Sat.Jan 07, 2012

One Measure of Effective Friendship

Ron Edmondson

How effective are the friendships in your life? One measure of an effective friendship, in my opinion, is that the people in your life are becoming more like Jesus, partly because of their friendship with you. “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

7 Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccessful Executives

Coaching Tip

By Sydney Finkelstein, the Steven Roth Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, published " Why Smart Executives Fail " 8 years ago. Habit # 1: They see themselves and their companies as dominating their environment. Habit #2: They identify so completely with the company that there is no clear boundary between their personal interests and their corporation's interests. Habit #3: They think they have all the answers.

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The Tao of Leadership: The Emerging Servant Leadership Paradigm

Business Learning Coach

By Jim Grinnell, Ph.D. With the greatest leader above them, people barely know one exists. The great leader speaks little. He never speaks carelessly. He works without self-interest and leaves no trace.

Here is the January, 2012 New York Times Hardcover Business Books Best Sellers List (Steve Jobs at #1)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is the January, 2012 New York Times Hardcover Business Books Best Sellers list. I just presented my synopsis of Isaacson’s Steve Jobs (#1) at the January First Friday Book Synopsis; and Great by Choice (#5), and Switch (#11) at earlier gatherings of the First Friday Book Synopsis. My colleague Karl Krayer has presented Strengths-Based [.]. Randy's blog entries New York Times Business Best Sellers List Steve Jobs

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How to Let Go without Giving In

Leadership Freak

Image source The problem is you won’t let go. You’re the victim of too much perseverance. Organizations grow when new, competent talent steps in. 7 reasons letting go challenges longstanding leaders: Identity: Who am after I let go? Confidence: Will I perform as well? Ability: Can I learn new skills and behaviors? Uncertainty: How will new leaders [.].

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Saturday’s Quote From Lao-Tsu

Management is a Journey

When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, “We did it ourselves.” ” – Lao-Tsu. Leadership leadership management motivation organizational productivity performance management

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 [.].

Quote of the Day


I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan

Harvard Business Review on Succeeding as an Entrepreneur: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Harvard Business Review on Succeeding as an Entrepreneur Various Contributors Harvard Business Review Press (2011) How to create new businesses and new markets by managing risks effectively This is one of the volumes in a series of anthologies of articles that first appeared in Harvard Business Review. Having read all of them when they were [.].

Leadership ~ Creating Stability in the Midst of Uncertainty

You're Not the Boss of Me

Over the holidays, I allowed my curiosity to scan the Internet for 2012 predictions. It seems that we are in for a big year. In fact, according to a Mayan prophecy, on December 21, 2012, the World is to come to an end…again. The good news is that apparently too, one quarter of our planet will be online so I suppose many of us will have some time to say our goodbyes before we all fade to black.

Our blog posts on ecademy

Rapid BI

Ecademy ranking top ten growth Getting into gear for 2012… It is interesting to see what has happened in the top ten recently. For the first time in the 5 weeks I have been looking at this I can see that only one person in the top 10 has not improved their score. position 10! [.]. ecademy

Hacks and Square Pegs

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development [link] Our own Instigator, Jane Perdue (@thehrgoddess) has a “hack” posted over at Gary Hamel’s Management Information Exchange titled Square Pegs, Sacred Cows and Starting Over with Leadership that you should check out. Jane has some radical ideas about how to transform some the workplace by overturning some generally accepted practices and sacred cows in modern [.]. Leadership Development HCI Leadership MIX


Indirect Lessons


Endeavors in which you learn about subjects other than the immediate one: Competitive Sports Music Lessons Carpentry Writing Dancing Mathematics Poetry Adversity Gardening Hiking Leadership

Top 150 Management/Leadership Blog List

Crossderry Blog

Catching up on the stack of stuff… @jurgenappelo compiled an excellent list of management and leadership blogs here. Filed under: PMO.

Novak: Taking People with You


David Novak, the CEO of Yum! brands , has written a book on leadership and Fortune has a review. An excerpt: This book is demanding because Novak understands that leadership isn't about techniques. It's about your own deep nature, your traits as a human being, and how you connect with other people at deep levels. Most business books tell you to do analysis; this one makes you do psychoanalysis, mostly of yourself, and that's a lot harder. Calculating free cash flow is easy.

Top 150 Management/Leadership Blog List

Crossderry Blog

Catching up on the stack of stuff… @jurgenappelo compiled an excellent list of management and leadership blogs here. Filed under: PMO

The In-Between


In-between the tasks is one of the most important and overlooked periods. Is it to relax, reconnect or plan? Can something unrelated be used as a palate-cleanser? We may move on to other work while still thinking about the earlier task and thus dilute our efforts. The space is not really space. Something is happening there. It is unexplored territory

How To Identify A Leader During Interviews

Eric Jacobson

The next time you are interviewing a candidate and you want to access their leadership skills, consider asking the candidate these questions : What personal qualities define you as a leader? Describe a situation when these qualities helped you lead others. Give an example of when you demonstrated good leadership. What is the toughest group from which you've had to get cooperation? Have you ever had difficulty getting others to accept your ideas? What was your approach? Did it work?

Cold Feet


At CoolTools , some Western Mountaineering Down Booties. At last, something to replace those Moon Boots I've been wearing


Announcing CEREBRATE #4 – Nominations welcome

Rajesh Setty

The time has come to announce the next CEREBRATE event – CEREBRATE Silicon Valley #4. Kavitha (founder of MySizeFinder and my wife) I organized three CEREBRATE events in Silicon Valley (CEREBRATE #1 in July 2010, CEREBRATE #2 in January 2011, CEREBRATE #3 took place in July 2011).

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It was Ali Massoudi who unwittingly roused Gabriel Allon from his brief and restless retirement: Massoudi, the great Europhile intellectual and freethinker, who, in a moment of blind panic, forgot that the English drive on the left side of the road. From The Messenger by Daniel Silva


Cops Get High


PaleoFuture explores the use of aircraft in police work. I recall how some groups in Tucson freaked out when the local police got a helicopter. Invasion of privacy! Big Brother


The Meeting


Discussion meandered and alliances shifted. Opposition flared and died down. Fatigue fueled a rough consensus as did the awareness that all arguments could be resumed at the next meeting. How do we know the meeting was a success? Because people are looking forward to the next one