Fri.Jul 29, 2011

7 Suggestions for a Pastor or Pastor’s Spouse to Find True Friends

Ron Edmondson

I have been asked numerous times lately how a pastor or pastor’s spouse can find true friends. I understand the question. It’s difficult. Those outside ministry cannot understand how difficult it is for a pastor to find someone to trust. Here’s the reality. People talk.

The Leadership Theory Lack

Next Level Blog

Today’s post is a guest post by David Burkus, the force behind the LeaderLab blog where he focuses on how to put leadership theory into practice. If you like what David shares in this post, you’ll. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Books executive presence Guest Posts Leadership

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In 100 Words or Less – Four Lessons From the Masters of Creativity and Innovation

Management is a Journey

We are all creative, but by the time we are three or four years old someone has knocked creativity out of us. Some people shut up the kids who start to tell stories. Kids dance in their cribs, but someone will insist they sit still. By the time the creative people are ten or twelve, [.]. Innovation change strategy organizational productivity strategic thinking

Have Courage to Share Bad News #management @hrbartender

Management Craft

I hate being the bearer of bad news. I'm sure most people do. Are you ever tempted to pawn the task of delivering bad news off on someone else? Well, don't. Sharlyn Lauby on her HR Bartender blog makes a strong case for making sure the right person delivers the bad news. If someone is laid-off, the news needs to come from the manager not someone else and especially not an outplacement firm (can you say, impersonal?).

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All Business is Experienced on a Personal Level — An Important Reminder from Joseph Michelli, Prescription For Excellence

First Friday Book Synopsis

DANA Can you believe this guy is doing this ?to to me? JEREMY I don’t think it’s personal, Dana. DANA Oh it is personal, Jeremy. (A A scene from Sports Night – How Are Things in Glocca Mora, when Pete Sampras allowed an unknown to take him to five sets – thus delaying the airing of Sports [.]. Randy's blog entries customer service Joseph Michelli Prescription for Excellence: Leadership Lessons for Creating a World-Class Customer Experience from UCLA Health System Sports Night

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Fail Bigger Cheaper: A Three Word Manifesto

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from another thoughtful and thought-provoking article written by Umair Haque for the Harvard Business Review blog. It is worth noting that Marcus Buckingham recently ranked Umair #1 among his favorite business bloggers. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to [.].

How to archive your Twitter Chats and conference hashtags using plus eight other Twitter content curation tools

Krishna De

{lang: 'en-GB'} Are you participating in Twitter chats and want to archive the content? Or perhaps you want to save content that you or others share on Twitter as a list of great resources, for example when attending a conference?

10 Old Brands That Manage to Stay Modern

First Friday Book Synopsis

Samuel Augustus Maverick (1803-70) was a wealthy land speculator in southwest Texas who cared little about cattle. When someone repaid a debt with 400 head of cattle rather than cash, Maverick’s caretakers allowed them to wander unbranded. Over time, locals who saw unbranded cattle would say, “Those are Maverick’s&# - and a term was born [.].

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Give Your Very Best. TODAY!!!

Ravi Pratap Singh

Here's Ric Elias talking about the lessons he learnt from a plane crash in January 2009.      As Ric says: It all changes in an instant. So don’t postpone anything in life. Don’t waste time on things that do not matter with people that matter.

Who Do You Need To Get Rid Of? – The Hard Work Of Executive Team Leadership

First Friday Book Synopsis

I recently had lunch with a top-notch business consultant – you know, the kind who has the ability to listen well, diagnose really well, and then prescribe the next steps for the company to go forward. Like many such good consultants, he meets with the executive team, in a series of sessions, helping them come [.]. Randy's blog entries executive team talent team leadership

Fire the Slugs! And Other Great, No-Nonsense Ways to Retain Your Best People

Strategy Driven

There isn’t an organization anywhere that doesn’t have a problem with some type of personnel turnover problems.

Overcoming the Six Dangers of Flip-Flopping

Leadership Freak

Lack of confidence creates foolish urgency which blocks your ability to withhold judgment, gather information, and explore options. One cause of too much urgency: Questions from others pressure you to decide quickly. You don’t take enough time to gather information and explore options. The end result is you end up changing your mind. There are [.]. Decisions Leading Listening Marks of leaders Leadership

Gutsy Leaders Only Please…

Ron Edmondson

I want to come help your leadership! If you lead a team… I want to help you be a better leader… It won’t be easy…. You’ll be intimidated at first…. You’ll be nervous… I promise… But…. It will open your eyes to some holes in your leadership…. It will help your team trust you more…. It will make your team’s communication better… It will challenge you to improve personally… I promise…. Want to know more? Click HERE.

Voice of Experience: Christie Smith (Deloitte Consulting LLP)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from a profile of Christie Smith PhD (Principal and Northern Pacific Sector Leader for Life Sciences, Deloitte Consulting LLP) written by Melissa J. Anderson for The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. Visit us daily to discover issues that matter, share experiences, and [.]. Bob's blog entries Deloitte’s LGBT community impact Melissa J.

Four Barriers To Creating Collaborative Advantage

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

Four Barriers Exist For Creating Collaborative Advantage, as revealed by MIT Research: Unwillingness to Seek Input and Learn from others. There is a prevailing attitude in our unit that people ought to fix their own problems and not rely on help from others outside the unit.

Great Again: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Great Again: Revitalizing America’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Henry R. Nothhaft with David Kline Harvard Business Review Press (2011) Why are so many middle-class communities being “hollowed out”? With David Kline’s assistance, Henry R. Nothhaft responds to the question posed as well as to another: “What to do about the ‘hollowed out’?” Years ago, “America [once] led [.]. Bob's blog entries “What to do about the ‘hollowed out’?”

When to Decide If You Should Make A Change @steveroesler

Management Craft

How do you know when it's time to make a change? A big neon arrow that stops you in your tracks and points you in a new direction would be so helpful but I haven't seen any of those lately. What I have seen is Steve Roesler's blog about the 5 signs that you should make a change. One sure sign.when the people who have your back are telling you it's time. Read Steve's great post here. One more thing to think about. If it is time for a change, how open will you be with your current employer?

How to Stay Focused on the Important Things

Harvard Business Review

"I want to pass something by you," I said to my friend Jori* who has lost 80 pounds over the past six months. Our ability to lose weight is based on our willingness to suffer through discomfort. To be a little hungry and yet to resist the temptation of eating.". You're wrong," he said. You don't know what my hunger is like. It's painful. Withstanding it might work for a week or two, but not for the long term.". I immediately knew that Jori was right.

Wise words: Theodore Roosevelt, “The Man in the Arena”

Bud to Boss

After his junior year in high school, my brother attended the Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar , a six-day program designed to give participants a taste of what it’s like to attend the academy. My brother said it was both the most difficult and most rewarding thing he’d ever done.

Be a Better Global Collaborator

Harvard Business Review

In today's globalized world, it is essential to know how to collaborate with people from different cultures. While this used to be the case primarily for country managers and those taking on overseas assignments, it now applies to all managers. But exactly how does one learn to become a better global collaborator? What the Experts Say. Learning to navigate widely varying business practices is far from straightforward.

Film Noir Time


It's Friday. You need a great list of film noir flicks

Are competence based interviews missing the best candidates

Rapid BI

are competency based interview techniques based on frames of reference that candidates are not aware of as a result are we recruiting the best people for our organisations? Management competency interviews recruitment talent

Leadership lessons from Lands End to John O'Groat

Chartered Management Institute

The following is a guest post by Neale Moss who will be cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats with his wife in aid of the charity The Afghan Appeal Fund. He will be charting his journey on the blog, and drawing some leadership lessons from his trek. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

The Last Days of the Dollar Era

Harvard Business Review

Two years ago, Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann made one of her first impressions on the national consciousness by railing against what she said was an Obama administration plan to replace the dollar with a global currency. The argument was a bit of misdirection — there's never been any discussion of replacing the dollar domestically.

Soldiers, Ballerinas, Athletes, and Pilates

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is a recent post by Robyn Waters. I urge you to check out the other resources by clicking here. Frankly, I am astonished that it took so long for school, college, university, and even professional coaches to change their assumptions about conditioning. As Waters explains, some innovative thinking has proven highy beneficial to the [.].

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A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. John Barrymore


A Major Publisher Sees it My Way – Despite e-Books, Physical Books will Survive

First Friday Book Synopsis

I have never been on board with electronic books. I am not excited about any of the devices such as Kindle, Nook, or iPads. I like a book. I like to hold it, carry it, display it, and engage in conversations about it when others see what I am reading. I thought it was interesting in [.]. Karl's blog entries Kindle Wall Street Journal Borders e-books nook iPad Penguin Books John Makinson Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg retailing

Conversation with a Supervisor


"Did you ever receive any formal training in supervision?" "No, No, I just applied for the job, was interviewed and then was lucky enough to get selected. I learned a lot later on. Talked to some people, Made a bunch of mistakes. Still do, to be honest. I think the idea was that they wouldn't tell us how to do it right but they'd sure let us know if we did something wrong." That doesn't sound very wise." "It It isn't, nor is it fun to be tossed to the wolves.

What the U.S. Government Can Learn from Business

Harvard Business Review

Whatever late compromise is finally agreed upon in the U.S. debt ceiling debate , the most difficult hurdles for any deficit-reduction effort lie ahead. Nearly all the plans under consideration rely on hundreds of billions of dollars of vague discretionary spending cuts over the coming decade — with some combination of triggers, targets, caps, and oversight commissions to ensure that real cuts are actually made. But in light of my time working in the U.S.

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In these times of ours, though concerning the exact year there is no need to be precise, a boat of dirty and disreputable appearance, with two figures in it, floated on the Thames between Southwark Bridge, which is of iron, and London Bridge, which is of stone, as an autumn evening was closing in. From Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens


Closeout for 7.29.11


Every friday we review the posts from LeaderLab contributors that has appeared on this blog and elsewhere online. In our newest short, David Burkus discussed the challenges of getting the right talent on the bus. A recent scholarly article publication examines Strengths-Based Leadership and how it’s affected by organizational design. Back by popular demand, another short video from Dan Ariely on Innovation (or lack thereof).

The Case of the iPhone Case


FutureLawyer reports on pairing the iPhone case with the rich smell of mahogany. What about bacon or chocolate chip cookies

are competence based interviews missing the best candidates

Rapid BI

Are competence based interviews missing the best candidates Talking to an old friend today I had an interesting insight into the effectiveness of competency based interviews. The individual concerned is going for a mid level management post with a major international retailer as a duty shift manager. This is a significant drop in responsibility from [.]. Management

Uncertainty: Living with


From the incomparable Bate : We are sold certainty from the earliest age