Mon.Nov 07, 2011

Leadership Advice: Getting Others to Follow Your Lead

C-Level Strategies

A few weeks ago I began offering my readers the opportunity to sign up for my new eNewsletter. I set up the process in such a way that when readers subscribe they receive a “thank you” email from me along with a question about what their biggest leadership challenge is.

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3 Self-Limiting Mindsets that Will Hold You Back at Work

Leading Blog

This is a guest post by Joel Garfinkle, author of Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level. Garfinkle asks, “What makes one person more successful than another?” Getting Ahead is a straightforward guide to help you eliminate your blind spots to improve how you are perceived, increase your visibility and exert your influence. Great material. The workplace has enough challenges and obstacles without us getting in our own way. But too often, we sabotage ourselves.

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10 Hard Life Lessons I’ve Learned by Experience

Ron Edmondson

Some of life’s greatest lessons come packaged in a hard personal experience. I’ve learned a few things in life, but truly, the greatest things I know came through mistakes, failures and disappointments.


Following Through on Big Dreams


Doc Hendley is the unexpected founder and leader of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called Wine to Water. Their mission is to provide clean water to needy people who don’t have access to it. I had the pleasure of hearing Doc speak about his passion last week. A college dropout, Doc is young, tattooed and

Do You Want to Land the Job of Your Dreams?

Women on Business

Guest post by Patricia Sadar (learn more about Patricia at the end of this post). You may consider yourself a superwoman when it comes to juggling your calendar, work schedule, friends, and loved ones.

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Francis of Assisi was no Sissy

Chris Brady

Here is a chapter (33) from my upcoming book (working title) A Month of Italy: Rediscovering the Art of Vacation. I hope you like it. Preach Christ with all your might, and if you must, use words.”. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Books Religion Travel

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Managerial Leadership Training Tool: Using DTC Operator Innovation Planning

Create Learning

Working with a team of 5 Executive Directors from a company that employs ~2000 people we identified a gap in the Managerial Leadership Training , Mentoring and coaching of employees prior to being promoted to a Manager Level within the company.

Quote of the Day


The reason simplicity looks simple is that someone has done the hard work of removing all the complexity. Alan M. Webber


When Leadership Coaching Works (And When It Doesn't)

Marshall Goldsmith

Q: When does leadership coaching work? When is it a waste of time? A: In my work as an executive coach, I only get paid if my clients achieve a positive, lasting change in behavior - not as judged by themselves, but as determined by their key stakeholders. Given my pay-only-for-results philosophy, it doesn't make much sense for me to waste time with clients who are not going to improve. This has made me think a lot about when coaching works - and when it doesn't.

Leadership & Mimicry!

Ravi Pratap Singh

The India versus West Indies test series kicked off in Kolkata yesterday with the visitors winning the toss and electing to bat first. The resurgent Caribbean team is packed with some exciting young cricketers. But the one I really looked forward to watching was Darren Bravo.

One thing I’ve learned about temptation…

Ron Edmondson

Satan often tempts most those with the greatest capacity to give God glory! Example: Jesus. If you’ve been given influence and opportunity… Be on your guard. Have you been tempted recently? . Related posts: 12 Random Things I Learned from My Time with Rick Warren. The Temptation to Fabricate or Exaggerate Numbers. 15 Important Life Lessons I’ve Learned (Add Yours). Call to Ministry Christians Faith

How to Do Less with Less

Next Level Blog

As I’ve spoken with groups of leaders over the last year, I’ve often begun the conversation by asking how many of them would say that the results that are expected of them today are significantly. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Current Affairs Leadership budget cuts Leon Panetta more with less prioritization

Leadership Is a Choice

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development I recently attended a Rypple webinar led by John Baldoni. In it he said, “Leadership is a choice.” ” It’s a seemingly obvious conclusion. However, there are layers of meaning to John’s statement that proved to me to be quite compelling. Too often we work with leaders who never made the choice. They merely act a [.] Leadership Is a Choice. Leadership Development Character-based Leadership self-awareness self-less leadership

Leaders: 3 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of the Unknown

Linked 2 Leadership

Why do we fear the unknown? Success is achieved when we move into action, and often this requires us to move into the unknown. And yet, we all encounter those moments when moving forward seems scary and fills us with fear. Leadership Lessons Learned Leading Change Professional Development behavioral patterns facial expressions fear fear of the unknown lack of confidence the unknown

This Bud's Not for Me | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

Recently I bought a case of Budweiser with the new can design. Because I had a few of the old cans in the refrigerator I conducted a side-by-side comparison through the eye of a marketer. The comparison raised a couple of

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Online Community Efforts: Start Small, Be Great and Expand

Managing Communities

photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar With community efforts, sometimes there is this temptation to offer your members a lot of different touch points with which to enter some form of content. Not only do we want forums, but we want sections for specific types of content, like reviews, formatted in a different way that fits [.]. Developing Your Community

Problem Employees: Responses to Inaction


When management, for whatever reason, will not get rid of a problem employee, what will supervisors do?

“Leading a Peak Performance Culture” Archived Webcast Now Available

The Practical Leader

Last Friday (November 4) I delivered a very fast paced and information packed 60 minute presentation by webcast. My goal was “culture change in an hour!”

A CEO of Southwest Airlines on Goals

Leadership Freak

We forget the expected and remember the unusual. I’ve been remembering something unusual that was said to me about ten months ago. Jim Parker, former CEO of Southwest Airlines told me, “Don’t set artificial goals for yourself. Don’t set goals about the job you want or the amount of money you want to make.” You [.]. Goals Personal Growth Leadership Development

Waiter vs. Grabber

Self Help Zen

Most people wait for a lot of time to complete their academic degrees. They wait for the exams to grant them a certificate of completion. Then they’ll wait for the interview calls. Many people do the same at work. They wait for their manager to give them authority to add up to a vocation. A few people, only a few, grab it. They grab the best learning they can get, pushing their surroundings for more, finding something to get done, and inventing a new perspective.

Gloria Steinem and Fear Busters

Women on Business

There were all kinds of sizes, shapes and ages at the Pa. Women’s Conference in October. Close to 4,000 women gathered to listen, compare, critique, and collaborate. It was stimulating. One well deserved standing ovation went to Gloria Steinem , still beautiful in her 70′s.

Enter Your #Management Ideas for @human_capital M-Prize @hackmanagement

Management Craft

A couple of weeks ago I suggested that you share your best ideas and enter the HCI M-Prize (hosted by HCI and the Management Innovation eXchange) for management innovation. And while it is nice to win, the greatest outcome is getting engaged and getting feedback on your idea and sharing it with others. See more here. There are 30 days remaining and so far 33 ideas have been submitted. Check them all out! For example, here is an interesting one called, " Culture Eats Strategy."

How Present Are Your People?

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

Presenteeism is more complicated than absenteeism and is often not well understood by leadership and management.

November Leadership Development Carnival


Once again, Dan McCarthy has curated a great list of posts for the November Leadership Development Carnival. This edition includes 45 of the top blog posts on leadership from the month of October. The list features content from Bret Simmons (“Inner Work Life”), David Burkus (“Freedom to Fail”) and LeaderLab’s long-time friend Michael Cardus “Planning: Nothing Magical Just Your Work”). Click here to check out the November Leadership Development Carnival.

Waiter vs. Grabber

Utpal Writes

Most people wait for a lot of time to complete their academic degrees. They wait for the exams to grant them a certificate of completion. Then they’ll wait for the interview calls. Many people do the same at work. They wait for their manager to give them authority to add up to a vocation. A few people, only a few, grab it. They grab the best learning they can get, pushing their surroundings for more, finding something to get done, and inventing a new perspective.

A LEAP With QR Codes

Steve Farber

Last week marked the official publication date (11/4/11) of The Radical Leap Re-Energized. We’ve done something new and unusual by placing throughout the book QR codes that link you to additional content.

Stop Thinking Outside the Box

Harvard Business Review

The exhortation to think outside the box has become ubiquitous in business. So much so that it has become the new box inside of which everyone thinks. It pays lip service to the notion of transformation without really understanding the difference between transformation and change, and often without tolerance for the real thinking that must occur for an idea to be truly outside the existing paradigm. But worse than that, the advice is backwards.

Orientalism and Wontner


Art Contrarian looks at the formula of artist William Wontner


How to Give Feedback to a Perfectionist

Harvard Business Review

Having a perfectionist on your team can be an asset. Perfectionists are driven to succeed, work hard to avoid mistakes, and are always striving to improve. Yet it can be a challenge to manage someone who needs everything to be perfect. In my work with perfectionists , I often ask, "How do you want others to see you?" The common responses — I want to be seen as intelligent, independent, autonomous, and good at what I do — are much the same that anyone might give.

Music Tip


It's late at night and you are working on a project. Pop on the soundtrack of The Thin Red Line. You cannot go wrong

How the Rift Between Sales and Marketing Undermines Reps

Harvard Business Review

This post, the last in a four-part series, is also part of the HBR Insight Center Growing the Top Line. It's no secret that sales and marketing executives don't always see eye to eye. In a recent Corporate Executive Board survey, sales executives' top terms for their marketing colleagues included "paper pushers," "academic," and perhaps worst of all, "irrelevant." On the other hand, marketing executives called out their sales counterparts as "simple minded," "cowboys," and flat out "incompetent."


Workplace Ball and Chain List


Inertia. Complacency. Distrust. Disloyalty. Dishonesty. Confusion. Rudeness. Indecision. Bureaucracy. Interference. Manipulation. Cruelty. Cowardice. Castes. Rumor. Indiscretion. Greed. Ignorance. Arrogance. Sloth.

Why Investors Who Bought Groupon's IPO May Be Disappointed

Harvard Business Review

After a barrage of Hollywood-worthy hype, shares of Groupon started trading last Friday. Priced at $20 per share, the stock ended the day at $26.10, resulting in a $15.7 billion market valuation. The crux of Groupon's business model involves offering highly-discounted deals to subscribers by email. Consumers, of course, love big discounts. But for Groupon to prosper, participating businesses must find these deals rewarding too.

Time to Garden


Even if you work in an office, you may find that today is a good one to: Plant a tree. That project that may not pay off for months or even years can be started today.] Trim some bushes. Some current products or services need to be improved.] Pull some weeds.