Sun.Dec 18, 2011

The Demise Of the Org Chart (And the Overs and Unders)

Terry Starbucker

“The days of leading countries or companies via a one-way conversation are over. The old system of ‘command and control’ — using carrots and sticks — to exert power over people is fast being replaced by ‘connect and collaborate’ — to generate power through people.” - Dov Seidman.

Searching For That Special Holiday Gift? 5 of My Favorites


Look no further. These gifts will come straight from the heart and give back to you tenfold through stronger followers and organizations. They take some effort, but all are free. Your staff and your company will be forever grateful, and you will lead with greater ease.

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Do You Support Innovation?


My fingers clutched the only two stones protruding from the dry and dusty escarpment. A ninety-degree drop immediately to my right, a stone wall to my left, and no sight above my head of where the climb might end, I decided to go back down.

My Dog and Christmas

Ron Edmondson

The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. Romans 8:19. Many of us have a nativity set sitting around for Christmas. If your nativity set is like most I’ve seen, you no doubt have a few animals sitting around it.

Don't Keep A Dog & Bark Yourself

Ravi Pratap Singh

Successful managers have one common trait. and  and that is, effective delegation skills! Many a times one sees outstanding team players fail miserably as team leaders primarily because they are unable to delegate tasks appropriately.

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Geoffrey Canada (Harlem Children’s Zone) in “The Corner Office”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Adam Bryant conducts interviews of senior-level executives that appear in his “Corner Office” column each week in the SundayBusiness section of The New York Times. Here are a few insights provided during an interview of Geoffrey Canada, president and C.E.O. of the nonprofit Harlem Children’s Zone, says that while many people in an organization want [.].

Economic Indicators

Coaching Tip

Economics is all about consumption. As you know, 'good times' don't last forever.yet, people want to believe they do. Like the turkey, who believes good times are commonplace until the third week of November, most people expect the good times to roll on. And so, they only see what they are looking for. If you understand that there are business cycles, you look for the unexpected and when it surfaces, you see it long before others do.

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“A Citizen-Centered Organization” – Thoughts on the Importance of Focus

First Friday Book Synopsis

“We are a citizen-centered organization.” Lynda Humble — City Manager, Rowlett, Texas ————— Focus… What are you “centered on?” This may be the first lesson in business success. You have a better chance of accomplishing what you focus on, and little chance of accomplishing what you don’t focus on. Lynda Humble of Rowlett is clear [.]. Randy's blog entries focus Lynda Humble Rowlett

Complimentary Resource – HR Best Practices: Delivering Strategic Value to the Enterprise

Strategy Driven

HR Best Practices : Delivering Strategic Value to the Enterprise by SAP Learn how HR can achieve greater efficiency – while delivering strategic value – by establishing best practices that are supported with technology.

I Heard the Boss On Christmas Day (apologies to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Linked 2 Leadership

I heard the boss on Christmas Day A familiar call at home to say, And in text and tweet The words repeat Of cease your mirth, get back to work! And thought how low the boss had come, The bottom of all leaderdom, It seemed so wrong This forlorn song Of cease your mirth, get [.]. Servant Leadership business Christmas poem Coaching leadership Management

A few points re: elite consulting firms

Crossderry Blog

Do you select, work with, or want to join the ranks of elite management consultants?Jim Jim Manzi’s post on elite business recruiting at the American Scene gives first-hand insight on how those folks got there. Three quick points of my own: Gut courses can come back to haunt you. Ever tempted to dial back on your effort… say, take a B.A. in Economics rather than a B.S.? After all, who would notice one little letter? Well, recruiters do, and they’ll know that a B.A.

Five Common Strategy Mistakes

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Joan Magretta 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. * * * I just finished a two-year project looking at Michael Porter’s [.].

Be Verbal About Being Thankful

Eric Jacobson

You and your team may not hit your revenue or profit goals this year. Or, perhaps your organization won't accomplish all its goals during this tough economic year. But, as a leader, you likely still have plenty to be thankful for in 2011. So, be thankful. And, most important, verbalize your thanks!

Navigating The Seven C’s Of Growth… The Fifth C: Consciously Evolve Culture

Business Learning Coach

By Jim Grinnell, Ph.D. Part VI of VIII Quiz time. Which iconic company’s cultural values include to Dream, to Believe, to Dare and to Do? I’ll leave it to the reader to figure out the answer, but let me say a few things about Company X and its founder.

The Roles Of A Coach And A Mentor

Eric Jacobson

Author Kristi Hedges , in her new book, The Power of Presence , provides these explanations of the roles of a coach and of a mentor and how they differ from each other: The Coach shows empathy through a mixture of tough love and strong support.

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Don't forget The Great Courses

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Managing Leadership

As the modern leadership movement’s (MLM) many and various advocates compete for attention, we inevitably find ourselves being bombarded with simplistic insights, each one, its “discoverer” will argue, the very cornerstone of a brave new world that can be built only on its foundation. As it happens, if you can dismiss the ludicrous promises made for many of these, what is left may still be useful to peruse, even thought-provoking and helpful.

The #1 factor of teambuilding in Thailand is…

Talent Technologies

Through our teambuilding sessions we run in Thailand and Asia , we have found that one factor above all determines whether a team will survive… or fail. That factor is Trust. This may not come as a huge surprise to those of you who lead business teams or workgroups. And gaining trust in Thailand can be notoriously difficult.

Miscellaneous and Fast


Nicholas Bate on mental fatigue. all-swagga : Free life lessons from an old-timer. Peter Robinson, Christopher Hitchens, and Newt Gingrich discussing the war on terror. Wally Bock : On chef's recipes and management books. Michael P. Maslanka : Don't fight the frame. Elinor Wylie : " Wild Peaches." The website for " Baseball, Dennis and the French." George Will : Carl's Jr. Restaurants crunches the numbers. FutureLawyer : He's coming for you

Your Culture Stinks and you May be to Blame

Modern Servant Leader

So your fed up with the culture of your organization. You’ve made this much clear. Whether talking to your trusted friends within the company or your spouse and friends outside the office, you routinely complin about how nobody cares about the people. Backtabbing has become an art and nobody knows what it means to be excited about the products and services anymore. Great. So what are you doing about it? What you’re doing about it is amplifying the problem.

Vaclav Havel, R.I.P.


Isn't it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope; perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity. Vaclav Havel We have lost a hero


Business Confessions: What Pastors Need to Know About Business Professionals

Modern Servant Leader

Pastor, I have some confessions I must make. I also want you to know that, while I do not pretend to speak for all my peers, I suspect many business professionals have similar struggles. So I’d like you to listen carefully as, while you may have heard many of these before, they are relevant to many business professionals in your flock: My confessions include: 1. Titles Matter More Than They Should : I know it should not matter, but it matters to me what my peers think.

Cosmic Reflections - Some Mind-Boggling Facts about Our Sun

Building Personal Strength

When the weather turns cold and the holiday season approaches, the message that courses through our culture is mostly this - buy, buy, buy. Buy this mass produced jewelry; every kiss begins with Kay. Or buy this $50,000 Lexus and put a huge red bow on it to surprise your spouse Christmas morning.