Tue.Feb 07, 2012

7 Enemies of Organizational Health

Ron Edmondson

I love organizational leadership. I especially love leading healthy organizations. I have been in both environments…healthy and non-healthy. I prefer healthy. If truth be told, I’ve probably been the leader in both extremes.

7 Leadership Lessons from Yoda

Modern Servant Leader

Yoda (896 BBY - 4 ABY). Perhaps the most iconic mentoring leader on the silver screen, Yoda is an excellent example of great leadership. Here are 7 leadership lessons from the great servant leader , Yoda: 1. You are not the hero, but your Padawan may be. Yes, Yoda is cool.

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A Workshop Alone Isn’t Enough

Kevin Eikenberry

Even though most people would say we are in the training business, we don’t see it that way. Yes, we deliver training, and so we are intimately aware of both the benefits and the limitations of that method of transferring skills and knowledge. There are many benefits training can provide. Here are just a few: [.]. Communication Leadership Leadership Communication Learning Training application coaching tele-coaching Training ROI

10 Power Tips for Leaders who Talk too Much

Leadership Freak

All the interesting things you say make you uninteresting to others. A rare few enthrall listeners. Don’t think of yourself as one. You know too much and have too much to say. Passion sets your tongue on fire. You can’t wait to create enthusiasm, solve problems, and share transformative insights. In a busy world brevity [.]. Communication Leading brevity Leadership Development listeners

Leadership Development: Throw the Ball and Catch It Too

Women on Business

Tom Brady’s wife, Gisele, will go down in history with a quote that goes well beyond football.

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Leadership Autopilot

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Career Development Leadership Coaching Leadership Development Self Leadership Three years ago I moved to a new city. It was not until four weeks ago I realized that I don’t know my way around my city very well. The reason is simple and a little embarrassing. It is all due to my good friend named Garmin. For directionally challenged people (such as me) Garmin is a lifesaver; however, it can also create great challenges: mentally checking out while you are driving for one.

The Sense of Achievement

Execupundit

What does it take to create a sense of achievement? If you wrote a short novel in one afternoon and it sold millions of copies and put a bundle of money in your pocket, would you have the same sense of achievement had it taken ten years and much sacrifice to produce?

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Budget Development Best Practice 1 – Maintain Confidentiality During Budget Development

Strategy Driven

Budgets are the financial representation of an organization’s business plan. As such, they convey a great deal of information regarding the organization’s direction – its ongoing operations, market pursuits, future investments, and staffing levels.

Managing the “Great Expectations” of the Next Sales Generation

Women on Business

Guest post by Lynn Schleeter (learn more about Lynn at the end of this post). The death of the traditional salesman has been greatly exaggerated,” heralded a recent column in The Economist (October 22, 2011). Why does the media always have to dredge up the Willy Lomans of the world every time the sales function is covered? Sales has made leaps and bounds since Arthur Miller wrote that fateful play in 1949.

The Happy Secret To Better Work.

Rich Gee Group

Small changes ripple outward. Media Piece Shawn Achor

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You’re Mediocre If You: 7

Utpal Writes

…speak only what everybody wants to hear; …trust the wisdom of the crowd; …generally have excuses ready for not doing something that matters; …are afraid to get out of the status-quo; …are reactive, almost always; …never question the decisions you’ve taken in the past; …believe that they don’t understand. Start being exceptional instead – Being exceptional begins with presuming absolute personal responsibility of your actions and their consequences.

Christopher Bones wins CMI Management Book of the Year

Chartered Management Institute

The headline news is that Christopher Bones was the well deserved winner of CMI Management Book of the Year with The Cult of the Leader. I cannot do justice to Sir Anthony Cleaver’s remarks last night, but they were to the effect that this is a thoughtful and hard hitting book that should be read by our political leaders and certainly by anyone with an interest in leadership.

The Rules of [Employee] Engagement: Sobering Statistics

First Friday Book Synopsis

For some organizations, the extent of employee engagement programs is limited to the annual engagement survey. That model, featuring a survey filled with scores of questions and sent out for the entire organization to complete, needs to be updated. Here is an excerpt from a highly unorthodox, certainly thought-provoking article written by Mike Prokopeak for [.].

Teach your community to grow your community

The Organized Executive's Blog

The following is a guest article by Catherine Welborn, web editor of Briefings Media Group. I recently read Mashable’s roundup of the “Six Startups to Watch in 2012,” which introduced me to Skillshare. I was immediately intrigued by this site, which Mashable describes as “an online marketplace for offline classes.” . Basically, anyone with a skill can create a class. Any skill, really. Classes run the gamut from screen printing to problem-solving to coding to poker—and everything in between.

Being grateful…

Rajesh Setty

Being grateful is not optional. Most people behave differently though – because they are taking things for granted. Here is a thought experiment: Can you list all the things that you are grateful for in the next minute? How many items did you get on that list? What if you expanded the available time. Would it make a difference? How big of a difference would it make on the list?

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Spilled Coffee

LeadStrategic

Sunday night I spilled half a cup of cold coffee directly onto my brand new HP Envy 14 notebook. Today is Tuesday and—using an external keyboard—I am transferring as many critical files from the now wounded computer over to another computer that I will have to use for a couple weeks.

The activity is a metaphor for work.

Create Learning

In 2009 out of desperation with a group one day I created a Team Building Activity called ‘ Bottle Tower ’. I shared the activity with Thiagi , you can see it on his gameletter here. People contact me asking about the “Right way to lead the activity”… Below is one interaction.

Quotes on Questions

CO2

“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” ” —Bertrand Russe. “It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.” ” —Thomas Pain. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.” ” —Francis Bacon. “The unexamined life is not worth living.” ” —Socrate.

Being grateful…

Rajesh Setty

Being grateful is not optional. Most people behave differently though – because they are taking things for granted. Here is a thought experiment: Can you list all the things that you are grateful for in the next minute? How many items did you get on that list? What if you expanded the available time. Would it make a difference? How big of a difference would it make on the list?

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How Is Leadership Like The Doritos Super Bowl Ad?

Tanveer Naseer

The following is a guest post by Jason Monaghan. Doritos and effective leadership. Not an easy combination to draw a lesson from, right? You might be surprised. If you watched the Doritos commercial during the Super Bowl then you realize that their ingenious use of language and video led you to an engaging conclusion: that Doritos are better than, well, most things. We can learn a valuable lesson about effective leadership through their messaging and how it translates to everyday life.

The 5 Whys

Harvard Business Review

Eric Ries , entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School, explains how to find the human causes of technical problems. Leadership Operations

My Leadership Lessons From P90X(2)

Tim Milburn

I discovered P90X during the summer of 2010. It changed my life. If you’re not familiar with P90X, here’s a brief overview from Wikipedia : P90X, or Power 90 Extreme, is a home exercise system developed by Tony Horton in conjunction with Beachbody.com.

Inner Circle in Hong Kong

Bird's Eye View

They are bullish in Hong Kong. About nearly everything. The topic of our Inner Circle last week was "Where is Innovation Now That We Need It?" and that's the same topic we explored in Paris a month ago, and New York before that.

My Leadership Lessons From P90X(2)

Tim Milburn

I discovered P90X during the summer of 2010. It changed my life. If you’re not familiar with P90X, here’s a brief overview from Wikipedia : P90X, or Power 90 Extreme, is a home exercise system developed by Tony Horton in conjunction with Beachbody.com.

Leadership Development Carnival – Super Bowl Pre-game Edition

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development [link] The February Leadership Development Carnival is up! When you get a chance, take a look at the posts that were contributed. You’ll find that they are not the same-old, same-old, but thoughtful, illuminating ideas and advice that can really make a difference. We’ve witnessed over the last few years perhaps some of the egregious examples [.]. Leadership Development Leadership Leadership development carnival

Art: Robert Fawcett

Execupundit

Art Contrarian looks at the work of illustrator Robert Fawcett. The above is from a Sherlock Holmes story

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Today’s thoughts February 7, 2012

Rapid BI

Psychology, statistics, research & bad Science Psychology, Statistics, Research & Bad Science We have all seen the adverts – 9/10 cats – n=73 as the sample group for a major hair care product TV & magazine advertising campaign. So why do so many firms use bad science? How widespread is this behaviour? Apparently 76.4% of [.]. ecademy

Three Lessons for Social TV

Harvard Business Review

You may have noticed something was missing throughout the nation's most social sporting event of the year. The Super Bowl in-game broadcast had zero social media TV integration. With more than a billion people on Facebook and Twitter alone, many of them watching the game, this was a missed opportunity. Why did NBC and the NFL miss the boat? Likely, the common internal social media struggles got in the way.

The Cost of Bad Project Management - And How Six Disciplines Can Help

Six Disciplines

In a recent Gallup Management Journal study , the resulting cost from bad project management is reaching astronomical levels. Apparently, "when it comes to project management, most organizations put their practices before their people. They place more emphasis on rational factors -- the process itself -- and less on emotional drivers that could lead to project excellence -- like their employees' engagement with the project and company.".

Wanted: Idea Fusers

Harvard Business Review

It's become pretty much common knowledge that great innovation springs from the ability to pull two unlike things together to create a beautiful third. Steve Jobs famously shifted a paradigm when he fused calligraphy with technology to create the Mac's graphical user interface.

Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens

Execupundit

There is a nicely done tribute to Charles Dickens on YouTube. What always strikes me about Charles Dickens is his capacity to make minor characters as memorable as the major ones. We would be a better society if more people read Dickens

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Why Empowering Women Doesn’t Help Them

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is a brief article by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox for the Harvard Business Review blog. To check out the wealth of free resources and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * A German client of mine was complaining this week about a survey she received from the country’s leading [.].

First Paragraph

Execupundit

Although I am an old man, night is generally my time for walking. In the summer I often leave home early in the morning and roam about the fields and lanes all day, or even escape for days or weeks together; but saving in the country, I seldom go out until after dark, though, Heaven be thanked, I love its light, and feel the cheerfulness it sheds upon the earth, as much as any creature living. From The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens

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New Books from the Press for February

Harvard Business Review

Check out these new and forthcoming books from HBR Press: Uncommon Service: How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business. By Frances Frei and Anne Morriss. Service needs to be a fundamental consideration of everything we make and everything we do, from the first sketch of the business plan to the last speech at the 50th anniversary shareholder's meeting. Uncommon Service puts forth a completely new and systematic approach that upends the traditional rules of service competition.