Wed.Dec 14, 2011

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Lands’ End Contest Confirms Strategic Role of Pinterest for Brands

C-Level Strategies

I always start by asking them where their customers and potential customers are currently engaged. The Rise of Pinterest. Absolutely. Thank you!

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Five Steps To Infuse “Magic” in Your Leadership Style

Next Level Blog

This guest post was written by Jason Monaghan with University of Notre Dame Executive Online Education: As any seasoned business leader can tell you, creating an exemplary team takes knowledge, perseverance, and a little leadership magic. The “magic” of a great leader is developed over time and through years of professional awareness.

Pocket Change Leadership: How Do You Use Change?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development We all have it: pocket change. It is the leftover amount that goes into our pocket or pocketbook. Where it goes from there, who knows. Pocket change is never core to a major purchase yet, as it is collected and stored, we are always amazed about how much we have “saved.” As leaders, we talk [.].

Leaders vs. Managers

Leadership Freak

I’ve asked some friends to bring their insights to the Leadership Freak community. Please give a warm welcome to today’s guest writer, Lolly Daskal. What is the biggest difference between managers and leaders? Both roles are important but they seek to do different things… Leaders lead people. Managers manage people. Leaders set destinations.

True Sayings that Are True #Wisdom

Ron Edmondson

I’m the old guy on our team, so young whipper snapper leaders like Ben Reed , Adam Bayne and Brandon Reed love to mess with me at times.

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What is Social Media Leadership?

Leading in Context

The idea for this post came from a reader's comment about how new the area of social media leadership is to the leadership community (Thanks Justin!).

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Dr. Liz Alexander on Thought Leadership

Rajesh Setty

Thought Leadership is one of my favorite topics. You don’t become a thought leader in a day or a week or in a month. LA: For two reasons.

Do you want to become a more influential supervisor?

Bud to Boss

The highly popular Bud to Boss Training Camp , presented by the esteemed Kevin Eikenberry Group, offers these tips to make your communication more powerful, persuasive and meaningful: Speak with people, not to them. Ask more questions. Make fewer assertions. . Speak with people the way that they want to be spoken with. Listen attentively.

The Intricacies of How We Learn

Women on Business

The more we can bring these fears and concerns to consciousness, the more we can alleviate their impact. Click the link below to read: [link].

Book Review: Managing Right For The First Time

Management is a Journey

Managing Right for the First Time is an instructive overview of what it takes to be a new manager in practice–not theory. It is a how-to guide for success for the first-time manager. Rockbench Publishing contacted me and asked if I would do a review of David Baker’s book for first time managers, Managing Right [.].

Getting the Basics Right (Like Communication, and Team Building) – It is Still, and Always, Hard To Do

First Friday Book Synopsis

Getting the steps right is proving brutally hard, even if you know them. Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto —————- This week, I am presenting synopses of Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath and Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization, both to law enforcement professionals. (And,

Part 1 of 4 Authorities That Every Manager Must Have: Authority to reject a subordinate to fill a position

Create Learning

Jaques 1998). If we are to hold a Manager Accountable for the output of their subordinates. Authority to reject a subordinate to fill a position.

Does Your Nonprofit Produce Results That Are Sufficiently Outstanding?

Eric Jacobson

If you lead a nonprofit organization, the one hour it will take you to read Peter F.

Harnessing the Power of Participation

The Practical Leader

There’s another excellent article in this month’s Harvard Business Review on harnessing the power of highly engaged people.

Powerful Working Moms, Math Equality, and Reviewing Yourself as the Boss

Women on Business

News and Insights from Business Women (December 14, 2011). 2011 Most Powerful Moms in Washington D.C. They’re women. They’re mothers. They’re in Washington, D.C. And they’re powerful. Find out who they are according to Working Mother and see them in pictures. You’re the Boss, Give Yourself a Performance Review.

How SMART Goals Can Increase Employee Engagement: Guest Post

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

This is a guest post by Erin Palmer, Erin Works at Bisk Education/Villanova University. . How SMART Goals Can Increase Employee Engagement.

What Great Companies Know About Culture

Harvard Business Review

Even in this unprecedented business environment , great leaders know they should invest in their people. Those companies who are committed to a strong workplace culture tend to perform well, and now they are featured prominently in a new ranking recently released by Great Place to Work Institute. As Prof. James L. They're upgrading.

A Villain is Just The Hero of Another Teamwork Story

Great Results Team Building

Teamwork begins with a shared commitment to a defined goal. It is not your job to please everyone. The hero of one team is another team''s villain.

"I'm a leader, not a manager!"

Harvard Business Review

One of Kent's friends — we'll call him Roy — is a master craftsman who owns a small business that makes custom wood furniture. After making some cutbacks in 2009, his little company still employs three fine woodworkers, an office supervisor/customer service rep, and an apprentice. You know, the vision thing. Leadership Managing people



Sorry I missed this earlier from CNN Travel : 9 great places to be a recluse

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How to Get a Raise When Budgets Are Tight

Harvard Business Review

My friend Dave* mentioned to me that he just received the results from a medical exam and was surprised and disappointed by his numbers. His cholesterol was high. Especially, he told me, given how he eats. Dave," I said, "you can't be serious. You eat horribly. Everything you eat is fried. And if it's not, then it's a chocolate chip cookie.

Break Out


Everything won't be in order. There will always be more items to prepare or study. It will not be a short trip and every step will count. Use it


Three Innovation Trends in Asia

Harvard Business Review

I recently participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Economist Corporate Network in Singapore about innovation in Asia. But what I really wanted to discuss were the three biggest trends I see affecting innovation in the region. The race for the middle. Cost-conscious consumers can access incredibly affordable, often inventive solutions.

Pulp Days


Widely circulated pulp fiction magazines such as Argosy once provided opportunities for new writers. We lost a lot when those magazines disappeared

Book Review: The Synergist


A few weeks ago, we welcomed back Les McKeown (not the one from the Bay City Rollers) to the LDRLB Podcast. Les’ first book, Predictable Success , outlined organizational life cycles in an easy to comprehend model and provided suggestions for how to keep an organization from declining. The Synergist is rarely a naturally occurring style.

What It Takes to Win: Extreme Lessons from Polar Explorers

Harvard Business Review

One hundred years ago, the Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen and his team planted the Norwegian flag on the South Pole, becoming the first humans in history to reach it. They had won against the British team, led by Robert Falcon Scott, who would arrive 34 days later, only to stare in defeat at the flag waving in the wind. Channel paranoia.

Dakota Christmas


Her hair was the same thin shade of gray as the weather-beaten pickets of the fence around her frozen garden. She had a way with horses, and she was alone on Christmas Eve. There is little in my life I regret as much as that I would not stay for just one cookie, just one cup of tea. You can now get Joseph Bottum's memorable article on Kindle. [HT:

The early-warning signals of active inertia

First Friday Book Synopsis

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Music Break


A man enjoying his work: Celibidache conducting the Romanian Rhapsody No.


Just Tidbits and Links

CEO Blog

I notice there is talk of a total cell phone ban while driving including handsfree and with a headset. I have mixed feelings. I am such a productivity person that it would make car time even less productive. Not sure how much safer it would make things (although I hate unsafe drivers too). Will be interesting to see how that impacts the numbers.

Not Fair


At Anderson Layman's Blog , some thoughts on fairness from P.J. O'Rourke. Having spent a large portion of my life helping organizations prevent and address illegal discrimination, alarm bells go off when I hear cries for "fairness." It is far easier to determine whether there was discrimination - and that's hard enough - than to decide what's fair.

How to Close a Sales Call

Harvard Business Review

Remember the last time you were being pressured into doing something you didn't want to do? Whether the pressure came from a boss, colleague, spouse, or child, your natural response was to resist and push back. It's human nature to resist high-pressure tactics. So, how should the closing of the sales call be structured? Command (hard close).

Quote of the Day


Culture is what we do when we do not consciously decide what to do. Russell L. Ackoff and Sheldon Rovin


Four Reasons Why an Online Retailer Decided to Open Stores

Harvard Business Review

This post is part of the HBR Forum, The Future of Retail. We co-founded Warby Parker with two friends while we were all MBA students at Wharton. The idea for the business was simple: We'd each grown tired of walking into an optical shop, getting excited about a particular frame and walking out feeling ripped off after paying $500+.