Tue.Nov 08, 2011

7 Popular Myths about Leadership

Ron Edmondson

One thing I learned in obtaining a master’s in leadership is that defining leadership is difficult. John Maxwell says, “Leadership is influence.” ” I love that simple definition. Still, I have observed that there are many myths when it comes to even what that means. Here are some 7 of my favorite myths about leadership: A position makes one a leader – Some believe that simply having a big or fancy title makes one a leader. Not true.

A Great by Choice Glossary

First Friday Book Synopsis

Last Friday, I presented my synopsis of the new Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen book, Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All. It is a great addition to the Jim Collins canon. Jim Collins is a vocabulary creator. In his earlier books, he introduced hedgehog circles, and Level [.]. Randy's blog entries 10Xers Business Glossary Great by Choice Jim Collins Morten Hansen

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Stop Criticizing Other People

Your Voice of Encouragement

Steven Pressfield’s brilliant book about overcoming resistance, The War of Art , contains this profound piece of wisdom about criticism: "Individuals who are realized in their own lives almost never criticize others. If they speak at all, it is to offer encouragement."

Social Mood and Presidential Leadership

Coaching Tip

Don't blame Martin Van Buren for America's first deflationary depression. Social mood rode higher in the saddle than did our 8th President, who only stood 5' 6".

“Can You Help Me Soften The Tone In My E-Mails – Without Sacrificing Efficiency?”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Randy, what tips do you have for softening the tone in my e-mails without sacrificing efficiency? I find anything other than direct annoying, so I’m really at a loss. This was the question sent by a person in a professional, high-stress, fully-packed, heavily-scheduled job. It is an understandable question. On the one hand, you want [.]. Randy's blog entries e-mails efficiency relational communication

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10 Tips to Create Engaging Presentations

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Good leadership is dependent on good communication. While someone might feel perfectly at ease speaking to a room full of people, his or her presentation skills are what really distinguish a good leader. We all know the feeling of sitting through a long and dull presentation: our attention and interest for the subject matter get [.] 10 Tips to Create Engaging Presentations.

Delivering an Effective Performance Review

First Friday Book Synopsis

There are two business topics that seem to bring out the best and (yes) the worst in executives: 360º feedback and performance reviews. Here is an excerpt from an article written by Rebecca Knight for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for [.]. Bob's blog entries “Principles to Remember” Delivering an Effective Performance Review Dick Grote Harvard Business Review blog.

Top Leadership Blog Posts

Michael Lee Stallard

Dan McCarthy posted a collection of top blog posts on leadership that included a post I wrote.

A Leader’s Boss: The Key to Success

Linked 2 Leadership

Everyone has a boss. Even the CEO answers to the Board of Directors. The BOD answers to the employees and shareholders. In the workplace, one’s boss can be a key ingredient the performance of a leader and their team. We’ve all heard this phrase: “A leader is only as good as the people who work for [.].

Living Forward

LeadStrategic

The Southwest and Native American décor greeted my eye. I knew my long journey from Asia was over. I was back in the American Southwest. Home of Native American art, cactuses, rattle snakes, cowboys, lizards, desert, and low humidity!

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How Wall Street Behaves Like a Toddler

Modern Servant Leader

I love my toddler son, but he has a lot to learn. I love Wall Street too, but it also has a lot to learn. This analogy occurred to me while dealing with one of my son’s tantrums – our venerable icon of American capitalism often behaves like our toddlers. Some examples: I want candy!

You Can Learn Even from a Funny SMS You Get

Self Help Zen

Just now got a funny text message: Most Insulting Line Ever Said to Google: “Dear Google, Can you just allow me to write my whole sentence before you start guessing? Best regards, A poor poweruser.” ” The text might sound funny but there’s an important lesson to learn. It’s easy to find people who start interrupting while you’re speaking. It’s easy to guess. It’s easy to interrupt.

Management Problems are Solved Through Goal Setting

Create Learning

With a specific Goal – defined as a what by when. Work Gets Done. Goals define Values. Goals define Motivation. Goals define What Gets Done. When goals are set organizationally and personally you must decide and define the problem being faced, No problems = No Goals.

Leading like La Russa

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an excellent article written by James Quigley and featured (on October 19, 2011) in The Washington Post’s “On Leadership” roundtable on the best managers in baseball today. To read the complete article and check out others, please click here. * * * This piece is part of an On Leadership [.].

The most expensive call he ever took

The Organized Executive's Blog

We drove onto the lot ready to buy a car. So why did we drive off without one? Soon after we sat down to negotiate the deal, the salesman took a personal call and started chatting with his buddy. My husband and I stood up and walked away. I know you’d like to believe that the people you hire already know some basics about how to behave in the business world. That’s a dangerous assumption. Just this summer I received an email from a customer service representative written in ALL CAPS.

Miscellaneous and Fast

Execupundit

Wally Bock on doing a fraction of the job. Tanmay Vora on the importance of Know Why. FutureLawyer points to a service for speedy bar exam results. Gloomy : The job market for lawyers. Stanley Bing on the BlackBerry versus the iPhone. Fashion : A great shirt for the gym. Supermodels : Then and now

Corporate Cultures – Individual Initiated, Rules and Standards Controlled Environment

Strategy Driven

The Individual Initiated, Knowledge and Skills Controlled Environment represents a culture that is moving toward greater consistency in action if not action initiation. These organizations are still largely guided by local controls and individual contributors and lack the more rigorous oversight and activity reinforcement realized in supervisory and leader led companies.

Quote of the Day

Execupundit

We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are. - Max De Pree

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Ten Places Where Management Teams Misstep on Strategy

Management Excellence

Strategy…the discussions…the decisions and of course, the execution, is hard work filled with ample opportunities to misstep. From revisiting and updating the underlying assumptions about your business, markets and competitors, to the vexing issues of deciding what to do and what not to do, it’s no surprise that many management teams avoid this work and focus more on incremental operations planning and improvement.

Book Review: Lead With Purpose

Eric Jacobson

“Purpose is the why behind everything within an organization,” says author John Baldoni, of the new book, Lead With Purpose. It hits the brick and mortar and online book stores this week.

You Can Learn Even from a Funny SMS You Get

Utpal Writes

Just now got a funny text message: Most Insulting Line Ever Said to Google: “Dear Google, Can you just allow me to write my whole sentence before you start guessing? Best regards, A poor poweruser.” ” The text might sound funny but there’s an important lesson to learn. It’s easy to find people who start interrupting while you’re speaking. It’s easy to guess. It’s easy to interrupt.

Book Review: The Executive Guide to Integrated Talent Management

LDRLB

I love materials that appeal to the scholarly-practitioner – anything steeped in research or fresh from the mouth of a subject-matter expert and written focused on people who DO instead of people who STUDY people who do. This is why I a fan of the new book The Executive Guide to Integrated Talent Management. You may remember Kevin Oakes from the LDRLB Podcast. Kevin is our guest this month precisely because I enjoyed his new book.

Screw buy-in… start a grassroots revolution instead

Roundtable Talk

Why Inspiration Matters

Harvard Business Review

" When your Daemon is in charge, do not try to think consciously. Drift, wait, and obey. " — Rudyard Kipling. In a culture obsessed with measuring talent and ability, we often overlook the important role of inspiration. Inspiration awakens us to new possibilities by allowing us to transcend our ordinary experiences and limitations. Inspiration propels a person from apathy to possibility, and transforms the way we perceive our own capabilities.

Using a high anchor point in your negotiations

Chartered Management Institute

Back in August I posted up some tips on how to successfully negotiate your salary. Number 2 on the list was to make the first move by naming your expected salary. The belief behind this is that it sets a psychological anchor point that then draws further negotiations towards it. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Doing Time

Execupundit

What you find if you search an Apaculco prison

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Act Like You Mean Business Review

CEO Blog

A book review : "I'm Helping Build a Cathedral" I read an entertaining and useful book over the weekend on communicating - Act like You Mean Business - Essential Communication Lessons from Stage and Screen by Rob Biensenbach. The author is an actor turned communications strategist. Where these two roads of his life intersect, he's written a book in which he creatively applies techniques from the theater to communicating off stage.

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The Horror! The Horror!

Execupundit

A governor calls a Christmas tree a Christmas tree

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How to Job Hunt With a Strike Against You

Harvard Business Review

On May 28, 2011, the Boston Globe reported that Carney Hospital President Bill Walczak fired its entire staff of 29 health care delivery employees from a 14-bed locked unit for troubled teens. It appears that the hospital had violated patient safety in serious ways. Not all 29 employees were identified as having performed poorly. The president believed, however, that it was in the hospital's best interest to staff the unit from ground zero.

First Paragraph

Execupundit

I once asked a mother on food stamps what she would do without them. I'd get a husband," she replied matter-of-factly. Here was news, I thought - a tantalizing bit of evidence of welfare's corrosive effect on the inner-city family. But when I recounted this exchange in an article for one of the nation's most influential newspapers, the editor ordered me to leave it out. Quoting it, he said, would "stigmatize the poor." - From The Burden of Bad Ideas by Heather Mac Donald

Managing Former Peers

Harvard Business Review

Sometimes a promotion can suddenly change your relationship with co-workers from "peer" to "boss." It's not an uncommon scenario , particularly in companies with strong succession plans. However when this happens it often creates an awkward and uncomfortable set of dynamics, and there's no blueprint for how to manage them. Here's an example*: Peter was the divisional CFO for the consumer unit of a global products company.

Entertainment Break

Execupundit

The trailers for: " Mister Johnson " " The Hurt Locker " " The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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Book Review: The Executive Guide to Integrated Talent Management

LDRLB

I love materials that appeal to the scholarly-practitioner – anything steeped in research or fresh from the mouth of a subject-matter expert and written focused on people who DO instead of people who STUDY people who do. This is why I a fan of the new book The Executive Guide to Integrated Talent Management. You may remember Kevin Oakes from the LeaderLab podcast. Kevin is our guest this month precisely because I enjoyed his new book.

Eclecticity's Office

Execupundit

I've made the door

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