Thu.Sep 01, 2011

When there aren’t words to say…

Ron Edmondson

This week I’m doing the funeral for an 18 year old young man. I went to school with his mother and his father is a dear, personal friend. He was supposed to start college on Monday, but tragically died in a car accident Sunday night.

Why Business Vision Matters More in This Economy

C-Level Strategies

I was on the phone recently with a client answering questions about the importance of a business vision, and how critical vision is to business growth, when he asked me a question I hadn’t received before, Does any of this really matter with everything going on in this economy?

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First Look: Leadership Books for September 2011

Leading Blog

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in September. True North Groups : A Powerful Path to Personal and Leadership Development by Bill George and Doug Baker. The Anywhere Leader : How to Lead and Succeed in Any Business Environment by Mike Thompson. StandOut : The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution by Marcus Buckingham. Willpower : Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney.

How Do You Standout as a Leader?

Coaching Tip

Your genius is precise and will play out as your life signature.but only if you know what your comparative advantage is and build on it throughout your life.

If You Seek Prestige, Please Don't Try To Lead.

Modern Servant Leader

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You can't expect what you don't model, and you can't expect they be like you. Huh? #management

Management Craft

Here is a management conundrum. You cannot expect people to be what you aren't. If you want high flexibility and partnership - you need to show them what great flexibility and partnership look like in practice. You cannot expect your team members to be any more engaged or excited about their work than you appear to be. You cannot expect your employees to think or act like you.

How to Get More Replies on Your Forums

Managing Communities

photo credit: mary_gaston22 Shopmaster asked: “What are some good things you can do to get people to post or reply to topics in your articles?&# Thank you, Shopmaster. The act of simply getting people to reply to you, whether it be to topics you start in your forums or articles you write on your blog [.]. Community Cultivation

Importance of Consistent Leadership

Linked 2 Leadership

Whether it’s personally or professionally, most people are leaders in some capacity, yet few people see themselves as a leader. Now, think for a moment that your leadership qualities and capabilities were on display for the world to see each and every day? How consistent would you be as a leader? How much more difficult [.].

Leaders Must Be Game Changers!

Management is a Journey

What does it take to be an effective leader in today’s global environment? In the following video, Dr. Linda Hall shares some of her findings on this question. Three interesting points she raises include the following: Leaders have to do more than create value. They must also be game changers. Leaders have to do more [.]. Leadership Videos leadership organizational productivity strategic thinking

The Toyota Way to Continuous Improvement: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Toyota Way to Continuous Improvement: Linking Strategy and Operational Excellence to Achieve Superior Performance Jeffrey K. Liker and James K. Franz McGraw-Hill (2011) How and why the Toyota Way principles can achieve excellence in every part of almost any organization all the time I have read and reviewed all of Jeffrey Liker’s previously published [.].

Promoted Beyond Ability and the Effects on Work

Create Learning

Below is a leadership coaching conversation. The names have been changed, and the discussion matters. Mike, today we need to talk about Jack. When we promoted him to VP of operations he was full of energy and ready to take on the challenge, now he is a disaster.”.

3 Ways to Tighten Your Writing

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. Writing today—a report, memo, or email—must be short if you want people to read it. But succinctly expressing yourself can be tough. Here are three ways to [.]. Bob's blog entries 3 Ways to Tighten Your Writing Guide to Better Business Writing Harvard Business Review. HBR newsletters Management Tip of the Day

Leadership: Production vs. Consumption

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Leaders Produce Leadership influences others to do things they might not otherwise do. Good leaders influence others for mutual benefit. Effective leaders simply influence. See this post for further definition.) All leadership development aims to a point in the future when the student becomes a producer. The training, coaching, content or instruction points to a [.] Leadership: Production vs. Consumption. Leadership Development consumer create producer Value

StrategyDriven Editorial Perspective – Negotiations and the Divided Government

Strategy Driven

A Republican controlled House of Representatives, a Democrat controlled Senate and White House – a divided government.

CEO face shape linked to company performance

Chartered Management Institute

New research due to be published in the journal Psychological Science found that male CEO's with wide faces (relative to their length) lead better-performing company's than those with narrower faces. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

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Why Do 75 Percent Of All Organizational Change Initiatives Fail?

Six Disciplines

It may sound shocking, but 75% of all organizational change initiatives - fail. The good news? There are ways to deal with change, and when done correctly, they work effectively to support change. The more effectively you deal with change, the more likely you and your organization are to thrive, regardless of the economy. Since it's the activities of people that make up the outputs or results of your organization, it makes sense to address the challenge of change - straight on.

Come join us tomorrow (September 2, 2011) for Knowing Your Value and those Fun ESPN Guys!

First Friday Book Synopsis

If you are in the DFW area tomorrow, come join us for the September 2, 2011 First Friday Book Synopsis. Karl Krayer will present his synopsis of: Those guys have all the fun: Inside the world of ESPN by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales and Randy Mayeux will present his synopsis of: Knowing Your [.]. Randy's blog entries James Andrew Miller Knowing Your Value: Women Money and Getting What You’re Worth Mika Brzezinski Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN Tom Shales

What Our Leaders Didn't Learn on Their Summer Vacations

Next Level Blog

Long term readers of this blog may have noticed that I don't write nearly as many posts as I used to that are based on politics. There are a couple of reasons for that. First, I try to keep this. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Current Affairs Leadership

Personal Humility and Professional Will

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Self Leadership [link] Stephan De Villiers (LCG, Twitter) wrote an interesting post at Increment Success blog about character-based leadership. He quotes Jim Collins: A Level 5 leader is an individual who blends extremen personal humility and intense professional will. Stephan uses a slightly different definition of character-based leadership that we do here at Lead Change. However, he goes [.] Personal Humility and Professional Will.

strategicanalysis

Rapid BI

Strategic analysis - a term often used with an assumption that the people hearing it understand its meaning. Created Articles Management PESTLE PRIMO-F strategic analysis Strategy SWOT

One Head is Better Than Twenty

LDRLB

It’s quite cliché to say that two heads are better than one. This much we never argue about. Following that logic out then, three heads are better than two, four than three and so on. Not quite. Recent research from Jennifer Mueller at the University of Pennsylvania furthers the argument that individuals perform better in small teams than in large ones. The research examined 212 knowledge workers in 26 teams of various sizes (from 3 to 19).

The science behind better decisions

The Organized Executive's Blog

A fascinating article on “decision fatigue” in The New York Times describes the negative effects of having to make too many decisions and of having a low glucose level when making a choice. The research makes a lot of sense.

A Serious Cup

Execupundit

A great product. Make it at half-strength first and experiment from there. [I I prefer the dark roast with chicory.]. You'll start having New Orleans flashbacks

One Head is Better Than Twenty

LDRLB

It’s quite cliché to say that two heads are better than one. This much we never argue about. Following that logic out then, three heads are better than two, four than three and so on. Not quite. Recent research from Jennifer Mueller at the University of Pennsylvania furthers the argument that individuals perform better in small teams than in large ones. The research examined 212 knowledge workers in 26 teams of various sizes (from 3 to 19).

Collaboration Is Misunderstood and Overused

Harvard Business Review

Collaboration is a buzzword these days. Leaders want to get people to think as one company. But managers in different functions or different business units seem surprisingly reluctant to work together. Jealousies, misunderstandings and enmity seem more common than collaboration. Why does collaboration fail? There are lots of reasons. Collaboration can be time-consuming. It creates risks for the participants. Competing objectives can be hard to resolve.

High-Trust Cultures and Strategy Execution

Six Disciplines

Trust is probably the most important and least discussed aspect of working effectively and efficiently. And, trust is something that is earned by a manager or by a co-worker. Trust comes from: Saying what you'll do - and then, doing what you said you'd do. Being honest about your skills, your abilities, the things you know and can share with others.

The First of the Month - September, 2011

Jason Womack

However you look at it, time is moving.sometimes quickly. You could say, "Wow, 8 months are already gone!" Or, you could say, "Wow, 4 months to go!" And, of course, you could ask, "How old am I?" You see, no matter how you look at it, how old you are, whether you're a glass-half-empty or other-side-of-the fence thinker, time is marching on. Ok, so for this episode of "The First of the Month - September, 2011" I want to share a question, an idea and a joke.

Self-Discipline - The Key To Getting Things Done

Six Disciplines

Guidelines for reducing procrastination and improving self-discipline in business are offered in this Entrepreneur Magazine article by Romanus Wolter titled " To Do or Not To Do. ". Successful entrepreneurs discipline themselves to take action even when they're weighed down by the tasks at hand. With a few guidelines, you can develop the self-discipline necessary to navigate these new boundaries and accomplish your goals with ease.".

Vora: Exploring Quality

Execupundit

Tanmay Vora , who knows a thing or two thousand about quality, has a post to read and ponder

The First of the Month - September, 2011

Jason Womack

However you look at it, time is moving.sometimes quickly. You could say, "Wow, 8 months are already gone!" Or, you could say, "Wow, 4 months to go!" And, of course, you could ask, "How old am I?" You see, no matter how you look at it, how old you are, whether you're a glass-half-empty or other-side-of-the fence thinker, time is marching on. Ok, so for this episode of "The First of the Month - September, 2011" I want to share a question, an idea and a joke.

Confrontation Techniques

Execupundit

Deal with performance issues as soon as possible after you notice them. That way you're more likely to deal with little problems instead of big, festering problems. You're also less likely to spark uncomfortable confrontation. When you need to talk about behavior or performance, here are the steps. Start with an objective description. Leave the adjectives home. Then mention, quickly, why it's important. Then wait for your team member to speak. Wait as long as it takes.

High-Trust Cultures and Strategy Execution

Six Disciplines

Trust is probably the most important and least discussed aspect of working effectively and efficiently. And, trust is something that is earned by a manager or by a co-worker. Trust comes from: Saying what you'll do - and then, doing what you said you'd do. Being honest about your skills, your abilities, the things you know and can share with others.

Miscellaneous and Fast

Execupundit

Fast Company : Leadership lessons from Burning Man. Woody Allen : How to impress a blind date. David Mills skewers a fund-raising letter. Inside baseball : Romney versus Perry

Self-Discipline - The Key To Getting Things Done

Six Disciplines

Guidelines for reducing procrastination and improving self-discipline in business are offered in this Entrepreneur Magazine article by Romanus Wolter titled " To Do or Not To Do. ". Successful entrepreneurs discipline themselves to take action even when they're weighed down by the tasks at hand. With a few guidelines, you can develop the self-discipline necessary to navigate these new boundaries and accomplish your goals with ease.".