Thu.Apr 20, 2017

How to Build Environments Where Teams Thrive and Talent Wins

Leadership Freak

Structure trumps talent. Badly designed organizations sabotage the best performers. 4 structural saboteurs: Overlapping domains: Managers with overlapping territories are paid to compete with one another. The stronger the talent, the more intense… Continue reading → Leading

Your Structure Can Impede Your Progress

Ron Edmondson

It should do the opposite. Whenever I post about how structure can get in the way of progress I hear from people who remind me we need structure to prevent organizational chaos. And, I agree.

Ego Free Leadership

Leading Blog

E GO IS A CONSTANT preoccupation with our self-worth. Each of us has beliefs and fears about our value, and they cause defensive and/or self-promotional behaviors when under stress.

Frontline Festival: Leaders Share about Growth and Change

Let's Grow Leaders

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival is all about growth and change. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors!

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Last year, we hosted the 2017 MVP Awards across three of our sites. In order to get ready for this year’s coming awards across even more of our sites, we’re catching up with some of our judges from the previous awards who offered their time and insight to make the awards even better. Take a look!

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Book Notes: It Worked for Me

RapidStart Leadership

I hope you have problems. That’s a good thing, really. A book I read recently cast a whole new light on what it means to have problems as a leader, and what you should do about them.

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Digitalizing Your Business Means Re-Imagining How It Operates

N2Growth Blog

Today’s digital capabilities offer great promise for businesses big and small. But, in order to realize that promise, business leaders must be willing to drastically re-think their company’s business processes.

Your Structure Can Impede Your Progress

Ron Edmondson

It should do the opposite. Whenever I post about how structure can get in the way of progress I hear from people who remind me we need structure to prevent organizational chaos. And, I agree.

40 Albums You Should Own


Keep following the postings at Cultural Offering. Excellent


Interview: How Millennial Myths Impact Workplace Change

Change Starts Here

This month, Crystal Kadakia, author of The Millennial Myth, shares how we can transform misunderstanding into workplace breakthroughs.

"Her Opponent"


Althouse : An off-Broadway play is going to feature actors playing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but with the sexes switched. This stems from an experiment that was very revealing as to why Trump won


Red Beads and Profound Knowledge: Deming and Quality of Education

Deming Institute

Sharon Lohr presented the 2014 American Statistical Association (ASA) Deming Lecture – Red Beads and Profound Knowledge: Deming and Quality of Education ( slides with notes and references ).

Art Break: Schönberger


Art Contrarian looks at the work of Armand Schönberger


0813 | Outsmart Your Instincts with Adam Hansen


As a new product professional, Adam has always believed in the power of possibility—accepting new approaches, questioning conventional wisdom, and being open to anything.

Europe and Its Cultures


With the French elections on the near horizon, it makes sense to revisit a brief video of Mark Steyn's perspective on multiculturalism

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Social Media Business Hour with Nile Nickel

Lead from Within

CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN. Nile Nickel interviews Lolly Daskal, Inc. magazine’s most popular writer, executive coach Lolly Daskal. In the interview Lolly explains how anyone can recognize and leverage the leadership gaps that stand in the way of greatness.

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Quote of the Day


Does this action attempt to deceive anyone or allow anyone to be deceived? Does this action gain or allow the gain of a privilege or advantage to which I or someone else would not otherwise be entitled? Would I be satisfied by the outcome if I were on the receiving end of the action? - The U.S. Military Academy's Rules of Thumb


Going Off-Road – Mentally

Erika Andersen

You know those TV ads that feature rugged guys and pretty women exploring the wilderness in their shiny new Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota 4Runner, or Subaru Outback? Back here in the real world, I suspect that the vast majority of people who buy those vehicles never take them off-road. It’s just that the idea of heading out on our own, beyond where the pavement stops, is so appealing to most of us that automakers have been milking those fantasies for years in hopes of driving more car sales.

OnWard Nation Podcast

Lead from Within

Onward nation podcast: Stephen Woessner and Lolly Daskal discusses what gets between you and your greatness. CLICK TO LISTEN. Who is Lolly Daskal? Lolly Daskal is the founder of Lead from Within, a global leadership and consulting firm based in New York City.

Our Delusions About Talent

Harvard Business Review

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, professor of business psychology at University College London, dispels some of the myths that have persisted in the 20 years since McKinsey coined the phrase “war for talent.” ” He argues the science of talent acquisition and retention is still in its early stages. Chamorro-Premuzic is the CEO of Hogan Assessments and the author of the book The Talent Delusion: Why Data, Not Intuition, is the Key to Unlocking Human Potential. Download this podcast.

Seize This Day with Diane Helbig with Lolly Daskal

Lead from Within

Listen to Podcast. Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies.

Have Our Attitudes About Sexual Harassment Really Changed?

Harvard Business Review

So, Bill O’Reilly — perhaps the biggest name in cable news — has been fired by Fox News after multiple allegations of sexual harassment. The fact that O’Reilly has been the subject of high-profile sexual harassment claims before , and recently inked a fresh contract with Fox, even as news of the allegations was splashed across the front page of the New York Times, has led many observers to ask: “What changed?”

What to Do About Mediocrity on Your Team

Harvard Business Review

The toughest test of a manager is not how they deal with poor performance — it’s how they address mediocrity. I’ve been struck over the years watching executives opine in public about the need for “accountability” and “high performance,” then complain helplessly in private about one or two middling members of their own team. You have no moral authority to ask other managers to hold people accountable if you’re not doing so yourself.

Why the U.S. Is Still Richer Than Every Other Large Country

Harvard Business Review

Each year, the United States produces more per person than most other advanced economies. In 2015 real GDP per capita was $56,000 in the United States. The real GDP per capita in that same year was only $47,000 in Germany, $41,000 in France and the United Kingdom, and just $36,000 in Italy, adjusting for purchasing power. In short, the U.S. remains richer than its peers. But why?

Case Study: Follow Dubious Orders or Speak Up?

Harvard Business Review

At first, Susan Kim wasn’t sure whether she’d heard her new manager correctly. The phone line was relatively clear for a call between San Francisco and Seoul, but she still asked Sukbin Moon to repeat himself. Mr. Moon (as Susan had been told to call him by her half-Korean father, Don) was the Seoul office manager of Zantech, a technology security firm with headquarters in Amsterdam.

Trust Your Employees, Not Your Rule Book

Harvard Business Review

Here’s the good news: The big airlines are revising their rules for booking and boarding flights — rules that led to one of the great business fiascos in recent history, United Express Flight 3411.

Thinking Through How Automation Will Affect Your Workforce

Harvard Business Review

Today, executives have to cut through a lot of hype around automation. Leaders need a clear-eyed way to think about how these technologies will specifically affect their organizations. The right question isn’t which jobs are going to be replaced, but rather, what work will be redefined, and how ? Based on our work with a number of organizations grappling with these issues, we’ve found that the following four-step approach can help.

How Multinationals Can Grow in the Middle East and Africa

Harvard Business Review

Jennifer Maravillas for HBR. Despite President Donald Trump’s “ America first ” approach to dealing with U.S. businesses investing abroad, and despite his administration’s rhetoric about the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region (e.g., strong opposition to the Iran nuclear deal; a ban on travelers from several Muslim-majority countries), many companies are still looking to invest in the region.

CC’ing the Boss on Email Makes Employees Feel Less Trusted

Harvard Business Review

Ali is sitting at his desk, clearing out his email inbox. Tamika, a colleague, has sent him a question about a client they share, and Ali isn’t entirely sure of the answer. So when he replies, he figures he’ll cc their team leader, so that she can chime in if he’s gotten anything wrong. Ali thinks nothing of it — it’s a collaborative work environment, and transparency is a good thing, right? But Tamika sees it differently.