Mon.Aug 29, 2011

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. It appears to me that we have many to choose from in the organizational world.

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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. At least that’s what I’m deducing having read, “ Do You Suffer from Decision Fatigue? &# by John Tierney in the New York Times.

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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

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? 10 Management Lessons from Harry Potter.

Respecting Well-Being


Flat organizations, technology, competition, and complexity. These are only a few of the things that have made your life and the lives of your employees crazy. You work incredible hours. You receive 100-200 emails a day. You have to make your quarterly goals, you need to manage and lead. You need to evaluate, hire and fire employees. You have to deal with staying competitive in a down economy.

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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. Strategy is a plan of action designed to achieve a defined goal. There are all sorts of strategies in today's business  at the top is

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 [.]. Change Communication Decisions Feedback Leading Listening Innovation Leadership

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

Create Learning

Team development + Leadership. Team Building & Leadership Expert Michael Cardus. For the 2nd year in a row I have had the honor of facilitating a two day workshop with the Simon Graduate School of Business – University of Rochester Executive MBA program.

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 [.]. Developing Your Community Interacting with Users

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. In the meantime, here are some great reminders from Lederman's book on listening -- what to do and what not to do to be a leader who's an effective listener : Do : Maintain eye contact. Limit your talking. Focus on the speaker. Ask questions.

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 [.]. Servant Leadership

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

I read the following in a group discussion forum on LinkedIn awhile back and want to share this good advice about leading from writer Joseph Marzano: "Great leaders: clearly and constantly remind people of their mutual common mission.

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. To read the complete article, check out other [.].

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. This “management innovation” as Dr. Gary Hamel describes it, is much about the search for approaches to organizing, planning, leading and controlling that better fit the challenges of the 21st century.

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. It also stops when our teams become unbalanced because of homogenous recruitment to the team.

Soft Skills are the New Smart Skills

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

Soft skills, especially emotional intelligence based skills as well as collaboration and networking, have become more important than traditional hard skills.

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.

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. Two books, published in 2008, have been among my recommendations in these areas. [.]. 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.] Yes, reflect on the past, but don't nurse wounds or let your steps be entangled with regrets. 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? I had forgotten about this picture, so when I was scrolling through my iPad photo album and saw it, a big smile came to my face. Of course, looking at it I know exactly where we were.

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. There is nothing to read here. 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.



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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. This recent article over at The Telegraph highlights some of these errors, and it’s true these problems are not limited to Asia alone. 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. It would be presumptuous of me to suggest what lessons can be learned from him.

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.

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. According to "Women of Tomorrow," a recent Nielsen survey of 6,500 women across 21 different nations, Indian women are the most stressed in the world today.