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How Introverts Can Succeed in Business and Leadership

C-Level Strategies

I learned very early in my career that the way I led was different from my extraverted colleagues. I came to understand that if I wanted to receive top assignments, get promoted, and garner support for my ideas I needed to approach the challenges of business and leadership in a uniquely savvy way.

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The Best Leaders Carry Flashlights

Kevin Eikenberry

I first remember carrying a flashlight at summer camp. Coming back to the cabin after the campfire would have been pretty treacherous without one. Something got me thinking about flashlights recently. As I thought about them, I realized that as leaders we need to have a flashlight available for a variety of reasons. [.]. Leadership focus vision

A Steve Jobs Story on Simplicity and Focus

QAspire

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is on my reading list and I was curious to have some initial reviews about the book. Matthew E. May recently reviewed the book on his blog. In a post titled “ The Zen Master of Subtraction: Steve Jobs ”, Matt shares some very interesting stories/snippets about how Steve Jobs generated extreme focus by virtue of elimination. I borrow the following story from his blog: Once a year Jobs took his most valuable employees on a retreat, which he called “The Top 100.”

Uncertainty Will Freeze You in Place if You Let It

Leading Blog

Ambiguity is not only certain; it is a necessary state for advancing. Jonathan Fields writes, in Uncertainty : “The more you’re able to tolerate ambiguity and lean into the unknown, the more likely you’ll be to dance with it long enough to come up with better solutions, ideas and creations.” The problem is that most of us, to one degree or another react so strongly to ambiguity or uncertainty, that it becomes a limiting factor in our lives and stops us from acting in the face of it.

Guest Post: Lessons Learned Since Becoming a Pastor

Ron Edmondson

This is a guest post by Michael Perkins. Michael describes himself as “a regular guy who likes things simple.” ” He is a husband, pastor, blogger, and a creative. After more than two years of blogging at Untitled by Michael Perkins, Michael believed it was time for a change; a fresh start, so The Handwritten was born.

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The Secret to Powerful Leadership

Leadership Freak

It’s the morning after and it wasn’t what I heard but what I saw that matters most. I’m home from the two-day Elite Leadership Program in New York City. The drive home gave me time to think about what I heard. Believe me, A.G. Lafley, Calvin Klein, and Jack Welch hit home runs. Lafley led [.]. Courage Leading Personal Growth Power Growth Leadership Development

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Dan Pink on Free Work Time

LDRLB

Dan Pink first wrote about giving employees free work time in his best-seller Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. In this talk, given at Business Innovation Factory 7, he goes more in-depth on the power of non-commissioned work, including great research from Teresa Amabile. Featured Creativity motivation pink

What Did He Know and When Did He Know It?

Next Level Blog

In the days of the Watergate hearings, Senator Howard Baker became famous for asking the question, “What did the President know and when did he know it?” Today, the same question is being asked. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Current Affairs Leadership Howard Baker Joe Paterno Penn State scandal

Working at Perfect, Inc

LDRLB

Every year lists are compiled of the best companies to work for. Those lucky enough to work for such companies smile as the result are revealed, the rest grow in their jealousy of onsite massages and free organic gourmet meals. Just what does it take for leaders to build the ideal workplace?

Too good to hire?

Bud to Boss

By Amy Beth Miller, editor of The Organized Executive. I knew two things from Dave’s resume and cover letter: I really wanted him on my team, and I couldn’t afford to pay what he was worth. He was obviously overqualified. His motivation in applying for the position was obvious. His wife already had relocated to a new job in our area, and he was still working hundreds of miles away. The executive in charge of our division advised against even calling Dave for an interview. “He

Quote of the Day

Execupundit

Responsibility educates. Wendell Phillips

25 Top Companies for Developing Leaders

First Friday Book Synopsis

All of these companies go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to grooming talent from within. The list was featured by CNNMoney online. Here are the first five. To read the complete article, please click here. IBM HQ: Armonk, N.Y. Revenue: $99.9 billion Employees: 426,751 Fact: IBM sends leadership SWAT [.].

Goal Setting For Performance: 2 Integral Elements

Create Learning

Goals are ‘what-by-when’. The ‘what’ defines; The Quality of the goal. The Quantity of the goal. The ‘by-when’ defines; The Time-Frame of Completion. What to keep for yourself. What to delegate. Who to delegate to. Coordination of the Complexity to finish all the tasks of the goal on time.

Links for Digging Deeper Into “Leading a Peak Performance Culture”

The Practical Leader

My last blog post announced that you can now view last Friday’s (November 4) full Leading a Peak Performance Culture webcast with all slides and audio track here.

Air, Water & Internet

Chartered Management Institute

A report by Cisco has found that 1 in 3 students (33%) believes the Internet is a fundamental resource for the human race – as important as air, water, food and shelter and half (49% of college students and 47% of employees) believe it is "pretty close" to that level of importance. Combined, four of every five college students and young employees believe the Internet is vitally important as part of their daily life's sustenance. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Occupied With Ethics

Linked 2 Leadership

The following comments, spoken by a once-prominent business executive, appear to be a warning for graduates about the ethical challenges awaiting them in the business world. As it turns out, his words provide a hint that the speaker is a crook. You will be confronted with questions every day that test your morals. Think carefully, [.].

The Weakest Link in The U.S. Economy

Harvard Business Review

Apple used 49,400 employees to generate revenues of $65 billion in 2010. Its outsourcing partner, Chinese Foxconn , employed nearly a million people for $59 billion in the same year. In the U.S., Apple focuses on creating high-paying jobs while it outsources the low-paying ones to Asia. For companies from Dell to HP to Intel, outsourcing provides competitiveness. It makes the shareholders happy and helps produce good earnings.

Koester: Artist with Focus

Execupundit

Art Contrarian celebrates the work of Alexander Max Koester , an artist with a particular focus

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Guardrails: Keep Your Projects Out of the Weeds

Strategy Driven

Think about if there were no guardrails on the freeway. It would be all too easy to run off the road and find yourself hurt and way off the fast track to your end destination. Business is a fast and zigzagging road – a road that needs guardrails to keep businesses and projects on track.

The Biographer

Execupundit

I once met a man who, with great faith in his ability to play Sherlock Holmes, announced that he could recite various things about my background based solely upon listening to me give a presentation on management.

Dan Pink on Free Work Time

LDRLB

Dan Pink first wrote about giving employees free work time in his best-seller Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. In this talk, given at Business Innovation Factory 7, he goes more in-depth on the power of non-commissioned work, including great research from Teresa Amabile. Innovation creativity motivation pink

HR It’s all about the business customers #cipd11

Rapid BI

HR It’s all about the business customers An interesting first day at #CIPD11 yesterday. Through a diverse range of sessions: Leadership, People Management & Growth – Sir Terry Leahy (ex tesco) Building Organisational Culture – William Rogers, CEO UKRD Managing Change Successfully – Natalie Woodford, GSK Challenging Traditional Management Thinking – John Seddon, Vangard Turning [.]. Management customer service Employee engagement HR

The Halo

Execupundit

"You know Ed, I've just been reviewing the performance of that executive you hired a few years ago." "I I know, he's had some problems." When you hired him, he had less management experience than the head of the local Burger King." "But But he had an Ivy League degree." "So So do several of our interns. Tell me again why he was selected for an executive post. Did he have some extraordinary accomplishment in his record?" "No, No, but he was very well-spoken and appeared to have good judgment." "So

Compare what matters.

Self Help Zen

An easy way to distinguish someone is to outline how he’s different from his colleagues. “Nick produces more or less similar to Smith but is happy with 20% less salary, listens carefully and willing to work at 2am when requested…” We do such comparisons very frequently but we forget to talk about why we hired Smith in the beginning. May be it was one skill, just one, that Smith does so effectively no one else was capable of doing. And that skill mattered at that time.

Lessons from a Talented Jerk

Execupundit

Like other visionary pioneers Steve Jobs also had his limitations – and how he led Apple employees – was surely one of them. His legendary impatience, relentless quest for perfection, domineering presence, and obsessive need to control (he had over 100 direct reports) fostered as much fear within the Apple culture as it did reverence and respect for his genius.

Let's Talk New York City Marathon

Bird's Eye View

Literally everywhere I went yesterday, I was surrounded by Marathon Fever. Traffic was blocked on streets because of the marathon. Subways were filled with, yes, marathon tourist.

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Bate's Mantra

Execupundit

Nicholas Bate , a.k.a. The Man Who Never Sleeps, gives a mantra for success

Take It Outside: An Outdoor Leadership Challenge Experience

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Partnerships “An experience I will have for the rest of my life. The workshop took me to places mentally and physically that I never thought I could reach, but they never broke me…just made be stronger.” ” “You will do things you never did before with people you never met. But it’s an experience you will never [.] Take It Outside: An Outdoor Leadership Challenge Experience.

The Name Game

Execupundit

Anderson Layman's Blog looks at the popularity of various names and laments the low ranking of Stephen. Michael" fares well, possibly because it "fits" with so many last names.] It seems to me that the names for boys are less exotic than the ones for girls

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Thankful for dirt?

Deep Imprints

dusty vents add dust to your house! Last week, we had the annual service to our furnace. Mr. Furnace guy told me that our whole system had to be vacuumed out. (cha-ching). cha-ching). I made the appointment, and Mr. Vacuum man came out yesterday. I was prepared for a morning of noise. I almost forgot to uncover the vents – like the one under my dresser, which is huge.

Compare what matters.

Utpal Writes

An easy way to distinguish someone is to outline how he’s different from his colleagues. “Nick produces more or less similar to Smith but is happy with 20% less salary, listens carefully and willing to work at 2am when requested…” We do such comparisons very frequently but we forget to talk about why we hired Smith in the beginning. May be it was one skill, just one, that Smith does so effectively no one else was capable of doing. And that skill mattered at that time.

The Rise of the COO

Harvard Business Review

Does your company have a COO today? What role does he or she play in the organization? Does your COO have the best shot at becoming the next CEO? The answers may not be as self-evident as many executives think. That's what we found when we studied the top management teams of companies in Europe over the past three years. Few European companies have COOs, although their numbers appear to be growing.

What Happened When the Driver Was Talking on a Cell Phone

Building Personal Strength

The SUV ahead slowly drifted right towards the white line. It crossed over for a few seconds and then veered back into the lane. Then it slowly drifted to the left towards the double yellow center-line. It briefly rode the reflectors then veered back into the lane.

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Global Boards Help Make Companies Global

Harvard Business Review

For organizations to endure, they must strike a balance between risks and rewards, short-term objectives and long-run goals, autonomy and control, and the interests of various stakeholders. To achieve these balances, companies need effective ways of challenging the decisions that top management teams make, particularly those that involve strategic choices. It's impossible to do that with rules and regulations; corporations need well-functioning boards of directors.