Mon.Oct 31, 2011

Should Leaders Bring Feelings and Passion to Work?

C-Level Strategies

There are probably as many ways to answer this question as there are professionals on this planet.

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The Four Leadership Lessons of Halloween

Kevin Eikenberry

Tom woke up Halloween morning and mentally previewed the day ahead. He didn’t have to think much to know it was going to be a long one. A full day of leadership training followed immediately by the costume party his wife was dragging him to. The only good thing about the day that he could [.]. Innovation Leadership Learning engagement fun Halloween

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The Encouragement Folder: Every Leader Needs One

Ron Edmondson

I have a special folder… It’s where I keep the notes of encouragement… The emails you get that are extremely positive…. The cards that came in the mail…. The ones that say you’ve done something right…. The ones that say you know what you are doing….

You can’t manage time, so manage your priorities

Tony Mayo

The most valuable time management skill is recognizing the important tasks and ignoring the rest. I first observed it early in my consulting career, at Arthur Andersen & Co in New York, after a meeting with my manager and our client, the Vice President of a large energy company. After the client left, my manager [.]. For Executives Goal Setting Time Management

Great by Choice

Kevin Eikenberry

Today’s Resource Recommendation is Great by Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen If you have read Jim’s previous mega-bestsellers, Built to Last and Good to Great, you know the formula. If haven’t, know that the premise for this book was reached through extensive research. The research in this book is so extensive (a [.]. Books Leadership Learning Success

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Parenthood, Leadership and Being On Stage

Next Level Blog

Leaders – whether they’re leading at home or in the workplace – are always on stage. Whether they know it or not; whether they like it or not, people are watching and taking their cues from what they. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Books Current Affairs Leadership ACS Apple Big Footprint leadership Lynn Blodgett On Stage Steve Jobs

Women Wearing the Pants and Taking Over [Infographic]

Women on Business

Women might not get equal pay or equal leadership roles, but they’re making strides in other areas. A new infographic from (via ) offers a great visual representation of how women’s roles have changed in recent years.

The Power of LEO and BEG for Candy

CEO Blog

I read a great book with an acronym in the title. The Power of LEO - The Revolutionary Process for Achieving Extraordinary Results by Subhir Chowdbury. From the publishers web site: L is for Listen. Observe and Understand – To obtain a deep understanding of the issue at hand, assumptions must be put aside and interaction with all relevant parties – including customers, suppliers, and employees – is critical. You must get up close and personal and go to the source,” explains Chowdhury.

The Decision to Trust: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Decision to Trust: How LEADERS Creat High-Trust Organizations Robert F. Hurley Jossey-Bass/A Wiley Imprint (2012) How and why in most (if not all) workplaces, everything of value starts with trust and stops without it. Obviously, a decision to trust anyone and anything is based on factors that vary from one person to another, from [.].

LeadershipNow 140: October 2011 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from October 2011 that you might have missed: @mikemyatt: The biggest leadership blind-spot and what to do about it: Leadership & The Expectation Gap. RonEdmondson: The Encouragement Folder : Every Leader Needs One.

Embracing the Joys of Fear and Pain

Leadership Freak

Fear and pain motivate you to stop, run, avoid, or stubbornly dig in. They don’t move you forward, they move you away. Fear and pain may, however, ignite passion to change. Politicians create fear that galvanize constituents around a cause and garners votes. The problem, fear only works for the short-term. It creates a huddling [.]. Courage Fear Leading Motivation Growth

Does your calendar reflect your values?


Scheduling Your Values. As you go about your day, ticking off items on your to-do list, you may feel a rush of accomplishment and pride. But how long does that feeling last? Does your level of satisfaction and fulfillment reset the next day?

Two Simple Yet Rarely Practiced Secrets of Managing a Service Business

Utpal Writes

It is simple like hell. Care about details. At least don’t deliver bad experience. Amazing thing is how little attention is paid to these two, how often we encounter service businesses who just don’t get it. You can easily find a web hosting provider who guarantees 99.99% site uptime and you’ll find at least two instances in a month where your website is not functional. On asking the hosting support, the answer would be something like this: because of some blah blah blah, it is not up.

Leadership Quality #3 - Have a Purpose

My Own Coach

What is your purpose, your mission? Great leaders know where they want to take their followers. They have a clearly defined sense of purpose and direction, and they share it. How has your mission been put into words? Often, the simpler the mission is defined, the better!

Points to Ponder on Being an Acorn or Decaying Sheep

The Practical Leader

This month’s November illustration shows pigs feeding on an autumn harvest of acorns. This medieval European scene continues today in large oak groves of Spain and Portugal. A 14th century English proverb states, November , from the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry.

On Leading Yourself: Mastering Your Time

Linked 2 Leadership

One of the biggest killers of time these days is the stream of e-mails that continue to bombard our inbox. Some of this avalanche of information is important, some interesting, but most is simply a lot of junk. Many people see e-mails as so important that they need to reply the second they pop into [.]. Coaching Corner Mastering your time Time Management Will Live Tweet Stevie Awards for Women in Business Ceremony

Women on Business

Want to get inspired by successful women in business? Follow on Twitter, @womenonbusiness , and tune in to the Live Tweet of the 2011 Stevie Awards for Women in Business awards ceremony. The ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m.

13 Frightening Faces of Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Change Management Leadership Development Self Leadership Have you stocked up on garlic and holy water? Is there plenty of candy prepared by your door? Got the tune of Michael Jackson’s, ‘Thriller‘ stuck in your head? It’s All-Hallow’s Eve and the ghosts and goblins will be out in force tonight! I love Halloween. It’s an evening of contradictions. Tricksters are encouraged to [.] 13 Frightening Faces of Leadership.

What demotivates employees

Chartered Management Institute

In this three minute video Jim Collins — the author of the legendary Good to Great and co-author of the new and equally compelling Great by Choice– has an insightful 3-minute Big Think video describing three ways organizations demotivate their employees. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Leadership Caffeine-If You Want to Be a Critic, Go Watch a Movie

Management Excellence

The Leader as Critic is one of the most toxic, idea-crushing characters you’ll ever find in the workplace. This individual mistakenly assumes that title confers a License to Kill (perceived bad ideas) and he/she takes pride in shooting down ideas to protect people and teams from themselves. Here are ideas to help you recognize whether you are the critic. And if you work for one, here are some coping strategies. Dealing with Difficult People Leadership Caffeine Critics in the Workplace

A LEAP Letter to the Coach

Steve Farber

A little birdie just forwarded this essay to me. (It It helps to know lots of birdies that LEAP –I get some great intel as a result). If you don’t know the name, Mark Tremayne, read this previous post first and then check out the following college application essay from Hilliard Darby High School student and track team member, Sean Newman. Witness the building of a legacy: How Mark Tremayne Has Impacted Me.

For Tonight's Sing-Along


All the lyrics you need are here


StrategyDriven Editorial Perspective – No Free Lunch

Strategy Driven

There exists a pervasive and ongoing belief among many that government has the power to eliminate hardship and create prosperity for everyone. Nothing, of course, could be farther from the truth. You don’t make the poor richer by making the rich poorer.”

Cool and the Corporation

Harvard Business Review

The 2012 Beetle ad is a charmer. A guy driving a Beetle discovers that everyone who sees him wants to slap hands or punch fists. A new variation on the "punch buggy" is born. Our driver slaps hands with a truck driver, a construction worker, a policeman, and a dog. Then a pack of cyclists show up. The slapping continues. The Beetle passes a mural (pictured) at one point. This features a young African American woman. She is laughing and clapping. It's a great piece of graffiti.

Halloween Special


The trailer for " The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari." [I I saw this for the first time while a member of a film society in college. It was stunning

Meetings Don’t Have to Suck by Susan Mazza

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Workplace Issues [link] Susan Mazza (@SusanMazza, web) posted some great meeting tips over at Random Acts of Leadership Sunday. In her post titled Meetings Don’t Have to Suck, she offered 3 keys to help you get the most out of any meeting. Of interest: #3 is a reminder to only speak if what you’re going to say will [.] Meetings Don’t Have to Suck by Susan Mazza. Workplace Issues blogs meetings Random Acts of Leadership

Microsoft: A Glimpse Ahead


Cultural Offering has an impressive video of Microsoft's vision of the future. Absolutely fantastic and yet doable, assuming we don't spend ourselves into oblivion or get blown up by religious fanatics

Case Study: Play it Safe at Home, or Take a Risk Abroad?

Harvard Business Review

Editors' Note: This fictionalized case study will appear in a forthcoming issue of Harvard Business Review, along with commentary from experts and readers. If you'd like your comment to be considered for publication, please be sure to include your full name, company or university affiliation, and email address. Stan Windham walked into the newest Coe's store in South Tucson. As CEO of the lease-to-own chain, he was eager to see how his 1,000th location was performing.

Entertainment Break


The trailer for " Restoration


Kim Kardashian - Her Made-For-Reality-TV Life

Building Personal Strength

Kim Kardashian NBA player Kris Humphries' wife Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce. You may have read the report. On the other hand, maybe you didn't.

The British Resistance


These concealed bunkers, or Operational Bases (OBs), were dug out by Auxiliary Unit members, or in some cases created by the Royal Engineers. Accessed via a camouflaged entrance, they generally consisted of a corrugated-iron main chamber fitted out with bunks, a cooking stove and provisions to sustain a patrol for up to a month, as well as a smaller secondary chamber and an emergency escape tunnel.

Two Takes On The Importance Of Jobs

Bird's Eye View

There appear to be two topics on which everyone has an opinion: Jobs. And jobs. There are those still deconstructing the life of Steve Jobs--"Big J"--, responding to the revelations of Walter Isaacson 's new biography on him, and musing over whether or not Apple can continue its innovative streak. Then there are those who are most concerned with the "little j" jobs, namely employment or the lack thereof in the United States and elsewhere in the world.

Political Films


The trailers for: " The Ides of March " " The Last Hurrah " " Dave " " Julius Caesar " " 1984 " " Primary Colors " " Mr. Smith Goes to Washington " " The Candidate

October 2011 Top 50 Leadership Experts to Follow on Twitter

Rapid BI

Evan Carmichaels’ October 2011 Top 50 Leadership Experts to Follow on Twitter Evey month Evan Carmichael publishes a number of top 50 blogs or tweeters to follow. link] #1) @richardbranson – richardbranson – Founder of Virgin Group:@virgin #2) @HarvardBiz – Harvard Biz Review – The latest Harvard Business Review blog posts, Management Tips of [.]. Management top 50 twitter