Wed.Aug 31, 2011

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How Culture Can Restrict Your Organization

The Leadership Advisor

One of the strangest commercials I’ve seen recently on television is for a candy bar. Our organizations are no different. Endure or embrace.

So What Makes You Think You Can Be A Leader?

Terry Starbucker

I was 27 when I got a call from an executive search company about a job in Los Angeles. I was an Audit Manager at a public accounting firm.

Experiment: The Little Things Matter

Ron Edmondson

I wanted to encourage them to be more observant about what needed doing. (To I conducted an experiment with the male church leaders. Just curious).

Why many smart people hit a plateau (and stay there)

Rajesh Setty

The magic number is 40. Yes, it is at the age of forty that many smart people realize that they are stuck. Here is what I think happens.

The Meeting Before the Last Meeting

Ron Edmondson

Related posts: 7 Suggestions for Churches Meeting in a School. President Obama Online Town Hall Meeting (Instant Access). Leadership

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Getting Things Done Without Ordering

What Do You Want From Them

When I visit a restaurant and pick up a dirty, sticky menu, I cant help but think, "Does nobody care around here?!!. What fits your style

What to do if you found yourself riding a dead horse?

First Friday Book Synopsis

According to the tribal wisdom of the Lakota Indians, the best strategy is to dismount. But what do they know? Few (if any) graduated from Yale, Harvard, or Princeton. Few (if any) then earned an MBA degree. What do they know about strategy? If a major consulting firm were retained to conduct a comprehensive study [.]. Bob's blog entries

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No need to be lonely

Bud to Boss

I recently enjoyed Robert Stephen Kaplan’s blog post over at Psychology Today in which he debates the validity of the phrase “It’s lonely at the top.”

Views on The Big Q – Quality of Design


Quality has moved beyond the simplistic definitions like “conformance to customer requirements”. If quality of your product/service merely meets/conforms to customer requirements, it is not remarkable, but a basic expectation. That is because everyone else has mastered the art of ‘meeting’ customer’s requirements.

Are You Tired Of Being Told To Think Out-of-the-Box?

Management is a Journey

Are you tired of being told to think out-of-the-box whenever you face a management or leadership challenge? Has the nine-dot exercise lost its impact on you? Are you ready to scream about all of this innovative and creative thinking and problem solving stuff? I understand your frustration.

How to be Positive when things are Negative

Leadership Freak

Image source “Leaders need to be excited about what is possible rather than managing what is,” Doug Conant, former CEO of Campbell’s Soup. The context of Leadership: During our second conversation, Doug explained that, “Leaders are called in when problems are big.” People look to you when things aren’t working. Doug shared his recollection of [.].

Does the Inclusion of Women in Team Decision Making Actually Increase a Group’s Intelligence?

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is a brief article featured by Executive Women’s Networking Blog, sponsored by EpsteinBeckerGreen, in which Frances M. Green discusses someespecially interesting revelations provided in a recent MIT study. I also located a link the study. Please click here. To check out all the EWN resources and sign up for email alerts, please click here. [.].

LeadershipNow 140: August 2011 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from August 2011 that you might have missed: From @wallybock: Grading Steve Jobs: A+, A, and Incomplete.

Shared Ethical Values: Global Consensus?

Leading in Context

As we struggle day-to-day with what ethics means in business, groups of concerned leaders around the world are studying common ethical values that could clarify ethical behavior and unite us in a common global code of ethics.

English assessment made easy in Thailand – video

Talent Technologies

Do you want to recruit high-calibre personnel in Thailand? Making the hiring process so much easier! Take a look:

100 days of humility


100 days of humility. Dave Balter wrote for Inc. Magazine about the importance of humility for business leaders.

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HR, S&P and the Downgrade of the U.S. Economy @DriveThruHR

ReThink HR

I was once again a guest on the famous DriveThruHR daily a few weeks back (Aug 8, 2011). We had scheduled my appearance about 2 weeks before and how funny was it that on the Monday they asked me the question “What keeps you up at night?&# that Standard and Poor’s had just announced the downgrade of United States from AAA to AA.

Turn Stress into an Asset

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. Stress is unavoidable, but it doesn’t have to be damaging. When managed correctly, strain can positively impact productivity and performance. Here are three things you can do [.].

Core Elements to Leading a Peak Performance Culture

The Practical Leader

Organizational culture development is a complex topic with many intertwined leadership components. How do you bring this about in organizations?

What Working Moms Want

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Tina Vasquez (Los Angeles) for The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. Visit us daily to discover issues that matter, share experiences, and plan networking, your career and your life.” To read the complete article, check out [.].

Brief History of Change: ADKAR


Change is a gemstone that must be view from multiple angles. The ADKAR model provides another perspective of the change process. Rather than describe what is happening, or prescribe what actions must be taken, the ADKAR model predicts that organization change only happens individuals change. Awareness of the need for change.

Why are women finding it hard to reach the top?

Chartered Management Institute

The news is flooded today with reports that women still lag behind men in terms of pay at the top of the managerial food chain. Whilst women have been a big part of the workforce for several decades now, the boardroom still remains a mans world. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

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Silence Isn't Always Golden @drbret

Management Craft

It's never pleasant to give the boss bad news. But he has to know about problems before he can fix them. But some (a lot of?) organizations discourage employees from sharing bad news through managers' behavior. Bret Simmons discusses three beliefs that managers have that cause employees to clam up. Check out his post here.

City Kids Adventures - A Model Mentoring Program for At-Risk Kids

Building Personal Strength

I subscribe to Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine, which I read every month. The articles inspire my wife Kathleen (a travel writer) and me to discover the diverse natural wonders of our state, which are many. In the September 2011 issue, executive director Carter P. I urge you to read it. The entire article is presented here, with permission.

Sponsoring Women to Success

Women on Business

So here we are, it’s 2011… it seems like women have come along way from fighting for women’s right to vote, right? Well we have, and we haven’t…we have women running for president, women in congress, women in the Supreme Court. Percentage of female Fortune 500 board seats: 14.8%. Would you like to be?

One for “Say What?” Files: Mental illness trait of successful leaders??

Roundtable Talk

“The right leader in a crisis may not be the stable one.” People like Ghandi, Churchill, JFK and Lincoln are all cited as examples. So, what’s next?

Team Building & Leadership w/ Nazareth College

Create Learning

I had the pleasure of working with Creative Themes facilitating a team building and leadership program with Nazareth College in Rochester NY. Have fun!

How to respond to questions when you can’t provide the answer

Change Starts Here

Last week, I hosted a Q&A session in which participants could ask any question they wanted about change and together we would come up with options for solutions. One of the attendees, a manager for a large retail chain, is in the loop when it comes to changes coming down the pike, but has not been given the go ahead to provide the details.

High Performance Model @greatleadership

Management Craft

Dan McCarthy has put an amusing spin on the usual 2-by-2 performance model. Check it out here. Which block do you fit in? How about your coworkers?? I can swing to and from at least three of these boxes depending on the day/situation/caffeine level! My poor, poor, teammates. Business Tools Management OD Training model performance

Challenging the Next Generation of Business Leaders

Coaching Tip

By Guest Author, Al Weatherhead. Even worse, I believe the root causes of the sluggish job situation are not blips. It hasn’t always been that way.

Two Questions for Leaders


In an excellent post, Tim Berry suggests that you test your leadership with two questions

Brief History of Change: ADKAR


Change is a gemstone that must be view from multiple angles. The ADKAR model provides another perspective of the change process. Rather than describe what is happening, or prescribe what actions must be taken, the ADKAR model predicts that organization change only happens individuals change. Awareness of the need for change.

Tremble and Obey


Some bigotry in Kansas against the symbol of a new religion


I do this because.

Jason Womack

Typing this short post from the passenger seat of my car, staring out over the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara. My next"to-do" tonight is called "Nite Moves." It consists of a 1 kilometer swim, and then straight to a 5K run. From here, I see too many sailboats to count, and dozens of people getting ready to go. Immediately, I've got some answers: 1.