Sat.Aug 13, 2011

Saturday Night Prayer Chain: Let’s Pray for One Another

Ron Edmondson

Do you believe in the power of prayer? I have incredible readers. This week I’m burdened with several issues involving other people.

Andrew C. Boynton: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Andy Boynton is Dean of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. At Boston College, he works with terrific faculty and staff to build a business school that creates knowledge and shapes leaders for the future. Prior to joining Boston College, Boynton was a professor of strategy and leadership at the International Institute for Management Development [.]. Bob's blog entries Andrew C.

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Are Your Children a Bridge or a Wedge in Your Marriage?

Ron Edmondson

Are your children a bridge or a wedge in your marriage? Wedge: Many parents allow children to be a wedge between them. They have separate discipline policies, differing goals for the children, and different methods of communicating with the children.

Remember the Cube

First Friday Book Synopsis

James M. Kouzes is co-author (with Barry Z. Posner) of The Leadership Challenge. In the brief article that follows, featured by Booz & Company’s strategy+business magazine, he introduces a passage on the importance of remembering where you started that appears in From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership, by Harry M. Jansen [.]. Bob's blog entries Barry Z.

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The Growth of Entrepreneurs in America

Coaching Tip

Are you one of over 40 million self-employed in the U.S.--31 31 percent of the labor force--who form an increasingly important part of the economy? More Americans are working as consultants or freelancers, either having given up or been forced out of the salaried world of 9 to 5.

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The Toyota Way: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Toyota Way Jeffrey Liker McGraw-Hill (2003) To understand Toyota’s success, first understand its DNA I read this book when it was first published in 2004 and recently re-read it, curious to know how well Jeffrey Liker’s explanation of Toyota’s management principles and lean production values have held up. My conclusion? Very well. However, since [.]. Bob's blog entries Center for Quality People & Organization first understand its DNA Fujio Cho Gary Convis James K.

Do your people have passion?

ReThink HR

Much like Leadership, Innovation, Engagement… …Passion is one of the many sexy terms being preached in business and life. It is often argued that if you don’t have passion you will not be as engaged as those who do. Everyone has passion for something.

Interview with Robert Halton, CMgr of the Year finalist

Chartered Management Institute

To mark the announcement recently of the finalists in the annual Chartered Manager of the Year competition, we will be interviewing all of the regional winners to give you an insight into the kind of people and managers they are. Next up is Robert Halton, Chartered Manager of the Year West Midlands. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Life Always Requires Intervention

Leadership Freak

Life always requires attentive intervention. Death arrives on its own. Do nothing you die. Do something you may live. Products, people, and organizations follow predictable life/death cycles. The organization I lead is positioned on a recent three year reinvention. It’s an exciting time where teams dare to think new thoughts and embrace new challenges. The [.]. Change Community Update Decisions Feedback Personal Growth Organizational Development

The Quality of Your Relationships

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

The Quality of Our Relationships. . Research tells us that our quality of life is largely determined by the quality of our relationships – whether they are intimate relationships, or those with friends, coworkers, or within organizations.

Articles of Faith: The Unforced Rhythm of Grace

Linked 2 Leadership

—————————————————————————– This post is part of our Sunday Series titled “Articles of Faith.” We investigate leadership lessons from the Bible. See the whole series here. Published only on Sundays. —————————————————————————– Have you ever noticed the wind blowing through the trees or the waves lapping up on a sandy shoreline? There is a rhythm about them that [.].

Styles Before the Flame Goes Out


Art Contrarian looks at some last ditch car styling


What would YOU do with an extra 61 hours and 18 minutes?

Jason Womack

Ok, so here I go on one of my little rants. When someone complains about not having enough time, and then proudly states they don't have time to learn how to save time - you know those people.they are THAT busy - I just smile.

Show Up for the Miracles

Building Personal Strength

My wife, Kathleen , is fond of saying, "If you're not there when the miracle happens, you won't see it." It's about showing up and paying attention. And, I would add, if you do happen to be there when it happens, don't take what's going on around you for granted.

First Paragraph


A head of department, working quietly in his room in Whitehall on a summer afternoon, is not accustomed to being disturbed by the near-by and indubitable sound of a revolver shot. From The Nice and the Good by Iris Murdoch


Joe’s Journal: On Work and Human Nature

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is the latest post by Joseph A. Maciariello featured in the Joe’s Journal series at the Drucker Exchange (Dx) sponsored by the Drucker Institute. The Drucker Exchange (the Dx) is a platform for bettering society through effective management and responsible leadership. It is produced by the Drucker Institute, a think tank and action tank [.].

Beats Those Canadian Air Force Exercises


Miquel Angel Jimenez has adopted the Cultural Offering exercise routine


Becoming a leader…Shifting the Balance of Power.

You're Not the Boss of Me

While this post is a “repeat performance&# , I think reflecting on some of the changes we must make when we first undertake a leadership role never goes amiss… and is worth repeating from time to time. What do you think? When I first became a manager, I tried to be friends with everyone.

Joan Holloway and Company


Eclecticity looks at the main character in Mad Men. In fact, I'm not sure if that program has any other characters

Music Break


With scenes from "O Brother Where Art Thou": " I'll Fly Away " by Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch

"Vodka Nation"


The next time you visit a bar, see if you can count on one hand the number of vodkas on the shelf. Chances are you’ll need both hands, and possibly feet. The bar at the original Pizzeria Uno in downtown Chicago contains 13 different vodkas: one bottle of Skyy, one bottle of Smirnoff, four flavors of Stolichnaya, five flavors of Absolut, one Ketel One, and one Grey Goose. At the T.G.I. Friday’s in Reagan National Airport outside Washington, two shelves are devoted to 14 varieties of vodka.

Spitfires Over France


Steven Pressfield has a memorable post on a true hero : Pierre Clostermann was a Free French aviator who flew over 400 missions as a Spitfire and Tempest pilot in RAF squadrons during WWII. He is credited with the destruction (reports vary) of between 15 and 33 Luftwaffe aircraft. Clostermann was awarded, among numerous other decorations for valor, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Silver Star and the Croix de Guerre with 19 palms.

Plan B


There are days when Plan B is not only as good as it gets but as good as it would have ever gotten. We can plan various actions and then the world intervenes. We inwardly (sometimes outwardly) groan over the obstruction of those narrow-minded people who don't see things our way. But they don't and today's adversary may be tomorrow's ally so we aim for the possible. We cannot indulge ourselves in doing what feels good; e.g., telling them to go to hell or putting people down.

Pictures to Study


Extraordinary: The week in pictures at The Telegraph


Kristol's Salon


Writing in First Things , Wilfred M. McClay on Irving Kristol : He seemed to accept such symptoms of physical decline with remarkable equanimity, even humor. As his son Bill relates in his lovely foreword to The Neoconservative Persuasion, a posthumous selection of his essays, when Irving would lunch with his colleagues Irwin Stelzer and Charles Krauthammer, sometimes at the end of one of their debates he would advise them, “I can’t hear what you’re saying. So I make it up.


Quote of the Day


I would rather regret the things I have done than the things I have not. Lucille Ball