Tue.Dec 06, 2011

7 Ways to Hear “I have a problem with you leader”

Ron Edmondson

It was a hard years as a leader in some ways. So much for having an “open door policy” This year several members of our staff told me where I was letting them down. Next year I’ll close the door.

Leadership Lessons From A Lemonade Stand

The Leadership Advisor

As part of our ongoing efforts to expand our global network, we are honored to have Villanova University as a new partner and guest blogger. Make sure you check out their contact details at the end of the post!

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The Road to Wisdom

Aspire-CS

. We are all familiar with leaders who have knowledge. Knowing about the technical side of things, the “book smarts” kind of knowledge, are good things for getting along in the world. But how many of us know leaders who have wisdom; that deep “knowing” that ties together what they’ve learned in all areas of their life that’s used for the common good? Wisdom shows itself in behaviors that are moral, ethical, kind, forgiving, and understanding.

Leadership Development Carnival, Part Two

Kevin Eikenberry

Here is our second installment of our Leadership Development Carnival. Today I want to start out by featuring some great new leadership thinkers who have not been previously highlighted in a Leadership Development Carnival. If their blogs are new to you, I hope you’ll take a moment to comment on their posts, retweet a link [.]. Leadership Blogs Learning Bret Simmons Dan Rockwell Eric Pennington Melanie Hoffner Sara Jane Hope Susan Mazza

Proven: Follow a Systematic Approach For A Huge Change In Bottomline Results

Six Disciplines

A key premise behind Six Disciplines has been to help people and their organizations develop a process for planning and execution. The desired end result is different for each of our clients, but it's usually centered on growth, higher productivity, improved profitability and greater overall goal accomplishment. We are often asked by prospective clients what is the ROI on the Six Disciplines process. The best answer is to just ask our clients. The results speak for themselves.

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Compensation and Class Warfare

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Career Development Leadership Development I recently interacted with someone on Google+ related to a post showing “average CEO pay in the US” compared to other nations. It stated flatly that the pay was 475 times the pay of the average worker. So I questioned the source. The source is a blog called Payscale.com and another he cited was the [.].

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First, the Plan – then the Execution

First Friday Book Synopsis

“If you don’t want to go to Plan B, have a good Plan A.” Alex, on Nikita “I love it when a plan comes together.” ” Colonel Jon “Hannibal” Smith, The A-Team ——— Here’s Chapter Eight of Toy Box Leadership: Leadership Lessons from the Toys You Loved as a Child by Ron Hunter Jr. & & Michael E. [.]. Randy's blog entries execution I love it when a plan comes together Michael E. Waddell Nikita planning Ron Hunter Jr.

Is Innovation now Status Quo?

Mills Scofield

Heretical isn’t it? I’m just starting to wonder if some StatusQuo-itis isn’t seeping into innovation discussions. Seems more people are sounding a bit more prescribed than experimental in their advice and counsel.

First, the Plan – then the Execution

First Friday Book Synopsis

“If you don’t want to go to Plan B, have a good Plan A.” Alex, on Nikita “I love it when a plan comes together.” ” Colonel Jon “Hannibal” Smith, The A-Team ——— Here’s Chapter Eight of Toy Box Leadership: Leadership Lessons from the Toys You Loved as a Child by Ron Hunter Jr. & & Michael E. [.]. Randy's blog entries execution I love it when a plan comes together Michael E. Waddell Nikita planning Ron Hunter Jr.

You Can't Always Get What You Want

What Do You Want From Them

Heard on the radio this weekend: "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by The Rolling Stones. I thought it was a great example of an opportunity-based narrative - uplifting and comforting. Are you stuck in whack-a-mole-management mode? Trapped in a vicious short-term mindset cycle ?

Steve Jobs, and the latest from Steven Covey – for the January, 2012 First Friday Book Synopsis

First Friday Book Synopsis

We will launch the 2012 First Friday Book Synopsis with the Walter Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs, my selection for January. I am well into the biography, and it is, as all good biographies are, a terrific look into the life and times of Steve Jobs. Where did he come from? It is impossible to [.]. Randy's blog entries Steve Jobs Steven Covey The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems Walter Isaacson

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If I could do my 20?s over again…

Ron Edmondson

Back in September my friend Greg Darley , with BackStage Leadership , asked me to do a guest for the BackStage Leadership blog. He gave me the title…If I could do my 20′s over again… Here’s an excerpt from that post: I’m 47. I’ve done a few things right and a lot of things wrong. I spend a lot of time these days, for whatever reason, reflecting on days past and wondering what life would be like had I reacted in different ways earlier in life. If I had my 20?s

Steve Jobs, and the latest from Steven Covey – for the January, 2012 First Friday Book Synopsis

First Friday Book Synopsis

We will launch the 2012 First Friday Book Synopsis with the Walter Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs, my selection for January. I am well into the biography, and it is, as all good biographies are, a terrific look into the life and times of Steve Jobs. Where did he come from? It is impossible to [.]. Randy's blog entries Steve Jobs Steven Covey The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems Walter Isaacson

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Reviving Work Ethic

CEO Blog

I read a short book - Reviving Work Ethic - A Leaders Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Emerging Workforce by Eric Chester. Sometimes I like short books as they suit my short attention span. I love the topic. One of my strengths and one of the things that I attribute my business success to is my high work ethic. I have often wondered why I am so driven. Interestingly, the people I seemed to attract in business also had tremendous work ethic.

In a “Keep Learning” World, TED is Custom Made for those Life-long Learners

First Friday Book Synopsis

Last Saturday, I had the privilege of attending TEDxSMU (thanks to a generous, unexpected gift from a First Friday Book Synopsis regular. Thanks, Dan). It was our “local” version of the TED conference, held each spring, and now viewed by millions (literally! millions!) of people online. Click here – (a good place to start – [.]. Randy's blog entries Carole and Jim Young Fellows Chris Anderson Graeter's TED TEDxSMU

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Write a message to yourself

The Organized Executive's Blog

As I was waiting in an office last week to sign some papers, I noticed a handwritten note on the printer that said “Slow down.”. When I commented that I liked the note, the manager explained why he had that message where he would see it when he was working with people. “I I have a tendency to talk too fast,” he said, and the note reminds him to speak slowly so that the people he is working with will understand him.

In a “Keep Learning” World, TED is Custom Made for those Life-long Learners

First Friday Book Synopsis

Last Saturday, I had the privilege of attending TEDxSMU (thanks to a generous, unexpected gift from a First Friday Book Synopsis regular. Thanks, Dan). It was our “local” version of the TED conference, held each spring, and now viewed by millions (literally! millions!) of people online. Click here – (a good place to start – [.]. Randy's blog entries Carole and Jim Young Fellows Chris Anderson Graeter's TED TEDxSMU

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0212 | Les McKeown

LDRLB

Les McKeown (not the one from the Bay City Rollers) is is the President & CEO of Predictable Success. He has has started over 40 companies in his own right, and was the founding partner of an incubation consulting company that advised on the creation and growth of hundreds more organizations worldwide. Since relocating from his native Ireland to the US in 1998, Les advises CEOs and senior leaders of organizations on how to achieve scalable, sustainable growth.

High Maintenance

LeadStrategic

"High maintenance" – the term might bring to mind an exotic sports car, or a girlfriend/boyfriend, or a spouse. Most of the time, maybe all the time, it is a term that is used in a derogatory fashion. Indeed, it is how I use the term in this article. frontpage

The 2011 Global Top 25 Companies for Leaders

Great Leadership By Dan

Last month Aon Hewitt, The RBL Group and Fortune announced their Global Top Companies for Leaders list. It's been two years since the last list, not to be confused with the competing " Best Companies for Leaders " list sponsored by Businessweek and Hay Group. I like to look below the hood of these rankings, to see if there's anything new to learn when it comes to leadership development. Sometimes I'll even call the person in charge of talent management.

I Heart 800CEOREAD

Erika Andersen

Just got back from the 2011 Authors’ Pow-wow in Austin, Hosted this year by 800CEOREAD , Cave Henricks Communications / Shelton Interactive and Greenleaf Books. It’s a conference for business book authors (and aspiring authors) that really pulls back the curtain on the process of writing and publishing a book.

A guide to setting up and facilitating an action learning programme

Rapid BI

A guide to setting up and facilitating an action learning programme Action learning is a powerful method of learning; a group of 6 or 7 people meeting on a regular basis to discuss work related issues support one another and take action. The process is non-directive, non-judgemental, supportive, and confidential. Set members present a current [.]. guest Management Action learning action learning sets

Past, Present, Future Planning Steps Video

Create Learning

Respect for the Past we all have one, so do teams and companies. Acknowledging the Present right here, right now; let’s look at what we have right now and what can be done with it, how can it be changed, what stays the same.

From Wild Fires to Bonfires #management

Management Craft

One of my clients used this phrase and I thought it was a great way to describe what great managers do better than struggling managers. Great managers: they spend more time building relationships and teams (bonfires) and less time reactively fighting daily fires (wild fires) because they have built strength and independence and ownership. Managers who struggle are often consumed by their daily to-do list (wild fires) and spend less time around the corporate bonfire.

0212 | Les McKeown

LDRLB

Les McKeown (not the one from the Bay City Rollers) is is the President & CEO of Predictable Success. He has has started over 40 companies in his own right, and was the founding partner of an incubation consulting company that advised on the creation and growth of hundreds more organizations worldwide. Since relocating from his native Ireland to the US in 1998, Les advises CEOs and senior leaders of organizations on how to achieve scalable, sustainable growth.

Business Pitches Unravelled

Women on Business

With high unemployment rates and economic insecurity reaching more than 1 in 5 Americans, many people are turning their sights to self-employment and small businesses. When starting a small business you need to convince investors that funding you is the start of a beneficial relationship.

Channeling Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook: Are you sticking up your hand or sitting on it?

Roundtable Talk

The Executive Roundtable is an organization for anyone interested in raising their bar on their own personal leadership. It doesn’t matter if your male or female, if you want to ratchet up your impact, then we’re for you.

Innovation Is Everyone's Job

Harvard Business Review

To what extent are you responsible for innovation in your company? The reality is that unless they're in research or product development, most people in organizations don't think of themselves as innovators. In fact, many managers discourage their people from inventing new ways of doing things — pushing them instead to follow procedures and stay within established guidelines.

Art Break: F.C.B. Cadell

Execupundit

Art Contrarian examines the use of black in Cadell's work

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People Are Not Your Greatest Asset

Harvard Business Review

Many of us in business have heard the popular aphorism, "People are your greatest asset." Some of us may even believe it. But is this sentiment reflected in our corporate cultures and the way our leaders lead? For the most part, no — and there's a reason for that. People are not your greatest asset. Even great people are not your greatest asset. In fact, great people can be your greatest liability.

Organizational Performance Measures Best Practice 16 – System Development

Strategy Driven

Organizational performance measures work together to illustrate a complex picture of performance; cascading up and down the organization and horizontally across it.

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To Grow, Leave What You Know Behind

Harvard Business Review

Last year, I was fortunate to moderate a fascinating panel discussion with Harvard's Center for Public Leadership on the topic of " Next Generation Leadership." One of the panelists, Rosalinde Torres, encouraged us to ask the following question: "What has made you successful in the past that you need to change to move forward as a leader?".

Faulkner Parody

Execupundit

Back by popular demand: " As I Lay Kvetching."

Developing Executive Presence

Harvard Business Review

"Make her two inches taller!" This command came from Bruce, an executive who wanted me to work with his most talented direct report. Amy was a brilliant high potential who Bruce hoped would succeed him, but she had one serious flaw — she lacked presence. When I met Amy this was immediately visible. She was indeed short — a slight woman who walked quickly, hunched over so she occupied even less space. When she spoke, it was hesitantly with her hand over her mouth.