Fri.Jul 01, 2011

He Who Loves You, Watches Over You

Ron Edmondson

One of the greatest feelings as a parent has to be watching your children sleep… Knowing they are safe… resting…under your care… I never got tired of knowing my boys were safe in their beds at night. It was a great time of day.

First Look: Leadership Books for July 2011

Leading Blog

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in July. The Accidental Creative : How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice by Todd Henry. I'm Feeling Lucky : The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 by Douglas Edwards. Growth or Bust : Proven Turnaround Strategies to Grow Your Business by Mark Faust. Elements of Influence : The Art of Getting Others to Follow Your Lead by Terry R. Bacon. Good Strategy Bad Strategy : The Difference and Why It Matters by Richard Rumelt.

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Effective Communication Skills: Acknowledge Emotions Before Solving Problems

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Best of Blogs Series Recently, I was working through an issue with another person. They were distressed over the results of a process that affects both of us. I helped to create the process. I have authority to change the process if necessary. And I have knowledge of the system to troubleshoot and fix a fair number of problems. [.] Effective Communication Skills: Acknowledge Emotions Before Solving Problems. Best of Blogs Series communication emotion Focus

My Current Heart Stirrings: Men’s Ministry

Ron Edmondson

I did men’s ministry for many years before I went into vocational ministry. Recently I felt led to address the young men in our church. One Saturday morning, I invited men aged 35 and under to join me as I shared some thoughts with them.

I Wonder Where the Wonder Went

Kevin Eikenberry

Yesterday I posted my weekly Powerquote – with questions, action steps and a commentary focused around a quotation from Francis Bacon about wonder (read it here). As I was writing the post, I thought about a piece I wrote many years ago, that became a chapter in my book Vantagepoints on Learning and Life. Because [.]. Books Creativity Innovation Leadership Learning awe vantagepoints wonder

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GUTSY Woman and a Vision

Women on Business

What do you get when you mix five thousand women and counting; two hundred national chapters and counting; and energy that doesn’t quit? You get a powerful organization that has fun while doing good. Meet Mary Jo Wallo, a woman for these times. She runs an investment firm in San Diego, so who could be more perfect to count the growth and increases as her dream is coming true. Here’s the back story: Mary Jo turned fifty.

Voice of Experience: Yolande Piazza (Citi)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from a profile of Yolande Piazza (Managing Director, Global Consumer Technology, Citi) written by Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) for The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. Visit us daily to discover issues that matter, share experiences, and plan networking, your [.]. Bob's blog entries Citi Citi’s Managing Director of Global Consumer Technology Citigroup Citi’s Global Consumer Technology Melissa J.

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Are older workers the key?

Chartered Management Institute

Iain Duncan Smith has been in the news today talking about the need to look within Britain for new talent rather than hiring from outside the country. It's an argument that is common for any Arsenal fan as a similar line has often been levelled at coach Arsene Wenger, that he too readily looks abroad when there is ample young talent within the country. You are not watching this post, click to start watching


The Big Picture of Business – Fine Wine, Aged Cheese and Valuable Antiques: Part I

Strategy Driven

A professional’s career and their collected Body of Work encompass time, energy, resources, perseverance and lots of commitment in order to produce. This holds true for any company, institution and for any person. The Business Tree : Growth Strategies and Tactics for Surviving and Thriving.

Photo Inquiry Friday: How do we Change?

Create Learning

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit.”. Aristotle. I am an Entomology Geek (Insect lover) in concurrence with making teams and leaders better and reading all about Team Building & Leadership. I spend my free time reading about insects.

Thinking INSIDE the Box

First Friday Book Synopsis

Photo credit: Genelet via flickr used under a creative Commons License. Here is a recent blog post by Sam Carpenter, author of Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less. To check out the wealth of resources he offers, please click here. * * * I am not one to challenge [.]. Bob's blog entries Centratel ESPN radio Fresh starts are sometimes necessary but knee jerk start-overs too often result in carnage.

Checking professional membership or accredited user status

Rapid BI

Accreditation buttons - a win/ win strategy for marketing - How to protect your logo IP and gain marketing advantage - a way to have your users & members promote your site. Management accreditation buttons badge Marketing member professional membership user

The McKinsey Quarterly’s Top Ten: Second Quarter 2011

First Friday Book Synopsis

In case you missed them, see which articles have been most popular with The McKinsey Quarterly‘s readers in the second quarter of this year. Here are the first five. To learn which articles ranked #6-10 and read any/all of the ten articles, please click here. * * * 1. STRATEGY Sparking creativity in teams: [.]. Bob's blog entries 2. STRATEGY: Drawing a new road map for growth 3. ORGANIZATION: Eric Schmidt on business culture [comma] technology [comma] and social issues 5.

Why is Execution so Hard???

Mills Scofield

I just finished two strategic planning sessions with two clients. Both are very good at execution which got me thinking, again, about why execution is so hard. And sometimes,executing excellently is a major customer and competitive advantage! You know the adage; I'd rather have a B plan with A execution than an A plan with B execution.

Generating Breakthroughs Revisited

Management Craft

Based on my previous post, it will come as no surprise that I have taken a fresh look at the work I have done regarding how individuals and groups use the power of the butterfly effect to steer into beneficial breakthroughs.

What’s on your summer reading list?

Bud to Boss

I’m headed to the beach for the long weekend, so I’ve been thinking a lot about what books to bring. I’m an avid reader, and I’ve also become a big fan of audiobooks.

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The Declaration of Independence : A clip from the series " John Adams


Supplementing Your Income With A Home Job While Building Your Business

Women on Business

Guest post by Traci L. Dillard-Bell (learn more about Traci at the end of this post). Building a home business can be physically, emotionally, and especially financially exhausting, but there are ways maintain a steady stream of income by taking on a part-time home job early on while creating your business. Having a side income can reduce some of the stress when trying to make ends meet while you are getting your home business off the ground.

Right Direction?


An important piece of advice: If you are heading one direction and the majority of people who are engaged in the same activity are heading another, don't rush to conclude that they are missing the enormously deep insight that governs your own course of action.

PrimeTime Women: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

PrimeTime Women: How to Win the Hearts, Minds, and Business of Boomer Big Spenders Marti Barletta Kaplan Publishing (2006) The nature and extent of a “prime marketing opportunity&# Those who have already read Marti Barletta’s Marketing to Women will welcome this sequel in which she develops in much greater depth her core concepts with regard [.].

Stats about Status Meetings


Nelson Biagio Jr. has astute observations on the use of status meetings. All meeting planners should remember line by Lin Bothwell: "It takes a darn good meeting to beat no meeting at all


Move your Idea into Reality

Women on Business

The editor’s message in a recent Dwell issue has an insightful comment about ideas that makes me think — hard. He suggests that a good place to store your ideas is in the real world. Meaning you create and envision and idealize and thoroughly understand something in your mind, and then you physically bring that into reality.

Big Spenders


Greenspan on the impact of the stimulus spending


This Space Intentionally Left White

Harvard Business Review

Looking for an edge over your competition ? Searching for an untapped market? Try slowing down to see more, two hours at a time. In 2004, the BBC Symphony Orchestra gave a performance of the modern classic 4' 33" by John Cage , a composition famous for its counterintuitive focus on the sounds of music not being played. Cage controlled only his composition's duration of four minutes, thirty-three seconds, not the sounds that would fill it.

The Prolific Mr. Bock


It is one thing not to keep count of the books you've read, but Wally Bock doesn't keep count of the ones he's written

Twitter Weekly Highlights for 2011-07-01

Tanveer Naseer

Here’s a compilation of some of the articles/tweets I shared on Twitter this week: Thanks! RT @ gestiodelcanvi : How To Build Your Team For Success [link] # coaching #leadership # Thanks David! RT @ LeaderChat : Do You Have A Meaningful Relationship With Success? — [link] some good advice from @ TanveerNaseer # RT @ MeghanMBiro : 12 Most Important Ways to Build Relationships and Get # RonR [link] via @ SeanMcGinnis # Tx Baron! RT @ RedBaronUSA : Helpful.

Office Essentials


Components of a productive office: Good chair. Comfortable temperature. Decent lighting. A place to write. Reasonable order. Few disturbances. Reliable equipment. Non-distracting colors. Decent coffee. Self-discipline

Searching for Professional Significance

Harvard Business Review

Before you proceed, grab a pen and paper and take a moment to do this quick exercise: Write the name of the best leader, teacher, or coach you've ever had. Write the name of the individual who made a difference in your life, who seemed to care more about you than you cared about yourself. You'll find that if you're over 40, you are able to name at least one person, and often two or more. Typically, one of these individuals is a former boss.

Generational Differences


I often use case examples in my management workshops and have tended to give the characters unusual names to avoid the possibility of having a person by that name sitting in the audience. Charles Dickens novels are great resources if only because Dickens was a master of tagging a character with a memorable name. Think of Ebenezer Scrooge.) What has been quietly amusing, however, is to see the audience reaction when the name "Uriah Heep" is used.

Mini Saga #105 – Respect

Rajesh Setty

You can rarely demand respect; you need to earn it. Mini Saga #105 – Respect. That day was the turning point. It was clearly John’s mistake and that meeting was going to be ugly. His boss Frank and the CEO Mark were present. Mark was visibly unhappy.

Quote of the Day


A wrong-doer is often a man who has left something undone; not always he that has done something. Marcus Aurelius


Closeout for 7.1.11


Every friday we review the posts from LeaderLab contributors that has appeared on this blog and elsewhere online. David Burkus took on the idea that organizational success was as simple as getting the right people on the bus. Guest blogger John Richard Bell explained why mission statements suck. Tim Vanderpyl started exploring alternatives to strategic planning, including mission discernment. Elsewhere. Bret Simmons asked Is Your Leadership Ready for the Race? Featured

Supply Chain, Not Sustainability, Should Manage Your Carbon Footprinting

Harvard Business Review

The Economist 's June 2 article " Following the footprints " explores the latest developments in carbon reporting and what companies are learning as they wade into the challenges of measurement. The key insight: "the main benefits of carbon labeling are likely to be incurred not via communication of emissions values to consumers, but upstream via manufacturers looking for additional ways to reduce emissions."

Will Germany Leave the Euro?

Harvard Business Review

The Greek legislature has approved a fierce austerity package and protesters are in the streets of Athens. Approval of the package will pave the way for more bailout money but the violence of the protests suggests that the Greek public is unlikely to accept much more in the way of austerity. This probably is about as far as a bailout/austerity strategy can go. With Greek public debt already at more than 140% of GDP even before the bailout, it's reasonable to ask if the strategy can even work.