Mon.May 02, 2011

10 Things You Can’t Change and 10 Things You Can

Ron Edmondson

There are some things we can’t change and some things we can. Learning the difference and adjusting accordingly is in large part one of the secret’s of a happy life.

The Number One Thing CEOs Wish They’d Done Differently

C-Level Strategies

This post was originally written for the Lead Change Group blog. I wanted my readers to have the opportunity to read it in case you missed it there. ~. I’m quite fortunate to be part of the team at CEO Connection , working closely with our CEO members on a daily basis.

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7 Ways for a Leader to Offer Praise

Ron Edmondson

One aspect of leadership is appreciating the people one leads. I must admit, this has to be a discipline for me, because I’m not naturally wired for this. I expect much from people, so I don’t always feel the need to acknowledge the excellent work I feel everyone should do naturally.

Who Do You Learn From?


All leaders should make an effort to surround themselves with people who stretch their thinking. Those who live out of the box, are different from us, way ahead of us, following the road less travelled, societal outcasts and those who live and work quietly – all are fair game to learn from. Ironically, those who have

Full Steam Ahead! Book Review

Lead Change Blog

“…We have observed that the biggest impediment to managers becoming great leaders is the lack of a clear vision. Yet less than 10 percent of the organizations we have visited are lead by managers who have a clear sense of where they are trying to lead people.”. Leadership Development Resources Reviews character-based leadership engagement Growth Leadership mission purpose Self Development Teamwork values vision

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The Invisible Tweets of the Mass Media: How Social Media is Changing the Fundamentals of News

Chartered Management Institute

As shown through an analysis of the diffusion of news of Osama Bin Laden's death, mass media organisations remain sluggish in their efforts to engage with online social media. Related Content: The #26th March Technology and Revolution Are you confused over social media? Get the inside track on the party conferences Experimenting with You are not watching this post, click to start watching.

Barbie Marries The Hulk and We All Hate Our Bodies

Linked 2 Leadership

Leadership education requires us to really take a deep dive into gender stereotyping. It does not matter if we think we are above the fray; it is vital for us to have a handle on what goes on inside the heads and hearts of our employees, our teams. Gender stereotyping has us all by the [.]. Leading Change Barbie change Gender Roles Gutsy Women Health leadership Self-Image Stereotyping Transforming

Quote of the Day


Pleasure is more trouble than trouble. - Don Herold


Beware the Busy Manager

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article co-authored by Heike Bruch and Sumantra Ghoshal 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. * * * If you listen to executives, they’ll tell [.].

Taking Another Look at Leadership and Change

Tanveer Naseer

A few days ago, I decided to change a photograph that’s been on display for the last several years in one of the picture frames which currently grace my desk. The photograph was a picture I had taken of my girls several years ago on one of those days from summer which we tend to look back on fondly through a soft-focus lens.

Smell a Rat – From a Distance

First Friday Book Synopsis

You may remember my presentation at the First Friday Book Synopsis on the book How to Smell a Rat: The Five Signs of Financial Fraud by Ken Fisher (2010, Wiley). The book was all about distinguishing between scrupulous and unscrupulous financial advisers. Its primary feature was identifying the red flags, such as advisers who have access [.].

Taking Another Look at Leadership and Change

Tanveer Naseer

A few days ago, I decided to change a photograph that’s been on display for the last several years in one of the picture frames which currently grace my desk. The photograph was a picture I had taken of my girls several years ago on one of those days from summer which we tend to look back on fondly through a soft-focus lens.

Desert Duty


Mark Haynes and Bill Broyles have written Desert Duty: On the Line with the U.S. Border Patrol. I recently heard them participate in a fascinating panel discussion at the Arizona History Convention

Patchogue 5K

CEO Blog

Busy weekend. Mostly gardening. Too much pollen though. On Sunday I did run a 5K race in Patchoque and came in second in my age at 22:07. It helped that there were only 7 people in my age category.

3 Ways Smart People Derail Themselves

Roundtable Talk

Last month, I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with the lovely Shannon Skinner on her Extraordinary Women show. We chatted about everything from what I learned from Richard Branson, to imposter syndrome, to three things that derail executives. Intrigued?

Leadership and the Demise of Osama bin Laden

Next Level Blog

When I went to bed on Sunday night at 10:30 pm, the last thing I expected to read when I woke up on Monday morning was that U.S. special forces have killed Osama bin Laden. As I write this, the. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Current Affairs executive presence Leadership

10 Ways To Freshen Up Your Leadership @starbucker

Management Craft

Kudos to my pal Terry Starbucker for offering 10 ways to freshen up your leadership. Although it seems like it's taking Spring longer to get here this year, that shouldn't keep you from taking a couple of Terry suggestions and using them with your leadership team. I particularly like #7, Ask Your Staff for “5 Things That We Should Stop Doing.” And #2 seems like a fun and potentially eye-opening idea. There's also something to be said for actual Spring cleaning - as in cleaning your office!

Mother Lode


“They cleaned it out,” one official said. Can you imagine what’s on Osama bin Laden’s hard drive?” Read the rest here


Fascinating Numbers: Is 50 the New 30?

Management is a Journey

The saying 50 is the new 30 may be nice to hear for individuals who are noticing the effects of age creeping up on them, but others in that demographic report that it is wishful thinking. These doubtful individuals report that they do not feel the same at 50 as they did when they were [.]. Management 4 generations Business Trends management organizational productivity organizational turnover

Many Thanks


The flood of analysis is inevitable but it is highly appropriate to thank President Obama, the intelligence professionals, and the military for ordering and executing a highly successful mission to remove one of the world's truly evil men. So many things can go wrong with such plans. Courage and skill won the day

A Scientific View of Why Women Earn Less

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an article written by Kimberly Weisul for BNET, The CBS Interactive Business Network (April 6, 2011). To check out an abundance of valuable resources and obtain a free subscription to one or more of the BNET newsletters, please click here. * * * I’m not sure why debating the wage gap between men [.]. Bob's blog entries A Scientific View of Why Women Earn Less Anthony T.

Leadership Caffeine: In the Face of Strong Headwinds, Learn to Tack

Management Excellence

We face dozens of moments every day where instinct tells us to turn straight into the wind and apply brute force to solve problems, resolve squabbles and keep people moving. Sometimes, our instinct is wrong. Instead of offering a quick solution or mandating an end to squabbling, effective leaders adjust their course by learning to tack. Here are 5 ideas to help you learn this valuable skill when facing significant headwinds in the workplace.

ROAR! : A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

ROAR! Get Heard in the Sales and Marketing Jungle Kevin Daum with Daniel A. Turner John Wiley & Sons (2010) How to “break through all that noise and visual stimulation to get to the core of the customer” What we have here is another business fable, a very popular sub-genre for business book authors [.]. Bob's blog entries 500-year-old secret" a "3 an appropriate Value Proposition anthropomorphism and personification Daniel A.

Change Anything – Exclusive Interview with Joseph Grenny


New York Times Best Selling Author. Today I had the chance to catch up with Joseph Grenny , managing partner at Vital Smart s, on his way back from Califonia. Joseph and his three partners have written three New York Times bestselling books.

3 Specific Ways to Encourage Meeting Participation

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here. You know the drill: A meeting is called to discuss an important issue but only the usual suspects participate. Everyone else is quiet and their opinions go unheard. [.]. Bob's blog entries Management Tip of the Day Harvard Business Review. HBR newsletters "Guide to Making Every Meeting Matter" 3 Ways to Encourage Meeting Participation

The Donald Comes Up Short

Erika Andersen

As I’ve observed the whole “birther&# movement over the past few months, with Donald Trump and various Tea Party adherents declaring with absolute certainty the “fact&# of Obama’s foreign origins, my overall response has been… what? Well, maybe a little more colorful than that but – you get the point.

G. Michael Maddock and Raphael Louis Vitón on How the Ivy League Is Killing Innovation: Part I

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from the first of two articles by G. Michael Maddock and Raphael Louis Vitón that were published in Bloomberg Businessweek. I suggest you read the first before you read the sequel. This first article has apparently created so much controversy (and perhaps misunderstanding) to which Maddock and Vitón then felt the [.].

Your Bouncer Needs to Have a Brain (or “The First Line of Defense is Just as Important as the Last”)

Managing Communities

It doesn’t matter how smart you are, how kind you are, how much common sense that you have, as a manager (community manager or otherwise), if the people that you have on the front line are ignorant, poorly trained and unable to communicate clearly and respectfully. If these people mess up a relationship with a [.]. Managing Staff

Philosophy Break: Seeking Balance


At Ms. Effie's Life Savers : A handy chart on Aristotle's Golden Mean


GUTSY Leaders: “I Owe It to a Horse”

Women on Business

Author, Speaker, Consultant Sam Horn. When I interviewed Sam Horn , I knew it would be a dialogue filled with quick and clever verbiage. You see Sam has written some fun and fascinating books about communication skills that take leaders through the roof; able to get their points across.

Is That The McLaughlin Group?


A frank and candid political discussion on Iraqi TV

On Randy Mayeux’s recent “conversion”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Randy Mayeux’s recent “conversion” to an iPad by no means invalidates or even contradicts his previous and passionate support of the bound volume. The number of electronic reading devices as well as the applications they offer is certain to increase. It seems reasonable to assume that, over time, there will be a corresponding (but not [.]. Bob's blog entries Amazon’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos iPad Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg On Randy Mayeux’s recent “conversion




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How Top-Performing Organizations Differ from the Rest

Six Disciplines

Ever wonder why some organizations (businesses, not-for-profits, churches, etc.) just seem to perform better than others? Is it luck? Chance? More resources? Our research has found there are five key differences - all of which are described in detail in the top-rated book Six Disciplines for Excellence. Here are the top five key differences of top-performing organizations, in order of their importance: Strength of the Leadership Team.