Wed.Apr 17, 2013

Women in Leadership – It Takes Courage, Self-Esteem and Fortitude

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Self Leadership Over my career, I’ve watched as the yearning for leadership has grown within the female ranks around the globe.

What Matrix Leaders Can Learn from Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride

Great Leadership By Dan

The success of his nighttime ride almost 240 years ago is a testament to effective matrix leadership skills–and a lesson for today’s leaders. Guest post by Signe Spencer, Hay Group. A few months ago, I would never have considered Paul Revere a useful example of a matrix leader.

4 Mindful Steps to Respond Rather Than React

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Self Leadership [link] There may be a slight difference between the words react and respond. Yet, in practice, there seems to be a gulf of difference. When people react, it seems to be defensive. Responding, though, is more thoughtful. Responses contain reasoning.

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Introverted traits we can all use


My youngest daughter’s teachers were always telling my husband and I that she needed to speak up more. She spent a lot of time alone in her room, reading and doing puzzles. Teachers told us our oldest daughter needed to stop talking so much in class.

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Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

Leading the Conversation About Ethical Leadership

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton Dialogue is a powerful tool for developing ethical organizations. Workplace issues are complex and opinions will always vary about what ethical behavior means. This combination creates a kind of "murky uncertainty" that keeps employees from giving us their best, most ethical performance. Ethical Organization complexity ethical leadership development ethical mindset ethics training what is ethical leadership what is global leadership

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2 Ways to Instantly Lose Credibility with Your New Team

Let's Grow Leaders

You’ve got a new job, a new team, or a new project. Credibility is vital, but people are skeptical. Questioning eyes wonder, “who is this guy?” ” “why him?” ” “seriously?” ” Their looks intimidate. And you wonder, “why me?”

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Room at the Table

Women on Business

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All’s Well that Begins Well

Leadership Freak

This note arrived from a young leader: I’m spearheading some interdepartmental activities with the goal of more open communication and increased relationships between departments. Could you suggest some good resources? Would you consider posting a question on your Facebook page? Reply: You’re asking the wrong questions. Leaders often rush to fix painful symptoms before defining [.]. Communication Leading Values mission & vision Organizational Development organizational success

Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking (TED)

Survive Your Promotion

In a short (14 minute) talk, Amanda Palmer helps us understand the power of asking. A truly fascinating example of leading by giving. I’m reading Give and Take this week (book review to come). This is a good example of a successful giver. Inspiration leadership Adam Grant Amanda Palmer Give and Take Giving TED

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Psychopaths & Sycophants


Leaders need followers, right? It doesn’t follow that anyone who doesn’t lead is a follower but what if a subset of leaders are psychopathic – or at least antisocial and unburdened by conscience – while a subset of followers are sycophantic – those who are willing to please leaders in exchange for power and privilege, or even the promise or proximity of power and privilege? What if the two groups are symbiotic?

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

Smart Marketing for Small Businesses

Strategy Driven

What keeps small business owners up at night? How to grow revenues? How to profitably service existing customers? When to hire additional employees? You probably didn’t answer, “How to implement effective marketing.”

Going to Work vs. Getting Your Work to Go


Going to Work vs. Getting Your Work to Go. Going to work can get old. A change in environment often allows you to open up to other possibilities and see solutions that may not have otherwise appeared. If your work or routine needs revitalizing, pack up and go somewhere else.

The One Barrier Standing In Your Way

Tim Milburn

I have a running joke with some of my friends. You might have a similar one. We imagine what we’d do if we won the lottery. We dream about how we would spend all that money. We talk about how many problems we could solve with our winnings.

CEO Blog - Untitled Article

CEO Blog

I was at a YPO event yesterday morning. The speaker was prolific author Richard Barrett. He wrote a number of books including The New Leadership Paradigm - Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading an Organization and Leading in Society. His company has done extensive research and come up with tools on how to measure individual values and beliefs and company values and beliefs. He has impressive statistics on the success of companies that are high alignment compared to others.

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Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

Implement Change with More Influence, Confidence and Impact

Change Starts Here

Does your project seem like pushing a boulder uphill? Would you like to implement change with more influence, confidence and impact?

Why Leadership Requires Prudence and Temperance

Mills Scofield

Thank you Innovation Excellence for posting my thoughts from Smartblogs on Leadership ! Why Leadership Requires Prudence And Temperance. Balanced Scorecard Culture Innovation Leadership Prudence Strategy Temperance

The Hardest Thing for Some People in Ministry to Do

Ron Edmondson

I was talking to the Executive Director of a homeless ministry recently. Everyday, she feeds hundreds of meals. Every night the ministry boards dozens of men and women. They clothe people. They help prepare people for job interviews.

The Creative Mindset: Classic Insights

First Friday Book Synopsis

These are among my personal favorites. Please share yours. o “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degaso “What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.” [.]. Bob''s blog entries Andre Gide Edgar Degas Eugene Delacroix Galileo Galilei Jonas Salk.

Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.

Turning around companies

Chartered Management Institute

In my more than thirty years in senior management, I have time and again been called upon and tasked to turn around many companies, small and large, private and public listed companies as well. This article or blog will explain the steps I take in implementing my turnaround strategy. I always follow certain steps and procedures, to ensure that the turnaround process is systematic and easily understood by the owners, managers and employees of the company.

Are You Listening to Your Most Important Customers?

Harvard Business Review

You don''t see many tweets touting companies as #betterthanaverage. But there''s plenty of social media chatter about really good or bad customer experiences. The same holds true for the feedback companies receive directly via e-mails or phone calls.

Go Ahead, Take a Failure Bow

Harvard Business Review

You''ve heard the mantra: Learn from failure. But no one likes to screw up and you can''t learn when you''re beating your chest in frustration or pointing fingers at each other. Some smart organizations are helping their people make failure not only productive, but also fun.

Boston's Heartbreak and the Search for Meaning

Harvard Business Review

Up until two days ago, heartbreak at the Boston marathon was confined to a hill in Newton. It was heartbreak of a glorious kind, a half-mile ascent 20 miles into the course where fatigue transforms effort into epic.

Corporate Reporting Needs a Reboot

Harvard Business Review

There is a clamor of voices demanding the rebooting of capitalism, from academics (such as Michael Porter) and politicians (like Al Gore) to investors (such as CalPERS) and Occupy''s street activists.

The Next, and Overlooked, VC Opportunity: The Middle East

Harvard Business Review

Venture capital is ignoring the Middle East for all the wrong reasons. Ultimately, playing it safe will cause them to yield new opportunities. I''ve interviewed over 150 impressive, young entrepreneurs and engineers throughout the Arab world. Many have visited the States (or would like to visit), but especially after the uprisings of two years ago, nearly all want to stay home in the long run. They care about their families and their communities.

Reinhart, Rogoff, and How the Macroeconomic Sausage Is Made

Harvard Business Review

After watching a presentation by Kaggle founder and CEO Anthony Goldbloom at a conference last year , I went up to the front of the room to ask him a question about macroeconomics. Kaggle organizes competitions in which data scientists (which in most cases means anybody who wants to sign up) compete to build predictive models based on huge troves of data. Goldbloom founded the company after working as a macroeconomic modeler at the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Australian Treasury.

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Strategic Humor: Cartoons from the May 2013 Issue

Harvard Business Review

Enjoy these cartoons from the May issue of HBR, and test your management wit in the HBR Cartoon Caption Contest at the bottom of this post. If we choose your caption as the winner, you will be featured in next month''s magazine and win a free Harvard Business Review Press book. Don''t think of it as your being fired. Think of it as our failure to retain talent.". PC Vey. Teresa Burns Parkhurst. Now can you explain that with a parable?". Paul Kales.

How the Crowd Is Solving an 800-Year-Old Mystery

Harvard Business Review

Indiana Jones, the great (fictional) archaeologist, used his own brains and creativity to tackle the toughest intellectual puzzles in his quest for the Holy Grail. Indy''s self-reliance represents the dominant approach to tough problems, i.e. individuals and organizations look to themselves for the solution.