Mon.Jul 04, 2011

Visionary Leadership: Inspiring Woman Brings Independence to Many

C-Level Strategies

Two hundred thirty-five years ago our Founding Fathers , having risked their lives over the course of many years creating a new nation, achieved their vision for our magnificent country…independence.

10 Reasons I Love America

Ron Edmondson

I have visited many other countries and always been impressed with the cultures, beauty and people of other nations in the world. I appreciate the readers of this blog from around the world, and I have even been in another country as they celebrated their founding day.

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Secrets to a Real Vacation

Kevin Eikenberry

I’m not a travel agent, and I don’t work for an airline or cruise ship company. This article isn’t about where you should vacation, what places you should visit or what foods you should eat. For the important point I hope to make in the next few hundred words, those parts of our vacation matter [.]. Leadership Learning Teams vacation

Is Email Taking Over Your Life? 7 ways to get your life back

Strategy Driven

During a recent film shoot in Tucson, Arizona for a new Internet project, I woke up at 4am unable to sleep. So as millions do when our sleep is interrupted, I got up and started wading through my cluttered email inbox.

Independence Day: Would You Have Signed?


I wrote this several years ago and post it each 4th of July: The document is on the table. Although some of your colleagues are making jokes, each one knows that the signature places the signer's head in a hangman's noose. To sign means you will be regarded as a traitor by the nation that has held your loyalty since birth. Your livelihood may be destroyed and your family doomed to a life of isolation and poverty. Many of your friends and associates will be under suspicion. Others will shun you.

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Sustainable Power

What Do You Want From Them

Willpower, self-regulation, impulse control  these are the ingredients for a successful career. A successful life. I dont think so. Because one time. doesnt really matter. A dieter chooses to eat a salad. A smoker decides to skip a cigarette. A sex-addict stops calling adult hotlines. A teen passes the joint without taking a drag. A family buried in debt decides to not take a summer vacation. A manager who makes a resolution to not project his/her stress onto employees. Bravo!

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Open Services Innovation: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Open Services Innovation: Rethinking Your Business to Grow and Compete in a New Era Henry Chesbrough Jossey-Bass/John Wiley & Sons (2011) How to grow, compete, and succeed in a services era In his previous articles and books (notably Open Innovation and Open Business Models), Henry Chesbrough has a great deal of value to say about [.].

Maximising MBTI in Thailand

Talent Technologies

Those of you who have enjoyed our MBTI workshops in Thailand will be delighted to know that the programme extends neatly into enhanced team development.

Mavericks at Work: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win William C. Taylor and Polly G. Labarre Harper Paperbacks (2008) How an organization can prosper in a “hypercompetitive marketplace” As William C. Taylor and Polly LaBarre explain in this book, Samuel Augustus Maverick (1803-70) was a wealthy land speculator in southwest Texas who cared [.].

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The Rainmaker 'Fab Five' Blog Picks of the Week

Maximizing Possibility

Happy Independence Day! We truly live in a blessed country and I hope you were able to celebrate our nation's birthday with friends and family today! I like to start off each week with a bang by highlighting five blog posts I found to be especially good reading. Without further ado, here are five great posts from the past week. Enjoy! Guy Kawasaki, How To Change The World: How to Increase Your Likability - I have often talked about the importance of your "likability factor" on my blog.

Independence Day Activities


Happy 4th of July! My suggestion is that you link to Dan McCarthy‘s Great Leadership July 3 Leadership Development Carnival and enjoy some fireworks by some interesting leadership bloggers! Also, why not get re-acquainted with the Declaration of Independence and consider: What are the implications that remain true for leadership in our country in this document?

The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work

Kevin Eikenberry

This week’s Resource Recommendation is The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work by Jon Gordon. Josh is lethargic and can’t seem to muster much energy for his work anymore. This is so obvious that his boss offers him a two week paid leave of absence to determine if he wants to be [.]. Books Learning happiness Jon Gordon morale purpose

Free tea makes a happy workforce

Chartered Management Institute

The Thermos flask will be making a comeback to the office as half of British workers don't get a free cup of tea or coffee at work according to research from You are not watching this post, click to start watching


Looking for Cool Inspiration During the Dog Days of Summer

The Practical Leader

In the Northern Hemisphere, tomorrow (July 6) marks the beginning of the “dog days of summer,&# lasting until early September. Some historical references to this period of hot and sultry weather marked it as an evil time. According to a description written in 1813 by J.

July 2011 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Resources [link] Dan McCarthy presents another Leadership Development Carnival over at his blog, Great Leadership. This is a great service that Dan hosts to show off the best leadership content from around the blogosphere each month. There are over 40 great posts listed here, including several from Lead Change members. So check it out! July 2011 Leadership Development Carnival. Resources Carnival

Hot Dog


"Before a lot of contests, I’m not the nicest person; I’ll tell the other competitors that I already called my mom and told her I won. When I bring my little brother to a contest, I never lose. I lose contests every year when I get lazy. But on my best day, I can’t be beaten. It’s up to me. It’s an awesome feeling knowing no matter how hard they try, the other competitors are going to barf.” Read the rest of this regimen


Mini Saga #108 – Energy

Rajesh Setty

Love has the keys to your untapped energy. Mini Saga #108 – Energy. Mark was tired. He convinced his colleagues that he had no energy for the bowling night. As he walked in to his home, the phone rang. It was Tina, his girlfriend. Tina was excited and wanted to celebrate.

A Great Life


Eclecticity remembers and honors : She called the greats in groups of 4 or 5 to talk to them yesterday. She had her wits about her completely. Everyone came in to sing happy birthday to her. 98 next week. That was always part of the tradition on the farm on the Fourth Holiday. Nangie's birthday. [Be Be sure to read the whole post


Can you defend your salary?

Chartered Management Institute

Transparency of salary is one of those issues that tends to polarise people. Traditionally what we each earn has been one of the taboos of British society, but increasingly debates have raged over whether transparency would benefit us as both individuals and organisations. We first had the debate on the blog back in 2009 when there were calls for bankers pay to be put into the public domain. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Limiting Governmental Power


And speaking of freedom and governmental power, notice the way a panel responds to George Will's question of whether Congress would have the power to mandate that obese Americans enroll in WeightWatchers. Wow. [HT: HT:

Declaring Independence in the Workplace

Harvard Business Review

On July 4, 1776, in a sweltering hall in Philadelphia, 56 men gathered to sign "the unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America." Well, it's July again, and we think it's time for another kind of declaration of independence. Too many knowledge workers — professionals with immense talent, experience, and drive to do meaningful work — are stifled by managers who misunderstand what effective management means.

Fischer on American Culture


From The Claremont Review of Books of Claude S. Fischer's "Made in America": As this summary implies, Fischer has very little use for narratives of decline or nostalgia about the past. He frequently enjoins the reader to be careful in distinguishing actual cultural change from changes in the ways intellectuals talk about culture, a skepticism that seems to me entirely prudent and well-justified.

Washington and Gates


A memorable scene from the film, " The Crossing

Quote of the Day


It may be laid as a universal rule that a government which attempts more than it ought will perform less. Thomas Babington Macaulay