Thu.Dec 01, 2011

What CEOs Really Think About Values and Culture

C-Level Strategies

In my role as Chief Relationship Officer for CEO Connection I had the opportunity to sit down recently with a few of our member-CEOs for a conversation about their views on corporate values, purpose and culture. These members are mid-market CEOs , representing companies with an average of $1.6

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7 Ways Satan Tries to Destroy a Church

Ron Edmondson

Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. 1 Peter 5:8. I’m not a pastor who is constantly looking for Satan behind everything that goes wrong. I concentrate my attention on Jesus and encouraging others to follow Jesus and not to focus on the defeated one. Yet, I’m fully aware that Satan loves to destroy…or attempt to destroy…a church. Obviously Satan is a limited being and God’s church is secure.

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20 Leadership Books You Might Not Have Read

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. If you know me, or have read this blog for any length of time, you know that I believe all great leaders are also voracious readers. In fact, I would go so far as to say reading is simply a necessity if you’re serious about leadership.

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5 Ways to Make the Best of Human Capital

Ron Edmondson

Do you want to harness the greatest power in your organization? The best assets of your church, business or non-profit never appear on your balance sheet. The truth is that any organization is only as good as the people within it.

First Look: Leadership Books for December 2011

Leading Blog

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in December. 360 Degrees of Influence : Get Everyone to Follow Your Lead on Your Way to the Top by Harrison Monarth. Grow : How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World's Greatest Companies by Jim Stengel. World Changers : 25 Entrepreneurs Who Changed Business as We Knew It by John A. Byrne. Screw Business As Usual by Richard Branson.

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On Useful Candor

Leadership Freak

The reason we aren’t candid with people is we are protecting someone. We may protect someone else, our self, or both. Five things we protect: Reputation. Status. Position. Status quo. Opportunities. Why we protect: Fear. Perceived capability of others or ourselves. A better way: The guiding rule for candor is “usefulness.” Candor is not saying [.]. Leading

Thought-full Thursday: Encouragement


. Every Thursday, we provide you with a thoughtful way to coach yourself – something all leaders need to do. So take five and enjoy the inspirational quotes and reflect on the questions that follow. Your comments and answers to the questions are most welcome! . A single candle can light a thousand others – and yet the light of that candle will not be diminished. Buddha. . Who needs your encouragement today? What can you say or do that will light them up?


How About Better Parents?

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Tom Friedman and featured in the November 20, 2011, issue of The New York Times. To read the complete article, please click here. * * * In recent years, we’ve been treated to reams of op-ed articles about how we need better teachers in our public [.].

Is stress ruining your leadership-development efforts?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development [link] This week’s SmartBlog for Leadership post is by leadership development consultant, Jennifer V. Miller, Managing Partner at SkillSource. Her post, “Is stress ruining your leadership-development efforts” discusses the”pressure cooker” method of leadership; “Toss a bunch of smart, driven people into a time-pressured scenario, ask them to perform a task and see how they handle it.” ” [.].

Enron's anniversary and why managers tell lies

Chartered Management Institute

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the collapse of Enron under the sheer weight of lies their managers told about their financial situation. New research from the University of Toronto sheds some light on why managers lie, and why they lie in such stupid ways. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Six Obstacles To Teacher Teamwork Success

Great Results Team Building

Wearing the same uniform does not make a group a strong team, and Teacher Teamwork does not happen on its own. Unfortunately, although setting a school goal is important, the identification of a unifying goal does not ensure your group will work together through adversity to accomplish it.

StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 62 – An Interview with Mark Sanborn, author of Up, Down, or Sideways

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results. These podcasts elaborate on the best practice and warning flag articles on the StrategyDriven website.

Leadership Development Program Planning: I think in black & white on my wall.

Create Learning

Developing innovative ways of teaching and developing Managerial-Leadership programs is fun for me! While the themes and content remain rather constant, ensuring that the lessons & messages are absorbed in a way that can be applied within the context of its use is necessary.

Defining Practical Employee Engagement

Rapid BI

Defining Practical Employee Engagement The term Employee Engagement has been prolific over the past few years but what does it really mean? How can we use this to really make a difference? This question was asked of me by a writer I have been in discussions with for some time, and she was surprised that [.]. Management Definition Employee engagement

The Art of Conducting A Consulting Project Interview ? Michael.

Michael VanBruaene

It's Just Greeting Cards


I used to be an independent IT consultant. I helped small and medium businesses identify, install, and maintain IT solutions that facilitated their business mission. Much of this was "head work." I solved people and technical puzzles. People puzzles? Be honest -- does your company have more problems with computers or the people that use them?) The work was also hands-on technical. I once had a server crash that shut down a multi-million dollar greeting card designer and distributor. frontpage

Senior executives’ elementary school habit

The Organized Executive's Blog

Only one figure in a recent CareerBuilder survey of top executives surprised me: Forty-one percent bring their lunch from home. The figure is much higher for women (57%), but more than a third of the men also brown-bag it, according to the survey titled “Emulating the Big Cheese.”. That’s a smart choice. Taking your own lunch gives you control over your nutrition and your time. Nearly 40% of the executives either eat at a sit-down restaurant (19%) or grab fast food (17%).

Building a Capabilities-Driven Company

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi for Talent Management magazine. To check out all the resources and sign up for a free subscription to the TM and/or Chief Learning Officer magazines published by MedfiaTec, please click here. * * * Top-performing organizations know what they do best [.]. Bob's blog entries A Capabilities-Driven Strategy a solid framework to decide which opportunities will lead to sustainable success Booz & Co.

The Employee Engagement Network

Michael Lee Stallard

If you’re interested in employee engagement, take my advice and join the Employee Engagement Network. It’s a terrific resource that includes contributions from many of the more than 4,400 members worldwide. employee engagement employee engagement network

Patented Strategy


I’ve recently become fascinated with patent trolls – companies that buy patents for systems or technologies that others are already using for the sole purpose of selling them.

Women: The New Voices of Unions

Women on Business

In a day and age where the people are again rising up to fight for the rights of your every day person, the Occupy movements are starting to force us to look at the issues in our society for the working class.


Working All Over the World

Erika Andersen

I’m convinced that work and business the whole world over are more similar than they are different. It’s grounded in my belief that core human nature is more powerful, for the most part, than culture or demographics. I was recently interviewed for a magazine called the Asia-Pacific Business and Technology Report , about career strategies – and the questions were not much different than those I would have gotten if the interviewer were in Kansas rather than Korea.

Eight Dangers of Collaboration

Harvard Business Review

Most of what is written about collaboration is positive. Even hip. Collaboration is championed enthusiastically by the Enterprise 2.0 experts, as well as leading thinkers like Don Tapscott , as the crucial approach for the 21st century. Collaboration creates once-elusive "buy-in or "empowerment," improves problem solving, increases creativity, is key to innovation at companies like Lego , Pixar , and Intuit. It slashes costs and improves productivity. So why is collaboration as rare as it is?

Leadership Caffeine Podcast #12: David Lapin on Lead by Greatness

Management Excellence

David Lapin, author of: "Lead by Greatness-How Character Can Power Your Success," is not only fascinating, he's in a league of his own with a world-view that encompasses his life in South Africa, his Rabbinical studies and his active and present life as a successful strategy consultant. While he doesn't necessarily trumpet that remarkable experience, in my opinion, it is part of what makes his book unique on both a personal and a professional level.

What Motivates Tomorrow's Leaders

Harvard Business Review

An interview with John Coleman , coauthor of Passion and Purpose , and contributors: Patrick Chun , Umaimah Mendhro , and Rye Barcott. Download this podcast. Global business Leadership Sustainability

5 things - according to my doctor - to do for your health

Jason Womack

I'm a bit early for my appointment this afternoon, so when I sat down and saw this flyer on the wall I thought I'd share. Seems like they are addressing multiple areas of focus, simultaneously: Psychology. Sociology. Technology.

What Facebook Knows that Google+ Doesn't

Harvard Business Review

Back in July, I suggested that Google+ lacked the features that would allow it to displace Facebook. While Google+ was technologically wonderful, I argued, it did not solve a problem for consumers and therefore would not attract users. Despite the reported 50 million people who have signed up for the service, it's not clear how many are regularly using it. And, of course, it is use that matters.

What's It Like?


Some thoughts regarding a father-son conversation about airflight. Just one of many reasons why Cultural Offering is an outstanding blog

Adam Smith Was Not Schizophrenic

Harvard Business Review

Despite the recent crackdowns in New York and Los Angeles, it's not surprising that the Occupy Wall Street movement has exploded into 900 chapters. The Occupy movement — as well as The Tea Party — are both "mad as hell" about the current state of affairs. Both sides share a general dissatisfaction with our current capitalist system. The left wants to end capitalism. The right says if we could just get the government out of the way, then the capitalist system would work.

We'll Hold a Retreat!


We'll hold a retreat. We'll chant slogans and have team exercises and get special t-shirts and talk about how we are sooo much better than our competitors and then after a couple of weeks we'll go back to doing what made us think we needed a retreat in the first place. High five

Patented Strategy


I’ve recently become fascinated with patent trolls – companies that buy patents for systems or technologies that others are already using for the sole purpose of selling them. The ability to get a patent from the United States has become significantly easier, as a result, it’s fascinating to see just what gets patented. Despite the influx of new patents, there is still a certain prestige associated with being a patent holder. Which makes US Patent #6,249,768 so cool.

Warning Signs from the Chinese Stock Market

Harvard Business Review

Corporate executives with risk exposure in China would do well to follow the Chinese stock market very carefully as it is one of the best leading indicators of business conditions over the next one to four quarters. And right now, the Chinese stock market continues to flash multiple warning signs of a sharp economic slowdown. Growth below 8% (it's close to 10% currently) would amount to a Chinese recession, as it would be inadequate to continue employing the flood of migrants into urban areas.


The Prolific Bate


Very good news! The incomparable Nicholas Bate , who writes an insightful volume roughly once every three weeks, has yet another book in the pipeline

Who is "right there" for you?`

Jason Womack

I'm sitting here at the Ojai Playhouse, up in the projection booth as the A/V support crew for the TEDxOjaiWomen event today. Please check it out on the web: ) The live speakers are just amazing, you can Google each one and learn so much about them, their journey and their message.