Tue.Sep 13, 2011

7 Ways to Tell it May Be a God Thing

Ron Edmondson

And without faith it is impossible to please God… Hebrews 11:6. We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7. For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you. 2 Chronicles 20:12. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1 Corinthians 1:27. God calls people to seemingly impossible tasks.

15 Common Characteristics of Effective Leaders

Management is a Journey

Leaders are diverse! They come in different nationalities, gender, generations, personality profiles, etc. They come from different life experiences. For example, although they were both war time presidents, President Roosevelt led and communicated different from President Harry Truman. Though Harriet Tubman and Dr. King were both civil rights leaders, their leadership styles were very different. And, [.]. Leadership communication leadership

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Ownership Thinking

Leading Blog

Ownership Thinking is about developing leaders at all levels. Fundamentally,” writes author Brad Hams, “Ownership Thinking is about moving employees away from the ‘me’ way of thinking and towards concerns of the business and its financial performance.” This is leadership thinking in a business setting.

Where do you get your energy?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Self Leadership If you are a character-based leader you will strive to be the best you can be. You will be leading with integrity, and courage and regard to others. You will be after a noble cause or at the very least a noble way to reach your objectives. You will feel committed and responsible for the [.] Where do you get your energy? Leadership Development Self Leadership Character Character-based Leadership energy leader Leadership Self Development

Trust in the Workplace: The Leader’s Judgement Call

Linked 2 Leadership

As a leader in your organisation, you work in a role where you cannot achieve anything of value unilaterally. You need to work well with a range of other colleagues to achieve outcomes of benefit to your employer. One of the issues you need to manage as you set about doing this is whom to [.].

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Adrian J. Slywotsky, Part Two: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Adrian J. Slywotzky is a consultant and author of several books on economic theory and management. He graduated from Harvard College and holds a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has worked as a consultant since 1979 and is currently a partner at Oliver Wyman.

A Very Long Engagement


The trailer. The trailer alone is better than many films

How to Break the High Achiever Cycle

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. If you’re a high-achiever, it can be difficult to grow professionally. You have a successful image to preserve, so instead of embracing risk, you may lock yourself into [.]. Bob's blog entries "Managing Yourself: The Paradox of Excellence" Break the High-Achiever Cycle Harvard Business Review.

9/11 Remembrance: Vive la France!


Keeping Up with Jones has a heart-warming report on the French ceremonies related to 9/11: The Palais de Chaillot was built for the 1937 Exposition Universelle and currently houses two museums, the Musée de la Marine in the west wing, and the Cité de l'Architecture in the east wing. Atop both of these buildings one normally sees a large tri-color French flag. This past Sunday, on September 11th, things were different.

Which book will become 'CMI Management Book of the Year' 2012

Chartered Management Institute

Last year saw the launch of the competition with Henry Mintzberg author of Managing winning the coveted title CMI Management Book of the Year and cheque for £5,000. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Creativity Break


At Anderson Layman's Blog : A legion of doodlers will see this and think, "Why didn't I ever do that

Structuring Creativity


We all want talent in our organizations don’t we? Just having inordinate amounts of talent and diversity does not guarantee innovation in any way. Leaders must find ways to harness and funnel the creative dissonance into something productive. Many leaders seem to recruit people just like themselves, because it is much simpler to manage like-minded people. It requires a strong, confident leader to recruit diverse team members that will conflict with each other.

Renters vs. Owners


Cultural Offering explores the difference between renters and owners. An excerpt: Renters are temporary. They like the flexibility that comes from their temporary state. They are looking at options - always. Getting a renter to buy or buy in is a challenge. Many buy in to very little; they may not buy in to themselves. Options. They are about options. The renter is ready with advice always; do what they say not what they do.

Leading A Team of Peers In the New Workplace

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

Leading a team of your peers has become a new norm for individuals, project teams and organizations. It calls for a new suite of skills which enable the situational leadership of groups by individuals without formal authority.

Presentation Advice for the Candidates


If I were advising the candidates on their campaign presentations, I'd say: Michele Bachmann : Vary your rate of speech. You often speak rapidly and that makes you sound nervous and less serious. Study Margaret Thatcher's use of emphasis. Lean toward speaking more slowly. Herman Cain : You often sound as if you are a CEO giving a PowerPoint presentation. Back off from the bullet points and give a bit more philosophy.

Reprint: The Benefit of “Laid Off”

ReThink HR

Reprint from 2010. So about the title… umm you just got laid off, through no fault of your own. It can be difficult to sit on the other end of a desk.

Quote of the Day


I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or if they try, they will shortly be out of office. Milton Friedman

Memo to HR: Why performances reviews suck

Roundtable Talk

There’s probably one HR process that sends a shiver down most managers backs: the performance review. According to a recent survey in the Globe and Mail , 53% of respondents felt performance reviews were a total waste of time. 20% felt they were a necessary evil and only 27% felt they were helpful. What’s really fun to read are the comments made on the poll.

Leadership Biz Cafe Podcast #2 – Interview with Teresa Amabile & Steven Kramer

Tanveer Naseer

For the second episode of my podcast series, “Leadership Biz Cafe”, I’m pleased to welcome Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer. Teresa is the Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration and a Director of Research at Harvard Business School. Steven is a developmental psychologist whose writings have appeared in such illustrious publications as the Harvard Business Review and The New York Times.

How can New CPR save your leadership?


As a leader, you must be attuned to the safety of your followers. It’s hard to protect them from each and every threat–physical and psychological–but you can take measures to reduce the risk of fatal heart attacks.

Are You Training Yourself to Fail?

Harvard Business Review

"Did you get done what you wanted to get done today?" Eleanor, my wife, asked me. Not really," I said. She laughed. Didn't you write the book on getting done what you want to get done?". Some people are naturally pre-disposed to being highly productive.

10 Tests to Know it’s Time to Take Charge

Leadership Freak

One dimensional leaders fit into one dimensional organizations. Do one dimensional organizations actually exist? Complexity and diversity call for more than one leadership style. You may be a coaching-style leader but coaching doesn’t always work. I enjoy a hands-off approach both as a leader and a follower. But hands-off isn’t always best; some situations call leaders [.]. Leading Marks of leaders Personal Growth Strengths Taking others higher Leadership Development

Management for the ages

The Organized Executive's Blog

This is a guest post from Roberta Chinsky Matuson, presenter of the Sept. 15 audio conference “Suddenly in Charge: Rules of the Road for Managing Up in the Top-Down World of Business.&#. One-size-fits-all management might have worked in the ’50s, when men of a certain age managed younger workers, but today’s management team is quite diverse. No longer can you walk into an office and assume the 20-something person is just an employee. In many cases she is the manager.

Corporate Cultures – Individual Initiated, Knowledge and Skills Controlled Environment

Strategy Driven

The Individual Initiated, Knowledge and Skills Controlled Environment is one of two anchor points on the Culture-based Work Performance Model. Subsequently, organizations aligned with this culture set represent the highest level of engagement and creativity while incurring the greatest degree of risk in work consistency and efficiency. The following characteristics, benefits, risks, and risk mitigators are representative of the Individual Initiated, Knowledge and Skills Controlled Environment.

The Two-Second Advantage: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Two-Second Advantage: How We Succeed by Anticipating the Future–Just Enough Vivek Ranadivé and Kevin Maney Crown Business (2011) The power of prediction-based talent: Intuition on “the other side of complexity” At least a century ago, Oliver Wendell Holmes observed, “I don’t care a fig for simplicity on this side of complexity but I would [.].

Don't Confuse a Scorecard with a Scoreboard

Harvard Business Review

I've always been a big believer in using results as the differentiator between success and failure. You either achieve your goals or you don't. Energy, creativity, and activity are all good things — but they don't create value unless results are achieved. Most organizations take the same stance. They put a great deal of emphasis on reporting and celebrating quarterly and yearly results — with the assumption that there is a huge upside to being perceived as a winning company.

A New Yorker‘s Observation of 9/11 Memorial Commemoration

Bird's Eye View

I had a dentist appointment this morning. His offices are in the Wall Street area and since I arrived a half hour early, I decided to take a look at the scene of the 9/11 ceremonies last Sunday. You have to sign up for a ticket to view the memorial , so that wasn’t possible this morning.

The Skill that Matters Most

Harvard Business Review

Self control is the ability to say no, in the face of temptation, and to take sustained action, despite the difficulty of a given challenge. At its heart, self-control requires the ability to delay gratification. More commonly, it's called discipline, or will. Without self-control, we can't accomplish almost anything of enduring value. And we rarely pay much attention to it.

21st Century Grrl Power

Erika Andersen

This week I have the pleasure and honor of working with 3 of my female colleagues, and our partners at Women in Cable Telecommunication (WICT) to conduct the Rising Leaders Program , a five-day leadership and management “boot camp&# for young women leaders in the cable industry.

Structuring Creativity


We all want talent in our organizations don’t we? Just having inordinate amounts of talent and diversity does not guarantee innovation in any way. Leaders must find ways to harness and funnel the creative dissonance into something productive. Many leaders seem to recruit people just like themselves, because it is much simpler to manage like-minded people. It requires a strong, confident leader to recruit diverse team members that will conflict with each other.

How Women Can Flourish in the Workplace

Harvard Business Review

When I asked last week if women were dissatisfied enough to force change in the corporate world , my post triggered off a global debate. Many participants, thankfully, focused on what we can do to increase the number of women leaders and managers in business rather than diagnosing the causes, which are all too well known.

True North Groups: A Conversation With Bill George

Harvard Business Review

Bill George is best-known as the former CEO of Medtronic, where the company's market cap grew from $1.1 billion to $60 billion during his tenure. Upon his retirement in 2002, Bill invented a new life and purpose (by making little bets, I might add shamelessly) to write and to teach.

When Debt Gets in the Way of Growth

Harvard Business Review

This post is part of the HBR Insight Center Growing the Top Line. Debt is good for growth, but only up to a point. Thanks to a simple and powerful article from three economists at the Bank of International Settlements in Basel, we now know at what point a good thing becomes too much. Debt is good for growth because it allows people and companies to transfer money over time. By borrowing, you can mobilize your earning capacity to buy a car that you can't pay for in cash right now.