Wed.Aug 17, 2011

7 Reasons Why Many Smart People Fail to Lead

Rajesh Setty

You have seen these people – the best of the best in the lot. They get promoted to become the leaders and all hell breaks loose. They are not only frustrated but they will also royally frustrate their followers.

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Are You a Leader or Manager?

Ron Edmondson

Are you a leader or a manager? Every organization needs both, so don’t be ashamed to answer either way, but it’s important that you know the difference, which one you do best, and then try to arrange your career where you can realize your best potential.

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The Complexity Crutch

The Leadership Advisor

One of the biggest frustrations we, as Americans, have about the 2007/2008 financial slide is that it was precipitated by exotic financial instruments that only a few hundred people on the planet seem to have a clue as to how they are meant to operate.

Top 5 Obstacles to Having a Great Marriage

Ron Edmondson

One of the toughest verses in the Bible to obey is Ephesians 5:31 which says, “ For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”. The process of blending two very different people is what causes stress to many marriages.

Do you live to work or work to live?

Chartered Management Institute

Modern working life seems to be undergoing something of a tug of war for our attention. On one hand we're told that employee engagement is crucial and that enjoying our work is an essential facet of emotional wellbeing. On the other we're told that we need to get our work/life balance in order and that downtime is crucial if we are to flourish both at work and at home. For some people they are naturally happy at work. They arrive on Monday morning energised and raring to go.

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Be a better listener

Bud to Boss

Of all the skills of leadership, listening is the most valuable—and one of the least understood. Most captains of industry listen only sometimes, and they remain ordinary leaders. But a few, the great ones, never stop listening.

On Leadership and Optimism: Being Prepared

Linked 2 Leadership

Most people refer to themselves as either an optimist or as a pessimist. While leading other people, it is not only important to be an optimist, but it is crucial to be a prepared optimist. The problem with leadership in this world isn’t that leaders are pessimists or optimists, it’s that leaders are not prepared on what to [.]. Leading & Developing Other Leaders Leading Change Professional Development business leadership Management optimism pessimism

Great Again: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Great Again: Revitalizing America’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Henry R. Northhaft Harvard Business Press (2011) Why are so many middle-class communities being “hollowed out&# ? With David Kline’s assistance, Henry R. Nothhaft responds to the question posed as well as to another: “What to do about the ‘hollowed out’ middle class&# ? Years ago, “America [once] led the world [.]. Bob's blog entries "What to do about the 'hollowed out' middle class"?

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Innovation is not a strategy… it is a Process!

ReThink HR

It is interesting how Innovation, like Leadership, has become a “sexy&# term in business. In times of difficulty, strife, cloudy markets and unpredictable work environments; business is beginning to preach “Innovation&# as a silver bullet to all our ill’s.

Onboarding: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Onboarding: How to Get Your New Employees Up to Speed in Half the Time George Bradt and Mary Vonnegut John Wiley & Sons (2009) To the best of my knowledge, there is no better single source for expert guidance on onboarding. As George Bradt and Mary Vonnegut explain in the first chapter of this book, [.].

Transforming Chit Chat into Productivity

Leadership Freak

Doug Conant, CEO of Campbell’s Soup (2001 to 2011) knows how to stay on task; all successful leaders do. He’s setting up his office in Philadelphia after retiring from Campbell’s on July 31. When he picked up the phone, he was unpacking boxes. I asked him what was happening in his life. Doug has a [.]. Communication Interview Leading Marks of leaders Taking others higher Book Notes Leadership Development

Wearing Yoga Pants to Business Meetings (and Other Style Tips for Women)

Women on Business

Guest Post by Natalie Peace. Personal style and business savvy: it can be tough to walk the line between both. If your own style is bold, flashy and unique, the last thing you want to do is break out the grey polyester 2-piece skirt suit and sensible low-heeled pumps. Unfortunately, this is exactly what many women do, advised by people who say you need to dress like a female version of a bland male executive, if you want to succeed in the business world. Nonsense.

Joshua Alexander Mitchell

CEO Blog

Just personal today. My daughter Beth and son-in-law Chris had a baby boy this morning. 8 weeks ahead of schedule (thinking he should go into the software business - he would be unique). Kg (4 pounds, 4 oz.). Mom and Josh are healthy and all is well

How to Lead With Courage

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Bill Treasurer 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. * * * In today’s work world — particularly during times of stress [.].

Unconscious and Underlying Beliefs Undermine Culture Change Efforts

The Practical Leader

Culture change continues to be a hot topic because it’s vital to successfully implementing change and improvement efforts. It’s one of the key factors in the 50 – 70% failure rate for programs to increase safety performance, service and quality levels, Lean/Six Sigma, productivity, innovation, leadership skills.

2 Ways to Spot Industry-Changing Trends

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. All leaders want to know what trends will shape the future of their industries before they happen. To spot them early, you can’t mingle with the usual suspects [.]. Bob's blog entries "Trend Hunting on the Periphery" 2 Ways to Spot Industry-Changing Trends Harvard Business Review.

The August 2011 Leadership Development Roundtable Challenge: A Coaching Dilemma

Great Leadership By Dan

The August Leadership Development Roundtable Challenge is being hosted by leadership coach extraordinaire Mary Jo Asmus. Mary Jo wrote the challenge (based on a real case), selected the guest expert (Gwyn Teatro, from You're Not the Boss of Me ), herded up the Roundtable responses, and is hosting a voting poll for readers to select their favorite answers and/or add their own comments. Voting results will be published next week.

To Coach or Not to Coach? The August Leadership Development Challenge

Next Level Blog

It’s time for this month’s Leadership Development Roundtable Challenge. Executive coach and blogger Mary Jo Asmus has written up a “ripped from today’s headlines,” case involving a manager who says. Please click the headline to read the whole story

Are London Riots A Step Backward For Free Speech?

Bird's Eye View

First, let me applaud--loudly--what I understand is the plan for dealing with many of those arrested for rioting, looting, creating mayhem in London and its suburbs recently. It was a disastrous public insurrection and the efforts to crackdown are understandable.

Will working overseas propel female managers to the boardroom?

Chartered Management Institute

Getting more women into our boardrooms is one of the more pressing issues currently facing the management world. Hard approaches such as quotas have been suggested, as have softer approaches such as offering mentoring to high flying female managers. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

The Key to Growth


A few weeks ago, Bret Simmons posted a video manifesto about investing in employees on his website. We thought it was so good, we chose to repost it here. Check the video out below and see for the full transcript. Bret L. Simmons, Ph.D.

Disposable Marketing Freebies: What Message Are We Sending?

Leading in Context

Consumers Want Sustainable Marketing Many consumers now shop around for "ethical" companies and those consumers expect a new kind of business marketing - the kind with a long-term view and a sustainable approach. When we decide what to hand out to customers that will help them remember our company, we need to consider the unintentional messages our choices may be sending. Ethical Leader Trends ethical leadership context ethics leadership development sustainability sustainable marketing

The Key to Growth


A few weeks ago, Bret Simmons posted a video manifesto about investing in employees on his website. We thought it was so good, we chose to repost it here. Check the video out below and see for the full transcript. Bret L. Simmons, Ph.D.

"Every Man Makes His Own Summer"


At The Happiness Project , some wisdom from Robertson Davies

The Professional: Seven New Rules

Strategy Driven

The term ‘professional’ comes from the Latin word ‘professio,’ which literally means to take an oath or a vow.

Are You a Role Model?

Harvard Business Review

It's impressive that Warren Buffett has earned billions of dollars. It's even more impressive that he's the only billionaire with the good grace and social conscience to state the obvious: people like him ought to be paying far higher taxes than they do, especially in these debt-riddled times. But what's most impressive about Warren Buffett is that he recognizes his wealth and success are not simply a function of his skills.

What The Market Will Bear


Shortly after I started management consulting - in the days when the Earth was still cooling - a prominent attorney and I submitted in what we thought was a brilliant proposal to help a major university set up its EEO/Affirmative Action program. When we didn't get the contract, I made some discreet calls to learn why. The answer: "The committee was very impressed but they thought your price was too low.".

Inbound Marketing: Great Read for Inexperienced Online Marketers

Women on Business

I just recently finished reading Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs by Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah. Overall, it was a pretty good book and I recommend it frequently to my clients that don’t have any experience in marketing their business online. With that being said, it’s not a book I would recommend to those who already have a strong basic knowledge of what it takes to get their business found online. The Good.

Quote of the Day


Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams

Ken Blanchard on Your Change Communication Strategy

Management is a Journey

In the following video, management guru, Ken Blanchard, discusses the importance of a thoughtful change communication strategy for any organizational effort. An important point that comes across in this video is the importance of prioritizing communication to deal with critical areas of concern first. Poor communication is the source of many organizational problems and the [.]. Communication Videos change strategy communication

Peter Pan with a Baseball Cap on Backwards


Cultural Offering goes after adults who want to act like kids. An excerpt: I have developed a theory about many of our societal problems. We have spawned a nation of children. Some of these grown up children were created by their very own parents who willingly raise the grandchildren as the grown up children wander through life from drama to drama, or by holding their tongue as the grown up children make bad decision after bad decision.

Leadership Caffeine Podcast-John Baldoni on Leadership

Management Excellence

John Baldoni, leadership author, and popular speaker, blogger and consultant, shares his perspectives with Art on a range of leadership and management challenges and opportunities. Host Art Petty interviews leaders, leadership authors, management thinkers and other professionals about creating high performance teams and organizations and developing effective leaders at all levels, during this weekly program.

The London Riots and the Triumph of Neo-Liberalism

Harvard Business Review

To understand last week's riots in England, we have to place them into their wider contexts. The geographic context includes the protests that the young have staged in France, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Israel, and most recently, Chile. The English riots are but the most recent example. For the other broad context, we have to go to the undeniable success of pro-market reforms introduced during the Thatcher-Reagan years, and "underwritten" by economists like Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek.

What’s Your Real Job?

Erika Andersen

Over the past month or so, as I’ve been working with various senior executives, the question of “What’s my real job?&# has come up a lot.