Fri.Dec 16, 2011

Tim Tebow Mic’d for the Bears Game

Ron Edmondson

I, like many in America, am becoming a huge Tim Tebow fan. I loved this YouTube I saw my friend Jonathan Pearson tweet. It’s worth the 10 minutes. Be honest, are you a Tebow fan? No related posts. Culture Encouragement


Do You Care?

Kevin Eikenberry

From Green Eggs and Ham to the Cat in the Hat, I, like many kids, grew up with Dr. Seuss. But I can’t say I really became a fan until I was an adult — reading those classics and others to my children (Horton Hatches an Egg is a favorite.) If you’re a fan too, [.]. Accountability Books Influence Leadership Learning Quotations Dr. Seuss Horton Hatches the Egg Theodor Seuss Geisel

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5 Reasons Delegation Fails

Ron Edmondson

I encounter many leaders who claim to be good at delegation, but are frustrated with the results they receive on delegated projects. Of course, they often claim innocence, feeling they have done their job by delegation. The blame then naturally shifts to the delegate.

Ten Ways to Engage Your Workforce in 2012

Strategy Driven

As we start a new year, leaders will once again ask themselves how they can engage their people – often asking employees to do more with less. Let me start by observing that you can’t motivate people. You need to hire motivated top performers and then make sure you don’t demotivate them.

The Power of Your Word

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Barry wasn’t happy that his boss put him through the 360 evaluation process. He was even unhappier after receiving the feedback. In fact, he was shocked, angry and disbelieving. There was no way he was unethical, thoughtless or lacking in credibility and integrity. In following the trail of bread crumbs to the root cause of [.]. Leadership Development Commitment credibility Donald N. Sull HBR integrity Leadership Michael Jensen

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How Leading Changed John Maxwell

Leadership Freak

I sent a note to John Maxwell. This is part of his reply. How has leading changed you? That’s almost like asking how breathing has changed me. Leadership has impacted every aspect of my life. Early in my career, I discovered that everything rises and falls on leadership, and it changed the way I led. [.]. Author Interview Leading Marks of leaders Personal Growth Stress core principles good leaders Growth helping others john maxwell Leadership Development

Assessing Risk

Chartered Management Institute

Thoughts on Assessing Risk. You are not watching this post, click to start watching


How drunk can I get at the Holiday Office Party?

ReThink HR

It’s that time of year again! I am sure you have questioned it and if you have and been unsure… you can now have full confidence to make a decision. As you know your sobriety at your holiday office party is all about your level. So enjoy!

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Thoughts on Competitive Intelligence

Chartered Management Institute

Some thoughts on the benefits of Competitive Intelligence. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Lessons from Avon

Women on Business

This week Avon CEO Andrea Jung was released from her position and stock prices soared. The company is trying to find its footing and the CEO was the unequivocal target. Is that a bad thing? Is there anything that Jung can take from this experience? No woman is an island. The first thing that jumps out at me is the fact that Jung had no COO. I believe that this fact alone could have predicted this outcome. She’s got experience and pedigree, but the lack of a COO is a lesson in business acumen.

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Photo Inquiry Friday: How do you respond when you are wrong?

Create Learning

I had to pleasure of joining philosophy students from Buffalo State College , to hear ethical arguments about really tough moral choices examples of the cases. The students are placed on teams asked to develop an argument for what to do and what is the right thing to do.

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Tender Collaboration - Trick or Trust?

Chartered Management Institute

Are you wanting to win more tenders? Are you unsure about working in collaboration with other businesses? If so, then read on. You are not watching this post, click to start watching. boomerang consultancy collaboration ITT PQQs Tender Tender Consultancy

Generosity of Spirit

Erika Andersen

Generous seems to be the word of the day. I just wrote a blog post at about it, and I’ve been thinking about the fact that generosity is a core characteristic of all my favorite relationships. My partner Jeff and I are in the midst of having our year-end review/bonus conversations with all the Proteus employees and consultants, and I’m struck by how much I enjoy both being generous and being the recipient of others’ generosity.

Best Jobs for Women in 2012, Stress-Free Management Tips, Victoria’s Secret’s Human Trafficking Problem

Women on Business

News and Insights from Business Women (December 16, 2011). Best Jobs for Women in 2012. Jenna Goudreau of Forbes shares a list of the best jobs for women in 2012. At the top of the list is post-secondary teacher. Get the rest by following the link above. 4 Principles of Stress-Free Management. Want to learn how to run your business without all the stress? Click the link above to read 4 key tips for stress-free management from Rene Shimada Siegel of

How to get 1000s of followers on Twitter

Rapid BI

How to get 1000s of followers on Twitter So just how to get 1000s of followers on Twitter. quickly? Well maybe you cannot – at least not in the way you are expecting or many spammers will have you believe is possible. One of the ways that smaller (and big) business can attract customers is [.]. Management engagement followers social business social media twitter

Assume Good

Anese Cavanaugh

I believe that people generally come from a place of positive intention. If there is a disconnect, it often happens in their impact and the stories that get made up about their intentions. The impact of this? Resistance, mistrust, broken relationships, unintended influence, and at a minimum, lost opportunities for creativity, collaboration, and doing their best work. . Assuming “bad” creates a negative and constrictive energy – no good.

Friday Nights


I discovered as a college student that the productivity of my Friday nights determined the productivity of the weekend. Old habits die hard. I still find that if I fail to make progress on at least one important item on a Friday, then the weekend suffers. The flaws in that logic are easy to spot - I could adjust my time to compensate - but are there any similarly strange schedule rules that you follow

Prove yourself now

Bud to Boss

By Amy Beth Miller, editor of The Organized Executive. It would be nice to have time to settle in as a new manager, to learn about your team and your new responsibilities. But the work won’t slow down and wait for you. Your team needs answers and direction, and your boss expects results. While many people advocate that new leaders have a “100-day plan,” there are actions that will serve you well whether you are in your first months as a new manager or starting a new year.

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More from Steven Wright


Christian Bale Assaulted Chinese Government Thugs

Building Personal Strength

If you like movies, I have a question for you - What do Christian Bale and Ashton Kutcher have in common? If you're struggling with this one, here's a hint - The commonality is blatantly obvious. They're both actors! No, that's not it. Ashton Kutcher is an actor in name only.


Worst Case Scenario Thinking


Most of us who can create worst case scenarios have little difficulty doing so. The house keys were not simply misplaced, they were lost. They were not simply lost, they were found by a burglar. And then the burglar got drunk and decided to sell them to a serial killer. Given half the chance, our imagination becomes a runaway train rolling through a landscape of disasters. A gentle reminder: What are the real odds of that worst fear coming true? Probably pretty small.

Ways to Explore Cloud Computing

Harvard Business Review

video platform video management video solutions video player. Andrew McAfee , principal research scientist, MIT Center for Digital Business, offers three suggestions for experimentation. For more, go to the article What Every CEO Needs to Know About the Cloud. Information & technology



They were not being stubborn or difficult with one another and yet they had meeting after meeting to iron things out and each time staggered off to marvel at how obtuse the other side was. It was much later that they learned their goals were completely different

Vora: The Quality Manifesto


Quality consultant Tanmay Vora's blog is always worth reading. You can get Tanmay's " The Quality Manifesto" free here

Christopher Hitchens, R.I.P.


Hitchens was a figure out of Shakespeare who wrote like an angel and was an independent thinker. He was gloriously wrong on some things but right on many and was always a pleasure to watch. He will be missed


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Bystanders have no history of their own. They are on the stage but are not part of the action. They are not even audience. The fortunes of the play and of every actor in it depend on the audience whereas the reaction of the bystander has no effect except on himself. But standing in the wings - much like the fireman in the theater - the bystander sees things neither the actor nor audience notices. Above all, he sees differently from the way actors or audiences see.



The project will demand creativity and a willingness to tackle new ideas. I'm not sending it to a committee or even a subcommittee and have to worry about the group dynamics. I know of one person who has the background and insight and who is uninhibited by old assumptions. He'll produce an excellent product - even if I disagree with parts of it - so it's going to him. This is going to be neat

Quote of the Day


You can get all A's and still flunk life. Walker Percy, The Second Coming