Mon.Dec 05, 2011

Why the Best Leaders Do the Dirty Work

Kevin Eikenberry

Some people think that once they ascend to a leadership role (or to a certain level of leadership) that they are immune from doing “real work” anymore. And even if you don’t feel that way, if you spend a little time as a fly on the wall with groups of front line employees, you will [.]. Leadership Learning engagement

What Leadership of the Future Will Look Like

C-Level Strategies

You may call me an optimist, but when I give serious thought to what leadership will look like in the future I see a world full of people leading from within , for the higher good of themselves, each other, and the world at large.

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What If You Changed and No One Noticed?

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Have you ever tried changing a behavior and no one noticed you were different? It’s not uncommon. Jim was a “hands-on boss.” ” He had high standards and his team performed well.

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Leaders are like Golfers

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Will Lukang, PMP, CSM, CLDC As I was following the Presidents Cup over the weekend, it occurred to me that golfers are like leaders. In some respects it is not fair that I compare golfers to leaders, because leaders have more responsibilities and have more on their shoulders. However, from a conceptual standpoint there is [.]. Leadership Development actions comparing leader Leadership

5 Suggestions for Finding More Joy at Christmas

Ron Edmondson

But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David. Luke 2:10-11. Joy is not an option for a believer, as I read the Scriptures.

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The Four Downsides of Being a Lifelong Learner

Your Voice of Encouragement

Anyone who knows me well will be stunned to read the title of this post. How can I say there are negative aspects to ongoing self-development? I’ve always invested heavily in my own personal and professional growth – both financially and experientially.

0.28% of Members on My Community Become Moderators

Managing Communities

photo credit: craiglea123 Moderators can be a very important part of your online community. I know that mine are. I select them very carefully. But, I thought it would be interesting and fun to throw some numbers behind this. So, I took KarateForums.com as an example. KarateForums.com was launched on May 21, 2001 and has [.]. Managing Staff

Should You Allow Your Employees to Follow you on Twitter and Facebook?

Women on Business

According to Janine Popick CEO and Founder of Vertical Response, she explains her reasons why she may or may not allow some employees to follow her on twitter or facebook. Here are some great tips to remember depending on your style and use of social media with your employees.

Leaders: How to Hone Your Sixth Sense

Linked 2 Leadership

Our teams and employees are not always willing to say that they need help. This is because they may perceive that asking for help is a sign of weakness and that there may be negative repercussions for speaking up. Fortunately, science is now showing us how to read the emotions of other people so that [.]. Leading & Developing Other Leaders Organizational Health Team Building Leadership Values Measurements agile brain research emotions empathy leadership leadership skills

Stop Competing to Be the Best

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Joan Magretta for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * With Cyber Monday, the tablet wars kicked into full swing. Which [.].

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Does it pay to be naughty or nice?

Chartered Management Institute

The old saying says that nice guys finish last, and I'm sure most of us could recount numerous examples of people we regard less than favourably achieving greatness they surely don't deserve. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Stop Competing to Be the Best

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Joan Magretta for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * With Cyber Monday, the tablet wars kicked into full swing. Which [.].

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HALT! Stop speaking and start eating!

CO2

Don't speak if you are hungry, Angry, lonely, or tired! Executive Coaching clients seek wisdom that is memorable and easy to implement. Sometimes that wisdom is geared toward actions they, as leaders, can and should take; other times it’s toward actions they shouldn’t take.

Archived Webinar on Our Leadership and Culture Development Approaches Now Available

The Practical Leader

Last week’s follow up leadership and culture development webinar is now available for you to review. The session outlined our implementation steps, approaches, and Client examples for leadership, organization, and culture development.

Two thirds of UK employees are unaware of IT security threats

Chartered Management Institute

Economic crime is still rising according to the findings from PwC’s latest global economic crime survey (GECS). 51% of the UK respondents reported at least one instance of economic crime in the last 12 months, compared with the global figure of 34%. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

It’s Planning TIME! It Can be Great

Create Learning

Strategic Planning is a necessary evil and can be very effective or very defective. This is why you need someone who can facilitate and control the process of the planning meeting. Concluding the time with action-steps and follow-up to get the work done. Contact Mike , he makes that happen.

Is your employer watching?

ReThink HR

All of us are on some type of social network. Tell me this: How much do you share about your work relationships? Does your employer mind? Do you, as a company, have a long drawn out-tough-to-understand social media policy or is it simple? Would you be reprimanded or praised for what you share?

The “M” Word

LDRLB

The dictionary describes “momentum” as a strength or force that keeps growing. Gamblers in the rush of a hot-streak believe in the force. Sports teams with momentum go on inexplicable winning streaks while opponents can’t seem to string two wins together no matter how hard they try or how ‘talented’ their roster. Business isn’t all that different. But unlike finite measurements such as sales, market share, profit, stock price or market cap, momentum remains an intangible – a powerful one.

Leadership Quality #5 - Leaders Empower

My Own Coach

Leaders allow followers to innovate, take responsibility, be creative and make mistakes. Above all, they give credit where credit''s due. In fact, a great leader never takes credit! The goal is to inspire those who work for you to set the pace and the agenda.

Best Practice: Stories to Encourage Good, Avoid Evil

Michael Lee Stallard

Click here to view the embedded video. In the workshops we teach, we use stories of great leaders in business, government, the social sector and sports who inspired people to do what’s right. This is a best practice to strengthen the positive effects of an organization’s identity (i.e. mission, values and reputation). Check out this outstanding TED video of Stanford psychology professor Philip Zimbardo speaking on the topic of how culture encourages or discourages evil.

I Don't Understand What Anyone Is Saying Anymore

Harvard Business Review

I'd say that in about half of my business conversations, I have almost no idea what other people are saying to me. The language of internet business models has made the problem even worse. When I was younger, if I didn't understand what people were saying, I thought I was stupid. Now I realize that if it's to people's benefit that I understand them but I don't, then they're the ones who are stupid. There are at least five strains of this epidemic. Abstractionitis.

Rainy Day

Execupundit

It is a cold and rainy day in Phoenix. The office is snug but I feel blah (medical term) and am tempted to go home to bed and pull the covers over my head. In an act of genius, I scheduled no meetings for today, somehow sensing that I'd need a cushion after returning from the road on Saturday.

When Nothing Works

Harvard Business Review

I'd had tendinitis in my elbow for over a year. Even something as gentle as twisting a doorknob made me wince in pain. I went to see my brother, Bertie, who also happens to be my doctor. As Bertie examined my elbow, I reminded him of everything I had done to try to fix my problem. When it began to hurt, I used ibuprofen. When that didn't work, we tried two injections of cortisone, six months apart.

How to Turn Disagreements into Great Decisions for Your Small Business

Strategy Driven

I find if flattering when someone on my team disagrees with me. It says they care more about the firm than themselves or offending me. The first thing we cover at our two-day strategic planning session is our ‘Rules of Engagement’ It’s posted on an oversized sheet and taped to the wall.

Finding Time to Read

Execupundit

Employee A is talking with some co-workers in a conference room. Employee B is seated at a desk and reading a book. Let's assume the person is not a receptionist.] If the boss walks past, which one is suspected of goofing off? Now you may reasonably respond, "Wait. It depends on what's being said and what's being read." That's true. So let's stipulate that the conference room conversation is about better management and so is the book. Does that make that big of a difference?

There’s an App for That

Next Level Blog

We’re approaching the time of year where you might be receiving a gift card for the iTunes store or some other online outlet where you can buy apps for a smartphone. So, if you’re lucky enough to receive an app store gift card, what can you download that will at least make your life a little easier if not totally and radically change it? I’m an iPhone 4 user and here are five apps that I find myself using all the time (Which of these are favorites of yours?

Your Filter

Execupundit

"I don't know what I'm thinking until I've talked about it" may sound strange to those who believe that analysis should precede thought and yet it may be that an equally large number of people are in complete sympathy with the approach. They need to engage with others in order to clarify their thoughts. For them, analysis arises during - and not before - discussion. Still others may withhold analysis until the very last stage. Such style differences extend, of course, to other areas.

Smarter Retailing via (Un)conventional Thinking

Harvard Business Review

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday were successful days for the retail sector, these two days alone are not a panacea to the sector's performance challenges. Some retailers will continue this momentum. Others will not. The difference between the two sets of retailers? Knowing when and how to act as the water around you gets hot. In our world, there are two kinds of frogs — those that jump out of the pot when it's boiling and those that boil.

Quote of the Day

Execupundit

Foresight and prudence are the proper qualities of a leader. Tacitus

Don’t Beat Yourself

Tim Milburn

We live in a society that is obsessed with winning. If you’re like me, you’d rather be on the winning side of things than the losing side. Winning is fun. In order to win most any competition, you must beat your opponent. That much is obvious.

The “M” Word

LDRLB

The dictionary describes “momentum” as a strength or force that keeps growing. Gamblers in the rush of a hot-streak believe in the force. Sports teams with momentum go on inexplicable winning streaks while opponents can’t seem to string two wins together no matter how hard they try or how ‘talented’ their roster. Business isn’t all that different.

NASA Discovers Alien World Suitable for Supporting Life

Building Personal Strength

About a year ago, I wrote an article reporting that scientists have discovered hundreds of exoplanets - planets outside our solar system, planets circling other stars. Now, reports from this research talk about thousands of such planets having been discovered.