Fri.Aug 05, 2011

The Goal of Great Communication

Kevin Eikenberry

The late great Jim Rohn, was more than just a great speaker, he was a modern day philosopher. Here is one of my favorite quotations from him about communication. &# The goal of effective communication should be for listeners to say, ‘Me, too!’ ’ versus ‘So what?’&# ’&# – Jim Rohn, speaker and author Questions to Ponder [.]. Communication Influence Leadership Quotations Jim Rohn

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7 Things This Pastor Would Love From His Church

Ron Edmondson

I have such a generous church. Every week someone sends me a note or an email to tell me they are praying for me. I routinely get encouragement when I need it most. Some of our closest friends are at Grace. I’m so thankful for the body of Christ called Grace Community Church.

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Do You Know What Farm Kids Know about Leadership?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Best of Blogs Series Leadership Development Self Leadership I grew up on a farm. Yep, that’s me on the right, at 5-years old, working with my father. Notice the stripe-on-stripe outfit. I dressed myself that day. And that’s not the only thing I did that day… Farm kids learn responsibility early. I would say I “added value&# as early as age 5. I [.] Do You Know What Farm Kids Know about Leadership?

The Big Picture of Business: Leadership for the New Order of Business Part 1

Strategy Driven

Just as companies have books of business and corporate cultures, so do individuals, who in turn populate and influence organizations. Last month, there were two of my columns on defining and recognizing what contributes to a Body of Work.

Glut: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages Alex Wright Cornell University Press ((2007) How and why “the torch song of technological transcendentalism has passed from the visionary fringe into cultural mainstream” Alex Wright explains that in this volume, he approaches the story of the information age “by squarely looking backward&# and along the way, he (and [.].

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Paula Marantz Cohen on how to make books spark to life for college students

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Paula Marantz Cohen and featured by The American Scholar magazine. As you probably know already, The American Scholar is the venerable but lively quarterly magazine of public affairs, literature, science, history, and culture published by the Phi Beta Kappa Society since 1932. In recent years the [.].

How To Avoid These 8 Employee Evaluation Pitfalls

Eric Jacobson

You'll learn how to avoid eight performance evaluation pitfalls in what I think is the best chapter of the book " The Essential HR Handbook ," written by Sharon Armstrong and Barbara Mitchell.

5 Reasons Why Middle Children Make Great Employees

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an article written by Donna Fenn for BNET, The CBS Interactive Business Network. To check out an abundance of valuable resources and obtain a free subscription to one or more of the BNET newsletters, please click here. * * * If you’ve ever uttered the words “troubled middle child,” you owe it to yourself [.].

10 ways to negotiate your starting salary

Chartered Management Institute

In the current environment the prevailing wisdom appears to be that having a job at all is a blessing, and pay should not be a major motivating factor at the moment. Just this week we've had CIPD announce that pay rises are the preserve of a minority, and a Badenoch & Clark survey revealed pensions are more valued than pay in the public sector. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

50 Prosperity Classics: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

50 Prosperity Classics: Attract It, Create It, Manage It, Share It Tom Butler-Bowdon Nicholas Brealey Publishing (2008) Henry Ford was right Note: This is one of the volumes in the 5o Classics series, each available in a softbound edition and priced at less than $15.00. In my opinion, the value of the material in each [.].

How to Maximize Your Success by Aligning Behaviors with Intentions

Leadership Freak

You won’t get where you want to go until your behaviors consistently express your intentions. If we could see your behaviors without your explanations, what would we think of you and your life-direction? The project: I’m asking a small group of selected leaders to evaluate my behaviors. I want them to let my behaviors explain [.]. Communication Feedback Influence Marks of leaders Personal Growth Taking others higher Values Leadership Development

Learning to Collaborate at the Top

Management Excellence

If you’ve spent any amount of time inside the walls of an organization, you understand the promise and perils of collaboration. Great things can happen when we reach across silos and boundaries and seek to work together in pursuit of shared interests. However, as team guru Prof. Richard Hackman offers when talking about the potential of teams, “just don’t count on it.”

Photo Inquiry Friday: Belief vs. Evidence, Which Wins?

Create Learning

We all have beliefs. Belief that the sun will rise, that your significant other will still be the same physical person when you wake up, the belief that your desk at work exists when you are not sitting at it.

On Being Less Than Excellent

Utpal Writes

If people around you are not noticing what you do, there’s a reason. If your circles aren’t discussing about your skills, your efforts, your crusade or your vocation, there’s a ground. The ground is that you’re mediocre. Being mediocre equates to the fact that you’re less than excellent to inferior in quality. And the pity is that it’s not an accident, you’re mediocre by design. Well, most likely. For example, consider the following: You have average service offering because that’s safer.

Market Correction? Try Perma-Crisis

Harvard Business Review

It's been a scary couple of days. I'd bet, given recent events in the markets, like many, you'd like to get to the bottom of what the heck is really going on here. Why does everything we try to fix this crisis seem not to work? Let me recap my take of what's happened over the past several years: In 2006-7, the prevailing narrative discussed a never-ending boom thanks to hyperfinancialization.

5 Leadership Secrets of an Aviator (3 of 3)

Leading Strategies

Be Flexible. Now this might seem to contradict the previous point but speaks to how things can change without much warning. What if my plan does not work? One rainy winter day, I landed an F-4 with the hook down because of a hydraulic failure. The Navy guys out there are laughing.) The firm touchdown went as planned but the hook bounced over the cable.

Crack the Hidden Job Market

Harvard Business Review

I often hear British graduates expressing something like a physical revulsion at the idea that they might have to network their way into a job. The UK recently had a minor scandal about the fact that young people with great social connections find themselves in the top internships. Workers used to an equal opportunities culture often express ethical objections to the idea that you might talk your way into a short-list of one simply through opportunity or connections.

When Urgency is Missing


I've served on some committees that seem sedated. Projects that could be wrapped up in an afternoon of hustle are stretched out for months. The main culture is one of deliberation and procrastination and it is hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. Those who urge swift action are viewed with suspicion, as if they are trying to pull something over on the group. I half expect a tea trolley to arrive so we can munch biscuits and debate the use of a semi-colon

Privacy is a Luxury You Don't Have

Harvard Business Review

I remember my first taste of social networking — a 2004 invitation to join Friendster. I declined, traumatized at the thought that people I didn't know would see information about me (the point of the site, which I deemed quite suspicious, was to help connect you with friends-of-friends). Fast forward to the spring of 2006, when I was teaching a course at Emerson College. The previous year, Facebook had spread from Harvard to campuses across the country, and my students pestered me to join.

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We all say that we want to succeed, but sooner or later our level of activity must equal our level of intent. - Jim Rohn


How to Cope with Your Incompetent Boss

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. Everyone complains about his or her boss from time to time. But dealing with a truly incompetent boss is frustrating and exhausting. Here are three strategies to handle [.]. Bob's blog entries "Dealing with Your Incompetent Boss" Amy Gallo Cope with Your Incompetent Boss Harvard Business Review.

Looking for a Crisis


A crisis management class exercise, that is. I wrote one years ago in a frenzy of brilliance. The product was a creative but strange example that would lure the discussion groups down a dark lane and then mug them. It was fun, but I have not taught crisis management in a while and so the example was set aside. I searched my computer in all directions but without luck. That was followed by many self-reproaches for having deleted what now, more than ever, seemed a work of genius.

Winners, Lifelong Learners, Seekers.

Building Personal Strength

First Paragraph


My father, who died when I was two, was a passionately Anglophile Hungarian, whose greatest ambition for me was that I receive an English education. And so it happened that in 1934 I was travelling back to my boarding school in England from my home in Vienna when the train broke down in Nuremberg. I was an eleven-year-old girl, on my own, wearing my English school uniform - brown, as it happened, though I don't really think it influenced subsequent events.

Closeout for 8.5.11


Every friday we review the posts from LeaderLab contributors that has appeared on this blog and elsewhere online. Our monthly full-length podcast released on Monday, featuring an interview with Pam Fox Rollin and some vitals rules for new senior leadership. We dabbled our hand in marketing as Tim Vanderpy reviewed UnMarketing. We reposted a teaser video for Clayton Christensen’s new one The Innovative University.

Miscellaneous and Fast


True West : The Civil War on the silver screen. ATF scandal : Getting weirder by the day. Charles R. Kesler on learning a lot from Libya. Raffi : Five Little Ducks. FutureLawyer on his Asus Transformer tablet. The debt ceiling/reduction deal : Jon Stewart. Stanley Fish : Does philosophy matter ? Jonah Goldberg on media bias. From eBookNewser : The five most pirated e-books. Mind the gap : Redesigning the London tube map

Changing Behaviour - The Fun Way!

My Own Coach

I love this video, showing a fun way to change behaviour. When thinking about the behaviours you want to change in your organisation, what creative and fun ways can you come up with? change behaviour team coaching change leadership team leadership coaching

Two Teen Journeys - One Tragic, One Triumphant

Building Personal Strength

Most mornings I start the coffee, put fruit on my granola, and sit down to read the San Antonio Express-News. What I see are stories about people who had great mentoring and coaching during their teen journey, and those who didn't.

Can President Obama Lead the Conversatin In Light Of Wall Street Selloff?

Bird's Eye View

There needs to be a new conversation in America. . We're kidding ourselves if we feel that the state of our economy is something that can be fixed with debt ceiling arguments and partisan politics. No one person or group has the fix. What is needed is for all of us--every adult in this Nation--to face the fact that things have changed.

How to Sustain Front Line Process Improvement Activities

Harvard Business Review

Even though it's what keeps companies operationally in shape, front-line process improvement is hard to sustain. Consider the story of Technicolor. The manufacturer of DVDs was featured in a book on front-line suggestion system, All You Gotta Do Is Ask by Norman Bodek and Chuck Yorke (which I mentioned in a previous post on Toyota's approach to front line improvement). They described how each Technicolor employee had a target of suggesting two process improvements per month.