Wed.Feb 08, 2012

Optimism and Insights from Mid-Market CEOs about Business Growth

C-Level Strategies

As Chief Relationship Officer for CEO Connection I receive the results of our monthly Mid-Market Index, “A monthly poll designed to determine and regularly represent the thoughts, issues, and levels of confidence of CEOs of mid-size companies with $100 million to $5 billion in revenues.”

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The 6 Key Indicators of Leadership

Linked 2 Leadership

Effective leadership is not a single act or facet. Rather, it is multitudinous. It’s like a well-oiled, fine-tuned performance machine. It is not embodied in a single role or person, but is the life that runs through an organisation. Without leadership, the organisation or entity ceases to move. It is much like an engine driving a vehicle [.].

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3 Surprising Ways to Influence Your Employees

Aspire-CS

JOEL A. GARFINKLE is recognized as one of the top 50 coaches in the U.S., having worked with many of the world’s leading companies. He is the author of seven books, including Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level.

How to Survive a Meeting with the CEO

Great Leadership By Dan

Most employees NEVER get to have a meeting with the CEO of their company. So if you do, it’s a one-shot deal that you don’t want to screw up. After all, exposure is a double-edged sword, and many CEOs and senior executives have short attention spans but long memories.

Lead With Purpose

Leading Blog

Without a clear sense of purpose, organizations become listless. John Baldoni says in Lead With Purpose that it falls to the leader to make certain that organizational purpose is understood and acted upon. Retired Army colonel, George Reed told Baldoni that the importance of this cannot be underestimated: I don’t think you can hit purpose enough as a senior leader. It is one of those things that can be undercommunicated by an order of magnitude.

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Someone Save Me From My Baby Boomer Manager!

Management is a Journey

Note: Shawn Greene asked me to address the topic of Gen Y team members working for Baby Boomer managers. As she mentioned, there’s a lot on the web about what Baby Boomers should do for this relationship but not much about what Gen Y should do. Shawn is the founder of Savage & Greene, a professional [.]. Management 4 generations people skills survival skills

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Top 100 Thinkers in Management, Leadership and Business

Leading in Context

It is no surprise that there is not just one list of thinkers in management, leadership and business. There are many, and they vary in scope and topic. Here is a wonderful sampling of some of the top thinkers that impact business, management and responsible leadership: Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking complexity ethical business leadership ethical leadership in organizations leadership and management leading ethically

That’s amore: Advice for managers faced with romance in the workplace

Bud to Boss

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away, and love is certainly in the air … and in your workplace. If the topic of office romance stresses you more than your own relationships—Should you even acknowledge the relationships? What if the couple’s cutesy nicknames and public displays of affection make everyone else uncomfortable? And how do you deal with the inevitable breakups?—you’ll you’ll appreciate the advice from this interview with Halley Bock, president and CEO of Fierce Inc.,

3 Clues You’re About To Be Fired.

Rich Gee Group

Time to be Columbo at work. Blog C-Level Career Coaching Tip Event Life Coaching Unfireable Ways & Tips Communication Fired Laid Off Projects

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That’s amore: Advice for managers faced with romance in the workplace

Bud to Boss

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away, and love is certainly in the air … and in your workplace. If the topic of office romance stresses you more than your own relationships—Should you even acknowledge the relationships? What if the couple’s cutesy nicknames and public displays of affection make everyone else uncomfortable? And how do you deal with the inevitable breakups?—you’ll you’ll appreciate the advice from this interview with Halley Bock, president and CEO of Fierce Inc.,

Your Thoughts Determine Your Destiny

Ravi Pratap Singh

Sow a THOUGHT and you reap an ACTION; Sow an ACTION and you reap a HABIT; Sow a HABIT and you reap a CHARACTER; Sow a CHARACTER and you reap a DESTINY. These words from Ralph Waldo Emerson  are so simple and yet so profound.

3 Ways To Remove The Pain From Preparing A Weekly Sermon

Ron Edmondson

This is a guest post by my friend Casey Graham. Casey is one of the most innovative church leaders I know. He is passionate about Kingdom building and helping those who desire to Kingdom build. I haven’t seen any project of Casey’s yet I can’t support. Here’s a word from Casey about a new project to help pastors: After talking to hundreds of preachers, we’ve found most preachers love preaching, but the grind of preparation can often become a pain.

Tell Your Critics to Take a Hike

Leadership Freak

** Alternate title: “Critics: Thank’em or Spank’em” Receiving personal criticism stands apart from criticizing products, services, or organizations. My leadership was first criticized when I was in my early 20’s. It stunned me. I still remember the sting. People who say personal criticism doesn’t hurt, lie. If you enjoy it, you’re weird or sick. If you [.]. Backstabbers Criticism Gossip Leading Personal Growth Critics Growth Leadership Development personal criticism

How to motivate yourself

Bernd Geropp

Tweet. Tweet Photo: LuMaxArt/ resource: www.bigstock.com. “Setting objectives” is important but not enough. You must define action plans to ensure that your objectives are attained – and you must also execute these action plans.

Tell Your Critics to Take a Hike

Leadership Freak

** Alternate title: “Critics: Thank’em or Spank’em” Receiving personal criticism stands apart from criticizing products, services, or organizations. My leadership was first criticized when I was in my early 20’s. It stunned me. I still remember the sting. People who say personal criticism doesn’t hurt, lie. If you enjoy it, you’re weird or sick. If you [.]. Backstabbers Criticism Gossip Leading Personal Growth Critics Growth Leadership Development personal criticism

3 quick questions to check employee engagement at work

Talent Technologies

Employee Engagement is, as we covered in a previous post here , a concept that all managers must understand, but one that is unfortunately sometimes confusing. So we thought it helpful to produce 3 quick questions employees can use to check their engagement at work. They are simply: 1.

How do I tell my employees?

Bernd Geropp

Tweet. Tweet Many executives find it difficult to address their employees in a speech, for instance during a company meeting. When bad news , such as layoffs or cutbacks in pay have to be announced on top of this, many are at a complete loss for words.

Innocide!!!

Mills Scofield

Last month, my friend Whitney Johnson wrote a great post about entitlement being an innovation-killer. Please read it if you haven’t. I’m sure we all know examples of this in many aspects of our lives. In some corporate cultures, Innocide is brazen and in others incredibly polite and subtle. Perhaps the subtlest of all is Suinnocide – killing innovation within us. Most of us are masters at that!

Smartening Up: Boosting Emotional Intelligence

The Practical Leader

Like the debate on whether leaders are born or made, an early debate in the emerging Emotional Intelligence research was whether our EQ, like IQ, is fixed once we hit adulthood.

Clock watching = stressed employees

Chartered Management Institute

There have been numerous studies in the past few years reporting the growing trend of managers not really switching off when they're away from work, be it using electronic devices to check in at home or failing to properly switch off whilst on holiday. The consequences of such activities are clear both in terms of stress and lost productivity. Similarly, in many discussions I have with people about social media, the issue of time and how it is spent is raised.

Putting Your Blog To Work For You

Women on Business

Guest post by Charity Cason (learn more about Charity at the end of this article). In this age of social media and blogging, it’s more important than ever to make sure that your blog is marketing your business effectively 24 hours a day. There are so many mistakes that new bloggers make which can be easily avoided from the outset. Let’s face it; business people are good at what they do, but they aren’t always good at marketing online.

Science via Cartoons

Execupundit

PaleoFuture looks at the days when we learned science from the Sunday funnies

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Book Review: Managing (Right) for the First Time

LDRLB

Usually, I reserve review space on this blog for books that are saturated with empirical evidence and still provide practical implications for everyday leadership. However, every once in awhile I’ll encounter a book that doesn’t claim any ties to research, but offers insights that line up with evidence. David C. Baker’s Managing (Right) for the First Time does just that. The book reads less like a traditional management tome and more like a survival guide to your first years in management.

Opening the Door

Execupundit

Lessons in Management Innovation from Main Street

Management Excellence

During the past few years, I’ve marveled at the start-ups and small to mid-sized businesses in my community who didn’t need an army of consultants or MBAs to teach them the very relevant and important lessons that Reeves and Deimler share in their recent Harvard Business Review article, "Adaptability-The New Competitive Advantage.". Innovation Leadership Organizational Transformation Strategy Competitive Advantage Main Street Entrepreneurs Management Innovation

Employee Engagement By Tools and Techniques

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development [link] Employee engagement is the Holy Grail because when it improves so does the customer experience, productivity and revenue. Also when it moves up, costs, absenteeism, turnover, theft, accidents, and defects go down. In the search to drive up employee engagement there have been many alluring paths to explore. Over the years most organizations have jumped [.]. Leadership Development employee engagement Lean Six Signma

New York's Tickertape Parade For Giants

Bird's Eye View

Will You Choose To Lead? A Question for Today’s Workforce

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

Choose To Lead? A Question For Today’s Workforce. With all of the focus these days on leadership skills and competencies, an additional question needs to be asked. The issue is not so much how to lead, although that is important, but who should lead.

Got A Minute?

Tim Milburn

We’re busy people. I get that. So I have one question for you… Got a minute? Most people do. Even if they don’t, they’ll often say, “I’ll get to it in a minute.” ” Everyone has a minute.

Don't Confuse Passion with Competence

Harvard Business Review

The most successful innovators are consistently portrayed as possessing a passion that borders on dogmatism. They work tirelessly to bend reality to achieve their vision, with Steve Jobs and his "reality distortion field" serving as the prototypical example. There's no doubt that passion is a critical component of innovation. After all, innovation is awfully hard work, with plenty of false starts. Rosabeth Moss Kanter teaches that everything can look like a failure in the middle.

The Secret Success of the Status Quo

Change Starts Here

The status quo, the current way things are done in your organization, came about because it was successful. People in your organization learned how to conduct their jobs through trial and error. The things that worked were incorporated into how things are done, and the things that didn’t work were dropped. Over time, these became habits that are reinforced by daily interactions with other people in the organization.

Managerial Intuition Is a Harmful Myth

Harvard Business Review

I've been learning a lot from Danny Kahneman's great book Thinking Fast and Slow. Kahneman is the world's leading expert on human judgment and decision-making and the only non-economist to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics (he's a psychologist by training), so his insights and conclusions should be taken seriously. In Thinking Fast and Slow he collects them and explains them to the non-specialist. Read it and you won't look at the world the same way again.

Music Break

Execupundit

Grab some " Holiday Road

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Today’s thoughts February 8, 2012

Rapid BI

Goodbye IT – hello products that work Goodbye IT – hello products that work With so many people fed-up of big software solutions that just are too clunky and don’t do easily what people want, the IT world is moving. With Apple dropping support & products for the film & media industry, they are now [.]. ecademy