Sun.Jun 26, 2011

3 Steps to Jump Start Your Spiritual Life

Ron Edmondson

Have you been in a spiritual slump lately? Can you not seem to get out of the funk of the slump? I have had several seasons of life where I simply didn’t feel close to God. Obviously, as the old saying goes, “I moved, not God.&#

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Women on Business

Guest post by Maranda Gibson (learn more about Maranda at the end of this post). I was thinking the other day about how I’m addicted to multitasking. I was hanging out with a friend, just chatting, and suddenly I realized that I had checked my email about five times in a 20 minute span. Why was I doing that? We use email to communicate but when you have conversation happening right in front of you why would you continue to try to find it somewhere else?

Mastering the Complex Sale: A book review by Bob Morris

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Mastering the Complex Sale: How to Compete and Win When the Stakes are High! Newly Revised and Updated) Jeff Thull John Wiley & Sons (2004/2010) Complex sales are those which involve a lengthy process of cultivation and solicitation, a “circle of influence&# within which the purchase or pass decision is made, a product or service [.].

Why You Need To Add More Seats To Your Leadership Table

Terry Starbucker

Recently a few good friends of mine have changed jobs, for reasons that were quite similar.

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Deer Break Into Our Church in North Carolina

Chris Brady

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Four Steps to Overcome Conflicting Work Styles

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Here is an article written by Robert Hosking 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. * * * Many talent managers can boast of high-performers or A-players, but team collaboration and [.].

Mini Saga #100 – Recipe

Rajesh Setty

Role models are great for inspiration, not for imitation. Mini Saga #100 – Recipe. Bob knew about Ron’s long quest for a “perfect” role model. Ron was in search of “that” success recipe. That day, Bob was surprised that Ron had abandoned the search forever.

Should the Strategic Plan Rest in Peace? | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

At one time, business executives believed that strategic planning was the answer to all of their problems. The process that started in the 1950's evolved through various strategic analyses including SWOT (Strengths

Mini Saga #101 – Alive

Rajesh Setty

Most of your waking hours are spent on your job. You better make them count! Mini Saga #101 – Alive. Tom had four offers the day he quit. He visited with four potential Bosses and made a decision all within one week. Roger asked, “Tom, aren’t you rushing through this decision?”

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Office – Part 1 Denial

Linked 2 Leadership

Recently I was reading yet another news story of how radically the world had changed in past few years and how it may be a long time before things get much better. Another story was about how unhappy most employees are but how they cannot leave their current jobs because of the fear generated by [.].

An Englishman Abroad


The very powerful film, "An Englishman Abroad," ( see clip here ) with Alan Bates at his best, is now available on DVD in a pricey but admirable collection. The main character, based on the turncoat Guy Burgess, is simultaneously charming, pathetic, and repellent

The Great Reset: A book review by Bob Morris

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The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity Richard Florida Harper (2010) With each reconfiguration of the economic landscape, there’s “good news&# and “bad news In the first chapter, Richard Florida explains that peaks and valleys are part of the lifecycle of any society as “obsolete and dysfunctional systems and [.].

Internet Radio


FutureLawyer , who has a marvelous blog, is a devoted fan of Pandora

John W. Rowe (Exelon Corporation) in “The Corner Office”

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Adam Bryant conducts interviews of senior-level executives that appear in his “Corner Office” column each week in the SundayBusiness section of The New York Times. Here are a few insights provided during an interview of John W. Rowe, chairman and C.E.O. of the Exelon Corporation, the electric utility company based in Chicago. He says decisive [.]. Bob's blog entries A Sitting Duck Can’t Catch a Moving Turkey Adam Bryant chairman and C.E.O. of the Exelon Corporation Corner Office column John W.


How to Tell a Story


Back by popular demand: The first few minutes of David Lean's film of " Great Expectations

“We cannot build a new country with the old thinking.…” – The Big Daddy of all Change Stories, the Collapse of the Soviet Union

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We cannot build a new country with the old thinking.… from the Institute of Contemporary Development, a liberal think tank chaired by President Dmitry Medvedev, in a document that looked like a platform for the 2012 Russian presidential election) So, let me make one thing clear. You come at us with whatever weapons that you [.].

Living History


While talking with the board of a historical society about ways to convey the excitement of history, I kept thinking of Connie Willis's Doomsday Book. Imagine what it would be like if historians could travel to other time periods? You want to study the Middle Ages? We'll arrange for you to visit. That will be one of the challenges for museums. People don't want to stare at artifacts; they want to be there

Interview with Michael Feuer about “The Benevolent Dictator”

Rajesh Setty

When Kevin Small suggested that I look at a book called “The Benevolent Dictator,&# I was skeptical – the word dictator doesn’t paint a good image for me.

Focus and Time


It is easy to understand why labor negotiations often reach a conclusion in the dead of night after weeks of wrangling: The teams are tired and what once seemed impossible to accept has now become tolerable. There is a twist to the process that can be be found in other settings and it relates to candor. Put people in a room long enough to talk about a particular subject and - to borrow a science fiction term - their laser shields drop and they start to open up on sensitive topics.