Fri.Jul 29, 2011

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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.

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, [.].

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. Read Sharyln's great post here. . No, no, no.

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 [.].

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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? Keepstream is definitely a way to curate your Twitter content.

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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.

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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.   So don’t postpone anything in life.

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 [.].

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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. Money isn’t the answer to retention.

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 [.].

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…. Want to know more?

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.

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.

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’?”

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. Read Steve's great post here. One more thing to think about.

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.

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

Bud to Boss

My brother said it was both the most difficult and most rewarding thing he’d ever done. Wise Words leadership quotes risk Theodore Roosevelt

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. in 2007.

Film Noir Time


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

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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

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 [.].

Quote of the Day


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 [.]. 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. That doesn't sound very wise." "It It isn't, nor is it fun to be tossed to the wolves. No way.

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.

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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


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. But in light of my time working in the U.S. In corporate America, global competition has forced companies to focus ruthlessly on cost-cutting and reengineering for the past twenty-five years.

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

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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.

Uncertainty: Living with


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

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. Management