Thu.Sep 22, 2011

7 Tips for Handling Stress

Ron Edmondson

Stress is all around us. Every day I encountered burned out and stressed out pastors. Regardless of your career, it appears life is more stressful than ever. Would you agree? People often ask how I handle stress.

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Why Homogeneous Training Is Killing Your Leadership Development

The Leadership Advisor

So many companies and organizations have seen the value of training and development. There are actual growth tracks within the organization and that is absolutely awesome! It is so important for employee engagement to have a culture of development.

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Are You Too Knowledgeable?


When I begin working with a new client, one of the first things I do is to interview their stakeholders. This helps my client and me to learn more about their most effective behaviors as well as those that are potential areas for development. After doing many of these over the years, I’ve learned

How does your personality affect your decision-making?

Coaching Tip

Guest author Jeffrey Kennedy shows you how your psychological strengths and weaknesses determine your ability to "live long and prosper" in fast-moving markets. Do your decisions rely on data, or do you go with your gut? Think about your most recent auto purchase. Was it based on meticulous consumer research or did you go with a model that "felt right"? How about the last time you had to assemble something? Did you read the manual first or just figure it out as you went?

The Invisible Act That Makes You A Better Leader

Tim Milburn

Had a conversation with a student leader this last week. His team is functioning well and he’s experienced a good number of successes so far in his leadership year. With everything humming along nicely, he wondered what else he should be doing. Love questions like this.

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5 Reasons Curious Leadership Will Strengthen Your Organization

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Workplace Issues 5 Reasons Curious Leadership Will Strengthen Your Organization: Exploring fills you with a sense of adventure, learning how things work and why they work that way makes your every cell in your body dance! In your explorations, you turn things over and look underneath them. You dig in the dirt and examine everything you find. Squiggly things [.] 5 Reasons Curious Leadership Will Strengthen Your Organization.

Cleaning Baby Poop Helps Make Great Leaders

Modern Servant Leader

Yesterday, our youngest son (2 month old Gabriel) had a “blow out” You parents know what I mean and the rest can probably figure it out from the title. It was a mess. By the way, if you’re eating while you read this, you may want to come back later… Getting Your Hands Dirty.

StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 60 – An Interview with Doug Moran, author of If You Will Lead

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results. These podcasts elaborate on the best practice and warning flag articles on the StrategyDriven website.

Deadlines are Being Missed? Return to the Goals of the Project

Create Learning

Building and Sustaining a team is a requirement of every manager, whether you are a shift manager at a grocery store or a Chief Executive of a bank, the process of building and sustaining an effective team of subordinates is necessary.

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What Do You Want From Them

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The Sugary Secret of Self-Control: A book review of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article that appeared in The New York Times (September 2, 2011). It is a review written by Steven Pinker of Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney’s Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, published by Penguin Press. To read the complete review, please click here. * * * Ever since [.]. Bob's blog entries Adam and Eve Debra Winger Gary Taxali Google Books Ngram Viewer Harvard College professor of psychology at Harvard Universit Penguin Press St.

What Are You Selling?


I'm not talking about your firm or department. I'm talking about you. What are YOU selling? Is it reliability ? That's a fine product; nothing to scoff at. I'll take reliable over flashy 99 times out of 100. Is it insight ? That too is sorely needed but it can be over-rated. If you can combine it with reliability then your stock has really jumped. Is it presentation ? Some of us couldn't sell beer on a troopship. We need good presentation skills.

The Conversations You Are Not Having Are Killing Your Business

Management Excellence

The most important issue that most leaders and teams face is not in what is being said, but rather, it’s the important topics not being discussed. Here are the 10 conversations not taking place in your business right now. Critical Conversations Dealing with Difficult People Leadership Effective Workplace Discussions feedback

To Accept Limits or Not – That is the Question

Leadership Freak

There are limits; it’s dangerous to believe otherwise. Benefit: Accepting limits enables peak performance. For example, cars are designed for peak efficiency while running within a limited rpm range. Dangers: Surpassing limits lowers performance. The more frequently you exceed limits the sooner you fail. The further from boundaries the more devastating the failure – think [.].

Thought-full Thursday: Your Way of Being


. Every Thursday, we provide you with a thoughtful way to coach yourself – something all leaders need to do. So take five and enjoy the inspirational quotes and reflect on the questions that follow. Your comments and answers to the questions are most welcome! . People should not consider so much what they are to do, as what they are. Meister Eckhart. . Before you act, are you considering how you want to be when you take action?

How Many Forums Should I Have?

Managing Communities

photo credit: mightyohm Steve Magruder asked: “Is it worthwhile to promote individual forums within a board, and make at least one very popular, even if the other forums don’t get as much attention?” ” Thank you for the question, Mr. Magruder. This gives me an opportunity to dig into the topic of forum structure and how [.]. Developing Your Community

WEadership: Workforce Leaders Remaking Policy and Redefining What it Means to Lead

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Community Involvement Leadership Development As of 2008, the war for good jobs has trumped all other leadership activities […] The lack of good jobs will become the root cause of almost all world problems that America and other countries will face. – Jim Clifton Jobs and economic security. These are the most important issues on the minds of Americans [.] WEadership: Workforce Leaders Remaking Policy and Redefining What it Means to Lead.

Why So Many Are Sick of the Vision Thing


Vision is one of those ancient words that have found new life in modern times. It is also one of the most abused and misunderstood concepts in modern organizational life. Yet everyone talks about how important it is. What exactly is vision and why is it so misused? frontpage


Intrepid Woman: Amanda Steinberg (Founder and CEO, DailyWorth)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from a profile of Amanda Steinberg (Founder and CEO, DailyWorth) written by Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) 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 [.]. Bob's blog entries DailyWorth Empowering Women [comma] Creating Wealth Intrepid Woman: Amanda Steinberg Melissa J. Anderson Soapbxx The Glass Hamme

Small changes, big results: My new and improved to-do list

The Organized Executive's Blog

Following is a guest article by Jaimy Ford, editorial director of Briefings Media Group. I have a to-do list dependence. I keep one in tip-top shape and spend a few minutes every morning and every evening reviewing and updating it. There is something incredibly satisfying to me about striking through a task, so the standard run-of-the-mill written list has always been my go-to. However, recently I began drafting my to-do list in a basic Word document, and I am hooked.

Fascinating Numbers: What HR Professionals Think About Organizational Leadership

Management is a Journey

Working close to organizational power but not always yielding it directly, human resources professionals have a unique perspective on organizational talent at the higher levels of the business enterprise. In a recent study of global leaders and HR professionals by the talent management firm, Development Dimensions International (DDI), approximately 1,897 HR professionals from different countries [.]. Leadership Business Trends leadership

Leadership: The $64,000 “Flame”

Linked 2 Leadership

If someone asked you this: “What is the $64,000 question in leadership?”, how would you answer? What would you say it is that we are trying to carry out as leaders of our teams? The answer, in the simplest terms, is this: “Leaders are trying to get every one of their people to perform at [.]. Servant Leadership

Stop Being Micromanaged

Harvard Business Review

No one likes a boss who excessively scrutinizes work and constantly checks in. Not only is this micromanaging behavior annoying, it can stunt your professional growth. If you have a controlling boss, you don't have to suffer. By assuaging a micromanager's stress, you may be able to secure the autonomy you need to get your work done and advance your career. What the Experts Say. Micromanagers abound in today's organizations but typically, it has nothing to do with performance.

A Home in the Wilderness


In An Island To Oneself , Tom Neale took over an uninhabited island in the Pacific in the 1950s and constructed a beach shack for his solitary home. He’s a sort of Robinson Crusoe, or Cast Away, for real. He voluntarily lived alone, separated from the nearest human by hundreds of miles of open sea.

What Steve Jobs Taught Me About Growth

Harvard Business Review

This post is part of the HBR Insight Center Growing the Top Line. Finding that first market — a few customers willing to pay for your early product — is hard enough. But there's one thing that may be even harder. And that's finding the second market. Especially because companies are often so focused on protecting what they already have.

Happiness is the key says Jo Swinson

Chartered Management Institute

Take simple steps to improve employees’ happiness and watch your profits grow, says Jo Swinson. You are not watching this post, click to start watching


Coca-Cola's CEO on Doubling the Size of His Company

Harvard Business Review

Featured Guest: Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca-Cola. For more of this interview, visit The HBR Interview: "Shaking Things Up at Coca-Cola". Download this podcast. Global business Strategy Sustainability

First Paragraph


The morning express bloated with passengers slowed to a crawl, then lurched forward suddenly, as though to resume full speed. The train's brief deception jolted its riders. The bulge of humans hanging out of the doorway distended perilously, like a soap bubble at its limit. From A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Four Ways to Lead a Successful Transformation

Harvard Business Review

Managing an organizational transformation, executives tell us, is like trying to change the wheels on a bike while you're riding it. You have to take your organization apart and put it back together in a new way, but you have to keep the business running at the same time. It's a lot to ask, and the senior leader bears much of the burden. Being at the top of an organization makes you uniquely visible: consciously or not, you provide cues about what matters that everyone else will follow.

Looking for the Perfect Job? Become an Entrepreneur

Women on Business

Guest post by Amy Abrams ( learn more about Amy at the end of this post). When I started my career almost twenty years ago, I wanted to find meaningful and creative work, make a good living and eventually have a family. Oh, and did I mention I wanted to travel, take time off when I wanted to and not have anyone tell me what to do? At the time, it sounded like a fantasy. Today, it is what I have achieved as an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship affords plenty of opportunities.

Morning Entertainment


In one of the better night clubs: Bob Hoskins and Jessica Rabbit


The Curse of Being a High Achiever

First Friday Book Synopsis

In the June 2011 issue of Harvard Business Review, “The Paradox of Excellence,” Thomas J. DeLong and Sara DeLong explain how and why high achievers often undermine their leadership by being afraid to show their limitations. Here are some behaviors that, although they may help someone to achieve success, can also get in the way. [.].

Glazer on Social Policy


Writing in City Journal , Howard Husock examines Nathan Glazer's warning. An excerpt: This emerges as a key Glazer theme: that social policy must be evaluated not just in terms of its own stated goals but also in terms of its effects on a society rich in family and community institutions that serve as a foundation for happiness and achievement.

Squirrel Inc.: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Squirrel Inc.: A Fable of Leadership through Storytelling Stephen Denning Josey-Bass/A Wiley Imprint (2004) Nuts R Us Think about it. Who are among the greatest storytellers throughout history? My own list includes Homer, Plato, Chaucer, Aesop, Jesus, Dante, Boccaccio, the Brothers Grimm, Confucius, Abraham Lincoln, Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), Joel Chandler [.].