Thu.Jul 14, 2011

When Leadership Means Leaning On and Letting Go

C-Level Strategies

Last week I experienced a very difficult, watershed day. It was the kind of day where you experience just about every emotion known to man and wish desperately that you had the power to turn back the clock. The truth is, I’ll be “going through it&# – the pain and reality of it – for a while.

Elegant Design

Leading Strategies

We all know there’s design … and then there’s D E S I G N ! From beautiful houses and buildings to boats – you name it – design makes all the difference in a great or just-ok outcome. Organizations are no different … design matters … a lot. So what are some ways to maximize the chances of great organizational design? Here are 4 keys to success. Think like the customer. Resist excessive department specialization (silos). Promote the most inclusive metrics possible. Make money.

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Applying the DISC Model: Breaking Through A Common Frustration

The Recovering Engineer

Today, I led a DISC communication skills workshop that ended with a role-play exercise to allow participants the opportunity to practice the skills we had been discussing.

FAQ 96

Organizational Agriculture

The Leadership Advisor

Businesses get into business because they expect to be in it for the long haul. I have yet to meet a business owner or CEO who says, “We’re happy to go out of business in 10 years.&#

How Do I Find a Mentor?

Ron Edmondson

This week we’ve talked about mentoring. Please take a few minutes and complete my mentoring survey if you haven’t already. You’ll find it HERE. I’ll be sharing results of that survey soon. In this series, I’ve written about: The 5 Types of Mentors.

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Flow - Completely Focused Motivation

What Do You Want From Them

I came across this interesting chart (see below) in an article by Todd Essig. It shows the "mental state in terms of challenge level and skill level, according to Csikszentmihalyi." Wikipedia Next time you are bored to death (by routine?), you can try to challenge yourself (get in done in 15 minutes and go home) or up the skill level (teach the process to someone else or prepare a bank deposit without a calculator ).

Women Make up Half of Workforce but Just 2% of CEOs

Women on Business

Catalyst published some interesting statistics about how women stack up in the U.S. workforce. The results aren’t very surprising if this is a topic you’re familiar with, but for those that aren’t, check out the stats below: Women make up : 46.7% of the U.S. labor force. 51.5%

Exercise Good Meeting Hygiene

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. Meetings, meetings, and more meetings! Don’t contribute to the dread. Next time you need to gather people together to advance your project, make sure you do the following [.]. Bob's blog entries "Guide to Project Management" Exercise Good Meeting Hygiene Harvard Business Review. HBR newsletters Management Tip of the Day

Online Communities Are More Than Just Websites… But, They Are Still Websites

Managing Communities

photo credit: Like_the_Grand_Canyon One of the more common questions I get asked is how you can grow your community and how you can get more activity. As with most things that require a great deal of work, people are looking for that magic, secret tip. But, that doesn’t exist because that’s not how it works. [.]. Managing Staff

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Is Experience Really the Best Teacher?

LDRLB

I’ve spent a good amount of time in a university setting, first as a student and now as a professor. Undoubtedly, at some point in time, someone claiming to be from the real world will question the utility of teaching leadership or management in an academic setting. Experience is the best teacher,” they’ll argue, “How can you teach experience in a classroom setting?”

Leading Views: Alain de Botton on Success and Snobs

Leading Blog

Alain de Botton , author of The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work , shared his views at TED on success and snobs: One of the interesting things about success is that we think we know what it means. A lot of the time our ideas about what it would mean to live successfully are not our own.

Janet Malcolm, The Art of Nonfiction No. 4: An Interview

First Friday Book Synopsis

Not everyone is aware of the fact that there is a wealth of priceless intellectual capital available at the website of The Paris Review. If you are seeking delicious brain food, look no further. Founded in Paris by Harold L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen, and George Plimpton in 1953, The Paris Review began with a simple [.].

In 100 Words or Less – Lead with Questions!

Management is a Journey

Leaders ask questions. Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers. –Robert Half Good communication skills are essential to effective leadership. Leadership communication is more than setting direction and inspiring others through one’s words, however. It is equally about asking the right questions of knowledgeable people to get the right [.]. Communication communication leadership people skills

Mini Saga #116 – Extraordinary

Rajesh Setty

The wisdom lies in knowing what to ship and what to shelve. Mini Saga #116 – Extraordinary. People loved Frank’s creations. They were beyond extraordinary. When Rob visited his studio, he found dozens of “work in progress” items that were not up to the standards that Frank had set.

Is Experience Really the Best Teacher?

LDRLB

I’ve spent a good amount of time in a university setting, first as a student and now as a professor. Undoubtedly, at some point in time, someone claiming to be from the real world will question the utility of teaching leadership or management in an academic setting. Experience is the best teacher,” they’ll argue, “How can you teach experience in a classroom setting?”

What threats do you withhold from your coworkers?

CO2

My daughter and I recently finished a two-month “24″ marathon, watching Jack Bauer rescue the world.

Getting Your Hardiness On!

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

Research has shown that some people are more resistant to stress and better able to cope with it than others. This is partly due to the fact that some people have a number of personality attributes/traits that protect them from the effects of stress; this is called Stress “Hardiness&#.

Why are we so bad at training new managers?

Rapid BI

In the knowledge economy getting talented people on board is more crucial than ever before, so more and more effort is going into the recruitment process. What happens once these talented individuals are hired however often leaves a lot to be desired. guest Management Chartered Management Institute CMI induction new managers Training

Doc’s best Rx for stress management

The Organized Executive's Blog

Obviously my doctor was listening between the lines. As soon as I finished describing the five minor ailments that finally led me to schedule an appointment, he asked “Are you under a lot of stress?” He nailed that diagnosis. Work had been very stressful, and it was taking a toll on me.

I, Pencil

Execupundit

My family tree begins with what in fact is a tree, a cedar of straight grain that grows in Northern California and Oregon. Now contemplate all the saws and trucks and rope and the countless other gear used in harvesting and carting the cedar logs to the railroad siding.

Process Design in Operations Management

Leading Strategies

We all know there’s design … and then there’s D E S I G N ! From beautiful houses and buildings to boats – you name it – design makes all the difference in a great or just-ok outcome. Organizations are no different … design matters … a lot. So what are ways to maximize the chances of great organizational design? Here are 4 keys: 1) Think like the customer, 2) Resist excessive department specialization (silos), 3) Promote the most inclusive metrics possible, and 4) Make money.

The Art of an Architect

Execupundit

Art Contrarian looks at the work of watercolorist Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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It’s Hiring Time!

From the Principal's Pen

It’s summer time and principals are getting ready to fulfill one of their most important tasks – hiring teachers for their teams. There is something exciting about this process. It is as much a time to reflect on who we are, what we stand for and what we want to accomplish as it is about adding a new team member.

The McConnell Proposal

Execupundit

Keith Hennessey analyzes the debt limit proposal made by Senator Mitch McConnell. [HT: HT: Instapundit.com

What Are The Six Disciplines?

Six Disciplines

The Six Disciplines Methodology is a synchronized, systematic approach for building your business. It puts together into a single integrated step-by-step process - the "master process" that most companies do haphazardly at best - or at worst, not at all. The six fundamental disciplines involve strategy, planning, organizing, executing, innovating, and organizational learning.

Bock on Leadership Levels

Execupundit

Wally Bock answers " How many levels make a good leader ?" My favorite part: Leadership hasn't changed all that much since Caesar was tramping around Gaul. Human nature has been constant for far longer than that

U.S. June Jobs Numbers Don’t Bode Well for Economy

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an article written by Daniel Margolis 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 jobs numbers for June came out Friday and, as you may have already [.]. Bob's blog entries AOL Digital City Chicago “The share of adults working is lower than any time during the recession!”

Bastille Day

Execupundit

The Telegraph has a gallery of the top 10 French cars for Bastille Day. Look at the first photo and tell me you wouldn't want that one

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How to Become Ubiquitous

Harvard Business Review

This post is part of the HBR Insight Center Marketing That Works. It was 8 a.m. on a Tuesday, and I stumbled into my local coffee shop. Laptop in tow and shaking off jetlag, I steeled myself for the onslaught: replying to the hundreds of emails that had built up while I'd been on a luxurious 12-day vacation to Spain. Like many professionals, I have a complicated relationship with holiday — coveting the idea of relaxation, while dreading the idea of being out of touch.

The Things Men Carry

Execupundit

Cultural Offering has an interesting post on what men should carry. I gave up carrying a wallet years ago, finding it to be a heavy and cumbersome trap for all sorts of junk. Instead, I carry a small leather business card packet for my driver's license, insurance, and membership cards and then a small hard plastic container for credit cards. [I I got it from Levenger a while back.] Cash is in a money clip.

Men's Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Bird's Eye View

Not sure what this means: Yesterday as I got on the elevator in my business building in New York City, I hear two 30-ish men in conversation. They're white collar jobs kinds of guys, and it goes something like this: (First Guy) "My hair feels so weird.

Quote of the Day

Execupundit

A distinguished diplomat could hold his tongue in ten languages. Anonymous

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Leadership Quality #1 - Integrity

My Own Coach

As a leader, it is vital that you only make agreements you can keep! When leaders say one thing and do another, they quickly lose trust." ~ Warren Bennis When asked about the qualities people value most in their leaders, honesty came out on top. Being congruent with what is said and what is done. Simply put, leaders are expected to keep their promises. If you are unable to follow through and deliver your promise, tell people immediately and establish an alternative, where possible.

One Comment

Execupundit

One comment can influence a life. It can start a career or end one. It can attract or repel, inspire or devastate. A casual remark made today may be recalled many years later with wonder, appreciation, or pain. Just one comment has started marriages and ended them. It can do the same with friendships. Perhaps a comment should not have this much power, but it can. In many cases, the recipient can restrict or even eliminate the comment's impact.