Sun.Oct 23, 2011

(Why All Leaders Need To Be) The Three-Headed Monster

Terry Starbucker

As Halloween approaches, I’ve been thinking about monsters lately. Leadership monsters.

Trouble Communicating? Try Writing a Letter

Ron Edmondson

(I posted this several years ago. It remains one post that I’ve printed more than any other to give to individuals I meet with in my office. I decided it was worth sharing again.). I want to encourage you to write a letter today (if needed).

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The Constraints of Passion

LeadStrategic

The sparkle in the eyes , the energy, the willingness to go the extra mile, the exposing of one's soul to the critique of the world, all of these are characteristics of a leader with passion. We've all been moved by such leaders to accomplish higher goals.

The Essence of Strategy | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

I've always loved strategy. Maybe it's because I grew up playing chess; maybe it's because I can be stubborn. Luckily, good strategists are also stubborn. They have to be, because in today's light-speed business world, most

Reluctant Leadership

Coaching Tip

It should come as no surprise that statistically most of us are not born leaders. Though running a business or managing a department, does force the issue, creating unwitting, unprepared and usually poor leaders of many of us. . Being a leader is tantamount to being a risk taker, which is essentially the same thing as being an entrepreneur.

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Opening new worlds, one connection at a time

Rajesh Setty

When you reflect back at your own life, you will notice that most big shifts in your life occurred because of someone. That someone opened a new world for you when you came in contact with them. I am sure you have thanked them. I also hope that you thanked those that made that connection happen.

Mind Your Memes

Business Learning Coach

By Jim Grinnell, Ph.D In 1976 Biologist Richard Dawkins likened the proliferation of cultural symbols, ideas, and behaviors to the biological process through which genetic coding is passed across generations. Dawkins called these units of cultural information memes (pronounced similarly to genes).

Are you in the wrong house of worship?

CO2

The first couple of meetings we have together, clients often want to vent about their organization. Each time it has a slightly different flavor, but the commonality is striking. So many of them struggle with the cultural fit. When I was younger, I went to synagogue because I was asked and expected to. It wasn’t a good cultural fit. The level of bitterness I experienced as a child around my Jewish upbringing would sound to you like a diatribe from a Woody Allen movie.

Small is powerful

Chartered Management Institute

Bonuses. Award schemes. The office Christmas party: Almost every organisation has at least one of these sweeteners to recognise good work and break up the monotony of the day-to-day grind. Requiring organisation and a dedicated portion of the budget, managers would be forgiven for thinking that these efforts alone tell employers that they are recognised and appreciated. Yet, as in romance, it is the little things that count. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Seeing is Achieving

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Today’s post is a guest post by Mark Goulston, M.D. This article first appeared in the Los Angeles Times, distributed by Tribune Media Services. Dr. Goulston is a business psychiatrist, executive coach and author of Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone.

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Art’s Weekly Leadership Message: Step Up to Cure Effective Dialogue Deficit Disorder

Management Excellence

The medical community and drug companies have their ED malady and cure, but too many management and project teams suffer from their own form of ED…with two more D’s…EDDD… Effective Dialogue Deficit Disorder. It’s not that people aren’t talking. There’s no deficit of hot air swirling around most meeting rooms. The issue is all about the quality of the dialogue.

The one thing I'd do, if I were you.

Jason Womack

Start your day, every day, by thinking a little bit bigger. Not life-altering "shoulds" - just little chunks of information that could slowly shift your perspective away from the (as Ben Zander says) "negative spiral." I do this by watching a TED talk, most every morning.

Complimentary Resource – Take the Small Business Performance Review Process from Painful to Productive

Strategy Driven

Take the Small Business Performance Review Process from Painful to Productive by SuccessFactors Learn the “insider’s secret” of automating goal-setting and performance reviews to drive and sustain productivity and engagement.

A Sign for Your Desk

Execupundit

Please Give Me Your Third Paragraph First

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Selina Lo (Ruckus Wireless) in “The Corner Office”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Adam Bryant conducts interviews of senior-level executives that appear in his “Corner Office” column each week in the SundayBusiness section of The New York Times. Here are a few insights provided during an interview of Selina Lo, president and chief executive of Ruckus Wireless. To read the complete interview as well as Bryant’s interviews of [.].

Weekend Treat

Execupundit

The trailer for " Wonder Boys." My favorite line from the film is when the literary agent (played by Robert Downey Jr.) mentions that his job is in danger because management has adopted a new paradigm. Michael Douglas asks "What's that?" and Downey replies, "Competence

Want to be what you think you might have been?

Self Help Zen

“But the company I work with doesn’t allow me to become what I might have been,” you might argue. No point pointing figures to anyone else. You make your choices, softer or harder. Only you are responsible for it. You’ are your environment, or at least a major building block of it. The policies you follow guide your processes. The colleagues you associate with and conversations you go through become important perspectives for actions you take at your workplace.

Want to be what you think you might have been?

Utpal Writes

“But the company I work with doesn’t allow me to become what I might have been,” you might argue. No point pointing figures to anyone else. You make your choices, softer or harder. Only you are responsible for it. You’ are your environment, or at least a major building block of it. The policies you follow guide your processes. The colleagues you associate with and conversations you go through become important perspectives for actions you take at your workplace.

Want to be what you think you might have been?

Self Help Zen

“But the company I work with doesn’t allow me to become what I might have been,” you might argue. No point pointing figures to anyone else. You make your choices, softer or harder. Only you are responsible for it. You’ are your environment, or at least a major building block of it. The policies you follow guide your processes. The colleagues you associate with and conversations you go through become important perspectives for actions you take at your workplace.

Four Presidential Candidates Claim They Are Called by God to Run

Building Personal Strength

Frequently in stories about Texas governor Rick Perry, I read quotes from him or his wife saying that God has called Perry to run for president. I'm afraid when I hear about something as striking as that, I don't just have another sip of coffee and mumble to myself, "Oh, that's interesting."