Thu.Jul 07, 2011

Re-Inventing Brainstorming – Ten Tenets for Better Idea Generation

Kevin Eikenberry

Brainstorming – the creation of new or possible ideas – is a critical part of any problem solving or creative process. We all know it. We know that we must have ideas in order find solutions to problems. We even know that the more ideas we find, the better chance we’ll have of creating the [.]. Creativity Leadership Solving Problems brainstorming ideas possible solution

Visionary Leadership: Proof of Power in Pursuing Passion

C-Level Strategies

Power 73

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7 Ways to Make Bible Reading Fun

Ron Edmondson

A young college-aged girl told me recently that she didn’t enjoy reading her Bible and asked if there was an alternative book. Well…no! This is THE BOOK! There is no substitute. There are plenty of great Christian books, but none compare to this one.

Can An Exception Help Develop Your Organization?

The Leadership Advisor

No matter your organization size, make-up or geographic location, there is always an anomaly at work within it. It is something that flies in the face of conventional wisdom and what seems like good sense. There’s no real explanation for it, at least not one that is exceedingly obvious.

Leadership in 6 Key Words

Linked 2 Leadership

As I read the many great posts on this blogazine (and elsewhere), it seems we often take for granted a key question: What exactly is leadership? I want to propose a working definition, and get your feedback on what you think. I propose this definition: “Leadership is the ability to influence people so they willingly accomplish the goals you are accountable for achieving.” 6 Key [.].

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Innovation: The Age of the Heretic

Mills Scofield

For some reason, I've always been fascinated with the word "heretic" Perhaps it's the Devil's Advocate in me (oh! What a pun!). Perhaps its because I love being ‘heretical.' Perhaps its because being heretical is key to innovating. And this word has been around for millennia! We usually associate heretic with religion, namely, the Roman Catholic Church: Inquisition, burning people at the stak

Executive Transitions: The Importance of Relational Intelligence

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here’s another article written by Patricia Wheeler and featured by Marshall Goldsmith’s website, Leading News, one that “delivers state-of-the-art information and ideas about best practices in leadership, helping successful people become even more successful, not only for themselves but also for their teams and for their companies. Leading News will be sent to your email [.].

Back to the Future: Sputnik to Today

Coaching Tip

Sputnik 1 was launched into an elliptical low Earth orbit by the Soviet Union on 4 October 1957, and was the first in a series of satellites collectively known as the Sputnik program. Here in the United States during this "Cold War" period, there was great concern that the Russians would dominate outer space and that strategic military position could become deadly to the American population.

The problem with sharing your knowledge…

Utpal Writes

…is that it might enable your colleague to outperform. The problem with not sharing your knowledge is that it will seldom add up different perspectives to what you already know. Some of you believe that sharing your knowledge is a risk and you fear that you might lose your importance but rewards come to those who take risks. And such risks are just another form of actions, isn’t it? No actions, no results. That’s all, everything else is a commentary.

Retain Talent Through a Concrete Corporate Culture

Coaching Tip

By Barbara T. Armstrong. Who says corporate culture isn’t concrete? Not America’s best workplaces. . After three years of a frosty economy , the war for talent is heating back up.

What you should NOT learn about Marketing from HBR Campaigns?

Rajesh Setty

I love Harvard Business Review. I really do. I have learned a number of things and got exposed to a number of thought leaders via the magazine. However, I couldn’t help smiling when I watched some of their own marketing campaigns.

Thought-full Thursday: Opening the Heart


Every Thursday, we provide you with a thoughtful way to coach yourself – something all leaders need to do. So take five and enjoy the inspirational quotes and reflect on the questions that follow. Your comments, thoughts, and responses to the questions are most welcome! “Leadership is not so much about technique and

Encouraging the Heart – Thai advertising campaign

Talent Technologies

One of the five practices covered in The Leadership Challenge in Thailand is that of Encouraging the Heart. Encouraging the Heart can range from daily compliments at the smallest level, to recognition in front of peers on a grander level.

Because You Can

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Self Leadership I have spent the last month traveling all over the country and will do the same this month as well. In the hours I have spent in crowded airports, stark hotel rooms, and local eateries, it is only my interactions with others that have mattered. Frankly, only a few of the hundreds of conversations with [.] Because You Can.

Common Purpose: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Common Purpose: How Great Leaders Get Organizations to Achieve the Extraordinary Joel Kurtzman Jossey-Bass/John Wiley & Sons (2010) “Organizations themselves are mindless, so if people don’t repair them, no one will.” Regrettably, the old rules of employment have created in many organizations a serious crisis that is the result of command and control management, hierarchical [.].

Book Review: Managing the Millennials


Leading/managing Millennials is fast becoming a lucrative niche-field for writers and consultants to help companies with. The Millennials are growing into our workforces now and companies are learning, or not learning, to adapt to them. Chip Espinoza, Mick Ukleja and Craig Rusch wrote “ Managing the Millennials: Discover the Core Competencies for Managing Today’s Workforce ” and in my opinion, it’s one of the best books on the subject.

StrengthsFinder 2.0: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

StrengthsFinder 2.0 Tom Rath Gallup Press (2007) “Mirror, mirror on the wall….” Note: One of my passions in life is to help promote and (yes) celebrate business books that are “classics,&# deserving far more attention than they currently receive. That is certainly true of StrengthsFinder 2.0. You will probably find no head-snapping revelations in this [.].

Will You Be The Next Blockbuster, Borders, CDs or Mail?

Eric Jacobson

Perhaps you saw the July 4th issue Fortune magazine article about how digital companies are so big and growing so fast, that they are obliterating old brick-and-mortar businesses. Fortune reported that: The U.S Postal Service is on track to lose $6 billion this year.

Seven Management Lessons Learned on Vacation

Management Excellence

Fresh from a week at the lake with 11 people in residence and up to 35 people on our beach for a party at one point, it’s nice to reflect back on the fun, memories and of course to tie-in some lighter management and leadership lessons. Here are a few lessons that jump to mind after our most recent experience. Leadership Life and Business Management Education Management Lessons from Vacation

Separateness - What I Don't Know about My Friends and Family

Building Personal Strength

If you've been following my blog, you probably know that I believe the years of adolescence - roughly age 12 to 24 - are a profoundly important period of development. They powerfully shape who we become as adults.

RIM/Blackberry is at a Critical Leadership Crossroad

The Practical Leader

These “dog days of summer&# are hot and tense times here in our community of Waterloo Region for our biggest local employer and benefactor, Blackberry-maker Research in Motion (RIM).

Seth Godin: Give and Get

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development [link] Here’s a great brief post by Seth Godin on the principles behind the Lead Change Group and other communities. It’s great to consider what’s happening if you’re “not getting much&# from your association with a tribe. Check it out. Seth Godin: Give and Get. Leadership Development community Contribution giving tribe

Google+ Comes Up Short

Harvard Business Review

What problem does Google+ solve for consumers? The answer appears to be: nothing. And, therefore, it solves nothing for Google either. As with many of these social launches — an exception being the ill-fated Google Buzz — the launch of Google+ was limited. Like Gmail and Google Wave, Google relied on invites to scale initial users and work out issues before a wider launch. I, somehow, managed to score access to Google+ from Day One of its recent launch, and I'm here to report on it.

Between a tear and a yawn | The Organized Executive's Blog

The Organized Executive's Blog

My assistant burst into tears on her first day at work, and it was my fault. had worked for our customer service department for years before applying for the job as an editorial assistant. With her deep understanding

10 Bits of Advice to Young People Choosing a Career


Find some solitude and ask yourself if you feel any pressure to please parents or others by selecting a particular path that would truly be your second or third choice. If that is the case, what is your first choice and why can't you do it?

Book Review: Managing the Millennials


Leading/managing Millennials is fast becoming a lucrative niche-field for writers and consultants to help companies with. The Millennials are growing into our workforces now and companies are learning, or not learning, to adapt to them. Chip Espinoza, Mick Ukleja and Craig Rusch wrote “ Managing the Millennials: Discover the Core Competencies for Managing Today’s Workforce ” and in my opinion, it’s one of the best books on the subject.

Mini Saga #111 – Worthwhile

Rajesh Setty

Activity is rarely an indicator of productivity. Mini Saga #111 – Worthwhile. When John left the office at 3pm fourth day in a row, Sam could not take it anymore. He went to Andy, their Boss and brought it up. Andy smiled, “John would have done something worthwhile already.

Why it pays to be old

Chartered Management Institute

The value of experience can be hard to judge. You only know for sure when you find yourself in a situation that demands it, and you perform – or not. Without the right experience, it’s easy to get oneself and others bogged down in the wrong areas when a challenge presents itself writes Hilary Briggs, management consultant. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

What is your tolerance for errors?


When you make a signifcant error (something that costs you $100, $1,000, $100K, or $1 M–or whatever “significant&# means for you), how soon do you forgive yourself? Do you ever lose trust in yourself? When coworkers, friends, or loved ones make a significant error that affects you, how soon do you forgive them? Do you lose trust in them and, if so, how long does it take before that trust is restored? Trust and forgiveness depend, in part, on the length and depth of the relationship.

Streep as Thatcher


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Believe In The Future

First Friday Book Synopsis

Believe In The Future This is one of the cartoons I did for my client, the Rackspace Cloud. It’s a riff on the famous Gandhi line, “Become the change you want to see.&# In other words, the Rackspace cloud doesn’t matter; it’s what you can do with it that matters. And that’s an interesting discussion- [.]. Bob's blog entries Evil Plans Gandhi Hugh MacLeod Ignore Everybody Rackspace Cloud

Spirit Boosters


The people who are: Always pleasant; Willing to go out of their way; Ready to think beyond their own welfare; Able to spot what was not said; Helpful without being asked; Capable of understanding the other side; Not petty; Discreet; Thorough; Understanding; Tolerant; Patient; Reluctant to criticize; and Courageous


3 Ways to Increase Productivity with Better Sleep

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here. Don’t be fooled: staying up an hour later doesn’t mean you gain an hour in productivity. In fact, losing sleep is directly linked to poor focus and memory. [.]. Bob's blog entries "Guide to Managing Stress" 3 Ways to Increase Productivity with Better Sleep Harvard Business Review. HBR newsletters Management Tip of the Day

Quote of the Day


There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up. - Rex Stout