Mon.Aug 15, 2011

The Hidden Power of Your Leadership to Create Raving Fans

C-Level Strategies

This week on Leadership Chat author Becky Carroll will be talking about leadership lessons from her new book, “ The Hidden Power of Your Customers.&#.

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7 Critical Abilities Senior Leaders Must Have

Ron Edmondson

I want to address some critical abilities that a senior leader must have to be effective. The intent of this post is not to appear arrogant as a senior leader, as if I have qualities others may not have, although I’m confidant some will take it that way.

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The Biggest Barrier to Collaborative Problem Solving

Kevin Eikenberry

This could be a very short article, because the biggest barrier to collaborative problem solving is found by looking at the word problem backwards: melborp. Do you see it? The biggest barrier is me. Or you. Or whoever makes the problem about them, their agenda or their solution. Which means that we, too often, approach [.]. Collaboration Leadership Learning Solving Problems Teams problem solving

Seasoned Leaders Have Balance

Great Leadership By Dan

Here's a guest post by Paul Thornton, a Great Leadership regular: To produce healthy plants it takes the right amount of water, sunlight, fertilizer, and care. Too much water or too little sunlight may hurt your plants.

How Leaders Connect to Boost Employee Engagement

Michael Lee Stallard

Here’s a link to an audio interview Jason Pankau and I did with Jeremie Kubicek, CEO of GiANT ( GiANT Impact , Catalyst and Chick-fil-A Leadercast ). Jeremie is the author of a great book entitled Leadership is Dead: How Influence is Reviving It.

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Leadership and Blame

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. In the world of leadership where the traits of accountability and personal responsibility are so highly regarded, I have one question? What’s with all the finger pointing?

Social Boom: How to Master Business Social Media

Kevin Eikenberry

This week’s Resource Recommendation is Social Boom! How to Master Business Social Media by Jeffrey Gitomer. I’m pretty active on social media, especially when thinking about, as the book subtitle suggests, business social media. I bought this book for three reasons: 1. I respect the work of the author 2. I thought this book might [.]. Books Leadership Learning career marketing personal brand social media

All In or Don’t Bother

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is a recent blog post by Josh Linkner, author of Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity. With all due respect to the value of effort and even best effort, Josh is really talking about a mindset that many affirm but few develop: faith in the power of 100% best effort. “In [.].

Holding Loosely the Wheel

Chris Brady

In the dead moments of space Between the thick and the thin A flicker of a glimpse The door that won't let us in No, but you weren't there to see The crests and jagged ridges For elves with pointed. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Lyrics/Poems

3 Ways to Get the Most from Your Team

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. Contrary to popular belief, teams are not always the best way to get work done. Problems with coordination, competition, and motivation can undermine even the most well-designed and [.]. Bob's blog entries 3 Ways to Get the Most from Your Team Harvard Business Review on Building Better Teams Harvard Business Review.

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2 Ways to Ensure You Always Agree with the Senior Leader

Ron Edmondson

There are two ways to ensure you always agree with your senior leadership: 1. Follow someone just like you… (Ever found that person?). Be the senior leader… (Of course, when you can’t agree with yourself…). Any other suggestions? Related posts: 7 Ways to Ensure Your Email Gets Read. 4 Tasks of the Senior Pastor / CEO. 7 Ways for a Leader to Offer Praise. Funny Leadership

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Communicating product vision

Lead on Purpose

Communication has changed significantly in the past several years. Twitter, Facebook and other social media have driven personal interaction to short, succinct statements that force us to be brief and to the point. One of my colleagues on the engineering team recently told me “if you can’t write your spec in 140 characters, I can’t implement it.” Though I’m sure he said it in jest, he got me to thinking about effective communication.

Managers suffering in a training desert

Chartered Management Institute

Research conducted by Middlesex University’s Institute for Work Based Learning earlier this summer has revealed the stark gap between the training managers want, and the training they get. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

AIDS Care of Rochester NY + Team Building & Leadership

Create Learning

Spent time with the executive management team of AIDS Care Rochester NY in a Team Building & Leadership workshop.

Beauty Marketers: Best in Class | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

A couple of years ago, Advertising Age published an impressive 20-page tribute to L'Oreal, entitled 100 Years of Celebrating Beauty. The piece described a passionate marketing company who has believed in the power of

shorts.008 | Does Pay Level Affect Job Satisfaction?


Not much, according to a meta-analytic study of 92 separate studies recently published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior (Judge, T.A., The relationship between pay and job satisfaction: A meta-analysis of the literature. 77: 157-167.) The authors concluded: …level of pay had little relation to either job or pay satisfaction. This indicates that within an organization, those who make more money are little more satisfied than those who make considerably less.

Jeff Dyer on “How to think like an innovator”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is a brief (7:02 minute) excerpt from a videotaped interview of Jeff Dyer during which he outlines the four ways leaders come up with their great ideas. Dyer is a professor at Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management and co-author of The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators, co-authored with Hal B. [.]. Uncategorized Clayton M.

Growing On and Through the Job


Hard experience has taught me that there are many individuals in the workplace who, far from being driven by any pursuit of excellence, are satisfied to perform at an above average level. These are not people who lack ambition. They can be more accurately described as lacking a sufficient standard of measurement. Left to ourselves, most of us would describe our job performance as above average and, not surprisingly, we aren't about to search for any evidence to the contrary.

The Happiness Advantage: Discovering the Happiness Advantage

Strategy Driven

Excerpt from The Happiness Advantage … I applied to Harvard on a dare. I was raised in Waco, Texas, and never really expected to leave. Even as I was applying to Harvard, I was setting down roots and training to be a local volunteer firefighter. For me, Harvard was a place from the movies, the place mothers joke about their kids going to when they grow up. The chances of actually getting in were infinitesimally small.

Unfreeze, Change, Refreeze: Is This a Child’s Game?

Management is a Journey

The words unfreeze, change, and refreeze might sound more like a child’s game than the foundation model for implementing change. These three words are not a child’s game however. Instead, unfreeze, change, and refreeze describe Kurt Lewin’s powerful and simple three-step change model. Lewin’s work on organizational change is well known in college business courses [.].

Stop the Madness Before its too Late

Leadership Freak

Image source: There are only three ways to get more time – eliminate, delegate, or accelerate. The hardest is elimination. Starting is more fun than stopping. Starting new things without stopping old things, however, is the reason your life is out of control. Five Ways to Stop the Madness: First, feel your frustrations; don’t bury [.]. Goals Health Leading Personal Growth Saying No

Ask the experts: I want to encourage healthy social activities - what would be the most inclusive activity and how do I promote it?

Chartered Management Institute

Ask the experts: I want to encourage healthy social activities - what would be the most inclusive activity and how do I promote it? Reply by Prof Cary Cooper is Distinguished Professor of organisational psychology and health, and author/editor of several books on occupational stress. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

"More" Employees with Bad Attitudes #Management

Management Craft

My google stats have been telling an interesting story. The most common search strings over the last few weeks have been: #1: "Employees with Bad Attitudes" - which leads to this post by the same name. And #2: "Managing up" - which leads to this post. So why is it that so many people are seeking help on how to deal with attitude issues? Are we all a bit grumpy? Has economic instability left us feeling inflexible or vulnerable? Or are we just sick of adults who act like children?

Are You a Servant Leader? Whom Do You Serve?

The Practical Leader

Recent Client work with culture change, service/quality improvement, safety, and leadership development has led to discussions of values, intentions, and drivers of behavior change. Do you see people as “human assets&# to be “motivated&# toward your goals ?

Leadership Caffeine-Churchill on Overcoming Adversity

Management Excellence

You’re to be excused if you feel like you live in a world under siege. From wars and violence to natural disasters and man-made financial and governing catastrophes, these are most definitely challenging times. Winston Churchill, the remarkable wartime leader of Great Britain, served as a source of strength and motivation for an entire nation with his dogged determination to survive and ultimately succeed in the face of incredible adversity.

Do You Expect Growth for Your Woman-Owned Biz?

Women on Business

According to a report on titled, Most Female Owners Expect Business to Grow , four in five women hope to grow their businesses over the next two years. On a personal note, I really feel that the terminology given in this report is misleading. As a small business owner, if asked, “Do you hope to grow your business in the next two years&# … of course I’m going to say an emphatic ‘YES!’ ’ Hoping for growth and expecting it are two very different things.

How to Use Lateral Approach – a Powerful Tool in Managing Projects (and beyond)?

Utpal Writes

Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach. ~ Tony Robbins. In today’s fast paced world, project and lives are getting more complex and continuously changing. What used work twenty years ago, is no longer effective.

Writer replies.Justin Menkes

Chartered Management Institute

Writer replies.Justin Menkes, executive assessment expert, psychologist and author of Better Under Pressure tells Kayleigh Ziolo how top executives find success in a crisis. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

On Leadership and Cowboys and Snowmen

Linked 2 Leadership

I’ll confess… what I wanted to be when I was younger is no longer my career aspiration… I wanted to be a cowboy. A real American cowboy! That may have been a side-affect of watching too many John Wayne movies as a kid. Although my dream career as a kid was “highly aspirational…&# It was far more [.].

There is an “I” in Conflict


I’m from the Midwest – born, raised, and a “lifer” here. It’s a lovely place to live and work. But for many years I had no idea that there was an actual “culture” in the Midwest. Since then, I’ve come to recognize that the culture includes (as all cultures do) some things that are life-enhancing and some that aren’t. We’re a kind culture; generous, hospitable, and usually agreeable. We don’t pick fights.

Anything Doesn't Go


When is a flawless, gleaming, plate-glass shopwindow a broken window? Boston mayor Thomas Menino had no trouble answering the question after one look at the Nike sneaker shop’s display on his city’s upscale Newbury Street. There, above the company’s just do it slogan, were eight T-shirts bearing, in boldly graphic lettering, such messages as get high, f**k gravity, and dope, this one accompanied by an open pill bottle with skateboards spilling out.

Leadership Lessons: It’s Really All the Same

Women on Business

When we talk about the programs from our company, we state that we are interested in developing leaders at every level. That does not just mean from senior executive to admin. It means from boardroom to dining room. Leadership, at its core is about helping others reach full potential. Isn’t that the deep yearning in all of us? Here is a good article and my response is an underline of what needs to be seen as a core competency of leadership.

Fashion Statement for Idiots


I thought I had seen some crazy iPad accessories, and have written about some of them. But, an IPad case made out of Bernie Madoff's pants is so over the top that I have trouble saying the words. FutureLawyer has more on the story

Beyond Performance: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage Scott Keller and Colin Price John Wiley & Sons (2011) How to achieve and then sustain both outstanding leadership and management throughout the given enterprise Scott Keller and Colin Price acknowledge that although there is a “multitude” of books about business leadership and management already in [.].