Thu.Aug 18, 2011

3 Reasons Vulnerability is Crucial to Great Leadership

C-Level Strategies

I was watching a financial show on TV recently and heard a commentator discuss a study that showed if you’d invested $1 in the stock market roughly 50 years ago, it would be worth a bit more that $13 today. Your return would have been higher than inflation.

10 Scenarios to Help Determine if it’s Time to Quit

Ron Edmondson

How do you know when it’s time to leave an organization? I recently wrote “ Leave Before You Have To ”. Sometimes it’s more damaging to stay than to quit. I am asked frequently to help someone think through the decision of whether to stay or to leave their current position.

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4 Keys To Avoid Culture Creep

The Leadership Advisor

I’m a water rat. I love going to the beach. Even with all the chatter about the threat of sharks and the like, I have this penchant for swimming out a fair distance from the shore and then enjoying the swim back.

How To Overcome The Fear Of Public Speaking

Linked 2 Leadership

Everyone on earth, except perhaps those who have completely taken leave of their senses, has fears of one kind or another. Fear is as much a part of the human emotional system as joy, anger and love. Many times, our fears add value to our lives because they prevent us from doing dangerous things but [.]. Servant Leadership

Next Steps in a Marriage after an Affair

Ron Edmondson

I wish it never happened to anyone and I hope it never happens to you, but in my job I hear it almost every week. It’s a word we are afraid of, one that can destroy, and certainly one that will break a heart. Sometimes people admit to it, but mostly they deny it. The word is AFFAIR.

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4 questions for multitaskers

The Organized Executive's Blog

Last week I had an opportunity to listen to Joanne Cantor ’s excellent audio conference “So You Think You Can Multitask.” Cantor is an expert on the psychology of media and communications, and she speaks and consults on topics including productivity and stress reduction.

How Not to Win the 2012 Super Bowl

First Friday Book Synopsis

On February 5, 2012 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, a Super Bowl Champion will be crowned. I do not know which team will win, although, though I am a Cowboys fan, you almost have to root for Manning and the Colts at their home field. But I know that every team in the [.]. Randy's blog entries coaching meetings Performance Management performance review Super Bowl

Brief History of Change: Lewin


This post is the second in our series on change. In this series, we will review and contrast the major theoretical models of organizational change. Change is a complex process, but many organizational changes follow a common process. The idea to develop a model around this process was first pursued by sociologist Kurt Lewin. Lewin uses the image of an ice cube to explain how to change an organization: unfreeze-change-refreeze. Unfreeze. Before any change can occur, people must be change ready.

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How Structural and Political Factors Can Inhibit Innovation


Have you ever tried to make an improvement that looked feasible and seemed to have buy-in from all the right people, and yet turned out to be more resistant to change than you anticipated? Why does that happen?

Using Twylah to attract more traffic from Twitter to your website or blog

Krishna De

{lang: 'en-GB'} Are you using Twitter to attract more traffic to your website or blog and boost your online visibility?

Launching a New Community? Use That Fact to Your Advantage

Managing Communities

photo credit: K. Chan Launching a new online community can be daunting. How can I get those first few members? Unfortunately, there is no magic trick. It’s time and hard work. However, that doesn’t mean that being new is all bad. You would do well to recognize that being new, while in some ways [.]. Promoting Your Community


Movers and Shakers: Ellen Galinsky, Co-Founder and President, Families and Work Institute

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from a profile of Ellen Galinsky (Co-Founder and President, Families and Work Institute) 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 experiences, and plan networking, your career [.].

Don't Delay The Tough Conversation

Eric Jacobson

If you have an employee who needs to improve his/her performance don't delay the tough conversation with them. If you don't address the issue right now, the employee has little chance to improve and you'll only get more frustrated. Most employees want to do a good job.

The Essential Advantage: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Essential Advantage: How to Win with a Capabilities-Driven Strategy Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi Harvard Business Review Press (2011) The strategic power of coherence According to Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi in the first chapter, to achieve and then sustain a competitive advantage, a company “must be resolutely focused and clear-minded about three critical [.]. Bob's blog entries A.G.

Build your Life and Leadership Through Listening

Leadership Freak

I’m a listener that used listening to control people. If I ask the questions, I’m controlling the conversation. If I’m controlling the conversation, I’m controlling you. Does that make you uncomfortable? It should. It took me years to realize I used listening as a protective devise to keep people at arm’s length. Aubrey Hepburn captured [.]. Leading Listening Marks of leaders Leadership

Our CMI with Julie Smith and Denise Lloyd

Chartered Management Institute

My CMI becomes Our CMI, as Provident programme director Julie Smith and project manager Denise Lloyd discuss their hard work and dedication to the Chartered Manager programme. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Parents - Do Your Kids Need Adversity to Make Them Stronger?

Building Personal Strength

A friend of mine and I were swappnng stories about our experiences in the Army. Most of them had to do with the amazing challenges we faced. We had some good laughs. But the theme of these stories was a serious one. The adversities helped shape us. They made us strong to deal with the problems and crises we face in our businesses today. My friend related this familiar quote from Friedrich Nietzsche: "What does not destroy me, makes me stronger." "But But that isn't true for everyone.

Growth at Last

Chartered Management Institute

This week at least! According to the Executive Grapevine, the UK’s retained executive search industry has returned to growth after a three-year slump. The growth in retained search has been driven by demands for board and senior leadership positions and a resurgent financial services sector (although this may go backwards after the bank share plunge over the last few weeks), which showed growth of 21.7% and 26.2% respectively. Related Content: New Year. New Brand. New Name.

Check In With Yourself –Your “Total Life ” Depends On It

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

Check In With Yourself Everday and Ask This Question. Check in with yourself once a day to reflect on this question: “How aligned is my behavior today aligned with my deepest values – the person I want to be?”.

How the length of executive contracts affects their decision making

Chartered Management Institute

This article was originally published at Business Works. The English Premier League season began in earnest again this weekend and it seems only a matter of time before rumours will begin over which manager is set for the chop. Of course, football enjoys a rarefied position in this sense in that the lifecycle of managers tends to be incredibly short. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Do Words Have Power?

Bird's Eye View

If words are so powerful, why do we not pay more attention to what we say? . And if words are powerful, why do we attempt to abbreviate them, obscure them, short-hand them in emails so that others are not sure of what we mean and of the feelings we harbor behind the meaning?

What I've learned by Christian Bamber

Chartered Management Institute

What I've Learned by Christian Bamber, the director of service delivery The Blue Cross. You are not watching this post, click to start watching


How IBM Is Changing Its HR Game

Harvard Business Review

As IBM celebrates its 100th birthday, many observers are rightly calling attention to the many strategic changes the company put itself through to remain relevant amidst dramatic technological and economic change. But one of the biggest transformations IBM went through is less about computers and more about culture.

"I have the charisma of a chipmunk"


Go to Eclecticity for the interview with Admiral Rickover

Managing Multiple Bosses

Harvard Business Review

In the movie Office Space — a comedy about work life in a typical 1990s software company — the protagonist, Peter Gibbons, has eight different bosses. All of them, seemingly unaware of each other, pass by his desk and tell him what to do. While the film is most certainly a satire, for some, it is not far from the truth. More and more people report to more than one boss and learning to handle multiple managers is an essential skill in today's complex organizations.

Thought-Full Thursday: Valuing Those You’ve Dismissed


. Every Thursday, we provide you with a thoughtful way to coach yourself – something all leaders need to do. So take five and enjoy the inspirational quotes and reflect on the questions that follow. Your comments, thoughts, and responses to the questions are most welcome! . “I do not like that man. I must get to know him better.” ” ~Abraham Lincoln. . What value can you derive from getting to know someone you (believe you) don’t like?

Dust City


Another dust storm is rolling through Phoenix. This is getting weird


You Are Invited to a Blog Carnival!

Management is a Journey

Managers today have access to much more information than many of us Baby Boomers did when we began our own management journey decades ago. As I blog, and as I read the excellent work of other bloggers, I often think how much the Internet has really leveled the playing field. A simple Google search on any [.]. Communication communication management

The Bench Sank into the Corner


The bench sank into the corner; after seeing the wood-chunk-wall, he knew all too well why the chairs had invited him over. Check it out at Unhappy Hipsters


“Set-up-to-Fail,” Shame on You, Bad for All – “Set-up-to-Succeed,” Good on You, Good for All

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here are your two choices. You can set someone up to succeed. or You can set someone up to fail. In Encouraging the Heart, Kouzes and Posner describe the danger of the “Set-up-to-fail” syndrome. The set-up-to-fail syndrome “is self-fulfilling and self-reinforcing – it is the quintessential vicious circle…” High expectations or low expectations both influence [.]. Randy's blog entries Barry Z. Posner Encouraging the Heart: A Leaders Guide to Rewarding and Encouraging Others James M.

Music Break: Emmylou Harris


From 1978: Singing " Pancho and Lefty


The Set-Up-To-Fail Syndrome: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Set-Up-To-Fail Syndrome: How Good Managers Cause Great People to Fail Jean-Francois Manzoni (Author), Jean-Louis Barsoux Harvard Business Press (2002) The Negative Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Note: I recently re-read this book while preparing questions for an interview and was amazed, frankly, how relevant the key insights in this book are to those in other books published [.].

Career Techniques


Some people build a career by: Keeping a low profile. Being underestimated. Being not brilliant but thoroughly reliable. Being pleasant. Periodically coming up with one or two great ideas. Looking the part. Knowing when to leave a meeting. Knowing when to keep quiet. Knowing when to be blunt. Being discreet. Trying new things. Calming the waters. Putting out corporate fires. Making the boss look good. Showing up. Thinking ten years ahead of everyone else. Spotting areas of vulnerability.

Behind the Mask of Resistance

Change Starts Here

Anyone who has implemented change in an organization has encountered it: the feeling that you are dragging a heavy weight, or pushing a boulder uphill, or swimming upstream, or banging your head against the wall. The label we put on the sense of being slowed down or stuck is resistance.