Mon.Jul 18, 2011

How Leadership Stereotypes Are Bad for Men Too

C-Level Strategies

I came across an article this weekend about a recent study done at Northwestern, one of my alma maters, that suggests “ Leadership remains a man’s world.&#. The leadership study examined the extent to which stereotypes of leaders are culturally masculine.

Six Ways Leaders Can Support Team Success

Kevin Eikenberry

Since leaders lead others, usually in groups or teams, any conversation about effective leadership can’t go too far before beginning to discuss how leaders help their teams. People have spent their lives studying the dynamics of team interactions, how teams form and develop, and the skills needed for team members to be successful. When thought [.]. Leadership Learning Teams teamwork

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Guest Post: Lessons Learned in Leading a Small Church

Ron Edmondson

I am frequently asked about leadership in smaller churches. When I write about team development, delegating, and church growth issues, many pastors of smaller churches wonder how it all relates to their situation. That’s why this guest post by Daniel Darling appealed to me. Daniel is Senior Pastor of Gages Lake Bible Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Hs is also the author of iFaith: Connecting With God in the 21st Century.

Repeat It Until they Mock You – a Key Task of an Attentive Leader

First Friday Book Synopsis

“Until your people are mocking you, you’ve not repeated your message enough.” Verne Harnish, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits ——- Each semester, I handout copies of the full text of I Have a Dream, the great speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. I take a fresh copy myself, and I have us work through the speech, [.]. Randy's blog entries Driving Excellence: Transform your Organization’s Culture – and Achieve Revolutionary Results I Have a Dream Jr.

Blind Spots

LeadStrategic

Have any blind spots? How would you know? See the dilemma? If they’re truly blind spots, then you WOULDN’T know you had ‘em. This is what makes ‘em dangerous. You have ‘em. Other people know you have ‘em. But YOU don’t see ‘em or know you have ‘em. frontpage

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Three Communication Lessons from Carmegeddon

Next Level Blog

Even if you don't live in Los Angeles you've probably heard of Carmegeddon. This past weekend, a 10 mile stretch of interstate 405 was closed for a bridge demolition. As Reuters reports, there was a. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Current Affairs Leadership

How to add the Google Plus widget to your business blog using googleCards WordPress.org plugin

Krishna De

{lang: 'en-GB'} Have you joined GooglePlus and now want to cross promote your presence there on your business blog? In this video I cover two ways to reference your GooglePlus account on your business blog including using the GoogleCards plugin for your WordPress.org blog.

Being Womencentric Rocks!

Women on Business

When you meet a woman who has a vision that doesn’t quit, it makes sense to hang out with her. That is what I am doing with Pattie Simone. She is a spicy gal from New York who grew up when women were still on the quiet side; yet she could not be put in a playpen. She saw opportunities and ran with them. She still does!

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Executive Communication & Team Development

Create Learning

I facilitated two programs with Cameron Compression at the lovely Prince of Wales hotel at Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario Canada. The programs focused on two areas for the 15 executive leaders that were in attendance.

Becoming a charity trustee can help your community and your career

Chartered Management Institute

One of the biggest objections to the idea of the Big Society is the lack of time to take part in it. Many managers are facing increasing demands in their working lives or changing jobs in a competitive market. No matter how community minded you are, volunteering on top of career and other commitments might not feel achievable right now. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

5 Impediments to Turnaround and Growth

Leading Blog

Mark Fuast believes that we need to adopt an attitude of “growth regardless of current success.” In the very practical Growth or Bust , he asks, “How much untapped potential lies within your business?”. In his experience as a growth and turnaround consultant, Faust has found that improving sales and profits has little to do with sales training, consulting, or other quick fixes. We already know what to do.

One in three UK workers admits having pulled "sickies"

Chartered Management Institute

One in three UK workers admits having lied to take sick leave, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers. PwC polled 1,190 people, of which 34% admitted having taken time off under false pretences. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Are you leading your organization or is HR?

CO2

I was at a party enjoying festivities around the pool and sitting next to an IT Manager from a Fortune 100 company. When he learned about my vocation as an Executive Coach, he shared with me his frustration with his company’s HR department. For a few years he’d wanted to find a way to fire two underperforming, non-protected class employees.

Lessons from The Apprentice - how to take management into schools

Chartered Management Institute

Last night saw the finale of The Apprentice, with the final four of Tom, Jim, Helen and Susan pitching their business ideas to the various aides of Lord Sugar. Tom had form in this area with his bendy nail file already sitting on the shelves of some big name retailers. This track record inevitably played a big part in his eventual success. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Rich business reads: “Separating the wheat from a mountain of chaff”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Opinions are divided — often sharply divided — about which are the best business books this year, all-time, to store within an electronic reading device, to take on vacation…yada yada yada. Check out this video featured online by The Economist. “Separating the wheat from a mountain of chaff, our literary and management editors discuss [.].

Executive Job Seeker: Is Your Career Portfolio Current?

LDRLB

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter The complexity of an executive’s career message can be clarified through a rich process of career archaeology. This rugged process unearths a multiplicity of career stories that have become buried in the recesses of your memory as you become entrenched in today’s, tomorrow’s and other ‘future’ challenges. The value of these processes, [.]

Blurring Face-to-Face and Virtual Encounters

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by John Weeks and Anne-Laure Fayard for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * Here’s a puzzle: Technology connects us more completely than [.].

What is needed to turn News International around?

Chartered Management Institute

It was announced today that Tom Mockridge has been parachuted into the top job at News International by Rupert Murdoch in an attempt to halt the damage being done to the newpaper division by the recent phone hacking scandal. He replaces the disgraced Rebekah Brooks, who fell on her sword last week after calls from all quarters for her resignation. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

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Who Moved My Cube?

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Anne-Laure Fayard and John Weeks for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * Managers once discouraged, even forbade, casual interactions [.].

Leadership Caffeine: Assessing the View on You

Management Excellence

Understanding how big your “perception gap” is and working to close this gap is an important part of your professional development program, regardless of your role. And like everything else in life worth pursuing, measuring and managing your “perception gap” takes time, effort and the willingness to do something about the problem-areas. Here are 11 Actions that will help you measure and manage your perception gap.

2 Career-Killing Lessons New Grads Need to Unlearn

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an article written by Nell Minow for BNET, The CBS Interactive Business Network. To check out an abundance of valuable resources and obtain a free subscription to one or more of the BNET newsletters, please click here. * * * Managers in cities across the country have told me that they have two [.].

Being a good customer - Reflections on Receiving Service

Management Craft

This is a combo post - part personal update, part management thought. Last wednesday I had fairly extensive surgery on my neck. All went well and I went home on Saturday (I am still in recovery mode, taking powerful pain pills, so please excuse any typos/spaciness). This was my first experience as a hospital "customer" and I found it quite interesting. The bottom line is that the folks I dealt with were terrific and they took great care of me. Their jobs are so complex!

Celebrating Staff Tenure on Your Community

Managing Communities

photo credit: ClatieK Staff tenure is a great thing to track, acknowledge and celebrate on your community. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but it truly is a case of “it’s the thought that counts,&# that you cared enough to remember and mention it. It’s simple enough to track. As part of the process of [.]. Managing Staff

How to add the Google Plus widget to your business blog using googleCards WordPress.org plugin

Krishna De

{lang: 'en-GB'} Have you joined GooglePlus and now want to cross promote your presence there on your business blog? In this video I cover two ways to reference your GooglePlus account on your business blog including using the GoogleCards plugin for your WordPress.org blog.

Does Summertime Joy Beat The Heat?

Bird's Eye View

It's hot out. Yeah. As for the Midwest, where I grew up, we're talking seriously hot. Feeling like Death Valley temperatures. That's a lot of ice cream cones to keep the kids from whining. .

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Is your chief exec suffering from the God Complex?

Chartered Management Institute

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To Monetize Social Media, Humanize It

Harvard Business Review

Hi, I'm Amy. A quick introduction is in order here because, while you don't know me, you may know my work. I've spent the past three years building an online brand you may know called Shaquille O'Neal. It's been an amazing voyage navigating the uncharted waters of social media with this Columbus-like pioneer of the medium. Through many experiments with @SHAQ , @DoubleTree by Hilton and @TheRock among others, I've created some best practices, and I've identified some worst practices.

What Is Personal Leadership Brand?

LDRLB

My friend, colleague and fellow LDRLB contributor Dr. Bret Simmons began his summer “Personal Branding” course at the University of Nevada-Reno recently. His course got be thinking about leadership and branding and I came across this quick video from Harvard Business Publishing.

Top Ten Books

Execupundit

Prepare to bookmark a page. Some distinguished authors pick their ten favorite books

Inside Job – Unveiling Economists’ Ties to the Financial Sector

Strategy Driven

America and the world are still recovering from the global economic crisis of 2008. And with unemployment rates above 9 percent, many wonder if the market turmoil will ever end.

The Pioneer Woman

Execupundit

Want to see a fascinating site? Go here. Prepare to get hungry

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - One of the Great Novels from 1974

Building Personal Strength

Zen and the Art of Mototcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values , by Robert M. Pirsig, is what is known as a "philosophical novel," which means that the story and the dialog are there as a device to discuss philosophical issues.

The Cost of Closeted Employees

Harvard Business Review

This post was written with Karen Sumberg, a senior vice president at the Center for Work-Life Policy. Erika Karp vividly remembers the secrecy and subterfuge that colored every workday before she told her colleagues that she was a lesbian. You have to devote a huge amount of psychic energy to being closeted — changing pronouns, switching names. I did that for years," Karp recalls, all the while knowing that coming out could jeopardize her career in investment banking. "It It was torture.".