Mon.Aug 08, 2011

How Great Leaders Support Work Life Balance

C-Level Strategies

Last week on Leadership Chat we focused on how we, as leaders, can affect a move from Work Family Conflict to Work Life Balance. This week we shift our focus to the micro level and ask the question, “Do great leaders support work-life balance and, if so, how do they do it successfully?&#.

Six Ways to Make Work Play

Kevin Eikenberry

Make work play? Should that really be my goal? I know some people have a problem connecting work and fun (and therefore by extension, play). We’ve been taught that work implies effort and struggle and discipline and challenge. All of this can be true, AND it isn’t an inclusive list. Work can include meaning and [.]. Influence Leadership Learning culture fun play

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The Rainmaker 'Fab Five' Blog Picks of the Week

Maximizing Possibility

Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. I like to start out each week by featuring five of my favorite HR, leadership development, and employee selection blog reads from the previous week. Here are my picks for August 1st - 5th. Enjoy! David Zinger, Employee Engagement: Do You Love Employee Engagement Problems? Okay, we must face the fact that we all have problems, and they are not going to diminish on their own.

Are You Playing Silent Leadership?

Kevin Eikenberry

I recently learned of a version of soccer known as silent soccer. What is that you ask? It is defined as: A form of soccer in which spectators are not allowed to yell, cheer, or coach from the sidelines. Even if you have never been to a soccer game you can imagine how odd this [.]. Developing Others Leadership Learning coaching feedback silent soccer

Providing Emotional Nourishment


“ There are realities we all share, regardless of our nationality, language or individual tastes. As we need food, so do we need emotional nourishment: love, kindness, appreciation and support from others.” ” ~ J.Donald Walters.

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Here is the New York Times Hardcover Business Books Best Sellers List for August, 2011

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is the New York Times Hardcover Business Books Best Sellers List for August, 2011. The surprise is Tomatoland arriving at #5. I have read the sample download on iBooks, and it is terrific. It is: the story of tomatoes and the story of the tomato business. It is s a business book, and a [.]. Randy's blog entries Knowing Your Value Mika Brzezinski New York Times Business Best Seller List Tomatoland

In a Church Plant…Hire Generalists not Specialists

Ron Edmondson

In a church plant, no one can be a specialist. In the early days of Grace Community Church , I did many things I wasn’t necessarily trained or qualified to do. That was even truer in my first church plant, which started smaller, but I suspect it’s true of every church plant. This has been the case for all of our staff. They’ve had to fill roles not assigned to their specific job description. Specialist concentrate on what they do best.

A Strength When Overused

Next Level Blog

One of the great truisms in leadership coaching is that a strength when overused becomes a weakness. For example, the strength of confidence, when overused, looks like arrogance. The overconfident. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Books Current Affairs

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Job Fit Matters Now More Than Ever

Maximizing Possibility

Employee Job Fit is more important now than ever. Companies must use validated pre-employment personality profile assessments in order to select the best Talent possible. employee selection Job Fit Job Match pre-employment personality profile

Here’s A Useful Way To Catch Up On Blog Posts (Inc. Reviews & Interviews) from Bob Morris You Might Have Missed

First Friday Book Synopsis

It does not take long to fall behind in your reading. One place to fall behind is with the writings of the prolific Bob Morris. Bob has been our blogging team colleague since our blog became a genuine blog. I do not know anyone who reads as much as he does – and he remembers [.]. Randy's blog entries author interviews Bob Morris book reviews

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What to Do with the Elephant in the Room.

Coaching Tip

by Guest Author Diana McLain Smith. If there’s an elephant in the room, you might as well get it up on the you can work on it. Of course, there are all sorts of elephants: some heavier than others, some more unruly than others, and some more delicate than others.

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Common Purpose Leadership

Leading Blog

In Common Purpose , consultant Joel Kurtzman makes the case that excellent leaders build a sense of inclusiveness—a sense of we—within the organization by creating a common purpose. A place where people know what to do and why, and understand what the organization stands for. Based on interviews and first-hand experience, Common Purpose lays out how to achieve and then sustain a culture based on a common purpose.

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How to Get Those First Few Members on Your Forums

Managing Communities

photo credit: rutlo My friend Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today, who I co-host the Copyright 2.0 Show with, asked me to write about the following topic: One thing I’d be very interested in, something I don’t think you’ve covered here, is an article about how to get a community started. If a community is like [.]. Community Cultivation Promoting Your Community

Rich Horwath: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Rich Horwath is a national thought-leader on strategy, having appeared on NBC, WGN, and FOX TV to discuss the strategic aspect of current issues. He is the founder and president of the Strategic Thinking Institute, a former chief strategy officer, and professor of strategy at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Rich is the author of four books, the latest being Deep [.].

The Role of Research


Over the weekend, I’ve found myself struggling to reconcile two recent comments in my head. Last week, Bob Sutton wrote on his blog: “most management books are based on anecdotes, the biased recollections of some famous executives, or on research that is presented as rigorous (but is not…Good to Great is a perfect example).”.

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“Increasing Productivity From an Employee Who Has Struggled For Years”

Create Learning

People join companies, and leave managers… Be the reason people stay with your company. The Exponent Leadership process does this! The process is available for a full leadership team as well as for individuals.

Greatness & Tragedy

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myat t , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Few things highlight great acts of selflessness and heroism more than tragedy. This weekend’s helicopter crash in Afghanistan was a horrific loss for the families of our fallen warriors, but also for our nation as a whole.

My Great Team Trumps Your Star Performer @fastcompany

Management Craft

Which would you rather have.5 great employees or 1,000 mediocre ones? If you're Marc Andreessen, cofounder of Netscape, he'd take the 5 great employees. In an interview last month, Mark Zuckerberg made a comment along the same lines. But what if your 5 star performers don't play well together? And what if those 5 are facing a team which works together exceptionally well? William Taylor discusses the merits of the pretty good performer vs. the great performer on the Fast Company website.

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The #1 reason coaching fails to contribute to the bottom line

Rapid BI

Why coaching often fails - It is a rare event when a coaching program delivers what the organization expects - why is this? piece of feedback recently shone some light onto this situation. Management Coaching fail Leadership style

The Top 10 Reasons To Measure Results

Six Disciplines

The need for measurement may seem obvious, however, more often than not, it's overlooked as being unnecessary by many leaders of small and mid-sized organizations. Let's look at the top 10 reasons why your organization needs to measure its results: Measurement clarifies expectations. Measures are a the most transparent and clear means to communicate expectations to employees. Measurement directs behavior.

What Kind of Misfit Are You?

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Umair Haque 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. * * * Here’s a confession that may surprise no one who regularly reads [.].

The Five Domains of Balancing Both Strategy and Execution

Six Disciplines

Remember when we could simply distinguish between strategy formulation as "thinking" (analysis, planning, setting goals, etc.) and strategy execution as "doing" (follow-through, top-to-bottom, operational, goal achieving, etc.)? Today's challenge is how to balance both strategy and execution - or how to build execution into strategy. How do you build execution into strategy?

2 Ways You Should Never Pitch an Idea

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. Coming up with ideas is easy. Selling them to strangers is hard. Entrepreneurs and executives alike often go to great lengths to explain how their concepts are novel [.]. Bob's blog entries 2 Ways You Should Never Pitch an Idea Harvard Business Review on Communicating Effectively Harvard Business Review.

The Happiness Advantage: Introduction

Strategy Driven

Excerpt from The Happiness Advantage … If you observe the people around you, you’ll find most individuals follow a formula that has been subtly or not so subtly taught to them by their schools, their company, their parents, or society. That is: If you work hard, you will become successful, and once you become successful, then you’ll be happy. This pattern of belief explains what most often motivates us in life.

It’s Not Just Who You Know

Kevin Eikenberry

Today’s Resource Recommendation is It’s Not Just Who You Know by Tommy Spaulding. I was introduced to the author, Tommy Spaulding, a few weeks ago when he was guest co-hosting a radio show when I was a guest. Mondays at 3 in Denver Colorado). I quickly liked him as I listened in to the segment [.]. Books Leadership Learning Relationships

What Disgruntled Exiting Employees Mean To Your Business

Eric Jacobson

New research by Corporate Executive Board Co. reveals that more than three-quarters of departing employees say they wouldn't recommend their employer to others.

Go for It, Brett; Retiring Successfully Is Harder Than It Looks

Marshall Goldsmith

After retiring, why do so many athletes like Brett Favre change their minds and come back? Why can't they just go out on top? After announcing his retirement, Brett Favre was asked, "What are some things that you are looking forward to doing?" Nothing," he replied. And I am going to stick to that until I do something else." This was an extremely bad sign of the potential for Mr. Favre having a successful retirement.

PM Profile: Jill Guild, NHS manager

Chartered Management Institute

NHS manager Jill Guild is based in the East Midlands. She explains how Chartered Manager accreditation has helped on her mission to improve dementia services. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

The Role of Research


Over the weekend, I’ve found myself struggling to reconcile two recent comments in my head. Last week, Bob Sutton wrote on his blog: “most management books are based on anecdotes, the biased recollections of some famous executives, or on research that is presented as rigorous (but is not…Good to Great is a perfect example).”.

Clothes maketh the manager

Chartered Management Institute

The 21st-century workplace is global and age-diverse. Kayleigh Ziolo explores how generational differences have created new office style rules, and how they affect management and employee relations. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Major Global Study Calls for a Leadership Revolution

The Practical Leader

The training firm Development Dimensions International (DDI) has just released their Global Leadership Forecast 2011. It’s billed as “the biggest study of its kind, involving over 2,600 organizations in 74 countries. Nearly 1,900 HR professionals and 12,500 leaders participated.&#

Board quotas and benevolent sexism

Chartered Management Institute

Holding a door open for a lady is an age old act of chivalry that I like to think men still observe today. On the surface it seems like quite a straightforward act of kindness. Alas some social psychologists believe it merely serves to reinforce gender stereotypes, ie that women are the weaker sex and therefore in need of help from all powerful men. It's known in the industry jargon as benevolent sexism. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

The Manager's New Role

Harvard Business Review

"My children don't seem to need me anymore," a friend complained to me the other day. That isn't unusual; I often hear parents express their concerns about how little their children learn from them nowadays or ask them questions. From finding the meaning of words and searching for street addresses to understanding how things work, children are increasingly turning to the net instead of their parents.

Separate Launches


I need to schedule some workshops today, respond to a bundle of emails, complete another draft of an executive coaching program, and wrap up the revision of a class. It would be easier to have one major project for the day because, once started, that would draw me into a flow.