Fri.Sep 16, 2011

What I Would or Wouldn’t Do Again if I Were Planting a Church

Ron Edmondson

Perhaps it is because I am in my second church plant, but some of the most frequent questions I receive come from church planters. The two questions I get asked most: If you were planting another church… What would you do differently? What would you do the same?

Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders

Leading Blog

Rajeev Peshawaria says ironically, even though leadership hasn’t changed, we have Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders. The difference between mere bosses and leaders is that “leaders find the energy to stay on and fight, and energize others around them, while nonleaders give up.” Superior leadership requires incredible amounts of emotional energy —the power to stay the course despite the most formidable of obstacles.” This energy comes from discovering your purpose and values.

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The Road to Success

Women on Business

For entrepreneurs the road to success can be very bumpy and full of twists and turns (I know, very cliché, but true). Everyone needs to ask for directions once in a while or pull out the road map to double check the directions.

3 Rules for Networking at Work

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. We often think of networking as connecting with people outside our organizations. But networking with internal colleagues is just as crucial. Here are three rules of thumb for [.]. Bob's blog entries "Six Rules For Networking at Work" by Morten Hansen 3 Rules for Networking at Work Harvard Business Review.

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The Leadership Toll

Women on Business

In the recent months we’ve seen posturing from both sides of the political line and constituents everywhere are expressing frustration at the lack of leadership portrayed by party representatives. With all this frustration, what can we learn s entrepreneurs? People are always watching. As I watched the President give his jobs speech the thing that struck me the most was how disrespectful Speaker of the House John Boehner’s demeanor was.

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Video: The Biggest Mistake a Leader Can Make

Management is a Journey

Earlier this week, I wrote about the 15 Common Characteristics of Effective Leaders. Item #15 on that list was leaders have their limitations. It is true that leaders make mistakes, like everyone else. Mistakes can be valuable and improve a leader’s effectiveness providing the leaders are emotionally intelligent enough to learn from them. Leaders need [.]. Leadership Videos emotional intelligence leadership motivation

Quote of the Day


Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience. Adam Smith


Effects of Missing Elements and 21st Century Learning

Self Help Zen

A friend shared a graphic showing Effects of Missing Elements on Facebook. I like the essence of it. It is: Vision + Skills + Incentives + Resources + Action Plan = Change. No vision + Skills + Incentives + Resources + Action Plan = Confusion.

Picking Up and Letting Go at Sea

Next Level Blog

About a month ago today, I was a guest on the US Coast Guard Cutter Venturous leaving their station in St. Petersburg, Florida and getting under way for a patrol in the Florida Straits. In this last. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Leadership

But I Don't Like Following the Rules! @drbret

Management Craft

Never has there been a blog post title that I more represented than the one above. My parents would have diplomatically called me "a spirited child," one boss early in my career told me I was a pain in the #$%&#. :-). Do we really need rules in the workplace? Aren't we all adults who know what we should or shouldn't do? Of course we know. But should and do can be very far apart. Bret Simmons discusses that while rules should be kept to a minimum, good rules do serve a purpose.

A Book Addicts Haven

Chartered Management Institute

It’s been a busy month here at the CMI Book Club, but it just wouldn’t be worth it without a blog about which are the books to look out for this month. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Seeing Yourself as Others See You

Harvard Business Review

In our last blog , we argued that becoming a great boss required courage — in particular, the courage to find out how others see you. Almost certainly, we said, others' perceptions of you will differ in important and perhaps disconcerting ways from your self-perceptions. Many of you responded with thoughtful comments — thank you! Some of you agreed with us and some took exception to at least some of what we said.

Music Break


Something for Friday : Audrey Hepburn with " Moon River


Got Passion?


I had the great privilege today of interviewing one of my favorite Twitter friends Mr. Felix Nater. Felix is a workplace violence consultant. I won't here go into what all that this involves but, if you contact Felix , I'm sure he would be more than happy to explain the crucial work he does.

What Would You Take?


A friend of mine lives in a forested area in New Mexico. A few months ago, he received a call from the local police saying that unless the wind shifted, he and his wife would have to evacuate their home in an hour.

Another Awful Tragedy - The Shocking Cause

Building Personal Strength

My days are awfully busy, and I usually get in at least 6 hours of writing each day. And so yes, here I am in my mid-60s and I've logged way more than the required 10,000 hours of writing practice. But before I start my day, I like to scan the paper while sipping on my first cup of coffee.

The Silent Language of Leadership

Leadership Freak

We don’t use the term lie when it comes to lying to the boss but that’s what it is. We tell her what she wants to hear. After all, powerful bosses greatly impact our career, advancement, and financial success. I observed a group of mid-levels publicly conspire to lie to the boss and no one [.]. Author Book Notes Communication Influence Interview Leading Leadership Development

Picking Up and Letting Go at Sea

Next Level Blog

About a month ago today, I was a guest on the US Coast Guard Cutter Venturous leaving their station in St. Petersburg, Florida and getting under way for a patrol in the Florida Straits. In this last. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Leadership


"Wheat Belly"


A book review at Dr. Helen : Is modern-day wheat dangerous

It’s Carnival Time At The Unconventional Training Blog

Management is a Journey

Guy Farmer is hosting a leadership training carnival at his blog, Unconventional Training. There are some interesting articles there and my article, What Zebras, Gazelles, and Wildebeests Understand That Leader’s Don’t, is included. Check it out. Communication communication leadership

Hilary and Rose


Two of the best writers in the world today are living in England. Hilary Mantel and Rose Tremain are far from obscure but they deserve even more readers. I recommend starting with these books: Hilary Mantel: " Wolf Hall " Rose Tremain: " Restoration

Wishy-washy supervisors’ negative impact on employees

Bud to Boss

We’ve all come across some indecisive people in our lives. Indecisiveness comes in all forms. You’ve got the employee who refuses to make the final call on anything. The co-worker who leaves all judgment calls up to you. The manager who expects excessive research before she will approve a project. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for due diligence. And in these days when we’re still recovering from a troubled economy, we have to be a bit more cautious about the risks we’re willing to take in business.

Screening Blog Posts


Is it too: Academic? Personal? Political? Frivolous? Narrow? Obtuse? Local? Strident? Common? Squishy? Stuffy? A sizable number of drafts will never be posted once the Great Screening Machine is fired up. That's a good thing

My First Date Was A Phone Interview

Strategy Driven

Looking for a new career? Your phone interviewing skills could be the deciding factor in getting a live interview. The phone interview is KEY to your job campaign success. Think of the phone interview as a first date. Going out for an ice cream is a great first date: cheap, easy and noncommittal. The Essential Phone Interview Handbook by Paul Bailo. Today more than ever, job candidates make initial contact with prospective employers via the telephone.

Russian Advertising


A common event in Russian strawberry fields. [HT: HT: Adrants

Joe’s Journal: On Success and Creative Destruction

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 [.].

How Entrepreneurs Find Opportunity

Harvard Business Review

In 2003, Jim Poss was walking down a Boston street when he noticed a trash vehicle in action. The truck was idling at a pickup point, blocking traffic, with smoke pouring out of its exhaust. Litter was still all over the street. There has to be a better way, he thought to himself. Looking into the problem, Poss learned that garbage trucks consume more than 1 billion gallons of fuel in the U.S. alone. They average only 2.8 miles per gallon and are among the most expensive vehicles to operate.

Effects of Missing Elements and 21st Century Learning

Utpal Writes

A friend shared a graphic showing Effects of Missing Elements on Facebook. I like the essence of it. It is: Vision + Skills + Incentives + Resources + Action Plan = Change. No vision + Skills + Incentives + Resources + Action Plan = Confusion.

Soap Opera Ads that Could Change the World

Harvard Business Review

When you and your colleagues go home at night, what do you usually do? After having dinner, you might sit in front of the TV and unwind. Depending on what you watch, you might come to work the next day feeling depressed or excited by what you've seen. You may spend time at the coffee machine talking about the latest episodes of Bones or Glee. And the shows' advertisers are always trying to figure out what you are most drawn to. Corporate media researchers think hard about where to put their ads.

Closeout for 9.16.11


Every friday we review the posts from LeaderLab contributors that has appeared on this blog and elsewhere online. John Richard Bell revealed the Ultimate CEO Leadership Test. Tim Vanderpyl discussed how leaders can structure creativity. Guest blogger Derek Murphy asked “ What’s Your Leadership Mindset? &#. We shared a video arguing that teddy bears help leaders make more ethical decisions. Other. Teresa Amabile talked Progress Principle with David Burkus. iTunes link ). Featured

Passing the Kitchen Table Test

Harvard Business Review

Leif Johansson , recently retired CEO of the Volvo Group , has a simple and powerful test to track his progress as a leader. In addition to the usual metrics — return on investment, growth in market share, increases in shareholder value — Johansson uses what he calls the "kitchen table test": At breakfast with his family on Saturday mornings, he asks himself, How easy is it to explain what I have accomplished this week and the decisions I have made? Does my family get it?

When All Else Fails, Follow a Hunch

Harvard Business Review

Have you ever noticed how, against all odds, someone, somewhere, manages to discover a solution to an insoluble problem through sheer intuition? I'm thinking about this because my house nearly burned down about 5 months ago. We managed to escape with our lives and to save two of our indoor cats, but our third cat, Bella, the shy one who always hid, went missing during the chaos.

Does Your Company Have a Culture of Trust?

Harvard Business Review

Walking around Munich on a recent trip, I was impressed by the throngs of bicyclists whizzing by (move over, Amsterdam!). But what struck me even more was what the cyclists did when they dismounted. They left their bikes unlocked. In Boston — a relatively safe city — I've become paranoid about bike theft, carrying around two locks in addition to my "saddle leash" to keep the seat away from the prying hands of criminals.

We Need a Better Language for Organizational Relationships

Harvard Business Review

One of the prime reasons for organizational dysfunction is that our vocabulary for describing relationships inside organizations is limited. We use vague terms like "line" and "dotted-line" or "team" and expect managers to be able to function effectively.