Wed.Feb 15, 2012

Top 10 Excuses for Being a Lousy Manager

Great Leadership By Dan

Throughout the course of my career in leadership development, I’ve had the opportunity to confront, counsel, and console a lot of bad managers. As an HR manager, I sometimes had to discipline or even fire bad managers. But those cases were the extreme ones.

5 Ways to Take Back a Delegated Project

Ron Edmondson

I’m a fan of delegation. In fact, I consider myself somewhat of a professional delegator, if there is such a thing. I certainly love to delegate. If you want to read more of my thoughts on delegation, consider: 5 Reasons Delegation Fails. No Dumping: 5 Keys to Effective Delegation.

Executive Time Management

Coaching Tip

What do chief executives do all day? It really is what it seems: They spend about a third of their work time in meetings.

How to Stop Drifting and Find Focus

Leadership Freak

** Life is a journey but you’re drifting unless you define your destination. The same is true for organizations. The first step toward success is defining it. Too eager to do: Activity seduces. Leaders easily fall into the “Let’s just go do something” trap. Activity without destination is futility. Eager to do: The choice between [.].

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Ethical Dilemmas: Free Choice or Corporate Memes

Coaching Tip

In " Giving Voice to Values ," author Mary C. Gentile asks, "Is there free will in business?". If you don't believe there is "free will" where you conduct business, you will have little control over your workplace actions.

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Are Your Supervisors Driving Away Your Employees?

Eric Jacobson

One section in Richard Finnegan's book called, Rethinking Retention in Good Times and Bad , compares traditional thinking versus new ways to think about retention and the vital role supervisors play in retaining employees.

Promotion Checklist

Execupundit

Performing your current job very well. Letting others know how well you perform your job. Having a detailed knowledge of the selection process. Flawlessly preparing all of the appropriate application materials. Not making unnecessary enemies. Knowing who will make the final decision.

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The Inner World of the Leader: On the Couch with Manfred Kets de Vries

Leading Blog

Why do organizations attempt to function on the basis that executives are logical, rational, dependable human beings? And why does the belief persist that management is a rational task performed by rational people according to rational organizational objectives? These are just a couple of the questions and myths that Manfred Kets de Vries grapples with in his series, On the Couch with Manfred Kets de Vries. Kets de Vries is a clinical professor of leadership development at INSEAD.

Your Body’s Role in Leadership

Linked 2 Leadership

Our body’s role in leadership is more than just to carry our head around. New discoveries in neurobiology are showing us that emotions are transmitted through our bodies. This is important because, per the emotional intelligence guru, Daniel Goleman, the emotional state of a business organization is the number one determinant of its success. As leaders, [.].

Music Break: The Beauty of Simplicity

Execupundit

From Aaron Copland's " Our Town

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Ten Years of Joy

Aspire-CS

I hope you don’t mind if I selfishly reflect on ten years (this month) since my life transformed and I began the work of an executive coach. In a way, this is my way of celebrating and recapping the freedom and joy I’ve felt in that time; not to mention the opportunity to work with some amazing leaders, regaining my faith that our organizations are on the right path. Will you celebrate with me? Earlier this week, I wrote a post about embracing mystery.

Worth Frequent Review

Execupundit

How many of your bad habits are disguised as solutions to other problems

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Becoming “Business Leader Future”

Leading in Context

"Business Leader Future" Post Struck a Chord With Readers The response to the February 1, 2012 post "Business Leader Future: A Sketch" has been overwhelming. Thanks so much to all of you who retweeted, commented on and shared it on your favorite social media channels. At the end of this post is a visual story, via Storify, of selected reader comments.

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Protecting Good Ideas

Execupundit

"That's a very good idea." "So So should I take it to the committee?" "I'd I'd sooner push it into traffic. This is not the sort of idea one takes directly to a committee." "Why Why not?"

Step Away from Your Devices During Meetings

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Today’s world is an electronically connected one. It is rare to escape it all. However, there are times our full attention is needed, and meetings are one of those times. Here is what is happening. As people walk into the meeting, they have their laptops in hand. They sit down, and up go the lids. [.]. Leadership Development communication respect Responsibility

We’re coming to you in March

Bud to Boss

Bud to Boss Training Camp , led by the highly acclaimed Kevin Eikenberry Group , continues to grow in popularity. Because our knowledgeable and enthusiastic presenters transform new supervisors into remarkable leaders. They guide participants to reflect on—and to master— all of the components of their new positions. Strong organizations need managers and supervisors who fulfill each of these roles covered in Bud to Boss Training Camps: Building a team. . Setting goals. .

Team Management Book

Execupundit

Book review in pipeline: Who's in the Room? How Great Leaders Structure and Manage the Teams Around Them by Bob Frisch

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The Fourth Turning: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Fourth Turning: What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny William Strauss and Neil Howe Broadway Books (199 “To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:” Ecclesiastes First, I am grateful to Chris Snook for highly recommending this book. Also, I acknowledge [.].

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Miscellaneous and Fast

Execupundit

The trailer for " The Man on the Train." Cultural Offering : State tax climates. The trailer for " Shakespeare in Love." Althouse : The school that went too far. Sullivan and Son : Rob Long's comedy pilot has been picked up. The trailer for " The Agony and The Ecstasy." James Lileks on Justice Ginsberg and the South African Constitution. The trailer for " Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid." Wally Bock on Ben Franklin's two questions. The trailer for " Manhattan Murder Mystery."

Fast Company magazine’s “Top 10? of the 50 most innovative companies

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is Fast Company magazine’s “Top 10″ of the 50 most innovative companies: 1. Apple For walking the talk 2. Facebook For 800 million reasons to share 3. Google For expanding its hit lineup 4. Amazon For playing the long game 5. Square For making magic out of the mercantile 6. Twitter For amplifying the [.].

Quote of the Day

Execupundit

When a leader arrives, people are full of panic, uncertain what to do and defeatist about the future. When the authentic leader has spoken, they have been given back their courage. William Rees-Mogg

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DEC Is Dead, Long Live DEC: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

DEC Is Dead, Long Live DEC: The Lasting Legacy of Digital Equipment Corporation Edgar H. Schein Berrett-Koehler Publishers (2003) Note: I recently re-read this book and was amazed by how relevant its author’s insights continue to be. MIT Sloan School of Management Professor Edgar Schein does a marvelous job telling the story of the rise [.]. Bob's blog entries "Three Cultures of Management” Berrett-Koehler Publishers DEC Is Dead [comma] Long Live DEC Edgar H.

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First Paragraph

Execupundit

The Quality of Life Task Force: four sweatshirts in a bogus taxi set up on the corner of Clinton Street alongside the Williamsburg Bridge off-ramp to profile the incoming salmon run; their mantra: Dope, guns, overtime; their motto: Everyone's got something to lose. From Lush Life by Richard Price

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Sustainability: Do’s & Don’ts

First Friday Book Synopsis

As Jeremy Hope and Steve Player explain in Beyond Performance Measurement: Why, When, and How to use 40 Tools and Best Practices for Superior Business Performance, sustainability is not a passing fad. Nor is it a public relations exercise. It offers a host of new opportunities to reduce waste, cut costs, and develop new and [.]. Uncategorized 3M Beyond Performance Measurement Harvard Business Review Press Jeremy Hope Nokia Steve Player Sustainability Toyota

We’re coming to you in March

Bud to Boss

Bud to Boss Training Camp , led by the highly acclaimed Kevin Eikenberry Group , continues to grow in popularity. Because our knowledgeable and enthusiastic presenters transform new supervisors into remarkable leaders. They guide participants to reflect on—and to master— all of the components of their new positions. Strong organizations need managers and supervisors who fulfill each of these roles covered in Bud to Boss Training Camps: Building a team. . Setting goals. .

On Less is more

2020 IT Leader

The easy way to be a good example is to stop being a bad one – General Omar Bradley. Developer of People Quotes

Do You Have Answers?

Deep Imprints

Have you ever considered your own questions? Have you wondered if people really care about your answers? Today, two things hit my desk that I want to share. First, Ronna Detrick’s truth telling tip of the week.

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2020 IT Leader - Untitled Article

2020 IT Leader

The easy way to be a good example is to stop being a bad one – General Omar Bradley No related posts. No related posts. Developer of People Quotes

Management Quality and Productivity, under competent leadership

Create Learning

Deming to the Editor of Time Magazine 1981; Dear Sir, Your article about Japan in TIME for 30 March 1981 is excellent, but the paragraph concerning my work is ridiculous and can do a lot of harm to American industry at the very time when they need guidance.

Beware of the overdraft protection

Rajesh Setty

An overdraft protection is a feature of a checking account in a bank. It allows an account holder to withdraw money even if that would mean the balance will go below zero. It is as good as the bank giving you an instant (very high interest) loan.

Beware Professional Performance Drift

Management Excellence

The concept of performance drift (for professionals) is wonderfully outlined by John Hamm, writing in his recently published book, Unusually Excellent: The Nine Skills Required for the Practice of Great Leadership. Here are my added thoughts on helping you recognize and slow your own professional performance drift: Career Leadership Performance Professional Growth Leadership Performance Performance Drift Professional Peformance

Downton Abbey and Gustavo Dudamel: Is Culture Alive?

Bird's Eye View

Have you been caught up in the Downton Abbey fever yet? I confess I have. On a four hour bus ride from Washington DC to New York City some weeks ago, I overdosed on Downton Abbey episodes, back to back.

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Vote for the World’s Top Leadership Gurus

The Practical Leader

Last spring I was pleasantly surprised to be included in the World’s Top 30 Leadership Gurus for 2011.

VIDEO: Got A Minute? #3

Tim Milburn

You won’t grow your influence by trying to get people to be impressed by you. It’s more about being impressed with them. If you’ve got a minute, then hit play to find out this week’s tip to increase your influence. Got A Minute? #3 3 – The Most Interesting Person In The Room.

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Social Loafing

CO2

Lots of leaders espouse the value of teamwork , but the quality and quantity of work that teams generate depends a lot on how teams are constructed and evaluated. In 1913, Max Ringelmann discovered that men pulled harder on a rope when they were alone than when they were in the group. The more people in the group, the less each individual pulled. Psychologists call this phenomenon “Social Loafing” The larger the group, the more anonymous we feel.

Factors That Help or Hinder Change

Change Starts Here

When planning for change, it helps to identify factors that may hinder change. At the same time, it is important not to forget the factors that may support the change. You often find factors that help or hinder change in the same places. Consider the following examples of types of factors that might affect your change initiative both positively or negatively: Culture.

Book Review: Who’s in the Room

LDRLB

There’s an unpopular phenomenon in group dynamics called in-group out-group. I call it unpopular not because it isn’t well-known (it is) but because it seems like everyone who knows about it is against it. Even the original researchers behind in-group out-group (and it’s complement Leader-Member Exchange theory) offer that organizations shouldn’t work this way. They believe Leader’s need to facilitate dialogue across the entire organizations and remove in-group tendencies. Not Bob Frisch.