Mon.Aug 22, 2011

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Seven Ways The Best Leaders Set an Example By Going First

Kevin Eikenberry

To lead someone or something means, literally, to be in front, so that others can see and follow in that direction. Stated another way, if you think you are leading, but no one is following, you are just taking a walk. In yet other words, leaders are leaders because of what they do, not because [.].

When an Under Performer Gets Promoted

C-Level Strategies

How often do we work with underperformers who have been “promoted into&# our teams? Then it came time to take a job in the real world.

Become a More Effective Leader by Asking One Tough Question

Marshall Goldsmith

What prevents us from making the changes we know will make us more effective leaders? Great question. I may be the only executive educator who actually measures whether the participants in my leadership development courses actually do what I teach--and then measures if they are seen as becoming more effective leaders. Look at the trend line.

Learning is More Than a Spectator Sport


Years of attending training programs where I sat in a chair and listened to PowerPoint presentations had made me weary of such events. After the training was finished, I’d head back to the office and the material I was given in the program would sit on my desk for a week or two as I got involved in the day to day craziness. I was a spectator.

A Week with Zig Ziglar: Part 1

Ron Edmondson

Zig Ziglar! The man! John Maxwell pays tribute to Zig Ziglar in his book “ Everyone Communicates, Few Connect.” I’ve not had to change anything.

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I’ll Pay You To Go Away- Leadership Lessons From Jersey Shore

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Self Leadership What does Leadership have to do with Reality TV? A LOT… From “Survivor&# to “The Apprentice&# , these shows are impacting our leadership culture. This genre of television leads the networks as having one of the most loyal of all fan bases, and I must admit I have my own favorites.

Insights from an Incident with Yellow Jackets

Your Voice of Encouragement

My husband jerked up his head when he heard me shriek and saw me running towards the garage. But I was wrong. Not fast enough, though.

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Notes from Our All-Day Staff Retreat

Ron Edmondson

We have an all day or couple day staff retreat a few times each year at Grace Community Church. These retreats always focus on the future…where we are going. We have made huge changes in our church as a result of these times. We did a few things before we got to that part, but they were all forward-thinking discussions. Passion for Ministry.

Relationship Trouble? Try Another Perspective

Leading Blog

Periods of crisis and testing are helpful for what they bring to our attention. When things are going well it is all too easy to ignore the hard issues we would be better served by addressing. Times of testing show who we really are. Diana Smith identifies one such issue in The Elephant in the Room : relationships. “No

Return on Learning: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries Accenture’s Capability Development team Agate B2 Donald Vanthournout How Accenture achieved an ROI of 353% on its commitment to enterprise learning Kurt Olson Return on Learning: Training for High Performance at Accenture ROL = ROI Tad Waddington

Say it Quick! 99-Word Stories About Leadership, Learning, and Life by Brian Remer

Kevin Eikenberry

This week’s Resource Recommendation is Say it Quick! 99-Word Stories About Leadership, Learning, and Life by Brian Remer Sometimes I get to tell you about a book that you might never otherwise learn about (it isn’t currently available on Amazon, but is available here.) Books Leadership Learning reflection training training exercises

Are You Ready for a Black Swan? Stress-Testing the Enterprise with Disrupter Analysis

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from another article written by Matthew Le Merle and featured online by Booz & Company. As he explains in the article, Black Swans—unanticipated, catastrophic events—are impossible to predict on an individual basis, but they regularly occur.

3 Strategies To Achieve the Impossible

Linked 2 Leadership

Stories of ordinary people overcoming enormous obstacles get our attention. We’re inspired by those who find ways to build the personal strength to achieve the impossible. As an FBI new agent, I spent sixteen weeks at the FBI Academy. While there were several obstacles for me to overcome, the most grueling also happened to be [.].

How to Handle Banned Members Who Say Bad Things About You

Managing Communities

photo credit: anemoneprojectors (no internet at the moment) ren asked: “What [do you] do when you ban someone for defamation (not of you) and impersonation and they use social networks to bad mouth your forum and organization?&# I’ve banned a lot of people. The vast majority of them were simple spammers or the like. But, [.].

Millennial Leaders


I’ve been thinking lately about how Millennials will change leadership in the next decade or so. The reality is, we don’t really know how they will lead. The oldest Millennial is about 30 now, and most haven’t been given significant leadership opportunities yet (I don’t count crewchief at a fast food restaurant as significant).

A Campbell’s Soup CEO on Office Politics

Leadership Freak

Office politicians make themselves look good while making others look bad. “Create environments where people believe they will be honored,” Doug Conant. I recall a meeting where an office politician made a member of the team look incompetent. Author Leading Office Politics

Baldacci Shifts Gears in New Best-Seller

First Friday Book Synopsis

You likely know David Baldacci as the best-selling author of thriller novels. As quickly as he releases a new one, it rises up the charts rapidly, often landing at the # 1 position on the New York Times bestseller list. This is true of his books such as Absolute Power, Stone Cold, First Family, True [.].

Management Toolbox: Are your Goals SMART?

Management is a Journey

Setting goals is an important element of performance management and overall organizational productivity. If constructed correctly, goals give employees a clear standard of what acceptable performance looks like. Goals should be SMART [.]. Management management organizational productivity performance management

MacKay is Correct about Benefits to Reading

First Friday Book Synopsis

I read with interest a recent entry in the Lessons in Leadership series, authored by columnist and best-selling author Harvey MacKay, entitled “Benefits to Reading Good Books are Many.&# You can find the complete article in the Saturday, August 20, 2011 edition of the Orange Country Register (p. B-3), and I have reproduced a good part [.].

Leadership Caffeine: Fun at the Cousin’s Reunion with Luck, Hope and Hard Work

Management Excellence

Luck, while nice when she smiles on you, is a fickle and elusive relative. She rarely shows up at family events and when she does, it’s all about her. She raises expectations of ridiculous things to insane levels, and then disappears after disappointing, without a word. The quiet one in the crowd at this family reunion is Hard Work.

Free to Choose: Does Our Culture of Individualism Harm Working Moms?

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from a profile of journalist Lisa Belkin 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 and your life.” To read the [.].

The Rainmaker 'Fab Five' Blog Picks of the Week

Maximizing Possibility

Hello everyone! Hope your having a good start to your week thus far. Last week I came across so many great blog posts, and it was not easy selecting just five of my favorites. Enjoy the five I chose to share with you and feel free to comment. This post is about keeping the word "but" out of any negotiation.

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Leaders Enlarge Purpose

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Leaders help people see that what they are doing is bigger than themselves and bigger, even than the business. ~ Jim Kouzes & Barry Posner Leaders Enlarge Purpose. Leadership Development Leadership Challenge purpose

Book Review: “Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage” by Scott Keller and Colin Price

The Practical Leader

This is an outstanding book that should become a classic for its extensive research on leadership and organization effectiveness. Direction.

Eight Ways to Communicate Your Strategy More Effectively

Harvard Business Review

A frustrated CEO recently shared with me that her employees had lost their edge. They were internally focused, their speed-to-market was down, and they couldn't find a good balance between serving customers well while making healthy margins. Keep the message simple, but deep in meaning. Most organizations have a deeper meaning as to why they exist.

Pebble in the Shoe


It may eventually cause significant erosion in morale and effectiveness. Retreats often have sessions devoted to major issues.

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Disrupt Yourself

Harvard Business Review

"Are you sure you aren't making a mistake?". I had just announced to one of my dearest friends that I planned to walk away from Wall Street and my seven-figure salary. Yes, I'm sure." But was I? Years earlier, I had moved to New York City with a degree in music and a husband who was beginning a Ph.D. program. Time to disrupt myself. STOP IT.".

Are you speaking of your organization in the past, present, or future tense?


On a recent trip to Italy, I visited the Coliseum, the Parthenon, and the statues collected by the Medici family. While there’s plenty of important and successful businesses and entrepreneurs in Italy, most of us, when we speak of Italy’s greatness, speak in the past tense. When you talk about the United States, what tense do you use most?

Big Albert


FutureLawyer has some success tips from Einstein

GUTSY GAL Takes over “The Avenue”

Women on Business

Growing up in South Philadelphia was akin to living in Italy without the gelato. At least that was what it was like for Lynn Rinaldi decades ago. Everyone became like family; fathers and brothers protected mothers and sisters. Lynn, the only girl among her four siblings even has a twin brother. And watch out for her they did. And she did. He gasped.

Is There a Blogger's Discount?


At Eclecticity : Yes, I would like this Cadillac

Today’s Quote

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development "Leaders help people see that what they are doing is bigger than themselves and bigger, even than the business." Kouzes & Pozner ~ Today’s Quote. Leadership Development

Gorbachev: Recalling The Evil Empire


SPIEGEL : But you lacked a concept for these changes. Gorbachev : If I had had a plan for it, I would have quickly ended up in Magadan. SPIEGEL : The capital of the Stalinist gulag, 6,000 kilometers from Moscow. Gorbachev : Both of you were very familiar with the Soviet Union. Don't you remember what kind of a country it was?

Steve Brill’s Report Card on School Reform

First Friday Book Synopsis

Sara Mosle’s vigorous review of Steven Brill‘s book, Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools, appears in The New York Times‘ Book Review section (August 21, 2011).