Wed.Jul 27, 2011

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5 Roadblocks of Good Leadership

Ron Edmondson

I’ve witnessed many leaders, including myself at times, get distracted from good leadership. Many times it’s a natural occurrence.

Do You Really Want it?

Kevin Eikenberry

While you might not think of Cher as a deep philosophical thinker, I’ll make two comments before I share her brilliant insight. - we can learn from anyone – and the mark of a lifelong learner is having that belief. - we can definitely learn from people who have achieved significant things, even if their achievements [.].

Lasting Change Begins With You


Being a great leader requires continuous personal change. The ability to lead at your best is dependent on the context that you work within, and because that situation is always changing, you must also change your behaviors in order to be able to work within it. Think about it. When was the last time you: “Acquired” a new boss?

What Rental Cars Teach Us About Culture

The Leadership Advisor

I love to travel. One of the places I want to visit is Germany. I have a bucket list item that is very much a guy thing to do. Why is that? Sure does!

4 Ways to Guarantee I Follow You Back on Twitter

Ron Edmondson

I have lots of Twitter followers. I love the connections I’ve made on Twitter and always open to new connections. Really! Culture Innovation

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10 Decision-Making Power Tips from Dave Ramsey

Leadership Freak

I’m convinced that indecision along with poor decision-making is the reason organizations and individuals languish and fail. I was Dave Ramsey’s guest at a one day EntreLeadership Seminar in Nashville, Tennessee when I heard him say, “Your business, ideas, and team are paralyzed by an indecisive leader. Indecision is caused by one thing: fear.”

The Reliables


You know their names. You've taken the time to know them personally. Some coffee here and a chat about raising kids there. The conversations may have covered where they went to school, their car, spouse, dog, or the medical problem they had last year, but it went further than the standard "How are you doing?" You'd do the same for them.

On Leadership and The “Jedi Generation”

Linked 2 Leadership

A Long time ago…… The “Jedi Generation” are people defined not by age, but by commonality in belief and behaviour; a unity of cause and altruism energising their lives. They are a generation bound by raison d’être. Star Wars charted the fall and rise of the Jedi Order, a sect of highly gifted individuals seeking [.].

Book Review: Under Pressure

Chartered Management Institute

This book is about how to cope with stress before it strikes you down. It is based on the idea that positive pressure is good and essential and negative pressure is damaging. It aims to provide techniques to help you to manage stress in a way which suits you. Looking after yourself is the key to managing pressure”. eview by Ann M. Kelly FCMI.

Bet on People – Larry Bossidy

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies. Larry Bossidy Bet on People – Larry Bossidy. Leadership Development Larry Bossidy Leadership Strategy

Workplace workouts

Bud to Boss

Earlier this month, Amy Beth Miller at The Organized Executive’s Blog shared the piece “Doc’s best Rx for stress management.” The prescription: sleep. I couldn’t agree more. Although I admire the enthusiasm and energy of people who live by the adage “I’ll sleep when I’m dead,” I could never join their ranks. Lie down and do a plank. Walk at lunch.

The Three Most Important Areas of Youth Development Are Not Taught in Schools

Building Personal Strength

It's amazing what you see when you step outside the box. But outside the box I've seen something else. At the end of the period, the window closes.

Are You an Apple or a Google?

Next Level Blog

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post titled "Are You an IBM or a Dell?" Today's post continues with the tech ID theme and is inspired by an article in the New York Times by Randall Stross. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Leadership Random observations

Top 10 Leading in Context Blog Posts

Leading in Context

As of today, after over 100 posts, these are the Top 10 Most Popular Leading in Context® Blog Posts: Planned Obsolescence: Is it Ethical? Can We Still Have the Newest Gadgets? Case Study: Is Withholding Information From Other Leaders Unethical? Ethical Interpersonal Behavior Graphic: Red, Yellow and Green Zones Ethical Leadership Resources.

Client Newsletter Chocked Full of Practical Leadership Tips and Techniques

The Practical Leader

This is a rare treat to work with a group of learning leaders just 30 minutes from my home in Kitchener, Ontario.

WNY CERT Team Building & Leadership Program

Create Learning

I had the pleasure of leading a Team Building & Leadership Program with the Western New York Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Irreconcilable Differences


When you find yourself in a deadlock with a partner, employee, or boss and are about to give up, don’t! It is when you hit these irreconcilable moments that you may actually take your relationship to the next level or reach new insights. Stifle the fight-or-flight urge and encourage the other person to do the same.

Encore: Dan Ariely on Innovation


A few weeks ago, we posted a video from Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely on the role of meaning in work. Innovation ariely bias innovation

What Giving Gets You at the Office

Harvard Business Review

The greatest metric for predicting job satisfaction and engagement is the social support perceived by the employee. And job satisfaction and engagement directly correlate with productivity. So the best and fastest way to more connected and therefore more productive is to receive more social support from others at work, right? Not so fast.

A Technology Case Study: Implementing What the Customer Wants

Strategy Driven

Often our focus is on getting the end-result we think we want. She then presents the same situation using Buying Facilitation ®. The result?

How Iteration-itis Kills Good Ideas

Harvard Business Review

"We never see any good ideas," lamented a senior executive. People bring us ideas. But they just don't have any. magic.". At first, I found the comment surprising. A month later, it was clear that the problem — as is almost always the case — wasn't a lack of raw ideas. The company, it turned out, had a deep case of iteration-itis.

John Abele on Leading Collaborative Groups

2020 IT Leader

In this video John Abele, co-founder of Boston Scientific author of HBR article “Bringing Minds Together” explains how to effectively manage teams and leading collaborative groups. You’ll find out about the extraordinary opportunities and value in getting silos to collide. Here are [.] You may like these posts too!:

Quote of the Day


Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act. Truman Capote


3 Ways To See The Future (today’s list)

Jason Womack

"People see objects and how they relate to one another. We don't just see with our eyes. We see with our brains. Our eyes are the camera, but the process of interpreting the image in our brains is seeing.". via The brain performs visual search near optimally. Seeing what's coming is easier to do than you might have thought. Start where you are.

Well, It Was in the General Vicinity, Right?


Claire Berlinski on how not to send a condolence card


Encore: Dan Ariely on Innovation


A few weeks ago, we posted a video from Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely on the role of meaning in work. Click Here to Help Our Research.

First Paragraph


When I was coming of age in the late 1960s, most of my generation was involved in a heroic effort to depose Bob Hope, John Wayne, Lawrence Welk, Sammy Davis, Jr., and all the other cultural icons who ruled American society with an iron fist. This was an intellectual insurrection from which I defected by my twenty-first birthday.


The Future of Work 2.0

Harvard Business Review

Tom Malone , professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and author of the HBR article The Age of Hyperspecialization , explains why breaking jobs into tiny pieces yields better, faster, cheaper work—and greater flexibility for employees. Global business Knowledge management Productivity

The Fall of Borders


Here's another take on the fall of Borders Books

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The 21st Century of Oxymorons & Paradoxes

Mills Scofield

Does it seem like the 21st Century is the century of oxymorons and paradoxes? Sure does to me and I love these words because they challenge our thinking, our beliefs, our feelings and the status quo.

History Break: WWII Photos


Some extraordinary color photographs of Britain during the Blitz. [HT: HT: Jonathan Wade


Talk About Debt Ceiling Schmeiling

Bird's Eye View

When I say that, I'm especially intrigued by the fact that in a great conversation, something new takes shape that did not exist before. For shame

Marketing Hall of Shame-Bludgeoning Your Customers is a Bad Idea

Management Excellence

Imagine my surprise when in a fit of insanity, I picked up the phone the other night….right right after dinner (well, I answered because the caller i.d. indicated the Hotel Chain’s name, and because the troops had the dishes will in hand), and I ended up on the receiving end of an old-fashioned marketing bludgeoning. Seriously, Hotel Chain!

How to Manage Forced Sales Rankings

Harvard Business Review

A vice president of sales recently told us that he drives sales growth by publishing a monthly forced sales ranking of all salespeople. Salespeople love the competition. They like to see where they stand, what it takes to be #1, and who they beat. Ranking really drives the competitive juices!" Published forced rankings have motivational power.