Mon.Oct 17, 2011

My Hardest Advice for Young Leaders

Ron Edmondson

Recently I wrote a post entitled “ 7 Random Pieces of Advice for Younger Leaders “ It’s received a fair amount of positive attention, so I thought I should share one more…at least for now. It’s actually the hardest piece of advice I have for this generation of young leaders.

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Leadership Lessons: 5 Critical Requirements When Leading Change

C-Level Strategies

Steve Woodruff and I couldn’t be happier to be welcoming our leadership colleague Mike Henry Sr. as this week’s Leadership Chat Guest Host. Mike is the Founder and fearless leader of the Lead Change Group , of which I am a member. .

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My Dad, Steve Jobs and the Comparison Trap

Kevin Eikenberry

I grew up on a farm — an environment where mechanical equipment abounds and things break (often at inopportune times). Given that, having great mechanical skills and aptitudes are a great benefit to a farmer. Thankfully, my father had those skills. He was so good at the variety of skills required that I grew up [.]. Leadership Learning balance comparison Personal Development professional development

Improve Management by Exposing Paradigms

Tony Mayo

For a social discipline, such as management, the assumptions are actually a good deal more important than are the paradigms for a natural science. The paradigm—that is, the prevailing general theory—has no impact on the natural universe. Whether the paradigm states that the sun rotates around the earth, or that, on the contrary, the [.]. For Executives Quotes and Aphorisms Paradigms

Leadership – Not A Trivial Pursuit

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. One of the most often overlooked aspects of leadership is the need for pursuit. Great leaders are never satisfied with traditional practice, static thinking, conventional wisdom, or common performance.

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Had a Tough Year? Make Peace and Move On

Marshall Goldsmith

My bank has lost billions of dollars because of bad investments - which I didn't make. Now I am facing budget cutbacks, getting no bonus, reducing my staff, and being expected to contribute more. This really makes me angry! Any suggestions? If it is true that "misery loves company," you have a lot of company. In my work in the financial services world this year, I hear your frustration - and your question - over and over again.

Co-op to give flu jabs to 100,000 staff

Chartered Management Institute

New research by the Co-operative Pharmacy has found that 7.6 million working days are lost due to flu, every year in the UK. The lost days costs the British economy £1.35bn. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Dealing with Tattlers, Whiners, and Backstabbers

Leadership Freak

Tattlers, whiners, and backstabbers wear a path to your office filling your ear with spin. They have one goal in mind; make their world better at the expense of others. Console them and they propagate like destructive bunnies. Confront them and they go underground only to focus on you. I’m more direct, so my approach [.]. Listening Backstabbers Gossip Criticism Conflict resolution Leadership Development Office Politics Interview

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Where Does Your Resume Go? [Infographic]

Women on Business

Have you ever wondered where your resume goes after you submit it through an electronic system? Lisa Vaas explains the process in detail, including tips to make sure your resume gets noticed, in a report for The Ladders. You can read the complete report here.

Leading from who YOU are

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Self Leadership Last week, I received this message from Erin Schreyer: ~Steve Jobs~ Born out of wedlock ~ Given up for adoption at birth~ ~ Dropped out of college ~ Then changed the world~ What’s your excuse? Instantly inspired I shared it with friends. Their responses made me think about how often we put limits on ourselves based on our history, [.] Leading from who YOU are. Leadership Development Self Leadership actions influence Leadership

October Management Journey Carnival

Management is a Journey

Welcome to the October 2011 edition of the Management Journey Carnival. Topics for the Management Journey Blog Carnival include interpersonal effectiveness, managing the 4 generations, emotional intelligence, communication, innovation, change management, teamwork, leadership skills, customer service, and other related topics. This blog carnival presents top recent posts from thought leaders around the web. As we [.].

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Planning Path: Corporate Team Building Activity

Create Learning

Planning is a necessary part of EVERY TEAMS work. Having a process that works to clarify the Planning Path and develop a team process for planning will ensure that results are achieved and everyone on the team does their best work. The Exponent Leadership Process does that.

Breaking the Fear Barrier

CEO Blog

Beautiful weekend in Long Island this weekend. Cool and perfect for running. Apparently the weather in Toronto was a bit nasty for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. People have a very small range that they are comfortable. But there is no bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. I love CBC but they blew it on the live coverage that they promised. Just did not happen. I was inspired by Fauja Singh who finished the marathon is 8 hours. He is 100.

Best Practices Are Stupid – 40 Ways to Out-Innovate the Competition

Kevin Eikenberry

This week’s Resource Recommendation is Best Practices Are Stupid – 40 Ways to Out-Innovate the Competition by Stephen M. Shapiro. This is a book about creativity and innovation. And this is a book about organizational change. It is mostly about examining sacred cows (i.e. best practices) and recognizing that perhaps (in some cases) the best [.]. Books Creativity Innovation Leadership Learning best practices organizational change

A Simple Trick for Dealing With Your Bias as a Community Manager

Managing Communities

photo credit: katell717 Generally speaking, it is important for a community manager to be as unbiased as possible. They need to be able to make fair, consistent situations and not allow their affection (or lack of) for a particular person, group or object to sway them from that consistent decision making process. But, to say [.]. Managing the Community

How Top Executives Lead


Today’s business environment is more crowded and competitive than ever. Whether finding innovative solutions or new marketing strategies, CEOs, CIOs and CFOs have departed from “business as usual.” ” This infographic from

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The Cost of Making Assumptions

Linked 2 Leadership

I am the former Vice President of my local school board. At each board retreat, our superintendent asked us one question to frame our mindset. The one question was this: “What legacy do you want to leave? Each time, I gave the same answer: “I want us to make decisions based on facts; not on [.]. Conflict Management Leadership Lessons Learned Leading Change Organizational Health Practical Steps to Influence assumptions Collaboration Conflict leadership special education trust

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The Darwin Economy: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good Robert H. Frank Princeton University Press (2011) How and why “departures from rational choice” (with and without regret) have occurred and what to do about them Frankly, I expected this book to be about (for me, at least) incomprehensible economics and dull. Wrong on both counts, [.].

Planning Path: Corporate Team Building Activity

Create Learning

Planning is a necessary part of EVERY TEAMS work. Having a process that works to clarify the Planning Path and develop a team process for planning will ensure that results are achieved and everyone on the team does their best work. The Exponent Leadership Process does that.

The CEO as Chief Brand Custodian | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

Never in the history of marketing has there been so much talk about branding. The conversation in the 2011 branding world is well beyond product and service brand discussion by marketers and ad agencies. Branding has


Tad Waddington: A second interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Tad Waddington is Director of Performance Measurement for Accenture. He received his PhD in Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistical Analysis from the University of Chicago. He is the co-author of Return on Learning: Training for High Performance at Accenture and the author of Lasting Contribution: How to Think, Plan, and Act to Accomplish Meaningful Work, which [.].

How Top Executives Lead


Today’s business environment is more crowded and competitive than ever. Whether finding innovative solutions or new marketing strategies, CEOs, CIOs and CFOs have departed from “business as usual.” ” This infographic from


When to Work on Weaknesses

The Practical Leader

It was an eerie coincidence! Maybe it’s because Halloween is about to pounce on us …. I had just read my old colleague Jack Zenger, and his colleagues Joe Folkman and Scott Edinger’s excellent article in this month’s issue of Harvard Business Review. Entitled “Making Yourself Indispensible”, the article builds on the strong research and application work they’ve been doing over the past decade on developing extraordinary leadership skills.

Leadership Caffeine: Speed Kills-10 Situations to Call a Timeout

Management Excellence

Somewhere on the way to this world we now live and work in, “speed” became a proxy for success. Speed is undoubtedly important, but beware relying on it as the sole indicator of effectiveness. It’s a cruel tyrant, demanding fealty from followers, while discouraging critical and deep thinking and focusing solely on time-to-response as a metric of success.

Up your communication impact with David Grossman, The Grossman Group

Roundtable Talk

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. 90% of problems that I see happening in the workplace typically boil down to some kind of communication issue. Close to twenty years ago, I was introduced to the “fact” that when it comes to the impact of a communication message, only 7% of our message is verbal (the words you use). 38% is vocal (your tone of voice) and 55% comes down to your body language.

Four Motivation Mistakes Most Leaders Make

Harvard Business Review

Irrationality is a basic part of being human. A classic example is buying something we would never otherwise have spent money on — and will never use — simply because it's a great deal. So when it comes to motivating employees to change, it should be no surprise that leaders who rely on rationality typically spend time and energy on the wrong things, send messages that miss the mark, and create frustrating unintended consequences. Yet most do it anyhow.

Leading Change – LeadershipChat October 18, 2011

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development [link] Tomorrow night, I’m the guest of Lisa Petrilli (LCG, LinkedIn, @LisaPetrilli) and Steve Woodruff (@swoodruff) for LeadershipChat. Check out this great post as an intro to the discussion. Then, join us Tuesday, October 18 at 8 PM ET by going to Twitter and following the hashtag #LeadershipChat on Twitter or on Tweetchat. We’ll be “discussing” [.] Leading Change – LeadershipChat October 18, 2011.

Invest in Communities to Advance Capitalism

Harvard Business Review

This blog post is part of the HBR Online Forum The CEO's Role in Fixing the System. I have long believed that innovation is not just about creating new products or services; it's also about rethinking the very nature of an organization's relationships. Businesses have seen this unfold on at least two fronts during the past 20 years.

Where to go to get new ideas? Try #ignite

Jason Womack

I was invited to submit a proposal to speak at #IgniteNYC (I was not selected this year). I got my ticket, called my friends and showed up at the Sheraton ready to engage. If you're not familiar with Ignite, Google it.

The Fatal Flaw with 360 Surveys

Harvard Business Review

I should love 360 degree surveys. I really should. After all, my research, and that of many others, reveals that the best managers and leaders are aware of their strengths and weaknesses, and have taken steps to capitalize on the former and neutralize the latter. And the ubiquitous 360 degree survey — our reality check of last resort — can be a powerful tool for increasing this self-awareness.

StrategyDriven Editorial Perspective – Socialization of Medical Care

Strategy Driven

The socialization of medicine is not a new discussion. Indeed, government involvement in healthcare has increased for decades. Regardless of the noble intentions of those desiring ‘healthcare for all,’ economics reveals that in the end everyone suffers.

Where No Child Left Behind Went Wrong

Harvard Business Review

Recently President Obama started talking about the first substantive changes to the No Child Left Behind Act in its 10-year history. He argued that while the goal of closing the achievement gap between students of different ethnicities and income levels is a laudatory one, the levers and incentives that the program has in place are not working. I couldn't agree more, but I still have a fundamental disagreement with the narrow focus of No Child Left Behind.

Real people

Managing Leadership

The purpose of this current discussion is to identify the key and fundamental problems with the notion of individual leadership in modern organizations as it is professed and propounded by the modern leadership movement (MLM); to outline the case against this misguided concept. Many of these have been addressed to one extent or another, as well, in other discussions on these pages. But today’s subject is one that belongs firmly in our current topic.

The Six Attitudes Leaders Take Towards Social Media

Harvard Business Review

Slowly but surely, business leaders are shifting their attitude toward social media — from seeing it as a threat to discovering its very real opportunities. And their attitude matters, a lot. Social media is about people, not technology. Its business value does not come from social software or a snazzy website, even one with 800 million users.