Fri.Jun 24, 2011

Failing to Communicate

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth . Are you guilty of having a failure to communicate? Here’s the thing - who cares if you possess excellent communication skills if you don’t use them properly.

LinkedIn Profile Tip – 4 key privacy control settings to manage your online reputation

Krishna De

{lang: 'en-GB'} If you are using LinkedIn as part of your online networking and visibility plan, have you reviewed your privacy controls?

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First, Know Yourself

Coaching Tip

You must know yourself to express yourself. Once you truly know yourself, your public identity becomes an extension of who you really are. Many of us have trouble firming up our identity (i.e.

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Ahab at Starbucks

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Larry Hughes and featured by The Huffington Post. I do not remember when, where, or why I first encountered Larry but during the years since, I have posted reviews of countless books with which he has had either a direct or indirect connection. He characterizes himself [.]. Bob's blog entries "I strike at the inscrutable malice behind the White Whale!”

The Drive


When I groaned about a long drive to a meeting in another city, my daughter said, "It sounds like you have an attitude." She was right, of course. I can remember when a hospital bed and a bunch of tubes were the boundaries of my mobility.

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Does Your Wellbeing Need a Boost?

Leading Blog

Gallup scientists have determined that there are five universal and interdependent elements of wellbeing that differentiate a thriving life from one spent suffering: Career : liking what you do every day (Tip: Every day, use your strengths.). Social : having strong relationships (Tip: Spend six hours a day socializing—face-to-face, phone, e-mail.). Financial : a well managed economic life (Tip: Spend on others instead of solely on material possessions.).

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Thomas J. DeLong: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Thomas J. DeLong is the Philip J. Stomberg Professor of Management Practice in the Organizational Behavior area at the Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard Faculty, DeLong was Chief Development Officer and Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Group, Inc., where he was responsible for the firm’s human capital and focused on issues of organizational strategy and organizational change. ??At At Harvard, Professor DeLong teaches [.].

The Transformational Leader: Compass to a New World, part 2

Strategy Driven

Inspire. A pure fact of transformational leadership is that you can accomplish only a small portion of the requisite forward movement on your own. Therefore, if you are to transform a company you must inspire others to follow you.

LinkedIn Profile Tip – 4 key privacy control settings to manage your online reputation

Krishna De

{lang: 'en-GB'} If you are using LinkedIn as part of your online networking and visibility plan, have you reviewed your privacy controls?

3 Ways to Get What You Need from Design

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here. While the business world may have developed a full-blown love affair with design, very few companies are doing it well. If you’re taking on a corporate design effort, [.]. Bob's blog entries 3 Ways to Get What You Need from Design Five Ways to Fail at Design Harvard Business Review.

You cannot WIN in life. You can only LIVE it! (Stephen Colbert Commencement Speech)

ReThink HR

Stephen Colbert gives an excellent, poignant and funny commencement speech at his Alma mater Northwestern University. v=m6tiaooiIo0. His main points: If you have not achieved your dreams you are NOT a loser. If you do reach your dreams, you are NOT a winner.

Mini Saga #98 – Ordinary

Rajesh Setty

It’s hard to win against someone when they are operating on their strengths and you are not. Mini Saga #98 – Ordinary. It started off as healthy rivalry between co-workers John and Rick. John tried his best for three years but couldn’t win.

Possibility Maximizer: Leadership Development Roundtable Challenge

Maximizing Possibility

I like to cap off each week by sharing a resource that I feel will help you to Maximize Possibility in your organizational and professional life. Today I am excited to feature an all new resource from one of my favorite bloggers in the leadership development community. Enjoy! The Resource: Leadership Development Roundtable Challenge What It Is: The Leadership Development Rountable Challenge is a new monthly feature on Dan McCarthy's Great Leadership blog.

Leadership in Action at the CDC

Next Level Blog

Yesterday, I had the good fortune to follow Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control, as a speaker to the leadership fellows of his agency. His remarks were so fascinating that. Please click the headline to read the whole story. executive presence Leadership

Follow the ABC’s of Correction – Affirm Before Correcting

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Best of Blogs Series Leadership Development “There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.” – Mother Teresa of Calcutta “A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.” – Unknown “Correction does much, but encouragement does more.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German Playwright, Poet, Novelist and [.] Follow the ABC’s of Correction – Affirm Before Correcting.

Photo Inquiry Friday: Interpersonal Hiring Questions?

Create Learning

I have been helping businesses with their interview and hiring processes. Creating role descriptions and exactly what competencies a candidate must have in order to be successful in the job.

The Best Investment You Can Make

Harvard Business Review

It's the burning question many of you have been hurling at me recently: "So instead of idly waiting around for the so-called mysteriously reluctant non-recovering recovery, what should we do to survive this never-ending raging crisis?". Here's a tiny suggestion. The "best" investment you can make isn't gold. It's the people you love, the dreams you have, and living a life that matters.

Vacation Preferences

Ron Edmondson

We are on a few days vacation this week. We came with another couple to the San Francisco area. Cheryl and I have traveled extensively, and we’ve been to California, but never to this part of the state. Even only after our first full day we love this place!

How Can You Improve Productivity?

Six Disciplines

Do your employees focus on the purpose of the company? If not, that could be your biggest opportunity! Six Disciplines' CEO Gary Harpst joins Jim Blasingame (The Small Business Avocate) to talk about improving your employees’ productivity through a clear strategy and efficient (and more effective) technology. Listen to the podcast here. SUGGESTION: Hear all of the podcasts with Gary here

Twitter Weekly Highlights for 2011-06-24

Tanveer Naseer

Here’s a compilation of some of the articles/tweets I shared on Twitter this week: Honoured to be ranked # 3 in @ HRexaminer ‘s Top 25 Online Influencers in # Leadership 2011 [link] # Tx Ann! RT @ annneir : Nice overview of key issues re: empathy “Empathy in Leadership – 10 Reasons Why It Matters&# [link] via @TanveerNaseer # Leading People? A Few Core Lessons by @ tnvora [link] # leadership # Thx! RT @ roysaunderson : Well captured & insightful!

The Relationship Between Productivity And Inflation

Six Disciplines

"Focus on the process and productivity will follow.". Six Disciplines' CEO Gary Harpst joins Jim Blasingame (The Small Business Advocate) to discuss the correlation between productivity and inflation, and why manufacturing is outperforming the service sector with regard to productivity. Listen to the podcast here. SUGGESTION: Hear all of the podcasts with Gary here


Quote of the Day


Talk too much and you talk about yourself. Yiddish proverb


Fossil Rim Wildlife Center - Close Encounters of the Best Kind

Building Personal Strength

Kathleen and I went on a weekend excursion up to Glen Rose, a small town in north-central Texas. When we got there, the first thing we did was to visit the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center , a 1700-acre non-profit preserve that is home to 50 species of exotic and endangered animals.

Miscellaneous and Fast


Ad Man : Some posts re Ogilvy at 100. 300 house ? A design for basic shelter. Heidi Klum : This ad should revive interest in "Project Runway." Victor Davis Hanson on hubris. The trailer : " Something Wild

Closeout for 6.24.11


Every friday we review the posts from LeaderLab contributors that has appeared on this blog and elsewhere online. Tim Vanderpyl added one more posts to the growing dialogue about strategy asking who benefits when strategic plans are merely expensive coffee coasters ? David Burkus provided a book review of the re-release of Jesse Lyn Stoner and Ken Blanchard’s Full Steam Ahead.

Dear Slick


Must reading : Cultural Offering's memo to all email marketers. My favorite part: I notice from your outlook meeting request you would like to "circle back" regarding a previous communication regarding our business challenges.

Uncloud Yourself 7

Utpal Writes

On Weekdays: no television, no newspapers; On Saturdays: no e-mails; On Sundays: no cell-phone ; Is your desk de-cluttered? Your car? How many items did you marked off your list? Are your lists organized? How many times did you have dinner with your spouse? Did you answer these questions this week: What did I accomplish in the past week? What will I accomplish in the next week? Are there any impediments? What can I do about it? Share and Enjoy: Self-Help Make a difference Personal Development

What would you do if you were on a plane for the next three hours?


When I ask leaders where they are most productive, they often say on the plane. They enjoy being unplugged for several hours, and they get more done. . Avoid using wifi on planes if you can. And if you’re not on a plane, imagine you are for the next few hours. What might you be able to accomplish? Business Business Leadership Exceptional Leadership Just Ask Leadership Leadership Lifestyle Media and Technology

What Investment Bankers Can Learn From Stand-Up Comedians

Harvard Business Review

Yes, you heard that correctly. Let me explain. Originally from the Midwest and after a stint in the Navy, I decided to be an investment banking analyst in the late 90's. I did well in my business school applications, and after my MBA, I worked for a private equity-backed healthcare company, then more investment banking as an associate. But there was a problem. To say I was feeling unfulfilled is a severe understatement. My job became my life and I spent practically every waking hour working.

Building a Resilient Organizational Culture

Harvard Business Review

Current events teach us that crisis and even disaster occur far more frequently than previously anticipated. Japan's post-tsunami crisis and repeated tornadoes of the Southern and Midwestern US demonstrate the vulnerability of modern infrastructures to the forces of nature. Wall Street's meltdown, the subsequent recession, and the consequent demise of discretionary spending remind us that human-made disasters can be devastating in other ways.

The Business of Values

Harvard Business Review

I recently spent a few days at the Harvard Business School with a group of Deans and Professors from around the globe. The event was a symposium that HBS has run for several years, as a way of reflecting on and improving the field of leadership at a macro level. The focus of this year's event was "values." The sticky issue of ethics, of the responsibility business leaders have to "do the right thing.". The big question was not whether values should be taught in business schools.

How Toyota Pulls Improvement from the Front Line

Harvard Business Review

Toyota is famous for its Toyota Production System, an approach that effectively engages front-line workers in improving their work. As I argued in my last post , "pulling" improvement from the front line is critical to continually improve operations, and Toyota does it very well. Companies that "push" work improvements from the top usually generate tepid front-line enthusiasm.