Tue.Oct 11, 2011

7 Personal Development Benefits of Saying No

Ron Edmondson

The more experience I get in life the more I learn the importance of personal development.

How Big is Your Big Picture?

Kevin Eikenberry

One of the roles of a leader is to provide the perspective that the rest of the team or organization might not see. It is easy to get caught up in the daily to-do list, the quarterly objectives and the rhythm of the calendar, and lose sight of the bigger picture, the larger goals, the [.]. Change Decision Making Leadership Leadership Communication Success 10000 year clock big picture Jeff Bezos long term planning perspective

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Balancing Act: Head and Heart

Aspire-CS

Last week I attended a farewell event for a leader in the public sector who was moving on to another job. He’s somebody that I’ve come to know well over the course of several years; I’ve also had the pleasure of working within his organization with many of the outstanding leaders he’s hired and

When People Collide

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development “We’re always behind this metal and glass. Nobody touches you.” If you saw the move Crash you may recognize this line. The symbolism is piercing: We’re either tough like metal or ready to break with any pressure like glass. This is the fragility in life. People collide. The kicker, though, is in the second sentence [.] When People Collide. Leadership Development change leadership lead change Leadership

Five Strategies For Managing the Fear of Change

Management is a Journey

Like the penguins residing on this melting iceberg, change is inevitable as John Kotter explains so well in his writings. In business (and life), we must move on as circumstances and forces change all around us. What was once a solid foundation on which we could put our trust (a massive iceberg), now is a [.]. Change Management change strategy emotional intelligence leadership management performance management strategic thinking

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Engaging Your Workforce For Strategy Execution

Six Disciplines

At Six Disciplines, our research has shown that the number #1 difference between the highest- and lowest-performing organizations is strength of leadership , based on the average of several factors. One of those factors was the ability to motivate or engage the people in the company in pursuing its goals. For this isolated factor, the ability to engage the workforce, top-performing companies rated 281% higher!

On Leadership, Enterprise, and Blueberry Wheat Cakes

Linked 2 Leadership

How’s your logic? I ask this because I used to assume everyone operated from the same rational perspective. Then I tried to eat a blueberry wheat-cake and my world changed. Enterprising Product One day I had friend talk about a restaurant that had “the world’s best blueberry wheat-cakes.” ” He said that he would drive for two [.]. Conflict Management EntrepreLeadership Future Leadership Issues Leadership Lessons Learned business Logic

Marketing To Women: research about digital influence and the female Irish consumer

Krishna De

I was delighted to be invited to deliver a presentation at the conference ‘Purse Power: How to Engage and Influence the New Irish Female Consumer’ hosted by RD Communications recently.

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Do you expect it?

Jason Womack

When you talk about where you're going, is it in terms of: 1. Wishful thinking? Could be possible. I'm pretty sure I could get there. There is no other choice. I will make this happen. Take this juvenile Bald Eagle, for example.

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Overcoming the Mediocrity of Doing Your Best

Leadership Freak

“Do your best,” is an excuse for not doing your best. It’s code for, don’t worry if you don’t make it. Stop telling people to do their best; give them a goal, instead. Goals motivate because they define desirable results. “Do your best,” is obscure babble. You don’t know what your “best” is. Goals, however, [.]. Courage Feedback Goals Leading Motivation Leadership Leadership Development

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“You’re Just Not Leadership Material”

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Tom Salonek: Hundreds of leadership books suggest various theories and exercises designed to awaken one’s inner leader and other mystical secrets to unlocking one’s rightful leadership potential.

Are our perceptions of Gen Y accurate?

Chartered Management Institute

There are many misconceptions in place around Generation Y, with a prevailing view that they will force through a significant shift in how the modern workplace operates. New research by JB Associates challenges this point of view. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

TeamBuilding Resource Articles

Create Learning

In preparation for “ High Performance TeamBuilding: Quality Tools for Quality Teams ” which can be facilitated to your team and leadership; I travel and have led this workshop to teams in many locations. I have compiled a series of links and articles of content that will be covered in-depth.

Gen Y Leaders – The “Me” Generation or the “We” Generation?

Tanveer Naseer

The following is a guest post by Jack Zenger. In case you?re re worried about what?s s going to become of the younger generation, it?s s going to grow up and start worrying about the younger generation.” ” – Roger Allen A favorite pastime of those in the older generations is to lament the decline among the younger generations.

Failure in All Things

LeadStrategic

Have you been guilty of trying to be a superhero? I have - even as an adult. When I was a kid, it was fun to use a clothes pin and a towel to make a cape. To run around the yard and pretend I could fly. You know, someone had to save the world from the “bad guys.”

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Do you have to be liked to be a good manager?

Chartered Management Institute

There is a popular image of the best managers having a bit of a nasty streak to them. In football Alex Ferguson is well known for delivering the 'hair dryer treatment' to poorly performing players. Jack Welch was arguably the leading manager of the 20th Century and was renowned for his ruthlessness. Even Steve Jobs was said to be a stern micromanager at Apple. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Where Mangement and Leadership Meet

Erika Andersen

Since I’ve been writing this new book on leadership, I’ve been thinking a lot about the differences and similarities between managing people and being a leader. In some ways, I think they’re very distinct: I’ve know people who are excellent leaders and poor managers, and vice versa. I think of people management as a craft.

Book Review: Elusive Growth

Chartered Management Institute

There is plenty of essentially sound advice, presented partly as a personal journey of discovery. By the end there is also the insightful recognition that ‘it is easier to throw stones, much harder to construct new stuff.’ Useful, entertaining reading. Review by Professor Bruce Lloyd, London South Bank University FCMI. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

When You Need Community Go To The Midwest

Bird's Eye View

Do you know the Robert Frost poem " The Death of the Hired Man ?" It has a poignant line ".Home Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.".

Stop Procrastinating.Now

Harvard Business Review

It seems that no one is immune to the tendency to procrastinate. When someone asked Ernest Hemingway how to write a novel, his response was "First you defrost the refrigerator." But putting off tasks takes a big hit on our productivity, and psyche. Procrastination is not inevitable. Figuring out why you postpone work and then taking concrete steps to prevent it will help you get more done and feel good about yourself. What the Experts Say.

What are the long-term consequences of multitasking?

CO2

In an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education (“Divided Attention”) , David Glenn examines some of recent scholarly findings about multitasking, including the work done by Clifford I. Nass, a professor of psychology at Stanford University.

Book Review: One Piece of Paper

LDRLB

Last week, we featured fellow blogger Mike Figliuolo on the LeaderLab Podcast. Mike’s new book One Piece of Paper aims at helping leaders distill their philosophy of leadership down to several leadership “maxims” in order to help leaders clarify and stay true to how they feel they should lead. The book is full of interest insights but reads primarily as a workbook, designed for leaders to reflect on their experiences and beliefs.

The Cure for the Not-for-Profit Crisis

Harvard Business Review

There is a crisis in the not-for-profit sector. Since the great recession began, donations to the largest charities in the U.S. have dropped by billions — down 11% in 2010 alone, according to a recent report from the Chronicle of Philanthropy. This was the worst decline since the Chronicle began ranking its "Philanthropy 400" list of America's largest fund-raising charities in 1990.

Book Review: One Piece of Paper

LDRLB

Last week, we featured fellow blogger Mike Figliuolo on the LDRLB Podcast. Mike’s new book One Piece of Paper aims at helping leaders distill their philosophy of leadership down to several leadership “maxims” in order to help leaders clarify and stay true to how they feel they should lead. The book is full of interest insights but reads primarily as a workbook, designed for leaders to reflect on their experiences and beliefs.

Book Review: Better Under Pressure

Chartered Management Institute

An original and noteworthy contribution to executive selection which is invaluable to those charged with top executive assessment. Reviewed by Andrew May FCMI. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

How Good Was Steve Jobs, Really?

Harvard Business Review

Steve Jobs landed the number one spot in our ranking of the best CEOs in the world, published in HBR in January 2010. Unlike most rankings, it was based on a systematic analysis of stock-market performance among nearly 2,000 CEOs of the world's largest companies.

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Whitepaper: Top Five Secrets of High-Performance Businesses

Six Disciplines

The visionary small business expert Anita Campbell over at Small Business Trends , reveals some of the research we conducted here at Six Disciplines. Her post Top Five Secrets of Small Business Success focuses in particular about the reliance on trusted outside advisors. In addition, Anita mentions: "Six Disciplines has a white paper outlining the research along with tips on how to use it to run your business better.".

A Big Reminder From A Little Kid!

From the Principal's Pen

I was drawn to write again today and couldn’t help but reflect that it’s been a month since I added a new post to my blog. And what kept this workaholic away from the blog? Take a guess! Have you noticed how we go through phases of feeling ‘stressed out’ by all that we have to do in our professional and personal lives? How often have I heard people say they are just waiting for things to slow down!

Engaging Your Workforce For Strategy Execution

Six Disciplines

At Six Disciplines, our research has shown that the number #1 difference between the highest- and lowest-performing organizations is strength of leadership , based on the average of several factors. One of those factors was the ability to motivate or engage the people in the company in pursuing its goals. For this isolated factor, the ability to engage the workforce, top-performing companies rated 281% higher!

Kermit Break

Execupundit

Back by popular demand: " The Rainbow Connection

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Personal Accountability Is The Number 1 Office Pet Peeve

Six Disciplines

LinkedIn recently released the survey findings among 17,000 professionals worldwide about the top office pet peeves. People not taking ownership for their actions" (OK, we'll label this "personal accountability") has the distinction of hitting the number one spot in LinkedIn’s global survey of most irritating office pet peeves. Were the negative/complainers. Leaving your lunch in the fridge or microwave long past expiration. Snoozer meetings.

The Ticking Euro Bomb

Execupundit

Spiegel has a three part series on the Euro crisis

Personal Accountability Is The Number 1 Office Pet Peeve

Six Disciplines

LinkedIn recently released the survey findings among 17,000 professionals worldwide about the top office pet peeves. People not taking ownership for their actions" (OK, we'll label this "personal accountability") has the distinction of hitting the number one spot in LinkedIn’s global survey of most irritating office pet peeves. Were the negative/complainers. Leaving your lunch in the fridge or microwave long past expiration. Snoozer meetings.

Interpretations

Execupundit

An audience member just frowned. That means: 1. There's disagreement with what I just said. I'm going to get a challenge in the question period. The chairs are uncomfortable. I'm boring them. Something that has nothing to do with me. It has been nine hours and there is no response to my email. That means: 1. She hates the idea. She didn't get it. She's upset with me. I should have called. She's busy. He listened to our proposal and said he'll have to think about it. That means: 1.