Mon.Oct 03, 2011

Innovation Creates Uncertainty

Leading Blog

We don’t like uncertainty. It’s not comfortable. We want innovation. We like creativity. It’s engaging. But innovation creates uncertainty. So while we say we want creativity and innovation we often reject it because it is new, different and risky.

Leading Gen Y: the Secrets Every Leader Must Learn

C-Level Strategies

I am extremely fortunate to be able to call Greg Hartle a friend. I met him on Twitter when he began participating in Leadership Chat , sharing genuinely insightful tidbits of wisdom in 140 characters; wisdom that seemed beyond his years.

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My 7 Favorite Compliments as a Pastor

Ron Edmondson

Everyone loves compliments…me included. I received a compliment this weekend from someone who met me for the first time and it was so encouraging. It reminded me of some of my favorite compliments I have received.

The First Annual Bud to Boss Awards

Kevin Eikenberry

If you are reading this, you likely know that Guy Harris and I co-authored From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership, which was released earlier this year. We also host a companion online community —the Bud to Boss Community — designed to help new leaders and supervisors continue their growth [.]. Leadership Learning Bud to Boss Awards

25 Ways to Prepare for Catalyst and Other Leadership Conferences

Modern Servant Leader

As the Catalyst East leadership conference approaches, I’m excited to finalize my preparations.

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How music at work impacts productivity

Chartered Management Institute

The issue of whether to allow music at work is often a divisive one. Last year Ellis Rich, chairman of PRS for Music, suggested that music might have a role to play when it comes to things like staff motivation and customer retention. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

High Performance Team Development: Quality Tools for Quality Teams

Create Learning

Mike will be leading a 6 hour Education Workshop at the ASQ Buffalo Quality Conference.

9 to 5: Eton Headmaster, Anthony Little

Chartered Management Institute

Headmaster of Eton College Anthony Little meets the challenge of managing 1,300 teenage boys, 800 staff, and living up to nearly 600 years of history every day. Here’s how. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Necessary Roughness: Communication

Ron Edmondson

Yesterday we launched a new series called Necessary Roughness. It’s a unique series for us. I wrote about it HERE. Week one we addressed the issue of communication in relationships. You can watch that message here: Communication from Gcomchurch Sermons on Vimeo.

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FOX Business News Anchor Liz Claman Answers Questions from

Women on Business

What’s it like to be a female business news anchor? What’s it like to interview Warren Buffet? What can women do to position themselves for success in male-dominated industries? These are just a few of the questions I asked FOX Business Network’s Liz Claman during a recent interview.

Josh Linkner on Planting Seeds…Lots of Seeds

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here’s a recent post by Josh Linkner. His life continues to be an inspiring fulfillment of the values he affirms. I urge you to read his book, Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, and to visit his website by clicking here. * * * How do you know if you’ve accomplished something [.].

Experiential Education Train-the-Trainer

Create Learning

Experiential Training & Development has its uses and abuses. Like any educational and training model people must understand when and how to use the tools. Create-Learning’s Train-The-Trainer program teaches you how and when to BEST use experiential learning and when not to.

Change the Way You Define Yourself

Marshall Goldsmith

Q: Sometimes I think that my biggest enemy is me. Why do we say and do things that limit our own success? A: We all have a list of characteristics and behaviors that we use to define who we are. For successful people, most of these characteristics can be described by very positive words, such as: "intelligent," "dedicated," "results oriented," or "winner." Almost all of us have a few negative terms that are part of our self-definition.

0210 | Mike Figliuolo


Mike is the Founder and Managing Director of thought LEADERS , LLC – a professional training firm focused on leadership development. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1993 where he was an honor graduate and a Distinguished Cadet. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army.

Difference between Vision and Goals

Rapid BI

Difference between Vision and Goal We all use these terminologies but what do they mean? Let’s look at the history of these terms: Vision late 13c., “something seen in the imagination or in the supernatural,” from Anglo-Fr. visioun, O.Fr. vision, from L. visionem (nom. visio) “act of seeing, sight, thing seen,” from pp. stem of [.]. Management Definition difference goals History outcomes vision

16 Competencies Guaranteed to Deliver Results

Leadership Freak

One in three leaders has no outstanding strength. If you have one extraordinary strength you are in the 64th percentile of over 200,000 leaders. Competency delivers results. Extraordinary leaders display and leverage at least one extraordinary strength. John Zenger, author and CEO of Zenger|Folkman, spoke with me about strength-based leadership. He explained that research based on over [.]. Leading Marks of leaders Personal Growth Strengths weaknesses Interview Leadership Development

Goof Off - The Miracle Remover

CEO Blog

I saw a product - Goof Off - The Miracle Remover. It is interesting because goofing off can definitely remove miracles. I find the less I goof off, the more miracles happen. And speaking of miracles, the garden (what is left from the hurricane) continues to do well.

Finding the courage to shrink

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from another excellent article featured online by The McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. Bill Huyett and Tim Koller acknowledge that spinning off businesses can have real advantages in creating value—if executives understand how. To read the complete article, check out other resources, sign up for email alerts, and obtain [.]. Bob's blog entries American Express spun off Lehman Brothers “Are you still the best owner of your assets?”

Seven Ways Leaders Impact Training’s Return on Investment

Kevin Eikenberry

People often talk increasing the return on investment for training, and generally, most people point to others to be responsible for that return, or measure that return. The reality is that there are three groups and one other factor that have significant impact on that rate of return, and they work together like the four [.]. Developing Others Leadership Learning learning culture training Training ROI


3 Networking Traps to Avoid

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. Not all networking is created equally. In fact, developing certain kinds of networks can impair your career rather than bolster it. Here are three networking personas to avoid: [.]. Bob's blog entries "A Smarter Way to Network" 3 Networking Traps to Avoid Harvard Business Review.

If we had to be honest…

ReThink HR

…would we be? Probably not. Disclaimer : Take advantage of this now, I may not be this honest again… I’m too afraid… We tell ourselves. We could but we approach honesty like it is the edge of a cliff.

How To Talk About Poor Performance With An Employee

Eric Jacobson

As a leader, the time will come when you will have to speak with an employee about his or her poor performance. Here are six steps that will guide you through that process: Tell him what performance is in need of change and be specific. Tell him how his actions negatively affect the team.

Scenario Planning - build alternative futures.

Management Craft

I am embarrassed that it has been nearly three weeks since I offered a post. After 8 years (yes, this blog is THAT old), I find that I need periodic breaks. The muse does not come. The blog seems like a dose of cod-liver oil. My mojo is focused elsewhere. Am I less interested in management? Do I think I have written it all? Heck, no. I do feel like I am at a crossroads, however, and I am taking some time to figure things out. Time is too prescious not to reflect and reconfirm your path.

0210 | Mike Figliuolo


Mike is the Founder and Managing Director of thought LEADERS , LLC – a professional training firm focused on leadership development. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1993 where he was an honor graduate and a Distinguished Cadet. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army.

Art’s Weekly Leadership Message-9 Credibility Builders to Lead By

Management Excellence

If you’re responsible for getting work done through others, you will be as effective as you are credible. Of course, those of us working for you take our time in assessing your words, actions and motives before we deem you credible as our leader. While a leader’s credibility is a qualitative assessment of the individual’s character, there are a number of good habits that anyone in a supervisory or management position can apply daily on their road to building credibility and growing as a leader.

What to Do When Your Online Community Faces Unexpected Downtime

Managing Communities

photo credit: Sean MacEntee Sooner or later, some sort of technical issue will affect your community over an extended period of time. Your account will be suspended by your host, you will experience an impractically high level of load for the server you are on, a hard drive will crash or, perhaps, you’ll have some [.]. Interacting with Users Managing the Community

Leadership Development Carnival: October 2011 Edition

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development [link] The next Leadership Development Carnival will be held at Great Leadership hosted by Lynn Dessert and the Master Host, Dan McCarthy. Leadership Development Carnival: October 2011 Edition. Leadership Development Carnival Leadership

A Time of Permanence and Change

The Practical Leader

October, from the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. The American author, poet, and psychologist, Bonaro W. Overstreet observed “ October is a symphony of permanence and change.” ” Isn’t that so true of life?

All Organizations Are Social, But Few Are Social Organizations

Harvard Business Review

News flash: Organizations consist of people. How well an organization works depends on how its people interact and work together. Thus, every organization is "social." But so what? How do we make use of this universal fact? Organizations work top down through social interactions structured around the organization chart, or hierarchy. And they work end to end structured around their business processes.

Slow Down and Savor


Unless you are in a life-or-death situation that requires speed, taking a slow and methodical approach can add pleasure and efficiency to work. Rushing matters often squanders time that would have been saved if a slower pace were employed. Rushing about can also, of course, jack up the stress level.

Patagonia's "Buy Less" Campaign May Lead to More Revenue

Harvard Business Review

This post is part of the HBR Insight Center Growing the Top Line. Patagonia has always behaved as a maverick company, and its concern for sustainability has led it to pursue a new initiative: it's now actively encouraging consumers to buy less of Patagonia's new apparel. The company intends to influence consumer behavior in order to lower the environmental. strain from ever-growing consumption levels. But could a message of "buy less" actually lead to growth for the company?

The Art of John Whitcomb


Art Contrarian looks at the illustrator's work


It’s All in the Eyes of the Beholder

Women on Business

At first I was reluctant to blog about this since it may seem superficial and irrelevant to women in today’s workplace. However, it is such a fun way of looking at perceptions I couldn’t resist. It really underscores what I write about in “GUTSY: How Women Leaders Make Change”.

Perfectionism: Healthy or Hurtful?

Harvard Business Review

I'm a perfectionist, even though books like Overcoming Perfectionism and Perfecting Ourselves to Death tell me I should stop trying to be one. As a psychologist specializing in obsessive compulsive disorder, I have even worked with patients specifically on giving up perfectionism. But I have come to realize that negative views of perfectionism don't ring true to them, or to me. In fact, I now consider perfectionism to be one of my most valuable attributes.