Wed.Aug 31, 2011

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. In one scene, you see a group of spectators in bleachers waiting to cheer on their favorite athlete.

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. “Would you be interested in the chief operating job for a cable company with 400,000 customers?&#. I was an Audit Manager at a public accounting firm.

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Experiment: The Little Things Matter

Ron Edmondson

In making a first impression… The little things matter… A number of years ago, while I was pastoring another church, I felt I needed more buy-in from them in helping to lead the church.

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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. I am not saying that smart people don’t get stuck some other time but 40 is the age where I have heard about “getting stuck&# a lot more than other ages.

The Meeting Before the Last Meeting

Ron Edmondson

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10 Ways to Sabotage a 360 Assessment

Great Leadership By Dan

There’s been a lot written about how organizations can design and implement bullet proof 360 assessment programs. However, very little guidance has been provided to the hapless manager who ends up on the receiving end of one of these things.

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.” As we move up the ladder in any field, our peer groups grow smaller, and that can be a very lonely feeling.

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. Reinvigorated management and leadership principles often fall prey [.]. Innovation change strategy leadership management organizational productivity performance management strategic thinking survival skills

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 [.]. Author Interview Leading Marks of leaders Optimism Leadership Development

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. [.].

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. Total Quality” is much more than just implementing processes or doing rigorous

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. There are resources readily available that present ethical values in a global context and provide guidance for ethical corporate behavior.

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. TheAtlantic: At least 25 CEOs earned more than their companies paid in income taxes in 2010. Change Your Tune - Important read brought to you by @MJAsmus.

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. Developed by Jeff Hiatt, the ADKAR model focus on the five outcomes individuals must experience before organizations can change. Awareness of the need for change.


English assessment made easy in Thailand – video

Talent Technologies

Do you want to recruit high-calibre personnel in Thailand? If so, you will probably notice that strong English language proficiency is up there among the key factors of a great hire. However, testing candidates’ proficiency is often one of the biggest headaches managers can face.

100 days of humility


100 days of humility. Dave Balter wrote for Inc. Magazine about the importance of humility for business leaders. The response to the article was so strong he created this site to collect people’s personal stories about ego and humility in the workplace.

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. Ahhh… well here we are; William Tincup , Bryan Wempen and I discussing Work, Business and the affects of the S&P downgrade.

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 [.]. Bob's blog entries "Turning Stress into an Asset" Amy Gallo Harvard Business Review.

Core Elements to Leading a Peak Performance Culture

The Practical Leader

Organizational culture development is a complex topic with many intertwined leadership components.

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. Developed by Jeff Hiatt, the ADKAR model focus on the five outcomes individuals must experience before organizations can 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

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. You don't want to inadvertently send the wrong messages and then be faced with making decisions based on partial or bad information.

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. Smith's "At Issue" article on page 6 reveals something wonderful that's happening for inner-city kids in San Antonio. 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. However, statistics show that we may not be as far along in the equality game as we would like to think. As we posted previously ( [link] ), from the Catalyst report: Percentage of female Fortune 500 corporate officers: 15.4%.

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.” So rang the headline from Harvey Schachter’s book review of A First-Rate Madness by Tufts University psychiatry professor Nassir Ghaemi.

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. The college brought all the Resident Advisors and Directors to Creative Themes Day Camp for a great day of Team Development.

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. Employees know that changes are coming and are asking questions.

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. As we struggle through economic hard times, I’m convinced that the underlying problem hamstringing our economy is under-employment. Even worse, I believe the root causes of the sluggish job situation are not blips. Rather, we are now faced with a new paradigm.

Two Questions for Leaders


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

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. And, of course, there's that little question in the back of my mind: "Jason, why do you do this?" Immediately, I've got some answers: 1. It's hard. It's big. It costs $20 bucks. It's here.

Tremble and Obey


Some bigotry in Kansas against the symbol of a new religion