Fri.Aug 26, 2011

Credibility: How Leaders Gain it and Lose It

Leading Blog

Credibility is the foundation of leadership. Unfortunately, many people today do not trust their leaders. Many wonder if there are any leaders left who have the strength of character to sustain their trust,” write Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner in Credibility: How Leaders Gain it and Lose It – Why People Demand It.

My One Sin (And a MONVEE Giveaway)

Ron Edmondson

This is a guest post from Chris Weber. Chris is on staff at Monvee. Monvee is a ministry passionate about discipleship. After a recent blog post, Monvee agreed to let me give away 10 copies of their spiritual development software. This is an amazing opportunity!

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Get ready for the big push

Chartered Management Institute

September, October and November are traditionally the busiest months of the year for recruitment activity, with many projects being started (six months into the company year etc) and many employees resigning after coming back from holiday. Although the economy is changing from positive to negative on a daily basis we still expect a lot of activity in the next few months, particularly in those sectors that are doing well at present.

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A Week with Zig Ziglar: Part 5

Ron Edmondson

I continue to share this week I”m sharing an interview I did recently with leadership master and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar. Here are the past posts in this series: Part 1 . Part 2 . Part 3 . Part 4. My questions are in bold, followed by Zig’s answers.

To motivate or to inspire?

Chartered Management Institute

Important principles on how to inspire your people and keep them interested and engaged at work, the difference between inspiration and motivation and where money fits in to the picture. Related Content: Employee empowerment and motivation are board level (strategic) issues Open Book Management – Pros and Cons, Transparency & Accountability To what extent does your organisation value Authentic Leadership? Commercial Awareness - How Important Is It?

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How to get rich quickly

Rajesh Setty

Once during a seminar, we engaged in a thought experiment. I asked the audience what ideas do they have to get rich quick and the answers came in fast. One golden rule was to not to think about any restrictions. Here are some answers: 1. Buy a lottery (and win). Rob a bank (successfully).

Are You On The List?

Women on Business

Forbes has named the World’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women … You may be shocked at some of the women included, some left out…and where they are all ranking. For instance: The President of McDonalds. The company and restaurant that children can spot from five miles away by the golden arches, just made the list at #92. Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, is #1 on the list. Angela has moved her way up the list, last year she was #4.

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Does technology free us or enslave us?

Chartered Management Institute

Yesterday research revealed the importance of mobile working to employees around the country, with many willing to up sticks and swap employer for one that offered more flexible working arrangements.

The Purpose of an Organization

Management Craft

I find myself worrying about hurricane Irene. I don't live in its projected path, my worry is for those that will be inevitably affected. I takes a village to build and it will take an even bigger village to help rebuild. Whatever the impacts - people, property, communications, transportation, pride, businesses and jobs - we will need to pull together even if we are not directly affected. I have no doubt that we will.

The Dalai Lama - 18 Rules for Living

Building Personal Strength

From time to time I come across a video clip or some quotes from the Dalai Lama, and I find that I consistently like the wisdom, so I'm sharing these eighteen rules for living, issued at the start of the new millennium. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

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What Happens After a Legend Leaves?

Next Level Blog

There’s been so much written about Steve Jobs stepping down as Apple CEO this week. As an Apple fan and a student of business leaders, it’s hard to disagree with the many, many tribute articles that. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Current Affairs Leadership

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9 Signs Your HR Manager is Bad

Rapid BI

Is your HR manager effective - or a policy pundit? this article looks at the signs of an ineffective HR manager. Management effective management HR human resources strategic

A Conversation with Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi, co-authors of The Essential Advantage

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from another in a series of conversations sponsored by Booz & Company. In this instance, with Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi, co-authors of The Essential Advantage: How to Win with a Capabilities-Driven Strategy, published by Harvard Business Review Press (2011). In this interview, they point out that in this unpredictable economy, [.].

Innovation: How Does Google Do It?

Management is a Journey

Learning from what others have done is the foundation of human progress. After all, who wants to reinvent the wheel, when it already exists? It’s better to come up with different and better uses for the wheel. To learn how to create an environment that encourages everyday innovation, it makes sense to listen to a [.]. Innovation Videos Business Trends management organizational productivity performance management strategic thinking

Universal Appeal of The Last Lecture

First Friday Book Synopsis

The appeal of The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (New York: Hyperion, 2008) is universal and longstanding. It was on the bestseller list for many months and has received great critical acclaim. Pausch was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon. At the time he gave the lecture that this book was based upon, he [.]. Karl's blog entries cancer Carnegie Mellon Hyperion Randy Pausch The Last Lecture

15 Techniques that Create Upward Mobility

Leadership Freak

Image source It’s not unusual for emerging leaders to seek advice on how to ask for a promotion. It’s not enough to ask for a promotion. You must build a platform. 5 techniques you should never employ: Avoid being a threat to insecure bosses. If possible, help them get what they want. Never say you [.]. Personal Growth Taking others higher Growth Leadership Development

In Pursuit of Happiness: The Economics of Enough

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from David K. Hurst’s review of The Economics of Enough, written by Diane Coyle and published by Princeton University Press, 2011. ?To To read the complete review and c heck out other resources provided by strategy+business magazine online, please click here. * * * Economist Diane Coyle, a visiting professor at the [.]. Bob's blog entries constituents Crisis & Renewal: Meeting the Challenge of Organizational Change David K.

Photo Inquiry Friday: Question I Ask in the Beginning of a Team Building & Leadership Program

Create Learning

In the beginning of programs I am nervous, anxious, sometimes sweaty and people stare at me – this is why I like to get the focus off of me as soon as possible.

The Network Is Your Customer: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Network Is Your Customer: 5 Strategies Tto Thrive in a Digital Age David L. Rogers Yale University Press (2010) Here’s the challenge: our future networks can “make us not only more connected but, let us hope, more human.” I am grateful to Thomas Kuhn and then to Joel Barker for filling one of my [.].

You Are What You Say You Are….

Women on Business

Leadership is an elusive quality and few people ever really get it, but as the figurehead of a company you are supposed to know what it means to be a leader and a motivator even if it wasn’t taught to you. In my industry I see a lot of individuals who were really good at their chosen profession and that skill got them thrust into the management arena. Leadership is an elusive quality but interestingly enough the people who want it usually aren’t leaders.

Your Conversation With Libyans

Bird's Eye View

Let's just assume for the moment that you were asked to help the new Libyan regime determine its communications strategy. I don't mean setting up television and radio spots and writing articles for print and on-line media.

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Every friday we review the posts from LeaderLab contributors that has appeared on this blog and elsewhere online. Tim Vanderpyl pondered what the world will look like when Millennials become leaders. We posted our review of Teresa Amabile & Steven Kramer’s The Progress Principle. David Burkus took a look at incentive compensation asking “ Is GSK taking the sales out of sales representative? &#. Our Brief History of Change series tackling Chris Argyris’ Intervention theory.

Musical Distraction: Irene and Company


Back by popular demand: Some hurricane music from Jerry Lee Lewis and Van Morrison plus Lena Horne with Stormy Weather

Take "shoulding" out of the project

Jason Womack

Have you ever had the thought, "Someone should."? I used to. Then, I started searching for the answer to this question: "Who is?" Working here in new York, I do get to see a lot.and, I know I miss a lot too. This isn't a bad thing; in fact, it works in our favor!

Praise Someone


Never assume that fine performance is acknowledged. Too often, it is taken for granted. Even when praise is given, one negative remark can erase the effect of fifty positive ones. Someone out there doesn't just deserve your praise today, they need it

The Great Eraser

Strategy Driven

I am a big proponent of continuous improvement and the need to always improve. Unfortunately, it has brought with it a real negative. It took me 8 years of watching my two sons wrestle until I realized I had fell victim to that negative consequence.

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In all my life I have met only one person who claims to have seen a ghost. And the interesting thing about the story is that the person disbelieved in the immortal soul before she saw the ghost and still disbelieves after seeing it. She says that what she saw must have been an illusion or a trick of the nerves. And obviously she may be right. Seeing is not believing. From Miracles by C. Lewis


Chevy Runs Deep – Maybe, but Customer Loyalty is Awfully Shallow

First Friday Book Synopsis

The American Code for cars – IDENTITY When people spoke about the moment when they were allowed to drive for the first time, they made it sound as though their lives began right then. Conversely, when elderly people spoke of the moment their car keys were taken away, they reported feeling as though their lives [.].

Why Crime Falls


Writing in City Journal , the always fascinating James Q. Wilson on why crime declines. An excerpt: Imprisonment’s crime-reduction effect helps explain why the burglary, car-theft, and robbery rates are lower in the United States than in England. The difference results not from willingness to send convicted offenders to prison, which is about the same in both countries, but in how long America keeps them behind bars. For the same offense, you will spend more time in prison here than in England.


Where Do You Find The Very, Very Best Idea? – Insight from Steve Jobs, from 2004

First Friday Book Synopsis

The first steps of a creative act are like groping in the dark: random and chaotic, feverish and fearful, a lot of busy-ness with no apparent or definable end in sight. There is nothing yet to research. For me, these moments are not pretty. I look like a desperate woman, tortured by the simple message [.]. Randy's blog entries idea innovation Steve Jobs The Creative Habit Twyla Tharp

Flying Solo


FutureLawyer on why he is a solo practitioner. It involves an Umbrella Cockatoo


Serving Beyond Self

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Life's most persistent and urgent question is, "What are you doing for others?" ~ Martin Luther King Jr. Serving Beyond Self. Leadership Development character-based leader giving Leadership serving

100 Big Ones


Be sure to check out the 100 Greatest Albums list at Cultural Offering


BOGO Free ~Tasty Top Cake Pop

ReThink HR

Cake Pop's have been the happening thing at parties around here these days. Kids love them! They are easy to make for birthdays and holidays and seem to be the talk of the party. Right now there is a Buy One Get One Free going on for Tasty Top Cake Pop - Bite-Size Cake on a Stick.