Wed.Jan 18, 2012

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10 Lies Men Believe

Ron Edmondson

I sat with a man recently. He’s lost his job, can’t find another and it’s having an impact on his marriage. I quickly diagnosed his real problem. Not that I’m an expert in diagnosing problems, but I’ve seen this one many times and his language made it clear.

Engaging Employees to Increase Engagement

Kevin Eikenberry

Leaders everywhere these days are talking about how to create more engaged employees. Consultants, authors, and speakers are consulting, writing, and speaking about the importance of increased employee engagement. It is a trend that makes good sense. In Gallup’s most recent survey, they found only 28% of employees actively engaged, which they define as: Engaged [.]. Accountability Empowerment Leadership Learning employee engagement engagement strategies student engagement

Leading Yourself Out of the Victim Role

Aspire-CS

In some deep recess inside, I am a biologist. It’s where I started my career, and it continues to be a part of my way of seeing the world. I watch a lot of nature shows, especially the ones with animals in them that we don’t normally get to see in our backyard. I find that if I stretch my thinking a bit, the world we live in could be seen a lot like the natural world where the stronger, bigger animals prey on the weaker, smaller ones.

How to Get Your Leadership Resolutions Back on Track

Next Level Blog

A new year brings with it the promise of change, but desire quickly gets crowded out by reality. Lists of resolutions are made and then fade. Part of the problem is the length of the lists themselves. When it comes to making meaningful change in how you show up as a leader this year, less is more. You can improve your odds of success by reducing the number of items on your leadership improvement list down to the one or two things that would make the biggest difference.

Want Credibility? Be Consistent.

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Ah, the beginning of a new year! As the celebrations and parties come to an end, don’t let complacency take over in the office. While it may seem like you can rely on the recognition and awards you just handed out last month, now you have to back it up. Instead of viewing this as [.]. Leadership Development consistency credibility Gratitude humility praise

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People Prefer to Work with People That They Like – (a Lesson from Guy Kawasaki about “How to Interact Well” with Clients & Customers)

First Friday Book Synopsis

“Likable” — having qualities that bring about a favorable regard ————— So, I was talking to a consultant this morning. He has a client who provides a very common product – something that companies can buy from others, and they buy it constantly. So, they need to “set themselves apart,” and “product” is not the [.]. Randy's blog entries client interactions customer service Enchantment Guy Kawasaki likability

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Trustworthy Business Behavior

Leading in Context

Trust Across America has published its list of "The Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior 2012.". Ethical Leader Ethical Organization

Zen Manager – What Zen Can Teach You About Managing Your Business Better

Management 4-1-1

At first pass, the word Zen conjures up images of dark rooms, with incense burning in the corner. There’s probably a person sitting in full lotus murmuring, “ohhhooooommm” over and over again. Not exactly the person you may take business advice from.

Managing Organizational Complexity & Change

Create Learning

The complexity and change of your work is increasing. You are constantly having to organize information available to you, and determine how to best use that information to make choices.

How to Move Through Uncertainty to Opportunity

Leadership Freak

Image source Ineffective leaders require certainty before they act, I am certain. On the other hand, successful leaders make decisions where outcomes are uncertain. Leadership is rich with uncertainty. Turbulent times, regulations and compliance, technology, politics, people, and global markets enflame uncertainty. Additionally, complex challenges have more than one solution. A surprising juxtaposition: “Trustworthy leaders [.].

Warning: There's a 90% chance you suck as a boss

Chartered Management Institute

93% of drivers think they are better than average. The aforementioned finding from a famous study into illusory superiority is perhaps the most famous example of our difficulty in accurately gauging our own merits. As a cognitive bias it crops up time after time, not least in the CMI's own CompareTheManager research during which 50% of managers thought managing people was their main strength, a point of view that was in reality only found 13% of the time.

Your New Job: What Would Sherlock Holmes Do?

Linked 2 Leadership

Influence Your Office On Day One: Five Essential Tips for Navigating a New Job “WWSHD” When you start a new job, take a moment to think and ask yourself this: ”WWSHD?” ” (What Would Sherlock Holmes Do?) What garnered Sherlock Holmes, arguably the most famous fictional detective of all time enormous respect in the eyes of his colleagues [.].

Seeing is Believing (Most of the Time)

Rajesh Setty

Seeing is believing. Yes, but NOT always. Here is an example. Take a look at this static image. Does not look static, does it? How about this one? And, what about this one? My analysis of the last image is that it was deliberately created to mislead you.

A Team of Rival Perspectives

LDRLB

One element that fosters creativity is the ability to see an issue from multiple angles. When leaders build mechanisms that give them these various perspectives, they are more likely to see creative solutions. One fascinating example is that of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was the surprise winner of a hotly contested primary that included personal attacks and attempted coup d’etats.

Take Responsibility For Your Titanic Mistakes

Tim Milburn

By now, you have probably heard about the tragic accident that took place on Friday, January 13, 2012. The Carnival Cruise Ship Costa Concordia ran aground just off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy.

The Creative Habit: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life Twyla Tharp Simon & Schuster ((2006) Enjoy the pleasure of her company and the magic of her mind As is my custom when a new year begins, I recently re-read this book and The Collaborative Habit. The insights that Twyla Tharp shares in them are, [.].

Quote of the Day

Execupundit

Cowardice does not make you safe. It makes you a safe target. Dale Amon

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Seeing is Believing (Most of the Time)

Rajesh Setty

Seeing is believing. Yes, but NOT always. Here is an example. Take a look at this static image. Does not look static, does it? How about this one? And, what about this one? My analysis of the last image is that it was deliberately created to mislead you.

Juggling Five Balls of Life

The Practical Leader

January is the time Heather and I review the past year and refocus our vision on the years ahead. We look at family, house or home, our careers, our physical health, our financial health, community involvement, spiritual growth, and social life.

70% of All Leaders are Followers and Not Very Good Ones!

CO2

As organizations grow larger and more complex, leaders are often surprised by the unintended consequences of their decisions. Leaders can’ t anticipate everything. They must make the best decisions they can with the information they have. But they also should anticipate unintended consequences and be prepared to reassess changes they’ve implemented.

Train Your Brain to Focus

Harvard Business Review

Next time you are sitting in a meeting, take a look around. The odds are high that you will see your colleagues checking screens, texting, and emailing while someone is talking or making a presentation. Many of us are proud of our prowess in multitasking , and wear it like a badge of honor. Multitasking may help us check off more things on our to-do lists.

Do you take action?

My Own Coach

A plan is all well and good, but are you actually carrying out that plan? What is your progress? Indeed, how often do you measure your progress and how do you quantify it? The most successful leaders take action – and often BIG action, at that!

Presence and Performance: A Simple Formula

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

. Where are you: Left side of this graphic leads to burnout! Right side leads to thriving! From: Adapted from the Energy Project. Leadership development

Today’s thoughts January 18, 2012

Rapid BI

#blog #ceo Is Amazon the best kept secret, a social media platform Is Amazon the secret social media platform? Looking at the statistics of Amazon we forget just how much many of us trust and use the platform – for that is what it is. Its nolonger just a “store” but a marketplace. So Amazon [.]. ecademy

The Real SOPA Battle: Innovators vs. Goliath

Harvard Business Review

Looking around the web today, you're going to see a few things that are a bit different. Wikipedia is going dark. WordPress is too. Google has its logo blocked out. Twitter is absolutely abuzz. It all relates to legislation known as SOPA in front of the US House of Representatives, and PIPA in front of the US Senate. If you'd like to understand what the legislation would actually mean for the Internet, you can see HBR's earlier coverage about the bill from before it was renamed.

Art Break: Kees van Dongen

Execupundit

Art Contrarian gives examples of the fashion art of Kees van Dongen

What Wise Leaders Always Follow

Harvard Business Review

This post is part of the HBR Insight Center, The Next Generation of Global Leaders. Smart leaders make New Year resolutions and set quarterly milestones, charting progress against ambitious plans and goals. Wise leaders, however, take a different approach: they root themselves in a noble purpose, align it with a compelling vision, and then take action — not just for that year, but for the rest of their lives.

Cruise Ship Disaster

Execupundit

gCaptain has a Costa Concordia news page. Note the photo from space

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A Team of Rival Perspectives

LDRLB

One element that fosters creativity is the ability to see an issue from multiple angles. When leaders build mechanisms that give them these various perspectives, they are more likely to see creative solutions. One fascinating example is that of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was the surprise winner of a hotly contested primary that included personal attacks and attempted coup d’etats.

Finding Wisdom in the Unrelated

Execupundit

Wally Bock has sound advice: Read outside your field. Consider how often you have discovered great insight on Topic A while reading about Topic Z

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How IBM's Sam Palmisano Redefined the Global Corporation

Harvard Business Review

In the 20th century, a select group of leaders — General Motor's Alfred Sloan, HP's David Packard and Bill Hewlett, and GE's Jack Welch — set the standard for the way corporations are run. In the 21st century only IBM's Sam Palmisano has done so. When Palmisano retired this month, the media chronicled his success by focusing on IBM's 21% annual growth in earnings per share and its increase in market capitalization to $218 billion.

Health Food

Execupundit

The Pioneer Woman gives her recipes for perfect iced coffee and citrus butter cookies. Now if only she would make home deliveries

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Nine Do’s and Don’ts for Dealing with the Disgruntled

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Rosabeth Moss Kanter for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * In a volatile world, anxiety and uncertainty make people [.].

Guidance for building a credible plan

Crossderry Blog

Glen Alleman suggests that you download this and put it to work on projects. However, for some the defense focus and jargon are daunting or off putting. My suggestion for putting this guidance to work: first transform the tables into a checklist or two. . The “validity” topic focuses you on whether a plan is ready for “prime time” Use this when evaluating early stage gates. .