Fri.Jul 22, 2011

The Tension Between Being Accessible and Being Available

Ron Edmondson

The larger the church gets the greater the tension I feel between being accessible and being available. I want to always be accessible. I can’t always be available. To me, being accessible means you can easily find me online.

When Doing It All Won't Do: A Self-Coaching Guide for Career Women

Coaching Tip

Fellow executive coach Barbara McEwen and I have authored a self-coaching book for career women that we will publish it next few days. The concept for the book came about because of the very real, very important needs that our female clients repeatedly expressed.

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The Question I Ask When Receiving a Complaint or Criticism

Ron Edmondson

When I have complaints or criticism I ask a question: Is it individual or representative? In other words: Is it one person with an problem or is it multiple people? Is it a personal issue or a public issue?

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There’s No Room For Pessimists on the Road to Success

Kevin Eikenberry

A positive mental attitude or just “being positive&# is often cited as an important attribute of successful leaders and people. Here’s what a famous achiever, who overcame more than you or I will ever fathom had to say about it: “No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, [.]. Achievement Influence Leadership Learning attitude optimism positive mental attitude

Give Constructive Feedback the Right Way

Your Voice of Encouragement

Have you ever have to deal with a situation like this? Someone – maybe a customer, colleague, friend or family member – said or did something that caused problems for you.

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Good Leaders Acknowledge What Can’t Be Done

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Jeffrey Pfeffer for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * It’s never easy to decide to stop pursuing a strategy. Americans [.].

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Trust Busters in Mergers and Acquisitions

Coaching Tip

By Dennis and Michelle Reina. Mergers and acquisitions ("M&As") are on the rise in 2011, and industry analysts now predict more than $3 trillion in global M&A activity for the year.

Build Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an article written by Sandi Edwards for Talent Management magazine. To check out all the resources and sign up for a free subscription to the TM and Chief Learning Officer magazines published by MedfiaTec, please click here. * * * You don’t have to look further than your own workforce for future leaders. With [.].

Modern Servant Leader - Now on

Modern Servant Leader

Be a Realistic Optimist

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. If you believe you will succeed, you will. Right? Not quite. Research has shown that optimism and the confidence it brings will help you reach your goals, but [.]. Bob's blog entries Be a realistic optimist Be an Optimist Without Being a Fool Harvard Business Review.

Photo Inquiry Friday: What part of the underperformance is your fault?

Create Learning

Working with teams and managers through coaching and development, underperformance and how to handle a person who is just not getting the work done to Quality standards is common. When the problem is ignored it always get worse.

Improving Board Oversight ? Essential Information For Decision.

Michael VanBruaene

Can You Train Yourself to Be the Next Steve Jobs?

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an article written by Donna Fenn for BNET, The CBS Interactive Business Network. Ignore the dumb title. Only Steve Jobs can train himself to be the next Steve Jobs. He remains a work-in-progress, exploring and embracing (sometimes celebrating) whatever intrigues and delights him in ways and to the extent his circumstances permit. Jobs [.]. Bob's blog entries Alpha Dogs: How Your Small Business Can Become A Leader of the Pack Are innovators born or made?

Fast Friday with Wanda Parker Bell, force of nature, leadership enthusiast, friend, wife and mom

Roundtable Talk

On Wednesday of this week, my friend Wanda Parker Bell lost her battle with cancer. Wanda was one of those women who, once you met her, left an indelible impression that you would never forget.

How do you benefit from management training?

Chartered Management Institute

Suffice to say, we think that management training and development is pretty important, both from an indvidual perspective and an organisational one. We'd like to hear from you however to see how you have gained from management development. So we're running a competition. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Need Your Help on Ethics Research

Michael Lee Stallard

My friend David Burkus at LeaderLab is working with the University of Oklahoma on research to assess ethics in the workplace. Please consider participating in David’s survey by clicking here. Uncategorized business ethics workplace ethics

Good News and Bad news

Erika Andersen

The good news is, my life is fuller and more fun and productive than it’s ever been - I love my husband and kids, who are all extraordinary and fascinating human beings; the business is rockin’ and my colleagues are smart and funny and good-hearted; I feel healthy, happy and whole.

Workplace Happiness Seminar Aug. 4, San Francisco

Michael Lee Stallard

My friend Alexander Kjerulf, aka the Chief Happiness Officer, will be giving a free seminar in San Francisco on August 4 from 7-9 PM. The free seminar will be limited to the first 100 individuals who sign up. You can read about the seminar here and sign up at this link

Cool Guys Steven Sacks and R. Luke DuBois

Bird's Eye View

At the Inner Circle this week, which I facilitated at the New York Stock Exchange , the topic was "System Reset: Leading the Reinvention of Business." Yes, those of you who follow this blog know that we've covered this topic in similar discussions in Hong Kong and Beijing and now New York City.

Mistakes and Progress – Coach Wooden

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Self Leadership If you're not making mistakes, you're not doing anything. Coach John Wooden Mistakes and Progress – Coach Wooden. Self Leadership failure mistakes progress

Why I'm Not Going Near Spotify (and Why You Shouldn't Either)

Harvard Business Review

Unless you've been living somewhere without net access for the past week or so, you have heard about Spotify , an online music service that just launched in the U.S. The initial reviews have been pretty positive, and it has generated a lot of buzz, although it's quite similar to some services that have been available here for some time (Rhapsody comes to mind). But there's something pretty insidious buried inside music rental models like this. It's prime territory for a bait-and-switch strategy.

Invoicing Is An Opportunity To Describe The Value You Deliver.

Michael VanBruaene


Why Spotify Will Kill iTunes

Harvard Business Review

For another look at the Spotify launch, see " Why I'm Not Going Near Spotify (and Why You Shouldn't Either).". iTunes as we know it is over. It is walking, talking, and continuing to pretend it's alive, but Spotify , Europe's outrageously successful streaming music product, has just shown us the future. Though you might not even be aware of the competitor that is attacking the music titan of the past decade, that iTunes business model is about to be blown up completely and swiftly.

Meetings = Theatre ? Michael VanBruaene

Michael VanBruaene


Tent Life in Siberia


I just heard that this book is marvelous and the price on Kindle is perfect. Click. It's here

The Right Management Team ? Michael VanBruaene

Michael VanBruaene

Judgment: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Judgment: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls Noel M. Tichy and Warren G. Bennis Portfolio/Penguin Group (2007) Why a great leader “is the Copernican pivot at the center of the decision-making process&# This is the first book on which Noel Tichy and Warren Bennis have collaborated. Separately, each has already authored or co-authored several of [.].

Is Your Organization Focused On What You Want To Achieve.

Michael VanBruaene

Crisis and Opportunity


Very interesting: Wally Bock on the importance of having an " opportunity plan." An excerpt: He prepared several grant proposals in advance, so that it only took an hour or so to freshen them up and send them to the foundation. They weren't very big, small enough, in fact that the foundation's CEO could act on them without board approval

Top 50 Have You's For Managers ? From Tom Peters ? Michael.

Michael VanBruaene

Oslo Attacks


The Wall Street Journal report on the attacks in Norway. Cowardly and cruel don't begin to describe the attackers

How You Know That You Have the Right Consultant ? Michael.

Michael VanBruaene

Comments Through the Mist


It is remarkable how comments from years ago can linger. Some that I recall: An old farmer who told me that if he were ever held up by a robber he would surely be killed because he would never be able to hand over something he had earned to someone who did not deserve it. A man, active in his church, who, when told that another church member had been arrested for shop-lifting a package of cigars, was more upset with the use of cigars than with the shop-lifting.

Match Manager Responsibilities With Equivalent Decision Making.

Michael VanBruaene