Fri.Sep 30, 2011

An 18 Year Lesson

Kevin Eikenberry

18 years ago today was my last day at Chevron, my last day employed by anyone other than myself. If my business were a person, it could vote, and in some countries legally have a beer to celebrate. A couple of years ago, to celebrate 16 years in business my team challenged me to write [.]. Leadership Learning

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A Month of Counseling…for everyone in the church

Ron Edmondson

I’ve often said “I wish everyone in our church could go through at least an hour of professional counseling. We all need help with the relationships in our life.

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New insight into the productivity of early and late risers

Chartered Management Institute

The old adage was that if you go to bed early and rise early that this is the recipe for success. In our age of flexible working however it seems inconceivable to force people to work to a rigid doctrine of when work is expected of them. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

You Can’t Even Imagine

Ron Edmondson

That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” ” 1 Corinthians 2:9. Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later. Romans 8:18. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. John 14:3. Are you ready? . Related posts: The Inactivity of God.


LeadershipNow 140: September 2011 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from September 2011 that you might have missed: @stevefarber: Want to solve the leadership crisis? Make a commitment to helping each other to help each other. TheEconomist: How good are business schools at teaching globalisation? Not very, says one IESE professor.

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B2B versus B2C Marketing Adjustments

Coaching Tip

By Guest Author Sean Geehan. One of the biggest differences between B2B and B2C worlds is marketing. Many successful marketing leaders have a difficult time making the required adjustments to be successful. . For instance, let’s look at branding and positioning. I’m a living case-in-point. I drink more Diet Coke than I do anything else. I have it stocked in my home fridge, in my work fridge, and I order it every day at lunch.

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Creating a Leadership Movement

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Every so often a time arrives where society reaches a crossroads – where the situation and/or circumstance so obviously demands change that a populist mandate – a “ movement ” takes place.

Why Supervisors Don't Confront Problem Employees


Much could be written about the foolishness of organizations that fail to back up supervisors when they try to do the right thing and correct poor performance. Let us consider, however, two other factors that keep supervisors from confronting poor performers: A desire to avoid unpleasantness and a tendency to procrastinate. If they confront, there will be immediate unpleasantness. If they ignore the problem, there will be delayed unpleasantness.

WEadership Practice #1: Adopt a Wide-Angle Point of View

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Community Involvement Leadership Development This post is the second in a series that began here. We are summarizing the findings of a one-year study of workforce leadership and through that process, we have identified six practices next-generation leaders are using to be effective; a new model of leadership we call WEadership, in a nod to its collaborative nature. Practice [.] WEadership Practice #1: Adopt a Wide-Angle Point of View.

Are They Contractors or Staff?

Women on Business

One of the more complicated tasks for a business owner is being able to correctly classify the people working for you. As a one man shop. it it’s fairly easy, when you pull someone in it is a temporary arrangement. As a larger operation, it gets a bit tougher. The Department of Labor and the IRS have just made this issue more complicated. The Department of Labor and the IRS have partnered along with some state governments to crack down on the misclassification of employees.

You Can’t Analyze Your Way to Growth

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Roger Martin for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * This post is part of the HBR Insight Center Growing [.].

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An Admiral’s Take On Admiral Mike Mullen’s Leadership

Next Level Blog

October 1, 2011 marks the retirement of Admiral Mike Mullen from the U.S. Navy and from his role as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Washington Post’s David Ignatius offers a nice recap of. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Books Leadership Personal Presence The Next Level

How and Why Market Anomalies and Incongruities Can Reveal 10 Clues to Business Opportunity

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from another outstanding article that appears in strategy+business magazine, published by Booz & Company. In it, Donald Sull shares his insights concerning how and why market anomalies and incongruities may point the way to the next breakthrough strategy, thence to a wealth of business opportunities. To check out a wealth of [.].

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Appreciation – Our Deepest Craving

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development [link] What would you say is the deepest need of humans? Kevin Eikenberry (web, Twitter) posted a very action-oriented entry on his blog this week. It’s titled Our Deepest Craving. If you agree that appreciation is our deepest craving, what are you doing about it? His post informs, and challenges us to act on what we [.] Appreciation – Our Deepest Craving. Leadership Development appreciation influence

3 Questions to Ask Before Adopting That Best Practice

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here. Best practices are alluring. If other companies have already determined the best way to do something, why not just do what they did? But before you run [.]. Bob's blog entries 3 Questions to Ask Before Adopting that Best Practice Harvard Business Review on Making Smart Decisions Harvard Business Review.

Bock on Moneyball


The always perceptive Wally Bock looks at the real lesson of "Moneyball." An excerpt: The book is a bit more nuanced. You'll learn about how the analysis movement on the A's was started by Sandy Alderson who was the GM before Beane and who introduced Beane to the basics and the work of Bill James.

I'm Responsible for My Feelings - A Neat Trick

Building Personal Strength

I pulled into the bank parking lot, and suddenly it hit me - I had forgotten to bring the safe deposit key. Trip wasted! I exploded with a loud one-syllable expletive. Fortunately, I was still in my car with the windows up.

Break-in at Our Office Building

Your Voice of Encouragement

When I walked in to our office building at 7:30am on September 13, I couldn’t believe what I saw. This is a very attractive two-story brick building with lots of glass, located in an upscale business park. But you wouldn’t have guessed it that morning.

Brookhiser on Madison


Kathryn Jean Lopez interviews Richard Brookhiser about his new book on James Madison. An excerpt: LOPEZ: We are probably lucky if school kids today know Madison as the “father of the Constitution.” And now you want to tell them not to take it “too literally”? BROOKHISER: I say that to do justice to all the other men who had significant input, sometimes contrary to what Madison himself at first wanted.

New Book from Art-Incoming!

Management Excellence

While both the paperback and Kindle versions of my newest work, Leadership Caffeine-Ideas to Energize Your Professional Development, have been available on Amazon for a few days, I’ve not yet pulled the trigger on a public launch. In fact, when talking to my marketing manager, I suggested that instead of a launch as an event, I would much prefer a rolling launch. Leadership Leadership Caffeine Leadership Caffeine Book Launch Leadership Caffeine-The Book

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The magic of Edward G. Robinson


Keep Listening, but Start Talking

Harvard Business Review

When we meet with prospective investors, I don't speak much, and for good reason. There are three founding partners : Clayton Christensen, Matt Christensen, and me. When Clay is in the room, people want to hear from him.

Quote of the Day


I didn't really foresee the Internet. But then, neither did the computer industry. Not that that tells us very much, of course - the computer industry didn't even foresee that the century was going to end. Douglas Adams

Photo Inquiry Friday: That was your intention, tell me about your plan?

Create Learning

At your level of work a certain time-span for completing goals is expected. At your level of work handling choices and complexity is expected. Developing plans, solving problems and making decisions is what you are paid for.

Selling Is Not About Relationships

Harvard Business Review

This post, the first of a four-part series, is also part of the HBR Insight Center Growing the Top Line. Ask any sales leader how selling has changed in the past decade, and you'll hear a lot of answers but only one recurring theme: It's a lot harder. Yet even in these difficult times, every sales organization has a few stellar performers. Who are these people? How can we bottle their magic?

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Closeout for 9.30.11


Every friday we review the posts from LeaderLab contributors that has appeared on this blog and elsewhere online. Tim Vanderpyl examined the book Millennials into Leadership. We celebrated the launch of our sister site, Strategic Leadership Review , by featuring No Toby’s Allowed: Mandates & Strategies to Take HR Global. David Burkus listed three simple steps for becoming a better leader. John Richard Bell argued why HR and the CEO should be joined at the hip.

Getting lots of advice

Chartered Management Institute

As we live in the age of ‘permission marketing’ where email is dead and social media is king, it is interesting to note the amount of unsolicited advice I have received in the last two days via email. About half of this came from the LinkedIn Groups that I am a member of – loosely termed ‘discussions’ these were primarily selling opportunities! The rest came from various news and forum sites that I have signed up for (honest!). Related Content: Get ready for the big push No more gloom please!

Fixing Daily Deals

Harvard Business Review

Since filing their S-1 ahead of their potential IPO , Groupon scrutiny has been intense. More and more, sales costs are rising and subscribers are buying fewer Groupons. Meanwhile, the company needs cash to keep ahead of its mounting expenses; one journalist compared Groupon's model to a Ponzi scheme because the company is using the float from new deals to pay off merchants from previous deals.

The Focus Factor

Strategy Driven

Several years ago, my youngest son won his first two matches to advance to the semi-finals of the Wisconsin State wrestling tournament the next day. Prior to his heading to the tournament we talked about what he wanted to accomplish at the tournament.

Is U.S. Manufacturing Making a Comeback?

Harvard Business Review

A resurgence of U.S. manufacturing seems to be in the offing. With production costs rising in China, some companies are bringing their manufacturing back to the U.S. While it still makes sense to manufacture in China for the booming local market, producing goods in China for the U.S. market is no longer a no-brainer. Made in the USA, some companies are finding, could be a better option. That's partly confirmed by the data: The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) recently reported that U.S.

Michael E. Raynor: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Michael E. Raynor, Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, provides consulting services to senior executives in the world’s leading corporations across a wide range of industries. In his client projects and research, Michael explores the challenges of corporate strategy, innovation and growth. However, as he once observed, ”Case studies of past results are a weak foundation for predicting future outcomes. And the increasingly popular ‘fail fast to learn [.].

The Most Successful CEOs Come from Within

Harvard Business Review

This blog post is part of the HBR Online Forum The CEO's Role in Fixing the System. To achieve sustained growth and profit in today's hyper-competitive global markets, leadership must have a deep commitment to and knowledge of those who truly invest in the firm — employees, vendors, customers, the community, and owners in for the long term. My view is that an emphasis on short term (i.e.,

Do You Look Up Words You Don't Understand?

Bird's Eye View

I try to learn one new word every day. To support this habit, I subscribe to both the Merriam Webster email called M-W Word of the Day, and my all time favorite, the Visual Thesaurus Magazine.

Getting the Most from Your R&D in China

Harvard Business Review

Companies intent on wooing the Chinese consumer are ramping up their local research and development efforts. In the past five years, global fast-moving consumer goods companies have announced plans to pour over $5 billion into R&D in China. The case is compelling.