Wed.Aug 10, 2011

Just Announced: Magnetic Leadership Training Opportunity in Chicago

C-Level Strategies

Lisa providing leadership coaching to Magnetic Leadership participants. A wonderful, new opportunity for those of you interested in the Magnetic Leadership Program offered by ProfitAbility Business Simulations has just been announced – and I wanted to share it with all of you!

My Interview With Yoda, Social Media Guru and Jedi Warrior

Terry Starbucker

Somewhere, in a galaxy far, far away, I had a rare chance to chat with Yoda, who, it can now be revealed, has been one of my favorite Social Media mentors.

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5 Ways to Deal with Your Past

Ron Edmondson

I’m a huge proponent of moving forward. I’ve never been a fan of remaining in the past.

Beginning the Practice of Personal Change


I love the way that some Eastern religions and ancient arts speak of developing a new habit as “practice” Whether it’s learning to meditate, stay calm in a crazy world or to be present in the moment, these are something we practice, rather than “do” I imagine this is because we never reach perfection and a practice allows us to make mistakes and forgive them. And so it is with leadership. We work toward perfection but never quite reach it.

Initiative Is Often A Benevolent Rebellion

The Leadership Advisor

In our “let’s measure everything possible&# business climate, we systematically tend to paint ourselves into corners. We want to be able to measure things and have a way to back-track so we can find the source of any problems that arise.

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Leadership is Black and White

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. I was skimming through headlines on my RSS feed this past weekend when a particular title caught my eye – it simply read: “ Situational Ethics.&# Have we really devolved to this level of thinking? Situational Ethics – Really?

Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters Richard Rumelt Crown Business (2011) How and why a good strategy “acknowledges the challenges being faced and provides an approach to overcome them” As the title of this review correctly indicates, Richard Rumelt is convinced (and I agree) that a good strategy can provides both a [.].

LIFE on a Motorcycle

Chris Brady

Below is another small excerpt from a rough draft of my "Italy book" (still as yet untitled): I had one more day left with the motorcycle and took an extended ride to savor the last moments with my. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Books Travel

Ethics Codes: Describing Expected Ethical Behavior

Leading in Context

Ethics Codes are Recommended You don't have to be a big business to stray (intentionally or unintentiaonally) into unethical business behavior. That's why ethics codes are recommended for any size business these days. Ethical Organization code of ethics ethics leadership development unethical business leadership

Don’t take your gainful employment for granted – Maurice Johnson

ReThink HR

No matter who you are; rich, poor, race, culture, creed, educated or not… this economy is effecting you. Currently the unemployment rate is 9.1%. I was affected just around a year ago. Like many others I did everything that people say you should do.

Avoid These Traps and LOL for Peak Performance

The Practical Leader

I recently came across this bit of wisdom from an unknown author, “ Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold — but so does a hard-boiled egg.&# Way too many managers confuse intentions, plans, and declarations with actions.

Economic Leadership Development: Is O.D. the Rx?

Linked 2 Leadership

To jump-start the US economy, is an “Organizational Development Intervention&# needed? A recent US Senate hearing on the recruitment and hiring of college graduates made it clear that the Senators as well as the panelists from government and academia faced difficult questions about the future of the workforce and the dismal U.S. economy. The harsh reality is [.]. Leadership Lessons Learned Leading Change Organizational Health Team Building Leadership

The culture of engagement: 13 core elements

First Friday Book Synopsis

Over the years, I have probably read and then reviewed about 65-70 books in which their authors discuss one or more aspects of organizational culture. A few address employee engagement. Hopefully, a high percentage of those who share a workplace — at all levels and in all areas of operation — are positively and productively [.].

What Zebras, Gazelles, and Wildebeests Understand That Leaders Don’t!

Management is a Journey

At first thought, you might not expect to learn much about leadership from zebras, gazelles, and wildebeests. They appear to be prey animals whose lives exist on the end of a slippery banana peel. Nature always has something to teach us however if we look for the lessons. In fact, the creator has given zebras, [.]. Change Management change strategy emotional intelligence leadership strategic thinking survival skills

How to Convince Others to Embrace Risk

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. The recession caused people to focus on what they had to lose, rather than what they had to gain. But without some risk-taking, there is no innovation [.]. Bob's blog entries "Getting Others to Embrace Risk" Harvard Business Review. HBR newsletters Heidi Grant Halvorson How to Convince Others to Embrace Risk Management Tip of the Day

Vitality: Collisions Between Stability & Instability

Leadership Freak

Image source I’m grappling with how much change is too much. It feels like I’m surrounded by people that love stability and predictability – things low on my list of priorities. Collisions: The collision between change agents and stabilizers is inevitable, dynamic, potentially dangerous, and theoretically useful. Stabilizers apart from change agents are dangerous. They [.]. Change Innovation Leading Managing Taking others higher Values Growth Leadership

Do You Practice TRX's 'P' In Its FACEUP Values At Your Company?

Eric Jacobson

At TRX in San Francisco, about 10 percent of employees' performance evaluations cover how they live the company's values, expressed by the acronym FACEUP. The P is for physical and TRX takes that seriously. As recently reported in Inc.

4 Steps to Gathering Information for Manager Effectiveness

Create Learning

As a Manager of Managers how do you gather information about their effectiveness in a way that is accurate? In an earlier post “ 7 Ways Managers Can Evaluate Effectiveness of Other Managers ” We explored 7 key processes and systems that all managers must do. In this post we will explore sources to gather information about manager subordinate effectiveness. Gathering sufficient information for Managers to evaluate the effectiveness of subordinate managers is possible.

Are you making yourself recommendable?


A quest for the best gelato. One of my best friends told me that I had to go to this one particular gelateria–that it was “the best&# in Italy! She said it was just two doors down on the street to the right of the Duomo in Florence.

UK Riots Should Not Incite Copy-Cat Action In The US

Bird's Eye View

Three Great Books


At The Spectator , Emily Rhodes lists three great books to read in: Spain. France. Italy

Temporal Orientations: Time Matters in Planning


“Planning advocates provide little assistance to the administrator in meeting these challenges. Vague statements about planned change, elaborate schematic drawings of the planning function, diverse planning models, and five-year plans that are in fact “shelf-documents” created for evaluation agencies or for year-end reports offer minimal assistance to top-level managers as they respond to internal and external governance systems”. Another writer criticizing strategic planning. Boring right?

Conduct Your Own Organization Assessment ? Michael VanBruaene

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Meeting Invitations: Weapons of Mass Interruption

2020 IT Leader

We are now safe! Al Pittampalli, author of Read This Before Our Next Meeting is now protecting us from Meeting Invitations, Weapons of Mass Interruption! How many times a day do you get frustrated to attend yet another meeting because you think it is a waste of time or because you aren’t prepared? This very short [.] No related posts. Developer of People Delegation Leading Change

Management Controls/Direction/Moving Forward ? Michael.

Michael VanBruaene

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Classic photo at Cultural Offering


It’s OK to be awesome

Bud to Boss

By Amy Beth Miller. If you ask men why they succeeded, men attribute that success to themselves; and women, they attribute it to other factors like working harder, help from others. Ask a woman why she did well on something, and she’ll say, ‘I got lucky. All of these great people helped me. I worked really hard.’ Ask a man and he’ll say or think, ‘What a dumb question. I’m awesome.’. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Barnard College commencement keynote. May 16, 2011.


In a Tight Spot: Parking as Art


A video of the world record for parallel parking

The TKO Interview: Five Ways to Fire Before You Hire… and Find the Right Person for the Job

Strategy Driven

Hasty hiring brings eventual firing. These wise words should be the mantra for every organization hiring from today’s overcrowded job market. Especially if your company’s current hiring process consists of putting out a job posting, sifting through résumés, and hiring the first person who doesn’t throw up a major red flag during an interview, it’s time to consider a renewed approach. One that will save you time and money and help you hire the best of the best.

Buttered Toast and Effective Communication


I was recently reminded of the event that George Orwell relates in his book on the Spanish Civil War. Both sides would shout slogans at one another across the "no man's land": The man who did the shouting at the P.S.U.C. post down on our right was an artist at the job. Sometimes, instead of shouting revolutionary slogans he simply told the Fascists how much better we were fed than they were. His account of the Government rations was apt to be a little imaginative.' Buttered toast!'--you

Leadership Caffeine Podcast-Kevin Oakes on Integrated Talent Management

Management Excellence

I had the great fortune recently to connect with Kevin Oakes, CEO of The Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4CP) on his new book as co-editor with Pat Galagan, The Executive Guide to Integrated Talent Management. In this episode, Kevin offers insights for all of us on the promise and challenges of Integrated Talent Management.



Over the years, I have heard people speak of having various weaknesses. Few only have one "weakness" and that term may not even apply to some of the items but here's the uncensored and unranked list: Ambition. Impatience. Lack of focus. Need for control. Need for approval. Need for conquest. Indecisiveness. Bluntness. Temper. Sense of being an impostor. Shopping. Need for variety. Materialism. Lack of ambition. Sarcasm. Grammar. Cruelty. Cowardice. Procrastination. Detail-orientation. Cynicism.


12 Quotes from Great Poets - They Had Something to Say

Building Personal Strength

Once upon a time, people went to bookstores, bought books of poetry, and read them. A book of poetry could become a best-seller. People would sit and talk about new works from the major poets. Those days are over. Emily Dickinson, circa 1848.

Quote of the Day


Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep. Albert Camus