Mon.Oct 10, 2011

Maxwell's 5 Levels of Leadership

Leading Blog

Over 30 years ago, John Maxwell began developing the 5 Levels of Leadership. It has been presented before but never to this depth and completeness. The 5 Levels express a way to understand and organize your leadership growth.

How One Word Can Kill Your Ability to Influence Others

Kevin Eikenberry

That is an interesting title isn’t it? Does it leave you curious? Or does it leave you scanning through words in your mind, in a competitive way, trying to guess if you come up with the right one? Either way, I hope I have influenced you to read on. While you likely [.]. Influence Leadership Learning intention other focus

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What Leadership Chat Has Meant to Me

C-Level Strategies

Steve Woodruff and I launched Leadership Chat on Twitter a year ago this week, on Tuesday the 12th of October.

3 Essentials for Long-Term Success

Ron Edmondson

Do you want your organization to succeed? Do you want to personally succeed in your career? Do you want your marriage to thrive? For long-term success in any area of life you must be: Driven by vision. Vision sets the direction you will move.

Middle managers the key to delivering change

Chartered Management Institute

Back in June I wrote about some Wharton research suggesting that middle managers, far from being the butt of ridicule popular culture suggests, are in fact the key to success in the modern organisation. New research from Dublin City University adds weight to that argument, suggesting that they are key to delivery of change management projects. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

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Great by Choice; The Shallows – two good books for the November First Friday Book Synopsis

First Friday Book Synopsis

The new Jim Collins and Morten Hansen book, Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All, and the significant “how is the internet affecting our brains” book, The Shallows, will be our two selections of the November 4 First Friday Book Synopsis. I will present the synopsis of the new [.]. Randy's blog entries All The Devils Are Here Boomerang Jim Collins Morten Hansen Nicholas Carr That Used to Be Us The Big Short The Great Stagnation This Time is Differen

Light from dark nights of introspection

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Light Your World Self Leadership Those dark nights of introspection are so wrenching, yet so filled with growth. Whether the amount of time involved is prophetic or not, I can’t say. What I do know is that I’ve spent the last 40 days or so in a reflective place, spurred by someone who brought the lights down and released by [.] Light from dark nights of introspection. Light Your World Self Leadership Argyris clarifying questions ladder of inference personal development Senge

Hard Things To Say As a Leader

Linked 2 Leadership

In any relationship, there comes a time where it’s necessary to say things which are difficult to keep the relationship strong and make it better. This is also true in a healthy team environment. For me, this often involves having a hard and challenging conversation with a team member. This is often someone I love [.]. Leading & Developing Other Leaders

Scam Orrin Woodward and Me Out of a Free Book! (Winner Announced)

Chris Brady

It's finally time to announce the winner of Caption Contest 2011.3 Congratulations to Laura S. for the following winning entry: The transportation of the new "super-sized" magnet would prove to be. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Collaboration Humor

Launch of Professional Manager online

Chartered Management Institute

After months of planning, weeks of testing and days of tweaking, we are delighted to announce the launch of Professional Manager online. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Do This If You Want to Guarantee Conflict Escalation

The Recovering Engineer

Today, as I sat in an airport business lounge waiting for a flight, I overheard bits and pieces of another traveler’s conversation. I wasn’t trying to overhear. I just couldn’t help but overhear because his volume kept getting progressively louder.

Spicy in Philadelphia: Meet Melinda Emerson

Women on Business

I am having such a great time interviewing some of the presenters for the Pennsylvania Conference for Women [link] that will take place October 25 th in Philadelphia. Many of those who will offer speeches and workshops are from all over the country.

15 Ways to Fight Fair

Leadership Freak

Image source “Most organizations have far too little conflict,” Pat Lencioni at the 2011 World Business Forum. Friction between individuals based on personalities, backstabbing, and gossip stifles organizations, hinders productivity, and creates negative work environments. Solve it quickly. On the other hand, teams that can’t fight fair are mediocre. They never innovate. They seldom leverage [.].

Managing All (Psychological) Types Of People

What Do You Want From Them

If you have went to business school, I am sure at least one professor stressed to you the importance of self development. I graduated in 2006 and remember that personal growth tools were a popular topic at the Langdale College of Business. My sales management teacher had me hooked on John Maxwells 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership video tape series and Dale Carnegies book How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Company Teaches Flying Lessons to Caterpillars

Create Learning

In order for you to enhance what you-got, you must know what you-got and value where you want to go. If you feel apathetic towards your future then you are looking at the wrong future. How do you get back on the path towards a future of satisfaction and happiness with life & work?

Advice for the Acquired

Marshall Goldsmith

Q: Our company is about to be acquired. My friends have warned me that this can spell trouble. Do you have suggestions for professionals in acquired companies? A: The standard PR hype that goes with an acquisition sounds something like this, "We are so impressed with management and the direction of the company that we are acquiring that we have no interest in changing them. In fact, we believe that we can learn a lot from all they have done right."

Occupy Wall Street and Post Heroic Leadership

Next Level Blog

What’s fascinating to me as a student of leadership is that there is no single person who’s leading this. There’s no Lech Walesa exhorting the shipyard workers in Gdansk. Instead, there’s this. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Current Affairs Leadership Random observations heroic leadership model leadership Occupy Wall Street

The Elevator Pitch

Chartered Management Institute

An "Elevator Pitch" is a concise, planned, and rehearsed description about your company which your 10 year old should be able to understand in the time it would take to travel in a lift. It is not your "sales pitch.". Related Content: Business investment 'falling' You are not watching this post, click to start watching. investment

Upcoming Speaking Engagements in Philadelphia, Raleigh and London (Virtual)

Managing Communities

I wanted to take a moment and share some of my upcoming speaking engagements. I love to meet people in person and the main way that I do that is through the conferences and events that I speak at. On November 5, I will be speaking at WordCamp Philly (November 5-6 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), a [.]. Managing Online Forums (Book)

Join the Conversation

Women on Business

Women are moving more towards social media, according to this report, ( [link] ) women make up 55% of the twitter population, and probably more since that study was done. Social media allows women to connect with others like them, share ideas, receive support and advice in an instant. Need some help picking out a VA? Or the right software? Or suggestions on how to handle a problem?

How Should We Measure Leadership Performance?

Brilliant Leader

The issue of how we should measure leadership performance is an interesting one. Historically, most leaders would have been judged purely on the results they deliver, that is, delivery against their goals, objectives and targets. But is this enough? You only have to take a look through a selection of posts on my leadership blogroll [.]. Uncategorized Leadership Leadership Development

Encourage Push Back

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. Deference to authority is deeply engrained in most of us. As a leader you need to fight it in your direct reports. If people automatically defer to your [.]. Bob's blog entries "The Dangers of Deference" Encourage Push Back Harvard Business Review. HBR newsletters Management Tip of the Day Ron Ashkenas

How much do you challenge, contribute and change?

My Own Coach

I was watching a film on my journey home the other day and noticed this quote, inscribed on the back of the lead characters wrist watch: Challenge, Contribute and Change As often happens, this small moment could have been overlooked.

Three Easy Steps to Boost Your IQ


Glenn Wilson, a psychiatrist at King’s College London University, found the IQ of those trying to respond to messages and fulfill work obligations fell by 10 points. That IQ drop is equivalent to losing a night’s sleep or twice the drop seen by those who just smoked marijuana!

“Shift Happens” Video Ignites Discussion on How We Need to Change or We’ll be Changed

The Practical Leader

Last week I ran a highly customized Peak Performance Leadership workshop and facilitated a strategy session in beautiful Colorado Springs.

Sticky Situations: how to navigate management landmines

Roundtable Talk

Last week, we kicked off fall with a PowerRoundtable session diving into the topic of management train wrecks. Our three executive panelists – Luisa Girotto, General Manager , TerraCycle Canada ; Angela Coke, Associate Deputy Minister , HROntario, Ministry of Government Services; and Jeff Zajac , President & Founder, Solus One– all shared some of their memorable moments with our audience.

The Personnel Touch

Chartered Management Institute

The Olympics jamboree next year poses a raft of HR questions. But it can benefit your workers as long as you create an evenhanded policy. Ready, get set, go, says Alison Blackhurst. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Choose To Lead

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

With all of the focus these days on leadership skills and competencies, an additional question needs to be asked. The issue is not so much how to lead, although that is important, but who should lead. We have moved from “I decide” to “We do”! .

Manu Tuilagi and the art of saying sorry

Chartered Management Institute

The rolling car crash that was the English rugby World Cup campaign came to a halt at the weekend as the French side deservedly dumped us out of the tournament.

Sustainability 3.0: When Products' True Costs Are Covered

Harvard Business Review

In a sustainable economy, businesses would serve consumer needs in ways that did not reduce the ability of future generations to meet theirs.

Start the week off right with Simon’s Cat!

ReThink HR

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Five Tips to Break Through Your Filter(s)

Harvard Business Review

It is no surprise that we instinctively seek out those who share our interests. This is especially true in times of increasing pressure and uncertainty. We have an understandable tendency in such times to seek out the familiar and comfortable as a buffer against the unforeseen changes around us. In so doing we can inadvertently put ourselves in a cage of similarity that narrows our peripheral vision of the world and our options. The result?

Pulp Fiction: 10 Favorites


Max Allan Collins lists his ten favorite detective novels. [HT: HT: Pulp Serenade

Do Your Analytics Cheat the Truth?

Harvard Business Review

Everyone's heard the truism that there are lies, damned lies, and statistics. But sitting through a welter of analytics-driven top-management presentations provokes me into proposing a cynical revision: There are liars, damned liars, and statisticians. The rise of analytics-informed insight and decision is welcome. The disingenuous and deceptive manner in which many of these statistics are presented is not.