Tue.Jan 15, 2013

Dare to Polarize

Chris Brady

In life, we have an admirable tendency to conform, to seek harmony, and to build consensus. This is commendable, as we certainly don't want to intentionally cause conflict and wreak havoc. However, [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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


Thought leadership is important for building careers and for building organizations. It is the most important tool we have as professionals to build our personal brand and establish credibility. What is thought leadership? How does one build thought leadership in his/her area of work?

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A Personal Conviction About Change

Ron Edmondson

I had a convicting experience recently. It was one which will actually help me in the current church work I am doing, but also in the future as I implement change. One Saturday night during December I went to three church Christmas parties.

Silence Is Golden, But Duct Tape Is Silver

The Leadership Advisor

The healthiest cultures give a voice to people of all levels within an organization. People who feel that their voice matters are more engaged and more productive.

Three Ways to Cure Your Executive ADD

Next Level Blog

Believe me, I don’t usually take pictures in restrooms but, in a “can’t believe what I’m seeing moment”, I had to snap the shot that accompanies this post. 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.

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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.

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.” ” The report authors, Robin H. Pugh Yi, Ph.D. and Craig T. Dearfield, M.A., note that the U.S.

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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 [.]. Randy's blog entries

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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. In carpentry, a veneer is a thin layer of finer-looking, artificial wood on top of a lower-grade quality, composite or cheaper wood.

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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. Both are looking for validation that they made the right choice.

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. Life is more complex and confusing for those [.]. Anger Courage Leading Saying No Decisions Leadership Development

Team Performance Requires Self-Development


Skiing as a Metaphor for Team Performance. I rushed off the early morning flight from Minneapolis, slipped into my ski wear, and grabbed the first gondola up the mountain in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

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. Goals are the specific objectives we strive to achieve, usually within well-defined parameters of space, time and resources. On the other hand, purpose is abstract.

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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.

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. Using Existing Employees as Mentors. Education for Leadership. Strategy for Leadership Development. The Chief Executive. The Chance to Lead.

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. After talking to many different people, and trial and error, I came up with the following tips to help you get the maximum results from the minimum time.

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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. The Cambridge dictionary online defines a revenue forecast as “a calculation of the amount of money that a company will receive from sales during a particular period.”.

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. Finding innovation is almost a sacred quest for the solution that will create growth, and open new eras of prosperity and well-being.

Interview: Gaining Agreement on a Blueprint for Change

Change Starts Here

In this episode of The Change Agent’s Dilemma, Martha Greenway, former Deputy Superintendent of Fulton County Schools in Georgia, recounts a fascinating story about gaining agreement on a blueprint for change as she lead the initiative for the organization to become a charter school system.

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 – LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter – can allow you to reach an audience larger than ever before – with more impact and longevity than a Super Bowl advertisement.

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. And decisions that are driven by aspirations and insecurities inevitably lead to inconsistent and inauthentic behavior, reflecting the divide between reality and self-image.

Going APE


Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch have written APE: Author - Publisher - Entrepreneur , a guide to self-publishing. Here's the description at Amazon. Just another sign that the publishing world is going through a major change and power is starting to flow to the authors

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. Initially rolled out as a holiday promotion, this policy is now in force year-round.

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. So we thought a post showing how HR strategy IS business strategy. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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

If you’re looking for management training programs to put in your 2013 training plan in Thailand, then why not have a look at the following training sessions that will take your company’s. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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. You can type or handwrite (though it does not do handwriting recognition) I can take pictures of slides at a lecture and caption them on the fly.



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. There is also the challenge to revise services, or develop new services, as client requirements and competition evolves.

Being Pleasant


I'm not sure if being pleasant gets frequent mention in the career advancement forums. It should. You can be brilliant and efficient but if you aren't reasonably pleasant you'll be surprised at how many enemies you'll generate. This doesn't mean that you have to be a wimp or devoid of a temper.

Quotations of Timeless Relevance

First Friday Book Synopsis

o “Enjoy the little things in life, for someday you will realize that they were the big things.” ” – Source Unknown o “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” ” – Douglas Adams o “The will to power, as the modern age from Hobbes to Nietzsche understood it, far [.]. Bob's blog entries Abraham Maslow Alexander Hamilton Aristotle Bertrand Russell Douglas Adams H.L.

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