Fri.Aug 19, 2011

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Book Giveaway: Hell Is Real, but I Hate to Admit It

Ron Edmondson

I’m giving away 3 copies of Hell is Real, but I Hate to Admit It by Brian Jones. This book is NOT a reaction to that book.

“Fun” at Work

Great Leadership By Dan

Creation of a “fun committee”. I’ve seen plenty of these, and no one EVER seems to be having any fun. BTW, I’ve seen managers pick these committees….it’s

4 Types of Anonymous Critics

Ron Edmondson

I received some anonymous criticism last week. This person actually went to the trouble to make up a name and an email address.

Wise words: Einstein on innovation

Bud to Boss

Albert Einstein has a number of excellent quotes, but this one was new to me: I like how Einstein turned conventional wisdom on its head. Push harder.

What to Ask the Person in the Mirror

Leading Blog

While we might like to think otherwise, here is a fact about successful leaders: Successful leaders go through significant periods of time in which they feel confused, discouraged, and unsure of themselves and their decisions. They feel as if they should be somewhere else, doing something else. And un successful leaders go through the same thing.

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How to Revitalize a Dying Project

Ron Edmondson

In less than one minute, this video from Scott Belsky is brilliant. Watch him explain how to revitalize a project that has plateaued. Can you put this idea to work? Reminds me of a Jesus principle I Tweeted about yesterday: Thanks to Catalyst for pointing me to this video. BTW, will I see you at Catalyst East this year?

The Key that Unlocks Leadership

Leadership Freak

I’m consumed with power-packed brevity. Five words are better than thirteen. That sentence originally read, “If I can say something in five words rather than seven I’m excited.” Brevity by itself is meaningless, it needs content. In the spirit of brevity, what is the most important leadership quality/behavior of all? My number one quality is [.].

Good Coach Versus Bad Coach: What To Do. What Not To Do.

Eric Jacobson

Former Verizon Wireless CEO, Denny F. Strigl offers these tips for how to be a good coach to an employee. Giving them objective, helpful feedback.

Coffee House Book Review – “Seeing Red Cars” By Laura Goodrich

Tanveer Naseer

One of the common themes I’ve written about on my blog is the key role focus plays in our ability to be successful. But how many of us are actually focusing on what we want to accomplish, as opposed to focusing more on the things we’re trying to avoid? You can buy “Seeing Red Cars” on (or for Canadian readers).

Photo Inquiry Friday: What would need to happen for you to be one step higher?

Create Learning

This week I was in Pittsburgh PA, working with a corporate group then a school teachers group. How do you know? Who feels they are in the wrong order?

Doing the Optional


He didn't have to visit us, but he did. She didn't have to write a thank-you note, but we got one within days. They didn't have to do any of this.

Are You Read to Declare War?

Strategy Driven

There are millions of companies in the world. Most fail far short of the owners’ ambitions. But there are really only four. How can that be?

Music Break


Good country song lyrics can be remembered for years. Such is the case with The Amazing Rhythm Aces and " Third Rate Romance


5 Behaviors Great Bosses Never Do

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from another outstanding article written by Jeff Haden for BNET, The CBS Interactive Business Network. To check out an abundance of valuable resources and obtain a free subscription to one or more of the BNET newsletters, please click here. * * * What you don’t do can make as much or sometimes [.].

Pick At Least One


Seth Godin on the three things clients and customers want : It's tempting, particularly for a small business, to obsess about the first—results—to spend all its time trying to prove that the ROI is higher, the brownies are tastier and the coaching is more effective.


Launch: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Launch: How to Quickly Propel Your Business Beyond the Competition Michael A. Stelzner John Wiley & Sons (2011) If your product, service, project, or business were a rocket…. Where to begin? Unlike Michael Stelzner’s previous book, Writing White Papers, this one has a much wider focus as he explains • Why most marketing initiatives fail [.].

First Paragraph


"Eh bien, mon prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now no more than family estates of the Buonapartes. But how do you do, how do you do? I see I am frightening you. Sit down and tell me all about it.". From War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy [The Ann Dunnigan translation


The Leper in the Room: Workplace Violence

Women on Business

As a business owner I have noticed that entrepreneurs talk about a range of topics and we share some pretty personal details; what doesn’t happen is the talk about violence. We speak about managing teams and dealing with problem performers, but we very rarely speak about what happens when those situations go horribly wrong. What you should look for.

Fall in love with the problem

Jason Womack

I'm going to have a short meeting with a mentor of mine this morning, all because of something he said a couple of months ago: "Jason, do you love the problem?" Sounds like an overwhelming problem, doesn't it? Well, not if I look at it from another angle. I love the problem. 3) Doing more is more fun. Sure, this kind of hard work isn't for everyone.

Three Industry Trends in Talent Management That You Need to Know About

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from article written by Sharon Daniels and Robert Vulpis for Talent Management magazine. To check out all the resources and sign up for a free subscription to the TM and Chief Learning Officer magazines published by MedfiaTec, please click here. * * * Against the backdrop of a fragile economy, here are [.].

Your Inner Work Life

Coaching Tip

Conventional wisdom holds that there are happy people and unhappy people; that's just the way they are, and there isn't much that will change them short of life-altering events. In fact, research has shown that pleasant or unpleasant temperment does remain relatively stable over time, and certain aspects of motivation are stable, too.

Quote of the Day


If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative. Woody Allen

Cathay Pacific Scandal Response Misses Opportunity

Harvard Business Review

Imagine you're the CEO of a successful multinational corporation, whose name people know all over the world. Then, imagine that two employees who represent the public face of your company are embroiled in a rather large scandal when a photo of them in a "compromising position" leaks out onto the internet. The whole world is watching.

Let's Talk About 23andMe

Bird's Eye View

Do you know about 23andMe ? It's mission is nothing less than to be the world's trusted source of genetic information. Pretty amazing stuff.

In Honor of Wallace Stevens, A Poem - "At the Battle of Yorktown"

Building Personal Strength

Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown. Painting by John Trumbull (1820). I used to live in that area and enjoyed jogging around the Yorktown battlefield.

Closeout for 8.19.11


Every friday we review the posts from LeaderLab contributors that has appeared on this blog and elsewhere online. Bret Simmons returned with another short, this one challenging the link between pay level and job satisfaction. David Burkus reminded us that the most celebrated organizations are often not using fresh ideas, just executing them.

August Leadership Development Round-Table Challenge

Management Excellence

It's time to put on your coaching hat and offer your best guidance for the latest installment of The Leadership Development Round-Table Challenge. This month's vexing dilemma is being served up by Mary Jo Asmus of Aspire-CS. Leadership Roundtable Challenge coaching Leadership Development Roundtable Challenge

HP's Decade-Long Departure

Harvard Business Review

HP's sudden departure from a business model that has sustained the company since inception is symptomatic of the passing of an era. In other words, HP is fleeing upmarket, away from a core that it will abandon to device makers. The last decade offered plenty of opportunities for incumbent PC companies to adjust to the realities of mobility.

Why AOL Should Double Down on Patch

Harvard Business Review

Disclosure: The author is a shareholder in AOL. It's been funny watching the financial press and the tech community eviscerate AOL's since last week's disappointing earnings call. The irony is that Patch is AOL's last, best chance to build a growth engine. Investors shouldn't be calling for AOL to back off the business.