Tue.Jul 12, 2011

The On-Going Leadership Exchange

The Leadership Advisor

As a leader, you are faced with a number of decisions and opportunities. Some of them are time management issues, others are ethical issues. It could be how you choose to respond and/or communicate with other leaders, those you’re leading or those leading you.

The Importance of Focus

Kevin Eikenberry

As leaders we often have many competing issues, challenges, and tasks. Guess what? That is life. To be an effective leader we must continue to be focused. We must provide a consistent vision of the future we are leading people towards. That is leadership. Of course we can have new ideas. But the new must [.]. Leadership focus vision

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Using YourBuzz.com to manage your online reputation – a free monitoring dashboard for your local business

Krishna De

{lang: 'en-GB'} Are you monitoring social media channels for mention of your brand, products and services?

5 Questions to Help Know What to do with a Mentor

Ron Edmondson

This week I’m trying to stir some conversation about mentoring. There appears to be growing interest in the subject. Most recognize they have some need for mentoring in their life. I’ll share my survey on mentoring with you soon. If you haven’t yet, go HERE and take the survey. It takes less than 5 minutes. I posted HERE about the 5 types of mentors I’ve experienced.

Leaders: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Linked 2 Leadership

Great Results Begin With Great Questions ~ Joseph S Edwards Do good managers do the work for their staff ? Or do they lead them to creatively think through the dilemma so they can develop the right skills to problem solve going forward? On Courage and Questions In past posts I have talked about managerial courage , [.].

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Learn From Your Heroes, but Believe in Yourself

Leading Blog

It is natural to want to be like the people we look up to. We want to recreate the success they have enjoyed in our own lives. So we try to imitate them. It seems like the shortest distance between two points. Of course, we are trying to copy a result. What we often fail to see is the work it took to get them to the place where they could do what they do. And sometimes it’s all flash and no substance.

Are you confident in your strategy?

Chartered Management Institute

As a manager you want to feel confident in the direction your organisation is going in. You want to believe that the strategy you're following is the right one, both for your organisation and your personal career. Sadly, a new study by Booz suggests that less than half of managers have any kind of faith in the strategy their organisation is following. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Is Trust the Problem?

LeadStrategic

Whom do you trust? Do you trust business leaders today? Do you trust those who lead your own organization? Do you trust your local, state, and federal representatives? Do you trust economists and those running the Federal Reserve Bank? Polls say that most of you don’t trust these people.

Sleep

Execupundit

I was asleep by 8:30 last night, worn down by an ear infection. I planned on doing some work in the evening but my body said, "No, you're not," so I crawled off to bed. It was a reminder of the beautiful and regenerative virtue of sleep to one who thought no reminder was necessary.

Resume' Bias and Selecting Top Talent

Maximizing Possibility

The resume' is not the first place to begin when considering the potential of the candidate. The best place to begin is with a valid pre-employment personality assessment. Employee Selection Employee Selection How to hire the best talent Job Benchmark Job Fit Knock'em Dead Martin Yate personality profile assessment Resume

59% of the UK Workforce is disengaged

Chartered Management Institute

New research by Mercer reveals an increasing level of employee disengagement that should be of concern to employers. The data is based on Mercer’s “What’s Working TM” research amongst 2,400 UK workers in over 1,000 private sector organisations – part of a global survey of nearly 30,000 employees in 17 countries. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Reaching for goals: triumph and tragedy

The Organized Executive's Blog

Last week two images of men reaching for their goals in sports arenas revealed a powerful leadership lesson to me. During dinner Thursday night, I described to friends a piece of artwork that I want to decorate my office wall. It’s a photo of Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu making a touchdown last year in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers were behind, 7-0, when Polamalu intercepted the ball and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown.

The perils of bad strategy

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from another outstanding article, written by Richard Rumelt and featured by The McKinsey Quarterly online. To read the complete article, please click here. * * * Bad strategy abounds, says UCLA management professor Richard Rumelt. Senior executives who can spot it stand a much better chance of creating good strategies. Horatio [.].

PwC Chairman: Need to Connect with Millennials

Michael Lee Stallard

Dennis Nally, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Chairman, recognized the need to connect with Millennials, in a Wall Street Journal interview entitled “ PwC Chairman Aims to Keep Millennials Happy.&# In the interview Nally states: “Connecting with your employees so they understand you can deliver the career they want is key…they want less-hierarchical structures, they want more flexibility, they want to work as hard but they want to define how they do their work.

The Four Regions of the Thinking Brain Made Simple - Part Three

Building Personal Strength

What's going on up there? If you have a good handle on what kind of work your brain is doing, it makes it easier to use the right kind of thinking at the right time.

The 5th Type of Mentor

Ron Edmondson

I’m updating a post. Yesterday I posted 4 types of mentors. Read it HERE (updated of course). I can’t believe I missed one…or that no one else caught my obvious error. I grew up without a close relationship with my father.

What Do You Have a “Knack” For?

Your Voice of Encouragement

My husband Lee and I were traveling north on Interstate 85, returning home from a visit to his mother, who’s lived in a nursing home for seven years. These trips give us time to talk, away from the hectic pace of our typical work week.

Ten Principles to Live by in Fiercely Complex Times

Harvard Business Review

If you're like most people I work with in companies, the demands come at you from every angle, all day long, and you have to make difficult decisions without much time to think about them. What enduring principles can you rely on to make choices that reflect openness, integrity and authenticity? Here are ten that work for me: 1. Always challenge certainty, especially your own. When you think you're undeniably right, ask yourself "What might I be missing here?"

Seven Tactics for Instigating Change

Change Starts Here

Before anyone is going to support and implement change in your organization, they must see the need for change. That is, they must feel some kind of pain or frustration from the way they currently do things. Sometimes that takes a good look in the mirror to see things the way they really are. Other times, they must realize that the grass could be greener if they made the effort to change.

Are Scorecards and Metrics Killing Employee Engagement?

Harvard Business Review

Staff Sgts. Fred Hilliker and Robert O'Hair were boarding Delta Flight 1625 in Baltimore for the final leg of their journey home from Afghanistan with 32 others in their U.S. Army unit when their homecoming came to an abrupt halt. Delta personnel told the soldiers they needed to pay $200 for each person that had a fourth bag with them , even though their military orders stated that these bags were covered.

The 5th Type of Mentor

Ron Edmondson

I’m updating a post. Yesterday I posted 4 types of mentors. Read it HERE (updated of course). I can’t believe I missed one…or that no one else caught my obvious error. I grew up without a close relationship with my father.

Beechey Portraits

Execupundit

Art Contrarian examines the work of Sir William Beechey. The above portrait is of Lord Nelson

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Human Performance Management Best Practice 1b – Verbalized Self Checking

Strategy Driven

Even the most well-intentioned and dedicated humans are fallible. Therefore, the challenge becomes one of minimizing human error. The text above is only a small portion of this article.

Mini Saga #114 – Approach

Rajesh Setty

Most of our judgments about people are based on partial information. Mini Saga #113 – Approach. Carter had built a business empire but he had critics. Most complained that Carter was sacrificing his legacy in his quest for wealth. By his 50th birthday, Carter had amassed 10 billion dollars.

The Fundamental Purpose of Your Team

Harvard Business Review

You've been put in charge of a task force recently created to resolve a severe quality problem with one of your company's most popular products. Your mandate: "Fix it." Customer anger is creating an uproar on the Web — Tweets galore, a Facebook group dedicated to your "victims," and scathing reviews on Amazon and other retail sites — and dozens of frustrated retailers are calling every day.

5 Questions to Help Know What to do with a Mentor

Ron Edmondson

This week I’m trying to stir some conversation about mentoring. There appears to be growing interest in the subject. Most recognize they have some need for mentoring in their life. I’ll share my survey on mentoring with you soon. If you haven’t yet, go HERE and take the survey. It takes less than 5 minutes. I posted HERE about the 5 types of mentors I’ve experienced.

Embracing a Passion

Execupundit

Gretchin Rubin of The Happiness Project looks at passions and happiness. An excerpt: A passion gives you a reason to keep learning and to work toward mastery. It can often give you a reason to have the new experiences so key to happiness. It gives you something in common with other people, and so fosters social bonds. It gives you purpose. It often has a satisfying physical aspect—rock-climbing, fly-fishing, knitting, smelling. It gives meaningful structure to your time.

The End Of Wall Street

CEO Blog

I read a great book abstract at Getabstract on The End of Wall Street. Although it seems obvious - selling houses to people with no credit, no assets, no jobs was a recipe for disaster. I wonder if the American dream of home ownership for all and the government encouragement by mortgage deductability is sustainable. There is an interesting blog post emailed to me by a friend on Michael Hyatt's Blog on using batching for time management.

Plain and Simple

Execupundit

While writing a brief, Michael P. Maslanka gets some advice from Lao-Tzu, Peggy Noonan, and "The Godfather

Videos Showcasing DunnWell, LLC - A Six Disciplines Client SD Triangle

Six Disciplines

Six Disciplines Triangle , an authorized Six Disciplines Partner, based in Raleigh-Durham, NC, offers these short videos showcasing one of their clients, DunnWell, LLC. Joseph R. Dunn, founder and CEO of DunnWell, LLC, has over 23 years of experience in the cleaning and sanitation industry, is interviewed about his involvement as a Six Disciplines client. About DunnWell LLC. Why DunnWell is a Six Disciplines client. On the predictability of achieving goals and objectives - with Six Disciplines.

Henry Chesbrough: A second interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Chesbrough is Adjunct Professor, Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and Executive Director of its Center for Open Innovation. His landmark book Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology (2003) articulated a new paradigm for industrial research and development. His more recent book, Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape (2006), carries the open approach a step further, arguing that business [.].

Quote of the Day

Execupundit

If thou are a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf. Thomas Fuller

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Not More Of That “Touchy-Feely” Stuff!

Management is a Journey

Significant organizational development efforts generally bring some resistance. This is especially the case when the effort is in the people skills area. The raised eyebrows, folded arms, stiff half smile or other skeptical body language of a participating manager or leader say the following: Not more of this touchy-feely stuff! Resistance and skepticism come with [.].

Cutting Spending to the Bone Update

Execupundit

Although mentioned here before, here's a reminder of an important federal RFP with a response date of today ! Excerpt: The Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) has a requirement for the design, development and delivery of a customized training course for Professional Chinese Chefs. You can submit a proposal and then go back to reading about excessive federal spending