Wed.Oct 05, 2011

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Leading Blog

One of the most remarkable innovators of our time, Steve Jobs has been called a Henry Ford, a Walt Disney, a Thomas Edison. "We We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," Apple said.

Does Active Social Media Engagement Start with the CEO?

C-Level Strategies

Michael Dell with DellCap Customers. Last week I shared with you a series of CEO quotes that came from the most recent CEO Connection Boot Camp in New York City.

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7 Questions to Ask Yourself When Facing Fear

Ron Edmondson

I’ve watched fear keep many people from achieving all God would have them achieve. I’ve watched fear keep a guy from pursuing the girl of his dreams. I’ve watched fear drive people to the safe side, rather than to assume the risk required to pursue their dreams.

Are You Up, Down, or Sideways?

Leading Blog

There are no guarantees in life. We can be proactive, but there are some things that are completely outside of our control. So if we can’t be proactive on everything, we can, Mark Sanborn suggests, be interactive. We must learn how to interact with the forces in our life that are bigger than we are to create the outcomes we desire. No matter where we are—up, down, or sideways—there are things we can do to mitigate the downs, take advantage of the ups and maximize the sideways times in our life.

Steve Jobs Contribution to Christianity

Ron Edmondson

Steve Jobs was without question a brilliant man and an incredible marketer. Jobs had a brilliance as an innovator and presenter and could wow an audience or inspire a team.

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Who needs leaders? An exercise in adaptive leadership

Chartered Management Institute

Complexity science is slowly emerging (pardon the pun) as a force in how organisations are structured. The following video shows a game used to show the merits of leading in an adaptive way. I’ll provide a brief description of how to setup the game below, but the video explains it all if you would rather use that. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

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I Am Not Responsible for My Employees’ Happiness!

Linked 2 Leadership

A cumulative body of research has clearly established that happy employees equal successful business outcomes. What role do you play in your employees’ happiness at work? Are you responsible for your employees’ happiness? The goal is not to create happiness, but to create the conditions for happiness to occur.” ” ~ Chip Conley quoting the Prime [.]. Leading & Developing Other Leaders Organizational Health Practical Steps to Influence Servant Leadership Team Building Leadership

Ask the expert with Joseph Lampel

Chartered Management Institute

My son is CEO of the family business and it has performed consistently under his leadership, but recently some staff have been guilty of misconduct. My daughter says the issue has been badly handled. I support my son, but how do I clear up the mess without compromising his position? You are not watching this post, click to start watching

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Catalyst 2011: David Kinnaman

Ron Edmondson

I’m at Catalyst Atlanta this week and will be trying to get my notes live as soon as I can. David Kinnaman , President of the Barna Group, shared his latest research and the basis of his newest book “You Lost Me” at a Catalyst Lab today. The information was timely for me in some of the thought processes God has been shaping in me. I’m passionate about reaching the next generation and would love to see revival come from them.

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The Impact of Trust

Coaching Tip

By Guest Author David Horsager. I had been speaking and producing events around the world on a broader scope of topics. As I visited many different types of companies, I began to wonder what the greatest of these companies and leaders had in common. I noticed the impact of trust on both leadership and the bottom line. With great interest, I began my graduate research on this topic and realized that being trusted really is the greatest asset of any leader or organization.

Celebrate your customer service reps this week

Bud to Boss

Did you know we’re halfway through Customer Service Week ? If not, don’t fret; customer service is something that you can celebrate—and improve—year-round. But here are a couple of last-minute ways to honor your customer service representatives right now: Treat them to a sweet. Saying “Thank you” doesn’t need to be lavish or expensive. Grab a large bag of candy from the drug store, put it in a bowl in the break room and include a note that says “A big thanks to all my customer service reps!”

Know When To Let Go

Ravi Pratap Singh

Perseverance. This is the key attribute required of a salesperson.

Leadership Challenges For 2030: The Competencies Required

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

. According to Hay Group’s Leadership 2030 research the leaders of the future will need a host of new skills and competencies if they are to succeed. .

Your Frailties Make You Beautiful

Leadership Freak

Image source We’re all drawn toward skillful competent individuals. Maybe they’ll teach us? Hopefully, they’ll rub off. But competency without frailty is uncomfortable, unapproachable, and unattractive. The things that make competencies beautiful are the frailties that surround them. I was thinking of this during lunch with Doug Conant, former CEO of Campbell’s Soup. He has [.]. weaknesses Leadership Development

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Tablet Leadership Competition

Coaching Tip

Making four successive versions of the Kindle e-reader also led Amazon down the path toward the Kindle Fire. For years the engineers at Lab126 tried to create a workable and reader-friendly color Kindle, according to three former employees.

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RePost – Items That Were on Desk When I Was Terminated

Create Learning

I have been thinking about the past 4 years (since September of 2007) the journey, friends and connections Create-Learning Team Building & Leadership has formed…and how happy I am that I was fired from my former employer!

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Silence Kills: Are You Fostering Cowardly Communication?

The Practical Leader

I just came across a Corporate Executive Board (CEB) study showing the incredible penalties and pay-offs of good and bad communication practices. A survey of 300,000 employees shows that open and honest communication pays huge dividends to companies with transparent cultures.

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#WBF11 Gary Burnison - Korn Ferry and Angela Ahrendts - Burberry

CEO Blog

The next speaker was Gary Burnison from Korn Ferry. I did not recognize the name although I certainly knew the company. Burnison was a great speaker. I guess that should not surprise me - most CEOs are. One suggestion I have for any aspiring leader is to join Toastmasters ) I think part of the reason he is a good speaker is he uses stories. Ceo is in the what business and the how business.but now it is much more about the people business". Angela Ahrendts CEO of Burberry.

Quote of the Day


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day-to-day living that wears you out. Anton Chekhov

Lunch with Malcolm Gladwell #WBF11

CEO Blog

I attended a small lunch with Malcolm Gladwell. The focus was Canada. What does Malcolm have in common with Einstein? I bet you said the hair but no, it is the genius. He is truly genius. His simple clarity is inspiring. He has been thinking of "what is the advantage of being marginal" (meaning not the number one player, or leader etc). There are many advantages: 1 - The ability or privilege to observe and learn.

How to Stop Making Decisions That Waste Time and Money

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here. Many managers rely on gut instinct to make important decisions, which often leads to poor results. On the contrary, when managers insist on incorporating logic and evidence, [.]. Bob's blog entries Harvard Business Review on Making Smart Decisions Harvard Business Review.

R.I.P. Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011)

ReThink HR

From the website. You may also like the following: Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO | His Resignation Letter Compare… but be Different Innovation: Does Someone Else Already Own Your Good Idea? Reprint: The Wheel of Innovation.

How power produces little Hitlers

Chartered Management Institute

In the world of the web and social media there is a rule called Godwin's Law. It states: "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1". Godwin believed that the longer the discussion went on, the higher the odds of someone being compared to a little Hitler in some way. It seems that giving someone power can achieve a similar result, at least according to new research by Nathanael Fast of the University of Southern California.

Are Your Managerial Skills Giving You a Bad Reputation?

Rapid BI

Are Your Managerial Skills Giving You a Bad Reputation? Being a manager comes with both perks and headaches in today’s business world. If you have a hands-off approach to managing, you can be viewed as a good manager by many of your workers, but upper management may see you as ineffective in supervising a group [.]. guest Management bad good manager skills micromanager poor reputation

81% of private sector managers expect that employment levels decrease or stagnate

Chartered Management Institute

A new report by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) reveals UK’s managers concerns about the current economic situation and the private sector’s ability to provide growth. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Useful Disadvantage

Leadership Freak

I just left an unplugged session at the World Business Forum with Malcolm Gladwell. About 40 people listened and asked questions. Gladwell is interested in learning theory, it’s central to his next book. In specific, he’s jazzed about what he calls “compensation learning.” Learning that results from compensating for a weakness. He talked about skills [.]. Courage weaknesses Leadership Development

Chris Owen and Wes Anderson in Conversation

Bird's Eye View

My third foray into New Yorker Festival -land was to a Saturday night event that started at 10PM, moderated by Michael Specter.

Ask the experts: My son is CEO of the family business and it has performed consistently under his leadership, but recently some staff have been guilty of misconduct. My daughter says the issue has been badly handled. I support my son, but how do I clear u

Chartered Management Institute

My son is CEO of the family business and it has performed consistently under his leadership, but recently some staff have been guilty of misconduct. My daughter says the issue has been badly handled. I support my son, but how do I clear up the mess without compromising his position? You are not watching this post, click to start watching


Next Gen Women

Erika Andersen

Earlier this week I attended the WICT Touchstones Luncheon here in NY. Three women were being honored: the WICT Woman of the Year is Nomi Bergman , and the two WICT “Women to Watch” are Jennifer Dorian and Kathleen Finch. I have the great honor of coaching both Nomi and Jennifer, and so I went to support them and clap madly when they received their awards.

Stressing Out


Is stress the Black Death of the 21st Century ? [HT: HT: Drudge Report

Corporate Cultures – Introduction

Strategy Driven

Organization members share a collective values system reflected in managerial decisions, individual behaviors, and codified within operating procedures. These values are shaped by both individual beliefs and collective experiences. Taken together, these values form the corporation’s culture.

Book Review: 18 Minutes


I’m a big fan of Peter Bregman’s blog on So naturally I was excited when I received an advance review copy of his new book 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Masters Distraction and Get the Right Things Done. The book has a similar tone to his blog posts, in fact it’s easy to recognize the same thoughts and/or wording in both mediums. The book is less about time management and productivity.

Escaping the Gravitational Pull of the Past

Management Excellence

If you work in a firm struggling to redefine itself and maintain its relevance in this changing world, you’re not alone. You’re also involved in a battle for your firm’s life. Leading Change Social Commentary Strategy Changing the Business Model Corporate Reinvention The Struggle to Change

Twenty-seven Years and Lots of Relationships

The Recovering Engineer

As I write this post, I am sitting in a hotel in the suburbs of Chicago getting ready for an afternoon session with a client I have known for several years. I am also reflecting on the fact that today marks the twenty-seventh anniversary of my commissioning as an ensign in the United States Navy.