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7 Tips for Handling Stress

Ron Edmondson

Stress is all around us. Every day I encountered burned out and stressed out pastors. 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. Retention levels haven’t improved that much. So what gives?

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. How about the last time you had to assemble something?

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The Invisible Act That Makes You A Better Leader

Tim Milburn

Had a conversation with a student leader this last week. With everything humming along nicely, he wondered what else he should be doing. They think.

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The Wise Woman’s Stone

Rajesh Setty

Spike Humer , who himself is a wise man shared this touching story. The Wise Woman’s Stone. Author: Unknown. She did so without hesitation.

Cleaning Baby Poop Helps Make Great Leaders

Modern Servant Leader

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. unknown).

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

Strategy Driven

These podcasts elaborate on the best practice and warning flag articles on the StrategyDriven website. Consider leaving a comment! All rights reserved.

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

Create Learning

When consulting & coaching managers one common complaint is Missed Deadlines. Tasks are completed on-time, at or above quality specifications.

Website Makeover

What Do You Want From Them

Our website is getting a makeover. Please excuse the mess


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.

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 [.].

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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.

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.

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. Tweet This

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 [.].

Why So Many Are Sick of the Vision Thing


Vision is one of those ancient words that have found new life in modern times. Yet everyone talks about how important it is. 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 [.].

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. However, recently I began drafting my to-do list in a basic Word document, and I am hooked. The list is searchable.

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. 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. 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.

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

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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

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? Author Bio.

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? Seven High-Value Forms of Organizational Storytelling" Jesus Joel Chandler Harris Josey-Bass Katarina Groh L.

Flying Over the Earth


Prepare to be captivated: At Gizmodo , a fluid fly-by video of Earth

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