Mon.Oct 24, 2011

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7 Issues to Address in Pre-Marital Counseling

Ron Edmondson

As with most pastors, I’ve performed a fair number of weddings. Part of being in ministry is helping couples enter the most important of relationships…marriage. It’s a daunting task and responsibility.

Leadership Lessons from a Heroic Black Hawk Down Army Ranger

C-Level Strategies

There have been very few times when I have wanted to write about something that has moved me to my core, but have been unsure of how to even begin. This is one of those times. You see, I’m not quite sure how to convey to you just how deeply the new book, “ Get It On!

Six Keys to Crafting Your Story

Kevin Eikenberry

Starting from the time we have enough of a vocabulary to string together two sentences, we start telling stories — and even before that, we are entranced by them. The poet Mariel Rukeyser wrote “The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” While that isn’t literally true, we all recognize the wisdom in the thought. [.]. Communication Leadership Learning stories storytelling

Great by Choice

Leading Blog

It is a defeatist attitude to think that luck or circumstances primarily make you what you are. Luck, both good and bad happen to us all. We cannot control much of what happens around us, but the choices we make, as Jim Collins and Morten Hansen’s research confirms, determine our success. In Great by Choice , the authors rightfully assert that we have entered an extended period of uncertainty and turbulent disruption that might well characterize the rest of our lives.

Read This Before Our Next Meeting

Kevin Eikenberry

This week’s Resource Recommendation is Read This Before Our Next Meeting by Al Pittampalli. If you ever get frustrated by meetings, feel like the meetings you go to are too long, too chaotic, and not a valuable, productive use of your time, this book is for you. This book makes a short point; it proceeds [.]. Books Leadership Learning Teams

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“I Wouldn’t Want to Be You”

Next Level Blog

Several months ago, I was in a coaching conversation with a “go to person" leader about the results of her 360 degree feedback from colleagues. Her highest rated behaviors were a strong mix of items. Please click the headline to read the whole story. executive presence Leadership Personal Presence Go-To People productivity team leadership

8 Business-Travel Tips

Marshall Goldsmith

Q: I read that you have flown millions of miles. I don't see how you do it. Do you have any suggestions for making air transportation less painful? A: In my work, I spend a lot of time on the road. In the past four weeks, I have made separate trips to Abu Dhabi, Zurich, and London - along with many stops in the U.S. On American Airlines alone I have logged over 9.5 million frequent flyer miles. Lots of people have asked me, "How do you do it?" Here are some of my suggestions: o Pack light.

High Performance Team Building: Quality Tools for Quality Teams

Create Learning

People on Teams MUST have clear lines of accountability and authority. Knowing who does what-by-when within the prescribed standards and limits. People on teams NEED to know what they are individually responsible for and what others expect from them.

10 Tips for Doing the Manic Monday Shift

Leadership Freak

Image source Monday mornings are a hodgepodge of enthusiasm, anxiety, or dread. Like a race horse, you feel that starting-gate feeling. This Monday, make their duties and agenda your Monday morning passion. The people around you feel the same things you feel. Reach them through their feelings. 10 tips to do the Manic Monday Shift: [.]. Feedback Influence Managing Personal Growth Taking others higher Leadership Development Management

Scott Weiss on Following the Leader

First Friday Book Synopsis

Only recently did I become aware of Scott Weiss and what has been his especialy interesting career thus far. You can click here to read an article about him. Here is an excerpt from a recent blog at his website. I urge you to check it out and previous posts by clicking here. * * [.]. Bob's blog entries a few takeaways that apply to all startup CEOs Andreessen Horowitz Ed Kalin how to project Bloomingdales with a Wal-Mart budget Scott Weiss on Following the Leader Silicon Valley

Get Past the 'Crunch Point' - The Key to Changing Behavior

Building Personal Strength

What's the "crunch point"? Say you're trying to change the way you eat. Or maybe you're trying to quit smoking. Or maybe you'd like to cut back on alcohol. Or you're just trying to change the way you do something.

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When to Hire an HR Manager

LDRLB

You’ve incorporated. You’ve used your exceptional leadership skills to build a 500 employee operation. You’re over-worked. At a certain point, managing the needs and development of your people can be overwhelming. That’s where a HR comes in.

What are the Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs?

CO2

Presentation Jobs. According to Steve Jobs, the strength it takes to say “No” and eliminate distractions is so important in how we present ourselves and build our organizations. For ten more insights from Jobs, the American icon, check out these Presentation Secrets !

The Compound Effect

CEO Blog

I love Malcolm Gladwell and think he is one of the great thinkers of out time. I like his book " Blink ". It talks about the power of the unconscious mind and how we make snap decisions and conclusions and usually they are right.

8 Sure Fire Ways to Lose Your Job

Rapid BI

Employees need to be Wary of the Firing Squad While most employees do not go out of their way to get fired, countless workers worldwide show up for work one day and are dismissed the same day. Whether it was their destiny or not many individuals are often left scratching their heads as to why [.]. guest Management employment fire hire

Four Ways Women Stunt Their Careers Unintentionally

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Jill Flynn, Kathryn Heath 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. * * * Having combed through more than a thousand 360-degree [.].

Book Review of “The Culture Cycle: How to Shape the Unseen Force that Transforms Performance”

The Practical Leader

John Kotter and James Heskett’s classic book, Corporate Culture and Performance , is an organization development classic. The book provided solid evidence of the payoffs that come from adaptive cultures and the negative power of unadaptive cultures. . Adaptability is absolutely critical today. As change tsunamis relentlessly sweep the globe, adaptive organizations are getting stronger and unadaptive ones are being washed out to sea.

Telling The Truth In Advance

Bird's Eye View

I was in a meeting recently where someone was describing her entrepreneurial days and how much creativity she had to use in positioning her fledgling company as a true player so that prospective customers and clients would take her seriously.

You, Leadership, and the Environment

Linked 2 Leadership

The number one priority for leaders is their team, their vision, and themselves. “I propose a new priority for leaders…the environment.” ” Putting all manner of politics and polarizing opinions aside, as a matter of general stewardship, we as leaders all should be promoting a healthy environment. We should be doing this both in the workplace and [.]. Future Leadership Issues Practical Steps to Influence Technology & Leadership enviornment leadership News

Leadership Quality #2 - Communicate

My Own Coach

Great leaders hold their audience with the power of their words and capture the imagination with their stories. Leaders make full use of the power of language." ~ Kouzes and Posner If you want to be a great leader, find a way to become great at story telling, public speaking and writing. "If If I went back to college again I''d concentrate on two areas: learning to write and to speak before an audience.

Steve Jobs Solved the Innovator's Dilemma

Harvard Business Review

In the lead up to today's release of the Steve Jobs biography , there's been an increasing stream of news surrounding its subject. As a business researcher, I was particularly interested in this recent article that referenced from his biography a list of Jobs's favorite books. There's one business book on this list, and it "deeply influenced" Jobs. That book is The Innovator's Dilemma by HBS Professor Clay Christensen.

The Advisor’s Corner – When Should Consultants Be Used?

Strategy Driven

Question: We’ve brought in a number of high priced consultants to perform a business case analysis. In hind sight, it appears we could have done the same work with internal resources. Why then did we hire these costly advisors? StrategyDriven Response: There are many reasons for hiring consultants.

Off the Grid

Execupundit

I'll be off the grid for a few days to handle some pressing projects and to recharge. Please take care and check back

The Advisor’s Corner – When Should Consultants Be Used?

Strategy Driven

Question: We’ve brought in a number of high priced consultants to perform a business case analysis. In hind sight, it appears we could have done the same work with internal resources. Why then did we hire these costly advisors? StrategyDriven Response: There are many reasons for hiring consultants.

When to Hire an HR Manager

LDRLB

You’ve incorporated. You’ve used your exceptional leadership skills to build a 500 employee operation. You’re over-worked. At a certain point, managing the needs and development of your people can be overwhelming. That’s where a HR comes in. Often small and medium-sized organizations aren’t sure exactly when their leadership team needs help from HR. This helpful infographic from TribeHR outlines when it’s time to call for a little backup.

The Values Proposition: Do Small Things with Great Love

Harvard Business Review

The world confronts vast uncertainty, from unrest in the social climate to accelerating shifts in the climate itself. The economy faces huge challenges, from public-debt crises in Europe to the overhang of mortgage debt in the U.S. The business community faces an ongoing series of stops and starts, from the loss of an icon like Steve Jobs to the rise of new-economy giants like Amazon and Facebook.

Don’t Make Decisions Based on Sunk Costs

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. It’s tempting to make choices that justify past choices. For example, you may refuse to end a suffering project because of the time and effort already put into [.]. Bob's blog entries Don't Make Decisions Based on Sunk Costs Harvard Business Review on Making Smart Decisions Harvard Business Review.

What Else Every CEO Needs to Know About the Cloud

Harvard Business Review

I have an article in the new (November 2011) issue of Harvard Business Review called "What Every CEO Needs to Know About the Cloud." It's aimed at managers and executives who work outside the IT department and might not know or care very much about what goes on inside the IT department. So why should such people be interested in cloud computing? Because it's going to change both how, and how well, their organizations work. This is a strong claim, and many find it a ridiculous one.

Four Very Important Questions to Ask

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here’s a recent post by Josh Linkner. His life continues to be an inspiring fulfillment of the values he affirms. I urge you to read his book, Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, and to visit his website by clicking here. * * * It’s often said that the most successful people [.].

10 Quotes From The 5 Levels Of Leadership -- John C. Maxwell

Eric Jacobson

Soon I'll post my full review of John C. Maxwell's latest book, The 5 Levels of Leadership. In the meantime, here are some of my favorites quotes from the book that I believe should become a must-read book by any workplace/organizational leader: Good leadership isn't about advancing yourself.

You, Leadership, and the Environment.

Linked 2 Leadership

The number one priority for leaders is their team, their vision, and themselves. “I propose a new priority for leaders…the environment.” ” Putting all manner of politics and polarizing opinions aside, as a matter of general stewardship, we as leaders all should be promoting a healthy environment. We should be doing this both in the workplace and [.]. Future Leadership Issues Practical Steps to Influence Technology & Leadership enviornment leadership News

Lessons from the Industry Formerly Known as "The Record Business"

Harvard Business Review

A record company's value used to be measured by the acquisition, protection, and exploitation of copyrights. Exploiting those copyrights by selling songs is an easy business model to understand and used to be the foundation of a very healthy global industry. Historically, the record business was the heart of the music industry. Sell a lot of records and you were a successful business. And artists also succeeded through record sales: they became household names when they had sold a lot of records.

10 Warning signs of fraud

Chartered Management Institute

Internal fraud at companies on the rise, says study by by Kroll Business Intelligence. They found 60% of frauds are committed by insiders, an increase from 55% in 2010. Junior employees were the most likely perpetrators at 28% followed by senior management at 21% and intermediaries for the company at 11%,” Kroll stated in its fifth annual report. The survey found that on average, fraud such as stolen cash, assets, inventory or information theft cost companies 2.1%

What Business Should Do about Occupy Wall Street

Harvard Business Review

"No Bulls, No Bears. Only Pigs." This defining slogan of the Occupy Wall Street movement, engulfing nearly 1,000 cities of the world at last count, speaks volumes of the universal disgust of civil society towards corporate greed. The global financial crisis that continues to send shock waves across the world unfortunately represents the ugly face of capitalism today.