Mon.Sep 26, 2011

Ann Handley’s Secrets to Successfully Leading Virtual Teams

C-Level Strategies

Leadership Chat is coming up on its one-year anniversary, and in this time Steve Woodruff and I have yet to tackle the topic of Leading Virtual Teams.

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How to Double Your Productivity

Ron Edmondson

I’m reading Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success by Kerry Patterson, Al Switzler, Ron McMillan and Joseph Grenny. So far it’s an encouraging book. Much of it appears to me as common sense, but it’s always good to reinforce concepts you think you know.

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Business Proverbs and BS | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

When I searched online for content on business proverb lies and mistruths I was amazed by the digital library's breadth and depth. The myths apply to business in general, as well as specific industries, start-ups and the new

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On Seeding and Weeding – A Way of Leading

Linked 2 Leadership

Growing your business is both an art and a science. It involves so many moving parts, changing conditions, and threats from all sides that it almost seems like a company is “an actual living organism.” ” But rather than diving too deep into a super-complex living organism like a bumble bee to explain group and financial dynamics, let’s [.]. Leading & Developing Other Leaders Practical Steps to Influence Professional Development Customer Service Real Estate

The “Sweet 16? of Positive Work Environments

Leadership Freak

If people start worrying when you show up, you’re a downer. If people love to see you leave, you’re a loser. If your team hates receiving calls from you, you’re a lousy leader. People in positive work environments love to see the boss coming. They love seeing you because they’ll go further with you than [.]. Health Marks of leaders Motivation Optimism Taking others higher Culture Leadership Development Organizational Development

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Communicating the Value of Your Community to Potential Members

Managing Communities

photo credit: dakotaduff Steve Magruder asked: “How [can you] motivate users to see the value of your board when many of them don’t seem to “get it?” ” I sometimes wonder if my site’s mission is lost on people, even though I have striven to make it as plain as day.” ” “… How can I get [.]. Promoting Your Community

Is This Our Era: A Flurry Of Fluff Masking An Absence Of Substance? – (Insight From Richard Rumelt, Good Strategy/Bad Strategy)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Are we living in the era of Fluff? — an era of Fluff in a time when Fluff simply won’t cut it? Of all the ideas in this terrific book, Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters by Richard Rumelt, (my selection for the October 7 First Friday Book Synopsis), this one seemed [.]. Randy's blog entries first friday book synopsis Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters Richard Rumelt strategic thinking strategy

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To Friend or Not To Friend – How to Manage Facebook with Your Team

Kevin Eikenberry

In our Bud to Boss Workshop, designed to help leaders successfully navigate the transition to leadership, we talk about the importance of relationships between leaders and their team members. Within the least year or so I have been frequently asked two related questions: “When we were peers I was friends with people on Facebook. Now [.]. Leadership Learning Relationships Facebook friendship at work social media

How to Expedite Innovation: Communication Loops & Red-Tape-Worms

Create Learning

If you are a manager you know that challenges can be overcome by solid people and systems. Below is from the Exponent Leadership Process – Created to make you the reason people continue great work and stay with your company.

Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader

Kevin Eikenberry

This week’s Resource Recommendation is Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader by Dianna Booher. You’ve met people like them. They have a certain something that makes people notice them: a quiet confidence, a charisma, a presence. Dianna Booher shows us all how to create this type of presence in her [.]. Books Communication Leadership Learning influence persuasion presence

When is Spinning the Message a Good Thing?

Marshall Goldsmith

Q: In our company we value integrity, yet leaders - especially in marketing - are taught to "spin" to make products and services sound good to clients. When is "spinning" a message a good thing? When it is wrong? A: Every company that sells products or services "spins" these in a positive way to clients. This is not immoral, illegal, or unethical. It is just good business.

Help Each Other, Pay it Forward

Women on Business

Every businesswoman, woman business owner, self-employed woman, entrepreneur… however you would like to refer to your self; has something to offer and wisdom to share. Mentors are important; it is likely that if you think about it you have your own mentor, a friend or colleague, partner, that you go to for advice, to bounce ideas off of, which has helped you along the way.

Can’t Live With ‘em (But Can’t Live Without ‘Em): How to Manage – and Motivate – Challenging Employees

Strategy Driven

If you’ve ever watched NBC’s The Office , you know that the show makes hilarious use of business-world stereotypes. Granted, the personalities, quirks, and antics of the employees of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company are taken to extremes, but we find them funny largely because they’re true.

Mini Saga #118 – Confidence

Rajesh Setty

This mini saga was adapted by a story I read in the Introduction of “ the Element ” by Sir. Ken Robinson. Although the story is about a young girl, it has an important message for all of us adults. Mini Saga #118 – Confidence. Samantha was deeply focused on her drawing.

Turn Off Email Notifications in Outlook - And Get Some Work Done

Six Disciplines

If you're like most of us, you're in Outlook all day. And few things are more distracting than seeing email notifications in the lower right corner of your screen - every time you get a new email. Get some real work done, and turn off those annoying email notifications. Here's how: In Outlook 2010. Click on the File tab to access the Backstage View. Click on Options. Click on Mail.

How To Play Beane Ball

First Friday Book Synopsis

I recently saw the film based on Michael Lewis’ bestselling book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, and starring Brad Pitt as the general manager of the Oakland Athletics. It is not necessary to be a baseball fan and/or knowledgeable about analytics to appreciate both the book and the film, although that helps [.].

Would You Sign This Declaration?

Steve Farber

A Declaration of Extreme Leadership. We, the undersigned, have devoted ourselves–personally and professionally–to changing the world, in some way, for the better. We strive to use what we have–passion, talent, desire, resources, imagination, time–to make a difference, to expand the rightness of things. We don’t consider ourselves to be naive or idealistic–although others certainly may.

3 Steps to a Better Network

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. Having the right network is crucial to getting ahead in today’s organizations. But far too many people waste valuable time investing in fruitless connections. Here are three steps [.]. Bob's blog entries "A Smarter Way to Network" 3 Steps to a Better Network Harvard Business Review.

Art’s Weekly Leadership Message-Hey Boss: Less Talking, More Listening

Management Excellence

It’s amazing what you hear if you exert a little self-control, clamp your jaw shut and focus on trying to understand what your employees and team members are trying to tell you. You learn about what’s working, what’s not, where you need to step up and offer help, where you need to step in and deliver feedback and so much more. Art's Weekly Leadership Message Leadership Skills Active Listening Leaders Teach Respect

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Faith, Football, and the Future

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development “Aw man… don’t call a time out. Coach, are you a moron?” This one sentence, shouted from the stands at my son’s football game last weekend froze me. I was suddenly ill at my core. We were down 22-0, but I couldn’t believe it. Were the fans actually attacking our coach during the game? Who [.] Faith, Football, and the Future. Leadership Development Character-based Leadership courage Leadership values

What myths do you believe in?

My Own Coach

Here is an admission for you! I was one of those people that believed the myth that when we hear someone speaking, only 7% of our understanding comes from the words they use! Of course, in the cold light of day it now seems so obvious that this isn''t true.

When New Yorkers Talk With Tourists

Bird's Eye View

One of the long-held myths about New York is that it is an unfriendly place. I never found it so, even when visiting for the first time.

Secret Staffer: The Mr Nice Guy routine buys you time

Chartered Management Institute

Workers remember managers’ past good turns even on their bad days. The Secret Staffer might be a sceptic, but he’s still a fool for a good burger. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

No Toby’s Allowed – SLR Article


For the past few months, some of us at LeaderLab have been involved in a small side project: launching a new scholarly journal. Today the first issue of Strategic Leadership Review has been released.

What matters more, what you do or how you do it?

Chartered Management Institute

As an avid fan of complexity science and emergent principles of management I'm currently enjoying the book Complex Adaptive Leadership by Nick Obolensky. The book argues that leadership should not be something only exercised by nominated leaders. It is a complex dynamic process involving all those engaged in a particular enterprise. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Who gave more–the chicken or the pig?


Bacon and Eggs. The difference between Bacon and Eggs is that the Pig gave more than the Chicken. How much are your coworkers willing to give? How committed are they to their work, in other words? And what are you doing to engage, align and elevate the level of their commitment?

Increase Your Company's Productivity With Social Media

Harvard Business Review

A growing number of companies talk about the benefits of adopting web 2.0 tools inside the organization, but the list is short for companies that are using them for increased business results. Unisys , the 138-year old tech firm, has quickly made "going social" part of its culture. Here's how they did it, and how they're using social media tools to become more agile, to share knowledge, and to increase the speed of innovation.

Early Klimt


Art Contrarian looks at the early work of Gustav Klimt


StrategyDriven Editorial Perspective – Here we go again… more government created uncertainty

Strategy Driven

As we enter this last week of September, America faces another looming government shutdown. The continuing resolution that currently funds the Federal government’s activities expires at 11:59 pm the evening of September 30 – the end of the last day of the government’s fiscal year.

Up Early


I was up early this morning to read a management book. The family was bustling about, getting ready to depart for work, and I had a chance to slip away and read. There was a slight chill in the early morning air which was nice, because it signals my favorite time of year.

What the Best Leaders Know About Knowing

Harvard Business Review

If there's one thing we should have learned in the decade since 9/11, it's that "mission accomplished" is far too definitive (and facile) a way to describe progress on a complex problem — be it a Middle East war, a financial crisis, or stubbornly high unemployment. The basis of strong leadership post-9/11 is the realization that complicated situations always appear simpler than they are and just when you think you've got them solved, they prove you wrong. How do you stay mentally flexible?

Reviewing and Improving Your Service Definitions Can Increase.

Michael VanBruaene

How to Quit Kicking the Can Down the Road

Next Level Blog

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria is one of the smartest people I don’t know. His GPS (Global Public Square) show on Sunday afternoon is an oasis of civil and intelligent discussion on world events in a desert of. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Current Affairs Custom-fit Communications



From Esquire : The story of 24 people who escaped the Joplin tornado. An excerpt: Except for the wan and skittery illumination of a few cell-phone screens and the intermittent flash of lightning, the inside of the store is very dark. The power went out several minutes ago, and though the sun should still be shining, the storm has blotted it out.