Fri.Nov 11, 2011

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The Illusion of “Too Busy”

ReThink HR

Often we are not really that busy. Now just imagine how much time the following things take: complaining. pointing fingers.

What Did He Know and When Did He Know It?

Leading Blog

Senator Howard Baker’s famous question, "What did the president know and when did he know it?" is about moral responsibility. Leaders have a moral responsibility to the people they serve. Those relationships are a leader’s stock in trade and are to be valued above our agendas. Our actions set the tone for the whole team.

Dear Joe Paterno – One Alumni’s Letter to Our Fallen Coach

Modern Servant Leader

Our Weeping Nittany Lion. Dear Joe, In addition to others, especially the victims, I am praying for you and Sue. As a Christian, I forgive you.

Are You In Control?

Kevin Eikenberry

David Allen is best known for his book Getting Things Done. His book has been, over the last decade, the most popular time and productivity management book and process on earth. The quotation below applies to managing our time, but goes much deeper, if you allow it to. I hope today’s questions and action steps [.].

Five Reasons Why Managers Stay in Crisis Mode

Management is a Journey

There is a paradox in management that often affects many talented business professionals. Specifically, they find that as they assume greater levels of managerial responsibility, the more they work in crisis mode. It can be confusing. Management emotional intelligence management organizational productivity performance management survival skills

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Is Empowering Employees A Myth in Your Organization?

Tanveer Naseer

I’m pleased to announce that I have joined in partnership with Sprint to highlight and share some of the valuable content being provided on their new small business information and community site, Business on Main, which can be found on the MSN Network. Disclaimer: My blog is a part of an online influencer network for Business on Main.

One Useful Strategy for Becoming More Useful

Leadership Freak

Peter Drucker encouraged leaders to ask, “How do we make ourselves useful?” Daniel Pink’s research indicates three drives motivate us. Autonomy: the desire to be self-directed. Mastery: the urge to get better at stuff. Purpose: making a contribution. Combining Drucker and Pink: Leaders are useful when they honor the contribution of others.

Wise words: Thomas Jefferson on composure

Bud to Boss

Today’s quote from Thomas Jefferson is one that all managers should keep in view. Things can—and will—go wrong in every job, but when you’re responsible for the success of others, the opportunity for problems rises significantly. They earn the respect of their superiors as well as their employees. They garner trust and loyalty.

The Art of Uncovering Hidden Talents

Ravi Pratap Singh

Debutante bowler, Ravichandran Ashwin , spun India to victory in the first test match against the West Indies this week. And that too, an opener???

Can You Sell?

Coaching Tip

Robert Louis Stevenson said, "Everyone lives by selling something." Yet, most people don’t understand the sales process and their part within it. Business owners constantly worry about the selling function and how it affects their ability to manage the firm’s cash flow. Prepared Buyer & Seller. The Unprepared Salesperson.

Welch 20

The Danger of Letting Community and Forum Policy Violations Slide

Managing Communities

photo credit: mikecogh If you manage an active community, like I do, violations to your guidelines can be a dime a dozen. Most of them are probably fairly simple – your garden variety spam, duplicate posting and what not. Mix that in with some copyright infringement and some culture setting guidelines, like those to do [.].

Photo Inquiry Friday: Pretend everyone BUT YOU knows the best choice, how would they support you in making this choice?

Create Learning

For the 4th year in a row I worked with a group from Buffalo State College Student Support Services Program. I decided to use an activity I call.

Are You Holding Yourself Back?

Women on Business

Many women wonder why they may not be advancing as quickly as they wish in work, or why some of the men simply ignore their ideas. A recent study by Europe’s Institute of Leadership and Management has suggested that it may not simply be gender inequality that is causing this dynamic, but a lack of confidence displayed by women in the workplace.

Employee Engagement & Talent Management #cipd11

Rapid BI

Engagement – heads they win, tails you lose Who are “THEY”? Why your competitors of course. This article contains some of my thoughts and reflections from Day 2 of the annual CIPD conference in Manchester UK. The recurring theme and thought at this years CIPD annual conference for HR professionals has been engagement. Some speakers have [.].

Quote of the Day


Blowing out the other fellow's candle won't make yours shine any brighter. Anonymous


Social Media, Talent Management & Communications #cipd11

Rapid BI

Over the last [.]. Management Employee engagement social business social media talent management twitter

Stevie Awards for Women in Business Live Tweet Tonight

Women on Business

Eastern Time. Follow @womenonbusiness to hear who the winners are as well as insightful snippets from winners’ acceptance speeches.


Bulldozer vs. Fork: When to ask “Why…?”


When to ask "Why.?" " Some questions do the work of a bulldozer while others do the work of a fork. ” “What…?”

Leadership Is a Gift Given by Those Who Follow

Harvard Business Review

Here is General Mark Welsh , Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, speaking after lunch at the Air Force Academy a few days ago. A new age warrior?

Anchors Away!


Art Contrarian looks at early designs for streamlined battleships


Put Your Best People On Your Most Boring Challenges

Harvard Business Review

At a recent not-for-attribution dinner with several (exceptionally) successful internet entrepreneurs, the conversation quickly turned to talent. How do you get the best value from your best people over time? The majority insisted that top talent's time should focus on the highest value-added problems and opportunities. Charlie would.

Veterans Day 11/11/11


The Christian Science Monitor provides the history of November 11 as Veterans Day. By November, Germany had had enough. on November 11.


How to Instill Purpose

Harvard Business Review

A great many organizations invest a significant amount of money in trying to improve themselves. This commitment to getting better is laudable, but many times organizations overlook something within their organization that, when tapped, can sharpen focus, tighten alignment, hone execution, and — in the process — deliver better results.

Share Your Financial Results and Improve Performance

Strategy Driven

Should you share your firm’s financial results with this staff? But no is probably the wrong answer. The goal of any business is to make money.

Why Everyone Hates the Boss

Harvard Business Review

One of the most common complaints about leaders is that they are promoted for their technical skills, and often have poor social skills. A big insight that emerged on day two of the 2011 NeuroLeadership Summit is that this may simply be a function of the leader's role. It turns out this requires significant effort, attention and resources.

Organization Diagnostics ? Michael VanBruaene

Michael VanBruaene

Maintaining Physical, Social and Mental Fitness for Peak Performance

Harvard Business Review

Whatever we give energy to, we give life to. For example, if we (even unintentionally) infuse negative energy, the brain reacts a certain way that reinforces a more unconstructive environment. Another more positive example is that if we focus on positive reinforcement of effort, process, and learning, we can create a growth mindset.

Al Jarnow's Cosmic Clock


At Kottke : Watch a billion years in a few seconds


Kirsten Dunst With the Presentation Tip of the Day – Prepare!

First Friday Book Synopsis

I haven’t yet seen Melancholia. I intend to. It is clearly a provocative film. Kirsten Dunst, who has been acting since she was 12 (actually, since she was about 3 or 4), has apparently given the performance of her life. She won the Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her role. Here’s a [.].

Led Zeppelin Management: Stairway to Money


Here's an interesting collection of management lessons from Led Zeppelin and Peter Grant : In the 1970’s Led Zeppelin was the most profitable band in rock history.

Hey Boss, Your Policy is Stupid!

Women on Business

As business owners we often set policies and procedures from a reactive point of view. Something happened that brought the situation to our. attention and then we put things in place to ensure they don’t happen again. But is this the best way to create policies? Are you sure this is the best way? Think about how HP’s decision to.

Lucas: Toughen Up


Suzanne Lucas weighs in on being too delicate to deal with low-grade harassment. [HT: HT: Lou Rodarte


From Tyler Cowen: We Are All Infovores Now – Let’s Get Good/Better At It

First Friday Book Synopsis

Tyler Cowen is an “infovore.” An economist (he wrote The Great Stagnation – a terrific, provocative book!), he reads more than anyone else that I know of (I think he may even read more than our blogging colleague, Bob Morris. And that’s saying something). Mr. Cowen travels a lot, and he always has a stack [.].

Over the River


Because you never know what you'll find on YouTube