Sat.Sep 03, 2011

6 Steps to Win in the Game of Life

Ron Edmondson

Everyone wants to be successful in life, but the truth is that many people never really achieve what they set out to accomplish. Many of us fall short of obtaining the dreams and goals we have for our life.

Poor Leadership Costs Average Organization Over $1 Million Dollars Year

Six Disciplines

A new white paper from The Ken Blanchard Companies shows that poor leadership is costing the average company an amount equal to 7% of their annual revenue. That’s over a million dollars a year for any organization with $15 million dollars or more in annual sales. The three big culprits? Employee turnover. Poor leadership is responsible for up to 30% of the reasons why people leave their organizations according to exit interviews conducted by The Saratoga Institute. Customer turnover.

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Which do you have? No Strategy, Bad Strategy, or, Good Strategy? – Guess which one is the better choice!

First Friday Book Synopsis

I’ve selected Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters ?by by Richard Rumelt to present for the October 7 First Friday Book Synopsis. I have not yet read, but I think that it will be an important and useful choice. (You You can read the review of the book by Bob Morris on our blog here [.]. Randy's blog entries Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters Richard Rumelt

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Articles of Faith: Tools of the Trade

Linked 2 Leadership

Have you ever felt that you were overwhelmed with a task? Did you feel that you were not properly prepared? Did you look up to that sky and exclaim… WHY ME, GOD??? This happens to all of us. But it is critical that we remember I John 4:4; nothing or no one is bigger than our God. [.]. Articles of Faith Coaching Corner Leadership Lessons Learned Practical Steps to Influence Attitude David goals Inspiration Leadership Development Lessons Learned motivation servant leader Tools trust

Harvard Business Review on Making Smart Decisions: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Harvard Business Review on Making Smart Decisions Various Contributors Harvard Business Review Press (2011) How best practices and expert advice can help you and your associates make smarter decisions In their classic book, Judgment: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls, Noel Tichy and Warren Bennis assert that what really matters “is not how many calls [.].

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Expect the Unexpected (or You Won’t Find It): A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Expect the Unexpected (or You Won’t Find It): A Creativity Tool Based on the Ancient Wisdom of Heraclitus? Roger von Oech Berrett-Koehler Publishers (2002) The fact that von Oech draws heavily upon the “ancient wisdom of Heraclitus&# in this book correctly suggests what a creative mind such as von Oech’s can accomplish when seeing direct [.].

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Saturday’s Quote

Management is a Journey

Hire the Best. Pay them Fairly. Communicate Frequently. Provide Challenges and Rewards. Believe in Them. Get Out of Their Way — They’ll Knock Your Socks Off! – Mary Ann Allison. Management communication management motivation organizational productivity people skills performance management

Here is the New York Times Hardcover Business Bestsellers list for September, 2011.

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is the New York Times Hardcover Business Bestsellers list for September, 2011. A couple of observations: we clearly still want to know just what caused the financial meltdown, and we keep looking for explanations. And, personal and finance books seem to be in need. There are a lot of “still on the list” books: [.]. Randy's blog entries business best-sellers

Why Leaders Should Support Volunteer Programs In The Workplace

Eric Jacobson

If you are a workplace leader who supports a volunteer program at your business, you already know that by encouraging employees to give back to the community you are: building teamwork. motivating employees. attracting new hires.

Gary and Ruth Namie: An Interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Gary Namie (Ph.D., Social Psychology) and Ruth Namie (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology) started the U.S. workplace bullying movement in mid-1997 after Ruth’s personal experience at the hands of a tyrannical woman supervisor in a psychiatry clinic. The Drs. Namie began the first and only U.S. research, education, advocacy and consulting organization — the Workplace Bullying Institute [.].

The Pain of Round Pegs in Square Holes

Leadership Freak

Passion is essential but it doesn’t solve everything. About a month ago I invited one of our lead people to take on a new role. It’s not working out and it’s my fault. They were passionate; but now I see frustration. They’re out of their sweet spot. Passion isn’t omnipotence or aptitude. For example, I’m [.]. Decisions Delegation Failure Leading Managing Passion Leadership Development

The One Thing Your Employees Need Most

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an article written by Jeff Haden for BNET, The CBS Interactive Business Network. To check out an abundance of valuable resources and obtain a free subscription to one or more of the BNET newsletters, please click here. * * * What is the difference between what an average employer provides and what a great [.].

Don’t accept common knowledge


Tiger Woods' Boulder. In a PGA tournament, Tiger Woods found his ball behind a 1,600-pound boulder. Tiger asked the Rules Official Orlando Pope if a boulder is considered a “loose impediment,&# which are permitted to be moved.

“I Went on A Search to Become a Leader”…

You're Not the Boss of Me

This post is something of a preamble to a new post I will be publishing on Tuesday September 6th called “In Search of NOW Leaders…NOW” (watch for it won’t you?).

The Long Summer


O'Rourke makes the case against summer. An excerpt: In the contiguous 48 states, the best weather isn't in June, July and August. Spring is glorious in the South. Fall is splendid in the North.


Leadership Digital

Eric Jacobson

If you haven't visited LeadershipDigital recently, do so today. The aggregator website that launched earlier this year now gives you access to more than 50 bloggers who write about leadership and management , including: Harvard Business Review. The Leadership Advisor. Women On Business.

Starbucks VIA Instant Coffee


CoolTools likes it : Not only does the VIA taste better than other instant brands, but it also dissolves better.

Attempted Murder - Our Amazing System of Justice

Building Personal Strength

As you know, I collect quotes. I have thousands of the most memorable, significant statements in human history. And none of them are homilies or worn-out anonymous sayings. But the truth is, I actually like some of those worn-out sayings, because they're so true.

4 Hours a Day


Helen discusses a new book on willpower that is already getting a lot of attention. It looks fascinating

10 Films That Changed the World


Mark Cousins has put together his list of ten films that changed the world and it is sure to spark dissent. I'd certainly nominate: Citizen Kane. The Godfather. Snow White. The Charlie Chaplin films. Gone with the Wind. The Wizard of Oz. Casablanca. Saturday Night Fever. Ben-Hur. Star Wars

Quote of the Day


People don't give you their trust and respect. They only loan it to you. Bill Terrell


The Attraction of the Other


Have you ever had days when the surest way to increase interest in one task is to do another? You find that one job is uninteresting until you start on a completely unrelated endeavor. Had you tried to force yourself to "get interested" in the first job you would have been unsuccessful.


First Paragraph


We leave at daylight, so I must write quickly. All reports indicate that my pursuers are now very close: the same scouts who for the last two days have reported seeing a phantom airship moving steadily down from the northeast, setting fire to the earth as it goes, now say that they have spotted the vessel near Lake Albert. My host, Chief Dugumbe, has at last given up his insistence that I allow his warriors to help me stand and fight, and instead offers an escort of fifty men to cover my escape.

David Copperfield's Interactive Magic Trick


Go to Political Calculations here and then scroll down to watch the David Copperfield video and participate in the magic trick. Nicely done

Fashion Revelation


This is brutal : What you think you look like versus what you look like. [HT: HT: