Tue.Dec 13, 2011

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Character Development + Skill Development = Leadership

The Leadership Advisor

As we work to develop and expand our global network, we continually connect with amazing organizations and professionals. Self-Awareness. Integrity.

The Quality Manifesto (Free PDF)


Greetings, friends and readers! This manifesto is completely free with no email opt-in required. What’s it all about? What you can do with it?

If God had a Suggestion Box…

Ron Edmondson

God’s ways are not my ways…I know that’s true, but still, some days I wish He took suggestions. Love should never fade…. God knows best.

The Top 3 Mistakes New Managers & Leaders Make … (from this coach’s perspective)

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Whether you are a newly promoted manager, recently hired executive or have been in your position for some time, odds are if you are not ahead of the game, you may make one or more of these potentially costly mistakes: Mistake #1: Ignoring the obvious What it looks like: You are the “new person on [.].

A Powerful Activity for Your Office Christmas Party

Kevin Eikenberry

Several years ago in December, some people asked me for a creative training opener. I posted a version of my idea on the earlier version of this blog then. Last Friday at Remarkable House, I used the exercise with our team at our annual Christmas party. It may be just what you need to make [.].

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My Great Failure, Part 3: Needing Where I Should be Leading

Modern Servant Leader

The Scenario: An Unrealistic Demand. We anticipated doubling in scale over 12 months. The task was daunting, but we had an amazing team. Three Lessons.

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4 Properties or Attributes of Organizational/Work Systems

Create Learning

I talk, write and read a great deal about ‘ systems ’, organizational, team, managerial leadership systems. emphasis added). Simon et. 1985, p.

Practices for Professionals – Effective Use of Discretionary Effort

Strategy Driven

More common among these professionals is a forty-five hour work week with others working fifty hours a week. Want to learn more? All rights reserved.

How To Determine What Motivates Your Employee

Eric Jacobson

Motivation changes over time and changes depending on where the individual is in her career. rotational assignments). Work-life balance.

Leaders: Is Johnny in Trouble Again?

Linked 2 Leadership

What happened??? I simply said “Let’s chat” and it created chaos!?!? Has this happened with you? When you want to coach an employee and you say “Let’s chat in my office,” does it create confidence or chaos? Does it inspire great anticipation of your guidance, or gossip and the child-like “UUUuuuuuuummmmm, Jooohhnny’s in trouuuuble!” If it’s [.].

How to Take Control of Your To-Do List

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. Having an unruly to-do list can be overwhelming. If you find yourself rushing around, but not actually getting anything done, try the following process: 1. Write it all [.].

All That's Missing is a HEMI Jeep

Chris Brady

Ok, this isn't a serious blog post. So why am I doing it? Because I can! Enjoy! [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Sports

Got Ambition?

Women on Business

Guest post by Laura Yecies (learn more about Laura at the end of this post). Laura Yecies, CEO of SugarSync. Really? That’s okay.

strategic eXecution


Can QUIET be deafeningly loud? … If so, Alegre Beach Resort was SCREAMING in my ears. Lots of quiet. Time to think. Strategically. frontpage

The Perils of Hitting “Reply All”

Great Leadership By Dan

By now you may have heard about the recruiter, Gary Chaplin , who lost his job for telling a job seeker off? Yikes. What do you think?

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Gifts From Empty Cups

Leadership Freak

You are never helpless even when all you can do is receive. You can: See good in others. Appeciate being served. Respect those who serve you. Honor behaviours that demonstrate noble values. When you can’t do big things, it’s the small things that count. When you can’t do anything, you can say something. You can [.].

Hierarchies and Creative Deviance


One of Senge’s (1994) disciplines of a learning organization is the idea of mental models. We all get stuck in particular views of the world or opinions on how it ought to be. It’s not different in creativity. In a fast moving world, creativity requires an open-mindedness and willingness to examine new ideas. Senge, P. 1994). 2010).

Do this before turning the calendar to January

The Organized Executive's Blog

Although you may be eager to jump into the new year, there’s still a lot to learn from 2011. Flip through your calendar for this year to discover whether you: Spent too much time in meetings. If meetings packed your schedule, analyze whether you can cut some or send a team member instead of attending yourself. . Fell victim to crunch times.

5 Ways Leaders Impact The Lives Of Busy People

Tim Milburn

When you lead a group of busy people, you may wonder what kind of influence you actually have in their lives. Look in the mirror. Slow Down. Simplify.

Is Your Meritocracy Leading to Mediocrity?


Meritocracies holds a lot of appeal for CEOs and business leaders. In practice, however, not all CEOs and business leaders operate meritocracies.

Hierarchies and Creative Deviance


One of Senge’s (1994) disciplines of a learning organization is the idea of mental models. We all get stuck in particular views of the world or opinions on how it ought to be. It’s not different in creativity. In a fast moving world, creativity requires an open-mindedness and willingness to examine new ideas. Senge, P. 1994). New York: Doubleday.

4 Great Reads for Creating Simplicity and Habit Building

Management 4-1-1

2011 was one of my top years for consuming non-fiction writing. Over the course of the year, I read over 20 non-fiction books. Topics ranged from personal achievement, leadership, management, writing, to more esoteric topics such as minimalism. Simplicity & Habit Building As I looked at the list of books I most enjoyed this past

Mini Saga #120 – Beauty

Rajesh Setty

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder… Mini Saga #120 – Beauty. Rick was surprised at Peter’s decision. Both of them loved you. Rick asked.

How to Accomplish More by Doing Less

Harvard Business Review

Two people of equal skill work in the same office. For the sake of comparison, let's say both arrive at work at 9 am each day, and leave at 7 pm. Bill works essentially without stopping, juggling tasks at his desk and running between meetings all day long. He even eats lunch at his desk. Sound familiar? Sometimes it turns into a 15 or 20 minute nap.

Making a presentation? – Use this key skill

Talent Technologies

If you want to sharpen up your presentation skills in Thai or English , then this key skill needs to be at the centre of your repertoire.

Smart Innovators Value Smaller Teams Over Better Processes

Harvard Business Review

Quiet but unsubtle innovation insurgencies are emerging in global enterprise. Instead of investing more in innovation process or cultural transformation, I'm observing more large organizations giving greater resources and responsibilities to ever-smaller teams. Less apparently enables more. This trend seems transcendent. That's bad. Is that healthy?

Of Course It is Gray


Of course it is gray. That's why we hired you. If your job were only to make choices between black and white, we might as well use a computer program.

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Quench your thirst for.NET best practices

Crossderry Blog

If you and your development team want to take the next step re: NET best practices, I can think of no better place to start than Pro.NET Best Practices. The author’s a Caltech engineering grad with many large-scale, mission-critical, “if I tell you I’ll have to kill you” projects under his belt. Congrats, Stephen!

Get Ready… Get Set… Recharge Your Batteries!

From the Principal's Pen

It happens to everyone at some point… what I call ‘the gerbil in the wheel syndrome’ You run and run, you spin and spin, and despite feeling you’ve traveled far, you’re right back where you started! That’s how I would define the last few days. Thank goodness for that! ” I’ve learned that stuff happens.

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The Leadership Lessons of the Race to the South Pole

Harvard Business Review

December 14th marks the anniversary of the conquest of the South Pole. A hundred years ago tomorrow Roald Amundsen and his teammates from small, newly independent Norway beat the British Empire's team under Robert Scott to master the last continent on earth. The British did not take kindly to defeat. For decades, Scott was a national hero.

Gift Suggestions


Cultural Offering has compiled a great and diverse list. Truly something for everybody

Online Reviewers React to Early Postings by Saying the Opposite

Harvard Business Review

This post is part of the HBR Forum, The Future of Retail. If you're browsing through online reader reviews, looking for a book to buy, you might notice something odd: If a book got positive reviews at first, chances are its later reviews were more negative. If it got negative reviews at first, its later reviews were likely to be more positive.

Knowing the Ropes: 27 Questions


A few things to learn quickly on any job: How can you make a positive difference? What will get you fired? Who are the key players? What are the alliances? What are the ongoing competitions? Where do you learn the most? Which ball must never be dropped? What is the jargon? What goes unpunished by management and yet is frowned on? Where is Siberia?