Fri.Jan 13, 2012

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7 Ways I’ve Made Leadership Easy

Ron Edmondson

I’ve quit trying to take people where they don’t want to go…. Choosing to leave things at status quo…. I Made the Alltop Team. Leadership

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6 Steps to Sustainable Teams: Start with Strengths

Linked 2 Leadership

A great leader does what they can to make themselves and people around them succeed and excel to their fullest potential. If you as a leader aren’t doing this, then it’s time to focus on becoming a “Maximizer.”

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Why are Organizations Slow to Respond?

Leading Blog

Organizations are only human. Organizations share many characteristics with the people that populate them. Organizations are born, they mature, they age, and they die. The life expectancy of most is about 15 years and only 5% last longer than 50 years. Some are locked into mental models and become driven by habits. Some become bureaucratic.

Defining Moments In Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development The Lead Change Group is a global, virtual community dedicated to instigating a Character-Based Leadership Revolution. This summer Lead Change Tulsa hosted a panel discussion about Defining Moments in Leadership.

Are You Managing or Just Nagging?

Great Leadership By Dan

Four universal truths about management: 1. Managers are responsible for the performance of those that report to them. One of the core responsibilities of a manager is to take action when an employee’s performance is not up to par. In other words, they feel their manager is a nag. Performance issue. It’s what an employee gets paid to do. Work habits.

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How leaders kill meaning at work

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from still another outstanding article written by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer, featured online by The McKinsey Quarterly (January 2012), published by McKinsey & Company. To read the complete article, obtain information about the firm, access other resources, and sign up for email alerts, please click here. Harter James W.

Finding The Talent Your Organization Needs To Grow This Year

Tanveer Naseer

As the new year continues to chug along, there’s been a noticeable amount of discussion going on in trying to decipher or anticipate what businesses can expect over the course of the next 12 months. This is especially true when organizations decide which employees should be groomed for future leadership roles.

Thought Leaders on Trust


Trust Across America lists the Top 100 Thought Leaders on Trustworthy Business Behavior. An interesting collection


How much higher education do you need?

Rajesh Setty

This is a dilemma for many professionals and entrepreneurs – a feeling that a bit of higher education may just give them that “edge.”. Not less.

Photo Inquiry Friday: What do you want the team to do?

Create Learning

Sometimes I send email some questions for them to think about. What do you want the team to do, that they are not doing enough of already? *

Freedom to Fail


“The best way to get a good ideas is to get a lot of ideas.” – Linus Pauliung. Linus Pauling is the only person to have one two unshared Nobel Prizes, so I’d imagine he knows a bit about good ideas. His idea is simple to generate lots of ideas and let most of them fail. The few that don’t might just be great ideas. Sims, P. 2011).

When and How to Stand Your Ground #Management

Management Craft

I was talking with a committee about the launch of their new program. When they agreed to own the design and delivery of the program, they did so with a few assumptions and implied agreements. They told the employees what they were working on and the overall parameters they would follow. The employees seemed interested and positive. Initiate.

How to Create Buy-In Before you Blowup

Leadership Freak

** The hardest thing to change is an organization’s culture. It’s exponentially more difficult when you see the need but others don’t. Some organizations die in the process. Others start, struggle, stagnate, and revert to mediocrity. Changing organizational culture destroys leaders. One thing I [.].

Interview: Ruthlessly helpful project management

Crossderry Blog

Continuing my interview with Stephen Ritchie (@ruthlesshelp, blog here ). author of Pro.NET Best Practices (Amazon paperback & Kindle , Barnes & Noble ). A: Here are a few: 1) Insist that programmers, engineers and other technical folks go to the whiteboard. Have them draw out and diagram their thinking.

Crisis creates unprecedented opportunities for women–if we overcome the confidence divide

Bud to Boss

This is a guest post by Mary Foley. You’ve seen the image: the woman wearing a red bandana and rolled up blue shirt sleeves sporting a fist and exclaiming “We Can Do It!” This World War II poster of “Rosie the Riveter” encouraging women to join the workforce was the epitome of a woman’s strength and determination. . And it’s happening again.

Ten things that the info revolution have made obsolete

Crossderry Blog

Here’s a list from Forbes of things that kids won’t need to worry about because of the modern information revolution. . I would have quibbled with #1 until recently. A few days ago I saw my (almost) seven-year-old son typing away merrily with both hands. From hunt and peck to touch typist in a few months…amazing.

Learning from Examples


If you work in a fairly large organization, you are surrounded by individuals who, while serving as good or bad examples, can teach a great deal. I can recall a few from my career: The executive who did immaculate but tardy work which arrived so late that it was worthless. The manager who hid from his staff. The amiable frauds. The cut-throats.

#Book Signing Disaster and How to Avoid - Funny and Tragic

Management Craft

I just got an email from someone who discovered an essay I wrote a few years ago about a book signing distaster. The essay was published by the legendar editor Alan Rinzler and is meant to be dark comedy. You can check it out here. It likely will, however, because nearly all writers have similar experiences at some point. Enjoy.

Freedom to Fail


“The best way to get a good ideas is to get a lot of ideas.” – Linus Pauling. Linus Pauling is the only person to have one two unshared Nobel Prizes, so I’d imagine he knows a bit about good ideas. His idea is simple to generate lots of ideas and let most of them fail. The few that don’t might just be great ideas. Sims, P. 2011).

To Find Happiness, Forget About Passion

Harvard Business Review

Several years ago, a friend decided she wanted to follow her passion. She loved the liberal arts and the academe. She was a talented graphic designer, a great writer, and was the president of a student club. But the prospect of working a nine-to-five job was never interesting. I can't blame her. Then the recession hit. But it's a different world.

The Promise of Life


Back by popular demand: Film footage from daily life nicely combined with Aaron Copland music. Somewhat haunting yet reassuring

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What's Your Influencing Style?

Harvard Business Review

Effective leadership today relies more than ever on influencing others — impacting their ideas, opinions, and actions. While influence has always been a valuable managerial skill, today's highly collaborative organizations make it essential. Have you ever thought about how you influence others? The tactics you use? Have you ever wondered why?

Smoking Deal: Today Only


Bargain Tip: Today only at Amazon you can purchase Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels for only 99 cents on Kindle. Stock up.

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The Secrets to Successful Strategy Execution: The Idea in Practice

Harvard Business Review

When a company struggles to execute on a strategy, all too often the first reaction is to redraw the organization chart. This is costly and often ineffective. We are so emphatic with our clients that "it's not just about structure" that during a recent discussion with one CEO he asked, "You do address structure too, right?" Walk the talk.

Quote of the Day


There is a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot. Steven Wright


Six Marketing Mistakes at CES 2012

Harvard Business Review

I've spent the week in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) , where billion-dollar companies unveil multi-million-dollar products looking for mainstream popularity, and where startups unveil ideas, looking for angles and angels. The engineering of electronics has never been healthier, but the quality of the marketing lags far behind.

To Teach Effectively, Show and Tell

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. How many times have you trained a colleague in a task, only to have that person come knocking on your door every five minutes with a question? People [.].



Anderson Layman's Blog has a brief and amazing video. Well worth your time. I had no idea that so many of my weekend activities were being filmed

How to Keep Your Cool During a Performance Review

Harvard Business Review

While the holiday season may be behind us, the peak season for exchanging gifts and messages is not over. Not by a long shot. For many companies, it's salary and performance review time. It's bonus time. And there is plenty of anxiety to go around, affecting both providers and recipients of such tidings. What does this signify? Relax. Even a little?

Style: Caine on Grant


Michael Caine's tribute to Cary Grant


How much higher education do you need?

Rajesh Setty

This is a dilemma for many professionals and entrepreneurs – a feeling that a bit of higher education may just give them that “edge.”. Not less.

Kristina Lowe - Girl Gone Wild Kills Two Friends

Building Personal Strength

A friend of mine has a daughter in high school who told her that one of her classmates got pregnant. Then we can raise our babies together!" It's sad.

Slang Phrases In American English

Bird's Eye View

I love the little "sayings" that identify American English. It's fun to figure out where they came from. Where did it come from? .

System 1

Fast Friday with Aristotle

Roundtable Talk

So… it’s January 13th. Have you broken all of your New Year’s resolutions yet? Maybe it’s time to start some new rituals instead.