Thu.Dec 22, 2011

True Confession: Life as an Introvert

Ron Edmondson

Here’s a quick confession. I’ve told readers before that I’m an introvert. That’s not the confession. I’ve learned lots of pastors are introverted. In fact, I can appear fairly extroverted at times.

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Twas The Night Before Christmas

The Leadership Advisor

It looks like this may become a perennial favorite. I posted it last year and thought it was time to revive it again this year. Enjoy and have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy (and safe) New Year! Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house.

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We Should Honour Christmas All Year Long!

Linked 2 Leadership

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” ~ Charles Dickens (1812-1870), English author. From “A Christmas Carol” I was quite taken by this quote from Charles Dickens. This line from “A Christmas Carol” reminds us of the fact that for most people, the true spirit of kindness [.]. Articles of Faith Practical Steps to Influence

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“Sometimes I feel Like Team Building is Sweet Frosting on a Shit Cake”

Create Learning

This is a very honest post, about the struggle that I deal with in trying to make teams and leaders better. If we are to really make your organization function and achieve high performance, we need more than window dressing, recreation and placing Fish stickers on the wall.

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Developing Future Leaders – It’s Imperative Not to Wait!

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Great Leadership regular contributor Beth Armknecht Miller: Why is it important to develop future leaders within your company? Continuity of company culture, labor shortages, and an unexpected death of a senior manager are just a few important reasons.

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Customer lifetime value (CLV) explained

Talent Technologies

Customer Lifetime Value (or CLV) is a key metric for any business – but one that is too often ignored. This neat graphic (below), provided by kissmetrics.com , summarises in one simple chart how to calculate Customer Lifetime Value.

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Stir Yourself Up.

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development to hear ideas from the Unusual Suspects in your organization Be relentless in your exploration of what you stand for as a leader Move on from peers who blindly build support status quo thinking Investigate with curiosity ways to re-imagine what works Communicate. Connect people to people. Raise your hand to do something that scares [.]. Leadership Development make a difference self-less leadership Servant Leaders

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Treat Other Communities as You Would Like Them to Treat Yours

Managing Communities

photo credit: Gonmi Treat people as you want to be treated. I apply the golden rule to a lot of different circumstances, including how I manage my communities, with respect to other communities. I’ll give you a few examples. It’s not unheard of that a member of a community, not necessarily mine, but any, would [.]. Managing the Community Promoting Your Community

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The Medici Effect: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures Frans Johannson Harvard Business Review Press (2006) Note: I recently re-read this book to assist with the preparations for an interview and even more impressed by the book now than I was when it was first published fuve years ago. A Special [.].

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Twas The Night Before Christmas

The Leadership Advisor

It looks like this may become a perennial favorite. I posted it last year and thought it was time to revive it again this year. Enjoy and have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy (and safe) New Year! Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house.

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The Perfectionist’s Handbook: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Perfectionist’s Handbook: Take Risks, Invite Criticism, and Make the Most of Your Mistakes Jeff Szymanski John Wiley & Sons (2011) A brilliant analysis of the differences between healthy and unhealthy perfectionism I agree with Jeff Szymanski that perfection is best viewed as an on-going process rather than as an ultimate destination. As he observes, [.].

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Immanuel

LeadStrategic

I've been thinking about what to write in this week's blog article for a couple weeks now. To be honest, I've been reluctant to write a Christmas message. Not because I'm a Scrooge (far from it), but rather because it seems that everyone else writes a Christmas message.

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3 Ways To Set Better Goals

Jason Womack

If there is a secret to setting better goals, when would you want to know? want to know now! I figure the sooner I know, the more I can do, right?

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The Mozilla school of motivation

Chartered Management Institute

How can you motivate people when you don't pay them anything? Mozilla boss Mitchell Baker shares her tips. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

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What Do You Pay Attention To?

Leadership Freak

I’ve asked some friends to bring their insights to the Leadership Freak community. Please give a warm welcome to today’s guest writer, S. Chris Edmonds. * If you’re like most leaders, you pay attention to what’s right in front of you. One key question I ask senior leaders is “what do you pay attention to?” Most [.]. Leading Managing Marks of leaders Taking others higher careful track goal alignment Leadership Development negative consequences performance metrics

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13 Easy Steps to Achieving New Year’s Resolution

CO2

Setting goals is a big part of what you do with an executive coach. Great coaches will limit your goal setting to that which matters most. Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least”. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

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What Do You Pay Attention To?

Leadership Freak

I’ve asked some friends to bring their insights to the Leadership Freak community. Please give a warm welcome to today’s guest writer, S. Chris Edmonds. * If you’re like most leaders, you pay attention to what’s right in front of you. One key question I ask senior leaders is “what do you pay attention to?” Most [.]. Leading Managing Marks of leaders Taking others higher careful track goal alignment Leadership Development negative consequences performance metrics

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Peace and #Management

Management Craft

As we head into the holiday season and new year, I thought I would take a few minutes to wish you success and peace. Peace of mind - that you know you are doing your best and showing your team love and admiration.

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Joyful Intention

Erika Andersen

Here’s a wonderful quote a friend sent me yesterday: If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

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Teen Boys and Sex - How Girls Can Set Boundaries

Building Personal Strength

The book, Conversations with the Wise Aunt , is in the final stages of preparation and will soon appear as a Kindle ebook. In the chapter, "A Nice Way to Say No," Aunt Maria explains to her niece, Trisha, how boys are different from girls when it comes to attitudes about sex.

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Google Will Change Web Marketing in 2012

Harvard Business Review

Google is poised to completely alter how websites market themselves over the next year. While easing users into changing search results pages , Google has also designed a new method for websites to structure data so that its crawler can better pull information. This is a tremendous strategy. Google doesn't need to own all of the information in the world, but does own the methods of accessing that information — as well as the ability to advertise to people who use that access.

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Labels

Execupundit

Labels are tools of convenience. It is understandable why we use them. Unfortunately, the objects of labels are not always immutable.

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Economics for Humans

Harvard Business Review

An interview with Umair Haque , director of the Havas Media Labs and author of Betterness: Economics for Humans. For more, see his blog on hbr.org. Download this podcast. Competition Economy

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Turning Business Owners Into CEOs

Leading Strategies

One of the most fascinating topics is the area of small business. Our country has a rich history of many entrepreneurs over the 200+ years who have worked hard, failed, learned, succeeded and flourished. There are many obstacles and challenges for the successful small business but one especially hard task is when an owner wants to move beyond being an indentured servant to the business for other interests, retirement, growth, diversification, quality of life, etc.

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Design Your Own Profession

Harvard Business Review

The world is coming apart in many interesting ways. I recently bought an iPad. After using it for a few days I bought a wireless keyboard. A week later I bought a case that puts the iPad in one half and the keyboard in the other. Presto! A disaggregated laptop that is lighter and more versatile, since I can use the screen by itself as an e-reader and the keyboard with other devices. A similar phenomenon is happening with traditional professions.

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The Bishop's Wife

Execupundit

One of my favorite Christmas films is "The Bishop's Wife" and yet I never encountered it as a child. The title may have scared me off.] I understand that there was some initial confusion as to whether Cary Grant and David Niven should switch parts. Fortunately, sanity prevailed. Loretta Young was also excellent - here are the three of them in a non-trailer trailer - but the big scene stealer was Monty Woolley

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Make Time for Time

Harvard Business Review

" Donner du temps au temps ," the late French President François Mitterrand used to say. Give time for time." The notion being that you need to make time in order to appreciate the ultimate gift we have been given: time on this earth. Every day, we make conscious and less conscious choices on time allocation. Some uses of our time are routine — dropping off kids, eating meals, or going for a daily run.

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Miscellaneous and Fast

Execupundit

The Hammock Papers has a prayer by Thomas Merton. The New York Times : Untouchables rising via capitalism in India. Anderson Layman's Blog : The great Paul Lynde. Commentary : Thomas Sowell, peerless nerd. Kottke has a video on unusual modern dance. [I I think that may be a relative

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Strategy Essentials You Ignore at Your Peril

Harvard Business Review

Michael Porter, the world's leading authority on competition and strategy, is sometimes the victim of his own success. We use his terminology every day — competitive advantage, the value chain, differentiation, value creation. We think, therefore, that we "know" his work. But in fact, most managers don't. They talk the talk, but they have turned his powerful ideas into business buzzwords. Competitive advantage, for example, is often used to mean "anything we think we're good at."

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One word to a better 2012

The Organized Executive's Blog

Happy Holidays from The Organized Executive’s Blog! Does 2011 seem like a blur? Are you still saying “I wish I had more time”? As the year comes to an end, we offer you this advice to make you more effective and less stressed in 2012: Do one thing at a time. Quit checking messages while holding conversations, and reading during meetings. Devote your full attention to the matter at hand. . Act instead of react.

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Use Motivational Fit to Market Products and Ideas

Harvard Business Review

Every marketer knows that people want more good things — good products, experiences, and ideas — and fewer bad ones. What they may not realize, however, is something that research psychologists have known (and kept mostly to themselves) for over two decades: there are two fundamentally different kinds of good. Tailor your message to match the kind of "good" you are selling, and you can increase consumer trust, message believability, engagement, and perceived value.

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Words of advice for the New Year

Bud to Boss

Happy Holidays from the Bud to Boss blog! As 2011 draws to an end and we all prepare to welcome the New Year, we’d like to offer you these words of advice. May they serve you well in 2012. Quit sweating the small stuff. Nitpicking over the smallest details or micromanaging every aspect on every project will only lead to stress and—eventually—burnout. Keep things in perspective. Accept that some things will go wrong. Always have a backup plan.

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Be More Productive by Making Better Daily Choices

Harvard Business Review

The quest for efficiency and productivity improvement that permeates the corporate world trickles down from entire organizations, to teams, to projects and, finally, to individuals. At the most personal level, we make many choices that affect our productivity. Choices as simple as whether we use on-line banking, have a face-to-face meeting or set up a WebEx or Telepresence conference, send a written thank you note or an e-mail.

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StrategyDriven Podcast Video Edition 3 – Framework for Aligning an Organization

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results. These podcasts elaborate on the principle, best practice, and warning flag articles found on the StrategyDriven website.

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