Fri.Sep 09, 2011

What Does Your Worry Fix?

Kevin Eikenberry

Ernest Hemingway was a brilliantly talented and very interesting man. While I am in no way an expert on him or his life, when in Key West a week ago, I toured his home there. In fact, here is a picture of Lori and I standing in front of the house. Whether before reading on, [.]. Leadership Learning Quotations Uncategorized action coaching Ernest Hemingway focus worry

The Post I Shouldn’t Have Posted…and How it Changed Me

Ron Edmondson

Trending Sources

Managing the Unmanageable

Leading Blog

If we truly want to deal with a difficult or unmanageable person, we have to get at the thinking behind the behavior. Why do they do that? Why are they that way? Instead of going deeper, it’s easier to just label them and avoid the issue. He’s rude. She’s unreliable. He’s an egomaniac. She’s self-absorbed. Anne Loehr and Jezra Kaye, authors of Managing the Unmanageable , say that these “unmanageable” people are costing companies a fortune.

10 Reasons I Love Our Military Families

Ron Edmondson

I am honored to live in a military town. All my life I have known soldiers. Some of my best friends and family have been military-related. Our church has a large military population.

Jobs, Innovation, and Economic Recovery - Gary Harpst's Perspectives

Six Disciplines

Jim Blasingame, the Small Business Advocate, interviewed Six Disciplines CEO Gary Harpst on three new topics: Listen to the these newest podcast interviews below: What should Obama's jobs speech include? Americans respond best to leaders who inspire. Gary Harpst joins Jim Blasingame to compare what President Obama SHOULD say in his jobs speech in contrast to what he probably WILL say. Adverse conditions often produce valuable innovation.

More Trending

The People You Try to Please Control You

Leadership Freak

The people you try to please control you and your organization. Customers drive organizations, you don’t. Drucker said, “The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.” You are all about pleasing customers. Pleasing others, however, presents problems for you. The more people you try to please: The more frantic you and your [.]. Criticism Fear Innovation Insecurity Marks of leaders Personal Growth Saying No Strengths Values Leadership Development Organizational Development Priorities

Photo Inquiry Friday: Are you Making Progress?

Create Learning

Just finishing The Progress Principle my mind has been on hyper-drive of innovation and working with teams and leaders to become more effective and love the work they do. This is accomplished in iterative steps, the belief that a macro-leap of innovation can happen is false.

Team 14

Honor the 9/11 survivors

The Organized Executive's Blog

I had family and friends in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. on Sept. 11, 2001. I remember the anxious hours as we waited to hear that they were OK.

Leading Change (Step 8) – Anchor Change in the Culture

Management is a Journey

There are few outcomes that are worse for an organization than devoting significant resources and time to an institutional change effort only to have the enterprise revert back to its old way of doing things. These outcomes hurt employee morale and breed cynicism. It also makes employees and lower level managers less committed to the [.]. Change Management change strategy management organizational productivity organizational turnover strategic thinking

The iPad Goes Mainstream – Even Libraries are Becoming Fans, and Enthusiastic Users

First Friday Book Synopsis

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg did a lightning round with Oprah, which was basically the greatest thing ever. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg: Books on paper or books on a Kindle? Oprah: “iPad.&# (read the article here) ————- I have written before about how much I like – really like! – my iPad. In the “reading books” [.]. Randy's blog entries ebooks iPad libraries Oprah Winfrey Sheryl Sandberg


Video: Set The Example

Tim Milburn

I recently shared a five minute lesson with our current group of student leaders. The format followed the Ignite Seminar template – a speaker gets five minutes with 20 slides that transition every 15 seconds. It’s a fantastic way to engage those who lack the attention span.

President Obama Reignited the Conversation

Bird's Eye View

Just when we thought he was not going to get tough, articulate a plan, and create a showdown, he did it. At least he has initiated the conversation that requires the rest of us to respond.

Closeout for 9.9.11


Every friday we review the posts from LeaderLab contributors that has appeared on this blog and elsewhere online. Our latest podcast episode featured Teresa Amabile of Harvard Business School talking about the power of progress on individual motivation and performance. We capped off our series on change by reviewing Kotter’s 8-stage change model. Elsewhere. Bret Simmons discussed the dangers of holding back. Tim Vanderpyl structured creativity.

Accepting Feedback - The Breakfast of Champions

Building Personal Strength

A few days ago, I finished a draft of a book I'm calling "The Wise Uncle." It was inspired by a good friend of mine, who told me about a life-changing conversation he had with his uncle, back when my friend was 12. I thought: I wish I had had a wise uncle mentor when I was 12.

Is Your Business Biased Against Innovation?

Strategy Driven

Many people do not typically think of metrics and accounting as roadblocks to innovation, yet you call these out as potential problem areas. Many conventional metrics we use to estimate value are based on faulty assumptions. Net present value [NPV] is a case in point. The logic of NPV is to project cash flows into the future and then discount those flows back into today’s dollars at a given cost of capital.


Entertainment Break


The trailer for " The Stranger." Orson Welles and Loretta Young: Now there's a natural pairing


What It Takes to Be Ready

Next Level Blog

There are a lot of memories coming to the surface as the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks approaches. Of course, some of the most vivid memories are of the first responders who showed so. Please click the headline to read the whole story. executive presence Leadership Personal Presence

The Comforting Sight


At Unhappy Hipsters : There’s nothing like the comforting sight of one’s own home after a long, difficult day


The USPS Lesson

Women on Business

The post office is nearly bankrupt, the cost cutting is not working. We are in danger of losing a service that is vital to many small businesses. So while other business blogs are looking at this situation and wondering what went wrong, I’m asking “what can we learn?” The postal situation is not unique and what it highlights is how the wrong type of organizational culture can kill even a giant like the postal system.

I'll Take a P-51, Please


What do you collect if you have the resources of the famed Paul Allen of Microsoft? Really neat airplanes

Jobs, Innovation, and Economic Recovery - Gary Harpst's Perspectives

Six Disciplines

Jim Blasingame, the Small Business Advocate, interviewed Six Disciplines CEO Gary Harpst on three new topics: Listen to the these newest podcast interviews below: What should Obama's jobs speech include? Americans respond best to leaders who inspire. Gary Harpst joins Jim Blasingame to compare what President Obama SHOULD say in his jobs speech in contrast to what he probably WILL say. Adverse conditions often produce valuable innovation.

Friday Morning Escape


A brief clip from the BBC program on visions of the Raj. Extraordinary


Opportunity to attend webinar with Julian Birkinshaw, author ‘Reinventing Management’

Chartered Management Institute

Jossey Bass are running a 90 minute webinar on 22nd September with author of Reinventing Management, Julian Birkinshaw. Related Content: New ebooks for the CMI library - tell us what we should be ordering. You are not watching this post, click to start watching. book julian birkinshaw

What is a Religion?


A Phoenix story concerning a Goddess temple that is alleged to be involved in prostitution raises interesting questions about what is and is not a religious practice. In the United States, atheists and agnostics have claimed protection against employment discrimination under the religious discrimination prohibitions of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Not all religions involve a belief in God. Some religious practices have involved the use of drugs.

Why Someone from Apple Needs to Ride the Shanghai Subway

Harvard Business Review

Spend some time on the subway in Shanghai, and you'll see that despite the challenge of having to use thousands of characters, Chinese commuters are among the most fluent texters in the world — unless they're using iPhones. Writing a text message in Chinese requires typing a few letters, then either allowing the phone to enter what it thinks is the intended character or selecting the character from a string of choices.

First Paragraph


The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting. As the landscape changed from brown to green, the army awakened, and began to tremble with eagerness at the noise of rumors. It cast its eyes upon the roads, which were growing from long troughs of liquid mud to proper thoroughfares.

A Handful of Fossil Shells and Vast Reaches of Time

Building Personal Strength

One of my favorite memories of the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center near Glen Rose, Texas, was the parking lot outside of the restricted area. While we were waiting for everyone to return to the shuttle vehicle, the guide reached down and grabbed a handful of what looked like gravel. He put it in my hand.

Quote of the Day


I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form. Calvin Coolidge

Decisions, Not Events, Shaped Leaders After 9/11

Harvard Business Review

Ten years after four airliner crashes in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, many are reflecting on how those events changed the course of history. But it was not 9/11 itself that changed history: it was our reactions to it — for better and for worse — that altered history.

New York 9/11/11


Abbassi and Kilkenny also check out sites that the public doesn’t visit—the army base at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn; the alleys, warehouses, and storage areas near LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy Airports; a power plant in Queens; the giant ventilator shafts that aerate the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels; and the entrance in Queens to the Buckeye Pipeline—which carries millions of gallons of jet fuel to JFK and which was the target of a foiled Islamist terrorist attack in 2007.

Three Hard Lessons From September 11

Harvard Business Review

In the decade since September 11, 2001, Americans have learned how to get along in a new world. For most of us, that means we show up earlier at the airport and we don't complain when we're asked to take off our shoes there. But for the U.S. military, the last decade has been one of figuring out how to succeed in a world where the capabilities that allowed it to lead in the past have often hamstrung its efforts to address new challenges.

Hey You!


Tim Berry on the single most powerful word in business writing

Don't Touch That Stapler


Back by popular demand: The trailer for " Office Space