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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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?

How To Lead Worldwide

Joseph Lalonde

T hat day was a special day, I was sixteen years old and getting my very first pager (yes, you read that right). I had saved up for a month, which was a miracle back then and ready to enter the “digital age.”. Image by JD Hancock.

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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?

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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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

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Some Useful Questions for Executives and Managers


"Is this one of those situations in which the poorest employee should be treated the same as the best employee?" "If If competence were a crime, would there be enough evidence for a conviction?"

5 Ways to Build Organizational Strength in Risk-Taking Arena

Linked 2 Leadership

Because business, technology, and economics have changed so drastically, today’s leaders and organizations need to provide for stability during times of chaos. They need to excel at the implementation of change in shifting work environments. And they need to provide tenacity of purpose that offers surety and clarity in times of uncertainty. Unfortunately, these practices […].

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.

Suppression and Empowerment in Black History and Women’s History

C-Level Strategies

Lisa Petrilli Interviews Civil Rights Activist Dr. Gerald Durley. In this last week of February as we transition from Black History Month to Women’s History Month, there is a very special conversation that is on my mind, because it represents the powerful intersection of the two.

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.

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).

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.

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The Persuader Rule


Ethical issues, a chilling of the attorney-client relationship, and added costs for employers? Expect to hear more about "the persuader rule" in the days ahead. Read the rest of the letter (via SHRM) opposing the Department of Labor''s proposed rule. See also: HR Professionals magazine The Hill

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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

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Paging Dr. Zorba


Out to see the doc. Back soon


Pitfalls to Avoid When Starting a Business

Women on Business

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Quote of the Day


Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better. Emile Coue


Picking up where we left off

Managing Leadership

A new start. This site has just changed web hosts, and will be undergoing some adjustments here and there as it settles in to its new home. Please do bear with me during this. I would like to note that the hiatus in activity here this past year or so notwithstanding, I have not abandoned the argument – an important one, really – against the concept of leadership as perceived and promoted by the “Modern Leadership Movement” (MLM); I will be continuing it here presently.

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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.

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.

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.