Tue.Jan 03, 2012

Rethinking Learning at Work

Kevin Eikenberry

Many people reading these words either took piano lessons or paid for their children to take them. I don’t think it would be much of a stretch to say that everyone reading these words knows someone who has taken piano lessons. If they can play piano at all, how many lessons did they take? In [.]. Leadership Learning coaching training

Power Corrupts Sooner than You Think

Leading Blog

In a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887, Lord Acton observed that “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” British Prime Minister William Pitt also observed, “Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.” Power is a tricky thing and we rely on it more than we should.

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What Defines Leadership!

Ron Edmondson

Leadership is defined more by what you lead through than what you lead around. One thing I’ve observed with many pastors and ministry leaders is that they allow their God-given vision to be controlled by the negative voices of others.

It's time to fill your diary if you're looking for a new job

Chartered Management Institute

Dr Graham Wilson, organisational psychotherapist and leadership confidant, leverages understanding of psychodynamics, politics, and behaviour - supports senior executive job searches. Related Content: My business book of the week - Understanding the small business sector - by David Storey Time at Work Candidates are lying throughout recruitment Ten ways to survive redundancy Football vs Life. You are not watching this post, click to start watching.

Three Questions to Guide Your Year

Next Level Blog

I was away for a few weeks over the holidays. It was a nice break and it’s good to be back. One of the good things about being back is reconnecting with friends I haven’t seen in awhile. One of those is a friend from yoga. We gave each other a hug hello at class the other night and she said, “Well, here we are.” My response was, “Yeah, 2012, it’s the only year we’ve got.” Unless, of course, the physicists at CERN figure out time travel this year.) So, for now, this is the only year you’ve got.

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A Life Well-Lived


I dedicate this post to my dear friend and mentor, Don Toy, who passed away New Year's Eve. Don was the quintessential example of an empowering leader, the kind of leadership I have often written about in this blog.

How to Leverage the Benefits of Confusion

Leadership Freak

Progress requires clarity. Confusion paralyzes. Great leaders create clarity; poor leaders confuse. Worse yet, confused people pull back. Paralyzing confusion is bad but confusion has benefits. Confusion precedes breakthrough. Pushing confusion away pushes progress away. Confusion drives everyone to seek clarity. Confusion opens us to outside influences and input. We seek help. Thriving in confusion: [.].

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4 New Year’s Resolutions To Help Your Organization Succeed This Year

Tanveer Naseer

With the holiday celebrations now at an end, many of us are returning to our usual daily grind refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to dive into the tasks awaiting our attention. The start of a new year is also a time when many of us make resolutions of what we’d like to accomplish over the next 365 days, and possibly beyond.

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3 strategies to revive employees’ work ethic

The Organized Executive's Blog

Following is a guest article by Eric Chester, author of Reviving Work Ethic. You want more business and higher profits in 2012. Your mind is racing with clever promotional schemes and innovative marketing ideas to attract new customers in the coming year. Reboot your thinking. That’s right. Hit your mental “Control–Alt–Delete” keys. The surest way to grow your business in 2012 is to convince your employees to work as hard as you do.

Quote of the Day


One man's red tape is another man's system. Dwight Waldo

Standardization is the first step to innovation

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.

A Free Handbook for the New Year

Steve Farber

The Daily Handbook for Extreme Leaders (adapted from The Radical Leap Re-Energized ) is a practical, inspiring, and essential guide to being a leader of substance and significance.

Leadership Caffeine: For Better Results, Quit Telling and Start Letting Go

Management Excellence

The odd quirk that seems to bedevil so many who occupy roles of responsibility for others is their overwhelming urge to tell other people what to do. While a certain amount of “telling” is OK, particularly during crises and anything involving safety or security, for the most part, your communication efforts should focus on listening and asking. Starting this year, shift the focus to you and your role and your daily habits, and for everyone’s sake, quit telling people how to do their jobs.

End-of-the-Year Tax Tips for Last Minute Savings

Women on Business

Guest Post by Perry Sheraw (learn more about Perry at the end of this post). Many of the business owners we work with say they’re ready to get 2011 behind them. January 2012 beckons as business objectives glisten with potential revitalization and realignment.

Employee Assistance Programs – Serving the Organization or the Employee?

Modern Servant Leader

Today, many employers offer Employee Assistance Programs, but few do it right. Here’s how I see the difference between an Employee Assistance Program that is provided to serve the organization and one that is provided to really serve the employees: What is an Employee Assistance Program?

Meaning: The "wolf" of control in trendy sheep's clothing? #leadership

Management Craft

I am doing some digging around about meaning and here is a thought to chew on this new week and year. What if leaders should NOT and CANNOT make work meaningful for others? What if this idea reinforces control, extrinsics, and thereby serves to wreck not build our feelings that our work has meaning? What if whether our work has meaning comes from deep within each individual and as a result of how we each define our experiences? What would this mean for leaders?

The Capitalist Philosophers A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Capitalist Philosophers: The Geniuses of Modern Business–Their Lives, Times, and Ideas Andrea Gabor Times Business (2000) A brilliant discussion of thirteen “geniuses of modern business” While preparing questions for another interview, I recently re-read this book (published in 2000) in which Andrea Gabor focuses on Frederick Winslow Taylor, Mary Parker Follett, Chester Barnard, Fritz [.].

How to Hire For Retention (Part 1 of 2)

Leading Strategies

Let’s face it … hiring can be a scary proposition! There are so many unknowns. When hiring for and growing employees within an organization, it is important to consider both character and competence traits. The single best strategy for helping a company improve results starts with hiring the right people for the right business needs. It is far better to leave a vacancy unfilled rather than fill just because “any warm body in the chair will help.”.

4 Steps to Delivering Helpful Feedback

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here. Feedback is problematic. Managers often dislike giving it and direct reports rarely get enough to change their behaviors. But feedback, both positive and negative, is an important [.]. Bob's blog entries 4 Steps to Delivering Helpful Feedback Guide to Giving Effective Feedback Harvard Business Review.

Happy New Year!

Chartered Management Institute

As many of us return to work on what is aptly titled 'the most depressing day of the year’, we may feel entitled to feel a little grumpy according to Moodscope.com. Now, we start to count the cost, monetary and health wise, of over indulging throughout the holiday season. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Why Are We Bad at Picking Good Leaders?A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Why Are We Bad at Picking Good Leaders? A Better Way to Evaluate Leadership Poitential Jeffrey Cohn and Jay Moran Jossey-Bass (2011) How and why to cope with a leadership evaluation and development crisis to produce more effective leaders As Noel Tichy and Warren Bennis suggest in Judgment: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls, leaders [.].

What are your reflections on the past year?

My Own Coach

Before the new year gets into full swing, it''s a good time to take a look back over 2011. Taking stock of what happened and just how far you''ve travelled will provide a solid foundation for achieving your goals in the next twelve months. We''ve been reflecting on the most popular articles from the past year''s MOC the Week and have listed them below just in case you missed them first time round: Leadership Quality #5 - Leaders Empower Do we really know what leadership is?

Our blog posts on ecademy

Rapid BI

Social media software – driving adoption across the business Your thoughts? Mike Morrison RapidBI.com Blog: The Evolution of the Social Business – Expert Predictions What are your thoughts? Mike Morrison RapidBI.com Blog: Are you making outgoing calls? I have just had a sales call from a company using “freeindex” for harvesting data. Now the last [.]. ecademy

The Roundtable Recap 2011 in review

Roundtable Talk

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for our Roundtable Talk blog. Thanks to everyone who’s been reading, subscribing and commenting. It’s been a great year and we’re looking forward to more leadership ideas, strategies and train wrecks to explore with you in 2012! Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2011.

Develop Productivity Rituals

Harvard Business Review

video platform video management video solutions video player. Tony Schwartz , president and CEO of The Energy Project, lists the top four habits that help him get more work done. For more, go to his HBR blog. Productivity

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A Disciplined Approach to Evaluating Ideas

Harvard Business Review

"Make sure you ask the right questions at the right time." That's one memorable piece of advice from a leader at a global innovation powerhouse. Unfortunately, it is a piece of advice that is heeded too infrequently inside large companies. At many companies, the idea evaluation process revolves around detailed Excel spreadsheets, comprehensive PowerPoint documents, and an orchestrated sequence of pre-meetings leading up to a decision meeting.

Risk Management Best Practice 2 – Integrated Risk Assurance Oversight Matrix

Strategy Driven

Maintaining compliance in today’s highly regulated, rule-driven marketplace requires diligent oversight of the organization’s core processes by the company’s staff.

Innovation the Culturematic Way

Harvard Business Review

It takes an act of imagination and intellectual mobility to stand in a hotel room and say, "You know, this could be a showroom.". That's what happened at the St. Regis hotel in New York City when someone decided to give one of the rooms the Dior treatment. This is how many Culturematics start. Someone says, "You know." or "What if." and in that moment we reimagine something. A hotel room becomes a showroom. In this case, someone's weekend stay at the St.

How to Hire Keepers (1 of 2)

Leading Strategies

Let’s face it … hiring can be difficult! There are so many unknowns. When hiring for and growing employees within an organization, it is important to consider both character and competence traits. Considering only one or the other could be like being stuck in a fence. The single best strategy for helping a company improve results starts with hiring the right people for the right business needs.

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Maybe you're a young graduate looking for his or her first job. Or maybe you're a veteran employee who'd like to advance up the corporate ladder. Or maybe you're a Labrador retriever who nosed this book off the coffee table, and it fell open to this page. From Claw Your Way to the Top by Dave Barry

Estimate rejection can be a good thing

Crossderry Blog

Rui Silva has a short but sweet post on estimate rejection here. I love his point that estimates must be “honest” because: When technical staff low-balls a project estimate, it denies the executives important information they need to make effective decisions, effectively undermining the executive’s decision-making authority. This results in diverting company resources from projects that are cost-justified to projects that aren’t cost-justified.

Lawyer's Reading List


A very interesting list: " 30 Lawyers Pick 30 Books Every Lawyer Should Read." [HT: HT: Althouse

The Roundtable Recap 2011 in review

Roundtable Talk

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for our Roundtable Talk blog. Thanks to everyone who’s been reading, subscribing and commenting.