? Decisions, decisions

Instead, Develop the Traits That Matter

Self Help Zen

She was managing one of the most important projects of the company for past 26 months. One day, the junior most team member asked her if he was smart, she said, “No”. He asked him again if he thinks that he wanted to have him in her team, she said “No”. Then he asked him if there’ll be any loss to the team if he stops coming to the work, she said “No”. He thought he had heard enough and wanted to resign. As he went back to his desk to prepare his resignation letter, she asked him to stay.