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How to Establish Thought Leadership? Interview With Dr. Liz Alexander


Thought leadership is important for building careers and for building organizations. What is thought leadership? My rule of thumb?

Dare to Polarize

Chris Brady

In life, we have an admirable tendency to conform, to seek harmony, and to build consensus. However, [[ This is a content summary only.

Engaging Culture One Conversation At A Time

Tanveer Naseer

The following is a guest post by contributing editor of strategy+business Sally Helgesen. The intense focus on corporate change during the last decade has given us a greater appreciation of the role that culture plays in organizations. It’s the bedrock reality of an organization, its true ground. Behave less hierarchically! Become a change agent!

A Personal Conviction About Change

Ron Edmondson

I had a convicting experience recently. One Saturday night during December I went to three church Christmas parties. Sorry. They messed with Frosty.

Three Ways to Cure Your Executive ADD

Next Level Blog

In case it’s not showing up as you’re reading this, it’s a sink faucet with a working video screen affixed to the top. Click headline to continue.

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Talent Management Best Practice 4 – Know Your Artificial Employment Retainers

Strategy Driven

Every manager should seek to know the stay/leave propensity of his or her subordinates and certainly that of top performers. Want to learn more?

The Status of Women in Media Is Not Good

Women on Business

The status of women in U.S. media in 2012 isn’t good. In fact, it’s extremely disappointing. Women’s Media Center put together a variety of statistics from research conducted by various organizations over the past couple of years and published the data in a report called “ The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2012.”

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Mission Control: Putting Our Purpose Above Our Goals

Marshall Goldsmith

At the surface level, “purpose” and “goal” seem to be very similar. In fact, my thesaurus tells me they’re synonyms. It might appear that we can use them interchangeably. But in parsing the definitions of these words, we discover they’re as different as night and day. On the other hand, purpose is abstract.

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The Ax and the Elevator – Elisha Otis Gives the First, and very real, Elevator Speech (Thanks to Daniel Pink)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Isn’t this interesting? I have now read about Elisha Otis and his elevator demonstration in two different books in the last few months. The most recent (and very thorough) account is in Daniel Pink’s new book To Sell is Human. Mr. Pink tells about the day in 1853 when Elisha Otis, who had successfully invented/designed/built [.].

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First, We Must Have a Vision

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Self Leadership Over and over again, I talk about vision. It is what pulls us forward and keeps us going.

The Death of Veneer Identities

Modern Servant Leader

Amy-Jo Martin coined the term and analogy of Veneer Identities in her recent book, “ Renegades Write the Rules “ What is a Veneer Identity? Two of the most common traditional veneers are dental and wood veneers: Dental Veneer. Veneers in dentistry are a thin, artificial coating over a less attractive or weakened tooth. Wood Veneer.

7 Ways to Ensure Your New Hire Has a Great First Day

Let's Grow Leaders

Jack and Jill are both new hires who started their new jobs today. Both of them are nervous. Both of them had other offers.

Three Surprising Secrets to Creating Simplicity

Leadership Freak

Fog rolled in last week in Central Pennsylvania. Warm temperatures collided with cold snow and gray mist blanked our valley. Everything slows in fog. Everything’s more dangerous. Complexity creates fog; simplicity clears it. Simplicity produces clarity; clarity enables confidence. Confidence fuels progress. Causes of complexity: Fuzzy purpose.

Team Performance Requires Self-Development


Skiing as a Metaphor for Team Performance. I have Nelson Carmichael to thank for that. team from 1983-1992. This got me thinking. Peak Performance

Principles of Leadership Development: Selection

Create Learning

An earlier post listed the 7 Principles of Leadership Development in no specific order of importance : Necessary Skilled-Knowledge. Selection.

9 Time Saving Tips from a Social Networking Junkie

Chartered Management Institute

As a self confessed ‘girl geek’, when Social Media Networking came along, I couldn’t resist getting involved. However, as my time spent on the different media started to get longer and longer, I decided that I had to have a strategy for how I used it. The #26th March. You are not watching this post, click to start watching read more.

Why You Should Care About The Revenue Forecast

The Idolbuster

Chapter 9: Paint Your Environment: Part 5. As I argued in the last post , if you want the company to do the right thing, make sure you have a set of numbers to back it up. To fully understand why I think this is critical, lets step back for a moment and look at where a revenue forecast come from. I cringed when I heard the story. Bad management?

New eBook - The A-List Part 2: Strategic Leadership Through Big-Picture Communication


Can a list make you a better leader? I like to think so. But only if it’s the right list. Or, even better, the right set of lists.

Nine Rules for Stifling Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Innovation has become the holy grail. They say they want more innovation. I've compiled them into a set of anti-rules. Invoke history. Be flexible.

Interview: Gaining Agreement on a Blueprint for Change

Change Starts Here

Listen below to hear the approach she took to gain consensus with a variety of stakeholder groups on a politically charged project. Change Agents

The Right Way to Conduct a Job Interview

Harvard Business Review

Michael Mauboussin , investment strategist and author of The Success Equation , relies on the behavioral descriptive interview technique (BDI) when choosing new hires. Hiring Talent management BDI

Social Media Revolution 2013

Chart Your Course

Are you using social media to grow your business? If not, you are missing out. Social Media Revolution 2013. Communication Articles Growing a Busines

Being Authentic Can Feel Inauthentic

Harvard Business Review

Being authentic requires that you know who you are. This is, of course, easier said than done. All too often our self-image is hopelessly idealized. At other times it can be punishingly severe. This, however, is not enough by itself to ensure authentic behavior because many of the values we would put on our list get questioned very little.

Going APE


Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch have written APE: Author - Publisher - Entrepreneur , a guide to self-publishing. Here's the description at Amazon.

Is Target's Price Matching Policy a Mistake?

Harvard Business Review

Target recently announced that its brick and mortar stores will match prices offered by major online retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy.

Hanging On To The Old West


The Hays Spirit of the Cowboy Collection at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona


HR IS business strategy

Talent Technologies

As a function, HR is routinely criticised for ‘not being strategic’ And in most cases these criticisms are warranted. Featured Leadership

Better Than Best


Gretchen Rubin at The Happiness Project : " Sometimes, flawed can be more perfect than perfection

Management training programs for your 2013 training plan in Thailand!

Talent Technologies

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Note-Taking App


I’ve been using Notability on my iPad for over a year now. I find it handy for taking notes on the fly. Read the rest at CoolTools


Creative Destruction Visits the Legal Profession

Harvard Business Review

Some years ago, I had the rather thankless task of directing a program on strategy for law firms. It was thankless in part because about half the participants didn't think law firms needed a strategy. They figured if you were smart, served your clients well and worked hard that things would be fine, as they historically often have. Not so fast.

Being Pleasant


I'm not sure if being pleasant gets frequent mention in the career advancement forums. It should. Revenge may be exacted years later.


Michael VanBruaene

We’ve developed a tool that Professional Service Firms can use to assess and improve their operations. Challenges for professional service firms include securing and retaining clients, profitability and recruiting and retaining employees. It’s structured so that you can focus on certain organizational areas or your entire organization.

A Son's Farewell


W hen my dad was badly weakened by the flu and my mom wanted to call an ambulance to take him to the emergency room, he wouldn’t go unless he could shave first and change into a nice shirt and a pair of slacks. My mom told him they don’t have a dress code at ER. He insisted. Read the rest of Rich Lowry's column here