Mon.Jan 02, 2012

How to be a Better Leader in 2012

C-Level Strategies

There’s a role every single leader should play in 2012 if they genuinely want to lead highly productive, effective and successful teams during the course of the year – the Synergist.

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The Leader And The Peacock In The Closet

Terry Starbucker

Success is a beautiful thing. We all want it, because it’s the undisputed champion in measuring our professional selves. We know it’s hard to get, and that’s what makes it all the more satisfying. We cherish it, because we know what it’s like to fail (because we all do).

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Creating a Work Space That Promotes Your Productivity

Kevin Eikenberry

Everyone reading these words has a place where they work. And most of you have a place where you work best. The goal of this article is to help you make sure those places are the same. As a business owner, I have more degrees of freedom to consciously create a space that works for [.]. Achievement Leadership Learning productivity remote work telecommuting work environment working remotely

The Leadership Love-in

In the CEO Afterlife

I’ve read scads of books, blogs and journals on leadership. Everything I read has been said before – maybe in a different way and usually with different supportive examples; yet, I can’t seem to stay away from the subject. Apparently, neither can others.

3 Stretch Goals for Your Way of Being


As you begin to think about your goals for 2012, you might find yourself stumped. What new goals will you have? What would be the most effective way to upgrade your leadership (besides subscribing to this blog or hiring me )? We often think of the goals we need to do ; that big project that needs to be completed, the performance evaluations that you want to do on time, staying under budget, or connecting with customers. We think less about goals that will help us to be better leaders.

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From defeated pessimist to realistic optimist

Leadership Freak

Pessimists can’t lead. Pessimism serves leaders, however. Solving problems requires you first see and acknowledge them. If you plan to move forward, stop dancing around the elephant. Ask hard questions. Additionally, successful leadership includes looking down the road anticipating and preparing for failures, challenges, and problems. If it can go wrong, eventually it will. Get ready. But: [.]. Leading

4 Simplified Steps to Acheive More in 2012

Ron Edmondson

We often make things more difficult than they have to be. Related posts: Simplified 7-Step Roadmap to Success. Don’t Let 2012 Just Happen: One Way to Be More Efficient. 3 Steps to Jump Start Your Spiritual Life. Encouragement

What Behavior Do You Want to Change?

Marshall Goldsmith

In my younger days, as a newly minted PhD and executive educator, I would challenge my clients to pick one to three behavior patterns for personal improvement - that is, if they demonstrated a positive change in these practices, they would become more effective leaders. As I grew more experienced, I began to realize that three patterns were too many. The problem was not a lack of motivation or intelligence - these were brilliant, dedicated leaders. The problem was that they were just too busy.

The Importance of Reflection

Women on Business

As the new year dawns we inevitably find ourselves thinking backward and forward. Maybe we have had bad experiences with “new years resolutions” or at the very least have friends who have set forth with good intentions only to lose focus very early in the new year. Regardless of the jokes or bad press we hear about new years resolutions it is very healthy to take time for regular reflection on ones life, goals and dreams.

Joe’s Journal: On Tyranny and the Organization

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is the latest post by Joseph A. Maciariello featured in the Joe’s Journal series at the Drucker Exchange (Dx) sponsored by the Drucker Institute. The Dx is a platform for bettering society through effective management and responsible leadership. It is produced by the Drucker Institute, a think tank and action tank based at Claremont [.].

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3 Steps to Managerial-Leadership Innovation. Copying:Understanding:Mastery

Create Learning

For progress to be measured and accurately judged amongst teams and managerial-leaders. A standard that is known, shared, agreed-upon and teachable must be established. Contact Mike and we will create this standard and develop metrics, coaching and feedback to make you teams and leaders better.

There is Not Enough Time in the Day for Me to Tell You That Forums Are Not Dead

Managing Communities

photo credit: ra_hurd I like Quora. I really do. But, why is it that I can’t go more than a few days without seeing someone asking, on what is essentially a forum, why forums are dead, how forums can be saved, why people don’t use forums or something similar? I can only answer this question [.]. Humor Thinking


Own your project’s story (HT @MelanieDuzyj and @mkrigsman)

Crossderry Blog

We all should know how critical project communication is to project success. A compelling story can build strong sponsorship and sustain stakeholder commitment , even in the most challenging of circumstances (also see Michael Krigsman’s project success checklist ) . However, many project managers assume that their audiences — or even worse, key influencers and “re-communicators” — understand the story as well as they do.

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A Manifesto’s Unbridled Power


Manifestos ignite people into action. The best manifestos are so emotionally charged that their catalytic influence can endure for centuries. The Ten Commandments and the Declaration of Independence are good examples. As recently as fifty years ago, an emotional speech delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial established a clear and compelling purpose for American Civil Rights. Today, MLK’s I Have a Dream is arguably the most inspiring manifesto of the 20 th Century.

Hit the Reset Button

Erika Andersen

OK, I know that the “new year” is a purely human construct, and has no real meaning beyond that which we give to it. (If If we actually cared about the concept of the new year having some connection to physical reality, I imagine we’d celebrate it at the winter solstice.).

Questioning the Socratic Method


Socratic Questions. Asking questions often brings to mind Socrates and the Socratic method. Socrates was a classical Greek philosopher who used questions to test the logic of opposing viewpoints during dialogues with his students. He would often begin by defining key terms.

What Great Salespeople Do

CEO Blog

I have enjoyed a lazy few days (lazy even though there was lots of working out - although lots of food so it likely was a net zero). e-mails and calls have been few. My productivity is actually quite low. Or perhaps my important productivity is quite high. Although I'm not caught my normal frantic pace, I have had some time to think. Part of my thinking led me to my views on being long-term. I posted a blog post on the Canrock site with my views. ++ Life is about selling.

One word

Deep Imprints

I was recently challenged to pick just one word to focus on this year. You might find this challenge interesting as well: [link]. My word may not be a year-long word. I do need this word until my brain pathways get fixed. You see, I have discovered that I’ve developed a new mental twitch. When life happens, I have begun anticipating the negative in light of our past. We had 3 family members die in just 2 years and two months.

Three Core Questions to Start Your New Year

The Practical Leader

Happy New Year!! May this be your best one yet! The start of a new year is an excellent time to renew and refocus ourselves, our teams, and our organizations. It’s an essential part of centering or grounding ourselves.

Dominant Thoughts


“Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.” ” – Soren Kierkegaard. Executive Coaching Quote

How BIG is your thinking?

My Own Coach

Do you think conceptually? Or are you busy fighting fires and trying to put them out? If you are fighting fires and concentrating on the day to day running of the business, then ask yourself " is it REALLY your job? " If you consider it is your job, then what are your direct reports there for?

Why You Need a Better Elevator Pitch

Harvard Business Review

For decades, salespeople have practiced something called an "elevator pitch." The idea was that they had to sell themselves and their product or service in the time it took to ride an elevator from the ground to the top floor. Every good salesperson had an "elevator pitch" and could perform it flawlessly at a moment's notice. Today, elevators are much faster and attention spans are much shorter, so you've got to amp up your pitch. You've got to have a 118.

What Do Women Want?

Women on Business

It’s really simple. What women want is to be heard! We do not need to have the problems solved for us. However, before we can make change happen we require dialogue, discussion, debate.

Tall Cotton


Art Contrarian looks at the cotton candy and cheesecake art of Will Cotton


A Manifesto’s Unbridled Power


Manifestos ignite people into action. The best manifestos are so emotionally charged that their catalytic influence can endure for centuries. The Ten Commandments and the Declaration of Independence are good examples. As recently as fifty years ago, an emotional speech delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial established a clear and compelling purpose for American Civil Rights. Today, MLK’s I Have a Dream is arguably the most inspiring manifesto of the 20 th Century.

Noticing the Obvious


Have you ever noticed that the most impressive insights often reveal a truth which has been right in front of you, unnoticed, sometimes for years? Simple reminders that looking is not seeing


Happy New Year’s Message from Management 4-1-1

Management 4-1-1

Happy New Year from Management 4-1-1! Take a listen… We’ve got some great ideas lined up for 2012! While we remain committed to providing you valuable content on best practices for management and leadership, we’re going to mix up a few of our goals for 2012. For 2012, Management 4-1-1 will: go more multi-media

Raking Some Thoughts


I did not bill a client for the analysis conducted while I was raking leaves and yet there would have been justification for doing so. Some of my best "thought work" occurs during unrelated activities but danger lurks in such practices.

Reach another (higher) level

Jason Womack

Happy New Year! This is the first Monday of 2012. are you ready? If you are coming in to work today with a thought like, "This year, I want to get better," then I have a resource for YOU! It's a book called Mastery , by a teacher named George Leonard. If there are any routines you're looking to build (or change) over the next few weeks, as many of us do at the start of a new year, let Mr. Leonard give you some tips on how to do just that. Goal setting

Music Break: Sharp Dressed Man


Back by popular demand: ZZ Top with a classic

Saying the Right Thing


Gretchen Rubin at The Happiness Project : A few days before my wedding, I was in high-anxiety mode about all the details and all the opportunities for disaster. Among other things, I was very preoccupied with the fear that my veil would come off my head during the ceremony. Have you ever heard of this happening?). My mother listened patiently for a while, then observed, “The things that go wrong often make the best memories.” This instantly comforted me

Hand Me the Moleskine


Whatever happened to the brilliant thought I had this morning and swore I'd never forget


Leadership Carnival


Looking for a variety of insights on leadership? Don't miss the Leadership Development Carnival at Great Leadership

First Paragraph


This is the way the world ends - not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door. From Hollowland by Amanda Hocking