Thu.Jun 23, 2011

5 Disasters All Leaders Should Experience

The Leadership Advisor

As leaders, we are always chasing and trying to promote what works. We want to try and remove obstacles so others on our team can do what they do best and be successful at doing it.

Leadership Development: How Do You Accept the Gift of Praise?

C-Level Strategies

Margie Clayman , my fellow blogger and Twitter friend who I have come to respect tremendously, mentioned in her response to my post earlier this week entitled, “ Leadership Development: Mastering the Powerful Art of Praise, &# that how we accept praise as leaders is worth close examination.

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What does success look like?

Management 4-1-1

[This post is part of the Questioning Leader series. Check out the rest here!] As a manager and leader, we are “success-seekers&# by nature. After all, I haven’t met a manager who isn’t chasing success.

The Seven Critical Elements of Strategy Execution

Six Disciplines

"The greatest strategy in the world is useless - if you cannot execute it.". Here are the seven critical elements of strategy execution: People. Strategy formulation often gathers the "smartest people in the room." However, it's not the senior leadership team that executes strategy - it's everyone in your workforce. Get the right people in the right positions. Communication. Strategy can only be executed if your employees know about it and really understands it.

The Essential Ingredient for Executing Your Vision

Leading Blog

If you don’t build a framework of values around your vision, it will fall short of the goal. And those values must be clearly understood by everyone on the team if the initiative is to succeed, for a couple of basic reasons. A vision is what could be , but it is grounded and guided by—or even sent off-course by—your most deeply held values— what is. A vision is generated from and is sustained by values. A vision is generated by values because what we see comes from what we are.

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29 Fortune 500 Companies Have No Women on Boards

Women on Business

In a new ranking of public companies without women in top leadership from Bloomberg Businessweek.com, it was revealed that 5.8%

3 Successful Ways to Build Inner Strength

Linked 2 Leadership

We admire people with inner strength—we make them our heroes and call them by names like John Wayne. Heroes don’t focus on their weaknesses—instead, they develop their strengths so they can respond to unexpected challenges with confidence. Leadership Lessons Learned Leading & Developing Other Leaders Life Balance grow strengths inner strength life's challenges managing weakness mental muscles Strengths strong mind Success unexpected challenges weaknesses

Send in the Clones. The Abuse of “Must Have” in Recruiting and Hiring

Management Excellence

Aside from a few obvious technical and vocational roles, there are very few positions in most organizations that absolutely “Must Have” someone who has held the identical role in the same industry with the same job. Nonetheless, the use of "Must Have" remains a staple in recruiting and hiring. It's too bad, because over-reliance on "Must Have" can lead to a chronic case of mediocrity or worse, a terminal case of recycled bad ideas from industry participants.

Knowledge Transfer: Avoid scaring off the talent

Chartered Management Institute

You need top staff when times are hard. Ask great questions – and don’t alienate candidates, says Caitlin Mackesy Davies. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

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Abandonment for Innovative and Creative Problem Solving

Management is a Journey

Sometimes the best strategy for solving a difficult problem is to leave it alone. This advice can be hard to accept for the hard-driven, results oriented manager. It is still good advice however. Giving ourselves (and our teams) a rest from solving a difficult problem can be the spark that ignites creative and innovative problem [.]. Innovation management organizational productivity performance management strategic thinking

Praise as Much as You Criticize

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. Human performance is inconsistent—even world-class athletes have off days. Yet, most managers focus on their employees’ shortcomings when coaching and providing feedback. Sure we all have “opportunities for [.]. Bob's blog entries Linda Hill Kent Lineback Management Tip of the Day Harvard Business Review.

The Power of Focus - Concentrate Your Personal Energy

Building Personal Strength

If you were placed in a pen with two rabbits and you knew that your life depended on catching both rabbits, there is only one way you could succeed. You'd have to chase them down one rabbit at a time. Focus exclusively on the first rabbit until you catch him.

New Ideas Come From Doing…

Ron Edmondson

In my experience, many of the new ideas for our organization…and for my life…have come while I was doing something else.

Thought-full Thursday: Two Kinds of Power

Aspire-CS

Every Thursday, we provide you with a thoughtful way to coach yourself – something all leaders need to do. So take five and enjoy the inspirational quotes and reflect on the questions that follow. Your comments, thoughts, and responses to the questions are most welcome! Power is of two kinds. One is obtained

Crafting A Vision Statement for Yourself

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

Your Personal Vision Statement. In business, good leadership means good vision: a successful business must have a clear vision of its aims and purpose. And, like a business, we, too, should have a “vision statement” in order to lead and manage our lives effectively.

The End of Teams as We Know It

LDRLB

Interesting short video I cam across the other day: Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson talks with Professor Karl Moore about teams. Edmondson argues that the future of teams is also the end of traditional teams. Featured edmondson teams

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Mini Saga #97 – Intuition

Rajesh Setty

Most people need to see it to believe it. Those who believe in intuition, just need to feel it. Mini Saga #96 – Connection. Rob and Chris were at it again – arguing about Intuition. Unlike Chris, Rob thought “Intuition” didn’t make any logical sense.

Good Charlotte Defends Their Community at Concert at The NorVa

Managing Communities

photo credit: 0uT$!d£r d£r Back in May, I wrote about a highly unfortunate experience that I had at a Diddy/Dirty Money concert at The NorVa, a concert hall in Norfolk, Virginia. A member of the tour’s security team was verbally and physically threatening toward me and a member of the venue’s security only made it worse. [.]. Interacting with Users Managing the Community

First Steps to a Competitive Intelligence function

Chartered Management Institute

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE. You may be interested in Competitive Intelligence, already have a function or you may be thinking about setting up some sort of Competitive Intelligence (CI) operation within your company. You may have struggled at the best way to start. You fire up Google and are swamped, then frustration sets in. What do you need to do to set up a Competitive Intelligence function. Related Content: Understand Your Competitors Objectives.

The End of Teams as We Know It

LDRLB

Interesting short video I cam across the other day: Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson talks with Professor Karl Moore about teams. Edmondson argues that the future of teams is also the end of traditional teams. Leadership edmondson teams

Is the Problem with the Gym the Same Problem with the Church?

Ron Edmondson

Let’s face it…going to the gym can be brutal on the ego… Recently Cheryl and I moved downtown. It was an intentional life change (You can read about it HERE.) Part of that move involved changing gyms.

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Seize the attitude opportunity | The Organized Executive's Blog

The Organized Executive's Blog

I've never been a morning person, so when a management trainer began talking about how he bounced out of bed when his opportunity clock rang, I'm surprised I didn't grimace. Even as a new supervisor

You don’t have to be a “Horrible Boss” to be toxic

Bud to Boss

It won’t come out until early next month, but after seeing the previews, I’m anxiously awaiting Horrible Bosses.

Medical Question

Execupundit

Is sitting for prolonged periods bad for your health if the music of Bach is softly playing in the background

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Execution - The Greatest Challenge in Business

Six Disciplines

To quote former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz: " When it's all said and done, more is said, than done.". Likewise, execution is critical to an organization's success, yet it's much easier said than done. In their book Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, authors Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan strongly support strategy execution as a critical leadership role, making three clear statements: Execution is a discipline, and it's integral to strategy formulation.

Thoughts on The Bloating of America, and on The Encore Career… prompted by Marc Freedmans’s The Big Shift

First Friday Book Synopsis

I just presented my synopsis of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife by Marc Freedman. It is a thoughtful book, and a provocative read. Though there is a lot in it, from a host of sources, it raises issues that we have known for some time. And, in simple terms, it comes [.]. Randy's blog entries aging Kurt Anderson Marc Freedman Peter Laslett Reset The Big Shift

The Importance of Business Coaching In A Strategy Execution Program

Six Disciplines

Most leaders fail to understand the implication of the human nature barriers. Our natural tendency is to do what we like doing, not necessarily what we should. The topic of coaching offers the most insight into what it takes to deliver a complete strategy execution program. Strategy execution coaching implies that an accountability model exists.

Quote of the Day

Execupundit

If it is not seemly, do it not; if it is not true, speak it not. Marcus Aurelius

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The Art of Disruption

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development What do these things have in common? Fire; the wheel; the plow. Electricity; the internet; the iPhone. Galileo; Newton; Einstein. Martin Luther King Jr.; Gandhi; Jesus. Each of these items or individuals caused an irreversible disruption in the course of human history. Their influence is so tightly woven into the fabric of our daily lives that [.] The Art of Disruption.

The Guanciale Touch

Execupundit

Cultural Offering has a profile of a quiet hero. An excerpt: This man with the waxed handlebar moustache went out of his way at every opportunity to help a poor dumb kid find his way in the world. I could go on and on but the stories wouldn't have to be about me. I've heard the same stories from other people: How Pat Guanciale went out of his way to help them when he didn't have to. That is the kind of person he is.and if you are a client it is the same way.

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Good Charlotte Protects Their Community at Concert at The NorVa

Managing Communities

photo credit: 0uT$!d£r d£r Back in May, I wrote about a highly unfortunate experience that I had at a Diddy/Dirty Money concert at The NorVa, a concert hall in Norfolk, Virginia. A member of the tour’s security team was verbally and physically threatening toward me and a member of the venue’s security only made it worse. [.]. Interacting with Users Managing the Community

The Miracle Worker

Execupundit

My pager went off, jolting me awake. I knew it wouldn't be good news. I underestimated the situation. As I was climbing out of bed, my daughter knocked on the bedroom door. Daddy," she said, "They said on TV that an Oakland officer was killed." Wally Bock remembers a friend and a miracle

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The Six Keys to Surviving on the Road

Harvard Business Review

I was walking through the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose one day last week just before 6 pm, feeling a bit bleary after three consecutive weeks flying back and forth across the country to visit five different cities. The question at hand was whether or not to attend a cocktail party being thrown by my corporate hosts. Then I spotted the spa. Impulsively, I walked in and asked if I might be able to book a massage. Minutes later, I was lying on a table, unbelievably happy to be there.

Creativity: The New Horseless

Execupundit

Alexis Madrigal on what big media can learn from The New Public Library : The library still lends books, but over the past year, the NYPL has established itself as a beacon in the carcass-strewn content landscape with smart e-publications, crowdsourcing projects, and an overall digital strategy that shows a far greater understanding of the power of the Internet than most traditional media companies show