Fri.Dec 09, 2011

3 Ways to Be a Positive Leader

Leading Blog

This is a guest post by best-selling author and speaker, Jon Gordon about the value of developing positive relationships with the people you lead.

Whose Responsibility is it, Anyway?

Kevin Eikenberry

Sometimes you read or re-read a quotation that accurately describes your view of the world. Today, I share one of those with you. If it’s never your fault, you can’t take responsibility for it. And if you can’t take responsibility for it, you’ll always be its victim. – Richard Bach, author [.]. Accountability Leadership Learning Quotations Responsibility Richard Bach

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The Top 50 Television Shows of All Time

Ron Edmondson

I stumbled on a list of the “top 50 television shows” of all time. It’s not my list. It’s a Wikipedia list, so i understand it’s not scientific, but it gives us something to talk about. Here is a list of the top 50 shows of all time: Seinfeld (NBC). I Love Lucy (CBS).

Leadership Development Carnival, Part 5

Kevin Eikenberry

This week, we’ve been encouraging you to slow down and savor the best posts from our favorite leadership bloggers. As you ease into your weekend, here are some more outstanding posts. Today we start with Gwyn Teatro who presents “4 Barriers to Communication and What to Do About Them,” This post post includes a video [.]. Leadership Leadership Blogs Learning leadership blogs Leadership Development Carnival

This Baffles Me: So Much Emphasis On Innovation, and Leadership – So Little Actual Innovation and Leadership

First Friday Book Synopsis

Consult any of the current works unlocking the mysteries of the leadership and management arts by revealing “7 miracles,” “12 simple secrets,” “13 fatal errors,” “14 powerful techniques,” “21 irrefutable laws,” “30 truths,” “101 biggest mistakes,” and “1001 ways.”

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A Refresher on 7 Laws and Theories Worth Remembering

Rajesh Setty

You would have heard of these laws and theories from someone sometime. So, this is going to be a quick refresher. Pareto’s Law (also known as the 80/20 rule): The 80/20 Rule means that in anything a few (20 percent) are vital and many(80 percent) are trivial.

Find Your Next: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Find Your Next: Using the Business Genome Approach to Find Your Company’s Next Competituve Edge Andrea Kates McGraw-Hill (2012) How and why “six key elements are essential to every vision’s success” Andrea Kates and I am among those who agree with Thomas Edison that “vision without execution is hallucination.” In this book, she provides a [.].

Seeing the Secret of Engagement

Leadership Freak

Talented leaders always define meaning and explain purpose. There are no menial tasks as long as tasks have meaning. My recent stay at Susquehanna Health System (SHS) exposed me to an array of remarkable people; not the least of which was Karen from food services. She reminded me of the power of meaning. Delinquency and [.]. Goals Influence Leading Marks of leaders Motivation Passion Taking others higher Values Leadership Development Serving

Find Your Next: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Find Your Next: Using the Business Genome Approach to Find Your Company’s Next Competituve Edge Andrea Kates McGraw-Hill (2012) How and why “six key elements are essential to every vision’s success” Andrea Kates and I am among those who agree with Thomas Edison that “vision without execution is hallucination.” In this book, she provides a [.].

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Self Leadership As we move closer to the holidays, I find myself reflecting about the places I’ve been this year — both literally and figuratively: people I’ve met, lessons I’ve learned, choices and challenges. I also find myself thinking about where I want to go next year, as well: in the new business I’m building, in my [.].

The invisible power of the mindset

Rajesh Setty

Mindset, in simple terms is the attitude with which you will interpret and respond to situations. It is your “default” way of acting and of reading and responding to what happens to you.

Wise words: Ruth J. Simmons on amiable leadership

Bud to Boss

A colleague recently sent me an interview with Brown University’s president, Ruth J. Simmons , in The New York Times. I hadn’t heard of her before—despite numerous accolades she’s received—but I was instantly hooked by the article. She is an intelligent, reflective and articulate leader, and I found her stories inspiring and relevant, even though my life experiences have been quite different than hers.

Pay It Backward

Tim Milburn

This morning, I enjoyed my morning ritual of grabbing a cup of coffee at Starbucks on the way to work. I pulled into the drive thru and got in line with the other cars. Once I got up to the speaker, I ordered my drink along with a scone.

Finding The Right Fit For Your Organization

Tanveer Naseer

If there’s one aspect of business that’s becoming clearer as a consequence of the current challenges present in today’s global economy, it’s that the most valuable resource an organization has are the people found within their workforce. That’s why one of the most critical tasks businesses face is not only finding talented individuals, but finding those individuals who are the best fit for their organization.

Should We Teach Debate In Grade School?

Bird's Eye View

I was talking with a group the other day about the inability of many kids to carry on a verbal conversation. If they're texting they can communicate.sort of. But verbally?

News and Insights Roundup

Women on Business

Where’s the Balance in Equality? According to a UC Davis study California business leaders are a century away from their male counterparts. Women at the very top of the 400 largest publicly held corporations in the state of California.

What to Do When Your Boss Says Something You Regret

Next Level Blog

There’s an interesting article in the New York Times today for anyone who has ever had to improvise madly when their boss makes an unexpected public commitment. The subject is Dan Akerson, who’s been the CEO of General Motors for 15 months. Akerson is not a “car guy.” He made his bones in telecommunications and came to GM from the world of private equity investments. He’s had a lot of successes in his career and is fond of speaking his mind.

We Mourn the Sudden Death of Max, Our Beloved Cat-Person

Building Personal Strength

On planet Earth, over a quarter of a million humans died yesterday. In fact, that many people die every day. It's impossible to grasp the significance of this fact. Aside from the obituaries, only one or two of these deaths were mentioned in news reports that day.

My Great Failure, Part 2: Not Trusting My Instincts

Modern Servant Leader

The Scenario: A Bad Investment. As I write this, I live in a rental home in Michigan. Meanwhile, my home in NY is listed at 25% below what we payed for it 6 years ago. In fact, my wife and I invested much of our savings on improvements to help move the property.

Managing Different Generations

Women on Business

Let’s face it; the look of our work force has changed. We are now more likely to have a 23 year old staffer working right next to a staffer with 20 years of experience. This kind of age spectrum creates a unique management situation. Our manager’s usually are thinking, ‘how do I manage this time bomb’? If you are dealing with a multi-generational workforce, here are some survival tips. Understand the expectations of every generation.

Why I Hire People Who Fail

Harvard Business Review

A few weeks ago, I wrote about avoiding social media failures. I briefly mentioned our company's "Failure Wall" and was surprised by the number of comments and questions I received about it. What's the purpose? How does it work? And what other kinds of things do you do in that crazy office of yours?

Photo Inquiry Friday: Structured vs. Unstructured? Does it Matter?

Create Learning

Leading and working with teams , the people who make up the team have a desire for Self-Direction (autonomy) to make their own choices AND have a desire to be Other-Directed (dependence) to be told what to do. Each has there benefits and challenges.

Facebook Is Making Us Miserable

Harvard Business Review

When Facebook was founded in 2004, it began with a seemingly innocuous mission: to connect friends. Some seven years and 800 million users later, the social network has taken over most aspects of our personal and professional lives, and is fast becoming the dominant communication platform of the future. But this new world of ubiquitous connections has a dark side. In my last post , I noted that Facebook and social media are major contributors to career anxiety.

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Spotting the Great but Imperfect Resume

Harvard Business Review

Recruiters and senior executives express frustration these days about corporate talent hunts at all levels. The gripe: "We're pouring tremendous energy into finding the right resumes. But we're losing the ability to find the right people.". Directors of summer internship programs, for example, have soured on seemingly "perfect" students with 3.9 grade-point averages from elite schools, who have mastered multiple foreign languages.

Newt's Avatar


In The New Yorker , the not-so-surprising news that Newt Gingrich has been on Second Life. [I I may go on Second Life as soon as I can find a Richard Burton avatar


Shopping Carts Will Track Consumers' Every Move

Harvard Business Review

This post is part of the HBR Forum, The Future of Retail. A couple of months ago, I found myself, of all places, in the research lab of one of the largest shopping cart manufacturers. I had been invited to preview a prototype for the future. It was a whole new area of study for my ongoing investigation into the psychology of brands. Until this visit, I'd never so much as given a thought to the shopping cart's design. To me, they have looked much the same since forever.

Kind Mention


Many thanks for a very kind mention at Sensory Dispensary , a site that goes beyond hip. I'm in great company too. If you haven't been there before, take some time to check out the site. You'll want to return

The Real Betrayal at the Federal Reserve

Harvard Business Review

Thanks to a lot of great reporting, most recently by Bloomberg , we now know how strong the government's reaction to the banking crisis of 2008 was — how quickly and heavily financial institutions were propped up with federal money.

Business Optimism Alert


Frankly, in a business pitch, I mistrust shows of undue optimism, passion, and resolve. I worry that early-stage entrepreneurs are working towards some mythological promise that they have the will to succeed, as if will alone can make a business successful. I don’t want to invest in passion unless it’s tempered by experience and based on a solid business plan. Read the rest of Tim Berry here

Michael Porter and Adrian Slywotzky on how the right strategies and tactics can create demand

First Friday Book Synopsis

In her recently published book, Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy, Joan Magretta has much of value to say. In Chapter 4: Creating Value: The Core (Part Two), for example, she discusses Enterprise-Rent-a-Car, Zipcar, Southwest Airlines, Aravind Eye Hospital, Walmart, Progressive, and Edward Jones. Each has an especially effective strategy based [.].

First Paragraph


As she gazed out the bay window in her bedroom, Mary McAllister knew this night would be her last. From The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan


Ten Things Only Bad Managers Say

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article for Bloomberg Businessweek online in which Liz Ryan explains how and why bad managers reveal their thoughtlessness and insensitivity by what they say and how they say it as well as by their behavior. To read the complete article, please click here. * * * We know the [.].

Quote of the Day


This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being thoroughly used up and worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. George Bernard Shaw