Tue.Mar 14, 2017

The neuroscience of asking insightful questions


I teach coaching skills to leaders. When I get to the section on how to ask questions (an important part of learning to coach) I might ask a trick question to start off: “How many of you are good at solving problems?”. Without fail, almost all hands shoot enthusiastically into the air.

The Worst Mistake You Can Make With a Bad Hire

Let's Grow Leaders

“When did you know he was a bad hire?” ” “Pretty much from day 1.” ” “And when did you first have a frank conversation about your concerns?” ” “Err… yesterday.” ” “And now you want to terminate them?”

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7 Things I’ve Learned about Following God

Ron Edmondson

For the last 30 years or so, I’ve attempted to listen to, obey and follow the voice of God. I have never heard it audibly but I have had it for only impressed upon my heart and mind. I have actually been a believer for over 40 years, but I got serious about my faith in my early 20’s.

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Forget Passion – What Employees Need Is Purpose-Led Work

Tanveer Naseer

These days, it seems like the world is facing scarcity in a wide range of areas – from something as basic as access to food and clean water, to something more personal as a lack of time to get through our various daily tasks.

The Dog that Rarely Bites: A Leadership Lesson

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Guest Post by Timothy R. Clark, author of Leading with Character and Competence: Moving Beyond Title, Position, and Authority When a dog bites, word gets out. You stay away and keep away. There’s no discussion or negotiating with the dog; you simply avoid the animal. How about a friendly dog?

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Times of Change Call for Increased Levels of Communication and Courage


In times of change or uncertainty, organizations need leadership more than ever. That means the quality and amount of communications need to increase. I used to work for a manager who said, “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.”

5 Powerful Rules for Modern Day Business Women

Women on Business

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4 Trailblazing Problem-Solving Tips From Fitness

Lead Change Blog

The proverbial road to hell is paved with lots of people who want to become more fit. Their motivation might be to keep their heart healthy, climb a mountain, or play more with their kids. And much ink has been spilled on the subject.

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Two Ways to Overcome Your Organization’s Immunity to Change

Change Starts Here

Organizations often have subtle ways of preventing the very change people say they want to achieve. If you can discover the forces that are keeping your organization from changing, you can unlock them to enable progress.

The Forgotten Skill That Will Make You a Better Leader

Lead from Within

It’s easy to tell a good leader from a bad one—but how do you tell a good leader from a great leader? That secret lies in their forgotten skill. Many people who move into leadership positions get caught up in thinking that power is the way to build great leadership, when in fact it’s just the opposite. Power come to those who take on responsibility—not just for themselves but for others. As with so many things, if you have to tell people you’re in power, your power isn’t that genuine.

Lessons from a Betty Crocker Cake Mix

Kevin Eikenberry

If you’ve watched my videos for long, you know that I like to make some “unusual” connections to leadership. And if you haven’t watched before, well, I imagine the title gave it away for you.

3 Practices Help Protect You from Premature Aging Related to Job Stress

Michael Lee Stallard

On Christmas day in 1984, Carol Grieder, Ph.D., then a graduate student in the University of California, Berkley lab of Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D., stopped by the lab, curious to see the results of an experiment that had taken place several days earlier.

The Three Principles of a Perfect Consulting Proposal

David A Fields

Writing a proposal’s easy when the prospect’s head over heels at the thought of procuring your services. But most prospects aren’t giddy at the thought of engaging you. That’s why you need a killer proposal.

Gipsie Ranney

Deming Institute

Sadly, we have to announce the passing of our dear friend Gipsie Ranney on March 7th. Gipsie Ann Bush Ranney was born in Kingsport, Tennessee to Raymond and Lola Bush. Gipsie is survived by four cousins; Anna Kate Barnes, Dwight Campbell, Rita Marcum Denton and Thelma Marium Smith.

Blockchain Will Transform Customer Loyalty Programs

Harvard Business Review

Loyalty programs have proliferated across travel, retail, financial services, and other economic sectors. The average U.S. household participates in 29 different loyalty programs, according to the 2015 Colloquy Loyalty Census. The result is a maze of point systems and redemption options, with cumbersome processes for exchanging points among program partners. Loyalty programs are ripe for some kind of disruptive innovation that would make them easier to use.

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I will be off the grid for a while. Bear with me


How to Raise Sensitive Issues During a Virtual Meeting

Harvard Business Review

Hassan jammed a pencil eraser into his palm over and over to deal with his frustration. He was 80 minutes into a virtual meeting with counterparts from five other countries. A financial downturn had cut their revenue outlook dramatically. Those on the call had been tasked with taking 15% out of their cost structure, to help the company survive the impending revenue famine.

“We Don’t Need a Leadership Culture”

Your Voice of Encouragement

I'm delighted to feature a guest post from a very special leader and author, Mark Miller. Leadership is the cornerstone of all great organizations. Yes, before you think it, I do understand more is required than outstanding leadership to build an enduring organization.

How Companies Can Champion Sustainable Development

Harvard Business Review

Given political climates around the world and a new wariness around international cooperation, the private sector could find itself in the hot seat: trying to pick up the slack on big issues from climate change to sustainable development. This demand for taking on a larger role may come not only from advocacy and watchdog groups but also from customers, investors, partners, and employees. The problem is that the private sector is not easily organized to create or bolster public goods.

This Pharma Company Stays Innovative by Doing Two Things

Harvard Business Review

For industries that depend on innovation, sustaining it is a constant challenge. This is particularly the case in biopharmaceuticals, where turning molecules into medicines is notoriously fraught with risk, and failure. When one of us (Vivek) and his team launched Roivant Sciences in 2014 and began developing treatments for Alzheimer’s disease — they were determined to learn from the pharma industry’s innovation issues and build a more sustainable innovation engine.

Early Lessons from India’s Demonetization Experiment

Harvard Business Review

Did India just pull off a monetary and political miracle? Consider the sequence of events in its demonetization saga. In November the government made a high-risk, high-stakes economic intervention in the world’s largest democracy, with an objective to reduce corruption. Overnight, 86% of cash in circulation was voided. In a country almost 90% cash reliant, chaos ensued. As I said at the time, it was a case study in poor policy and even poorer execution. Four months passed.