Thu.Sep 15, 2011

7 Ways to Motivate a Leader

Ron Edmondson

Have you ever wondered how to motivate a leader? It’s not difficult. Most leader-types share some common traits. They may lead entirely different…they may have different causes and interests…but most leaders are motivated by similar influences.

The Celebration You Really Need to be Having

C-Level Strategies

The last few days has brought us the beauty and fruitfulness that we receive every year at the time of the Harvest Moon.

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The Higher Purpose of Leadership (Now, More Than Ever)

Terry Starbucker

I visited the US Post Office today to put a few things in the mail, and as I left, I scanned the large bank of national and local newspaper boxes near the front door. Nearly all of the headlines were economic “downers&#.

Training Isn’t Dead – But it Should Be

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. In the text that follows I’m going to poke holes in a process generally accepted as productive, when it rarely is.

How to Be In Control

Kevin Eikenberry

Author Arbie M. Dale is quoted with a profoundly powerful quotation. powerful enough that I will get right to it. “To decide to be at the level of choice is to take responsibility for your life and to be in control of your life.&# - Arbie M. Dale Questions to Ponder What does [.]. Change Decision Making Leadership Learning Quotations choice Success

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Interview with Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC

Chartered Management Institute

Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC, says that mismanagement of pay structures is to blame for the misfiring recovery. ITN special correspondent Daisy McAndrew investigates. You are not watching this post, click to start watching


Shortlist Announced for Financial Times and Goldman Sachs “Business Book of the Year” Award

First Friday Book Synopsis

Thursday September 15th, 2011: The Financial Times and Goldman Sachs today announced the shortlist for the seventh annual Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award (, which aims to identify the book providing the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues. The shortlist is: [.].

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Transitioning Online Community Leadership After Acquisition

Managing Communities

photo credit: jsheehan200 Josh Barraza asked: “How [do you] transition [a] community after an acquisition?&# Online communities, like any website, can be very valuable. They take a great deal of time to run and manage and, in that light, can be looked at like any other venture or full time job. Everything must eventually come [.]. Managing Staff Managing the Community

Developing a Leadership Training Program for High Potentials: A Case Study

Great Leadership By Dan

Here's a guest post by Gina Abudi , who I've had the pleasure of meeting a couple times here in New England. Gina's also hosting a guest post from me over at her blog. Developing a Leadership Training Program for High Potentials: A Case Study.

Leadership Tip: If you could only hear yourself


I have the opportunity as an executive coach to sit in on different conferences around the world. In reflecting on the speeches of key executives, it amazes me how out of touch they seem to be with their rank and file. It’s not always obvious at first because they’ve rehearsed most of what they say. It’s when they adlib that they reveal their lack of consistency and authenticity.

Working & Managing Across Generations. 60 Minute Speech

Create Learning

Working and Managing Across Generations. From Traditionalists to Generation Y and beyond. View more presentations from michael cardus. I presented “ Working and Managing Across Generations ” to the National Association of Purchasing Managers, Buffalo NY ( NAPM Buffalo ).

Great Leaders Are Great Haters

Leadership Freak

Maybe hate isn’t such a bad thing, after all. I believe love is stronger than hate. However, hate and love are dynamically connected. Tuesday’s conversation with Claire Diaz-Ortize, Twitter’s Head of Social Innovation and Philanthropy, made me think about negative versus positive motivation. Are leaders motivated by things they don’t want or things they want. [.]. Change Leading Marks of leaders Personal Growth Taking others higher Interview Leadership Development

Leadership Follies: The Art of Management by Shiny Objects

Linked 2 Leadership

One of the biggest issues that face many leaders today is the lack of clarity in the direction of their teams and organizations. This is most evident directly after a big change. It is not that team members are not well-meaning or that they don’t try to do the right thing, it is that they [.]. Leadership vs. Management Leading Change Team Building Leadership emotional intelligence executive development leadership Leadership Development leadership skills soft skills Success

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What If You Don’t Love Your Work?

Steve Farber

The ideal state for all of us at work—from leadership to the front line—is to do what you love in the service of people who love what you do. The emotion of love is often considered to be out of place or simply inappropriate in the world of business. Many even believe that good business people keep their hearts out of their work, but the opposite is true. It’s the heart that brings the fire of creativity to bear on the day-to-day.

Is work life balance a load of hot air?

Chartered Management Institute

The notion of work life balance is not a new one, and indeed over the past few months there have been stories of exercising during work increasing productivity, people forgoing bonuses for flexible working and charitable volunteering on company time improving performance. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

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John Tams : " Over the Hills and Far Away

9, the New Digital Property of The Atlantic, Launches Today

First Friday Book Synopsis

I have just received this exciting announcement from Cynthia Rabe and am pleased to share it with you. As we proceed through the so-called “Age of Information,” an age that seems to be more like a blizzard each day, some sources are much more valuable than others. The Atlantic magazine offers an excellent case in [.].

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It was a simple question. Can you remember the last day you didn't have a drink?" Laura asked in her calm, soothing voice. She wasn't threatening or nagging. She did expect an answer. My wife is the kind of person who picks her moments. This was one of them. From Decision Points by George W.


Small changes, big results: Rearranging my day

The Organized Executive's Blog

The following is a guest article by Catherine Welborn, web editor of Briefings Media Group. As web editor, one of my jobs is to track our growth on Facebook, Twitter and our blogs. I chart it on a giant spread sheet so we can see what works well and what doesn’t. Until recently, that’s been my ritual morning task—the one I use to settle into my workday. However, when Amy Beth wrote about “The science behind better decisions,” I realized that my schedule was all wrong.

Some are More Equal Than Others


Writing in The Weekly Standard , James W. Ceaser looks at what happened when the American Political Science Association was confronted with a concept known as democracy. An excerpt: But this time things were a little different. A dissident group of members challenged the American Political Science Association’s governing system, asking for some modest changes to the constitution to institute competition in the selection of officers and the governing council.

The Startup Man: A Conversation With Joi Ito

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is a portion of Gregory Mone’s conversation with Joi Ito, featured online by The Atlantic magazine. To read the complete conversation, please click here. * * * After a wide-ranging career in business and as a leading public intellectual on the topics of innovation and technology, Joi Ito takes the helm this fall as [.].

True Grit's Replicas


Writing in True West magazine , Phil Spangenberger notes the special efforts made with the weapons in "True Grit." An excerpt: Walters got most of the guns needed for the Coen brothers movie from the well-respected replica houses of Cimarron Fire Arms and Taylor’s & Co. Through the use of replicas he was able to simulate many guns as Portis described them in his novel.

Teddy Bears and Ethical Decisions


Everyone once in awhile, a great study is conducted that likely has no direct implications for leading organizations yet, is so novel, it’s worth sharing. Professor Sreedhari Desai, of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, explains such a study.

The Treehouse Book


Doesn't everyone want a treehouse? CoolTools reviews the book

Finding the Upside

Your Voice of Encouragement

Every now and then I read a book that inspires, educates and gives practical tips I can use right away. Find the Upside of the Down Times by Dr. Rob Pennington is that kind of book. Rob has faced extreme adversity in his life and prevailed.

Busy People


We live in a time when members of Congress admit that they have not read major pieces of legislation. Between service on a multitude of committees and responding to constituent requests, they rely upon the summaries prepared by staff members who may or may not be capable. Similar examples can be found in business and non-profit organizations where executives scurry from meeting to meeting, scan e-mail, and lean heavily on staff.

Top 10 news items by Michael Skapinker

Chartered Management Institute

Financial Times associate editor and management specialist michael skapinker lists his regular round-up of the top 10 news items for managers. You are not watching this post, click to start watching



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The Next Global Talent Pool

Harvard Business Review

Featured Guests: Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Ripa Rashid of the Center for Work-Life Policy. They are the authors of Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets: Why Women Are the Solution. Download this podcast. Gender Global business Talent management

Quote of the Day


You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. - Buckminster Fuller


Teddy Bears and Ethical Decisions


Everyone once in awhile, a great study is conducted that likely has no direct implications for leading organizations yet, is so novel, it’s worth sharing. Professor Sreedhari Desai, of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, explains such a study.

Top Soundtracks


What should be on any list of the top film soundtracks? When musicals are excluded, the competition gets very stiff. Some nominees: Ben-Hur Lawrence of Arabia Nowhere in Africa The Thin Red Line To Kill a Mockingbird Braveheart Mary Queen of Scots The Lion in Winter The Last of the Mohicans Jurassic Park El Cid Gladiator Gone with the Wind We Were Soldiers Amelie Dr. Zhivago Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

StrategyDriven Podcast Video Edition – What is Diversity and Inclusion?

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results.

Relationship Issues - Bad Chemistry

Building Personal Strength

I was reflecting on what "bad chemistry" can mean in relationships. It could be the result of almost any kind of incompatibility. Years ago, we had an employee who was the exact opposite of me, personality-wise. I'm very internal, thinking all the time. I always think before I say or do anything.