Thu.Aug 11, 2011

How to Open Yourself Up to Receiving Abundance

C-Level Strategies

Tuesday night in Leadership Chat as we talked about how great leaders affect work-life balance , we touched on the concept of “lack.&#.

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7 Ways to Encourage Your Wife

Ron Edmondson

I’m not a perfect husband… I’m not a perfect husband… I’m not a perfect husband… I would write that 100 times, but I think you get the message and I’d probably lose most of you at number 27.

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Company Culture 3.0: The Conscious Connected Workplace

The Leadership Advisor

We are honored to have Kate Billing of Blacksmith Ltd. as the first of many contributions to The Leadership Advisor blog. Kate is a great addition to our ever growing network of professionals who carry the heart of improving society by improving business. Blacksmith Ltd.

Creating A World-Class Customer Experience – the Key Word is “Experience” (lessons from UCLA Health System, from Joseph Michelli)

First Friday Book Synopsis

It’s in the sub-title: Prescription for Excellence: Leadership Lessons for Creating a World-Class Customer Experience from UCLA Health System by Joseph Michelli. Ponder the phrase, mull over the concept: “customer experience.” I am increasingly convinced that this phrase, “customer experience&# is the best phrase to use to talk about customer service. Think about the depth [.]. Randy's blog entries B.

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On Leadership and The Value Of Honesty

Linked 2 Leadership

As children, most of us had parents who tried to convince us that cheaters never prosper and liars will not go to heaven. The theory is of course a great one, but almost every day in the news I hear about business leaders being charged and convicted for a variety of commercial crimes. Lying, Cheating [.]. Servant Leadership

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I’m New to a Forum, What Should I Do? A Guide for New Members

Managing Communities

photo credit: aresauburn™ Bruce Stephenson (@FamilyPhoto on Twitter) asked: “[What is the] best way to start to participate when new to a forum?&# I am going to tackle this from the perspective of an individual wanting to participate in a forum for personal reasons, such as a passion for a specific topic. If you are [.]. How Should I Participate

Employee Motivation: A Powerful New Model

First Friday Book Synopsis

I have read and reviewed almost all of the anthologies of articles previously published in Harvard Business Review. Recently I re-read several that are relevant to books I am now reading and will soon review. Here’s one of the articles, co-authored by Nitin Nohria (recently appointed dean of Harvard Business School), Boris Groysberg (HBS) [.].

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Adapt Leadership Style to Cultural Context


The days of Mom and Pop businesses that catered to people who looked, felt, thought, and talked the same as Mom and Pop are over. Ethnic diversity has reached even the most remote and isolated regions of our nation.

Voice of Experience: Liv Sandbaek (Accenture)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from a profile of Liv Sandbaek (Managing Director, Technology, Accenture) written by Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) for The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. Visit us daily to discover issues that matter, share experiences, and plan networking, your career and [.]. Bob's blog entries Accenture Liv Sandbaek Melissa J. Anderson The Glass Hammer

In 100 Words or Less: Conformity is Your Enemy!

Management is a Journey

If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn’t thinking! –General George Patton The quickest way for a manager or leader to stifle innovative and creative thinking is for the leader to discourage the team from disagreeing with each other. The other quick method for stifling breakthrough thinking is for the leader to always insist that “things [.]. Innovation change strategy leadership management strategic thinking survival skills

Take a Nap at Work

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here. Research shows that the more hours you work continuously, the greater the toll on your performance. You can greatly improve your productivity by taking a short nap. Think [.]. Bob's blog entries "Guide to Managing Stress" Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys to Transforming the Way We Work and Live Harvard Business Review.

9 to 5: Phil Miller, Glastonbury Festival infrastructure manager

Chartered Management Institute

Glastonbury Festival infrastructure manager, Phil Miller, leads up to 1,600 people who build – and pull down – the equivalent to a small city each year. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Exiting Employees Are More Disgruntled Than Ever

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an especially informative article written by Joe Light and featured online by the Wall Street Journal. To check out all the resources, sign up for email alerts, and obtain subscription information, please click here. * * * More than three-quarters of departing employees say they wouldn’t recommend their employer to others, the worst [.]. Bob's blog entries Brian Kropp Corporate Executive Board Co.

View from Westminster: NHS Patients need client treatment

Chartered Management Institute

The NHS is a valuable institution, but it can be inward-looking and is weak at good practice. But with a strong focus on its clients, it can be managed better, says Baroness Cumberlege. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Pearls before Swine?

Leadership Freak

I spent an hour and a half with an emerging leader who didn’t appreciate my pearls of wisdom. I’d like to think he wasn’t wise enough to understand my “wisdom” but that’s not true. I always end all leadership conversations with, “What did you get from our time together?” As usual I asked. We’d discussed [.]. Coaching Influence Leading Listening Personal Growth Growth Leadership Development

Is Guilt Your First Reaction?

Your Voice of Encouragement

It was the spring of my junior year in high school, and I was sitting in English class. One of the student aides from the principal’s office came to the door and asked the teacher if I could be excused. When I got out in the hall with her, she simply said that the principal wanted to see me.

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Working in a cave

The Organized Executive's Blog

Recently I spent the day working in a cave. OK, it wasn’t literally a cave, but it was a windowless, dark green office two stories down from my usual workspace. It felt like a cave. I was grateful to have that space on that particular day, since construction workers were hammering away just above my usual office. But I also was happy to return to my office, which has a large window. Early in my career I worked in an office with no windows.

Restoring Federalism


From James Buckley's Claremont Institute article : Over the years, however, our federal government has engaged in massive raids on the constitutional prerogatives of the states. Today there is virtually no governmental responsibility beyond the reach of federal authority. As a consequence, our nation has been converted into an administrative state overseen by unelected officials who issue regulations that reach into every corner of American life. Few appreciate the extent of this transformation.

4 Ways to Fail at Failing

Strategy Driven

As a recent special issue in the Harvard Business Review points out, failing well is a critical skill that differentiates organizations that can learn and even benefit from failures. But most companies I work with fall victim to one or more of these barriers to making the most of the failures they have. Discovery-Driven Growth : A Breakthrough Process to Reduce Risk and Seize Opportunity by Rita McGrath.

Touch of Style


These days, it is refreshing to see an example of civilized behavior. The Hammock Papers provides one

Thanks For Two Years: From Eric Jacobson

Eric Jacobson

Two years ago tomorrow, I started this blog to share tips and ideas for how to be a more effective leader and manager. Thank you for your loyal readership, your suggestions for topics to cover, and for tweeting the posts you find more useful.

Quote of the Day


Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat. John Lehman

The Power of Progress


In this interview with Harvard Business Review, Teresa Amabile, HBSchool professor and coauthor of “The Progress Principle,&# explains the importance of small wins at work. LeaderLab is partnering with organizational scholars to gather research on the importance of building ethical climates.

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Ever since Jack Aubrey had been dismissed from the service, ever since his name, with its now meaningless seniority, had been struck off the list of post-captains, it had seemed to him that he was living in a radically different world; everything was perfectly familiar, from the smell of the seawater and tarred rigging to the gentle heave of the deck under his feet, but the essence was gone and he was a stranger. From The Letter of Marque by Patrick O'Brian

The 2 Best Books about Parenting Teens

Building Personal Strength

When it comes to books about parenting teens, I have two favorites. Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen (2004), by David Walsh, Ph.D.

The China Game


One of Apple’s main manufacturing subcontractors is Foxconn. It’s the biggest company you’ve never heard of. They make electronic components and, in some cases, full pieces of assembled equipment. For example, Foxconn makes all of Apple’s iPhones and iPads. The company has just over a million?—?you you read that right?—?employees. employees. Its biggest factory is a facility in Szechuan that houses, literally, 420,000 workers.

The Power of Progress


In this interview with Harvard Business Review, Teresa Amabile, HBSchool professor and coauthor of “The Progress Principle,” explains the importance of small wins at work. Leadership amabile motivation progress

Leading in Office, in Crisis, and in Exile

Harvard Business Review

Featured Guest: Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile, executive director of UN Women. Download this podcast. Diversity Leadership Military

What We Need Now

Harvard Business Review

I can't ever remember living through such poisonously polarized times: the left and the right, immigrants and their antagonists, warring religions, and perhaps above all, the haves, who have ever more, and the have nots, who have ever less. As William Yeats put it , "Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold, mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.". Doesn't it increasingly feel that way? We each move frequently between at least two realities, unaware we're doing so.

Five Rules for Innovating in a Shaky Economy

Harvard Business Review

When stock markets gyrate and growth prospects darken, it's tempting to rein in innovation programs and hoard cash. The S&P 500 did exactly that during the Great Recession, increasing their cash levels by over 50% to nearly $1 trillion today. As it looked like the economic storm clouds were dissipating (ah, the good old days.) the prospects for company growth looked barren, which is what will happen after firms have locked their cash away.

The Social Impact Bond as Ironclad Arrangement

Harvard Business Review

If you care about social innovation and haven't already heard about social impact bonds, let us be the ones to tell you about them. In fact, we've written about them before, and they've been well described by others , so we'll keep this description brief: The social impact bond is a new financing approach that lets societies benefit from risk-taking on new ideas for social programs, without asking their governments to foot the bills for experiments that don't pan out.

Ratings Agencies Are the Darnedest Things

Harvard Business Review

On Tuesday an airplane buzzed the headquarters of Standard & Poor's in lower Manhattan, trailing a streamer that read "Thanks for the downgrade. You should all be fired." It's a common — and understandable — enough sentiment these days. Over the past decade, S&P and its rival Moody's helped bring on the financial crisis by completely flubbing their evaluations of subprime mortgage securities and the derivatives built atop them.