Fri.Oct 07, 2011

The Most Important Business Lesson I Have Learned

C-Level Strategies

This post originally appeared on Debra Ellis’s Multi-Channel Magic Blog. I wanted to share it with this tremendous Visionary Leadership Community… ~. I was honored when Debra Ellis asked me to write a guest post about the most important business lesson I’ve learned.

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My Personal Coach

Coaching Tip

The concept of a coach is slippery. Coaches are not teachers, but they teach. They’re not your boss—in professional tennis, golf, and skating, the athlete hires and fires the coach—but they can be bossy. They don’t even have to be good at the sport.

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Work-Life Balance?

Leading Blog

The term work-life balance is fatally flawed says Matthew Kelly in Off Balance. Meant to deal with the pressures surrounding both personal and professional life, the term has unwittingly created a false dichotomy. You can’t separate the two. In fact, says Kelly, “the term itself diminishes our ability to make the case that work can be a richly rewarding part of a person’s life and should in many ways be personal.”

Better Execution With ‘No-Follow Up’ Culture


The primary focus of lean organizations/teams is to “eliminate waste”. In an increasingly complex work environment where execution is distributed between teams and geographies, one of the biggest wastes I have seen is “following-up on things”. A typical manager’s task list will feature about 30% (or even more) tasks which are simply following up (read

Notes: Catalyst Atlanta… #Cat11 – Mark Driscoll

Ron Edmondson

Mark Driscoll spoke on fear in the opening session of Catalyst Atlanta. He began by stating: Every leader is afraid of something. Fear in the mind causes stress on the body. Your body will start to manifest that stress.

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So you Think You are an Extraodinary Leader

CEO Blog

This is a Guest Post by Joe Folkman So You Think You’re an Extraordinary Leader? How good are leaders at predicting their own overall leadership effectiveness? Are they more or less accurate than other raters? At Zenger Folkman, we calculated the overall rating for 27,000 leaders. We then determined how effective a leader’s manager, peers, direct reports, others, and the leader themselves were at predicting the leader’s overall effectiveness.

Passion is Your Problem

Leadership Freak

Your passion to make a difference makes you do too much. Sincerity is a curse when it turns you into a leaf blown around by the latest possibility for positive impact. Unfocused passion frustrates and dilutes you and your potential. Doing less enables more. The fewer things you do the better you can be at [.]. Health Listening Motivation Passion Leadership Development

Wise words: Chuck Close on inspiration

Bud to Boss

Today I want to share a quote from Andrew Zuckerman’s book Wisdom , a beautiful collection of portraits of and insights from all sorts of brilliant people over the age of 65. There are a plethora of good quotes in the book, but this sage advice from photographer and artist Chuck Close is speaking to me loudest right now: I needed this reminder! Too often I make excuses for not writing (a big chunk of my job) because nothing’s coming to me or I’m tired and uninspired. “I’ll

Photo Inquiry Friday: How Far Can You Plan Into the Future?

Create Learning

All goals are time driven – whether we announce the time-frame or not ALL GOALS ARE TIME DRIVEN. As a Manager setting goals “What-by-When” is how you add value to those who work with you.

Where is Amadeo Giannini when we need him most?

First Friday Book Synopsis

In 1904, Amadeo Giannini founded the Bank of Italy in San Francisco to provide personal as well as professional services to those such as recent immigrants who had been denied service from other banks. When the 1906 earthquake struck, Giannini removed all deposits from the bank building and away from the fires. Because San Francisco’s [.].

How to Involve Participants in a Leadership Training Program

Great Leadership By Dan

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand”. -- Confucius. Even the most brilliant, credible, and talented instructors with the most dazzling PowerPoint slides won’t guarantee participants in a leadership training program are actually going to learn anything. In order for all that good content to actually sink in, people need to have a chance to do something with it.

WEadership Practice #2: Build Diverse Networks

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development This post is the second in a series that began here summarizing the findings of a one-year study of workforce leadership. Through that process, we have identified six practices next-generation leaders use to be effective; a new model of leadership we call WEadership, in a nod to its collaborative nature. “We can now keep what [.] WEadership Practice #2: Build Diverse Networks.

The Big Picture of Business – Setting, Meeting, and Benefiting from Goals

Strategy Driven

Businesses should review their Strategic Plan annually. New year projections are the best time to benchmark progress and adjust sights for the coming term. Additionally, corporate executives must have personal goals written, in conjunction with a professional business coach or mentor.

Thought-full Thursday: Changing Ourselves


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! The stuff of our lives doesn’t change. It is


Building the Foundation: How to Practice Mindful Parenting

Building Personal Strength

My work in the area of parenting teens has led me to a sad truth: many parents of teens don't consciously parent them. They simply share life together under the same roof, taking each day as it comes. Of course a parent-teen relationship can be so much more than this.

Fast Friday with Steve Jobs, entrepreneur, visionary, maverick

Roundtable Talk

Over the past week, I’ve been reading numerous online tributes and posts about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and his legacy. I’ve also found myself in several meetings this week, where the focus of our discussions has invariably turned to topic of continually crafting your job to play to your strengths. It’s a concept that lots of people want to buy into, and yet it seems to challenge most of us as to how we can make it happen.

Are you a bi-polar leader?

Chartered Management Institute

A positive outlook on life is often believed to be a good thing, both personally and professionally. However, new research from Stanford University suggests that those with strong expectations of life tend to react worse to setbacks than those with more grounded expectations. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

The Beauty of Failure

Women on Business

Business takes feedback in one of two extremes, either they completely dismiss it or they use it as the basis for punitive action for their staff. In being too far on either side, you miss a valuable lesson in feedback. Feedback is the only place where you learn what isn’t working without having to deal with ego or personalities. It’s a rare glimpse into company from someone who has no vested interest in its success.

The Worst Question a Salesperson Can Ask

Harvard Business Review

This post, the second in a four-part series, is also part of the HBR Insight Center Growing the Top Line. What's keeping you up at night?". This one question is probably asked by more sales people in a given day than any other.

The Picture in Your Mind


Regardless of the industry, how do you picture your workplace?

Steve Jobs and Management by Meaning

Harvard Business Review

Steve Jobs has always been considered an anomaly in management; his leadership style was something to admire or to criticize, but definitely not to replicate. He did not fit into the frameworks of business textbooks: there was orthodox management, and then there was Steve Jobs.

The Iceberg Effect

Brilliant Leader

In my latest book, Brilliant Leader 2nd Edition, I explain the iceberg effect in relation to the jobs that people do. Essentially, there are those parts of a job that we can see – the tasks that people do and the skills that they employ. And then there are the contributing factors that we don’t [.]. Uncategorized Leadership Leadership Development

The Two Faces of American Capitalism

Harvard Business Review

"Steve Jobs Put a Ding in the Universe". Obama: Wall Street Protests Show Frustration". When I logged on to yesterday, these were the top two headlines. As I flipped through the television news channels, these two stories were touted side by side. As I digested these two stories — America's heartbreak upon learning of Steve Jobs's death and the protests of Wall Street that are sweeping the country — I could not help but be struck by the irony they represent.

New Millennium Trends: What is the State of Employee Engagement in 2011?

Management is a Journey

Employee engagement is a term that has become both a hot topic and a buzz term at times. There has also been some confusion about the definition for employee engagement. Some business professionals view it as job satisfaction while others view it as an employee’s emotional commitment to an organization. To help clear up the [.]. Management Business Trends Great Recession management organizational productivity

On Dr. Ralph Steinman and Steve Jobs

Harvard Business Review

A visionary who influenced the lives of countless millions across the world has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He is Dr. Ralph Steinman, a biologist who on Monday, three days after his death, won the Nobel prize in medicine. Steinman's discovered what he called dendritic cells, which unlocked the puzzle of how the body reacts to infection. It changed how we treat cancer, infectious diseases and immune system disorders.

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The trailers for: " Michael Collins " " Immortals " " Shanghai Triad " " The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean " " Pan's Labyrinth

What We Should and Shouldn’t Learn from the Life of Steve Jobs

Next Level Blog

Even though it was sadly expected, the news of Steve Jobs' passing this week hit me like a punch in the gut. Clearly, I was not alone. The outpouring of tributes and remembrances tell us something. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Current Affairs Personal Presence Steve Jobs


Beating the Drum


Katherine Ernst on the Wall Street protests : Most everyone is aware of how unserious Occupy Wall Street is. The New Republic mocks it. Salon laments its fecklessness, and then curses Fox News for noticing it. Mother Jones sheepishly dubs the childish schizophrenia “The Kitchen Sink Approach” in a piece on the movement’s inertia.

Thinking compliance? Are you in the right bus?

Self Help Zen

Our education system is organized around compliance. Admissions, study classes, examinations are about schooling the students to follow some directives. Many company cultures are also organized around compliance. From hiring to appraisals to training programs – all follow certain set of known ways of doing things. The reasoning for this appears to be that at some point, compliance transforms into measurability and measurability gives the control you always wished for.

Back to The Non-Solution Solution


It has been a while since I've written about this situation but the subject popped up while looking at a divided team. Each side had its virtues. Both sides were to blame for the problems. Neither side deserved to win and, in fact, the situation would be worse if either side did. A mass firing was not in the cards. So what was the solution? No solution was the solution.

Closeout for 10.7.11


This month’s LeaderLab podcast featured Mike Figliuolo discussing how to distill your leadership down to One Piece of Paper. Guest blogger Bob Lieberman outlined how to display Innovative Leadership in the Wild. We reviewed Peter Bregman’s new book 18 Minutes. Lastly, we’ll say it again: Thanks Steve. Featured

No More Hitching Posts


Anderson Layman's Blog provides a fascinating look at the various changes to an old building in his city over the years. I confess to preferring the earlier architecture and am glad they were able to keep the comparison

On Entrepreneurship, Steve Jobs, and Unashamedly Loving Your Work

Harvard Business Review

The world lost a great inventor and entrepreneur when it lost Steve Jobs. He left a legacy of simple, elegant designs that demystified technology. For me, as a fellow entrepreneur, Steve Jobs left a legacy even more valuable than his design ideals: he set an example for how to run your business to make the most of the time you're given. He lived and acted with a sense of urgency and an abundance of passion.

Goff Knows the Workplace


I have said this before: Ted Goff should be a household name