Tue.Dec 13, 2011

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. We are thrilled to have a guest post by our newest contributor, Marlene Chism. Make sure you have a quick read through her bio below!

The Quality Manifesto (Free PDF)


Greetings, friends and readers! Today, I am excited to announce the release of my new manifesto titled “ The Quality Manifesto – Getting the Basics of Quality Right in Knowledge World ”. This manifesto is completely free with no email opt-in required. What’s it all about?

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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. For example, I’d suggest: It should never rain on Mondays…. In fact, can we do away with Monday’s altogether?

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 [.]. Gratitude Leadership Learning Teams Christmas party activity feedback holiday party activity Office Christmas party Office holiday party

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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 [.]. Leadership Development communication emotional intelligence Leadership management mistakes

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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. Then one day an Executive involved in my Exponent Leadership Process asked, “ Mike you talk about this system, I am not sure I know what that means?”

Practices for Professionals – Effective Use of Discretionary Effort

Strategy Driven

In this fast-paced marketplace and certainly during these challenging economic conditions, StrategyDriven Professionals typically find themselves working more than forty hours a work. More common among these professionals is a forty-five hour work week with others working fifty hours a week.

Is Your ‘But’ Getting In The Way Of Your Team’s Success?

Tanveer Naseer

Have you ever had an employee come to you with an idea or proposal to address a particular situation to which you answered with one of the following replies? That’s a great idea, but let’s shop this around a bit first.” “ I agree that we need to change this, but I’m not sure now is the best time.” “ It’d be nice if we could offer this, but I don’t think we can afford to right now.”

How To Determine What Motivates Your Employee

Eric Jacobson

When you meet with your employee during her annual performance appraisal take time to determine what motivates her when it comes to her career development. Motivation changes over time and changes depending on where the individual is in her career.

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 [.]. Coaching Corner Leadership Lessons Learned Professional Development Coaching leadership manager performance results

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 [.]. Bob's blog entries "Guide to Managing Stress" Harvard Business Review. HBR newsletters How to Take Control of Your To-Do List Management Tip of the Day

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.

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Can QUIET be deafeningly loud? … If so, Alegre Beach Resort was SCREAMING in my ears. Algere is a quaint little resort on the island of Cebu a couple hours north of the bustling city of Cebu City.

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 [.]. Appreciation Communication Feedback Humility Influence Marks of leaders Personal Growth Taking others higher Leadership Development

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? Well, he didn’t just tell him off – he ripped him in an expletive-riddled email and accidentally copied 4000 fellow recruiters.

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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. Perhaps one of the most deeply entrenched mental models in organizational management is the idea of the hierarchical structure.

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. . Failed to schedule time for your priorities. Blocking out your schedule for projects, planning and time to think guarantees that you won’t run out of time for what is important. .

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. They rush from event to event and from commitment to commitment. This is especially true in our culture that supports moving and changing faster than ever.

Is Your Meritocracy Leading to Mediocrity?


Meritocracies holds a lot of appeal for CEOs and business leaders. Most believe in giving greater responsibility and position to those who have earned the righ t based on intelligence, effort, achievements, and education.


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. Perhaps one of the most deeply entrenched mental models in organizational management is the idea of the hierarchical structure.

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. The class photograph clearly showed that Jenny was way more beautiful than Samantha. Both of them loved you. Why Samantha, Peter?” 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? Nick, by contrast, works intensely for approximately 90 minutes at a stretch, and then takes a 15 minute break before resuming work.

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. The skill I’m talking about is the impact message.

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. Innovation initiatives that were once handled by dozens a decade ago are now run by only handfuls. The median size of the core innovation group has dropped from a football/soccer eleven to a basketball five. Less apparently enables more.

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. No, it is not clear. Your responsibility is to sense which rules are in stone and which can be ignored.

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. However, he’s also had to deliver in lean, mean startup environments. What you’ll get is a no-nonsense and actionable reference.

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. A lot has happened, I’ve accomplished many things (yes, that task list is smaller), and yet, it feels like I’m back where I started and have miles to go.

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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. The press branded Amundsen a thief for taking an honor the British felt belonged to Scott and the Empire.

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. What's going on? Books don't change over time, so why do reviewers seem to blow hot then cold, or cold then hot?

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? Who are the stars? Why are they stars? Where is the fast track? What does it take to get promoted? Will a path to advancement have to be created?