Wed.Nov 16, 2011

5 Things Every Leader Needs to Hear

Ron Edmondson

Sure I’m a leader. So this may appear to be a self-serving post. I understand the risk. The fact that I am a leader, however, gives me a certain credibility in speaking on behalf of leaders. There are certain things that every leader needs to hear that fuel his or her passion for leading.

Don’t Confuse Accountability With Responsibility

Modern Servant Leader

Danger Will Robinson, Danger! One symptom of a leader caving to her own ego is one who begins to confuse accountability with responsibility. Accountability is when you own the ultimate result – pass or fail. Responsibility is when you are the one to deliver the result.

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Lessons in Winning Gracefully from Coach K

Next Level Blog

In what ended up being a pretty close game, Duke beat Michigan State at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. In the process, Coach Mike Krzyzewski set a record by winning his 903 division I. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Leadership Personal Presence Andy Katz Duke espn leading with grace Michigan State Mike Krzyzewski

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Four Leadership Lessons from Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Kevin Eikenberry

Last night Duke University’s men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski won his 903rd game. It’s the most of any men’s college basketball coach ever (Tennessee’s Pat Summitt has won over 1000 coaching women’s college basketball). He’s been coaching for 37 years. He’s won 13 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, was named National Coach of the Year 12 [.]. Leadership Success Coach K Duke Mike Krzyzewski

Five Techniques That Make You Matter Most

Leadership Freak

The need to tell others you’re important suggests you don’t feel important. Insecure leaders need to build, protect, and validate themselves. They spend their days like male peacocks fluffing their tail feathers. Look at me, I’m beautify; I’m important.” Fluffing activities suggest people don’t believe they matter. You must believe you matter: “Everything you will [.]. Delegation Goals Humility Leading Marks of leaders Personal Growth Taking others higher Trust Growth Leadership Development

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We Blame the 1%, But Still Call Them Our Leaders

Leading Blog

This is a guest post by Dave Ursillo, author of Lead Without Followers: How to Save Our World by Radically Redefining the Meaning of Leadership. Gen Y author Ursillo shares his personal journey into the meaning of leadership. Ursillo believes that we must choose to be a leader—in life and business—on the inside before we are seen as one on the outside. Therefore, we have to choose to lead without followers first.

10 reasons I won’t connect to you on LinkedIn

Rapid BI

LinkedIn has become THE connection and networking tool. It easily allows members (for free) to connect with people they know, share ideas, thoughts and of course look for new employment opportunities. Management connections LinkedIn network social business social media

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What are the Purposes of Managerial Coaching?

Create Learning

People join companies, and leave managers… Be the reason people stay with your company. Every employee is entitled to have a competent manager with the capability to bring value to their problem solving and decision making. This can be accomplished through the Exponent Leadership Process.

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Leadership Follies: Yes You Are Unique, But Not That Different

Linked 2 Leadership

Best practices and methodologies within organizations are useful and effective. It is not realistic to think that everything must be created or invented in an organization. But, it’s important to leverage strengths and weaknesses of the organization to select and implement the practices that will have the greatest positive impact. Making sure to involve key [.].

Discipline: A Story By The Numbers


End of his probationary period. He really didn't do that, did he? Perhaps he didn't know what he was doing. I'm sure it won't happen again. Do I have to explain why that's unacceptable? I'll send a memo to the entire staff saying that's unacceptable. People are grumbling. He did it again. I'll send everyone to training and make sure that issue is discussed. The entire team went to training. He called in sick. I'm sensing an air of hostility from some staff members. He's still doing it.

Thanksgiving of Trust

Mills Scofield

Tomorrow is a day of thanksgiving and blessing for me. It is the 4 th Open Innovation Summit at BW’s Center for Innovation & Growth (CIG). My friend, Saul Kaplan from the Business Innovation Factory , is the keynote speaker and two other friends are on the panel. For the past 3 Summits, friends-clients-colleagues have taken a flyer (literally), trusting me, to come share stories, sacrificing a few days at the office.

Leader, please step up!

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development By Will Lukang, PMP, CSM, CLDC On November 6th, the news of sex abuse scandal at Penn State caught my attention. My initial thought was that this could not possibly happen. As I watched the news and read the news on the Internet, I was surprised to learn that it involved a former defensive coordinator [.] Leader, please step up! Leadership Development Disappointment Leadership paterno

Thank you, young Mr. Suarez, for showing us what's possible

Jason Womack

Early (in London) on a Thursday morning, I gave myself the gift of watching this "less-than-5-minute" talk by Thomas Suarez. The dude is 6 years old, and his message is clear. "It It is possible.". . Lectures/Presentations


Places I have, and have not been….

First Friday Book Synopsis

I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone. I’ve also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there. I have, however, been in Sane. They don’t have an airport; you have to be driven there. [.]. Bob's blog entries Cahoots Capable Cognito Conclusions Deepshit Doubt Flexible Places I have [comma]and not have been Sane Suspense Vincible

My biggest mistake as a new manager

Bud to Boss

By Amy Beth Miller, editor of The Organized Executive. I’ve had to dismiss only one employee for poor performance, and my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner. I wanted her to succeed, and for weeks we struggled with no progress. It was stressful for everyone, including other team members, whom I had to rely on to pick up the slack. When an employee’s performance falls short, start by asking yourself whether you have been clear about your expectations and provided adequate training.

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Someone asked me the other day what I do for a living. I found myself hard-pressed for an answer. If he wanted to know my job title, or what industry I worked in, then all I had to do was to recite what's on my business card. But he seemed sincere. He honestly wanted to know what I do most of the day, so I was honest, too: What I do for a living is attend meetings. Bad meetings. From Read This Before Our Next Meeting by Al Pittampalli

Culture Transformation for Thriving in Permanent White Water

The Practical Leader

I was just talking with a CEO Client about the development work we’ve been doing with his team. This led to a discussion about the state of our businesses. His company is doing fairly well during these uncertain times. He asked about our business.

What Organizations Are Thinking About…

Erika Andersen

Just had a great interview last week with a guy named Bill Ringle , a business strategist and coach, and founder of MQ4B – “My Quest for the Best, ” an internet-based interview show. Bill asked great questions, not only about Proteus and how we work with clients (I believe it’s the only interview I’ve ever done that’s focused on topics from all three of my books), but about what we’re seeing in organizations these days.

What Your Boss Needs to Know About Engagement

Harvard Business Review

On October 28, Gallup posted an article with the sobering headline "Majority of American Workers Not Engaged in Their Jobs." This should disturb every American worker and business leader. In an earlier report , Gallup estimated that worker disengagement accounts for more than $300 billion annually in lost productivity in the U.S. alone.

Where Does a Coat Closet Fit in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs?


A client recently told me of her excitement at inheriting a VP’s office.

Why Doesn't HR Lead Change?

Harvard Business Review

It's hard to find leaders of the human resources (HR) function who are active in helping their organization improve the way it works. I asked dozens of people who are in HR or in process improvement to share examples of HR change leaders, and I only found a few. Though it's rare, here's an indicator of what is possible. In 2009 Tony Scibelli, Vice President of Human Resources and Operations at Faxton-St.

Jim Collins on Demotivating Followers


Jim Collins, author of Built to Last , Good to Great and now Great by Choice (possible rejected title: “Good to Last”), recorded this insightful clip for Big Think examining three ways that organizational leaders can demotivate their followers. Leadership collins motivation

Separate Social Media From Marketing

Harvard Business Review

In most organizations, social media established a marketing beachhead. It served its purpose by raising awareness of a new set of technologies based on new principles of peer-to-peer discussion, openness, and cross-boundary communities. Indeed: the marketing organization has put social media technologies to work with very visible effect. But we need to break out social media and talk about more than marketing and technology.

Is Email Killing You?

Management is a Journey

Management is all about efficiency and getting the work done. Paraphrasing King Solomon: it’s often the little things that doom our progress (also known as, the little foxes spoil the vines). Email is one of those areas that can quickly kill organizational productivity. It can also be a source of organizational frustration as business professionals [.]. Management Business Trends organizational productivity performance management

Leadership's New Direction

Harvard Business Review

On April 6, 2009, as the world was reeling from the impact of the global financial crisis, the Guardian ran a feature titled "Academies of the Apocalypse?" Arguing that U.S.

The Research On ROI Of Employee Engagement

Six Disciplines

Several studies over the past few years reiterate the return on investment (ROI) of strategy-driven employee engagement programs, confirming the importance of an engaged workforce on bottom-line results. The 2009/2010 Towers Watson (formerly Watson Wyatt) communications study found that companies that are highly effective communicators had 47% higher total returns to shareholders over the last five years compared with firms that are the least effective communicators.

How American Business Can Navigate the Skills Gap

Harvard Business Review

Last month, the U.S. Labor Department unveiled $160 million in new grants to retrain workers for technical skills in high-growth fields. The effort should be welcome news to the millions of Americans who have been unemployed for longer than six months. My company, CareerBuilder (which operates the U.S.'s s largest online job site), has found that the country is experiencing the symptoms of a multi-speed labor market.

Change Is Inevitable - Failure Is Optional

Six Disciplines

Change is inevitable – failure is optional. What’s YOUR plan? As the old saying goes: “If nothing changes, nothing changes.” ” Individuals (and organizations) have only two alternatives: get better or get worse, improve or decay. And it’s a constant battle. Our choice is to manage this ongoing process and improve the things that can be improved, or ignore the process and decay.

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Take Your Career to the Next Level by Being Fearless

Strategy Driven

One of the biggest mistakes we can make as professionals is letting fear seep into our mindsets. Most do not realize how strong a role this dominating emotion can play in their everyday actions, but once it enters, the results can be catastrophic to the person’s short- and long-term goals. Whether it be fear of failure, fear of the unknown or fear of taking risks, it is important to banish the bad habit of fear and worrying in order to achieve your true purpose.

Instapundit on Kindle Fire


Instapundit gives a review. I plan on buying one but have been distracted by other priorities such as work, marketing, writing, and doing the hokey-pokey. If you decide to buy a Kindle Fire, be sure to click on the ad on my side-bar to replenish the Execupundit fund for books, espresso, and chocolate

Create Shared Value with a Trampoline Approach

Harvard Business Review

Too often companies approach their engagement with social and environmental issues with a safety net mentality: reacting to vocal stakeholders, minimizing risk, doing the bare minimum to comply with standards, and at best, striving for footprint reduction rather than ecological value creation.

Quote of the Day


Better silent than stupid. German proverb