Mon.Aug 22, 2011

When an Under Performer Gets Promoted

C-Level Strategies

You may have seen a few days ago that there was a debate in the media about whether or not agents involved in the ATF “Fast and Furious&# gun-trafficking investigation had been “promoted out&# of their former roles.

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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 [.]. Leadership Learning attitude change expectations listening questions trust

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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 might tell the staff about what I’d learned but eventually, the books would go up on the shelf and gather dust. 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.” He heard Zig at a seminar say, “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.””

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.

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What I Learned on a Coast Guard Cutter

Next Level Blog

For the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity each Fall to talk leadership with the newly promoted admirals of the U.S. Coast Guard and their Senior Executive Service counterparts from the. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Leadership

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. In our last all-day retreat, our main purpose was to write some guiding principles of what it means to accomplish our vision, which is “Grace Community Church exists to lead people to become growing followers of Jesus.&#

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 No longer,” Smith writes, “can we count on slow markets or sloppy competition to make up for the inefficiencies poor relationships create.

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. I’ve always been a fan [.] I’ll Pay You To Go Away- Leadership Lessons From Jersey Shore.

Return on Learning: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Return on Learning: Training for High Performance at Accenture Donald Vanthournout, Tad Waddington, and other members of Accenture’s Capability Development Team Agate B2 (2006) How Accenture achieved an ROI of 353% on its commitment to enterprise learning, February 12, 2008 To the best of my knowledge, this book offers the single best source for information [.].

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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.) I know sometimes I recommend future bestselling books by famous authors. [.]. 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. Too often, the boards and leaders of large companies are unaware of the risks involved [.]. Bob's blog entries a Black Swan carries an extreme impact a Black Swan is an outlier Are You Ready for a Black Swan?

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 [.]. Servant Leadership courage develop strengths ego fear personal strength risk taking Self-Image uncertainty

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, [.]. Managing the Community

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). But how will they lead? Millennials value growth opportunities in their lives.

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. They subtly pointed out a Director’s mistake – who wasn’t present – while demonstrating their own competence. [.]. 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 [.]. Karl's blog entries Absolute Power bestseller David Baldacci First Family Grand Central Publishing Hell's Corner New York New York Times One Summer The Sixth Man True Blue

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. When goals are poorly constructed, however, employees become frustrated as they have no consistent method for assessing how they are meeting workplace requirements. 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 [.]. Karl's blog entries Benefits to Reading Harvey Mackay Lessons in Leadership Love is a Killer App Orange County Register Tim Sanders

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. Hope, is much more accessible than Luck, but in some regards, she is even more frustrating to deal with. Hope is comfortable and comforting, providing us with possibilities, but most often leaving us disappointed.

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 [.]. Bob's blog entries “On-Ramps and Off-Ramps Revisited” study “The Opt Out Revolution” “Why don’t women run the world?”

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. Paul Castain, Sales Playbook: 3 Ways To A Better "But" - No, I did not misspell the word "but," and this is not a post about shaping up your rear end. This post is about keeping the word "but" out of any negotiation.

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.

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

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. The result was slow progress against the company strategy and an inability to profitably deliver on the value proposition.

Pebble in the Shoe


The major problem that seizes your throat will not be ignored, but the minor problem that does not demand immediate attention can be an irritation for years. It may eventually cause significant erosion in morale and effectiveness. Retreats often have sessions devoted to major issues.

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. My first job, and the best job I could get, had been as a secretary at a brokerage house.

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. And Italy spends a great deal of money to promote a history that has long passed. When you talk about the United States, what tense do you use most?

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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. So, what’s a girl to do? She had to find ways to explore and discover on her own. And she did.

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At Eclecticity : Yes, I would like this Cadillac

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). From my perspective, she offers an uncommonly balanced examination of Brill’s core assertions, most of which are based on his belief that the worst of the [.].

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? All it took was a tiny political joke to end up in Magadan. And I was supposed to have a plan and a supporting team? First we had to lead the people out of torpor.

“Anti-Science” – Not a Good Idea

First Friday Book Synopsis

“The minute that the Republican Party becomes the party – the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. We lose a whole lot of people who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012,” Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor said in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” Huntsman: GOP can’t [.].