Wed.Oct 19, 2011

The CEO’s Most Pressing People Challenges

C-Level Strategies

Lately, I’ve been sharing a number of insights and quotes with you from the most recent CEO Connection Boot Camp in New York City.

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Is it Time To Evaluate Your Life?

Kevin Eikenberry

According to the early morning CNN show I saw in the hotel lobby this morning, it is. Because it is National Evaluate Your Life Day. Here’s more info) While anytime is a good time to reflect on and evaluate your life. To give you time to actually do it, I won’t attempt to persuade [.]. Learning Success

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10 Random Thoughts about Following God

Ron Edmondson

For the last 25 years or so, I’ve attempted to listen to, obey and follow the voice of God. It’s been a long road, and I’m still a pilgrim in the process, but I’ve learned a few things. Based totally on my personal experience…. Here are 10 random thoughts on following God: I’ve never been able to see very far down the road. Sometimes I get a clear vision of a big goal God has for me, but I usually have no clue at the time how to get there.

10 Ways to Select Participants for a Leadership Development Program

Great Leadership By Dan

A colleague and I recently talked about the challenge of selecting participants for leadership development programs. With limited resources and budget dollars, companies often have to be selective when it comes to who can attend and who ends up on the old “waiting list”.

The Mentor Recruiter

Ron Edmondson

I think I’ve often viewed mentoring the wrong way. For years, I’ve been an advocate of having a mentor. I’ve had one since I was in my early 20′s. I’ve written about mentoring previously.

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The 2020 Workplace: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies, Attract, Develop, and Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd Harper Business/An im print of HaroerCollins (2010) How and why the HR function has become so much more important than many (most?) C-level executives now realize The reference to “HR function” refers to anyone and anything [.].

Change Choices: Creating Our Own Reality

The Practical Leader

The short video clip Lost Generation continues to be a big hit with keynote and workshop audiences as we discuss our choices to Lead, Follow, or Wallow when faced with challenging changes or setbacks.

Leaders & Social Media: 5 Reasons to Engage

Leading in Context

Leaders and Information Overload In today's world of work, we have to keep up with an overwhelming amount of information scan trends and forecasts and incorporate the needs of multiple stakeholders into good solutions. Our job is to make sense out of all of it in order to make work life easier for those we lead. Since the world changes fast, we have to learn fast. and share it fast with our employees.and adapt to what we've learned.

Interview with Joel Garfinkle

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development I recently had the opportunity to speak with Joel Garfinkle (@workcoach4you), Founder of Garfinkle Executive Coaching, and the author of Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level. Joel is recognized as one of the top 50 coaches in America and he’s worked with organizations and individuals in many of the [.] Interview with Joel Garfinkle. Leadership Development Books Career influence interview Resources visibility

How Passion Takes Over Knowledge (Steve Jobs Admired by Eric Schmidt)

Self Help Zen

Power of dreams you truly believe in coupled with unreasonable passion is matchless. Read a masterpiece from Google Chair Eric Schmidt on Apple maven Steve Jobs: Everyone knows the transaction where the board sided with John Sculley and Steve left Apple ( AAPL ). Steve sold all of his Apple stock, kept one share, and founded NeXT. Typical Steve maneuver. When I was still at Sun Microsystems, I visited him at NeXT—we did a bunch of deals with him.

Email management. a big deal? Maybe, maybe not

Jason Womack

If you navigate on over to, and do a little searching, you'll find a bunch of articles on productivity, time-and-information management, and even email organization ideas!

Good Times Goodbye, Hello Deflation!

Coaching Tip

The plight of America’s unemployed is terrible. Yet, for the 91 percent of those in the U.S. labor force who do have a job, the numbers also tell a dark story. Take-home pay, adjusted for inflation, fell 0.3 percent in August, the third decrease in five months, the Commerce Dept. just reported. The declines followed news from the Census Bureau that median household income in 2010 fell to $49,445, the lowest in more than a decade, while the poverty rate jumped to 15.1 percent, a 17-year high.

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Three Ways to Escape the Rescuer Trap

Leadership Freak

Dysfunctional leaders play one of three relationship roles, persecutor, rescuer, or victim. The victim feels helpless, the rescuer has the answer, and the persecutor tells you whose fault it is,” Marlene Chism in, Stop Workplace Drama. Depending on the situation, you could assume any role but you usually identify with one. Leaders frequently assume the [.]. Leading


The Fundamentals of Becoming Excellent

Six Disciplines

From an article in Fortune Magazine's "Secrets of Greatness" series: " What it takes to be great ". The premise? Your lack of a natural gift is irrelevant - talent has little or nothing to do with greatness. You will achieve greatness only through an enormous amount of hard work over many years. Understand that talent doesn't mean intelligence, motivation or personality traits. It's an innate ability to do some specific activity especially well. How are certain people able to go on improving?

3 Types of Mentoring You Should Offer

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. Companies with abundant mentoring opportunities are more likely to retain their people. To achieve this, offer a range of mentors for people at different career stages. Here are [.]. Bob's blog entries 3 Types of Mentoring You Should Offer Harvard Business Review.

You’re Always You

Erika Andersen

Last night I was regaling my husband with the story of how I tried to create my own stuffed animal when I was 5 years old.

Should you be quizzing colleagues rather than leavers in your exit interviews?

Chartered Management Institute

I wrote back in January about the importance of conducting a good exit interview. It's still hard not to think however that they are the epitomy of shutting the door after the horse has bolted. After all, the person leaving has little interest in improving the situation and would seem unlikely to want to sour relations with their soon to be previous employer by providing a candid summary of their time at the company. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Personality Differences in Dogs and Humans

Your Voice of Encouragement

Our grand-dogs, Ellie and Lilly While our daughter and her new husband were enjoying their honeymoon recently, my husband Lee and I agreed to house- and dog-sit for them. They have two sweet, well-behaved beagles who provided lots of entertainment during that time.

Leadership Caffeine Podcast #10: Geoffrey Moore on Escape Velocity

Management Excellence

Organizations of all sizes and types, from high tech to manufacturing and not-for-profit, struggle with a common to escape the pull of the past as they look forward into a fast-changing and very different world. Geoffrey A.

How to Manage a Perfectionist

Harvard Business Review

Do you have a perfectionist on your team? The good news is that your direct report has high standards and a fine attention for detail. The bad news is that he fixates on every facet of a project and can't set priorities. Can you harness these positive qualities without indulging the bad? Can you help him become less of a stickler? Yes and yes. Managing a perfectionist can be challenging but it's not impossible. And when done well, you both will benefit. What the Experts Say.

The Progress Principle @TEDxAtlanta


At LeaderLab, we’re big fans on the research of Teresa Amabile. With the publication of her newest book, The Progress Principle, we’re grateful to see her ideas in demand all of the globe.

How to Really Listen

Harvard Business Review

One morning, my wife Eleanor woke up, turned over, and said, "I am not looking forward to this day." I asked her why. What came out is that we were at the start of the Jewish high holy day season, which means colder weather and three weeks of big social meals, long religious services, broken routines, and children out of school. Eleanor didn't grow up with these traditions, and they can be overwhelming. Now, I run a management consulting company; problem solving is what I do.

The New Athens?


Historian Victor Davis Hanson on lessons America might draw from the funeral oration of Pericles. An excerpt: In truth, it would be hard to imagine an oration more disturbing to the modern American elite’s sensibilities than Pericles’ majestic funeral oration delivered in the winter of 431/30 B.C.

Recommended Resource – The Talent Masters: Why smart leaders put people before numbers

Strategy Driven

The Revival


The call was unexpected. I'd talked with the client a good two to three years ago about the project but then they got busy with other issues and the matter died. I conducted some related research because the subject was of interest and I felt that at some point my work would pay off but then.nothing.

Creativity - The Key To The Challenge of Complexity for CEOs

Six Disciplines

In a recently released study from IBM , based on face-to-face conversations with more than 1,500 chief executive officers worldwide, “creativity” has been identified as the single most important leadership competency for enterprises seeking a path through this complexity. Key findings from the IBM study: Today’s complexity is only expected to rise, and more than half of CEOs doubt their ability to manage it. Seventy-nine percent of CEOs anticipate even greater complexity ahead.

"Heart of Dark Chocolate"


This incredibly rare and expensive chocolate was produced by the venerable firm of Felchlin, which claimed that it was unique in the world, made from an ancient strain of cacao native to the Bolivian Amazon—i.e., wild cacao, au naturel, unmolested by millennia of botanical tinkering. It hit me with an intense nuttiness, but without the slightest hint of bitterness, a combination I'd never experienced. Aromatics burst in my sinuses. Citrus and vanilla.

Deloitte’s 2011 Technology Fast 500™ Rankings announced

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Technology Fast 500™ is an annual ranking by Deloitte of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. Award winners were selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2006 to 2010. For the 14th consecutive year, there are more software companies on the Technology Fast [.].



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Four Ways Women Stunt Their Careers Unintentionally

Harvard Business Review

Having combed through more than a thousand 360-degree performance assessments conducted in recent years, we've found, by a wide margin, that the primary criticism men have about their female colleagues is that the women they work with seem to exhibit low self-confidence. Our gut says that this may partly be a perception issue — we've observed that men sometimes interpret (or misinterpret) an inclination in women to share credit or defer judgment as a lack of confidence.



Call me Sherlock. I studied this sign and know exactly where Nicholas Bate went


The F Word Discussed At Inner Circle In London

Bird's Eye View

We had a terrific Inner Circle in London, hosted by Maria Pinelli , who is the new Global Head of Strategy for Ernst & Young , and recently moved to London to lead that effort from the UK across the world.

Telling Euro Fortune


The German Finance Ministry is handing out fortune cookies. You can't make this stuff up.] Remember the old Woody Allen joke about the German-Chinese restaurant: "An hour later you're hungry for power." Anyway, what could be some great messages? Beware of Greeks seeking bail-outs." Bring back Ludwig Erhard." There is a man named Berlusconi in your future

How Passion Takes Over Knowledge (Steve Jobs Admired by Eric Schmidt)

Utpal Writes

Power of dreams you truly believe in coupled with unreasonable passion is matchless. Read a masterpiece from Google Chair Eric Schmidt on Apple maven Steve Jobs: Everyone knows the transaction where the board sided with John Sculley and Steve left Apple ( AAPL ). Steve sold all of his Apple stock, kept one share, and founded NeXT. Typical Steve maneuver. When I was still at Sun Microsystems, I visited him at NeXT—we did a bunch of deals with him.