Fri.Aug 19, 2011

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. In case you’ve missed it, I’ve heard more talk of Hell this year than in recent years. That’s due in part by another book by Rob Bell’s book “Love Wins&#.

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. Most people are quick to dismiss any idea that seems “absurd,” but not Einstein.

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4 Types of Anonymous Critics

Ron Edmondson

I received some anonymous criticism last week. I’m one of those rare leaders who doesn’t automatically dismiss criticism from someone who doesn’t sign their name.

“Fun” at Work

Great Leadership By Dan

With all due respect to Google, Zappos, and these guys , here are 11 real-life examples I’ve seen managers try to force their employees to lighten up and have some “fun” at work: 1. Creation of a “fun committee”.

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. The difference, says Harvard professor Robert Kaplan, is “how they deal with these periods of confusion and uncertainty.

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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? Related posts: Giveaway: Win a Catalyst East 2009 CD Set. Catalyst Video with Darren Whitehead. The SoulCare Project: They’re Giving Away Money.

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 [.]. Influence Leading Marks of leaders Strengths Growth Leadership Leadership Development

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. He explains that good coaches help performers by: Keeping them focused. Giving them objective, helpful feedback. Acting as a sounding board for new approaches.

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? That’s the premise behind the book “ Seeing Red Cars – Driving Yourself, Your Team, and Your Organization to a Positive Future ” by Laura Goodrich.

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. While both teams are different the experiential method and processing questions tend to be similar.

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. He could have dodged the meeting, but he stayed until all of our questions were answered. She went out of her way to give credit to the entire team.

Are You Read to Declare War?

Strategy Driven

There are millions of companies in the world. Most fail far short of the owners’ ambitions. You would think they fail or frustrate for millions of reasons. But there are really only four. How can that be? Only four? Yes and I will explain.

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. You'd be amazed at how far you can go with the other two, if you commit to doing it, not merely talking about it


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. No, I warn you, if you don't say that this means war, if you still permit yourself to condone all the infamies, all the atrocities, of this Antichrist - and that's what I really believe he is - I will have nothing more to do with you, you are no longer my friend, my faithful slave, as you say. But how do you do, how do you do? I see I am frightening you. Sit down and tell me all about it.".


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.

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?" It got me thinking about this "chosen profession" of mine, advising the world's busiest business leaders, working together to create productivity and performance-based solutions to their pressing needs: Getting more done, faster, on a smaller budget, with fewer resources. Sounds like an overwhelming problem, doesn't it?

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.

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. And I'm impressed with their efforts to get there. . I learned about 23andMe at TED a year ago and decided to join up.

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

Building Personal Strength

Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown. Painting by John Trumbull (1820). My wife Kathleen is planning a trip to Yorktown, Virginia, to research a travel article for the San Antonio Express-News. 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. We reposted a video from Bret Simmons revealing the key to growing any business. Our brief history of change series feature Lewin and the three-stage model.

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. Yesterday HP announced that it would exit the PC and tablet computer business , focusing on higher-margin "strategic priorities of cloud, solutions and software with an emphasis on enterprise, commercial and government markets." In other words, HP is fleeing upmarket, away from a core that it will abandon to device makers.

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. They should be calling for AOL to double down — not by increasing Patch's $150M+ yearly cash burn , but by increasing commitment.