Thu.Jan 19, 2012

How to Design a Conference Introverts will Love

C-Level Strategies

As an introvert, I know the excitement of attending a conference is often tempered by the anxiety of knowing I will likely be out of my comfort zone on more than one occasion.

10 Lies Women Believe

Ron Edmondson

Recently I posted 10 Lies Men Believe. As expected, whenever I post about men the women ask when I’m doing a companion post. Several women said they often believe the same lies as the men. I don’t doubt that. Some men will believe some of the lies in this list also.

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Employee engagement: a three-legged stool

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Change Management Leadership Coaching Leadership Development Resources Reviews Value Creation Workplace Issues Many authors have written about people management, project management or corporate culture as separate topics. But a new book by Ben Snyder ties together all three subjects and paints a clear picture of how they interact to nurture (or damage) employee engagement and organizational performance. Read this review, find the book and set fire to the status quo.

Managing the business risks of open innovation

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from still another outstanding article, written by Oliver Alexy and Markus Reitzig, featured online by The McKinsey Quarterly (January 2012), and published by McKinsey & Company. To read the complete article, obtain information about the firm, access other resources, and sign up for email alerts, please click here. * * * [.].

Thought-full Thursday: Meaningful Connection


. Every Thursday, we provide you with a thoughtful way to coach yourself – something all leaders need to do. Today we feature a quote from Lolly Daskal , who hosts the amazing TweetChat called #LeadFromWithin every Tuesday at 8:00 pm EST (which you are welcome to join) and authors a thoughtful blog about leadership. Lolly is a professional and a dedicated example of heart-based leadership. So take five and enjoy the inspirational quote and reflect on the questions that follow.

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Why Lunches Are Good For Your Career.

Rich Gee Group

I want you to make a change today. Take just one of the 10-12 hours spent at work and GO TO LUNCH. Not at your desk. Not in your cafeteria. Not with anyone you currently work with. Have lunch with someone new

Leadership Follies – Moving Furniture In a Burning House

Linked 2 Leadership

Do you ever wonder if people running out of a burning house are thinking about rearranging the furniture? Would you think them crazy if they did? And yet this is what we do so often in business. We run around doing things that don’t matter and really don’t make much sense… We are often [.].

Fashion Update: High School Yearbook Photos


The Atlantic has tracked down high school photos of the GOP presidential candidates. [HT: HT: Drudge Report

6 things your business can learn from Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google

The Organized Executive's Blog

This is a guest post by Phil Simon, author of The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business. In case you haven’t noticed, four platform-based companies have fundamentally altered the business landscape, and the rest of us would be wise to adapt. Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, aka the Gang of Four, thrive in a state of constant motion. They invite third parties to participate in their business in unconventional and collaborative ways.

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Zombie Boy deals lesson in perspective shifting

Roundtable Talk

Have you seen Rick “Zombie boy” Genest ? He’s a 26 year old guy that has tattooed himself to look like a, you guessed it, a rotting corpse. In probably one of the most effective product demo campaigns of all time, DermablendPro showcases its product by covering up Genest’s tattoos.



Chocolate Hills. The name alone sounds inviting, like a type of exotic candy or a flavored coffee. In reality, the Chocolate Hills are a unique geographic feature found on the island of Bohol. They are real. They are NOT made of chocolate – sorry. They do not contain coffee.


The Power of Accidents

Leadership Freak

Danger! This post is 400 words. Danger Incompetence makes you push challenges away. Inadequacy causes you to pull back. Not good enough” (perfectionism) is the reason you don’t start. I’ve been putting off this post for a few days because I feel incompetent and inadequate to write it. I can’t write it good enough. Radical [.]. Appreciation Community Update Personal Growth

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How you handle fear in your company

Bernd Geropp

Tweet. Tweet Photo: Jesus.vol2/ resource: Are you afraid? What a question. Of course not! As Managing Director or department head you may have problems, possibly concerns, or even be uneasy – but fear? Absolutely not – as a manager and leader you do not have a place for the word.

The Truth About Leadership: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Truth About Leadership: The No-Fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner Jossey-Bass (2010 What Kouzes and Posner learned about what leadership is and does after three decades of rigorous study I have read and reviewed most of the books on which Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner have [.]. Bob's blog entries “The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership” Barry Z. Posner James M.

RapidBI in Evan Carmichael’s Top 100 Productivity Experts

Rapid BI

January 2012 Top 100 Productivity Experts to Follow on Twitter. Management Evan Carmichael productivity top 100 twitter

Strategy Essentials You Ignore at Your Peril

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Joan Magretta for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * Michael Porter, the world’s leading authority on competition and strategy, [.].

What 3,129 Hiring Managers Like To See In A Resume

Eric Jacobson

If you are a leader looking for a new job, pick up a copy of Tony Beshara's new book, The Job Search Solution , and pay particular attention to what Beshara discovered when 3,129 hiring managers and interviewing authorities answered his survey about resumes (pages 67 and 68 of the book). What these hiring authorities who ranged from first-line hiring managers to CEO's told him was this: What they like in a resume: Reverse chronological order.

Be Irresistible from the Inside Out (because even your online presence starts with YOU)

Women on Business

I talk a lot about how to be irresistible online, to attract your ideal customers and make more money. But the fact is that most of us really don’t feel very irresistible, and it can feel like a big stretch to imagine ourselves actually being irresistible to potential customers.

Today’s thoughts January 19, 2012

Rapid BI

#blog #ceo Linkedin Dropping twitter integration Linkedin Dropping Twitter Integration So it seems that the twitter integration is being dropped from LinkedIn It seems that unlike integration of tools and apps – this could be the start of re-positioning of networks to be isolated from each other. If you don’t have it yet – here [.]. ecademy

Designing Spaces for Creative Collaboration

Harvard Business Review

An interview with Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft , co-directors of the Environments Collaborative at the Stanford University and authors of Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration. Download this podcast. Creativity Innovation

"You Bring Your Own Weather To The Picnic"


Gretchen Rubin at The Happiness Project gets novelist Harlan Coben's thoughts about happiness: Have you ever been surprised that something you expected would make you very happy, didn’t—or vice versa? Not really. In the end, we know what makes us happy. We also know what makes us unhappy.

The Surprising Benefits of Solitude

Harvard Business Review

Some recent reading crystallized two hypotheses that have been rattling around in my head for a while now: Digital crowds work better than real-world ones For some things, nothing works except solitude. These formed after reading a great article by Susan Cain in the New York Times called "The Rise of the New Groupthink." The column is a preview of her new book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking (the title alone assures that I will buy it).

Civilization is Fragile


From Victor Davis Hanson's column : News accounts abound now of impoverished Athens residents scrounging pharmacies for scarce aspirin — as Greece is squeezed to make interest payments to the supposedly euro-pinching German banks.

What Do Good Global Leaders Do?

Harvard Business Review

Is there such a thing as a consistent pattern of successful global leadership? To answer this question, during the last few years, we have met with about 30 CEOs who pass two critical tests for succeeding globally : (1) they have outperformed most of their industry peers and they have gained respect from their stakeholders in multiple ways; and (2) they lead companies originating from different cultures and successfully operate across the globe.

4 Choice Leadership Acts for 2012

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development [link] This weeks SmartBlog for Leadership post is by Shawn Murphy, president of Achieved Strategies and a learning and organizational development consultant. In his article, “4 Choice Leadership Acts for 2012,” Shawn discusses that you have the opportunity for a new start, to positively influence and make where we work better. Read about his 4 choice [.]. Leadership Development Leadership smartblog smartblog for leadership

Your PR Efforts May Be Hurting You

Harvard Business Review

I've been on both sides of public relations. For years, I wrote a syndicated technology column for the Chicago Tribune. Now, I run a consulting firm that focuses on clients' marketing efforts, helping them craft the strategy and language to create critical masses of loyal customers. Then, when I was a recipient of press releases, and now, as I evaluate and streamline marketing and PR efforts, one thing has always been clear: that the majority of media-relations work hurts more than it helps.

Organization Diagnostic & Improvement Tools ? Michael VanBruaene

Michael VanBruaene

Making Law a B.A.


An idea that we'll probably hear much more about: An undergraduate major in law. I think it deserves serious consideration


Rethinking Performance Reviews for 2012

Crossderry Blog

Dan Markovitz at Timeback reminds us that performance reviews are a dangerous exercise. Even if we grant their utility, they have a profound credibility gap to bridge. Leaders must go into performance discussions with a humble heart. As Dan’s notes, your colleagues likely will be very skeptical about the usefulness of those chats you’re about to have. Filed under: PMO.

Quote of the Day


The only thing that matters in art can't be explained. Georges Braque


Zombie Boy deals lesson in perspective shifting

Roundtable Talk

Have you seen Rick “Zombie boy” Genest ? He’s a 26 year old guy that has tattooed himself to look like a, you guessed it, a rotting corpse. In probably one of the most effective product demo campaigns of all time, DermablendPro showcases its product by covering up Genest’s tattoos.

First Paragraph


The original manuscript of this book was left outside the door of my hotel room in Montefalcone, in Italy, in May 1962. It arrived in the manner of the classic foundling. Wrapped in coarse brown paper and held together by cheap twine, the bundle literally fell into my life when I opened the door one morning. A note pinned to it read: "In the name of God, do something with this." - From The Secret of Santa Vittoria by Robert Crichton

Free Speech Alive And Well In NYC

Bird's Eye View

Protesters--a crowd of them covering a block long swath of street in front of the Manhattan offices of New York's Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer --made themselves heard yesterday.

Books Every Manager Should Read - Part Two


I should note that the entire list is not in any particular order. Some of the best books will be listed in the last stages. Here's the next 10-book increment: That's Not What I Meant!