Wed.Nov 02, 2011

Leading Views: You Can’t Do It Without Love

Leading Blog

In Up, Down, or Sideways , Mark Sanborn asks: So how are you doing with love? One method I use to assess myself in this area is to plug my name into a familiar passage from the Bible—1 Corinthians 13:4-7. It says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

Guest Post: How my Fiance Changed My Mind About Leadership

Ron Edmondson

This is a guest post by Ally Spotts. I love hearing from the next generation of leaders. Ally Spotts is a 20-something writer & blogger who believes that what feels like a crisis is almost always an opportunity to step out in faith and do something courageous.

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So You Think You Can Ignore Office Politics? Think Again!

Management is a Journey

At times in my consulting and training work, different managers will tell me that they ignore office politics and just do their jobs. They explain that good work and a high performing team are all they need in their management role to be influential in their organizations and to support their team. I explain that [.]. Videos emotional intelligence management strategic thinking survival skills

You Might Not Understand, It's a HEMI Jeep Thing!

Chris Brady

My friend and co-author Orrin Woodward, and fellow founder of LIFE, recently posted an article on his blog about the surprise purchase his wife Laurie made of a custom convertible Dodge Challenger. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more!

Actions Speak Louder


I was interviewing one of the managers who reported to my seasoned middle-manager client (“Susan”), who was also relatively new to her current position. This was one of several interviews on her behalf that had included my client’s manager, peers, and direct reports. I had asked the current interviewee the usual questions about my

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The Single Greatest Gift Successful Leaders Give

Leadership Freak

Image source I’ve seen frustrated leaders say things like, “That’s the way it’s going to be.” It’s their end game when confused or resistant people push them. It works with two year olds who fear punishment. It works with employees who have a high need to please. Regardless, leadership by decree indicates loss of leadership. Warning [.]. Decisions Influence Leading Marks of leaders Motivation Passion Taking others higher Leadership Organizational Development

It’s Not You, It’s Me – Is Narcissism Good for Leadership?

Tanveer Naseer

When it comes to the portrayal of leadership in films and other fictional outlets, there’s a common tendency to present the leader as someone who is unmistakably confident and self-assured; who gives off an air of authority and a willingness to direct others towards the best path to take to get them out their current predicament. In many ways, this makes sense as when we think of a good leader, the traits that often come to mind are confidence, authority and dominance.

Lessons in Integrity from Madoff?

Next Level Blog

This is one of those “learn by doing the opposite” kinds of posts. It’s inspired by a few New York Times stories earlier this week on a new book that the surviving son of Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff. Please click the headline to read the whole story. executive presence Leadership Personal Presence Bernie Madoff integrity

Exponential Engagement: The Power of Three

The Practical Leader

In today’s economic uncertainty employee engagement is critical. Organizational engagement surveys are showing that employee frustration is accelerating as engagement plummets. They feel trapped.

Faux Diplomacy, Faux Management, Faux Purpose

Management Craft

I just got back from 10 days in Italy and the region and overheard someone using the term "faux diplomacy" in the airport. I like the phrase! This got me thinking about one of the most common differences between great managers and lousy ones - great managers don't do faux. To be fair, faux moments are common and everyone has them. I define faux as: not genuine, fake, false, or an imitation. Faux is great for warm coats, terrible for management.

Reminders for the Dysfunctional


Rush through hiring decisions. Don't consider if people will fit in. Have outdated job descriptions. Assume that goals are clear. Never mention ethics. Reward the office politicians. Be rigid on the minor things and flexible on the major ones. Don't ask, guess. Keep reorganizing. Abandon anything that doesn't provide instant success. Pile the work on your best employees. Let the slugs coast. Judge people solely by how high their salary is. Kiss up and kick down. Let multi-tasking be the rule.

The Innovator’s Manifesto: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Innovator’s Manifesto: Deliberate Disruption for Transformational Growth Michael Raynor Crown Business (2011) How and why disruption “provides an explanation of creative creation Frankly, I was unable to fully understand (much less appreciate) the significance of what Joseph A. Schumpeter shares in his masterwork, Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, when I first read it in 1975. [.].

Archimedes Principle of Marketing Management

Create Learning

Archimedes Principle of Marketing Management: Any individual who is responsible for the marketing campaign MUST have sufficient time-span management to handle the complexity of the campaign. -

Are You Hiring the Right Talent?

Rapid BI

Are You Hiring the Right Talent? If your company has had some so-so hires over time, perhaps they need to rethink how they go about hiring new employees in the first place. While hiring employees is not rocket science, it does take some time and effort to find the right people for your business, in [.]. guest Management employee employers job interviews

Interview with Mike Figliuolo of thoughtLEADERS LLC

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Today, I have the opportunity to interview Mike Figliuolo (@thoughtLEADERS) Managing Director of thoughtLEADERS LLC. Mike was recently named the Columbus, Ohio Small Business Leader of the Year for 2010 and just released One Piece of Paper, The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership. Henry – Mike, thanks for doing this interview. Could you share [.] Interview with Mike Figliuolo of thoughtLEADERS LLC.

An Incident of Workplace Bullying : The Leader’s Response

Linked 2 Leadership

As a leader in your organisation you have a big part to play in determining how your organisation responds to incidents of workplace bullying. In fact, your personal attitude, and the actions that you take both immediately after an incident and in the longer term, set the tone for how your organisation is seen by its workforce [.]. Future Leadership Issues Leadership Lessons Learned Organizational Health Servant Leadership courage leadership trust

The Essence of Strategy – Part Two


Last week’s blog post bemoaned the lack of strategic discipline in today’s world of business. I posed three simple strategic questions that on the surface appear easy to answer. What business are you in? What will you sell? To whom will you sell? You’d think executives from the same organization would offer the same responses. More often than not, their answers can be as different as night and day. Because people struggle with specificity; they hate strategic confinement.

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100 Communication Future Articles

Leading in Context

"Communication Future" Our understanding of communication is changing rapidly and these articles preview what the future of communication may look like (and a history of where it's been). What Do We Need to Know? Successful communication requires new approaches in a connected global society.

Stop Avoiding Office Politics

Harvard Business Review

"I won't do it," he said. "I I don't care who they are; I won't buddy up to people I don't like and respect just because I want something from them.". This came from a senior manager at a Fortune 500 company. It was a theme we hear over and over from managers at all levels. They're reluctant to take part in what they call "political games." They consider organizational conflict and competition mostly ego-driven, adolescent games.

A Teenager Gets 'The Brain Talk'

Building Personal Strength

I'm just guessing, but it may be true that no teenager in the long history of planet Earth has ever been given 'the brain talk," even though it's probably the most important information a teen can have. Nevertheless, imagine a young teenage girl having lunch with her aunt, who happens to have read recent reports about the crucial phase of brain development that happens during adolescence. Sweetheart, what I’m about to tell you is the most important thing you’ll ever hear.

Where Is Dropbox's Power?

Harvard Business Review

Dropbox is the simple file syncing service that has grown, in just a few years, to 50 million active users. 96% of those users do not give a cent to Dropbox. The remaining 4% pay for more storage and purportedly make it profitable; this percentage is growing every day. I use Dropbox because of its simplicity, but for my main backups I use SugarSync , which follows the same "freemium" strategy as Dropbox.

Great Books for Kids


Cultural Offering is seeking nominees for a list of essential books for children. Be sure to go there and add your thoughts.

Bank of America: A Case Study in Tone Deafness

Harvard Business Review

You would think that savvy, sophisticated companies would have an easy time figuring out whether a move they are considering would blow up on them, wouldn't you? And yet, in the last few weeks we've seen some amazing examples of firms that seem to be tone deaf about how their customers feel about them. Take Bank of America. A month ago, it famously introduced a fee for using its debit cards, to a withering storm of protest.

Toast! We've Got Hot, Buttered, Toast!


You know you're getting old when you are fascinated by a toaster. Cool Tools has the information on the Dualit

Alternative Development – Introduction

Strategy Driven

Leaders face the difficult challenge of selecting those few operational activities their organization will pursue from the multitude that are proposed every planning cycle.

Systems Thinking and Improvement


Are you looking at the trees instead of the forest? Don't miss this excellent post by Tanmay Vora

The Essence of Strategy – Part Two


Last week’s blog post bemoaned the lack of strategic discipline in today’s world of business. I posed three simple strategic questions that on the surface appear easy to answer. What business are you in? What will you sell? To whom will you sell? You’d think executives from the same organization would offer the same responses. More often than not, their answers can be as different as night and day. Because people struggle with specificity; they hate strategic confinement.

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Ours has become, for better and for worse, a society of organizations. We are born in organizations and are educated in organizations so that we can later work in organizations. At the same time, organizations supply us and entertain us, they govern us and harass us (sometimes concurrently). Finally, we are buried by organizations.

Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Germany…California! – Michael Lewis weaves a story in Boomerang

First Friday Book Synopsis

I presented my synopsis of Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, for a group of investors last night. Michael Lewis is a great! story teller. Here are some of his highlights, some of the most enlightening parts, of the story he weaves: Americans wanted to own homes far larger than they could afford, and [.]. Randy's blog entries Boomerang California Germany Greece Iceland Ireland Michael Lewis



In the United Kingdom, Coventry University is offering a course on ethical hacking

Blah Blah Blah: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Blah Blah Blah: What to Do When Words Won’t Work Dan Roam Portfolio/The Penguin Group (2011) Visual and verbal literacy “on the other side of complexity” Those who have already read one or both of Dan Roam’s previous books, The Back of the Napkin and Unfolding the Napkin, will be pleased to know that in [.].



Pet owners are feeling sticker shock at the vet. The average household in the U.S. spent $655 on routine doctor and surgical visits for dogs last year, up 47% from a decade ago, according to the American Pet Products Association. Expenditures for cats soared 73% over the same time frame—on pace with human health-care cost increases. Expenditures for people in the U.S. were up 76.7% between 1999 and 2009, according to the U. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Leadership Is Not An Entitlement Program

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development [link] Mike Myatt is the author of Leadership Matters…The CEO Survival Manual and Managing Director of N2growth, a professional services firm focused on CEO coaching and leadership development. While working with executives at many Fortune 1000 companies, he’s witnessed leadership at its best and worst. In the following interview, Leadership Is Not An Entitlement Program Mike [.] Leadership Is Not An Entitlement Program.



"You've requested a proposal. Is this a real request?" Certainly." "So So there is a specific project that you need done in the near future?" Well, no. We don't really have anything that needs to be done now, but we'd like to know who could meet our needs if we happen to have a project in the future. Not that we're saying that we'll have one." "But But you're not simply asking if firms are qualified and have specific experience. That could be handled in a letter.