Fri.Jan 06, 2017

Do You Lead Leaders or Lead Followers?

Ron Edmondson

At some point every leader must decide. In my leadership experience there are two kinds of leaders. There are those who are willing to lead leaders and those who will only lead followers. Some leaders refuse to be leaders of leaders.

Six Kinds Of Procrastinators, and How to Help Them Deliver

Lead Change Blog

In college I used to put off studying, often until the night before the exam. You might be surprised. Not because I was worried. Not because I was lazy. Not because I didn’t like studying. Not even because I had more interesting things to do. Nope.

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How To Assemble A Support System

Joseph Lalonde

You need help One of the hardest things for a leader to do is to ask for help. Too many new leaders see this asking for help as a sign of weakness. Break that thought pattern. Being willing to seek out the advice and support of others isn’t weakness. No, doing so is a strength.

The Longer you Work at Improving the Same Thing, the Fewer Improvements you Make

Leadership Freak

Gold Medal sprinters work endless hours to shave a millisecond off their time. At the beginning, they made giant strides. The longer you work at improving the same thing, the fewer improvements you… Continue reading → Leading


Weekly Round-Up: Top Leadership Insights, Be a Happier High Performer,  Master Your Leadership,  Change Anything, Mistakes to Leave Behind in 2017


Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog.

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If 2017 Was The Best Year Of Your Life, What Would Have To Happen?

Rich Gee Group

Take a moment and imagine it’s December 31, 2017. You’re sitting back in your comfy leather chair, reading your favorite book, by the fireplace sipping hot chocolate. MMMMM. Looking back over the past 365 days — you realize you had a great year. An amazing, incredible, unbelievable year.

What You Need to Stand Out in a Noisy World

Harvard Business Review

For years, I’ve been grappling with the question of how professionals in an increasingly noisy and frenetic world can ensure their expertise is recognized. In the course of researching my book Stand Out , I interviewed more than 50 top thought leaders across a variety of different fields to elicit best practices and commonalities.

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We’re Thinking About Organizational Culture All Wrong

Harvard Business Review

A common thread in the study of organizational culture is the idea of culture as a unifying force that brings people together to work productively toward the attainment of organizational goals. In this approach, organizational culture is understood as a variable to be used in projects of social engineering aimed at creating unity and cohesion. But that’s not really what culture is about, nor is it a useful way to think about organizations.

The Welcome Interruption


The welcome interruption can be quite pleasant. We may thoroughly enjoy the arrival of the person or the event. Later on, we may smile fondly at its memory.


Why the French Email Law Won’t Restore Work-Life Balance

Harvard Business Review

A new law establishing workers’ “right to disconnect” went into effect in France on January 1 of this year. The law requires companies with more than 50 employees to establish hours when staff should not send or answer emails. In an interview with the BBC , French legislator Benoit Hamon described the law as an answer to the travails of employees who “leave the office, but they do not leave their work. They remain attached by a kind of electronic leash — like a dog.”

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There was a boy at the counter waiting for his coffee, nodding to the music. Phoebe had noticed him as soon as he walked through the door, his walk so confident, soft yet bouncy. He must have grown up walking on carpet. He ordered two lattes and a green-tea muffin and paid with a silver ICBC card that he slipped out of a wallet covered in gray-and-black chessboard squares.


The Pros and Cons of Pros-and-Cons Lists

Harvard Business Review

Pondering an important decision? Chances are that you will consider drawing up a list of pros and cons of the options. The pros-and-cons list enjoys a long and storied history, going back at least as far as 1772, when Benjamin Franklin advised his friend and fellow scientist Joseph Priestley to “divide half a s heet of p aper by a l ine into two columns, writing over the one Pro, and over the other Con.” ” But how useful is a pros-and-cons list, really?

Geeks in Vegas


FutureLawyer couldn't attend CES 2017 - sad - but he has a video of what it's like to walk the floor. It's an interesting clip but the soundtrack should have been more sci-fi and less disco. I expected to see more crocs

Best New Leadership Book Of 2016

Eric Jacobson

After reading nearly 30 new books about leadership this past year, my pick for 2016's best new leadership book is, Mastering the Challenges of Leading Change , by H. James Dallas.

Miscellaneous and Fast


The trailer for " The Witness." Nicholas Bate has your plan for 2017. Althouse points to Glenn Loury's views on voter identification Beauty : The 2013 shooting of the Pirelli Calendar in Rio. Althouse on the latest smug celebrities video. Cultural Offering : Unsettled science


Steve Farber

Chapter 23. You fascinate me, Cam,” Agnes cooed. Excuse me?”. You heard me, fascinate. That’s why I’ve been spending all this time with you. I love to discover things about people; and in that act of discovery I can oftentimes—not always, but often enough—figure out how to help. And if I can do that, I’ve earned a customer, a partner, or a treasured friend for life.”. She turned to me.

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Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. Samuel Johnson