Wed.Jan 11, 2012

Women Small Business Owners Are America’s New Job Creators [Infographic]

Women on Business

Did you know that 99% of the employers in the United States are small businesses? Did you know that the number of women-owned businesses in the United States increased by 20% from 2002 to 2011?

What You Need to Know About Why People Fail

Leading Blog

“There are thousands of books on success. But very few on failure,” begins Siimon Reynolds in Why People Fail. Yet mastering failure is surely a vital step in achieving your aims, hopes, and dreams.”. He is passionately driven to take the "taboo" out of failure. As Reynolds suggests it is a "forbidden subject. We're not supposed to fail and if we do, we're supposed to hide it from everybody. It gives people the wrong impression about what it takes to be successful."

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3 Things Great Leaders Know About Managing Change

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Change Management Leadership Coaching. I’m working with a client right now who is leading his organization through a massive restructuring. He engaged me to help with the inevitable human reactions to monumental change. My favorite line I heard from him on enabling his employees to accomplish the transition successfully is: “I can’t just hand them a business card [.]. Change Management Leadership Coaching Change Character-based Leadership

Coopetition: Embracing Millenials In The Workplace

The Leadership Advisor

Many workplaces are competitive environments, partly because of the desire for advancement and partly because of the traditional structure of most incentive plans. They encourage “friendly” competition, which can often not be too friendly.

7 Spending Encouragements to Make Life Better

Ron Edmondson

Spend more time looking towards your future than at your past. Spend more energy on what you can change rather than what you cannot. Spend more time reading a book than watching television. Spend more time extending grace than holding a grudge. Spend more time listening than talking. Spend more time dreaming than dreading. Spend more energy with people you love rather than things you can buy. Do you have more? Related posts: Leading People To Make a Positive Impact.

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Solving 15 Reasons Leaders Won’t Lead

Leadership Freak

** “I’m so frustrated because my boss won’t make decisions.” Bennis said, “Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.” Leaders with titles who refuse to lead frustrate their teams. It’s more common than you might think. I regularly hear things like, “My boss refuses to move forward.” 15 Reasons leaders won’t lead: Failure to developed [.].

Coopetition: Embracing Millennials In The Workplace

The Leadership Advisor

Many workplaces are competitive environments, partly because of the desire for advancement and partly because of the traditional structure of most incentive plans. They encourage “friendly” competition, which can often not be too friendly.

Helping Leaders to Balance Being and Doing

Aspire-CS

Erika Andersen writes amazing books. My personal favorite is Being Strategic. If you don’t have a copy, you should. She has another in the works about leadership, which I’m excited about. I met Erika through an introduction from Wally Bock (via social media) and we hit it off, as he thought we might. I interviewed her here a while back, and she asked if she could interview me.

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When Being GUTSY Starts Young

Women on Business

I recently spoke at a women’s networking group and asked the bright and creative professionals to think about the earliest time they could remember when they spoke out for themselves. To jog their memories, I told a story about unfairness when a boy in my elementary school class was yelled at when I was the one “sneaking” in front of him in line. You can read the whole story on the “About Sylvia” page of www.sylvialafair.com.). Another great example.

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Awe (a mindful leadership blog)

Linked 2 Leadership

What a great time to start something new—at this time of year. This is the season we look to the past with fondness, the present with awe, and the future with great expectations. It’s a rare time for many; a time when we actually stop to reflect, renew, restore, and re-create. Seeing the World Anew There’s [.]. Leadership Lessons Learned Leading & Developing Other Leaders Leading Change Organizational Health Professional Development business leadership mindful leaders News

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In 100 Words: There is No “I” in “Team”

Management is a Journey

The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I’. And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I’. They don’t think ‘I’. They think ‘we’; they think ‘team’. They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but ‘we’ [.]. Leadership emotional intelligence leadership motivation people skills

Interview: Project Mgmt and Software Dev Best Practice

Crossderry Blog

Continuing my interview with Stephen Ritchie (@ruthlesshelp, blog here ). author of Pro.NET Best Practices (Amazon paperback & Kindle , Barnes & Noble ). Also, Stephen describes a promotion to get 40-percent-off his book at his blog here. . If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I’m wary of the term best practices.

Leading From the Middle

LDRLB

The newest issue of Strategic Leadership Review is out and features three more strong articles promoting evidence-based leadership. One in particular is Lisa Fornier’s Leading from the Middle.

HBR’s Most Popular Blog Posts of 2011

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Katherine Bell for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * As 2011 comes to a close, the editors of HBR.org [.].

Job hunting today?

Chartered Management Institute

According to a new report by MyJobGroup, today is the busiest day of the year for job-hunting. MyJobGroup, which posts vacancies on its website, studied the past seven years of data and found that the first "normal" Tuesday after the new year was the busiest for the number of people looking for new work or a career change. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

HBR’s Most Popular Blog Posts of 2011

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Katherine Bell for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * As 2011 comes to a close, the editors of HBR.org [.].

Dabbling with the minds of leaders and Society

Chartered Management Institute

The RSA has just published a report entitled; "Beyond the Big Society - Psychological Foundations of Active Citizenship". You can download it here: [link]. It's a fascinating read, making a call for far smarter interventions in the psyche of society. It focuses on the model of adult psychological growth developed by Prof Robert Kegan - a model that is used by quite a few business coaches, but what are the ethics of dabbling in the psyche of leaders and society?

Giving Tough Feedback? Sleep on It

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here. Many people advise that you should give difficult feedback immediately, preferably within 24 hours of an incident. But next time you have to provide constructive criticism, consider [.]. Bob's blog entries Giving Tough Feedback?: Sleep on It Guide to Giving Effective Feedback Harvard Business Review.

Invest in yourself in 2012

Bud to Boss

If your New Year’s resolutions strategic plan involves improving your management skills, check out our upcoming training camps. The longtime favorites and brand new workshops teach you the vital skills needed to be an effective manager. Bud to Boss Training Camp , which has long ranked among our most popular events, will be coming to the following locations in February: Feb. 6-7: Orlando, FL. . 8-9: Dallas, TX. . 13-14: Charlotte, NC. . 16-17: Atlanta, GA. . 21-22: Birmingham, AL. .

Giving Tough Feedback? Sleep on It

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here. Many people advise that you should give difficult feedback immediately, preferably within 24 hours of an incident. But next time you have to provide constructive criticism, consider [.]. Bob's blog entries Giving Tough Feedback?: Sleep on It Guide to Giving Effective Feedback Harvard Business Review.

New Book: Leadership Starts With You

Tim Milburn

I’ve discovered there is one thing every effective leader has in common. It doesn’t have anything to do with one’s personality or achieving a certain position or even one’s leadership style. It is the determination to lead yourself first.

Are You Really Connecting With Your Customers?

Eric Jacobson

Here are some key questions to ask yourself about how to connect with your customers in today's digital age: Are we making it easy for customers to find us in their digital lives? Do we offer services and content to customers on their schedule, not ours?

Whose path are you on?

CO2

David Whyte asks the question, would you rather fail at your life or succeed at someone else’s? Our lives have porous boundaries. Often, it’s unclear if what we do and value are chosen, suggested, or implanted. Maybe your dad, mom, sibling, or friend played hockey or danced or debated or painted or studied law. Before you know it–before you even understood the concept of free will–you are playing hockey, dancing, debating, painting, or studying law.

The Business Case for Reading Novels

Harvard Business Review

I've been a devoted, even fanatical reader of fiction my whole life, but sometimes I feel like I'm wasting time if I spend an evening immersed in Lee Child's newest thriller, or re-reading The Great Gatsby. Shouldn't I be plowing through my in-box? Or getting the hang of some new productivity app? Or catching up on my back issues of The Economist ?

Executive Coaching Tip: Avoid Heavy Lifting

CO2

High-performing leaders who want to go from great to greater often believe that executive coaches will require them to do a lot of heavy lifting. Some worry that in trying to fix their weaknesses, they’ll sap some of their strengths. Executive coaches don’t want you to do heavy lifting. They also don’t want you to change–at least not to a great degree. They want you to maximize your strengths and to learn how to best utilize and draw out the strengths of your coworkers.

Don't Think Different, Think About Different Things

Harvard Business Review

This post is about innovation. But before we get started, imagine the produce area in your local supermarket. Were you able to do it? That seems like a strange question to ask. Of course you could. But the strangeness of the question says something fundamental about the way your memory works. Memory provides you with the information it thinks you need when it thinks you need it.

Downsides and Upsides

Execupundit

If you are very busy, swamped with work, the downside may be that you don't have time to think in depth and see the big picture. If you have time to think, the downside may be that you lose the income, insights, and status that come with being busy.

How to Choose the Ideas Your Company Should Invest In

Harvard Business Review

My last post described how Innosight follows a three-stage process to evaluate investment proposals from outside entrepreneurs. But deciding how to invest in ideas at a corporation is a different beast. In The Innovator's Guide to Growth we suggested that companies should create one-page "Idea Resumes" that capture the essence of an idea on a single PowerPoint slide. After this starting point, however, our VC process holds pretty well. The first decision is whether to explore an idea more deeply.

The real reason feedback is so scary

Anese Cavanaugh

It’s easy to notice when things go wrong, and then to stir and marinate in them. It’s easy to do a quick high five and move forward when things go right. What’s not as easy, is to do the reverse; to bask and marinate in what’s gone right; and to do a quick high five and move forward when things have gone wrong. Both sets of circumstances warrant attention. Both impact spirit. Both influence effectiveness and creativity.

Limiting Distractions At Work

Six Disciplines

How many times are you distracted at the office on an average day? What do you think these interruptions cost you in productive work time? The answer is probably more than you think. According to a recent survey of more than 500 workers conducted by uSamp: More than 50 percent of workers waste an hour or more each day on interruptions. 60 percent of workers are regularly interrupted by email and other electronic missives.

First Paragraph

Execupundit

I n Poland's deepest autumn, a tall young man in an expensive overcoat, double-breasted dinner jacket beneath it and - in the lapel of the dinner jacket - a large ornamental gold-on-black Hakenkreutz (swastika) emerged from a fashionable apartment building in Straszewskiego Street, on the edge of the ancient center of Cracow, and saw his chauffeur waiting with fuming breath by the open door of an enormous and, even in this blackened world, lustrous Adler limousine.

What to Do With Your Hands When Speaking

Harvard Business Review

The most frequently asked question of presentation coaches is "What do I do with my hands?" In past writings , I have cautioned against choreography; I've seen far too many presenters attempt to illustrate their narrative with specific gestures and wind up tying themselves into pretzel knots. Instead, use your hands and arms as you do naturally, to illustrate what you are saying.

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The trailer for " After The Thin Man

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Why Organizational Change Resolutions Are Easily Broken

The Practical Leader

Over the past few decades many organizations have jumped on the change bandwagon with a long list of resolutions to change their ways and develop new habits. Here’s a partial list: Safety culture. Customer centric/focus/service. Teamwork. Innovation. Flexibility/adaptability to change.