Thu.Oct 20, 2011

The Difference Between Passive, Aggressive, and Assertive Communication

The Recovering Engineer

Communication breakdowns are a common cause for conflict, and poor communication strategies can lead to rapid escalation. Likewise, effective communication strategies can help you correct these miscommunications to move conflicts quickly towards resolution.

The Most Critical Leadership Attributes of Our Time

C-Level Strategies

At last week’s Leadership Chat we celebrated our one-year anniversary. . . After some time spent reflecting on the past year, we began to look forward and asked the Chat participants to share their insights on the most critical leadership attributes of our time; attributes that will set leaders apart now and in the future. . Here is a sampling of their responses: . .

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How to Be a Really Useful Coach in Five Minutes or Less

Next Level Blog

One of the jokes I sometimes make when I’m leading a workshop or giving a presentation is that being a coach is one of the greatest gigs in the world because you don’t have to know anything. All you. Please click the headline to read the whole story. executive presence Personal Presence coaching keynotes motivation workshops

Dealking with Problem Leaders and Culture


Who do you go to when you have a problem at work? Of course, the answer is, "It depends." It depends on the problem. Is it a technical problem? Go to those with technical expertise. A problem with a coworker? Your supervisor or HR is a good first step. A problem with your supervisor?

4 Practices to Avoid as a New Leader?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development In life, we sometimes learn more from the leaders and managers that were not effective, because we learn what not to do. The experience we gained will aid in our overall development as leader. So below, I’ve listed 4 practices to avoid as a new leader. Being a bull in a china shop—By this I [.] 4 Practices to Avoid as a New Leader? Leadership Development emotional intelligence lessons learned listen Listening mistakes

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Does a bad hair day = a bad manager?

Chartered Management Institute

Towards the back end of last year I wrote about a study investigating the influence our appearance has on our success at job interviews. The research suggested that the prettiness of the candidate had a big impact on their success at interview, with the rate of success dependant upon the sex and attractiveness of those doing the hiring. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

The War for Talent – The War for Jobs

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here’s what prompted these thoughts. The Texas Rangers lost game one of the World Series last night, and for those of us who like the Rangers, we hope to rebound quickly. But, as I watched, I pulled out my iPad and starting reading about the Cardinals‘ manager, Tony La Russa. The third winningest manager in [.]. Randy's blog entries JIm Clifton talent The Coming Jobs War The War for Talent Tony La Russa

How Do I Balance My Time?

Ron Edmondson

Related posts: Don’t Shy Away from the Word Balance. The Delicate Balance Between Yes And No. The Balance Between Helping and Enabling. Encouragement Family Ministry


StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 61 – An Interview with John Maxwell, author of The 5 Levels of Leadership

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results. These podcasts elaborate on the best practice and warning flag articles on the StrategyDriven website.

Word-of-Mouth and Social Media

Coaching Tip

Ask a Las Vegas cab driver, 'What's the best show in town?' He will probably reply with something like this, "Oh, Jay Leno! My wife and I just went to see him. He gives a special show for taxi drivers at two in the morning. Otherwise, we could never afford to go.

e-mint: Valuable Resource for Online Community Professionals

Managing Communities

e-mint is an association of online community professionals. But, if you say “e-mint” to any of the members, the first thing that will come to mind is the Yahoo! Group, the mailing list that all of the nearly 1,000 members are a part of. The group was originally founded in 2000 by Rebecca Newton (longtime [.]. Resources Relaunches Free Press Release Publishing Service

Women on Business

In an effort to give women business owners and women working in the field of business the publicity they deserve, has launched a new Business Women News Press Release Submission feature. has relaunched our free press release submission and publishing service.

Identifying Dysfunctional Relationship Patterns

Leadership Freak

“When relationships are dysfunctional, there are three basic roles people play: persecutor, rescuer, and victim,” Marlen Chism. The lists that follow are adapted from, Stop Workplace Drama. Victims: Constantly complain. Resist solutions. Lack boundaries. Feel they’ve been done wrong. sometimes you have) Fear conflict. Won’t speak up. Borrow money. Rely on parents, even in adulthood. [.]. Courage Leading Personal Growth Taking others higher Leadership Development

What is capturing your heart?


“Certain things catch your eye, But pursue only those. that capture your heart.” ” - Old Indian saying. Just Ask Leadership

An unusual dog for sale

First Friday Book Synopsis

A man is driving around the back woods of Montana, and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: ‘Talking Dog For Sale ‘ He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard. The man goes into the backyard and sees a nice [.]. Bob's blog entries

Ofsted's ParentView and lessons for soliciting feedback

Chartered Management Institute

It's interesting to see news today that Ofsted are to launch a new website where parents can rate the school their child attends. The site, called Parent View , offers a 12-question survey covering issues such as bullying and behaviour. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Terry R. Bacon: Second Interview, by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Terry R. Bacon is a Scholar in Residence in the Korn/Ferry Institute. Previously, he was founder and CEO of Lore International Institute. He has a B.S. in engineering from West Point and a PhD in literary studies from The American University. He has also studied business and leadership at Goddard College, Roosevelt University, University of [.].

Moving from Transaction to Engagement

Harvard Business Review

Mobile enterprise, social business, cloud computing, advanced analytics, and unified communications are converging. Armed with the art of the possible, innovators are seeking to apply disruptive consumer technologies to enterprise class uses — call it the consumerization of IT in the enterprise. The likely results include new methods of furthering relationships, crafting longer term engagement, and creating transformational business models.

Life Edit


At Matthew May's site, writer/designer Graham Hill giving a thought-provoking TED talk on the freedom of less stuff.


Yes, You Need More Gadgets

Harvard Business Review

Everyone heard the rising panic in her voice. The irritating chatterbox nattering away on her cell phone while in line to board our flight suddenly realized that her boarding pass was — surprise! — in the Smartphone she was talking on. She'd have to disconnect the call in order to wave her device before the optical reader. The impatient queue behind her burst into laughter, smirks and chortles as her call abruptly ended. I'm not ashamed to say I was among them.

Projects and Habits


We practice democracy with our personal projects but when our habits are in place, we slavishly obey a dictatorship. Make something a project and there is a beginning and an end. If the task is demanding, we can guarantee that the end will come soon because we cast and count the votes.

Three Leadership Skills That Count

Harvard Business Review

How do you lead successfully in an uncertain, disruptive, even chaotic world? In our new book Great by Choice , Jim Collins and I pondered that question. To get some empirically derived answers, we studied leaders of companies that grew to become great in highly uncertain, even chaotic, industries. They include the biotech, semiconductor, personal computer, and airline industries.

Important Elements of Organization Technology Governance.

Michael VanBruaene

What's That in the Sky?


When all other subjects fade, a blogger can always turn to Shatner


There’s a Little Steve Jobs in All of Us

Women on Business

Five things I learned from the way Steve Jobs lived his practical genius: 1. Put all your assets out there. Genius happens at the intersection of our hearts and minds, that sweet spot where our hard assets (strengths, skills, expertise) and soft assets (values, passions, and creative abilities) converge. Steve Jobs the technologist was at one with Steve Jobs the artist; all of his abilities and his beliefs were seamlessly fused.

Great Moments in Advertising


This is not your average beer commercial. [I I think I saw some bloggers in the audience

True Heroism

Tony Mayo

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. –Arthur Ashe 1943-1993 Tennis champion Share it! Quotes and Aphorisms Heroism Service

Miscellaneous and Fast


Cake Wrecks : Why cakes of pregnant women are inadvisable. Eclecticity : Where does he find this stuff ? Jay Nordlinger on the comedy of Felonious Munk. White Collar Fraud blog : " It takes one to know one." The Telegraph on the death of the Libya's dictator. The trailer for " Chicken Run." Which candidate has the most cash from Wall Street ? Tom Peters on calculating the best baseball team manager. Anderson Layman's Blog has some classic Bob Seger

Luring a “Yes”

The Organized Executive's Blog

I’m very good at saying “No” to extra commitments, but my neighbor Shelby came very close to convincing me to say “Yes” recently. Her approach was so good that I’m sharing it with you for the next time you want to convince another person to volunteer for an assignment. Here’s what made her approach so tempting: Appeal to the person’s expertise. The role Shelby approached me about involves writing a newsletter. I have more than 25 years of professional experience as a writer and editor.

Quote of the Day


It is a general error to imagine the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare. Edmund Burke


Lack of vision is a bigger blindness

Self Help Zen

Blind person with vision can ‘see’ what a person with eyesight and zero vision cannot. Good thing with zero vision thing is that it can be changed, for better. Photo Courtesy: Curious and Smile. The post Lack of vision is a bigger blindness appeared first on Self Help Zen.

Book Review: You Can’t Not Communicate


As dear readers now, LeaderLab is all about the research and theory behind the practice of leadership. This research comes from a lot of fields, organizational behavior, psychology management science, sociology, etc. One often-overlooked field of study in leadership is that of communication theory. This may well be because those doing the research are poor communicators (if you don’t believe me, please join me at the next academic conference on leadership).

End the Religion of ROE

Harvard Business Review

There is no more powerful question in a U.S. corporation than "what's the ROE on that?" Social media spending? Wellness checkups? Better working conditions? Return-on-equity hurdles threaten them all. Conversely, why market cigarettes? ROE justifies the means. We think there's more to business success — and that something as straightforward as a simple equation could put capitalism on a better path.

Lack of vision is a bigger blindness

Utpal Writes

Blind person with vision can ‘see’ what a person with eyesight and zero vision cannot. Good thing with zero vision thing is that it can be changed, for better. Photo Courtesy: Curious and Smile. Self-Help Make a difference Personal Development winning