Sat.Dec 10, 2011

Why Giving Praise Doesn't Work

Eric Jacobson

There is an important difference between giving your employees positive feedback and giving them praise. Positive feedback focuses on the specifics of job performance.

The Hidden Power of Weakness

Leadership Freak

Image source I’ve been living on the weak side of love since my accident on November 20, 2011. I’ll be on the receiving end of compassion for weeks to come. Frankly, total dependence on others is not my preferred form of humility. Learning to be weak: It took me a few days to find the strength [.]. Appreciation Humility Influence Marks of leaders Motivation Personal Growth Growth Leadership Development

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Reader Blog Survey 2011

Ron Edmondson

Would you help me improve my blog? Please consider taking my 2011 reader survey. It will take you less than 10 minutes, probably less than 5. Seriously, if you enjoy my blog, I’d appreciate your help. Click here to take survey. Thank you for reading this blog. I don’t take it lightly. My blog continues to grow and last month was again a record-setting month for me in traffic. If you haven’t yet, I’d love for you to sign up to receive it by email.

How has the institutional world changed in the last 20 years?

Chartered Management Institute

I know this may seem an odd question, but I'll explain why I'm asking. Twice in one week I've had people approach me for help with something - one was a journalist and the other a PhD student. Their interests were slightly different but the root of their question was the same. The world is a very different place to what it was 20 or 30yrs ago. We all know some of the 'practical' ways in which it has changed.

Scripture Memorization, Week 50

Ron Edmondson

It’s Christmas…we should know this verse: And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Luke 2:10. Bonus to this post: What’s your favorite Christmas memory? . Related posts: Scripture Memorization, Week 33 (And a video). Scripture Memorization, Week 35. Scripture Memorization, Week 45. Culture Encouragement Jesus

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Saturday’s Quote By Robert Half

Management is a Journey

Leaders ask questions. Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers. –Robert Half. Communication communication emotional intelligence leadership people skills

Bag it Newt! You’ll Govern a Non-Fiction World

First Friday Book Synopsis

I remember the cover from Sports Illustrated a few weeks into NBA superstar Michael Jordan’s attempt in training camp to play major league baseball. The title was “Bag it Michael.” ” It infuriated him so much that he never gave the magazine another interview. The stimulus for my recollection was an article in the Wall Street [.].

Command, Control and Authority

You're Not the Boss of Me

I think we can agree that there are a number of leadership styles but the one we love to hate is the Command and Control style. I once had a boss who was the epitome of command and control, a real “my way or the highway” kind of guy.

Playing the Game and Finishing Well

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Best of Blogs Series Leadership Development [link] Check out this great post by one of our fellow instigators, Angela Bisignano, Ph.D. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology and an M.S. in ministry. She works as a leadership and life consultant. Her guest post over on Michael Hyatt’s blog is titled Leaders and the Game of Life. It’s about the need for [.]. Best of Blogs Series Leadership Development blogs courage finishing well Leadership

Navigating The Seven C’s Of Growth… The Fourth C: Consistently Execute

Business Learning Coach

By Jim Grinnell, Ph.D. Part V of VIII While building an organization capable of effective execution is a challenge all businesses face, it is heightened for young growth firms. During the founding stage, the business is able to operate with minimal managerial, operational, and evaluation systems.



The afternoon was dedicated to chores; the alchemists of life that turn the unimportant into the urgent. We try to sweeten these nuisances by combining them with something pleasurable. Despite such craftiness, there is no doubt that the niggling demands are often an irritant.


Higher Ambition: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Higher Ambition: How Great Leaders Create Economic and Social Value Michael Beer, Russell Eisenstat, Nathaniel Foote, Tobias Fredberg, and Flemming Norrgren Harvard Business School Press (2011) Valuable lessons from 36 CEOs who create simultaneously value that has both economic and social impact The CEOs featured in this book agreed to participate in a four-year research [.].

If Possible.


Don't make an important decision when you are tired, angry, frustrated, impatient, hungry, depressed, or ill. Buy some time, if only a few hours, to collect your thoughts and renew your energy. Too many disasters have been created by people who were fatigued, upset, or watching a clock.

Gift Suggestion: Swim Like a Dolphin


A water-powered jetpack that lets you swim like a dolphin. Check out the video. You know you want one

Monkeys Dressed Up as Pirates?


Althouse points us to the unusual ADA case. Then again, it was in New Orleans


When Architects Get Weird Dept.


Does this design by some Dutch architects look like the Twin Towers exploding? They claim to have been surprised by the reaction


On or About the Night Prior to Christmas


Back by popular demand: From the lawyer's version of T'was the Night Before Christmas: Whereas, on or about the night prior to Christmas, there did occur at a certain improved piece of real property (hereinafter "the House") a general lack of stirring by all creatures therein, including, but not limited to a mouse. A variety of foot apparel, e.g. stocking, socks, etc., had been affixed by and around the chimney in said House in the hope and/or belief that St. Nick a/k/a/ St.

A Mill River Recluse and the Independent Publishing Revolution


Five years ago, Ms. Chan's novel, "The Mill River Recluse," which tells the story of a wealthy Vermont widow who bestows her fortune on town residents who barely knew her, would have languished in a drawer. A dozen publishers and more than 100 literary agents rejected it. Read the rest of The Wall Street Journal article here

Miscellaneous and Fast


Charles Laughton reading The Gettysburg Address. Wired recommends some geeky spots. Dan McCarthy on the small dog syndrome. Outside magazine lists its top 10 New Year's Eve Adventures. The New Yorker lists the 26 best films of 2011. Steven J. Ross lists books about politics and Hollywood. Callie Oettinger answers " Why Fight

Quote of the Day


I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. Isaac Newton