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The Power of Positive Feedback (and More)

Kevin Eikenberry

In any coaching workshop I lead, or in any conversation with leaders that turns to coaching, the discussion of positive feedback will ensue. Here are just a smattering of the questions that come up. How much positive feedback should be given? Don’t people already know if they are doing it well? If I give them [.]. Building Relationships Developing Others Leadership Learning coaching encouragement positive feedback support

A Principle About Relationships That Can Change Your Life

Ron Edmondson

Here’s one principle that can dramatically improve every relationship in your life. What an emphatic statement, but it’s true. Learn this principle and place it into practice and you’ll see what I mean. Here’s the principle… Are you ready?

Never Underestimate the Power of a Shower

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Self Leadership A client opened his coaching session today with “I had the most incredible thought in the shower this morning …” I waited, remembering to breathe and keep my eyebrows up. As he proceeded to describe his idea about what he could do to understand his staff at a human level, which will in all likelihood [.] Never Underestimate the Power of a Shower.

4 Ways To Reduce Workplace Negativity By Increasing Consistency

Tanveer Naseer

The following is a guest post by Marlene Chism. Drama in the form of negativity happens for many reasons and not just because of personalities, or because of women bickering and gossiping at the water cooler. Often negativity exists because the structures currently in place do not support the massive changes taking place in the business. In other words the business is growing and changing and there is a need for increased structure to support and manage the change.

Managing your own Lewis Hamilton

Chartered Management Institute

Lewis Hamilton hit the headlines again over the weekend after he crashed his F1 car into the back of Felipe Massa's Ferrari, causing both men to have to pit to repair their car and leading Massa to sarcastically congratulate Hamilton on his performance in the post race interviews. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

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One bad apple DOES spoil the whole barrel

Leadership Freak

Image source Team-work is often slower and always more complex than individual-work; it requires more interaction and greater skill. Five stages: Teams go through five stages: forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning. Typically, they are not distinct stages; forming and storming overlap. Additionally, storming, norming, and performing may occur simultaneously. Before forming: The success of [.]. Communication Courage Leading Listening Strengths Teams Leadership Development

Interview with Sramana Mitra on 1M/1M Program

Rajesh Setty

1M/1M Program has a bold mission. One Million by One Million is a global initiative that aims to nurture a million entrepreneurs reach a million dollars each in annual revenue and beyond by 2020, thereby creating a trillion dollars in global GDP and ten million jobs. This is an ambitious project and it’s not surprising because it’s founded by ever enterprising Sramana Mitra. I had an opportunity to catchup with Sramana and we talked about the program.

Giving Voice to Values: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right Mary C. Gentile Yale University Press; First Edition (August 24, 2010) How to express your values more eloquently and act upon them more effectively As I began to read this brilliant book, I was reminded of James O’Toole’s contribution to a [.].

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Guest Post: Bury My Heart At Conference Room B

Create Learning

Full disclosure: This is a guest post from Stan Slap -His company sent me a copy of his book (no guarantee that I will read it OR like it). I offered to share a guest post my blog. Started reading the book and like it so far…and below is the guest post. Bury My Heart at Conference Room B.

Does Your Company Have a Culture of Trust?

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Dorie Clark 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. * * * Walking around Munich on a recent trip, I was impressed by [.]. Bob's blog entries Does Your Company Have a Culture of Trust? Dorie Clark Harvard Business Review blog Google Harvard Business Review Press HBR email alerts Inc.

Obama Jobs Speech: Real Life Leadership Lessons

Linked 2 Leadership

Real life leadership lesson: Be transparent, congruent, and authentic to yourself and to those you lead! [To To Be Clear – I am wearing my organization development (OD) practitioner hat here. This is a non-partisan analysis of a real-life event to highlight what I believe are imperative traits of successful leadership; transparency, congruence, and authenticity!] Leadership Ain’t Easy After watching Obama’s recent jobs [.].

What You Do Actually Matters – Consider Nolan Ryan’s Leadership

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Texas Rangers just won their division, and are preparing for the playoffs. (Go, Go, Rangers!). They also just set a season attendance record for the franchise. So, a lot of good things are going on with the Rangers. A key reason is the leadership of Nolan Ryan. On Fox Sports Southwest broadcasts of the Rangers’ [.]. Randy's blog entries Leadership Nolan Ryan Ruth Ryan Texas Rangers

Three Steps to Better Leadership

LDRLB

Source: Schaubroeck, J., Lam, S.; Peng, A C. 2011). Cognition-based and affect-based trust as mediators of leader behavior influences on team performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96(4), 863-871. David Burkus is the editor of LeaderLab. He speaks, consults and serves on the faculty of management at Oral Roberts University’s College of Business. Featured Burkus caring Leadership performance

How to Communicate Your Company’s Values More Effectively

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. Most corporate communication plans fail to convey something fundamental to a company’s operations: its values. This is a missed opportunity to influence and energize employees. Here are [.]. Bob's blog entries "The Business of Communicating Values Communicate Your Company's Values Harvard Business Review.

Ask the experts: An employee is having personal problems. How do I ensure he does not become office gossip fodder without dishonouring his wish for secrecy?

Chartered Management Institute

An employee is having personal problems, which have affected his work. He has remained dedicated and open with me throughout. How do I ensure he does not become office gossip fodder without dishonouring his wish for secrecy? You are not watching this post, click to start watching

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Voice of Experience: Monica McConville (Shearman & Sterling)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from a profile of Monica McConville (Partner, Practice Leader, English Law Equity Capital Markets, Shearman & Sterling) written by Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) for The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. Visit us daily to discover issues that matter, share [.]. Bob's blog entries Advice for Female Lawyers Changing Market Priorities Clifford Chance Freshfields Melissa J.

What are Investors looking for?

Chartered Management Institute

You are seeking investment. What are investors looking for? Will my company be suitable? Related Content: Government announces extension to enterprise finance scheme ELQ decision 'affects adult learning' Financial sector 'continuing to decline' Skills funding in Highlands Government funding for skills training. You are not watching this post, click to start watching. finance sector funding Private Equity

When elephants fight, who suffers?

CO2

When owners and executives fight like elephants for control and competing mental models of what is “right,” their blood pressure rises and they get so consumed with their personal and/or political conflict that they lose sight of collateral damage.

Guest Post: Bury My Heart At Conference Room B

Create Learning

Full disclosure: This is a guest post from Stan Slap -I contacted his company because their SEO was spamming my blog with about 30 – 40 spam comments a day.

Asking for a Raise

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Career Development [link] Lead Change Group member Leigh Steere of Manage People Better was quoted in an interesting article published in the Poughkeepsie Journal September 24 titled Tips to help you ask for a raise. There’s some great advice available to you in this post. Leigh’s comments are on page 2 about making comparisons between your actual work [.] Asking for a Raise. Career Development Career jobs leading up salary

Leaders Take Time To Encourage Others

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

Leaders Take Time To Encourage Others. . “A student asked Soen Nakagawa during a meditation retreat, “I am very discouraged. What should I do?” ” Soen replied, “Encourage others.” ” –Story from Essential Zen.

Three Steps to Better Leadership

LDRLB

Care. Care. Source: Schaubroeck, J., Lam, S.; Peng, A C. 2011). Cognition-based and affect-based trust as mediators of leader behavior influences on team performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96(4), 863-871. David Burkus is the editor of LDRLB. He speaks, consults and serves on the faculty of management at Oral Roberts University’s College of Business. Leadership burkus caring performance

Learn How to Think Different(ly)

Harvard Business Review

In the Economist review of our book, The Innovator's DNA , the reviewer wondered whether genius-level innovators such as Marc Benioff, Jeff Bezos, and Steve Jobs challenge the idea that working adults can really learn how to think differently and become innovators. We don't think so. Remember, it was Steve Jobs who jump-started the now-famous "Think Different" advertising campaign as a way to inspire consumers and recharge Apple's innovation efforts. It worked.

Ask the experts: Reply by Nigel Girling Founder of the National Centre for Strategic Leadership

Chartered Management Institute

An employee is having personal problems, which have affected his work. He has remained dedicated and open with me throughout. How do I ensure he does not become office gossip fodder without dishonouring his wish for secrecy? You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Return on Influence, the New ROI

Harvard Business Review

Three years ago, I invented a social media metric. I'd be lying if I said this was a divinely inspired event. I did it because it was necessary. Here's the story: Three years ago, I was prepping for a meeting where I hoped to convince a major CPG brand that my celebrity client was more influential in social media than other celebrities, and therefore they should invest their dollars in my proposed "social media endorsement deal."

Is Your Business Model Fit For Purpose?

Chartered Management Institute

Before attempting to gain funding your business model must be robust. It is better that you and your close assoicates find holes in it rather than a potential investor. Where does it hurt? Related Content: What are Investors looking for? Sun Tzu and the Art of War for today's business? Financial sector 'continuing to decline' You are not watching this post, click to start watching. Business strategy finance sector Private Equity

Ten Clues It's Time to Replace Your Head of HR

Harvard Business Review

If you're a CEO, can the wrong head of HR cause you to lose your job? Absolutely. Ask the ex-CEO of Pfizer or the ex-CEO of Schwab, who both were fired by their boards in part for poor judgment regarding the head of HR. Astonishingly, it was the same woman , Mary McLeod. Called "Neutron Mary" at Pfizer, she had a reputation for excessive personal use of the Pfizer helicopter, tight control of relationships with the CEO at both companies, and harshness with her staff.

The Diversity Index Review

CEO Blog

I read an interesting book by Susan Reed called The Diversity Index - The alarming Truth About Diverstity in Corporate America. and What Can Be Done About it. I assume similar stats apply to Canada. The book is full of statistics about how many women and different races are employed in various places and how that has changed over the years. I wish it also had statistics comparing the demographics in general to the overall statistics.

Eastman on Chemerinsky

Execupundit

It should be no surprise that John C. Eastman is not a fan of Erwin Chemerinsky's judicial philosophy, but this Claremont Institute review was sort of a shock. A mild excerpt: The most recent submission in this genre of psychological fiction, The Conservative Assault on the Constitution, comes from Erwin Chemerinsky, one of the deans of the living Constitution movement and actual Dean of the University of California, Irvine, School of Law.

Know your working styles, and get more done

Jason Womack

Generally speaking, there are THREE main ways information comes in, meetings are managed, and projects are discussed. We all use all three , and, using them more only makes things easier, better and bigger. By understanding more about HOW people work, it is easier to encourage them to do what they do effectively, productively and efficiently. Every person can facilitate workflow and workplace performance by understanding the three ways in which everyone works.

Great Moments in Oral Argument

Execupundit

In an Italian courtroom: Amanda Knox compared to Jessica Rabbit

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You’re it: Improving the rules of phone tag

The Organized Executive's Blog

This is a guest post by Kendall Martin, editorial contributor at Briefings Media Group. Have you ever experienced that dreadful back-and-forth game of phone tag? This past week I went back and forth six times with a vendor. He first left a message asking for a return call. He indicated he would be at his desk all day. I called back ten minutes later and got his voice-mail. I too said “I’ll be around all day.” Lo and behold, I got antsy waiting and went to get a cup of coffee.

Shultz Talks Demographics and Economics

Execupundit

Cultural Offering points to a speech that George P. Shultz , who served as Secretary of State, Secretary of Labor, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Secretary of the Treasury, delivered before The Economic Club of New York. It is a soft-spoken dose of wisdom. Shultz wrote an especially informative memoir, Turmoil and Triumph: Diplomacy, Power, and the Victory of the American Ideal

Discover Your CEO Brand - book review

CEO Blog

I have been thinking a lot lately about my brand - specifically, my CEO brand. I developed it over a 30 year period during which I was much younger and less experienced. Some parts of my brand may not serve me as well as they once did. Partly due to circumstance, location, age, and what I want to do and be.