Sat.Jan 28, 2012

Can I Preach On It if I Haven’t Mastered It?

Ron Edmondson

I received this email recently. It’s a question I’ve been asked before, so I decided to share my answer here. Dear Pastor Ron, Can I, as a pastor, preach about a subject that I know I’m struggling with or know that I’m weak in that area? Blessings, Pastor Bob.

11 Unbelievable Group Project Horror Stories

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development [link] Few of us ever really look forward to or genuinely enjoy group work. It seems like there are always communication issues, or a group member who just doesn’t want to do the work, or who even completely disappears. Team work is just a fact of life, but you can count yourself lucky if you’ve never [.]. Leadership Development Teamwork

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Guest Post: 7 Key Elements To Building A High Performance Team and Organization

Lead on Purpose

By John C. Stevens. Managers and executives, who are trying to improve the performance of their teams, are actively helping to improve the overall performance of their organization. Wondering what you can do to boost your team’s engagement and output? Keep in mind these key elements of performance management: Image Source: Guillermo Camargo. Leadership. In order to get a group performing effectively, you need a leader who thinks and communicates clearly.

How to make the most of uncertainty

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from another “classic” article featured online by The McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company, and written by Hugh Courtney. To read the complete article, check out the abundance of other free resources, obtain information about the firm, and sign up for email alerts, please click here. * * * [.].

Many Ways to Connect

Michael Lee Stallard

This last week I was in Boston for several meetings and to teach a seminar for the Institute for Management Studies (IMS). I always teach that there are hundreds of ways to connect with others and the challenge facing leaders is to get to know the people they lead and identify ways to connect with them given who they are and the context of their work together. Following are a few of the ways I learned that people and organizations are connecting.

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Andrea Kates: Part One of an interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Andrea Kates (akates@BusinessGenome.com) is the founder of the Business Genome® project and author of the visionary bestselling business innovation book, Find Your Next (McGraw-Hill, November 2011). As a business strategist, facilitator, and speaker, Andrea has led more than 250 business innovation initiatives for global corporations, entrepreneurs, and organizations including Royal Dutch Shell (Asia-Pacific), Audi, Allstate, [.].

Learning from Joe Paterno’s Leadership Failure

Leadership Freak

Image source: John McDonnell / Washington Post Coach Joe Paterno was laid to rest this week. He’s clearly loved. 10,000 tickets were reserved for his memorial service in seven minutes. His accomplishments on behalf of Penn State, college football, and his football players are indisputable. Two failures: Paterno’s failures are delay and lack of follow through. [.].

Rough Road Ahead

Execupundit

Anderson Layman's Blog has a great collection of road signs

Learning from Joe Paterno’s Leadership Failure

Leadership Freak

Image source: John McDonnell / Washington Post Coach Joe Paterno was laid to rest this week. He’s clearly loved. 10,000 tickets were reserved for his memorial service in seven minutes. His accomplishments on behalf of Penn State, college football, and his football players are indisputable. Two failures: Paterno’s failures are delay and lack of follow through. [.].

Chill Wimp

Execupundit

The heat is out. Since I'm in Phoenix, that is not a big deal but for one factor: those of us who live in the desert tend to be hardy during the summers but wimpish in the cold. I'll pick out some furniture to burn in the fireplace

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Was that confrontation essential?

Self Help Zen

That’s the question you need to ask post each confrontation. Sure, it’s a powerful tool in bringing your team members to the next level but pausing and measuring the progress is even more important. Confrontation is more of a cost v/s benefits issue so measurement is required. And, the thing about progress is that the progress will be always positive if you let it.

We Like To Pretend

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The Blazing Miracle of Sunlight on My Sklin

Building Personal Strength

2011 photo by Blaine We live in the Texas Hill Country, and as we descended out of the hills on our way to the gym one winter morning, I noticed our sun - an astounding blazing star - coming into view above the eastern horizon. I know what the sun is.

E-Mail Games

Execupundit

Jack sends an e-mail message of questionable taste to Clyde, who likes its content so much that he forwards the message to seven other people. Maria sends an e-mail to Ellen, seeking her opinion on a confidential matter. Ellen responds and copies Harold on the message, noting that he might have some ideas on the subject. Kelly takes pride in answering e-mails with as few words as possible and as quickly as possible. People often complain about the tone of those brief messages.

Was that confrontation essential?

Utpal Writes

That’s the question you need to ask post each confrontation. Sure, it’s a powerful tool in bringing your team members to the next level but pausing and measuring the progress is even more important. Confrontation is more of a cost v/s benefits issue so measurement is required. And, the thing about progress is that the progress will be always positive if you let it.

First Paragraph

Execupundit

In the second year of the war, Mrs. Ephephtha Bumpass saw her husband Usaph unexpectedly one cold March night. This happened way over in the great Valley of Virginia on a night of bitter frost. Usaph had come knocking on the door of the Bumpass family farm near the fine town of Strasburg and, when the door opened, he was the last person she expected to see. From Confederates by Thomas Keneally

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For a Good Cause

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From "Portlandia": Flyer wars

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Quote of the Day

Execupundit

It's hard to teach anything that can't be broken down into repeatable and unchanging elements. Driving a car, flying an airplane - you can reduce those things to a series of maneuvers that are always executed in the same way. But with something like leadership, just as with art, you reinvent the wheel every single time you apply the principle. Sydney Pollack