Thu.Jan 26, 2012

Do Extroverts Have an Advantage in Political Campaigns?

C-Level Strategies

I had a private exchange on Twitter a few days ago with Carol Roth in which I mentioned to her that I’m a “political junkie.”

7 Signs of a Weak Leader

Ron Edmondson

A youth pastor emailed me recently. He’s frustrated that his pastor continually caves into pressures of a few leaders in the church. They are not supportive of the youth ministry, even though it’s the fastest growing area of the church. The complaint they have?

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3 bad habits of fake leaders — and how to avoid them

Next Level Blog

There was an interesting movie that came out last year called "The Adjustment Bureau" starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. In it, Damon plays a rising young congressman named David Norris. He’s headed for a big victory in a campaign for the U.S. Senate until a picture comes out of him mooning his fraternity brothers at a college reunion. He loses big and starts giving his supporters the big, inspirational, we’ll-be-back concession speech.

How To Never Make A Mistake At Work.

Rich Gee Group

Do you make mistakes too? Blog Business Coaching C-Level Career Coaching Tip Mistakes

People Are Not Units

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Your computer is a unit. You have an air conditioning unit. Unit is a measurement with a definite value. Engineers have predictably mapped out how your computer and air conditioning unit works and performs under a variety of conditions. Businesses have a history of attempting to do the same thing to humans. Sparing you an [.]. Leadership Development 21st century leaders change leader organizational design

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Leading Views: Resilience

Leading Blog

Because we always make mistakes and always will, Norm Brodsky and Bo Burlingham, authors of Street Smarts say that the most important quality for business success is resilience—the ability to bounce back from failure, to turn around a bad situation, to profit from your mistakes.

Creating a Mistake-making Policy

Leadership Freak

** Integrity isn’t perfection, its better. During a hospital stay a nurse turned off and neglected to turn on my pneumatic leg pumps. Devices designed to help prevent blood clots in the legs of trauma patients. Hospital staff called them SCUDS) She removed them about 3 a.m. so I could get up. When I returned, [.]. Failure Humility Leading Marks of leaders Mistakes Taking others higher Trust Values weaknesses Leadership Development Organizational Development organizational values

When and Why You Should Stop Emailing and Pick up the Phone

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. Email has fundamentally changed the way we interact. But, it cannot replace live conversation. This especially applies when resolving a conflict or communicating an important business decision. [.]. Bob's blog entries "Don't Send That Email. Pick up the Phone!" Anthony Tjan Harvard Business Review.

Creating a Mistake-making Policy

Leadership Freak

** Integrity isn’t perfection, its better. During a hospital stay a nurse turned off and neglected to turn on my pneumatic leg pumps. Devices designed to help prevent blood clots in the legs of trauma patients. Hospital staff called them SCUDS) She removed them about 3 a.m. so I could get up. When I returned, [.].

Thought-full Thursday: Observing

Aspire-CS

. Every Thursday, we provide you with a thoughtful way to coach yourself – something all leaders need to do. Today we feature a quote from Wally Bock , whose Three Star Leadership Blog is a bastion of common sense advice and commentary for leaders. It was one of the first blogs I started reading and commenting on. Anyone interested in supervision, management, and leadership can’t go wrong with his writing.

Credit Crisis: Are We Set for the Perfect Storm?

Coaching Tip

In this video clip, taken from Robert Prechter's interview with The Mind of Money, Prechter and host Douglass Lodmell discuss "real" money vs the FIAT money system, and what is backing your dollars under our current system.

Be A Manager Who Makes Decisions

Eric Jacobson

A manager who can't make a decision or who can't make a timely decision will frustrate his/her employees. Equally bad, a lack of decision will impede the progress of the manager's team. Some managers make endless requests for data as a way to postpone their having to make a decision.

‘Yeah were having problems with that’ FIX IT!

Create Learning

You are paid to make decisions an solve problems. When you are working and following the path to complete your task and an obstacle to your progress happens, how you navigate around that obstacle is what you are paid for. You are not paid to follow a rote path, A machine can do that.

Learn How to Think Different(ly)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Jeff Dyer and Hal Gregersen for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * In the Economist review of our book, [.].

The flaw with managing ideas

Bernd Geropp

Tweet. Tweet Photo: badboo/ resource: www.bigstock.com. Innovative companies depend on new ideas and the creativity of their employees. Many companies have therefore instituted a systematic idea management process. Employees submit their ideas to this central office.

ManagingCommunities.com is 4 Years Old!

Managing Communities

photo credit: barbourians Friday will mark 4 years since the launch of ManagingCommunities.com. In honor of this occasion, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has been supportive of this site and me. Thank you to those that read this blog, subscribe to it and spread the word by passing along my [.]. ManagingCommunities.com

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Wise words: Margaret Thatcher on leadership

Bud to Boss

With this year’s movie award season in full swing and Meryl Streep generating a lot of hype for Iron Lady , I’ve been intrigued by the controversial—but unquestionably strong—Margaret Thatcher. Regardless of what you think about Britain’s first female prime minister, you have to admit she threw out witty and insightful one-liners like the best of them. Here are some of my favorites: Do you have a favorite Margaret Thatcher quote?

Stretch Goals: Do’s & Don’ts

First Friday Book Synopsis

In Built to Last, Jim Collins and Jerry Porras urge business leaders to set what they characterize as BHAGs: Big Hairy Audacious Goals. That is, an “audacious 10-to-30-year goal to progress toward an envisioned future.” ” A true BHAG is clear and compelling, serves as unifying focal point of effort, and acts as a clear catalyst [.]. Bob's blog entries Beyond Performance Measure Harvard Review Press Jeremy Hope Steve Player Stretch Goals: Do's and Don'ts When

Do you read books or display them?

The Organized Executive's Blog

Fifty-nine. That’s how many volumes one friend recently donated to our local Friends of the Library book sale because he was moving to a new office. When it came time to pack and move everything, he realized that he didn’t really need those books. Either he had already read them or he never would. Another friend is paring her book collection to make space for a new roommate. She’s deciding which books to buy for her new e-reader, which to keep in paper format and which she no longer needs.

Quote of the Day

Execupundit

The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are. Marcus Aurelius

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Silent Cocktails With Marina Abramovic

Bird's Eye View

Imagine being at a cocktail party. The kind where the champagne they serve is the good stuff, really good stuff like Veuve Clicquot. And the food that is passed it cordon blue with raspberry chutney. Good so far, right? Now imagine that by design, the cocktail party is entirely silent.

Self-Discipline Starts With You

Tim Milburn

Three Steps to a High-Performance Culture

Harvard Business Review

Senior executives tend to think about corporate culture as a topic that's hard to measure and hard to change. As a result, many choose not to invest in it despite all the evidence that, when skillfully managed, culture can be a powerful and enduring source of competitive advantage. ANZ Bank offers an example: a decade ago, the bank embarked on an effort described as a "unique plan of eschewing traditional growth strategies and recasting the culture of the bank to lift efficiency and earnings."

Legionnaire French

Execupundit

A time-tested language immersion program for multiple nationalities: Part One ; Part Two ; Part Three ; Part Four ; Part Five ; Part Six ; Part Seven ; Part Eight ; Part Nine ; and Part Ten

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Are You Learning as Fast as the World Is Changing?

Harvard Business Review

Tom Kelly, general manager of IDEO , the world-renowned design firm, likes to quote French novelist Marcel Proust, who famously said, "The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes." What goes for novelists goes for leaders searching to craft a novel strategy for their company, a new product for their customers, or a better way to organize their employees. In a world that never stops changing, great leaders never stop learning.

Scribble. Scribble. Think. Think.

Execupundit

I'm giving a fresh look at a product that we've offered via an unchanged format for years. Perhaps I'll stick with that approach after analyzing the alternatives, but something tells me we are missing an opportunity.

Prepare for an Interview by Thinking Like an Employer

Harvard Business Review

People have different natural talents at interviewing for jobs. But even the most talented can fail to get offers if they don't prepare. This goes beyond arriving on time, dressing professionally, being polite, and preparing to discuss every detail of your resume. Of course, these things are important. But get ready for interviews in a way that makes you stand out. Adopt a different mindset — theirs.

Recommended Resource – The No Asshole Rule

Strategy Driven

The No Asshole Rule : Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t. by Robert Sutton. About the Reference.

In a New Era for Marketing, Parental Discretion Advised

Harvard Business Review

Every well trained manager knows about the "four P's" of marketing. To make a sale, a company must offer the right product to meet customers' needs, and at the right price. It has to be offered in a place they find convenient and, in order for them to know about it and how it can help them, it has to be promoted well. New research by my colleagues and me, however, suggests that another "P" is growing in importance. Customers also care who the parent of the product is.

Effective Time Management with the 2020 Leader Calendar

2020 IT Leader

Effective Time Management: One of the questions I often get is… “You keep sharing these things we should be doing as Leaders, how can I make sure I remember to do it?” ” With the 2020 Leader Calendar you now simply get all the practices & activities I recommend you do daily/weekly/monthly/quarterly. You can add the 2020 [.]. Developer of People Covey GTD How To Productivity

The Real Virtual Reality

Harvard Business Review

I usually go for a walk in the morning and listen to music or a dharma talk. Occasionally I listen to nothing (or so it would appear by the absence of earbuds), but then I find the chatter of my mind so nauseating that I have to do something to stop it. This morning I was more present than usual. I noticed things in the real world that in the past two years of walking I have noticed not once: that the fire hydrants on our street are red.

Effective Time Management with the 2020 Leader Calendar

2020 IT Leader

Effective Time Management: One of the questions I often get is… “You keep sharing these things we should be doing as Leaders, how can I make sure I remember to do it?” ” With the 2020 Leader Calendar you now simply get all the practices & activities I recommend you do daily/weekly/monthly/quarterly. You can add the 2020 [.] You may like these posts too!: 5 Reasons to Share Your Calendar Today. GTD Weekly Review is Key to Your Success. GTD Context in 3 steps.

Innovating the Library Way

Harvard Business Review

The original value proposition of the library was not just free books but something more, something I learned as a seven-year-old at the Dunbar Public Library in Vancouver, B.C. The library looked like dumpy, public architecture but it was in fact a house of many mansions, a place of possibility, a portal. Space travel, time travel, identity travel, you name it, the library could do take you there. But other media can make the same promise.

3 Benefits of Having an Irresistible Website

Women on Business

Having a website that is irresistible can make a huge difference for you and your business. In fact, I would even say that it’s vital for your website to be absolutely irresistible, and without that your site is not going to be as effective as it’s meant to be. So why does your website need to be irresistible? Here are 3 benefits that you will see when you have an irresistible website: 1. Attract Your Ideal Customers. Having an irresistible website will help you to attract customers.