Tue.Nov 22, 2011

6 Concepts for Creating What People Love Before They Know They Want It

Leading Blog

Demand is created in the gaps between what we really want and the goods and services we settle for. Demand creators figure out how to solve the big and little hassles we all face—and they make our days easier, more convenient, more productive, and simply more fun,” writes Adrian Slywotzky in Demand. Slywotzky has identified six insights and behaviors of demand creators: Make it Magnetic. Demand creators begin with a very tough realization: Very Good does not equal Magnetic.

Success Requires It.

Kevin Eikenberry

and it is in short supply. It’s concentration, and, no, I’m not talking about the popular game show that aired from 1958-91. Concentration isn’t really in short supply; the supply is large, if you choose to capture it (and successful people do). Most however, - text while driving - answer emails while [.]. Intention Leadership Learning concentration focus

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Practices for Professionals – Sign Everything

Strategy Driven

Some find it very uncomfortable to “blow their own horn.” They shy away from the public spotlight and, instead, derive their own sense of accomplishment through simply being acknowledged for a job well done.

How to Maximize Your Work With A Coach


As we are starting a new season of coaching high potentials in a client organization, I was excited to hear a few of them ask “What can I do to get the most out of this executive coaching experience?” ” It’s a great question, and one that tells me why this group of high potential

Manage the Mid-Space or Your Vision Will Fail

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

“Our company had a big meeting a few weeks ago where the president laid out his vision. It means big changes and a lot of us were skeptical about it. But I have to say that by the end of his presentation, he had us all sold. It was pretty impressive.”.

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Metrics that Matter for 2012 (one page PDF)

Rajesh Setty

Note : I created this checklist a couple of years ago and it has served me well. No changes on the checklist except the dates. Please feel free to download, modify, re-use or share. We are obsessed about measuring everything.

One Way God Builds Patience These Days…

Ron Edmondson

S L O W. I N T E R N E T. Related posts: Developing Patience in Church Leadership. God’s Patience With Me. If Patience is a Fruit…Where’s mine? Culture

Women and Remote Working

Women on Business

There is currently a shift in the global work place with the rise in remote workers around the world. Due to the use of the internet, you can hire employees from across the world and have them work while you are sleeping. With this change and the rising number of women choosing to work remotely from home offices or other places, there are many things to consider. When your home is your office how do you get a balance?

Quote of the Day


Extremists think "communication" means agreeing with them. - Leo Rosten


How To Use Your Leadership to Inspire Greatness

Tanveer Naseer

One of the responsibilities that comes with leadership is not only to communicate the vision or purpose behind your employees’ shared efforts, but to ensure that your team stays motivated and on track to achieving their goals.

Leaders: How to Unlock the Power of Words

Linked 2 Leadership

Words are powerful vessels. They can inspire or deflate an individual or a team in seconds. “If If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams Ask yourself this: What do your words do? Do you have useful conversations that inspire people to be [.]. Coaching Corner Leading & Developing Other Leaders Servant Leadership business communication leadership Management

D–Quick Choice: DiSC Team Building Activity

Create Learning

DiSC Team Building & Leadership simulations and activities can add application and understanding to your existing programs. There are many variations from conversational models to highly active models.

The Dark Side of Leadership


Is paying people to work wrong?

Chartered Management Institute

Stephen explains how assuming people work for money leads to lazy management and/or excessive pay. The problems of the UK and, to some extent, European economies are a result of the divorce between reward and work. He stresses the importance of making the work the reward. Only then will we turn around the long slide in lost competitiveness and be able to pay for the society we want. People’s work needs to be managed. Throwing money at people is bad management.

Three Factors that Lead to Better Performance and Personal Satisfaction

Management 4-1-1

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to hear Daniel Pink talk about his book, Drive – pretty amazing stuff! As a manager, it was extremely interesting to hear what he had to say around the topic of motivating employees. Most companies continue to reward people with cash in order to incent better performance. However,

Sands of Time


In the US, this is Thanksgiving week. Time for family, food, football, autumn leaves, and food. Lots of food! … For me, it is also a time of reflection. A time to look back and look ahead.


Check the price you are paying

Rapid BI

Shopping around - does it make business sense? We do it for private purchases – but for our business purchases? Is it about saving a dollar here, a buck there - or is there more to it than that? We explore one example. Management PESTLE analysis purchasing saving money shopping around SWOT analysis

Power of Customer Reviews Online and Why You Need Them

Modern Servant Leader

Before Online Reviews. In the old days, selling your product or service consisted of developing the item, selecting a market and screaming your message as loud and often as you could. Whether your message traveled on TV, Print or Radio, the model was consistent – a one-way message.

Sorry, Strivers: Talent Matters

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an article written by David Z. Hambrick and Elizabeth J. Meinz that was featured in the The New York Times (November 19, 2011). I urge you to click on the links to che vk oyt the sources to which the arricle refers. Also, I highky recommend a recently published book, The Rare Find: [.]. Bob's blog entries David Brooks David Plunkert David Z. Hambrick Elizabeth J.

Imaginary Advice


From a doctor: "For God's sake, would you please throw out those worthless vegetables and start eating more meat? Begin the day with some bacon, grab a cheeseburger and chocolate shake for lunch, and track down some decent chicken-fried steak with plenty of gravy for dinner. Don't forget the pie. And while you're at it, burn those running shoes

Maybe We’re Too Enamored with the New – What Can We Learn from the Old, the Enduring?

First Friday Book Synopsis

This is the text I wrote for an announcement e-mail for the next Urban Engagement Book Club, which meets on December 1, here in Dallas (at the Highland Park Methodist Church, next door to SMU). I decided to share it here. —————- We are enamored with the new. We want the new, new thing. We [.]. Randy's blog entries Chris Lowney Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World Urban Engagement Book Club

ASTD Presentation: Building Leadership Development from Scratch

ReThink HR

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting at the Greater Cincinnati ASTD. The subject, an adjusted and tweaked version of my Building Leadership Development from Scratch.

Internal Branding, External Branding and Our Multicultural Strategy

Management Craft

Check out this thought provoking blog post from John Hawkins called The Business Case and Key Success Factors for a Holistic Multicultural Strategy (BTW, John is the new owner of my consulting firm, MPI Consulting ). John makes some great points about how we could and should think about building multicultural companies for a multicultural customer base (that is growing more diverse).

Serve a Great Sandwich

Utpal Writes

Many businesses strive to chase the numbers by offering a number of products and services. Piles of bread, hundred different types of sandwiches. Doesn’t matter if their product X is almost similar to competitor’s product Y – they try to win over the price war. And its okay even if they don’t conquer the whole market, they are satisfied with just 3% of the overall market share. It’s just one of the many product offerings they have.

Restore Yourself to Your Factory Default Settings

Harvard Business Review

My wireless connection to the internet had suddenly stopped working. At first I was frustrated — I had been in the middle of browsing some books on Amazon. But I quickly took it as a blessing. I had an article to write and the Amazon browsing was a distraction. I resisted the temptation to distract myself further by trying to fix it and got to work. I finished the article in record time. That's a lesson in itself. But it's not the whole story.

Make Room for Pie


Hard sauce on warm apple pie could cure the world’s ills, let me tell you. - The Pioneer Woman She shows how to make Dreamy Apple Pie here

For Your Team's Success, Remember the How

Harvard Business Review

You've been named head of a task force charged with determining how to respond to an emerging technological shift in your company's competitive landscape. At the end of roughly six months, you will have to answer for the joint efforts of fifteen people from across the organization whose work may determine the future success of your firm. Task force members gather from across the globe for three days of intensive meetings.

First Paragraph


For sixty-five days, the Mayflower had blundered her way through storms and headwinds, her bottom a shaggy pelt of seaweed and barnacles, her leaky decks spewing salt water onto her passengers' devoted heads. There were 102 of them - 104 if you counted the two dogs: a spaniel and a giant, slobbery mastiff. Most of their provisions and equipment were beneath them in the hold, the primary storage area of the vessel.


The No Whining Rule for Managers

Harvard Business Review

One of my senior clients used to keep a "no whining" sign in her office. It seemed odd to have the sign so prominently displayed at a senior executive level. After all, the managers that walked into that office were not children , but mature adults with collective responsibility for thousands of employees. Why would they whine instead of just solving problems? The reality is that all of us whine , complain, blame others, and try to avoid responsibility. It's part of the human condition.

Mountain Bike Dog


Try to have as good a day as the one enjoyed by this dog


The Super Committee's Two Failures

Harvard Business Review

The so-called "super committee" — the special team of twelve U.S. Congressmen charged with cutting the deficit — has failed to deliver. To many, their failure was the entirely too predictable outcome of a polarized government incapable of collaborating effectively. But I see two of their mistakes repeated again and again by managers in the private sector. They did one thing right: they set a clear, compelling common goal — cut the deficit by $1.2 trillion.

Music Break


Saddle up: John Williams conducts the overture from "The Cowboys


Black Friday 2011: Advantage Retailers

Harvard Business Review

Last year on Black Friday, I dropped by a local Staples store in Watertown, Massachusetts, to pick up a few office supplies. Surprised at the 40% off sale on many items, I ended up leaving with a lot of office supplies and wondering, "Gee, did Staples really have to offer such a drastic discount on products that I would have purchased in the future anyway?" This holiday season, many retailers are pondering a similar question: "Do we really have to give away so much margin?".

Leadership and Temperment


Whiners, yellers, blamers, back-biters, credit-hoggers, mood-swingers, bullies, narcissists, shirkers, and complainers are very high maintenance people and yet they provide splendid examples of what not to do. Imitating even a portion of their behavior can sink a career. As a leader, you have a responsibility to provide stable, sober, and reasonable progress. You don't need to be charismatic or eloquent, although those qualities can help.