Thu.Aug 04, 2011

Visionary Leadership: Do You See What I See?

C-Level Strategies

I don’t see it, at least not clearly, even though I continue to try… It’s very difficult to see how people who subscribe to the views of the opposing political party actually view the world in the way they do.

Parenting By Grace: Revised

Ron Edmondson

Cheryl and I attempted to implement grace parenting in our home. Our boys are now grown, but we are beginning to see some fruit from our methods and our heart is to help others learn from things we did wrong and things we did right. Grace parenting is one thing I believe we did right.

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What Being A Gentleman Can Teach Us About Leadership

The Leadership Advisor

I met an amazing man near the beginning of 2011, Taylor Hinton. His vision and passion was palpable and it drew me in to be involved in a project he began called The Gentleman’s Movement , which we affectionately call “TGM&# for short.

Simple Doesn’t Mean Easy

Ron Edmondson

Just because something is simple doesn’t mean it is easy.

Leadership Lessons from a Cracked Pot

Modern Servant Leader

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How to Lose the Bored Listener Blues


Have you ever been a bored listener? Have you ever sat across the table from or stood facing someone who started telling you a story that seemed to go on forever? You know the feeling. You want to listen but your mind just keeps drifting off. What can a leader do?

Are You Fretting over the Economy?

Coaching Tip

As the DJIA fell 2% to close below 12,000 on August 2, one theme rang across major financial websites. This CNN headline summarizes it: Stocks sink as investors fret over the economy (Aug.

Choosing to Trust

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development One of the most honoring gifts we can give someone is choosing to grant them our trust. The choice to grant trust is not the same thing as having a default position of trusting people until they prove they can’t be trusted. Choosing to trust someone requires that you mindfully choose to build trust with [.] Choosing to Trust. Leadership Development Acountability Responsibility trust

20 Low Cost Rewards That Fuel Performance

Leadership Freak

I know pathetic managers who are so poor at noticing performance that their team simply tolerates them. In some cases these managers are threatened by the success of others. They are de-motivators. Successful managers build morale, motivation and enthusiasm, by using low or no cost rewards that highlight performance. Rewards let us know what we [.]. Appreciation Feedback Leading Motivation Taking others higher Leadership

Leadership: A Big Fat Who Cares?

Linked 2 Leadership

In recent years, some employees have felt the hard and harsh blows dealt by their leaders as their employment positions were downsized. At times, when they needed some care, they were instead dealt blows and were emotionally and financially clobbered. The financial, psychological, and emotional damage done has reached beyond the worker and reflects something broader [.]. Servant Leadership

Thought-full Thursday: Self Understanding


. 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 and answers to the questions are most welcome! . “If we attempt to act and do things for others or for the world without deepening our own self-understanding, our own freedom, integrity, and capacity to love, we will not have anything to give to others.

8 Tips for meeting success

Chartered Management Institute

For many people, meetings are a bore – they get in the way of urgent tasks and turn into talking shops that don’t achieve any return for your time. Yet some are valuable – if you do them right, says Caitlin Mackesy Davies. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

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Don’t Be Blinded By Common Recruitment Myths

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an article written by Paul Harty for Talent Management magazine (8/4/11). To check out all the resources and sign up for a free subscription to the TM and Chief Learning Officer magazines published by MedfiaTec, please click here. * * * While concerns must be addressed, talent leaders should be careful not to [.].

Zig Ziglar on the Power of the Right Attitude

Management is a Journey

The difference in life between success and failure often comes down to attitude. The same is true for effective management. As the implementers of the organizational vision, managers have to accept “the up and down&# dynamics that come with the role. The reality is that no matter how skilled managers may be there will be [.]. Management Videos emotional intelligence management motivation survival skills

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Where has the work life balance gone?

Chartered Management Institute

Last night, while my daughter was cleaning her teeth, my husband was sat next to her responding to work emails. It struck me then that work has invaded my family life through a little palm sized device. You are not watching this post, click to start watching


The Secret of Persuasion

Your Voice of Encouragement

If you want to persuade other people to do something, trying to talk them into it doesn’t usually elicit a positive response. Years ago when making a sales presentation, I discovered an approach that works like magic to reduce resistance.

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The management benefits of becoming a school governor

Chartered Management Institute

Given at least one of the myths attached to school governance; namely that you need to give up your day job, this is a fair challenge. Even though I am Chief Executive of a charity that exists to recruit skilled volunteers to become school governors, I am certain I asked myself exactly this question before I joined my first governing body. The stereotypical perceptions of school governors don’t help either. Being middle aged, middle class and male, is NOT a prerequisite to becoming a governor.

The servant as leader or the leader as servant?

First Friday Book Synopsis

Robert K. Greenleaf is generally credited with developing ideas we now refer to as “servant leadership.&# As he explains in his eponymous essay (first published in 1970), The Servant as Leader, and later developed into a book, “The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. [.]. bobmorris "Serve to Lead" system an ancient African proverb: it takes a village to raise a child James M. Strock Martin Luther King Jr.

The Innovative University


As loyal reads know, I have just switch from the for-profit professional world to the nonprofit world of the university. In doing so, I’m desperately trying to mesh together the positives of both while leaving the negatives behind. As such, this video (and book) caught my idea.

Voice of Experience: Stephanie Ruhle (Deutsche Bank)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from a profile of Stephanie Ruhle (Managing Director, Reationship Management, Deuts he Bank)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 [.].

How Things Add Up

Erika Andersen

As I went into the admin page to start writing this, I noticed that it’s my 350th post. It’s kind of astonishing to me; if my average post is 200 words long, that means I’ve written 70,000 words here over the past 4 1/2 years. That’s a book!

My colleague is a psycho, what should I do?

Roundtable Talk

One of the most fascinating things about a WordPress blog is the stats it gives you on the search phrases people use to find your blog. This search then drives which of your posts are the top ones.

The SoulCare Project: They’re Giving Away Money

Ron Edmondson

Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance.&# (John 10:10, HCSB). He gave life. That’s why we must introduce people to Him and give that kind of life away. There are so many ministries doing that very thing today.

Key Questions for Leaders

Harvard Business Review

Featured Guest: Robert Kaplan, Harvard Business School professor and author of What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential. Download this podcast. Leadership Managing yourself

What Community or Forums Management Related Topic Would You Like to Know About?

Managing Communities

photo credit: Gdpaule How can I help you? To be more specific, what do you want to know about? What online community or forums management related topic would you like to see me cover? Do you have any questions for me? What can I share with you? I love to write articles that directly address [.].

What Kind of Misfit Are You?

Harvard Business Review

Here's a confession that may surprise no one who regularly reads this blog: I'm a misfit. And I always have been. And having spent a few decades on this planet as a slightly octagonal peg facing an endless vista of square, machine-made holes, I've developed a hypothesis about achievement. It's this: great accomplishment usually takes the impertinence not to fit into the suffocating status quo. Consider the following.

Writing Tools


Cool Tools points to some condensed guidance on how to write better

The First Requirement for Becoming a Great Boss

Harvard Business Review

Among the many requirements placed on those who take responsibility for the performance of others, there is one that is rarely mentioned. Yet, ironically, it may be the most important because so much else depends on it. That fundamental requirement is courage.

How can you validate your customers’ decision to stay during the dark, rainy hours?


The cobblestones were slick from the mist as we walked beside the canals to see James Taylor play at an intimate gathering in San Marco Piazza, Venice. Had the weather stayed as it had been, the stars would have been sparkling like pin holes through a sheet. Instead, we were paying tourist rates for last minute umbrellas and vinyl slickers. All in attendance were quickly decorated with blue, red, and yellow covers.

Three Questions for Effective Feedback

Harvard Business Review

When I was in graduate school, Phil Daniels, then a psychology professor at Brigham Young University , taught us about a feedback mechanism he called the SKS form. It was simply a process whereby we would ask others what we should stop (S), keep (K), and start (S) doing, given a particular role we might have as a teacher, friend, spouse, father, mother, etc. People are asked to fill in the blanks, limiting their entries to no more than three bullet points under each subhead.

5 Leadership Secrets of an Aviator (2 of 3)

Leading Strategies

Think Long-Term. If an airplane is in trouble, it is common sense for the pilot to land as soon as practical. Despite the urgency, there are questions to consider that will make or break the outcome. What is my fuel state? What is the nearest field that can appropriately handle the aircraft emergency? How far to the ideal airport? What is the weather like at the intended landing airport?

Business Customers Are Digital. Shouldn't Your Marketing Be?

Harvard Business Review

This post is part of the HBR Insight Center Marketing That Works. Are you skeptical about using digital and social media in business marketing? Think it's only for consumers, and that business customers don't have time for it? Your competitors don't think so. And they are gaining competitive advantage by embracing new digital and social methods of connecting with their customers. Those tools are fast becoming the single most important way to attract new business customers and sustain old ones.

A Basic Phone


The phone on my desk in my study at home is acting up. I decided to look for a replacement. This old phone had a bunch of doodads. I just want a basic phone. Nothing extraordinary. I'd even go for a dial version. Black will be fine. I know there are plenty of Internet sites dedicated to phones, but I thought, in my innocence, that I'd be able to find one nearby and save the shipping time. Make a quick run. Get a phone. Head on back and plug it in. So I started clicking.


Danny Dunn and the myth of multitasking

The Organized Executive's Blog

“And Mrs. Miller, who, like every wife and mother, could do at least three different things at the same time, went back to reading her book and sewing buttons on a shirt.”. Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine. by Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, 1958. That sentence didn’t mean anything to me when I read the “Danny Dunn” series of novels as a child. But now I am a “Mrs. Miller,” and I think often about multitasking as the editor of The Organized Executive.