Thu.Jun 30, 2011

Visionary Leaders and the GPS Ride of Insanity

C-Level Strategies

Yes, I realize I am a slow-adopter when it comes to technology. I took my first GPS-aided road trip this past weekend and the device literally drove me mad.

New Leadership Lessons from Yoga

Next Level Blog

So, let me first assure you that the picture that comes with this post has not been Photoshopped. That is me in my business clothes standing on my head alongside Melissa, one of my good buddies from. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Books executive presence Leadership Personal Presence

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Conquering Ambiguity


“President of Ecuador Hit with Tear Gas”. A few days before I was to depart from the United States to Ecuador, Ecuador was in the news. Not just the local or regional news, the international news. There were concerns in my family about my safety. Would I be safe? Could I get in the country?


Leading Like One Of The 3 Musketeers

The Leadership Advisor

Earlier this month I joined a unique group of people. I had the privilege of chatting with Ted Coiné , a friend I made on Twitter, face to face while I was on vacation. He invited me to join a group of other folks, a tribe if you will, in a virtual setting.

Why Women Execs are Twice as Likely to Leave Their Jobs

Women on Business

Recently I blogged about research indicating that women executives are more than twice as likely to leave their jobs as men. As reported in U.S. News , the researchers determined that 7.2% of women executives in the survey left their jobs, compared to 3.8% of men. This consisted of both voluntary and involuntary. departures. Read the entire article here. The researchers suggested that women in mid-level management may not be getting the opportunities and support that they need to advance.

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Keeping Your Commitments!

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

Have you wondered what sets the highly successful people ahead of others? One key factor is keeping commitments. It is astonishing that 90% of the world’s problems result from people failing to keep their commitments.

Stop Chasing Too Many Priorities

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. Overloaded and overwhelmed is the norm these days. Most leaders feel they have too many conflicting priorities. But research has shown that the more these executives have to [.]. Bob's blog entries Cesare Mainard Harvard Business Review. HBR newsletters Management Tip of the Day Paul Leinwand Stop Chasing Too Many Priorities

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Effective Leaders are Alike-They Know the Limit

Create Learning

How can it be that high performing AND low performing leaders have the similar personality traits and I see the similarities yet their subordinates see them differently? It comes back to; CP + V + K&S + Wi + (-T) = CAC ( Elliot Jaques formula for Role Competence ).

Lessons from The Apprentice - how to get on with difficult people

Chartered Management Institute

The workplace is seldom a social nirvana, so figuring out how to both get on with people and also to get the most out of them is a key skill for managers to master. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

The Delivery Truck Principle of Leadership

Ron Edmondson

Whenever I was in business, I once owned of a small manufacturing company. Most of my time was spent in an office or on the road somewhere, but when I had time I loved to hang out in the factory, especially when delivery trucks dropped off merchandise.

One in four British workers willing to move abroad

Chartered Management Institute

More than a quarter (27 per cent) of Brits in the GfK International Employee Engagement Study said they would consider moving country to find a better job, as they seek to escape the UK’s soaring cost of living and static wages. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

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LeadershipNow 140: June 2011 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from June 2011: Giving Constructive Feedback : Eight Leadership Essentials by @LisaPetrilli. KateNasser: This one bears re-tweeting & re-reading! Counterfeit Leadership " by @FSonnenberg. AMAnet: The importance of being decisive.

Your Best Single Piece of Leadership Advice

Linked 2 Leadership

What is the single most important advice you would offer a person new to leadership? Big Question How would you respond to this question: “If you were assigned to mentor a person new to leadership and could only share one thing with them to help them be most effective, what advice would you give them?&# [.].

Retaining Your Most Engaged and Talented Employees

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an article written by Nisa Chitakasem 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. * * * The skills gap is getting wider, shedding light on the importance of retaining workers. [.].

Friday Fun: 7 Simple Ways to Improve Your Memory

Chartered Management Institute

I am especially cursed with a goldfish memory, I blame it on being a full-time employee, -mum, -housewife, -taxi-driver. I know I'm not alone in having a hectic life and everyone can do with increasing their so I thought I'd share 7 Simple Ways to Improve Your Memory from PSY. You are not watching this post, click to start watching


What Employees Say Managers Don't Do

Eric Jacobson

According to David Grossman , author of the new book, You Can't Not Communicate -2 , here are eight things employees say managers don't do: Don't keep employees informed. Don't explain the "why" behind decisions. Don't communicate frequently enough and in a timely way. Don't update employees on changes happening in the business. Don't share regular business updates and how the team is performing. Don't ask for feedback. Don't ask for or listen to concerns.

Thought-full Thursday: Living Well


Every Thursday, we provide you with a thoughtful way to coach yourself – something all leaders need to do. So take five and enjoy the inspirational quotes and reflect on the questions that follow. Your comments, thoughts, and responses to the questions are most welcome! Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard.


Strategic Planning Alternatives: Mission Discernment


I recently wrote two posts criticizing strategic planning. It’s always easy to deconstruct the status quo; it’s tough to reconstruct a viable alternative. I’ll propose some alternatives in my next few posts and I am very interested to hear your thoughts on them.

What would you put your John Hancock on? | The Organized.

The Organized Executive's Blog

And for the support of this declaration  we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor. The The Declaration of Independence. Those weren't empty words at the end of the document we

Pirate Hooded Towel


A great moment in fashion. Available at Neatorama

There isn't just one (it takes more to be the best)

Jason Womack

There's an organization based in Santa Barbara named Catalyst for Thought. Today's event (a lunchtime "salon-type" discussion revolved around entrepreneurship, organizational growth and the essentials of running a successful business. The speaker: Steve Cooper, of High Tech CEO Advisor.



Have you ever looked at the conflicting book reviews on Amazon and wondered, "Did these people read the same book?" You'll find books that any objective estimate would rate from Good to Excellent get savaged by some reviewers.

What habits are holding you back?


“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit,&# wrote Aristotle. Not all habits produce excellence, however. What habits are repeatedly getting in your way? Are you watching too much TV? Are you spending too much time with people that are not in alignment with what is important to you? Have you been in the right job so long that it’s become the wrong job? As we age, we can become so attached to our habits that it’s hard to see them clearly.

Fertile imaginations

Managing Leadership

It was once popular, some years after a best-selling management book highlighted specific companies as exemplars of this or that fad, to reassess those businesses and to delight perversely in how far the putatively mighty had fallen. It’s not always fair to blame the companies per se – perhaps new managers had proven inept or had strayed from a decent methodology, or more fundamentally negative influences had washed over the outfits from the markets or government.

Wild Thing


Sports Illustrated has the story of the classic baseball film, " Major League." An excerpt: Charlie Sheen (fireballing reliever Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn) : When I saw the script it wasn't like catnip, it was like crack. I was going to a premiere, and I had a meeting with David in the morning, so I had the script in the limo, and I was late because I couldn't put it down. Then I sat in my driveway for an hour to finish it. It was probably as good a script as Platoon, seriously

Guest Post: A Leader’s Perspective on Failure

Lead on Purpose

By Tim Eyre. Our culture has become increasingly obsessed with perfection. You see it everywhere. It’s pervasive in the entertainment industry, as depictions of celebrities contribute to an unattainable idea of what beauty really is. It also permeates the culture of higher education, as applicants vying for spots in prestigious graduate business programs are often made to feel that an A- in Economics 101 might as well have been an F.

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Back by popular demand: " A Matter of Trust


Mini Saga #104 – Image

Rajesh Setty

First, you need to be comfortable with yourself. Only then, you can expect others to be comfortable with you. Mini Saga #104 – Image. The interview went well and Ron wanted to hire Derek. Derek was happy but not comfortable.

Bringing Up the Nazis


As the author of eight mystery novels on Hitler and the Nazis, I'm sometimes asked why I choose to write about this subject. Hasn't the time come when, in a tidy phrase beloved of Tony Blair, we should "draw a line" under the war and move on? Indeed, the question was once put to me rather more directly in Berlin by a German publisher with whom I was having dinner. You're not a Jew," he said. What's it to you, what happened 60 years ago? Why do you want to keep on bringing up the past like this?"

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Change Starts Here

For a limited time only… . Get 99 Ways to Influence Change on your favorite eReader for just $2.99! . 99 Ways to Influence Change is the essential guide to making an impact at work. It’s a resource no change agent should be without!

Quote of the Day


You will always find some Eskimos ready to instruct the Congolese on how to cope with heat waves. Stanislaw J.

“tried and true” vs. trying anew


Once you learn and successfully employ a specific process, you stop exploring alternatives with a child’s eyes. You turn your attention to other matters. Eventually, the daily management of your processes overwhelms your time and attention, such that you rarely if ever adopt a new process. Stifle the urge to stay exclusively with the tried and true. You’re likely missing out on opportunities to simplify and improve.

Strategic Planning Alternatives: Mission Discernment


I recently wrote two posts criticizing strategic planning. It’s always easy to deconstruct the status quo; it’s tough to reconstruct a viable alternative. I’ll propose some alternatives in my next few posts and I am very interested to hear your thoughts on them.

Trend Hunting on the Periphery

Harvard Business Review

The other week, I was in Beijing facilitating a company offsite. The company had absolutely no operations in Beijing, and no plans to start operations there. It is a disciplined operator, so this wasn't a junket either. So, what was the company doing in Beijing? It was smartly spending time at the periphery of its industry. One of the challenges facing market leaders is that transformational trends are only obvious when it is too late.