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Chris Brady

All things in moderation, they say. Most of us would agree with that statement, at least in general. But who among us couldn't be convicted of extremism in at least one category or another? Consider. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. LLR Daily Application

Hiring for Attitude

Leading Blog

“Most new hires do not fail on the job due to lack of skill,” says Mark Murphy. Attitude is a bigger issue than skill. Consequently, most of our approaches to selecting the right people for the job are dead wrong. In Hiring for Attitude , Murphy lists the top five reasons why new hires failed: Coachability (26%): The ability to accept and implement feedback from bosses, colleagues, customers, and others.

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5 Uncomfortable Observations About Workforce Diversity

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development We base our first impressions on external appearance. Grooming. Teeth. Attire. Accessories. Accent. We notice scuffs on shoes, extra pounds, and age. Then, we unconsciously jump to conclusions about the person’s potential and abilities. We decide in a split second whether individuals are competent, even before they’ve opened their mouths to speak. When we reflexively act from a prejudiced place, are we really prizing diversity?

Team Building is the Unseen Part of Better Teamwork

Great Results Team Building

Every office manager, athletic coach or school principal wants a workplace with better teamwork, but without team building the behaviors that you define as evidence of teamwork will likely go unseen.

Measure Carefully

Kevin Eikenberry

Today, a metaphorical quotation packing a powerful punch. “The only man who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measure anew each time he sees me, while all the rest go on with their old measurements and expect them to fit me.” ” – George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright, Nobel laureate Questions to Ponder What old beliefs [.]. Leadership Learning Quotations expectations George Bernard Shaw

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Are You Effective In Giving Praise To Your Employees?

Tanveer Naseer

When it comes to what we communicate to our employees, few messages have as much impact as offering words of praise to those we lead. The importance of praise to an organization’s success has been shown in numerous studies performed by management experts, psychologists, and neurologists. One study even demonstrated how just saying ‘thank you’ to your employees can lead to an increase in productivity and employee engagement.

Conversations: Crucial Conversations, Fierce Conversations – Have those Conversations!

First Friday Book Synopsis

As I have written many times, “you accomplish what you meet about.” (I learn this and have this reinforced from so many sources, but it is especially described in vivid detail, with a clear action plan, in the excellent book Mastering the Rockefeller Habits by Verne Harnish). Meetings are simply well planned conversations. And conversations [.]. Randy's blog entries Crucial Confrontations Crucial Conversations Fierce Conversations Mastering the Rockefeller Habits Susan Scott Verne Harnish

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The Success of Failure

Women on Business

Entrepreneurs are created for a variety of reason, but the most pressing question is ‘have you been successful because of skill or luck?’ ’ Most entrepreneurs will be very offended at this question, but it has merit and whether we like it or not every story of success is tinged with the luck. You were at the right place, with the right product and you met the right person.

Leadership Lessons From Car Tires

Leadership Freak

Organizations and individuals remain stuck because they don’t understand and/or can’t endure the disorienting unbalance “new” always creates. Wise leaders understand prepare for, accept, and work through the pains of disequilibrium. Unbalance always precedes balance. From the garage: The tires on your car are balanced on spin balance machines. Technicians spin the tires and add [.].

7 top tips for building rapport

My Own Coach

Here are seven top tips for building effortless rapport : Don’t worry about what to say just go into each conversation with the other person in mind. Listen and ask questions about the other person. Then ask some more questions!

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Jason Garrett: The “Quiet” Coach

First Friday Book Synopsis

In her recently published book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain examines the advantages and disadvantages of being primarily an introvert. As she explains, an introvert prefers one-on-one conversations to group activities; also, solitude, reflection before action, unhurried introspection, listening rather than talking, doing rather than talking [.].

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Handy Lines for Common Sense Management

Execupundit

"Cut it out." "Can Can you give me your third paragraph first?" "And And then what?" "How How will this benefit the organization?" Where did these numbers come from?" "Can Can you put that in plain language?" "No." No." "We We can't afford it." "Who Who is your most valuable employee?" "Who Who is your best 'idea person?'" "Always give me more than three options." "How How was that translated once it reached the field?" Have you talked to him/her about the problem?" "I I need time to think." "I

Leadership Lessons From Car Tires

Leadership Freak

Organizations and individuals remain stuck because they don’t understand and/or can’t endure the disorienting unbalance “new” always creates. Wise leaders understand prepare for, accept, and work through the pains of disequilibrium. Unbalance always precedes balance. From the garage: The tires on your car are balanced on spin balance machines. Technicians spin the tires and add [.].

The Importance of Connecting with Lower-level Employees

LDRLB

This is a guest post from Greg Blencoe who is the author of the book The Supermanager: A Short Story About the Secrets of an Extremely Successful Manager. Disconnected. That is a word that describes far too many leaders. One of the biggest pitfalls of being promoted into a leadership position is retiring from reality by succumbing to the “perks” of the job. You have a big office. You may have your own bathroom. Employees have to be nice to you.

The Watchman’s Rattle: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction Rebecca D. Costa Vanguard Press (2010) How and why we must accept “the title of realists-in-search of-a-solution, not doomsayers….” Frankly, I did not know quite what to expect as I began to read this book but soon realized that Rebecca Costa combines the defining characteristics of [.].

This April we’ll be showering you with training opportunities

Bud to Boss

Are you getting spring fever? If you’re itching to get out of the office for a few days, but still want to be productive, you’re in luck. April will be our busiest month ever for training camps, so you have lots of options about where to go and what to learn. We hope to see you at one of these great events: At the always popular Bud to Boss Training Camp , trainers from the Kevin Eikenberry Group guide smart, ambitious first-time managers to success. Upcoming sessions: April 2-3: Boston. .

The Importance of Connecting with Lower-level Employees

LDRLB

This is a guest post from Greg Blencoe who is the author of the book The Supermanager: A Short Story About the Secrets of an Extremely Successful Manager. Disconnected. That is a word that describes far too many leaders. One of the biggest pitfalls of being promoted into a leadership position is retiring from reality by succumbing to the “perks” of the job. You have a big office. You may have your own bathroom. Employees have to be nice to you.

Music Break: Great Song/Bizarre Video

Execupundit

Lyle Lovett with " In My Own Mind

7 Steps to Enhance U.S. Competitiveness

Harvard Business Review

As we mentioned in an earlier blog post , the United States is poised for a manufacturing renaissance that is being driven by the changing economics of global production. Costs are rising in China. Given the significantly higher productivity of U.S. workers, and the fact that manufacturing at home eliminates a host of problems inherent in long-distance supply chains, many companies are doing the math and choosing to build new plants in the United States rather than overseas.

There are Days When.

Execupundit

It will take longer than expected. Someone won't be with the program. Resources will be limited. Orders will be confusing. Promises won't be kept. The plan will have to be changed. Opponents will throw curves. The easy will get hard. The hard will get really hard. Information will be sparse. Fatigue will cause mistakes. Expectations will be unreasonable. Communication glitches will spread. The mission will be forgotten. Turf will be king

Strengths-Based Ministry

Deep Imprints

This morning, I was reading my Strengths-Based newsletter from Gallup , and a concept struck me. Here is the activating sentence: Of the millions of employees Gallup has surveyed, just over half have a clear understanding of what’s expected of them when they show up to work every day.

Thank You From Marilyn, Roald, and John

Execupundit

Emily Esfahani Smith discusses the lost art of the thank-you note. An excerpt: Dahl's letter is the best of the bunch because it not only covers the same essential ground Monroe's note does, and with compassion and tenderness, but it makes the recipient feel infinitely special. Think about your favorite childhood author writing you, and only you, these words: "You are the first person in the world who has sent me one of these and it intrigued me very much

Cinnamon, Teen Peer Pressure and Self-Esteem

Building Personal Strength

"The Cinnamon Challenge." Young teens dare each other to swallow a tablespoon of cinnamon in less than a minute without water. Many teens see it as a popular way to have a lot of fun. Part of the excitement is to make a video of yourself doing it and post it on YouTube.

Quote of the Day

Execupundit

If everyone agrees with you, they probably don't mean it. Anonymous

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How a New Partnership Can Help Smaller Firms Win

Harvard Business Review

For Jeco Plastic Products, 2011 was a landmark year. Since 1979, the manufacturer has employed a 25-person staff, designing and producing highly-durable plastic molding at its Plainfield, Indiana facility. Yet, in the 33 years since its founding, international competition — a rising challenge to domestic manufacturers across the country — has threatened to erode the company's core business.

A CEO Succession Horse Race Isn't Such a Bad Idea

Harvard Business Review

When Johnson & Johnson named vice chairman Alex Gorsky as its next CEO, the company concluded a very public succession race that began in 2010 between Gorsky and fellow vice chairman Sheri McCoy. It remains to be seen if Johnson & Johnson will be able to retain McCoy now that she has been passed over for the top job. However, one thing is certain: if she leaves, many governance experts will blame the loss on the company's "horse race" succession strategy.

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