Mon.Dec 26, 2011

Three Steps to Create a Vision for 2012

C-Level Strategies

If you want to be a purveyor of visionary leadership in 2012 you must start by creating a vision for 2012.

How Will You Use the Most Productive Week of the Year

Kevin Eikenberry

As I travel around the world all year long, leaders and achievers — people just like you — tell me the same things over and over. “I’m I’m so busy, my plate is so full.” “I I can’t seem to get anything done.” There is too much email and too many interruptions.” If you have said, thought, [.]. Achievement Leadership Learning

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How To Use The January Effect To Make It Your Best Year Ever

Terry Starbucker

There is always a great benefit to the 365-day calendar – the fact that it restarts at January 1, without fail.

My Favorite Books of the Year

Kevin Eikenberry

Each year I share my favorite books of the year. This isn’t like a journalist’s list though. While I read many newly-released books each year, this list comes solely from the books I have previously recommended during the year, which means you get a peek not just at the best books of the year, but [.]. Books Leadership Learning Personal Development reading list recommended books

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Five Ways to Find Your Future

Leadership Freak

The past is the future for most of us. We cling to misguided notions that persistence, endurance, and more of the same will result in a new future. It won’t. 99% of the conversations I have about the future are actually about the past. People try to create a future by cling to or modifying [.]. Change Courage Innovation Insecurity Leading Marks of leaders Personal Growth Questions Social Media Values Decisions glory days Leadership Development small steps timidity turbulent world

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Giving Away Trust

Coaching Tip

Our hyperconnected, hypertransparent world continues to add new dynamics and issues to consider. That is as it should be and certainly how it turned out to be. And undoubtedly how it will continue to be. Trust is a funning thing , one of those soft things that we often rush by. What's not so funny is how often it lies at the center of our challenges and opportunities. Trust is like the air we breathe," Warren Buffett said. When it's present, nobody really notices.

Cognitive Dissonance

What Do You Want From Them

What do you see? The bar in the middle of this image seems to blend from light gray to dark gray. In reality, the horizontal bar is solid gray and only the background is a color gradient. Our brains are quite susceptible to deceit.

Secret Santa: CBS On The Road Video

Ron Edmondson

Here’s a CBS News story of a secret Santa. I’ve seen reports of this businessman man’s way of spreading Christmas cheer before, but I loved the outcome on this one. You’ll watch a 30 second advertisement, then the 3 minute video.). I also love the news segment by Steve Hartman called “On the Road” You can read or watch more of his Secret Santa stories HERE. Related posts: Honda Video, Failure: The Secret to Success. Susan Boyle Video Continues to Inspire.

The Ten Most Important Business Challenges and Which Book to Consult for Each

First Friday Book Synopsis

Whenever asked to recommend business books, I immediately inquire, “What is the single greatest challenge that you and your organization now face?” ” Of course, responses vary but over time, these seem to be the ten challenges most frequently cited, followed by the book(s) I think will be most helpful. Obviously, “one man’s opinions”…. CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP [.]. Bob's blog entries 12: The Elements of Great Managing Barry Z.

#6 – 2011: 3 Ways to Respond to a Controlling Leader

Ron Edmondson

This week, I’m counting down the top blog posts for 2011. For clarity, these are the top 6 posts published in 2011. There were posts with higher traffic that were written in previous years. I have several posts that continue to receive high traffic. You can find them on my “ About ” page. Here is the post with the 6th highest traffic: 3 Ways to Respond to a Controlling Leader. I have written a good deal recently about controlling leadership.

Why Everyone's Working So Hard

Marshall Goldsmith

In the early 1980s I had the opportunity to work as a consultant in several of America's largest organizations. In those days I often thought that corporate managers and professionals were lazy. In most corporate headquarters buildings I could have shot a cannonball down the hall at 5 p.m. and not hit anyone! Professionals and managers were working 35 to 40 hours per week. They were taking four to five weeks of vacation during the course of the year.

John Boudreau on “Outside-the-Box Leadership Development”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by John Boudreau for Talent Management magazine. To check out all the resources and sign up for a free subscription to the TM and/or Chief Learning Officer magazines published by MedfiaTec, please click here. * * * How can companies balance cost pressures with the need to [.].

If You Run a Community, Your Members Won’t Always Contact You Through the Proper Channel

Managing Communities

photo credit: mikecogh In a perfect world, the members of your online community would contact you through the method that you direct them toward. But, this isn’t a perfect world and you can’t expect that people will always do so. Going beyond that, you can’t really be angry if someone contacts you through a publicly [.]. Interacting with Members


The Power of Elimination

First Friday Book Synopsis

Many years ago during an interview, Katherine Hepburn was asked the secret to the success of her career. Elimination! I have eliminated everyone and everything from my life that interferes with what I want to do and how I want to do it. Even Luddie [Ludlow Ogden Smith], my former husband and dearest friend still. [.].

Tis the Season… for Crazies, for Brawls and for Holiday Jeers?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Christmas, Hanukkah, the whole holiday season… it’s supposed to be a time for love, for giving, for “peace on earth, good will toward men.” ” But if that’s so, what’s with all the hand gestures in the mall parking lot? Are the screaming fits at the Return/Exchange counter really necessary? Isn’t there a better way to [.]. Leadership Development Christmas good will holiday peace season shoppers

TeamBuilding De-Brief + Processing Tool: STAR Method

Create Learning

This is a re-post, and it is still good! How does one lead AWESOME team-building programs? The ones that ensure that content and learning take place. A teambuilding program that is fun, and teams leave better than when they arrived? click here for the how-to book.

Navigating The Seven C’s Of Growth… The Sixth C: Challenge Employees to Grow and Develop

Business Learning Coach

By Jim Grinnell, Ph.D. Part VII of VIII In her highly influential book Theory of the Growth of the Firm, Edith Penrose artfully discusses the role attracting and developing appropriate human resources plays in the continued growth of entrepreneurial firms.

Finding a Passion


Many years ago, I was teaching a workshop at a hotel in the Midwest and discovered that it was the meeting site for a group of historians whose sole focus was the French Revolution. Papers, books, panels, and presentations were dedicated to the topic.

Our doubts are traitors


“Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win. By fearing to attempt.” ” – William Shakespeare. Just Ask Leadership Quote


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American self-belief is like a force of nature, awesome and inexorable. It turned a dream of liberty into a functioning nation, and placed that nation's flag on the moon. It drew settlers across the seas in the tens of millions, and liberated hundreds of millions more from the evils of fascism and communism. If it has occasionally led the United States into errors, they have tended to be errors of exuberance. On the whole, the world has reason to be thankful for it.


How to Follow LeaderLab


It’s been nearly two years since we began the small side project that work become LeaderLab. In that time the content, its forms and, thankfully, the readership have all grown significantly. LeaderLab now includes the blog , the podcast , an ebook platform and hard copy publisher. In 2012, we’ll be following the old adage less is more. While the frequency of posts on the blog will likely decrease, the quality of the content across all mediums will increase.

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To accomplish great things, one must be with the people, not above them. Montesquieu


‘Tis the Season for Recognition, Appreciation, and Celebration

The Practical Leader

After another epic global feat, Santa must now be taking the pause that refreshes! The Holiday Season should be that critical pause for all of us. This is the time of year for family, friends, and celebrations.

How to Follow LDRLB


It’s been nearly two years since we began the small side project that work become LDRLB. In that time the content, its forms and, thankfully, the readership have all grown significantly. LDRLB now includes the blog , the podcast , and an ebook publisher. In 2012, we’ll be following the old adage less is more. While the frequency of posts on the blog will likely decrease, the quality of the content across all mediums will increase.