Wed.Feb 26, 2014

Life & Leadership Lessons from a Lemonade Stand

General Leadership

“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”. Mother Teresa. Seven-year-old Lucy Mixson had never seen a homeless person. Until she met Charlie. Charlie was a little rough around the edges. He wore a tattered sweater, stained jeans, and an oversize baseball cap that was tilted slightly to one side. Yet, despite his well-worn external features, Charlie sported a smile that could melt the hardest of hearts. He radiated a joy that seemed displaced given his current predicament.

How To Be a Bridge Over Troubled Water

Lead Change Blog

Leading both a company and those involved with the company can be a stressful task, but this problem is made worse when you’re trying to lead others through difficult times. However, as an executive it’s your job not only to lead, but to ensure that those you are leading remain comfortable and confident in your [.]

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The 7 Lenses of Ethical Leadership

Leading Blog

This post is by Linda Fisher Thornton the author of 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership. Our understanding of "ethical leadership" has not been clear enough to guide us through today’s complex ethical choices. We know from recent widespread ethical lapses in the business world that some leaders do not fully consider what will happen to others when they take actions that profit them and their businesses.

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How Do We Achieve Corporate Integrity?

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton In the quest for corporate integrity, we must do a number of things well. We need to have clear expectations for what ethical leadership looks like in our organization; we need a congruent system for managing ethics that sends a consistent message; and we need a clear message about what taking responsibility for ethics really means to us.

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Benefits in a Pandemic: What HR Leaders Need to Know

Building a benefits program for a diverse workforce has always been a top priority, but now it’s become both more important and complex with so much change and uncertainty. Download our latest guide that features emerging benefits employees expect in 2021 and beyond.

The Six Rules of Office Politics

Leadership Freak

An adversarial relationship with a skilled office politician destroys opportunities. It could end your career. You despise their shenanigans, but unless you have authority to deal with them, learn to get along. Office… Continue reading → Backstabbers Culture Influence Leading Taking others higher adversarial relationship Leadership Development Office Politics

When Work is Play

Let's Grow Leaders

Work should be fun, but should it be playful? Pause here. What were your first reactions when you read those words? Perhaps some of these thoughts are running through your mind… “Work is not fun, that’s why they call it work” “Play” is not good for my leadership image “Sometimes, in the right context.” ” In […] The post When Work is Play appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders.

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How to behave like a leader


. Many organizations espouse a set of “leadership competencies”; lists of abilities or traits that their leaders and leaders-in-training need to get proficient at. These competencies are a great start to conversations that must be taken to become a good or great leader in any organization. However, they aren’t always descriptive enough for leaders who want to improve themselves to know the actual tactical behaviors needed to hone their craft.

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Why Don’t Leaders Get Along?

Kevin Eikenberry

I don’t often (ok, basically never) write about politics or the political system, except to look for lessons we can learn from what our leaders are doing (or not doing). I’ll get to the lesson, but first, the frustration most all of us share. Why can’t our Congress and our President get along? I mean, […]. Building Relationships Collaboration Communication Influence Leadership Leadership Communication Learning Congress Obama President

Pitfalls to Avoid When Starting a Business

Women on Business

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Your Greatest Source of Influence

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Your character is your greatest source of influence, no matter what your role or position. Your character is the expression of who you are. And influential character is built on a foundation of integrity. I have never facilitated the process of identifying values where some form of integrity didn’t end at the top of the list. Because integrity sets the stage – it is the commitment to consistently act on your values. Without integrity, none of your other values matter.

How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

See it Do it - Time Management System

CEO Blog

I recently lead a Time Management seminar loosely based on my Time Management book. One of the best ways to learn is to teach and preparing for the seminar reminded me of many of the systems I need to re-incorporate into my life. When I asked what people got from it. One point people liked was See it - Do it. Hardly needs explaining. Often we see something simple like a bit of dirt that needs wiping or a dish that needs cleaning. It causes stress to have things undone.

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14 Attributes Of Great Coaches

Eric Jacobson

Today, I am pleased to share again a guest post from Garret Kramer of InnerSports LLC about how to be a great coach: 14 Attributes of Great Coaches By Garret Kramer, Author of Stillpower: Excellence with Ease in Sports and Life There are many, many coaching manuals and books on the market today. Unfortunately, virtually all of them provide an external blueprint or "positive" guide to successful coaching and leadership.

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Two Lessons from Harold Ramis, Learned by Stephen Tobolowsky

First Friday Book Synopsis

This is from Remembering Harold Ramis: What he taught me about comedy on the set of Groundhog Day by Stephen Tobolowsky. (Mr. Tobolowsky is from Dallas, by the way). Lesson #1 – We all need Heroes (call them mentors; models… call them whatever you want. But, you need them…): At one break Harold came up […]. Randy''s blog entries

I got fired and lived to tell about it

Dave Bratcher

Have you ever been fired? February 22, 2011 is a date I will remember for the rest of my life. It was a day which included sadness, fear, and embarrassment. If you have been there before, you know what I am talking about. After this happened to me, a plan was immediately put into place to find a new job. Other things, like starting this blog , growing my education, and investing in myself became a focus. If the ship sinks, you need a life raft.

COVID & the Future of Work: Insights from Paycor’s C-Suite

In Paycor’s newest report, our Chief Executive and Group Leaders consider how your clients will recruit, manage their workforce, optimize benefits, and foster employee experience in the new normal of 2020 and beyond. For actionable insights and tips download and share our guide with your clients!

Where Does a Struggling Leader Go for Help? Here are 7 Suggestions

Ron Edmondson

This is written to the struggling leader. I frequently hear from you. Email appears to be a safe place to reach out to someone — and for that I’m thankful. Some of my pastor friends are lonely or about to collapse. There are some business leaders crashing. Recently, someone emailed me for help and I told them email alone was not enough. As much as I appreciated the opportunity, this pastor needed more. Which prompted a great question. Where does the Christian leader go for help?

PAiLS Book Released This Week

Chris Brady

My new book PAiLS is now available wherever books are sold (including here). I hope you enjoy it! [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Books

The Advisor’s Corner – How Should I, as a Leader, Communicate?

Strategy Driven

Question : Everyone talks about communication being a problem in our company. As a leader, what am I supposed to do about it? StrategyDriven Response : (by Roxi Hewertson, StrategyDriven Principal Contributor).

10 Great Quotes from the Greek Playwright, Sophocles

Building Personal Strength

Sophocles (496-406 BC) Not many young people are made to read the Greek classics in school anymore. So I wonder how many of us today are familiar with the plays of Sophocles, who was born about 500 years before Christ and lived to be 90 years old. He was raised in a wealthy family and so was well-educated. In his life he wrote over 120 plays, the most famous of which is probably Oedipus the King. With such a prolific literary output, many of the things he wrote are still quoted for their wisdom.

Why HR Technology Matters Now More Than Ever

When a crisis hits, HR technology gives business leaders the data, tools, and support to make important business decisions quickly. In this report, Josh Bersin breaks down the 4 key benefits of HR tech and demonstrates through case studies how business leaders can leverage it to solve problems and grow. Download this report to learn more!

The Second Step Towards a Life In Balance

The Idolbuster

Choose your date wisely. The people you choose to be with are a strong predictor of what you value and how you live. As I wrote in the last post, a shift in identity will start you down the path towards a balanced life. However if everyone around you is bragging about how many events they missed because of work, eventually your hours will start to creep back up. To make the changes last, you’ll need a community of people to support you.

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RapidBI Daily Business Cartoon #23

Rapid BI

”The government says we need to replace our corporate ladder with a ramp.” ” This of course is just one version of what could have been going on. I would love to here what you think they were saying, add your one liner below! cartoon Business Management

Exceptional Companies Commit To These Three Rules

Eric Jacobson

Findings from Deloitte Consulting , as highlighted in its infographic advertisement in the March 2014 issue of The Atlantic magazine caught my attention today. Using 45 years of data from more than 25,000 companies, Deloitte Consulting says that 174 exceptional companies stood out from the rest of the pack (344 statistically qualified as "exceptional").

Don’t Let Your Career Cause Regrets in Your Personal Life

Harvard Business Review

When I was in my early days as CEO of Quest Diagnostics, working hard to turn around a then-troubled company, my daughter suffered a life-threatening illness. She was a freshman in college in a distant city. As any parent would, I rushed to her bedside. As I stood there, contemplating her uncertain future, I was seized with regret, thinking about my frequent absences during her young life. I talked with her frankly about those regrets.

Workplace Mask Policy & Return to Work Templates

Paycor’s comprehensive checklist and customizable letters will help you re-start your business and welcome your team back to a new normal.

Why Your Business Might One Day Accept Bitcoin (or Something Like It)

Harvard Business Review

Every day seems to bring a new headline about Bitcoin, the digital currency first created in 2008 by the pseudonymous programmer Satoshi Nakamoto. Yesterday’s news that Mt. Gox, the largest Bitcoin exchange in the world, will file for bankruptcy owing to the theft of nearly six percent of the world supply of bitcoins is a reminder that the digital currency is far from ready for primetime.

In the Messiness of Life, What’s Fair to Employers?

Harvard Business Review

If you’re interviewing for a job and pregnant, should you keep your pregnancy a secret? Or do you have an obligation to tell your prospective employer? When I posed this question on LinkedIn, about half the responses defended a woman’s right to hide her pregnancy from a potential employer. The other half insisted that employers have a right to know: withholding information is dishonest, and could potentially cause the employer great harm.

Coping Techniques for Lonely Change Leaders

Harvard Business Review

Leading change in large organizations is hard work and offers little instant gratification. To sustain the energy to lead that change, innovators must take proactive steps to protect their psyches. Many commentators on innovation focus on the substance and approach to work; however, they abstract away the mental grit needed to cope with what often can be a lonely existence. Below, I draw on my experiences leading change efforts in sectors and institutions as varied as the government (the U.S.

The Dark Side of Retirement

Harvard Business Review

A retired CEO, Jerry was a sad, aging man who reflected constantly on the emptiness of his life. Listening to him, it became clear to me that he had never had any interests outside work. And the prospect of spending time at home with a partner who seemed to have turned into a stranger made him all the more depressed. For people like Jerry the public recognition that accompanies a position at the top of an organization becomes the most meaningful dimension of their lives.


11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

European Businesses Wake Up to the Value of an MBA Degree

Harvard Business Review

At the beginning of the 2000s, the salary bump from getting an MBA in the U.S. was 50% greater than that from a European MBA, but over the subsequent decade the gap declined almost to zero as European companies began to view business degrees as highly desirable, say François Collet and Luis Vives of Ramon Llull University in Spain. One consequence has been a rise by non-U.S. institutions in business-school rankings, which are heavily dependent on post-MBA salaries.

What Google “Glassholes” Reveal About Managing Innovation

Harvard Business Review

As digital devices go, Google Glass is ingeniously provocative. But does it also risk being innovatively insulting, as well? That fear explains why Google is publicly asking its lead users not to behave like “Glassholes” : “Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don’t get snappy….” Google recently posted. “If If you’re asked to turn your phone off, turn Glass off as well.

Will Spanish Help You Reach the U.S. Hispanic Market? It Depends

Harvard Business Review

The Hispanic market will represent $1.5 trillion in purchasing power by 2015 and 30% of the U.S. population by 2050. Business leaders who are contemplating how to reach such an enormous market segment, especially through their digital presence, often ask me the same question: “Do we really need Spanish, or can we get by with just English?”. A study from the Pew Hispanic Center shows that 82% of Latino adults in the U.S.