Mon.Sep 19, 2011

8 Killers of Motivation and Momentum

Ron Edmondson

Recently I wrote 7 Ways to Motivate a Leader. Leaders need to remain motivated so they can help motivate their team, but I believe leaders also need to be keenly aware of how motivated their team is at any given time.

Leadership Secrets to Winning the Customer Every Time

C-Level Strategies

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of former New England Patriots CMO and CEO of TrinityOne, Lou Imbriano. After all, how many online friends do you know who will attend your grandmother’s wake simply to “be there for you?&#.

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Four Keys to Managing Social Media Use at Work

Kevin Eikenberry

George tries not to let it bother him, but when he walks by Sarah’s desk, and sees her Facebook account open he wonders, “Why isn’t she doing her job?” Susan sees half of her team seemingly always on their cell phone —not talking on the phone, but sending text messages, and she wonders if all [.]. Leadership Learning productivity social media

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Is Social Media an Excuse for Brand Positioning Laziness? | In the.

In the CEO Afterlife

I retired from the CEO's office in 1994 and from strategy and marketing consulting in 2008. Other than a casual Facebook page with a couple of dozen friends, I knew little of social media until I discovered Twitter in February

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Stress Accelerates Aging. Exercise & Meditation Help.

Tony Mayo

Professor Elizabeth Blackburn is the discoverer of telomeres, tiny units of DNA at the ends of chromosomes that protect and stabilize our genetic blueprints. Telomeres seem to act as a biological clock that limits the live span of cells–and of ourselves. psychological stress actually ages cells, which can be seen when you [.]. For Executives Exercise Meditation Stress

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Being Busy Makes You Stupid

Next Level Blog

Being busy makes you stupid. And when I say, "you", I mean me. Heck, I'll just say it out loud. Being busy makes me stupid. I realized this in a conversation with my wife on Friday night. We were. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Personal Presence


Is it okay to cry at work?

Chartered Management Institute

Are human emotions off limits in the workplace? Is crying in the office career suicide or is it natural? Kayleigh Ziolo hears both sides of the story. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

How Running Helped Me Be A Better Writer

Tim Milburn

Last summer, I made a decision to get in better shape through a phenomenal program called P90X (you can read about my results here ). With a new found focus on fitness, I chose to do something a little different this summer.

Free Online Conference Focused on Church Finances

Ron Edmondson

If you’ve attended The Nines or any other free online conference, you’ll know how this works. This free online event is focused on church finances. It’s called Fund Your Church Now and it takes places on October 20. Here are the details: What is it?

Women Entrepreneurs: Tory Johnson; Fired Up Rather than Fired From

Women on Business

Were you ever fired from a job? Just the thought is chill-inducing. Fired, it means failure, finished, foolish, and a lot of words that are meant to be esteem-downers. That’s how it was for Tory Johnson when she was a twenty something and on the rise in corporate America. Within one hour she had fallen from grace and was out on the street. Fast forward to today. Tory is a fireball of energy, helping women entrepreneurs stand on her shoulders.

RockStar Leader: Playing From the Same Sheet of Music

Linked 2 Leadership

Having played in many rock bands, I can tell you that when you start a band, everyone has similar goals. “We want to be rock stars!” ” “We want our music to change the world!” ” “We want to be on the cover of Rolling Stone!” ” “We want to be rich and famous!” ” Making Beautiful Music What’s [.].

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Hypocrisy Isn’t Going to Get You There

Leading Blog

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “What’s the matter with them? Why don’t they get it?” or said, “I feel like I am alone here,” maybe they are listening more to your actions than your words. Culture explains how things really work. Culture reflects practical values—values that will get you through the day regardless of what you say you believe. When it comes to preaching values, too many leaders are just talking heads. Preach change, demonstrate status quo.

Servant Leader, You Are Not Alone

Modern Servant Leader

When you feel like the answer is obvious, but nobody wants to listen, you are not alone. When everyone else seems focused on their personal pestige, rather than serving stakeholders, you are not alone.

Bringing Activity Streams to Forums and Communities

Managing Communities

photo credit: erin_everlasting There are a number of ways to tackle the index page of your community. It’s about showcasing your content and your members and that can be pretty flexible. Different approaches have different benefits and work well, depending on your audience and situation. The traditional list of forums can work well. Another popular [.]. Community Cultivation Thinking

7 Steps to Boost Your Leadership Self-Confidence

Marshall Goldsmith

Q: What advice do you have for a leader whose bosses say needs to exhibit more self-confidence while still being collaborative and authentic? A: Thank you for this great question. I rarely encounter this issue in my work with CEOs and potential CEOs because people at the top of huge organizations don't often have self-confidence problems. But I have had several inquiries lately about helping future leaders who need to demonstrate more self-confidence.

Using Your Smart Phone to Gather Information; Cheating or Wise Use of Resources?

Create Learning

Is using your smart phone, tablet, lap-top etc…to gather information for a project cheating?

Team 14

Why SMART Objectives don’t work

Rapid BI

Why SMART Objectives don’t work - It’s easy to say SMART does not work… when we have been using a variant that often confuses people and is “tighter” in implementation than was initially proposed. So if we want to be SMART, we need to drop the "modern twists" and go back to the original. Management George Doran SMART goals smart objectives

It’s Not About You

Kevin Eikenberry

This week’s Resource Recommendation is It’s Not About You by Bob Burg and John David Mann. This book is so new that it isn’t released until tomorrow! I was pleased to get an advanced proof of this book so I could read it and tell you about it before it is released! I’ve reviewed other [.]. Books Leadership Learning influence persuasion

Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Teresa Amabile is the Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration and a Director of Research at Harvard Business School and co-author of The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work. Originally educated as a chemist, Teresa received her doctorate in psychology from Stanford University. She studies how everyday [.].

Leaders: How To Maximize A Team's Effectiveness

Eric Jacobson

High-functioning teams can disagree and still produce excellent products and results. Team members can also disagree and still care about each other. And, they can challenge each other to think differently. Best-selling leadership book authors Scott J.

Leadership is NOT Dodgeball

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Leadership today seems to be all too often confused with playing a game of dodgeball. It’s as if many leaders show-up for work each day with a freshly applied coat of Teflon, ready to duck and dodge anything that comes their way.

7 Ways to Not be a Great Leader @rajsetty

Management Craft

Being a star performer usually leads to rapid advancement up the career ladder. But a star performer doesn't always make a great leader. Pal and fellow biz book author Raj Setty outlines 7 top reasons for this from different skill sets to limiting employees' growth to being uncomfortable out of the spotlight. But by addressing these issues, a star performer can indeed become an effective leader and create more star performers. Check out Raj's great post here.

Art’s Weekly Leadership Message-Engage With Purpose

Management Excellence

Note from Art: Starting with this post, the Weekly Leadership Message is a new Monday feature here at Management Excellence. Use them in good health and great leadership! This week: Engage with Purpose. You don’t get time off from your role as a leader. There are no time-outs, no after hours hang-up-your-hat and become one of the gang situations. The best leaders understand that every encounter represents an opportunity to do something positive for someone or some group.

Three Keys to Leading a Virtual Team

The Practical Leader

Today’s organizations are spanning geographic and departmental boundaries. Increasingly people — especially white collar professionals — are on teams whose members don’t all work in the same location.

Should you ever get angry at work?

Chartered Management Institute

Displays of anger in the workplace tend to divide managers. Are they a good way of releasing the frustrations you have building up within you or are they unprofessional displays of emotion? You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Clout as Strategy and Why Companies Won’t Admit It


What is the definition of strategy? Elementary question, you say. Here is the elementary answer. Strategy is a plan of action designed to achieve a defined goal. There are all sorts of strategies in today’s business – at the top is corporate strategy, followed by a slew of functional and sub-functional strategies ranging from marketing to waste management. Frankly, strategy is overused and misused; the word is tossed around corporate boardrooms with reckless abandon.

A Leadership Intention (classic)

Leadership Freak

Repost of a favorite: How do you want others to feel when they are around you? Like you are smart or like they are smart? Like they have great ideas or like you have great ideas? Like they are stars or like you are a star? One of the best things One of the best [.]. Communication Listening Marks of leaders Leadership Development

Swearing in the Workplace?

Women on Business

Post by Jane K. Stimmler , contributing Women on Business writer. There’s been a great deal of buzz lately about Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, who was recently fired. Her apparent fondness for “salty language,” as it has been described, has been a big part of the conversation. The premise put forward is that her profane language is being called out because she’s a woman and her behavior is unexpected, therefore it’s more noticeable.


Training Isn’t Dead – Mike Myatt

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development [link] Mike Myatt (posts, web, Twitter) presents a thought-provoking and comment-provoking discussion over on N2Growth Blog titled Training Isn’t Dead, But It Should Be. Mike points out 15 reasons why development is more advantageous that training for creating leaders. Take a minute and check out this great post and the great discussion it spurred. Training Isn’t Dead – Mike Myatt. Leadership Development development N2Growth Training

Redefining the Middle Manager’s Job

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

Great Article In Fortune today By Gary Stern. FORTUNE – Imagine the plight of the middle manager. She’s trying to please her bosses, interpret their messages and convey them to her staff, meet financial targets, give consistently tricky performance reviews, and grapple with ever-changing goals.

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

Bird's Eye View

Ok, Ok, I shouldn't have believed Manohla Dargis of the New Yorker who gave a rave to this film that my husband and I saw over the weekend. Maybe you had to be a fan of earlier films in this series. I was not. .

Romance in the workplace

Chartered Management Institute

Romance in the workplace can be explosive and destructive. But relationships can be managed – and sometimes turned into a positive force, writes GQ columnist Rebecca Newman. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

The Twelve Attributes of a Truly Great Place to Work

Harvard Business Review

More than 100 studies have now found that the most engaged employees — those who report they're fully invested in their jobs and committed to their employers — are significantly more productive, drive higher customer satisfaction and outperform those who are less engaged. But only 20 per cent of employees around the world report that they're fully engaged at work. It's a disconnect that serves no one well. So what's the solution? Where is the win-win for employers and employees?

Why am I talking? (WAIT)


Why Am I Talking? At a Global 100 company, a new senior executive sat down with his division heads a week ago and told them to WAIT. His mentor, who ran and built this company, shared that same advice with him. At that time, the senior executive was confused. “Wait for what?”