Tue.Nov 15, 2011

Good Leaders Will Always Frustrate You

Ron Edmondson

This is a guest post from Jeff Goins. Jeff is a writer, speaker, and blogger. Jeff has also become a friend and I’ve enjoyed the times to hang out with him. He’s a sharp young mind you should get to know. You can find him on Twitter (@jeffgoins) or on Facebook.

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Learn to “Act” like a Leader

Great Leadership By Dan

Like it or not, “presence” is an important competency for any leader.

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Introducing Evernote for Pastors

Ron Edmondson

I’m a pastor. I love pastors and one of my favorite things to do is help pastors be better pastors. If I can find a tool that will make life easier or more efficient then I want to share it. I’m not a techie.

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Leaders: Generation “Y” Is Getting A Bum Rap

Linked 2 Leadership

I am a man in his fifties who spent the majority of his career as a manager of people. During that time I have managed Boomers, Generation “X”, Generation “Y” and even a few Traditionals. Traditionals are people now in their late sixties to early nineties. Of all the age or generation groups I had the [.]. Future Leadership Issues Leadership Lessons Learned Servant Leadership Baby boomer

What The Marshmallow Challenge Can Teach Us About Fostering Team Success

Tanveer Naseer

Imagine walking into work one day and your boss decides to divide you into teams of four with the following challenge – to build the largest structure you can using 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string and one marshmallow, which has to be placed at the top of the structure.

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We Don’t Negotiate Salary

LDRLB

This week I’ve been re-reading Jeffrey Pfeffer and Bob Sutton’s under-appreciated classic Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths and Total Nonsense. The book is a call to action for evidence based management filled with intriguing anecdotes about companies who might just be doing a better job understanding human nature than common sense dictates. Tucked into the book is the story of Tandem Computers, an early computer company that is now a division of Hewlett-Packard.

How to Avoid Irrelevance, Guaranteed!

Leadership Freak

“Customers are the boss.” Lafley. Customers determine what you must do well. You may be the world’s best pickle packer. But, if the world doesn’t value perfectly packed pickles, you are tragically irrelevant. Unexpected: I love coming across an unexpected idea. The first core strength of Proctor & Gamble – A deep understanding of [.]. Personal Growth Values Vision Leadership Development

WomenOnBusiness.com Wins Best Blog Award at 2011 Stevie Awards for Women in Business

Women on Business

I’m very happy to share some exciting news with the WomenOnBusiness.com readers. WomenOnBusiness.com was named Best Blog in the 8th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business during an awards ceremony held in New York City on November 11, 2011.

Corporate Cultures – The Culture Change Penalty

Strategy Driven

Changing an organization’s culture is extremely difficult.

How well do MBAs equip students for management?

Chartered Management Institute

MBAs are probably the defacto qualification for aspiring managers, but how well do they actually equip students for a career in management? Beth Benjamin and Charles O'Reilly from Stanford have conducted research into the main challenges freshly minted MBA graduates face, and whether their courses have helped them meet those challenges. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Here’s The Path: You Read, You Learn, You Do, You Tweak – Start with these Books

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here’s the path. You read, you learn, you do, you tweak. First, you get the information. You get it in your head, you ponder it, you experiment with it – you try it. And then, after you try it, you do stuff — and after you do, you tweak, and make it better. And then [.]. Randy's blog entries Guy Kawasaki Mastering the Rockefeller Habits Simon Sinek Start with Why The Art of the Start Verne Harnish

A simple way to cut incoming email

The Organized Executive's Blog

This morning I shot off an email to three people, updating them about the status of a problem, and I knew that I wouldn’t have to worry about any of them sending a response that would clutter my inbox. I ended the subject line with this note: “No reply necessary.”. Relieving people of any need to reply saves both of us time. In many situations it can be unclear whether you need to acknowledge the original message or if the most polite thing you can do is not add to the person’s email overload.

What’s the best gift you can give to yourself?

Self Help Zen

“If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of. your own self transformation.” ” ~ Lao Tzu.

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We Don’t Negotiate Salary

LDRLB

This week I’ve been re-reading Jeffrey Pfeffer and Bob Sutton’s under-appreciated classic Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths and Total Nonsense. The book is a call to action for evidence based management filled with intriguing anecdotes about companies who might just be doing a better job understanding human nature than common sense dictates. Tucked into the book is the story of Tandem Computers, an early computer company that is now a division of Hewlett-Packard.

Rick Perry: Lessons in the darkside of personal branding

Roundtable Talk

Ever since Tom Peters wrote Brand You for Fast Company in 1997, there has been a steady stream of advice on how mission-critical it is for us to build and manage our personal brands. Consultants make thousands of dollars teaching people how to write their LinkedIn profiles, spin their resume’s and control their online presence but are we over hyping the flash at the expense of substance?

Forgiveness - Top 20 Best Quotes

Building Personal Strength

In another post I reported the story of Eva Kor , who in my opinion performed the ultimate act of forgiveness. More than forty years after the fact, she publicly forgave the Nazis who tortured her in a death camp when she was ten years old.

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What’s the best gift you can give to yourself?

Utpal Writes

“If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of. your own self transformation.” ” ~ Lao Tzu.

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How can you tell if your star employee is looking to leave?

Chartered Management Institute

MindFlash have produced a nice infographic detailing some of the telltale signs that your star employee is looking to jump ship. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

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How to Discover and Live Your Leadership Philosophy

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development [link] Author, Lisa Petrilli is Chief Executive Officer of C-Level Strategies, Inc. discusses how leaders lead without truly understanding their own philosophy on the art of leadership.Joining her in the discussion is Steve Woodruff and Mike Figliuolo, Founder and Managing Director of thoughtLeaders LLC and author of the new book, “One Piece of Paper.” How to Discover and Live Your Leadership Philosophy.

How to Avoid Becoming a Person You Hate

Harvard Business Review

I was so angry my whole body was shaking. I stared at Günther* with hate, my left hand in a fist and my right hand gripping a tennis racket as a weapon. I was ready to kill him. Was this really me? I had returned to Ann Bradney's extraordinary workshop, The Radically Alive Leader, which I wrote about last year. This time there were 23 of us from around the world — many from countries experiencing tremendous violence — and the topic had turned to war.

Strength

LeadStrategic

Strength. Motivation. Energy. Some days, it feels like I can go forever. Others, it’s difficult to get out from under the covers. On the “good” days, it’s easy to get things done. Tasks checked off. Projects completed. People called. Progress made. On the “not so good” days?

You Are Not the Best Judge of You

Harvard Business Review

"To create a reliable 360 survey," Marcus Buckingham concludes in his recent blog on this site, " The Fatal Flaws With 360 Surveys, " all you need do is.ask the rater to evaluate himself on his own feelings." Since you are an expert on your own feelings, your responses have to be solid. That seems logical, and yet I could not disagree more with this conclusion.

Search for Beauty

Execupundit

Today, you can search for beauty. Look for it in the morning sky, the shower soap, the smile of a loved one, the first sip of coffee, a Pavarotti CD playing in the background, the neat click of your car door, and how the traffic moves on your way to work.

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Why People Micromanage

Harvard Business Review

Over the past few decades I've worked with hundreds of managers, and many complain that they work for micromanagers. But strangely I don't recall anyone who ever admitted to being one. I was thinking about this incongruity while working with a group of senior managers from a manufacturing division who were trying to streamline their operational reporting processes. During the meeting, the team listed their various monthly reports and the review meetings that accompanied them.

Radio Show: Transform Performance From Worst to First

Change Starts Here

Today’s guest is Amir Ghannad, Director, Atlanta Plant and North America Lean Manufacturing/Workplace Excellence at Sunny Delight Beverages Co., who shares the story of how he and his team transformed the performance of the company’s Atlanta Plant.

Italy as Theme Park

Execupundit

Spengler dissects the problem of Italy. An excerpt: Every Italian businessman famously keeps four sets of books; one for the tax collector, one for the bank, one for his wife, and one for himself. The cost of dealing with the predatory incompetence of the Italian government keeps firms in the family. That is why there's very little that is worth buying on the Italian stock exchange: the best firms remain closely held, many with superb technology

One Click: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com Richard L. Brandt Penguin/Portfolio (2011) “Gradatim Ferociter” (“Step by Step, Courageously”) This is not a comprehensive biography such as the one of Steve Jobs written by Walter Isaacson. Rather, it is an extended profile in which Richard Brandt provides a wealth of biographical information relevant to [.].

Kindness of a Stranger

Execupundit

Earl Brandon is a good samaritan. On Sunday, my daughter and a girlfriend were driving back to college in Kentucky from Clemson University and got a flat on Interstate 40 near the Smoky Mountains. Maddie called just after noon and asked what she should do. Where are you?" I asked. "On On the side of the road," she answered. That's my girl. Think you can change the flat?" I wondered almost to myself, knowing the answer. "No," No," she said. What do I do?"

Eva Kor and Josef Mengele - Forgiving the Angel of Death

Building Personal Strength

Josef Mengele Dr. Josef Mengele was the evil German SS officer and physician known as the "Angel of Death" at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. The purpose of the camp was to implement Hitler's "Final Solution."

Quote of the Day

Execupundit

Many might go to heaven with half the labor they go to hell. - Ben Jonson

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