Wed.Aug 03, 2011

10 Ways to become the Leader People Follow

Leadership Freak

Yesterday I met with two new leaders in my organization. (I I use “my” loosely) It was a get to know you and a where are you going pow-wow. At the end of our exchange I asked, “What did you get from our conversation?” They replied, “You helped us have purpose during our first weeks of [.]. Communication Influence Leading Listening Marks of leaders Taking others higher Feedback Leadership Leadership Development

5 Leadership Secrets of an Aviator (1 of 3)

Leading Strategies

In military flying, studying and training on emergency procedures (EPs) was constant. Quick thinking and disciplined responses were expected as a minimum standard to succeed in a military aviation career. EPs raise emotion. EPs tax the most skilled pilot in spite of any outward bravado.

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Why Leadership Is Like Legos

The Leadership Advisor

If there is something the Danish people can be proud of, it is their contribution to the world through the creation of Legos. They have been a staple toy for children the world over. Our imaginations were given life through whatever pattern we decided to create with our Legos.

7 Ways to Increase Trust by Creating Stability

Leading Blog

This is a guest post by Marlene Chism, author of Stop Workplace Drama. Uncertain times always invite a little more drama, particularly in the workplace. One reason is because the brain craves certainty.

If I’m Your Leader…It’s Your Business…

Ron Edmondson

“This is probably none of my business, but…&#. Do you ever hear that as a leader? Recently one of our staff had a question for me. He had observed that Cheryl and I sold our house and bought a condo downtown.

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The top 10 causes of meetings that suck the life out of your team

Bud to Boss

We’ve all attended meetings that were a big waste of time. Employees are restless—or even &# resting their eyes,&# like the gentleman above. My experiences usually involved co-workers writing snarky notes about the presenters or how their time would be better spent.

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Linked 2 Leadership

If you began reading this article because you like to eat fried chicken, or because you enjoy gambling, then I must apologize. This post is about leadership and how to win at it. We can grab a bucket of chicken, take it to poker night, and have fun saying “Winner winner chicken dinner” on another occasion… “Duh, Winning!&# [.].

The Power of Growth

Kevin Eikenberry

When my book Remarkable Leadership was published people asked me about the cover. Why acorns they asked? actually by then 8 year old daughter Kelsey was the first to ask). My answer was two fold. Leaders are in the growth business, as are acorns. After all, even the tallest, strongest and oldest oak trees on the planet started [.]. Books Leadership Learning Mentoring Personal Development Video coaching growth oak trees

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Defining Your Organization's Values and Core Competencies Will.

Michael VanBruaene

35 Under 35: Stephanie Niven (Javelin Capital)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from a profile of Stephanie Niven written by Cleo Thompson (London), founder of The Gender Blog, for The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. Visit us daily to discover issues that matter, share experiences, and plan networking, your career and your life.” [.].

The size of your stature may never match the size of your heart

ReThink HR

Size… has nothing to do with WILL. In life size is not the only thing that matters. It is the the will and determination you have that will make you or break you!

As One: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

As One: Individual Action and Collective Power Mehrdad Baghai and James Quigley Portfolio/Penguin (2011) How and why “As One behavior” can accomplish almost anything There is so much to be said about what this book offers. Where to begin? Perhaps my purposes are best served by providing a series of five key points: 1. Mehrdad [.].

Clean Energy Nation

CEO Blog

The garden is awesome right now. Fresh tomatoes, string beans, zucchini, lima beans, carrots, beets, onions, leeks, pumpkin and of course most herbs (basil, chives, parsley, thyme, rosemary etc). Even a few blueberries and a small second crop of strawberries. It is a problem of abundance.

Leadership Lessons from the Horse’s Mouth

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Self Leadership Some of the most powerful leadership lessons I’ve experienced have not come from my high school swim coach, my first inspirational boss or any leadership guru at all. One of the first teachers of my most powerful lessons in what makes great leaders great weighed in at just over a thousand pounds, had four legs, [.] Leadership Lessons from the Horse’s Mouth.

Interview with Al Pittampalli – Read This Before Our Next Meeting

Rajesh Setty

Today is the launch of Al Pittampalli’s book “ Read This Before Our Next Meeting &# published by The Domino Project. It is a short book but don’t judge a book by its size it has “dynamite&# content related to how you look at meetings in your life.

“Good Products”: Beyond Convenience and Flavor

Leading in Context

We could define a "good product" a number of different ways. For example, tasty convenient clean colorful nutritious. Context Ethical Leader business ethics ethical leadership context ethics leadership development leadership ethics training

Book Review: To Plant a Walnut Tree

Chartered Management Institute

The book is widely researched and sources are indicated in a bibliography drawn heavily from the pop-philosophical genre and the bible. An interesting work but one that may have little relevance to a focused manager striving to succeed in their career. Review by Andrew May FCMI. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Is it passion or obsession? Energy or drama? @harvardbiz

Management Craft

I like this recent article on the HBR site called, Why your passion for work could ruin your career. Check it out. The author, Scott Barry Kaufman, writes about an important distinction between passion that is harmonious and passion that turns obsessive. In the work that I do with teams, I often see obsessive passion turn into dysfunction, drama, and a fracturing of the team. It is not enough to possess passion.

Destroying the myth that creative people aren't team players

Chartered Management Institute

The perception of creative people is one of lore. They are often regarded as renegades that are difficult to control, using their 'out of the box' mindset to buck trends and devise new ways of doing things. As such they're not team players and too many of them can be poison to any organisation. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Tulsa Event – Defining Moments Breakfast

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Events [link] Check out this post by Teri Aulph over on the Examiner. She’s one of the organizers of the next Lead Change Tulsa breakfast, sponsored by TCC’s Department of Continuing Education. The topic of the discussion will be Defining Moments. What can you do to prepare for the defining moments in your journey as a leader? [.] Tulsa Event – Defining Moments Breakfast. Events breakfast defining moments lead change Tulsa

Story - Donkey in the Well

Building Personal Strength

I came across this story on the Web, author unknown. When I got to the end, I realized I had heard it before. I also realized that I really love this story. Enjoy. One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.

Reflections on “Nine Leadership Behaviors” and a Bad Boss Mirror Check

The Practical Leader

A recent blog post on “ Nine Leadership Behaviors to Build Commitment &# provoked a few excellent questions/observations that got me thinking — and responding. Reader input included: How is the measurement and management of leadership effectiveness actually implemented in practice?

Don't Give Up

Harvard Business Review

Life is full of twists and turns and it is sometimes easy to get sick of the many gyrations that are needed to make a business thrive, a project launch, or even to get internal signoff in some bureaucratic version of the Hokey Pokey. It would be so easy to quit. But a part of you knows that many a failure turns into the big success story. In start-up land, Air B&B notably went for 4 years with scraping the barrel kind of funding and just recently received $112 million.

3 August 2011 - Canton, Ohio - Mastering Workplace Performance

Jason Womack

Thank you, everyone, for making today possible. I'm humbled and excited that over 50 took advantage of this day-long opportunity to look at how you work, not only at what you do during a day. What is productivity? The experience of super-using your 4 limited resources. Now, it's time to implement.

The Simple Way to Avoid Social Media Failures

Harvard Business Review

This post is part of the HBR Insight Center Marketing That Works. With each new technology, there are always a great many mistakes made, at least until we get the hang of it. Richard Nixon, who had great radio appeal, lost the first televised Presidential debate (and subsequently the election) in 1960 to John F. Kennedy because he looked like a train wreck on the small screen. Many of us have fallen prey to the more mundane mistakes that come from accidental emails , texts , and tweets.

Human Performance Management – Introduction

Strategy Driven

Excellent business strategies fail to deliver superior results when not executed well. Subsequently, consistent, high-quality human performance becomes a critical component to successfully achieving the organization’s goals. Yet, being human means making errors.

Breaking Through the Bamboo Ceiling

Harvard Business Review

This post was written with Ripa Rashid, Executive Vice President at the Center for Work-Life Policy, and Diana Forster, a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida and a fellow at the Center for Work-Life Policy. Why aren't more Asians getting to the top at U.S. companies? They ought to be: They're highly educated, graduating from top universities and graduate programs at rates exceeding those of their peers.

Down at the Guitar Store


At Eclecticity : Watch this clip of a kid singing in a guitar store. You won't believe it


Why Being Certain Means Being Wrong

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Ted Cadsby 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. * * * Of all the headwinds we face as decision-makers, the power of [.].

"Happier Than a Tick on a Fat Dog"


Reported by The Wall Street Journal Law Blog , Kentucky Judge Martin Sheehan's remarks on the settlement of a case: Such news of an amicable settlement [has] made this court happier than a tick on a fat dog because it is otherwise busier than a one legged cat in a sandbox and, quite frankly, would have rather jumped naked off a 12 foot step ladder into a five gallon bucket of porcupines than have presided over a two week trial.

Reagan on Leadership: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Reagan on Leadership: Executive Lessons from the Great Communicator James M. Strock Serve to Lead Press (2011) Up front, I need to acknowledge that I do not share James Strock’s high regard for Ronald Reagan’s performance as governor of California and then as president of the United States. I certainly don’t agree with Tom Peters [.]. Bob's blog entries "Guesswork Presidency" Colin Powell Donald Reagan DonLD REAGAN George Herbert Bush James M.

Style: Huston Speaks


Take a few minutes and watch this clip of John Huston accepting the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1983


Can You Find A Person at the Top – A Single Person – Who Has Truly Learned from the Mistakes that Led Up to the 2008 Crash? Even One? (Reflecting on the Movie Inside Job, and the Writing of Diane Ravitch)

First Friday Book Synopsis

“What can we believe in? There’s nothing we can trust anymore.&# (from the movie, Inside Job). ———- (Sorry about the long title on this blog post – I could not figure out how to shorten it). I watched the move Inside Job last night. (Yes, Yes, I know I’m late to this). It tells what happened [.].

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The first thing to do is to overcome the image of a man perpetually at his desk, scribbling out the mountain of words that confronts us. Because Franklin wrote so well and so much it is natural to think of him with pen in hand. But the man we will find in his writings likes to be in the open air, walking the city streets, walking the countryside, walking the deck of a ship.