Sat.Dec 31, 2011

10 Easy New Year Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

Ron Edmondson

I’m like many others on this day. I’m not a big new year’s resolution person. I am huge on setting goals, but resolutions seem to be broken more than they are kept. Perhaps it’s a bias we have towards resolutions. I think part of the reason, however, is that when we set goals, we are more realistic, but when we set resolutions, they are often so lofty we’ll never attain them. We give up shortly after we start. What if we set easy-to-follow resolutions?

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Management Wisdom from a Versatile Leader: Condoleezza Rice

Tony Mayo

In the first year or so it wasn’t just about proving how tough I was, I had to be tough. I was pretty sharp with people. But I’d learned in the classroom, the last thing you want to do is put somebody down because then they freeze, and not only do they freeze, [.]. For Executives Culture Delegation Micro-Managers Narrative Stories

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My Best Blogs of 2011

In the CEO Afterlife

I began blogging about leadership, strategy, marketing and life last February. Frankly, I wasn’t sure whether I could maintain the pace of one blog per week. But as the year closes, I realize that I’ve posted 54 blogs. My fascination isn’t my productivity; rather, it is the source of the idea.

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Tenacity in 2012

Lead on Purpose

Successful people share several common traits; tenacity is at the top. Merriam-Webster defines tenacious as “persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired.” Think about your favorite athlete, actor, business leader, or other successful person and you’re sure to find tenacity as one of their defining characteristics. Tenacity fuels persistence. Persistence is analogous to running a marathon.

#1 – 2011: A Secret Your Husband Keeps but You Need to Know

Ron Edmondson

I’ve been counting down the most popular posts written in 2011. The funny thing is, this post was a revised post from a few years ago. It was a most popular post that year. It’s a powerful concept for spouses to understand. Here’s A Secret Your Husband Keeps but You Need to Know. Ladies, here’s a secret your husband probably won’t share…. He needs your unconditional respect…. in fact…he needs you to be his biggest fan…. Your support feeds his God-given ego….

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Sears & Rock Music & Hollywood and Blackberry & (“Old”) Malls are in Trouble — A Few Observations at the End of 2011

First Friday Book Synopsis

(Personal note – call this a bit of a rambling reflection on the close of 2011. This is just me, kind of thinking out loud). I went to a couple of movies this week. That should not be a big deal to note – but, you see, I haven’t been to many movies for quite [.]. Randy's blog entries BlackBerry change Gaylord Texan Hollywood Malls Montgomery Ward new year Rock Music Sears Shamrock Hotel

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LeadershipNow 140: December 2011 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from December 2011 that you might have missed: @wallybock >> Imagination Igniters: Books for Leaders. KevinEikenberry Valueable Distinction >> Achievement vs. Success.

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Will this year be happy for you? Or even “new”?

Tony Mayo

New Year's greeting--or warning--from CEO coach Tony Mayo, with tools for making this a satisfying year. For Executives Goal Setting

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Take a Look at Yourself ~ And Then Make That Change

You're Not the Boss of Me

This week, I’d like to introduce you to Kaity Nakagoshi.

2011 in Reflection

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

2011 closes the first year of my blog. It’s been a year of learning – the biggest of which was learning how to condense what I want to say into a readable chunk. I still find the shorter the post, the longer it takes me to write.

Understanding Michael Porter: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy Joan Magretta Harvard Business Review Press (2011) How and why organizations can achieve and then sustain competitive advantage, especially in turbulent and uncertain times Although this book offers – in my opinion — the single best introduction to the major insights of Michael Porter, other [.].

Mini Saga #122 – New Partnership

Rajesh Setty

Mini Saga #122 – New Partnership. It was a brilliant idea. Rob and Mark wanted to partner on this. Upon strong recommendation from their mentor, they reluctantly wrote about how they see the business evolve over five years and what they expected from it.

Thoughts on Your Personal and Professional Success in the New Year

Management Excellence

I was truly gifted in 2011 to gain access to and work with and support some remarkable professionals across a number of different market segments…from high tech to professional services to manufacturing, and I learned something with every engagement and encounter.

Today’s Links on ecademy

Rapid BI

How to create high demand for your product It seems that in the US Nike have created such a buzz for their product – people are literally fighting to get the product Race for new trainers (co Sky News) What can the rest of us learn from their marketing to have customers banging on our [.]. ecademy

Navigating The Seven C’s Of Growth… The Seventh C: Champion Alignment

Business Learning Coach

By Jim Grinnell, Ph.D. Part VIII of VIII We’ve reached the end of our voyage in this series of articles and it’s befitting that we end with the most daunting challenge facing a young growth firm.

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One path has deceit, selfishness, cynicism, cowardice, cruelty, pettiness, materialism, manipulation, narcissism, tastelessness, and insincerity.

Leadership Inspirations – Doing Great Work

Strategy Driven

“To do great work, a man must be very idle as well as very industrious.” ” Samuel Butler (1835 – 1902) Iconoclastic Victorian author You just finished reading Leadership Inspirations - Doing Great Work ! Consider leaving a comment!



If one is to make any resolution at all, does it make more sense to resolve to do or to be? It can be argued, of course, that there is no difference between the two because being consists of doing.

Godin on The Lizard Brain


Seth Godin analyzes why we resist getting it done. It reminds me of other theories that suggest we resist perfection because we fear completed work. So much of our behavior follows its own odd logic.

Just the Way


This is starting to be a New Year's tradition on this site: Fred Astaire (and Ginger Rogers) with " Just the Way You Look Tonight

Never Steal a Geek's Laptop


Rick Knowles gives the story from crime to investigation to apprehension


The Stillman Touch


A clip from the upcoming Whit Stillman film, " Damsels in Distress

First Paragraph


Standing barefoot and bare-chested in a moonlit tidal pool, the muscular Hawaiian watched the fat man approach, carrying a canvas backpack, slipping on the wet rocks as the roiling surf crashed offshore. The fat man yelled something but was drowned out by the thunderclap of a wave against the volcanic shelf. From Riptide by Paul Levine

Wyeth and Pyle


A sizable portion of my childhood was spent looking at the work of N. Wyeth and Howard Pyle. Anderson Layman's Blog features both of those great illustrators here and here

Quote of the Day


He who shuns the millstone, shuns the meal. Desiderious Erasmus