Thu.Nov 17, 2011

Tim Tebow: Unconventional Just May Mean Revolutionary

Chris Brady

As a father I am constantly on the lookout for lessons, stories, experiences, and role models that will be edifying for the development of my children. Several years ago, while he was still a. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Contemporary Leadership Sports

Not All Metrics Are Created Equal

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. All leaders measure things – the question is are they measuring the right things, for the right reasons, and at the right times?

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Six Questions to Make Sure You Have Communicated Effectively

The Recovering Engineer

The communication process really should be easy. You say something to another person. They hear it. They act in a way that is consistent with what you said. End of discussion. And, it’s not quite that easy.

Where Do You Stand Among the World’s Greatest Leaders?

C-Level Strategies

I had the good fortune to be sent the book, “ The Final Summit ” by Andy Andrews , an author I had not read before but whose words I found moving and whose story I found captivating.

A Leader’s Worst Day…

Ron Edmondson

…can often be the best day for the organization! Leaders are called to make difficult decisions. Leaders are often forced to be unpopular for a season. Leaders can’t make everyone happy and be successful. Leaders are sometimes forced into a lonely position.

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Do you have enough?

Deep Imprints

Would you believe I just figured out yesterday that Thanksgiving is next week? With the holidays in full swing, sometimes it is easy to get buried in our lists and worries while losing the big picture. Ephesians 4:17-32 meet us perfectly right before the holidays.

On Penn State and Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development I was having dinner with my family last weekend, and we got to talking about the tragic events at Penn State. My 14-year-old son firmly expressed his opinion. He essentially explained that Joe Paterno should have been allowed to coach through the rest of the season. During the conversation he mentioned things like, “greatest coach [.] On Penn State and Leadership. Leadership Development Character-based Leadership influence Leadership Responsibility team

The Power in “Non-Commissioned Work”

ReThink HR

Creativity… If you think about the core of creativity… we are at our most creative when we have. the free will, the free space, and. the free time, … to be creative. At times our best work is done when we are not paid to do it! Commissioned work versus Non-commissioned work… When you think about the core of work… we do good work in our paid work environments. But often that paid or commissioned work has requirements.

3 simple ways to botch your awards program

The Organized Executive's Blog

It doesn’t take much to undermine the value of your employee recognition program. Fail to pay attention to detail and the money you spent on the certificates, plaques or other tokens will be worthless. It takes only a little care to avoid these three errors in your awards: Misspelling the recipient’s name. Even if Anne is used to people forgetting the “e” in her name, that’s no excuse for you not to remember it.

There Are Too Many Presenters Who “Suck” At It – Don’t Be One Of Them

First Friday Book Synopsis

“In industry, we pretty much suck at it.” – a participant at my last training session, a department head at a major company, commenting on the presentation skills of far too many people. ———— I make a lot of presentations. I teach speech. And I study speech and presentation skills. If I have areas of [.]. Randy's blog entries presentation skills speaking writing

The Device Specs Debate and How it Applies to Online Communities

Managing Communities

photo credit: grabbingsand Scott M. Fulton, II of ReadWriteWeb wrote earlier this week (care of my friend Jared W. Smith) about the debate in technology media circles about the value of device specs in tech reviews. The discussion is centered around this question: when it comes to reviewing a device, just how important are the [.]. Developing Your Community

“Don’t Try This at Home” – George Clooney, Jock Mahoney (Yancy Derringer), and a Lesson in Preparation

First Friday Book Synopsis

“Neglect, carelessness and not clearing the stunt area are usually what causes accidents. Preparation is absolutely essential to any successful stunt. You have to go through a stunt in your mind — over and over again as if you’ve already done it. The stuntman must keep his mental separation from all that’s going around him. [.]. Randy's blog entries George Clooney Jock Mahoney preparation stunts Syriana Yancy Derringer

Why a Coaching Relationship? Innovation Happens

Create Learning

Every employee is entitled to have a competent manager with the capability to bring value to their problem solving and decision making. This can be accomplished through the Exponent Leadership Process. Contact Mike make your team and leaders better.

The One and Only Reason to Help

Leadership Freak

Competent people are insulted when you try to help them do their job. They think, “You don’t trust me.” Managers must know when to step in or stay out. Help too quickly and you’re a smothering meddler; delay too long and you don’t care. When it comes to helping others, their confidence levels matter. Overconfident [.]. Leading Managing Stress Taking others higher Growth Leadership Development

Dress Code


Simple dress code: If your clothing, hygiene, or appearance keeps you from being able to perform the job safely and professionally, then a change will be required. Who makes that determination? Management. Are such determinations ever subjective? Does the fact that it is subjective really matter?

leadership, Kim Kardashian, and Personal Values

Linked 2 Leadership

Remember the days when personal values were things we bragged about? We were proud to live by a set of standards—many of which were handed on by our grandparents. “The standards were grounded in an ethic of hard work and a spirit of generosity. It’s upsetting every time we read about a prominent figure that [.]. Leadership Lessons Learned Life Balance Professional Development moral choices personal development personal growth personal values values

What Makes a Great Teacher?

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article that appeared in The Atlantic(January/February 2010) in which Amanda Ripley shares what she learned about recent efforts to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning in public schools. She also discusses Teach for America (TFA), a non-profit organization founded by Wendy Kopp in 1990 after she graduated from [.].

Build Your Personal Value Proposition

Harvard Business Review

Executives set value propositions for their products — the target market segments, the benefits they provide, and their prices. It's why a target customer should buy the product. But value propositions go beyond just products. Your personal value proposition (PVP) is at the heart of your career strategy. It's the foundation for everything in a job search and career progression — targeting potential employers, attracting the help of others, and explaining why you're the one to pick.

Can I Just Say, Have You Been Reading Our Blog? It Really Is Worth Reading

First Friday Book Synopsis

I am a little busier than I have been. I write blog posts when I can. And I fall behind reading our other blogging team members, especially Bob Morris, and have to catch up. So – let me just say — have you been reading Bob Morris lately on our blog? Now, he puts up [.]. Randy's blog entries

Break Through the Glass Ceiling

Women on Business

In the recent decades women have moved forwards in leaps and bounds, gaining voting rights and steady jobs. It has gone from something unusual and strange to the norm in society to have both members of a household working in steady jobs. However, despite all of the changes that have occurred, the 2010 Catalyst Census and surveys by CareerCurve Workforce Solutions have shown there is still a “glass ceiling” in the workplace. Surprisingly though it is not as strong a barrier as it once was.

Beyond basic brainstorming: A process for better ideas

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Coaching [link] Today’s SmartBlog on Leadership, Beyond basic brainstorming: A process for better ideas, is by Kevin Eikenberry, who is an expert on leadership development, author, speaker, trainer, consultant and coach. In Kevin’s article, he discusses the flaws of the standard brainstorming model and offers a new approach to ensure greater success with your team’s efforts. Beyond basic brainstorming: A process for better ideas.

Fire All the Managers

Harvard Business Review

An interview with Gary Hamel , director of the Management Innovation eXchange and author of the HBR article First, Let's Fire All the Managers. Download this podcast. Innovation Managing people

Customer Intimacy vs. Customer Satisfaction


When helping clients with strategic plans and business model generation, I encourage them to choose one of three paths.

What The Colts Can Teach Us About Team Building

Harvard Business Review

The Indianapolis Colts are 0-10. For the last nine seasons, the Colts have made the Playoffs. Under the leadership of their future Hall of Fame quarterback, Peyton Manning , they won the Super Bowl in 2007 and lost one in 2010. This team has been a perennial contender in the League. From the coaching crew to the players, people have considered the Colts a solid and balanced ball club. And yet, they've lost ten games and won none this season in the National Football League (NFL).

Little Notes


There are several secrets to the little notes that can make such a difference to others. The first is not to procrastinate. If you wait for more time or the right mood you may discover that the proper moment has been lost and the impact of the note has been diminished.


Recommended Resource – Make Every Second Count

Strategy Driven

Make Every Second Count : Time Management Tips and Techniques for More Success With Less Stress by Robert W.

Art Break: Everett


Art Contrarian on the work of Walter H. Everett


Book Review: Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers


I am fascinated by change. Well, not really. Like most humans I am quite threaten by change. However, as an organizational scholar, I am fascinated by how some organizations managed to successfully lead their people through change and others fail miserably. For this reason, I was excited to read and review the updated version of Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers (full disclosure: I was provided a review copy by the publisher). In Sacred Cows , Robert Kriegel and David Brandt explore change.

Extraordinary Blogs


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Get to Know Your Boss's Boss

Harvard Business Review

Many people meet their boss's boss when they are hired, and then promptly forget about her. But does your manager's manager know what you've done recently? What does he think of you? If you can't answer these questions, then getting to know this leader could advance your career. Your boss's boss has a broader perspective on your organization than you (or your boss), and can see more of what's coming down the pike — be it new products or possible new assignments.

California's Regulatory Morass


Last year, a medical-technology firm called Numira Biosciences, founded in 2005 in Irvine, California, packed its bags and moved to Salt Lake City. The relocation, CEO Michael Beeuwsaert told the Orange County Register, was partly about the Utah destination’s pleasant quality of life and talented workforce. But there was a big “push factor,” too: California’s steepening taxes and ever-thickening snarl of government regulations.

Put Employees First! Now, That’s an Idea Whose Time Is Overdue!

Management is a Journey

Command and control leadership is increasingly recognized as an inappropriate primary leadership style for many modern organizations. The declining utility of this style has occurred over the last several decades and it has been accelerated in this new millennium. While command and control leadership style has its place (particularly in an immediate crisis mode or [.]. Videos Business Trends leadership management motivation organizational productivity people skills

Bodacious Shelby


The Hammock Papers notes that today is Shelby Foote's birthday and provides some video and thoughts. I could listen to Shelby Foote read the yellow pages. Instead of Talk Like a Pirate Day, there should be a Talk Like Shelby Foote Day. We'd be a better nation

A Few Ideas for Beleaguered Innovators

Harvard Business Review

Keep the faith. That's what I said to a client who is going through a crisis of confidence. Over the summer he had put together the underpinnings of what on paper looked like a promising growth business. But — as is usually the case — the more he analyzes, the more he doubts; the more he shows the results of his analysis to senior leaders, the more questions they ask, and the more they doubt.