Fri.Oct 28, 2011

Are You a Visionary?

Kevin Eikenberry

Typically in these weekly “powerquotes” posts I feature a quotation from a famous, or at least known person. Today that isn’t the case. I don’t know Dan Ivey, though I found his LinkedIn profile just now. His quote came from a Fast Company email in my quotation archives from 2004. I’m pleased to share it [.]. Leadership Learning Quotations Success Steve Jobs vision visionary

I’m the Leader, It’s Not by Job to Make You Happy

Ron Edmondson

I encounter people who think it’s someone else’s job, perhaps my job as a leader, to make them happy. You may have also seen this same expectation of a spouse, a friend, or a parent. Some people expect other people to make them happy.

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Letting Go of Your Need to be Right


As a leader, you are often rewarded for having all the right answers. You may fight hard for your position on a subject. However, as I’ve watched leaders put an effort into letting go of their own need to be right when it made sense to do so, I’ve also watched some things happen

No Fear of Failure

Leading Blog

Gary Burnison, CEO of Korn/Ferry International, shares one-on-one conversations with a dozen successful leaders in No Fear of Failure. He found a common theme in these conversations: they each “exhibited tremendous courage around the possibility, and even the inevitability at times, of failure. In the face of uncertainty, they draw on an inner strength that allows them to strive for what is possible rather than become paralyzed by the risk of failure.”

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Leaders vs. Managers

Great Leadership By Dan

Here's the 2nd in a series of guest posts by Professor Jim Clawson , one of our Executive Development Program instructors for a custom program we offer on Leading Change.

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Photo Inquiry Friday: Describe the Exception, there is always an exception.

Create Learning

Working on a team and Managing a team has challenges. People by nature wish to catastrophize everything. YOU have to coach people to find the exception the solutions. Because Problems DON’T create solutions. Solutions CREATE Solutions.

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WEadership Practice #5: Add Unique Value

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Community Involvement Leadership Development This post is the fifth in a series that began here summarizing the findings of a one-year study of workforce leadership. Through that process, we identified six practices next-generation leaders use to be effective; a new model of leadership we call WEadership, in a nod to its collaborative nature. __ What business are you in? [.] WEadership Practice #5: Add Unique Value.

Servant Leadership Observer – September 2011

Modern Servant Leader

After a hiatus of monthly news updates, we resume the Servant Leadership Observer with September, 2011 news. I’ll post the October edition soon. In the meantime, the September edition captured a lot of news from Academia and some great blog posts.

Thought-full Thursday: Clinging


Every Thursday, we provide you with a thoughtful way to coach yourself – something all leaders need to do. So take five and enjoy the inspirational quotes and reflect on the questions that follow. Your comments and answers to the questions are most welcome! By letting it go it all gets done.


Nuggets of Wisdom from Leadership Caffeine

Next Level Blog

My leadership blogging friend Art Petty has a new book out called Leadership Caffeine. It’s a series of essays organized by common challenges and opportunities leaders face. The caffeine metaphor. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Books Leadership Art Petty Leadeship Caffeine

Business Lesson from T.O.

Women on Business

There’s no denying that Terrell Owens is a great wide receiver, he’s got the speed and the skill so why isn’t he in high demand? He recently staged a televised workout to gain attention, but it seemed to do just the opposite gaining attention from only a arena football team. So what can T.O. teach your company? Talent is not enough. The lesson here is don’t let your greatness get lost in your message.

Fast Friday with Winston Churchill (and a tribute to my Dad)

Roundtable Talk

Last Saturday, my father passed away after a short, but vigorous, battle with cancer. My dad was a larger than life guy and, what was comforting for my Mum and brothers after his death, was the outpouring of memories we received from his former pupils, rugby lads , friends and lawn bowling buddies. One of my dad’s favourite quotes is attributed to Winston Churchill: “You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”.

End the Patent Wars

Harvard Business Review

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the nation's top patent court, recently reached a decision that will have breathtaking ramifications: scientific research methods per se can be patented for a field of research. This decision promises to accelerate the flood of patent litigation, which shows that the recent America Invents Act does not go far enough to fix the patent system. The case in question, Classen Immunotherapies v.

Authors of Our Own Lives


Kurt Vonnegut once remarked that the secret of writing fiction is to make the reader really want something and then take it away. You find that in life, of course, but the person who is taking it away is usually not some outside author or director but the main character.

America: Excelling at Mediocrity

Harvard Business Review

Recently, I've been around the world and then back to the US of A. And what strikes me is how fast many parts of the globe are forging ahead — and how decrepit coming home can feel in comparison ( JFK airport , I'm looking at you ). It's got me wondering: what is America still the best at? Consider this thought experiment.

Art or Scam?


Art Contrarian on the finalists for the Turner Prize. [Be Be sure to click to see them.] An excerpt: My problem is that the term "art" has been watered down (Duchamp's legacy) to the point where anything can be called "art." But if anything runs the risk of being "art," then art is nothing special and the term becomes meaningless


Ten Innovation Myths

Harvard Business Review

Over the past year I've shifted my presentation materials so they include mostly pictures and 96 point font. That's good for audiences (at least, I think it is), but bad when I get the kind of request that landed in my in-box last week. I'm doing an innovation update at one of our meetings and I'm hoping you can assist me with some conversation starters," a senior leader said to one of our clients.

Best Cities, Indeed


Whenever someone compiles a list of the world's best cities , it won't be long before the ranking is challenged and omissions are cited. Santa Fe is ranked higher than Paris


Corporations Must Become Socially Conscious Citizens

Harvard Business Review

This blog post is part of the HBR Online Forum The CEO's Role in Fixing the System. I recently heard that the only group held in lower regard than corporate executives in the United States is Congress. Think about that. What a terrible blow to business. And yet, I'd argue that it's our own fault. By serving narrow self-interests, we — the business people of this country — basically facilitated this mistrust. We have been purveyors of our own doom.

Something Ventured

CEO Blog

Random tidbits: There is starting to be a chill in the air but the beans continue to yield well. The growing season in Long Island is at least a month longer than Guelph. I did not interview for Brainlogic that ended up on Collaborative Innovation. I have been sore from added weight lifting. Good sore and self inflicted in any event so tough to complain. I am actually thankful that I am able work out.

In 100 Words: It’s About Perseverance, Talent, and Hard Work

Management is a Journey

Never Give Up and Never Give In– Hubert Humphrey I am a big fan of biography shows on successful people in sports, entertainment, business, etc. If you are successful, I want to know how you got there. Two themes that are constant in all of the biography shows I watch is the following: these successful [.]. Motivation emotional intelligence survival skills

Quote of the Day


We often make people pay dearly for what we think we give them. Comtesse Diane


Jack Canfield's Simple Trick to Become More Optimistic

Building Personal Strength

Jack Canfield It may take some work to become a truly optimistic person, especially in challenging times. But in this brief video Jack Canfield describes a simple technique that will get you behaving like an optimist so you can start enjoying the rewards that come with seeing opportunities.

Petty Tyranny


A U.S. Supreme Court justice recounted over cocktails a while ago his travails with his hometown zoning board. He wanted to build an addition onto his house, containing what the plans described as a home office, but he met truculent and lengthy resistance. This is a residential area, a zoning official blustered—no businesses allowed. The judge mildly explained that he would not be running a business from the new room; he would be using it as a study.

Closeout for 10.28.11


Every friday we review the posts from LeaderLab contributors that has appeared on this blog and elsewhere online. Even great leaders need help managing people. This infographic discusses When to Hire an HR Manager. We reviewed The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan. John Richard Bell outlined The Essence of Strategy. In this month’s short, David Burkus asked if experience really was the best teacher. Elsewhere. Bret Simmons discussed Inner Work Life. Featured

The Great Firewall of America

Harvard Business Review

The Senate's PROTECT IP Bill, designed to stop piracy, now has a matching bill in the House: E-PARASITE. It would have been tough to top PROTECT IP, but they've managed to do it. It contains provisions that will chill innovation. It contains provisions that will tinker with the fundamental fabric of the internet. It gives private corporations the power to censor. And best of all, it bypasses due legal process to do much of it. The timing could not be more exquisite.

Oh NO! Is It Possible The Semicolon Will Vanish?

Bird's Eye View

A Hong Kong friend forwarded to me an article from the Wall Street Journal that brings tears to my eyes. Well, not really, but anything to do with the demise of our usage of punctuation strikes close to the heart of a grammarian and self-described language freak like me. Read what Herny Hitchings has to say.

CEOs and Boards Need a Pact on How the Firm Will be Run

Harvard Business Review

This blog post is part of the HBR Online Forum The CEO's Role in Fixing the System. The story is a familiar one: A company's quarterly earnings fall significantly short of the investment community's expectations, and the CEO announces a restructuring, including a cut in R&D, to lower costs, regardless of the negative impact on the firm's long-term prospects. Another example of a CEO focusing on the short-term earnings rather than the creation of long-term value, right? Not necessarily.

Down with Knee-Jerk Downsizing

Harvard Business Review

Recently, the Wall Street Journal had a startling headline: "Lean Companies Ready to Cut." Its opening sentence: "Despite another quarter of robust corporate profits, an ominous impulse is stirring at many big companies — restructuring.". Spooked by prospects of sluggish revenue growth in 2012, some large companies, already quite lean, are making plans to slash jobs. This strikes us as a knee-jerk reaction and a bad idea.

China's Stubbornly High Food Prices

Harvard Business Review

For Beijing, tackling China's high inflation rate — 6.1% in September 2011, down slightly from the three-year peak of 6.5% in July 2011 — appears likely to remain a priority. The People's Bank of China, the country's central bank, has already hiked interest rates five times in 2011 and increased reserve requirement ratios nine times, but those measures have barely made a dent on the problem. Why are food prices — which rose by 13.4%