Tue.Nov 01, 2011

7 Disciplines of a Spiritual Leader

Ron Edmondson

A spiritual leader, in my opinion, is called to lead well. All leaders should lead well, but when one claims to be a follower of Christ their leadership reflects on his or her walk with Christ. Leading well takes discipline.

Discovering Your Leadership Development Needs


No leader is perfect. Some of them know exactly what leadership development areas they want to work on with their coach. Others struggle to figure out what they need or want to work on. I get it – it’s hard. A coach can help them to figure it out with early coaching conversations, but

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10 Current thoughts on mid-life…

Ron Edmondson

I’m what many would say “middle-aged”… Of course, mid-life is a relative term, and based on average ages of life-expectancy, I’m past that point, but where I am is in between raising my family and becoming a grandparent.

November 2011 Edition - Strategy Execution Newsletter - On Managing Processes

Six Disciplines

Welcome to the November issue of the Strategy Execution Newsletter from Six Disciplines. In this month's issue, we're focusing on managing processes. Do You Have The "Master Process" In Your Organization? Think about it: all professions (sports, music, art, entertainment, education, architecture, to name just a few.) have time-tested, proven processes that, if followed correctly, lead to consistent and predictable outcomes.

The Top 25 Temptations of Leadership

Leadership Freak

Using position to intimidate or manipulate. Believing talent, experience, or skills compensate for preparation. Choosing the easy way for you rather than the best way for them. Overlooking the destructive behaviors of high performers. Withholding benefits or resources as punishment. Avoiding tough issues. Staying the same. Pretending you know when you don’t. Hiring yourself. Surrounding [.]. Failure Fear Insecurity Leading weaknesses Leadership Development

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Do You Have a Foundation of Great Experience & Culture?

Modern Servant Leader

Much of what I practice in both leadership and technology roles, I first learned early in my career. In fact, the early years of my career formed the lens through which I view most of my professional perspectives.

The LIFE Business

Orrin Woodward

Michael Dell Changed My LIFE. In the winter of 2000, I had the privilege of hearing Michael Dell speak live at the Detroit Economic Club. This short meeting changed my life forever. In fact, it was probably the most significant business meeting that I ever attended. From Networking to Community Building. Because it help me clearly define the business that I was in, and the business that I wasn’t in. Before that day, I believed the goal was to move products and be paid to do so.

How to Select Moderators and Staff Members on an Established Online Community

Managing Communities

photo credit: OttoKristensen We’re getting toward the end of of the latest round of new staff members on KarateForums.com, which is an established online community that I have run for over 10 years. Many communities, mine included, feature a staff of volunteers, who complement the person or team that is primarily responsible for the community. [.]. Managing Staff

Living Together


Words can’t express the numerous thoughts that went through my head as I looked upon these three cars. Maybe they were friends and parked together. Maybe the drivers of the cars sandwiching the one in the middle knew they’d only be parked for 5 minutes.


Self-Discipline – The Key to Productivity

Your Voice of Encouragement

Dan Kennedy and me at Glazer-Kennedy SuperConference Dan Kennedy, a marketing mentor to entrepreneurs and small businesses, is one of the most prolific writers I know. He publishes one or two books each year and contributes original articles to several newsletters every month.

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Are Americans Overworked?


Productivity is the holy grail of business. However, in the past two decades the efforts to increase productivity have seemed like waging another crusade. In this infographic, Good.is explores how Americans appear to be working longer hours to less pay. Featured infographic

Emotions in the Workplace: It’s Always Personal

Erika Andersen

Yesterday I sent out my twice-monthly Insider List newsletter, taking advantage of the Halloween timing to talk about fear.

Consider your point of view

Tony Mayo

A key benefit of discussing important decisions with your executive coach is the exploration of alternative explanations for observed events. Managers, particularly business owners, have a very distinct point-of-view, a set of filters that leads them to interpret the data differently than their coach, employees, and customers might. A good executive coach will help the manager consider [.]. For Executive Coaches For Executives Making Meaning Paradigms

Don't Send That Email. Pick up the Phone!

Harvard Business Review

Around this time last year, I wrote about how we need to get back to allowing conversation to occur without texting, emailing, browsing, Tweeting, Facebooking, or doing whatever else zeros and ones can do these days on smart phones, iPads, notebooks, etc. I am as guilty as the next person of falling for the perception that any response latency is unacceptable.

Leading Change When it Bursts Through the Doors

Linked 2 Leadership

Whether it is a planned or unplanned change, the disruption through a transition is often underestimated. Are you ready for change? 4 Key Drivers Common to businesses are four key drivers and the organizational strategy for each one of them. Once a successful link has been made to each area, each team and individual goals are understood alongside execution and fair metrics. Keep in [.].

Idolize Bill Gates, Not Steve Jobs

Harvard Business Review

Apple is undoubtedly the gold standard of today's tech world. In fact, it's probably the gold standard of American industry at the moment. Its innovative design, user interface, and ecosystem make it a titan in any category it enters.

Are Americans Overworked?


Productivity is the holy grail of business. However, in the past two decades the efforts to increase productivity have seemed like waging another crusade. In this infographic, Good.is explores how Americans appear to be working longer hours to less pay. Leadership infographic

Four Destructive Myths Most Companies Still Live By

Harvard Business Review

Myth #1: Multitasking is critical in a world of infinite demand. This myth is based on the assumption that human beings are capable of doing two cognitive tasks at the same time. We're not. Instead, we learn to move rapidly between tasks. When we're doing one, we're actually not even aware of the other. If you're on a conference call, for example, and you turn your attention to an incoming email, you're missing what's happening on the call as long as you're checking your email.

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!


Thoreau and simplicity are hanging out at The Hammock Papers. Thoughts worth pondering


Social Media Success Is About Purpose (Not Technology)

Harvard Business Review

In the real estate world, there is a saying: "The three considerations that most impact value are location, location, and location." In the world of social media, they are purpose, purpose, and purpose. Nothing impacts the success of a social media effort more than the choice of its purpose. Because purpose becomes the cause around which people will rally and be inspired to act, it is also the source of social media's business value. What is a good purpose for social media?

The Four Waves Every Successful Business Goes Through - Part I

Six Disciplines

There are four "waves" that every successful business goes through, and it can be described in two dimensions: strategy (deciding what to do) and execution (getting it done).

Who's Been Trafficking in Your Data?

Harvard Business Review

In the movie Enemy of the State , John Voight, playing an NSA official who suspects Will Smith's character of wrongdoing, says: "Let's get into his life." Through satellite technologies, communications monitoring, and active tracking devices, he proceeds to do just that. Even if you haven't angered the NSA lately, rest assured: Someone at this very moment is getting into your life too. Not some security official in the U.S.

One of the Clearer Explanations


At Ricochet , an animated explanation of the Euro bailout


You Can't Impress Stock Analysts.and Shouldn't Try

Harvard Business Review

ExxonMobil reported last week that its net income reached $10.3 billion.in just the third quarter. The oil giant is arguably the most profitable corporation in history. Ten billion in three months is historic, but as the New York Times reported, " analysts were not impressed.". Is there a better distillation of the serious problem with our economic system?

What's On Your Stop-Doing List

Six Disciplines

According to Michael Porter, the essence of strategy is deciding what not to do. BusinessWeek published an article " Are You Losing Control of Your Business? " in which it advised: "No. 1 on your to-do list? Make a "stop doing" list". BOTTOMLINE: As part of the strategic planning process, a distinctive step in Discipline I. Decide What's Importan t, is called " Agree What To Stop Doing ". If your organization doesn't develop the discipline to do this, our wonderful free market system will

Be Prepared for What You Don't See Coming

Harvard Business Review

Author's Note: My colleague Holly Newman contributed ideas and research for this post. Have you ever worked on a project that produced unexpected results ? Unintended consequences are common in business. For example, sometimes when a senior manager makes a request, it causes a cascade of activity that is far beyond what she intended.

Productivity and Your Daily Email Routine

Six Disciplines

As the pace of technology continues to quicken, email is still the mainstream business communication tool, and most of us are "in" email (85+% of us - use Microsoft Outlook) - all day long. Yet, there's some challenges surrounding our constant use of email (from consulting firm, Alexander Proudfoot): One of the biggest time-wasters reported by office workers is managing email. 39% of office workers feel lost and even frustrated when it comes to organizing and managing email.

What's In a (First) Name

Harvard Business Review

Back in the day when I was growing up (think early 80's) there wasn't an adult whom I didn't address as Mr. or Mrs. so and so. Grown ups were addressed with deference, distance, and formality and we kids knew what the protocol was. Today, I have a four-year-old whose friends all call me Jodi — and if someone were to address me as Mrs. Glickman, I'd do a double take and assume they were talking to my mother. As goes our social world, so too goes the workplace.

Halloween Count


The invasion started slowly. We began to talk about possible reasons for the dramatic decline from last year. Then, around seven o'clock, the doorbell started ringing. By the end of the night, we'd had around 225 trick or treaters come to our door. A few arrived after we'd run out of candy. The good news: All were polite and friendly. Halloween is one holiday that is alive and well

Occupy Wall Street Protests: Celebrate Their Lack of Clarity

Harvard Business Review

During a bleak, cold winter in New York City, a park is occupied by thousands who stand there day and night for weeks. Nobody knows precisely what these occupiers represent, but people are mesmerized by them. Not just the city, but the country and beyond. Articles appear in papers around the world as people react with mixed emotions spanning surprise, admiration, ridicule, frustration, pride, and even fear.

CEO Survey on Candidates


From Chief Executive : Which candidate do CEOs believe has the greatest potential to turn the U.S. economy around

From Viktor Frankl to Jim Collins – We are Free to Choose

First Friday Book Synopsis

Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. Viktor Frankl We cannot predict the future. But we can create it. Jim Collins, Great by Choice ———— It’s been a lot [.]. Randy's blog entries Great by Choice Jim Collins Man's Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl

Expanding Service to the Client


I have beaten this drum before but will do so again. Once upon a time, you would buy blankets in one store, aspirin in another, and a radio in still another. Now, we are not surprised to find all of those sold in one place. As a management consultant, I often think of that precedent. Some law firms employ management consultants but most do not.

Corporate Cultures – Supervisor Initiated, Knowledge and Skills Controlled Environment

Strategy Driven

The Supervisor Initiated, Knowledge and Skills Controlled Environment represents a somewhat centrally controlled environment. This culture set benefits from greater local control than the leader initiated organization while still maintaining a degree of oversight that enhances centralized direction setting as compared with individual initiated cultures.