Fri.Jan 18, 2013

Today is.

Kevin Eikenberry

You were ahead of some people when you woke up this morning, because some people didn’t. That old quasi-joke is certainly true. You are alive today – and there is no question about that. The question is. how will you use this day?

Three Temptations That Destroy Good Leaders

Ron Edmondson

This is a guest post by J. Warner Wallace. Wallace examines these three motives in more detail in his new book, Cold Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels. I’m a cold-case homicide detective.

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How to lead energized and effective leadership team meetings

Anese Cavanaugh

I was working with a couple of clients this week helping them think through a big meeting next month for their team. The usual suspects showed up: What outcomes do we want? Why are we having it? Do we really need to have it? How can it be as meaningful as possible? How much time do we have? What might come up that we need to be prepared to work with? Who needs to be there? You know… that stuff. All great places to look. My clients were on track for a great meeting.

Big Thinking for Small Business

Women on Business

If you want to get noticed in a noisy world, your message needs to be better, not louder. And, it needs to be delivered with polish and panache.

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The ‘Annual Performance Appraisal’ Needs a New Name

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Career Development Leadership Coaching Leadership Development Value Creation Workplace Issues A surprising number of organizations still deliver once-a-year performance appraisals without providing much interim feedback. Have you considered the dangers of this approach?

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Organizational Design and Social Networks


Hierarchies rely on job titles to command the attention of others. Social networks thrive on the social ingenuity and influence of the individual people in the network.

Business by Perception

Women on Business

This week has been a blur of promotions for the Lance Armstrong interview and I’ve begun to wonder, how do you protect the image of your company when your company is you? There is an old adage that says ‘you are the company you keep’, but in this increasingly global marketplace how realistic is that?

Achieving Sustainable Growth

Coaching Tip

The "New Normal" defines the business environment where individual companies must shape their own paths to growth. Within this environment of hypercompetion, complexity and uncertainty, companies need to rethink and expand their methods and tools to achieve sustainable business growth.

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Why Didn't You Improve?


"I didn't have time to do anything but the minimum." "You You think I'm going to pay my own money for a workshop!" "No No one has complained." "I'm I'm probably the best person here." This really isn't where I plan to be in ten years." "I'm I'm sort of flying under the radar." "I

Reflecting Upon the Team Building and Leadership Experience

Create Learning

Sitting in a hotel lobby in Baltimore Maryland in month two of a three month partner program with Project Ascent , coaching and facilitating a team building and leadership process for managers and supervisors at McCormick Spice …. I took some time to reflect upon the day.

Top 50 leadership blogs – we’re in!


. We’re honored that this blog has been named one of the top leadership blogs over at Ready to Manage.

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A Change in Perspective

Six Disciplines

“To achieve a revolution in their execution, business leaders need to reframe their thinking from cutting logs to building ships. In other words, quit thinking only about solving the current problem, but, instead, think about how to build an organization that’s good at solving problems in general- building the capability that’s certain to help overcome an uncertain future.

Never Coast – (Troy Aikman, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway – Never Coasting, The Very Opposites of One-Hit Wonders)

First Friday Book Synopsis

As the girl who started out as the Princess of Genovia, I can’t tell you how encouraging it was to know that the Flying Nun grew up to be Norma Rae. Anne Hathaway’s comment/tribute to Sally Field during her Golden Globes Acceptance) (watch the video of her acceptance here). ————— Here are three really important [.]. Randy's blog entries

Why Isn’t This Incentive Program Working?

Let's Grow Leaders

Incentive programs continue to be one of the most debated topics in management. Sometimes incentive programs work well. Sometimes they do not. Leadership can make a difference. Have you ever experienced any of these scenarios? You’ve implemented a new incentive program and results go down? You roll-out a new contest and no one seems [.] The post Why Isn’t This Incentive Program Working? appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders.

You're Rude Because Your Boss Is Rude

Harvard Business Review

What drives employees to be rude? Over 60% blame their bad behavior on being overloaded at work. They say they have no time to be nice. Mental overload and stress short-circuit our capacity to be fully attentive about anything — even those with whom we work.

Commute recommendation for you to share with staff

Chartered Management Institute

I wanted to share my thoughts about commuting, which you could pass onto any of your staff that have to get to work this way. Personally I take the train to work, something which is a big change from the stroll I was used to making to my lectures at university.

Scaling Up Without Losing Your Edge

Harvard Business Review

Forty years ago, British economist E.F. Schumacher, one of the fathers of the Green movement, declared that "small is beautiful" and called for "a new orientation of science and technology towards the organic, the gentle, the non-violent, the elegant and beautiful."

Learning Early


Entrepreneur : Richard Branson gives the business and life lessons he received from his mother

The Flawed Art of Lance Armstrong's Confession

Harvard Business Review

After more than a decade of vehement denials , Lance Armstrong finally came clean last night in an interview with Oprah Winfrey about his use of performance enhancing drugs.

A Blog to Enjoy


At Eclecticity , you can find info on basic budgeting near a wandering Escape key. Where does he find this stuff

2012 Reader’s Choice: The Best of Management is a Journey

Management is a Journey

Another year of writing blog posts has passed and in my annual tradition, I am identifying the top 5 posts of the readers of this blog. As I mentioned with last year’s list, my favorites (I’ll share those in another post) were different from the reader’s. This difference is another lesson that teaches what is important [.]. Management employee engagement leadership management motivation people skills strategic thinking

The Line Between a Joke and a Crime


The Wall Street Journal Law Blog on the legal aspects of the Manti Te'o story. I'm proud to say that I knew nothing of that story until this morning. Sometimes, ignorance is bliss

Talking With Brilliant Canadians And Others

Bird's Eye View

Yesterday, I had a conversation with a group of students attending Rotman School of Management in Toronto, Canada, and lucky enough to be in an intense MBA course called "Managing Innovation" taught by Lib Gibson.

Music Break


Back by tradition: The Cure with what is the official Friday song for this blog

Making 2013 a great working year

Chartered Management Institute

Want to make 2013 a great working year? You may not need any ideas about making the most of the year to come in your career. If you’re anything like me, you’ll constantly be coming up with possible improvements! Related Content: Happy with your A-level results?

Dinner with Henry


Just one of many reasons why Cultural Offering should be a daily read


Morning Advantage: Welcome to the New Videogame Gold Rush

Harvard Business Review

“For the last decade, three companies (Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft) have ruled the gaming console business with an iron fist. But that’s all about to end,” writes Andrew Groen at Wired. One reason for the change, of course, is the rise of mobile technology. Think of all those hours you’ve logged playing Angry Birds or Words with Friends.

Art Break: Morandi


Art Contrarian casts a critical eye on the work of Giorgio Morandi


Make Your Next Innovation Jam Work

Harvard Business Review

Jamming has become a popular way to unearth innovations — bringing together people of many different backgrounds to creatively brainstorm around a company's competitive challenges, expressed as "problem statements."

The Weirdness of Careers


A week later, he calls me, about 1 in the morning, and wakes me up, I say, "Sid, are you alright?" "I I can't sleep. I had a meeting today with Pat Weaver and Max Liebman, and my manager, and I couldn't refuse the deal. I signed for three years, for $25,000 a show." That was stupendous. I said, "Wow, that's a lot of money. More than I ever heard of in show business." There were 39 shows a year in those days.

It's Not Too Late to Stave Off Disruption

Harvard Business Review

When should incumbents be afraid — very afraid? At the moment that a disruptive innovation crosses into the mainstream market and establishes itself as a viable competitor, the third stage in a disruptive innovation's life cycle. You might think a response at this late phase would be too late — but there are still ways incumbent firms can preserve their advantage. To illustrate how, let's look at four disruptions that are close to crossing over and ask how they can be dealt with.

Quote of the Day


The deepest human need is the need to be appreciated. William James