Mon.Nov 28, 2011

Leadership & Curiosity

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Have you ever noticed how the best leaders also tend to be the most curious leaders? Great leaders simply aren’t satisfied with what they know.

Make Way for Introverts in Business and Leadership!

C-Level Strategies

I’m an introvert – and a very proud one at that – who has spent her entire career in the world of business and leadership.

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7 Attributes of a Maturing Leader

Ron Edmondson

I frequently say to our church that I’m less interested in where a person has been and more interested in where they are going. I would make that statement about leadership also. The best leaders I know don’t have all the answers. They haven’t got everything figured out yet.

As the Holidays Approach: How to Avoid Holiday-itis

Kevin Eikenberry

You may not even be aware of the newest quasi-medical malady facing people around the globe. It hits about the first of December each year and impacts people’s attitudes, energy, and productivity for approximately four weeks. Like any other malady, the first step in treatment is diagnosis. I’m sharing the diagnosis and subsequent treatment plan [.]. Leadership Learning Personal Development Christmas Holidays New Year’s Day productivity time management

A Challenge for Leaders

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Coaching Leadership Development “Despite the economic recession, more employees are looking for opportunities outside of their organization than in 2008, suggesting that 2011 will be a challenging year for retention (and a hot market for firms to attract top talent).” ” Blessing White, 2011 Employee Engagement Report What is happening? While salaries are an important component to work and [.].

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How well does your corporate swag promote you?

Chartered Management Institute

There was much hubub in the office this afternoon when a piece of promotional goodness arrived for us. Turns out it was a CMI branded skipping rope. Not just any kind of skipping rope, but a skipping rope that actually counts how many skips you manage to achieve before you fall flat on your face. Impressive stuff I'm sure you'll agree. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

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Four Ways to Build Your Willpower

Next Level Blog

It’s Monday morning, so it’s time for me to write a blog post. If you’re a regular reader, you may have noticed that I typically post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Unless I’m on vacation, it’s. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Personal Presence distractions focus willpower

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Women, Food, and Being GUTSY

Women on Business

This is the perfe ct time of year, when food is front and center in our minds, to honor a woman who has been in the food services industry for several decades. Yet, it’s not about her relationship with food that we’ll discuss; it’s about her relationship with women.

How Does the Relevancy of your work, affect Productivity?

Create Learning

Your work and life are consistently driven by goals. What you find relevant about those goals you do more of. As a manager determining and being purposeful about delegating task that subordinates find relevant that are in-line with their values will achieve great work.

There is No One Path to Successful Online Community Management (and the Importance of Listening)

Managing Communities

photo credit: Roy Montgomery When you have a unique level of experience in a certain area, have written a book about it, author a blog on it, speak about it at conferences and events and regularly offer thoughts on the topic on other platforms, often when asked, there’s a lot of good. But, there are [.]. Managing the Community Thinking

15 reasons I will unfollow you on twitter

Rapid BI

Reasons I will unfollow you on twitter Following a post on connecting or more accurately not connecting on LinkedIn a few weeks ago, this prompted me to write a short series on other social networking tools. Please read this in the context of how and why I use Twitter. My/ our context for Twitter For me and [.]. Management LinkedIn social media twitter unfollow

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When they won't comply - rejoice! #Management

Management Craft

The title of this post is a bit odd, I know, but stick with me here. I was working with a client on a talent assessment. As part of the assessment, I met with each of the senior leaders one-on-one to discuss their team members. I had done this with the same client two years earlier and I sent out clear instructions and forms ahead of time. Two of the executives decided to do things a different way.

Why Training is so essential in Thailand

Talent Technologies

Training management and staff in Thailand is seen by some companies as a ‘nice to have’ or, worse still, a lower priority item when companies complete their annual plans.

how by Seidman – Calling for A Return to Values, and Responsibility

First Friday Book Synopsis

Gene Siskel used to say his favorite movies were about what people actually do all day. That’s what “Secretariat” is. It pays us the compliment of really caring about thoroughbred racing. In a low-key way, it conveys an enormous amount of information. And it creates characters who, because of spot-on casting, are vivid, human and [.]. Randy's blog entries apology Dov Seidman Gene Siskel HOW Roger Ebert Secretariat

Leadership Caffeine: The Critical Importance of Cultivating your Cultural Intelligence

Management Excellence

Leadership Caffeine: The Critical Importance of Cultivating your Cultural Intelligence. Note from Art: this is the first of a series of Leadership Caffeine posts encouraging your development of the critical skills required for success in today's world. Leadership Leadership Caffeine Leadership Skills Cultural IQ Leaders and Diversity

Maybe We Have Enough Good Entrepreneurs Without Enough Good Managers

First Friday Book Synopsis

Get things done. Through others. Get folks organized — effectively. This is the essence of leadership. A good worker gets things done. A good leader gets things done through others. And that kind of leadership requires some pretty good managerial skills. There are people who are idea generators. There are people who are almost natural [.]. Randy's blog entries Uncategorized Esher Dyson The Real Job Creators: America should glorify entrepreneurs less and managers more

Don’t Let 2012 Just Happen: One Way to Be More Efficient

Ron Edmondson

If you follow this blog regularly, then you know I have a goal to help leaders, especially church leaders, be more effective in their work. That’s why I asked for a guest blog post from my friend Jesse Phillips , former Web Content Manager for Catalyst.

Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmmm on…”Great by Choice”

The Practical Leader

Selections from Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck — Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins and Morten Hansen: “We cannot predict the future.

Two Weird Ideas That Work


Stanford professor (and LeaderLab guest) Bob Sutton illustrates wo examples from his book Weird Ideas That Work. Sutton encourages individuals to ignore superiors and peers, and suggests trying to learn from people who have solved the same problems you face. Featured Creativity innovation sutton

Guidelines For Gratitude

Steve Farber

This is a good time of year to remind yourself of the people you’re grateful for, and then let them know by writing (and delivering) a “Professional Love Note.” ” Don’t be surprised if it ends up being the most meaningful gift you give this year. To get you started, try these guidelines (from The Radical Leap Re-Energized ): Think of a specific person at work. List that person’s finest qualities or greatest achievements.

The Aging Christopher Walken - His Greatest Performances

Building Personal Strength

Christopher Walken (2008) There are certain actors who are so consistently excellent that I'll watch any movie they star in. Christopher Walken is one of these. My favorite Walken classics are "Deer Hunter" and "Pulp Fiction." You don't remember his cameo role in "Pulp Fiction"? Check it out.

On Faux Leadership: Inflation and Recession of Leadership Capacities

Linked 2 Leadership

Recession means decrease of economic GROWTH. We’ve got ‘less more’ money than before. And this supposedly is the wicked monster that leaves behind a trail of bankrupt individuals, organizations, and even countries. This is why we cry, mourn and lick our wounds. This is why we complain, protest and hold the political and financial ‘leaders’ [.]. Future Leadership Issues Leading & Developing Other Leaders Leading Change Professional Development Authenticity leadership Leadingship recession

Two Weird Ideas That Work


Stanford professor (and LDRLB guest) Bob Sutton illustrates wo examples from his book Weird Ideas That Work. Sutton encourages individuals to ignore superiors and peers, and suggests trying to learn from people who have solved the same problems you face. Innovation creativity innovation sutton

Why Women Leaders Need Self-Confidence

Harvard Business Review

On January 1, Virginia Rometty will become the first female CEO of International Business Machines Corp. Articles about her have lauded her ability to blend enthusiasm, charisma, clear communication, strategic thinking, and "cool-minded" decision making. But one New York Times story placed the emphasis on the role self-confidence may have played into her success: Early in her career, Virginia M. Rometty, I.B.M.'s

The Knight of the Flowers


Art Contrarian looks at the painting by Georges Antoine Rochegrosse


Forgiving Makes You More Important

Harvard Business Review

Honestly, you'd like to beat the other person over the head with your briefcase. Possibly, you walk out with a sliver of dignity, promising yourself you will never put up with that sort of abuse again. Actually, you force a smile, avoid eye contact and tell the client, through gritted teeth, that you look forward to getting their feedback.



You can find smug attitudes in a variety of places. No workplace, department or job title is immune. I've encountered blue collar shops that are as smug as any executive suite and sales clerks who could rival a freshly-minted MBA grad in the Smugness Sweepstakes. Where are we screwing up?"

Congratulations to Marshall Goldsmith

Chartered Management Institute

Marshall Goldsmith Named Winner of the 2011 Thinkers50 Leadership Award. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

You Unsociable Genius You


This may explain the moat near my front door: Rajesh Setty on why many smart people are not social


The Idealistic Realistic: What Really Helped Elevate Campbell Soup Company

Harvard Business Review

Perhaps you've heard the story. When I stepped in to run the Campbell Soup Company in 2001, the environment at Campbell was hugely challenging. We'd lost half of our market value in just one year. We were at a strategic crossroads for our shareholders. Employee engagement had plummeted to an all-time low and some our best people were hanging on by a thread.

Close to the Truth


Don't miss this item at Anderson Layman's Blog on coming full circle

Lead with Joy and Humor!

From the Principal's Pen

Last week, after a year and a half, I saw my parents on a visit to India. Minutes after my dad showed up, he was ready to share his latest joke — or Kadi as those who speak Tamil call it. I’m not quite sure how to describe a Kadi but I’ll take a shot at it (with apologies to those who may disagree).

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If you know someone who, ahem, needs some gentle advice on how to be more diplomatic, All I Said Was. What Every Supervisor, Employee, and Team Member Should Know to Avoid Insults, Lawsuits, and the Six O'Clock News is now at a bargain price in its Kindle version. It will probably remain so until I figure out how to inject some vampire romance into the chapters

Are Targeted Ads Worth the Privacy Price?

Harvard Business Review

This blog post is part of the HBR Online Forum The Future of Retail. Is the entire marketing profession headed in the wrong direction? My article (co-authored with Leandro Dalle Mule and John Lucker) in HBR's December-issue spotlight on retailing deals with one tenet of marketing orthodoxy — that customers will respond well to targeted "next best offers" (NBOs).