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7 Signs of a Dysfunctional Team

Ron Edmondson

Chances are, if you’ve served on very many teams, that you’ve served on one that is dysfunctional. They do have commonalities.

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10 Management Lessons from Harry Potter

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Self Leadership To conclude this summer’s Harry Potter mania, it seems fitting to study the HR implications of J.K. Rowling’s seven volumes. Her novels explore human nature, communication dynamics, moral dilemmas, and social issues, so why not use them as a source of business inspiration?

Five Leadership Milestones to Set and Reach

Kevin Eikenberry

In our personal lives, when we plan a driving trip, look at a map, or follow directions someone gave us, we look for and value landmarks along our way. They give us confidence in our progress and show us how far we’ve come, and inform us of how far we still have to go. In [.]. Leadership Learning leadership development

The Best Time to Ask Your Boss for a Raise

C-Level Strategies

What’s the best time to ask your boss for a raise, or your CEO to fund an initiative that’s critically important to you? Early morning.

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Not Everyone Is Just Like You

Marshall Goldsmith

He is a great executive. A self-starter, he prides himself on being able to land on his feet in virtually any new environment. He is extremely intelligent, hard-working, creative, and entrepreneurial. He gets the job done. Not only doesn't he need much supervision; he doesn't like it when people treat him as if he needs lots of help. I asked. "I

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Five Ways to Increase Your Productivity

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Heidi Grant Halvorson, first featured by HRM Today and then by her personal blog, The Science of Success. To read the complete article and check out all the other resources, please click here. * * * You just have too much on you plate. Chances are, [.].

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Clout as Strategy and Why Companies Won't Admit It | In the CEO.

In the CEO Afterlife

What is the definition of strategy? Elementary question, you say. Here is the elementary answer.

You’ll Lose if They Can’t Disagree

Leadership Freak

Image source Three years after the fact, a true friend of mine told me why he hadn’t expressed his concerns. “I I didn’t believe you would listen. You’d already made up your mind.” He was right. I’d become convinced of a problem and found the solution. Passionately sharing solutions too soon is a problem – it [.].

High Performance Team Development & Leadership Workshop with Executive MBA’s

Create Learning

Team development + Leadership. Team Building & Leadership Expert Michael Cardus. Above is an abbreviated slide deck of our time together.

How to Make Changes to Your Community (without the Backlash)

Managing Communities

photo credit: music2fish2 (eric lanning) ren asked: “What [do you] do when upgrading to new software causes a downturn in user engagement? How [do you] get it back?&# Thanks for the question, ren. For me, it relates to the general issue of change on communities and what you can do to make your changes more [.].

Effective Listening Traits

Eric Jacobson

In a couple weeks, AMACOM, a division of the American Management Association , will release Michelle Tillis Lederman's new book, The 11 Laws of Likability. I'm nearly finished reading the advance copy AMACOM sent me and will post a book review soon. Limit your talking. Focus on the speaker. Ask questions. Manage your emotions. Ignore distractions.

The Dark Side Of Positive Thinking

What Do You Want From Them

Barbara Ehrenreich explores the darker side of positive thinking. I think this is an important message. First seen on

Survey Says…Should Leaders Care?

Linked 2 Leadership

Every leader is very familiar with that paralyzing moment where a number of seemingly good options are on the table, but no one is sure what to do. Options are many, but decisions are few… There are significant stake-holders backing different positions. How will the team decide? It is hard to imagine selecting a solution [.].

A Whack on the Side of the Head: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative? Roger von Oech Business Plus, 25th Anniversary Edition (2008) Note: When preparing for some interviews, I re-read several books on the creative process and remain convinced that all are still among the best. This one is indeed a business classic. This [.].

Foster Mutual Commitment

Eric Jacobson

keep people and resources pointed in the right direction on the right things. are personally known for what they expect and will do.

Do you have the right leaders for your growth strategies?

First Friday Book Synopsis

It takes a mix of leaders and talent to pursue a variety of growth strategies simultaneously. Few executives can do it all. Here is an excerpt from another outstanding article featured online by McKinsey & Company’s Quarterly magazine, co-authored by Katharina Herrmann, Asmus Komm, and Sven Smit.

Towards Your Growth as a Management Innovator

Management Excellence

One of the exciting parts of living and working through “these interesting times,” comes from the opportunity to apply the tools of management in new ways and forms to today’s complex problems. The implication is that in many cases, we’re still trying to solve new and emerging problems with 20th century management tools.

Teresa Amabile: Profile of a cutting edge thought leader

First Friday Book Synopsis

Long before almost anyone else, Teresa Amabile began to think about and write about creativity and innovation in business. Perhaps only her associates at Stanford, Michael Ray and Rochelle Myers, staked an earlier claim as pioneers in what has since become one of the most dynamic fields of research. Amabile is the Edsel Bryant Ford [.].

Creativity and Leadership


Creativity starts with humility. It starts with saying “I don’t know the answer” The resulting journey to find that answer most times results in creative solutions. Creativity stops when we think we know everything and no longer become sojourners on a journey of inquisitiveness. Jaussi, K.S., Stefanovich, A. & 2008). Riggio, I.

Soft Skills are the New Smart Skills

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

Soft skills require time, mentoring, informal learning and management coaching and support. Influencing With Impact. Interest Based Negotiation.

Henry Ford, Innovation, and That "Faster Horse" Quote

Harvard Business Review

"If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.". We've all been in conversations on the topics of creativity and innovation when Henry Ford's most famous adage is (excuse the pun) trotted out, usually accompanied by a knowing smirk and air of self-evidence. Battle lines are quickly drawn. Used car trade-ins.

You’re in the driver’s seat

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Motivation gets you going and habit gets you there. Make motivation a habit and you will get there. ~ Zig Ziglar You’re in the driver’s seat. Leadership Development habits leaders motivation

Two Quick and Valuable Productivity Books

Kevin Eikenberry

This week’s Resource Recommendations are The Hamster Revolution by Mike Song, Vicki Halsey, and Tim Burress and The Myth of Multi-Tasking by Dave Crenshaw. When working with leaders all over the world, I get asked regularly about productivity and time management issues. Books Leadership Learning email multitasking productivity

Wandering Thoughts


Think ahead, be in the moment, and yet reflect on the past. That's a neat trick but it is worth learning.] Look for lessons, not grievances.

What does 100% look like to you?

Jason Womack

Would you know it, if you saw it? When the dial is turned all the way "on," just what does that look like? Of course, I'm not a Lab.

Six Disciplines for Excellence - A Review of a Timeless Book

Six Disciplines

Are you small business leader looking for a quick fix? You think that maybe what revenues lack is a cute ad or a viral cartoon? Maybe a nifty new slogan for your brand or more Facebook friends? Or, wait, you want to jump on the latest craze and sign up for those discount coupon programs. Well, if you are, then carry on. However, if you are a.

Say What?


How powerful are car sound systems? Check out this and this

The Happiness Advantage: Researching Happiness at Hogwarts

Strategy Driven

Excerpt from The Happiness Advantage … For me, Harvard remains a magical place, even after twelve years. When I invite friends from Texas to visit, they claim that eating in the freshmen dining hall is like being at Hogwarts, Harry Potter’s fantastical school of magic. Seriously, what does a Harvard student possibly have to be unhappy about?”.



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Talent management

Talent Technologies

Talent management is increasingly critical for companies where winning the war for talent is central to success in Asia, yet time and again we come across these companies making major errors in their talent management processes. The Talent Management mistakes companies make. It all starts with the hiring process, as the article identifies.

When A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Viruses


How cybercriminals poison image searches on Google. [HT: HT:


Lessons to be learned from Steve Jobs

First Friday Book Synopsis

Everyone seems to have lots of opinions about Steve Jobs. I never met him or worked for him. I’ve seen videos of him, notably his commencement address at Stanford. Also, I know people who knew him and worked for him. Among my friends are those who have written books and articles about him. It would [.]. Bob's blog entries.

Great Courses. Great Product.


Writing in City Journal , Heather Mac Donald on the marvelous public service provided by Great Courses: And the company offers a treasure trove of traditional academic content that undergraduates paying $50,000 a year may find nowhere on their Club Med–like campuses. There are lessons here for the academy, if it will only pay them heed

Why Are India's Women So Stressed Out?

Harvard Business Review

Tapping its rich mine of educated female talent has been an important factor in allowing India to become one of the world's fastest-growing economies. But recently this particular dynamo has been showing signs of strain. An overwhelming 87% of Indian women said they felt stressed most of the time, and 82% reported that they had no time to relax.