Fri.Oct 14, 2011

7 Random Pieces of Advice for the Younger Leader

Ron Edmondson

I love working with younger leaders. It keeps me young and it helps to know I’m investing in something and someone who will likely last beyond my lifetime. I want to share some things I’ve learned from experience. Some of it hard experiences.

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5 Leadership Lessons: EntreLeadership

Leading Blog

Dave Ramsey defines EntreLeadership as “the process of leading to cause a venture to grow and prosper.” Entreleaders know how to blend their entrepreneurial passion with servant-like leadership that motivates employees through persuasion instead of intimidation. EntreLeadership is a book about how business works from a practitioner. His advice, on nearly every facet of running a business, is based on solid principles.

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What You Do Matters

Kevin Eikenberry

I’ve featured William James, the father of American Psychology here before (most recent, further back). Today, another powerful thought from him. I think after you read it, reflect and the questions and take the actions I suggest, you will be glad I did. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ” -William James [.]. Leadership Learning Quotations Responsibility William James

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SCARF – a new model of human motivation

Brilliant Leader

It is a testament to the work of Abraham Maslow that his model of human motivation has endured for the best part of 70 years. While leaders around the world have learnt about Maslow’s Hierarchy at business school throughout the modern age, few would have found it particularly useful in helping to motivate their staff. [.]. Uncategorized Leadership Leadership Development

Are you socially lazy?

Chartered Management Institute

I posed a simple question to our Facebook page yesterday. Would you rather spend 4 minutes of your time talking to a stranger or a friend? You are not watching this post, click to start watching


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The Only Way to Inspire Others

Leadership Freak

Image source Martin Luther King inspired people not because he had a dream but because he touched the silent dream of others. He said what mattered to others. Leaders that busily talk about themselves and their terrific dreams are bores. Inspiring others, like everything else in leadership, is about them not you. The channel to [.]. Influence Motivation Passion Values Values mission & vision Leadership Development

In 100 Words: The Power of Knowing and Accepting Your Own Limitations!

Management is a Journey

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference. – Reinhold Niebuhr It’s true that there is much you can accomplish as a skilled leader and manager. Some results you can produce by the power of your position [.]. Management emotional intelligence strategic thinking survival skills

Why Your Team Doesn’t Trust You

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development [link] I read an interesting post by Mike Figliuolo a few days ago about trust and teams. Mike is the Founder and Managing Director of thoughtLEADERS, LLC. He is also the author of One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership. This post, titled “The Real Reason Your Team Doesn’t Trust You” is [.] Why Your Team Doesn’t Trust You. Leadership Development Books Expectations One Piece of Paper trust

The Anatomy of a Practical Genius

Women on Business

Practical genius is your jillion-dollar personal portfolio of brilliance. It’s the secret code within you that only you can crack. But once you do, the possibilities are endless.

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Follow The Leader: The #1 Task Of The Leader Is To Attract Followers!

First Friday Book Synopsis

Nearly everything I read has something to say about leadership. In one way or another, authors tell us: “this is what a leaders does; this is what a leader needs to do; this is what a leader should focus on.” ” In the book I presented last Friday at our monthly event, the First Friday Book [.]. Randy's blog entries Dave Logan followership Good Strategy Bad Strategy Halee Fischer-Wright John King Leadership Richard Rummelt Tribal Leadership

Ways to Improve Your Resume After a Career Break

Women on Business

Guest Post by Margaret Francis. Ways to Improve Your Resume After a Career Break. Life happens and sometimes that means that you will have to take a leave of absence from work. You may have to take a break due to pregnancy, illness, or some other type of personal situation. Regardless of the reason, it is important to stay connected to the industry and improve your knowledge and skills while you are gone.

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Photo Inquiry Friday: What is the Incentive for Change?

Create Learning

Change is a paradox in management: No-One likes it and Everyone expects it. As a manager your job is to plan and develop the method that will make this change happen. Ensuring that everyone (above and below) understands and is a part the plan.

The Small Business Bonus

Women on Business

As small business owners we are closer to our customers thanmost of the big boys. When the economy took a turn for the worst, we were the. first ones hit with customers cutting costs and calling on us for lower prices. Some of us complied and lowered our rates and some of us took the heat and held on to our pricing. Like everyone else I love a great deal, but as a business owner I realize that there are some areas that shouldn’t use cost as a deciding factor.

George B. Bradt: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

George B. Bradt has a unique perspective on transformational leadership based on his combined senior line management and consulting experience. He progressed through sales, marketing and general management roles around the world at companies including Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, and J.D. Power’s Power Information Network spin off as chief executive. Now he is a [.].

WEadership Practice #3: Embrace Openness

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development This post is the fourth in a series that began here summarizing the findings of a one-year study of workforce leadership. Through that process, we identified six practices next-generation leaders use to be effective; a new model of leadership we call WEadership, in a nod to its collaborative nature. WEadership and the Crowd The idea [.] WEadership Practice #3: Embrace Openness.

How and Why to Serve Your New Ideas Raw

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 struggle to find new ideas in your organization, don’t assume there aren’t any. Instead, look at the ideas’ processes before they’re presented. Are they batted [.]. Bob's blog entries "How Iteration-itis Kills Good Ideas" Harvard Business Review.

Think Different

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Change Management Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo.

The Must-Have Leadership Skill

Harvard Business Review

"We hired a new CEO, but had to let him go after just seven months," the chairman of an East Coast think tank complained to me recently. His resume looked spectacular, he did splendidly in all the interviews. But within a week or two we were hearing pushback from the staff. They were telling us, 'You hired a first-rate economist with zero social intelligence.' He was pure command and control.".

The Basic Basics


This post at Cultural Offering on decision fatigue sparked several thoughts. One, of course, was on the huge role that fatigue plays in our lives. If at all possible, we should avoid making major decisions when tired.

Occupy Wall Street: What Businesses Need to Know

Harvard Business Review

With the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations spreading from New York to other U.S. cities this week, business leaders beyond the stock exchanges are wondering what exactly is going on: Is this truly the American version of the Arab spring? What do the demonstrators want? What outcome can be expected? Should businesses respond to the Wall Street protests, and if so, how?

The Army's Greatest Invention?


At Cool Tools , high praise for this extraordinary tool. I may still have one around the house

How do you handle "different"?

Jason Womack

While in Zurich this week (and three other European countries in the past month) I got to see how people live differently. While at the bookstore one day, reading a bit of Kissenger's book, "On China" I got to see a man and his dog. My goodness is it different in California

L'Amour on Writing


Pulp Serenade has some interesting observations by Louis L'Amour on words and writing. When I was young and far more sophisticated, I avoided the L'Amour books. Since then I've read a few and discovered why the old guy was - and is - so popular. He knew how to tell a good story

Businesses – are we in 2011 or 1911?

Rapid BI

are we practicing modern human resource policies or those over 100 years old? Management apprentice commuter human resources intern

Great Ideas: Management & Leadership Week in Review

Management Excellence

Every week (ok, that's not a promise, but an aspiration), I'll offer a few articles/posts and an occasional book suggestion, that I believe are worth sharing and worth thinking about and even acting on in our lives. This week's selections offer inspiration for those striving to achieve, ideas on diagnosing and curing team performance problems, a resource on creating and sustaining organizational performance and some provocative thoughts on what the world needs from leaders.

Self-Induced Turbulence


Ricochet provides a Martini Shot audio clip of Rob Long talking about deadlines and the TV biz. [I I daily expect a voicemail regarding a casting call for a sitcom based on management consultants. I know, the very idea of a consultant show brings a smile to your face. We've known for hilarity

It can’t all be about work

Bud to Boss

You want to be an all-star manager, so it’s natural that your brainwaves—at least while at work—are concentrated on your team’s goals, progress and accomplishments. While it’s great to be focused on your work, don’t lose sight of this fact: Your employees are people. As a leader, your job isn’t just to motivate your team to meet and exceed expectations; it’s also to build relationships. If your nose is always to the grindstone you’ll miss opportunities to connect with employees.

Quote of the Day


If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased. Katherine Hepburn


Why Your Salespeople Are Pushovers

Harvard Business Review

This blog, the third in a four-part series, is also part of the HBR Insight Center Growing the Top Line. Its conclusions are based on data from a global study of more than 6,000 sales reps across nearly 100 companies in multiple industries. One of the age-old stereotypes in business is the pushy salesperson. But what if we told you that the real issue in sales today isn't that salespeople tend to be too pushy, but that they're not pushy enough?

Vora on Following Up


Tanmay Vora has an intriguing post on the virtues of not following up. An excerpt: The need to constantly follow-up only means that people in the team are not clear of their priorities (or priorities are not clearly communicated). It also means they are not disciplined and accountable. Time spent on following up is never estimated when you delegate the work. It is not accounted for, and hence results in further delays.

Employee Values = Stakeholder Value

Harvard Business Review

This blog post is part of the HBR Online Forum The CEO's Role in Fixing the System. The recent ups and downs of the global financial markets have placed a lot of scrutiny on CEOs, corporate boards and executive teams to deliver stakeholder value that can withstand the fluctuations.

Closeout for 10.14.11


Every friday we review the posts from LeaderLab contributors that has appeared on this blog and elsewhere online. We shared a handy infographic revealing the Top 5 Reasons Talent Leaves Your Organization. Our Review of Mike Figliuolo’s One Piece of Paper. John Richard Bell asked Corporate Leaders,” What will be your epitaph? ” David Burkus shared how leaders inspire creativity by giving followers freedom to fail. Elsewhere.

Are You (too) Searching for Someone to Check Your Work?

Utpal Writes

If you have ever worked with a team of people who produces something, you will just get it. People, even the experienced ones, are waiting for you to check their work prior to delivering. They need explicit confirmation from you that you have checked it. There are many reasons for this, but I think the most common one is: “If you check what I have done, the answerability for the outcome is yours, not mine.”. When offered such an opportunity, defy.

I'm Still Here.Wrestling with Nasty Tech Problems!

Building Personal Strength

Writing this from my laptop. Been having the worst kind of computer crash. My motherboard died, so I had to get a new computer. My external backup malfunctioned, so I'm in the process of recovering my data. Even had to get a new monitor because the old one had incompatible connections. Have to install all my programs again. All of this has been an amazing hassle and has eaten up all my time (not to mention a fair amount of $$). You should see my office right now!