Mon.Nov 14, 2011

How to Discover and Live Your Leadership Philosophy

C-Level Strategies

So many leaders lead without truly understanding their own philosophy on the art of leadership. Would you say this applies to you?

Five Ways to Transfuse Energy into your Team

Kevin Eikenberry

A blood transfusion is a process of receiving blood products into your blood stream intravenously. In the past, whole blood was introduced into the patient’s blood stream. Today, typically, particular blood parts like red blood cells or plasma are injected as needed. In non-technical terms, blood (or blood parts) is injected into someone’s blood stream [.]. Leadership Learning Success Uncategorized

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10 Questions to Assess the Health of a Leader

Ron Edmondson

I work with a lot of church leaders. One thing I’ve discovered, if they let me get close enough inside their real world, is that many are hurting. They are facing burnout. They are tired.

One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership

Kevin Eikenberry

This week’s Resource Recommendation is One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership by Mike Figliuolo. This new book, focused on the leader as an individual, promotes an important idea with a creative approach. Mike Figliuolo, an accomplished leadership trainer, coach, and speaker, suggests that to be the best leader we can [.]. Books Leadership Learning Success maxims values

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Do You Have Moral Overconfidence?

Leading Blog

In a recent Bloomberg Businessweek article , Harvard Business School Dean, Nitin Nohria stated that because we all suffer from “ moral overconfidence ,” the most important thing business schools could be teaching is humility. He writes: Many people view “character” as an immutable trait formed during childhood and adolescence. I believe character development is similar to the development of knowledge or wisdom—it’s a lifelong process.

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Put Your Own Mask on First

Next Level Blog

If you’ve flown on a commercial airliner, you’ve heard the flight attendants say something along the lines of, “In the unlikely event of a loss of cabin pressure, yellow oxygen masks will deploy. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Personal Presence Work-Life Balance managing energy Michael Pollan self-care sleep stress management The Next Level

Giving Up On Need To Be ‘Rational Always’


As we grow, our belief system firms up with notions of what is right and what is wrong. What works and what not. At work, our beliefs further solidify according to the context we work in. Understanding of data, facts and trends is important because it make us “rational”. The problem starts however, when we try to be rational all the time. A leader who always takes a rational standpoint fails to inspire people, because people are not always rational.

Stubborn on Vision, Flexible on Details

Ravi Pratap Singh

Just read an incredible interview of Jeff Bezos , CEO of Jeff's interaction with Steven Levy allows us a peek into the mind of one of the greatest innovators of our times. There are several nuggets of wisdom strewn through the interview.

The Art of Consistent Community Moderation

Managing Communities

photo credit: Lars P. In my last article, I discussed the danger of letting community guideline violations slide and how, if you let a violation go without the proper attention, you may be risking one of the most important elements of community management: consistency. On Google+, Justin Kozuch, Lead Researcher at Pixel to Product, Community [.]. Interacting with Members Managing Staff

The Right Way to Disagree with Direct Reports

Marshall Goldsmith

Q: You often write about the importance of encouraging ideas from co-workers. What if you are a manager and your direct reports have strong opinions on a topic - and you believe their suggestions just won't work? A: Here are my suggestions for you, which (I hope) work: * My teacher and mentor Paul Hersey always taught me that "leadership is not a popularity contest." You, as a leader, have to be focused on achieving the mission.

What is your #management "brand?"

Management Craft

I was talking with someone about a potential project last week and she asked me what is most unique about how we work and approach the discipline of OD. It reminded me that this is one of my favorite things to learn about manager - their unique approach to management. Their management brand. You all have one. If I were talking to your boss and team, I might ask what your greatest contribution had been over the last year. And I might ask them what you do that helps them do their best work.

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Bonnie Brooks of the Bay: Women in Power

Women on Business

The Hudson’s Bay Company of Canada is one of the oldest companies in North America and was started before the country was even formed. In recent years they have had trouble with many things including their branding. However with the start of Bonnie Brooks in the role of CEO for the company things are looking up. So how did she do it? Bonnie has taken a step into the limelight and is the spokesperson for the company in radio ads.

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Creating Powerful Communications #CIPD11

Rapid BI

Every year at this and other conferences like it, there is a mix of good, bad and ugly speakers and sessions, and then amongst the “good” hides THE session. This is “THE” session which delivers more than people expect at a professional conference, and this IMHO was the session from CIPD11. Management CIPD cipd11 confidence motivation

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Participate in the Thinkers50 Summit

Chartered Management Institute

The world’s leading business brains are gathering in London for the Thinkers50 Summit, a world-class management conference and awards celebrating the best and brightest global management thinkers. The biennial global ranking is a guide to which thinkers and ideas are in – and which have been consigned to business history. So which thinkers make the grade in the 2011? Who is the most influential living management thinker? You are not watching this post, click to start watching

The Question A.G.Lafley Didn’t Answer

Leadership Freak

Unspoken words say more than spoken. I asked A.G. Lafley, former CEO of Proctor and Gamble, a question he only partially answered. He began with “if” statements but never finished. Here’s how it went down. “I’m I’m interested in how leading changed you and what you did to navigate those changes.” pushed his fingers up [.]. Marks of leaders Personal Growth Values Leadership Development

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Is Your Culture by Default or by Design?

The Practical Leader

We’re continuing to get feedback, questions, and comments about culture development following my 60 minute webcast on November 4.

The Zappos Experience: A book review by Bob Morris

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The Zappos Experience: 5 Principles to Inspire, Engage, and WOW Joseph A. Michelli McGraw-Hill (2011) Happiness should – and CAN – be an experience shared by everyone involved I have read and reviewed all of Joseph A. Michelli’s previous books and consider each a unique and brilliant achievement. They feature, indeed celebrate organizational excellence that [.]. Bob's blog entries and WOW ENGAGE Happiness should – and CAN – be an experience shared by everyone involved Joseph A.

Research Project


As our long-time readers know, LeaderLab is dedicated to actively promoting the application of research in leadership and organizational behavior. Recently, we’ve even started dipping our toes into the production of that research. LeaderLab contributor Bret Simmons and colleagues are working on some exciting new research. Good science dictates we can’t tell you exactly what we are studying (e.g.

What is the committee in your head saying, and why?


Committee in your head! What are they saying? In cartoons, when a character is faced with a tough decision, an angel appears on one shoulder and a devil on the other. Each gets an ear. In real life, we don’t just hear two voices when faced with a tough decision. We hear many voices.

Leadership, Effort and Motives – One Drop of Water

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Self Leadership “One drop of water helps to swell the ocean; a spark of fire helps to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act.” ” – Hannah More So often, we evaluate the results before taking the action. We project an expected result [.] Leadership, Effort and Motives – One Drop of Water. Self Leadership actions consumer Difference producer Servant Leadership service Value

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Why are we still so obsessed with 'putting the hours in'?

Chartered Management Institute

A survey of 300 companies conducted recently revealed that nearly 2/3 of employees had been asked to put in ever more hours over the last three years, as the recession stumbles from crisis to crisis. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Leadership Quality #4 - Be Competent

My Own Coach

Simply put, a great leader knows and understands his or her job. "To To enlist in another''s cause, we must believe that person knows what he or she is doing. We must see the person as capable and effective. If we doubt the leader''s abilities, we are unlikely to enlist in the crusade." ~ Kouzes and Posner A leader does what needs to be done, when it needs to be done and to the best it can be done.every time! How are you currently developing your own professional mastery?

How to Think Creatively

Harvard Business Review

I grew up hungry to do something creative, to set myself apart. I also believed creativity was magical and genetically encoded. As early as the age of 8, I began sampling the arts, one after another, to see if I'd inherited some gift. Eventually, I became a journalist. For many years, I told other people's stories. I was successful, but I rarely felt truly creative. The first hint I might have sold myself short came in the mid-1990s.

Basic Questions Too Often Unasked


What is your real job? Who are your customers? Why should you in particular be paid to perform your responsibilities? What is the most important thing that you contribute to the success of the organization? What have you accomplished lately?

Better Project Staffing with Social Technology

Harvard Business Review

Asking a colleague, "Do you have bandwidth to work on this project?," has long been a mysterious and even perilous activity in knowledge-based organizations. Project timetables, deliverables, and scope can unexpectedly change.

Getting better, one chapter at a time

Jason Womack

Writing every day, it's a great idea when it works! Now, whether or not I should be "blogging" every day, that's another story. From time to time, I think, "It would be great to have more of the observations I make out there."

Why Management Ideas Matter

Harvard Business Review

Who is the most influential living management thinker? That is the question that the Thinkers50, the biennial global ranking of management thinkers , seeks to answer. The results for 2011 are published today — 14 November. But does the ranking or the ideas it celebrates really matter? It's a fair question. In an age of awards overkill, it is tempting to see the ranking as just another example of hubris in the business world. All the more galling when many businesses are struggling.

Speed Reading, Steve Jobs etc

CEO Blog

The garden continues to be prolific (despite snow a couple of weeks ago). The carrots could not be sweeter. Leeks are great. Parsley has even come back strong. The picture of an orange (I did not grow that), an Apple (also did not grow it) and a tiny but cute pumpkin(that I did grow). +

A Case Study in Strategic Philanthropy

Harvard Business Review

Seven years ago, Bank of America launched Neighborhood Builders ®, a program that provides grants and, more importantly, leadership training to managers of "high-potential" non-profit organizations in the communities where the bank does business. The rationale was straight-forward: thriving neighborhood groups create more vibrant places to live and work, which translates into a better environment for lending and investing.

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The trailers for: " Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy " " The Mist " " Au Revoir Les Enfants " " Something Wicked This Way Comes " " The Night of the Generals " " Greystoke


Do Cultural Boundaries Exist?

Brilliant Leader

Anyone who works for a global organization will be familiar with the issue of working across cultural boundaries but my provocative question is; do they really exist? And moreover, to what extent do these boundaries need to be addressed in order for global organizations thrive? Of course every country and in many cases, regions within [.]. Uncategorized Leadership Leadership Development Leading across cultural boundaries

Memorable Book: Rat Run


Gerald Seymour writes books that stun and linger. I read " Rat Run " around a month ago, still think of certain scenes and expect that it, like other Seymour novels, will be tucked in the memory banks for some time to come. If you want a thriller that is far more than a thriller, check it out

The Business of Innovation – The Responsibility Revolution

Strategy Driven

Innovation is the introduction of new things or methods and is the life blood of business today. Innovative companies realize remarkable marketplace rewards. The challenge before leaders is how to inspire their workforce to use the full measure of their creative power to advance the organization in new and better ways. The Business of Innovation is a five part series created by CNBC in association with IBM.