Fri.Jan 20, 2012

Wisdom from my 99 Year Old Granddaddy

Ron Edmondson

This week I woke one morning to a text from my 20 year old son Nate. It simply said, “ I don’t know why, but I think you should go see great grandma and great granddaddy.” ” My grandparents live in a nursing home.

Southwest Airlines 2011 Results Reflect Benefits of Servant Leadership

Modern Servant Leader

Southwest Airlines ( LUV ) announced the 39th consecutive year of profitability yesterday. The company has been a role model of servant leadership since its founding by Herb Kelleher (and others).

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Are your employees happy at work?

Chartered Management Institute

The Telegraph broke a story over the weekend of an employee being let go after confessing to his boss that depression was stopping him from doing his job properly. Whilst in this case he was only in the job a short while and so his employer is unlikely to be liable for his condition, new research suggests that our bosses management style has a big impact on our workplace happiness.

The Future Of Coaching

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Coaching Workplace Issues There’s a cottage industry called “coaching” that’s sprung up over the last few decades (it’s quite a large cottage, but still). On the surface there’s nothing wrong with this. But I have come to believe that the fact this industry exists at all is an indication of a dirty and not-so-little business secret. Before I go any [.]. Leadership Coaching Workplace Issues Change future

The Danger of Imitation

Kevin Eikenberry

Maybe you wouldn’t state it this way, but chances are, if you are reading this, you want to become great at something. Maybe you’d use different words. Maybe “being great” doesn’t resonate with you. It doesn’t matter what words you put to it; if you want to become more effective and move closer to your [.]. Leadership Learning Personal Development Quotations

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Growth Edge Coaching

Coaching Tip

By Dr. Jennifer Garvey Berger. Our form of mind plays a role in each of our impressions and decisions, which of course means that giving thought to a client's form of mind can improve a coach's ability to be helpful. Most coaches have a style and approach that are better suited to some forms of mind than others.

Caring for the Commons

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Fred Kiel, Ph.D. & Doug Lennick: If you’re in a leadership position, you make hundreds of decisions each day – and most of those have the potential to impact the well-being of others. They are moral decisions.

Ewe Don't No What Ewe Don't No

Chris Brady

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How to Stop Rowing in Circles till You Sink

Leadership Freak

** Fitting in is the path to regret. Leaders don’t fit in they stand out. Bureaucrats fit in. Standing out is dangerous in some organizational cultures; you’ll get beat down till you conform. Conformity is death. Positive impact confronts the sludge of stagnant organizations. Something: People of impact are known for something. Reputation establishes identity, improves impact, and [.].

Why most managers are ineffective

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an article written by Margaret Heffernan or CBS MoneyWatch, the CBS Interactive Business Network. To check out an abundance of valuable resources and obtain a free subscription to one or more of the website’s newsletters, please click here. * * * Power is the ability to get things done. You could say that [.]. Bob's blog entries "decisive purposeful action” CBS Interactive Business Network CBS MoneyWatch Flickr user The Accent C.C.2.0)

The perils of starting your career in a recession

Chartered Management Institute

It's widely regarded that starting ones career in a recession can severely hit your bank balance. Research conducted in 2006 for instance suggests that you can suffer for a decade before your earnings get back on track. What about managers that are already experienced though? How does a recession impact upon their career? Research from MIT attempts to shed some light on the matter.

Elizabeth and Hazel; Inherently Unequal – 2 Books to Remind Us That We Still Have Much Work to Do

First Friday Book Synopsis

Since April of 1998, the first month we held the First Friday Book Synopsis, I have read books, prepared synopses of the key content, and presented these to interested audiences. So, I am constantly preparing new synopses – reading books I have not yet read, preparing my handouts, and then presenting the material. Right now, [.].

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Leaders, Influence and Family

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Light Your World [link] Lead Change Member Dr. Angela Bisignano (@AngelaBisignano) published a challenging blog post recently. How often do you consider your influence in your family? Do you work as hard on your leadership at home as you do at the office or in your other social settings? Check out Leaders, Influence and Family over on at [.]. Light Your World family influence Leadership Development values

How to Take the Stress Out of Giving a Performance Review

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. Which is worse: receiving a performance review, or giving one? At least with the latter you have some control. When you’re the one conducting the review, try doing [.]. Bob's blog entries Delivering an Effective Performance Review Harvard Business Review.

Thank You Ma’am

Women on Business

Last night I read a wonderful article in Entrepreneur about giving praise to your staff. It was wonderfully written, but I thought the article was missing the most important element of praising your staff-sincerity. So with that in mind I wanted to highlight the reasons why sincerity should be included in your praise package. A sincere thank you is a million times better than a well-crafted one.

‘Pocket Neighborhoods’ For Sustainable Suburbs

Crossderry Blog

I loved this Atlantic piece about “pocket neighborhoods” , though the suburbs weren’t the application that first came to mind. This design philosophy appears perfect for those “blighty” neighborhoods I see in town, just off the core. They’re often convenient locations that become marginal because of a dodgy block or a rundown house (or three). . Unfortunately, most of our redevelopment arsenal destroys the village in order to save it.

Smile Guide: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Smile Guide: Employee Perspectives on Cullture, Loyalty, and Profit Paul Spiegelman Brown Books Publishing Group (2012) How and why a values-based company can make the world a better place by enhancing the lives of those who work there Those who have read Paul Spiegelman’s previous book, Why is Everyone Smiling? The Secret Behind Passion, Productivity, [.].

Portable Guide to Leading Change


[The following is an excerpt from our latest ebook published through LeaderLab Papers entitled The Portable Guide to Change. If you like the blurb, download the ebook for free. If you don't, download it anyway and then take satisfaction in dragging it to your recycle bin.]. Most people view organizational change the same way they view a clown standing down the street from them. It may be a positive experience, but we’d rather it be someone else’s positive experience.

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Photo Inquiry Friday: When can we go and see?

Create Learning

As managers we find it too easy to have people come to us with problems, we tell them quick solutions, then they leave and we feel like our work is done.

Today’s thoughts January 20, 2012

Rapid BI

Who are you going to call – Management training by GhostBusters Who are you going to call – Management training by GhostBusters Bosses – many of us are one – most of us have one. Many of us have seen the film Ghostbusters at one time or another (maybe even several times), without realising how [.]. ecademy

Sam Palmisano's Transformation of IBM

Harvard Business Review

When Sam Palmisano retired as CEO of IBM on Dec. 31, it marked the end of one of the most remarkable tenures in corporate history. Over his decade as IBM's leader, he made a number of moves, each instructive, but their power came from their cumulative effect in the transformation of a good company back into a great one. Palmisano became leader of a great company that had stumbled badly in the 1980s and had been returned to health in the 1990's by Lou Gerstner.

The room is alive. and getting #Better

Jason Womack

Looking out over this scene is an amazing way to start the day. I was thinking the other day about the ideas of creativity, serendipity, chance and blind luck. Lucky, that's how I feel today. Yet, as a friend reminded me this morning: "We kind of build our own foundations for luck to come our way.".

Friday Morning


Quick glance at the newspapers. A switch from coffee to some Earl Grey tea. Simone Dinnerstein's Bach: A Strange Beauty CD playing. Airing out the house. Notes for an upcoming workshop scattered about. Reviewing last night's work along with jottings from notebooks.

How to Prepare Yourself for the Executive Chair

Strategy Driven

Comedian Steve Martin once said that if you want to be a millionaire, the first thing you have to do is get a million dollars.

The Iron Lady's Failed Mid-Career Transition

Harvard Business Review

With the recent movie The Iron Lady , leadership scholars like me have seized the opportunity to reflect on the lessons of Margaret Thatcher's life and career. In the film, we see an old and diminished Maggie flashing back to the pinnacle of her power. But, perhaps the most important and the least obvious lesson — for Thatcher herself, as well as for us — is about the midlife transition she failed to make; she was a victim, as many of us are, of her own success.

The Heavy Lifting of Career (Re) Invention-5 Keys to Moving Forward

Management Excellence

Whether you are a few years removed from college or a few years removed from that time when prior generations began thinking about retiring, chances are, you or someone you know is involved in defining or redefining their career. It’s a daunting task in a world where the old rules no longer apply.

Rehearsing Your Strategic Story

Harvard Business Review

I do quite a lot of influential presentation coaching and training. Bringing a theatre person in to work on how to 'stand and deliver' in front of an audience makes sense and I enjoy sharing some of the things actors know about performing. But what really interests me and seems to benefit my clients most is the way we can apply things learned in the theater to strategic storytelling. I was called in to work with a group of senior partners in a large architecture firm and Ms.

Mr. Nice Guy


Writing in City Journal , Fred Siegel reviews a new book on Nietzsche : Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen’s American Nietzsche is a 464-page footnote to Alan Bloom’s comment in The Closing of the American Mind that American readings of the German philosopher have produced “nihilism with a happy ending.” Her sense of Nietzsche is based heavily on the writings of the German-born Princeton scholar Walter Kaufmann, famed for softening the philospher of the übermensch’s writings.

Remember that grand-opening feeling

Bud to Boss

My brother recently started working at Trader Joe’s. My whole family has been pleased—albeit surprised—that he loves it. Really loves it. He’s a creative type, and we never pictured him in retail. However, he has become the company’s biggest endorser, raving to anyone who’ll listen about its products and policies. He doesn’t even complain when he has to be there at 6 a.m.! Trader Joe’s has a great reputation for a number of reasons. It’s known for being good to its employees.



This article from The Telegraph has got to be a joke. An excerpt: Other curious potential attractions include a ski run through a battlefield "surrounded by the frozen bodies of soldiers and horses" and a recreation of Louis XVI being guillotined during the revolution – the precursor to Napoleon’s rise to power. It's going to be fun for the family,” he Mr Jégo told the Times. [HT: HT: Drudge Report

An Executive Pay Witch Hunt

Harvard Business Review

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has turned what should have been a simple, targeted criminal justice investigation into a destructive witch hunt of all New York charities. Such populist opportunism at the expense of the good name of the humanitarian sector has become epidemic. Elected officials consistently conflate smart investments in the talent, organizational strength, and long-term planning necessary to address massive social problems with fraud.

Plastic Jewel


At Unhappy Hipsters : The lone gleaming, plastic jewel amongst organic decay, the rocker needed no friends

Truth Without Tears in China

Harvard Business Review

Here's an interesting story about culture clash in an American consulting firm based in Shanghai. An American senior consultant (let's call him Jim) was working with a young Chinese consultant (we can call her Ling). Jim was going on a business trip and put Ling in charge of a project. They were still in the bidding stage and Ling was very reliable so Jim saw no harm in delegating.

Quote of the Day


Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it. - Lao-tzu