Thu.Jul 28, 2011

7 Suggestions for Confronting a Controlling Leader

Ron Edmondson

I received this comment on a post recently: Any chance there is an upcoming post or two on how/when/where to confront a controlling leader? Especially for those of us who have had it drilled into our heads from childhood to not question authority?

Smart Leadership: Delegating Bravely Leads to $50 Million Innovation

C-Level Strategies

I had the genuine honor and pleasure of working with Wally Bock over the last week as he prepared for and then brilliantly served as Guest Host for Leadership Chat on Tuesday night. Our Topic was, “Military Leadership Lessons We Are Truly Meant to Learn.&#.

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Leadership: The 8 Qualities Test

Linked 2 Leadership

No matter what you read on the subject of leadership, the question of what qualities a leader should have usually comes up. Regardless of source, it seems there’s a consensus that makes most everyone’s cut. So, here are eight key qualities – in alphabetical order – that good leaders should possess (or develop), and utilize: [.]. Leadership Lessons Learned Organizational Health Practical Steps to Influence Professional Development business leadership Management

Why Airplanes are a Productivity Haven For Me

Kevin Eikenberry

Commercial flights are (increasingly) full, they are loud – both the ambient noise of the plane and the people on them, they are stuffy, you can’t get any food for free. I could go on (and you likely are in your head anyway, so there is no need for me to). If all of this [.]. Achievement Leadership Learning Personal Development reading sleep thinking

Why Read Six Disciplines for Excellence?

Six Disciplines

Why read Six Disciplines for Excellence ? “…for those who take the time to read it, the payoffs can be astounding.” ” ~ Sarah Bosch, Business Opportunities Weblog. “For pragmatists and those who love execution, I give this book a strong recommend.

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Ask the experts: Are talking therapy services effective?

Chartered Management Institute

Our senior staff are looking at ways to tackle our high levels of stress-related issues. Are talking therapy services effective? Reply by Dr Rob Briner is head of the school of management and organisational psychology at Birkbeck College, London. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

The Quality Most Valued in Leaders - Strategy Execution

Six Disciplines

In the Best Companies for Leaders survey , management consultancy Hay Group identified the top 20 best-in-class companies as well as what makes these companies known for great leadership. Key findings of the Hay Group's research: When asked what organizations value the most in leaders, 83 percent of the best-in-class organizations as compared to others said “ execution.” ” Organizations value leaders who can achieve results through others.

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Is American Higher Education in a 19th Century Rut?


Our system of higher education in America was modeled after the 19th century mass production assembly lines.

Rick Warren’s Saddleback Leadership Academy

Ron Edmondson

It’s been almost a year since I first heard of Rick Warren’s vision to plant and assist hundreds (maybe it’s thousands)of churches in the next 10 years.

Small changes, big results: 2-minute tasks to maintain order

The Organized Executive's Blog

The following is a guest article by Jaimy Ford, editorial director of Briefings Media Group. As a telecommuter, my home is my workplace. Because I like a change of location, I might work from my designated office, my dining room table or from a comfortable chair in my bedroom—the quietest spot in the house. I am home for a large part of my day, and I find that the normal messes that accumulate in a busy household can sometimes distract me from my work.

Management Controls the Process. Detection of Errors + Coaching is Your Job.

Create Learning

“We need to talk about Mark”. Alright Karen, what is going on with Mark?”. “I I was pulling the medication forms for an audit and found another error!”. Another error, have you found errors in Mark’s forms before?”. Well, yes…this is the fifth error I have found on his form in the past two months.

It's the Size of the Service in the Leader That Matters

Modern Servant Leader


Upcoming Speaking in Engagements in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Kansas City and Raleigh

Managing Communities

After taking a speaking break for a few months, it is time to get back on the road. This fall, I am joining the Social Media Masters tour from Social Media Club. The conference series bills itself as “an advanced level conference for marketing and communications professionals.&# It’ll hit five cities and I’ll be speaking [.]. Managing Online Forums (Book) Press

In Corporate, Non-communication Equates to Crime…

Utpal Writes

It is your performance review meeting. You accomplished almost everything you were assigned to. However, you were not able to confidently put your feet down and emphasize on the value you created for the organization because you missed out on an important commitment. You had several reasons for not living up to your commitment but still your boss concludes that all those reasons were mere excuses.

Thought-full Thursday: Wonderful Stuff


Every Thursday, we provide you with a thoughtful way to coach yourself – something all leaders need to do. So take five and enjoy the inspirational quotes and reflect on the questions that follow. Your comments, thoughts, and responses to the questions are most welcome! Young cat, if you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you would learn! The most wonderful stuff! ~ Dr. Seuss. Are your eyes open enough? When are you in the present moment? Recall a moment when time stood still.


The Nuts & Bolts of the One-Page Strategic Plan


I am delighted that so many readers have asked for details of the content that goes into the 1-Page Strategic Plan. Start with deep strategic thought and the right conviction. Leaders with a ‘do-more-of-the-same but better’ attitude are destined for mediocrity. The strategic plan is not the annual budget. This is the break from day-to-day operations; it is the organization’s future.

Finding the Balance

Erika Andersen

In an Insiders List earlier this month, I talked about the importance of balancing work and not-work, and offered the IL-ers a delegation worksheet to support them in that effort. A few days later, my assistant Dan sent me a link to an article from a British online magazine about job burn-out. It talks about how young professionals, women in particular, tend to push themselves past their limits, and then crash – physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Pricing Secrets of Ticket Scalpers

Harvard Business Review

Featured Guest: Rafi Mohammed, pricing strategy consultant and author of The 1% Windfall: How Successful Companies Use Price to Profit and Grow. Download this podcast. Strategy

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Cool Tools likes its simplicity. So do I

Why Retailers Should Target Female Consumers

Harvard Business Review

Back to school shopping will be uneven at best in the U.S. this year. The vast majority of consumers are gloomy, fearful about consumption, and cutting back on many purchases. Some 40 percent of American households are living hand to mouth, with incomes under $40,000 per year. People living at this income level are suffering from long term unemployment above 10 percent.

Picking a Change Model


Thinking about change? Dan McCarthy reviews some change models

Six Steps to Successful Sponsorships

Harvard Business Review

This post is part of the HBR Insight Center Marketing That Works. Why is one of the oldest marketing tactics — sponsorships — currently in vogue to the tune of $3.37 billion a year and growing ? It seems that every major marketer and most minor ones are engaging in some sort of sponsorship marketing.


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Business Coaching - Worth The Price

Six Disciplines

In an article published in the Harvard Business Review, " What Can Coaches Do for You? , HBR conducted a survey of 140 leading coaches and invited five experts to comment on the findings. Do companies and executives get value from their coaches? When HBR asked coaches to explain the healthy growth of their industry, they said that clients keep coming back because “ coaching works.

Quote of the Day


Forever is composed of nows. Emily Dickinson


?How to Make Diversity and Inclusion Real?

Harvard Business Review

A few years ago, my best friend, who is gay, contracted stomach cancer. Serendipitously, the day after I learned of his condition, a member of Campbell's OPEN network (our human resources network — a.k.a affinity group" — which supports the LGBT community), offered me a rainbow-colored bracelet to wear in support of "gay pride." I am not gay myself, but I vowed to wear the bracelet and not remove it until my friend was fully recovered.

Excellence in the Kitchen


Cultural Offering has the lobster scene from "Dinner Rush." Consider how it may apply to your job. ("I I report to a lobster

Procter and Gamble Minimizes Management Meddling

Harvard Business Review

With not a little pride, Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald and Filippo Passerini, his CIO, told Fortune Brainstorm conference attendees that digital investment had successfully transformed their company's transparency and agility. New networks and innovative analytics gave top management greater visibility into Procter's people, processes, and anticipated profits. These technologies were making the world's biggest consumer products firm quicker, nimbler, and more responsive.

Bock: Gleaning the Best from the Military's Best


The military spends far more time training for missions than it does carrying the missions out. In business, the reverse is true. Even so there are some important lessons we can learn from the way military organizations do training. The military has learned that if you don't train your leaders at all levels properly, you can't consistently use mission orders and reap the benefits.

Do you REALLY know the people in your team?

My Own Coach

How well do you know the people you work with? It''s a question that came to my mind as I gazed across the station platform at a poster for the London Olympics in 2012. Leaders in the fast paced business environment are too often only focussed on the task or project at hand.

First Paragraph


The sun was rising over Santo Domingo, the city named for his father, as Christopher Columbus woke to yet another morning in prison. It was eight years, almost to the hour, since he had discovered the New World. Armed guards stood outside the thick wooden door. His ankles and wrists had long ago been rubbed raw by iron shackles. Even lying flat on his back, he could feel their heaviness against his flesh and anticipate the manacles' noisy clank as he threw his feet over the edge of the bed.


7 Unwritten Rules of Social Media

Rajesh Setty

This was the topic of my latest article on AMEX Open. The reception for the article was so strong that it solidified my belief that there is a better way to engage with social media and it is clear that a LOT more people have that belief.

West Texas


In a 2010 interview, the Governor of Texas recalls his childhood : The people who were adults that lived through the early fifties in West Texas, I think, are some of the most principled, disciplined people in the world, and faithful. Because every day they got up, it was dry. And the wind and the sandstorms. This was before the days of deep tilling, and the sky would become like before dawn in its darkness—and this is in the middle of the day. Huge clouds of dust would roll in from the west.


You Need To Talk To Get a Job

Bird's Eye View

No matter where I go in the world (and I've done a fair bit of traveling this past year), I end up in conversations with employers who decry the fact that the young people they take into their companies don't know how to talk. Oh, yes, they are prolific texters. And Twitter addicts.