Thu.Apr 21, 2011

Facing Content Marketing Challenges? Let the Super Friends Save You

C-Level Strategies

I’m honored and thrilled to announce that I will be a part of the dynamic consultant lineup that the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) has put together for its just-launched Consulting business (CMIC).

M&A Without Buying the Company

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Most people tend to look at acquisitions from a rather myopic and traditional M&A perspective: making a strategic or synergistic purchase of an operating entity on an accretive basis.

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LIFE Book - Living Intentionally For Excellence

Orrin Woodward

Chris Brady has outdone himself again! As one of the most creative people I know, renown across the country as a humorist, leader, and speaker, Chris took his creativity to a new level with development of the LIFE (Living Intentionally For Excellence) book.

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Resources for the Beginning Servant Leader

Modern Servant Leader

That’s Not What I Ordered

The Leadership Advisor

A number of years ago, my sister was focused on a certain project and she was a little short on the money to make it all happen. I decided to give her $1000 for Christmas that year to help push her a little closer to her goal.

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The Missing Market for Failure

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Joshua Gans 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. * * * We are told that some large fraction (possibly 80 percent) of [.].

Categorize Your Reading Habits to Grow Personally and Professionally


Reading is a doorway to growth : intellectual, personal, professional, and spiritual growth. But it can also be a source of frustration as we try to stay afloat in a sea of available material. Last week, I wrote a post about my struggle with finding a workable reading routine.


Emotions And Relationships - Do You Have the Strength And Skill to Manage Them?

Building Personal Strength

Healthy, mutually fulfilling relationships can be difficult to manage. We're imperfect. We make mistakes. We're emotional as well as rational beings. Actions have consequences. The consequences are remembered.

Leading, Learning and Building A Legacy

Lead Change Blog

My first corporate experience came at about fifteen years into my professional life. I made the decision to toss my resume in the air to see where it might land. The company I found myself attracted to was a $5B global high tech company with a very conservative culture. I quickly learned that this company [.]. Leadership Development Authentic character-based leadership communication courage Culture engagement influence inspiration Leadership purpose Responsibility Sustainability trust values

President Obama at National Day of Prayer

Ron Edmondson

Sadly, I didn’t see this in the news, but I did see it on Ed Stetzer ‘s blog and thought is was worth sharing here as well. I’ve asked before about the role of believers in politics. My personal opinion is that Christians need to be influencers in our culture…at every level.

3 Ways to Manage Your Weaknesses

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. Despite what you may be tempted to say in job interviews, you have weaknesses. In real life, it’s important to acknowledge the things you aren’t good at. Once [.]. Bob's blog entries "What Are You Not Good At?" 3 Ways to Manage Your Weaknesses Harvard Business Review. HBR newsletters Jodi Glickman Management Tip of the Day

Talking about Performance


Wally Bock has some great guidelines on how to talk to team members about their job performance. A technique that I've found to be very effective: When you talk to them about what you want, also talk to them about what you don't want

The New Edge in Knowledge: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The New Edge in Knowledge: How Knowledge Management s Changing the Way We Do Business Carla O’Dell and Cindy Hubert John Wiley & Sons (2011) Finally, in a single volume, just about all you need to know about results-driven knowledge management According to Carla O’Dell and Cindy Hubert, “this book tells you how leading organizations [.].

Thought-full Thursday: Freedom


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! “Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.&# ~Moshe Dayan


S-Curve Trend of Team Development

Create Learning

S-Curve of Team Development from michael cardus on Vimeo. At each stage team development can be optimized for ideal functionality. Stage 1: Focus on relationships and induction to the team. Understanding why the individuals are here; why now; and how their talents are needed for this team project.

Friday Fun: What kind of networker are you?

Chartered Management Institute

Are you a Cat or a Limpet? See what animal characteristics you have when networking. You are not watching this post, click to start watching


Understanding the Fed

Coaching Tip

We all know that the Fed created $1.4 trillion new dollars in 2008. It has told the world that it will inflate to save the monetary system. So that is the news that most people hear. But the Fed’s dramatic money creation in 2008 only seems to force inflation because people focus on only one side of the Fed’s action. Even though the Fed created a lot of new money, it did not affect the total amount of money-plus-credit one bit.

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The 10th Anniversary of and The Meaning of Community

Managing Communities

You haven’t heard of, have you? No, not the site that is on that domain name now. The Microsoft Windows enthusiast site that existed on it back in the early to mid-2000s. You’ll have to forgive me, as I don’t know when it launched. I just know that it recently turned 10. I wasn’t [.]. Thinking


Climate Oops


Cultural Offering points to an interesting article on the climate refugees. I've noticed that most of these purveyors of dire predictions never seem to pay a price

Voice of Experience: Sonia Thimmiah (Accenture)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from a profile of Sonia Thimmiah (Director UKI Sustainability Practice, Accenture) written by Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) for The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. Visit us daily to discover issues that matter, share experiences, and plan networking, your career [.].

Diverse Opinions on Fixing Government


Newsweek has a gallery of opinions from 20 prominent Americans on how to fix government. Some are especially interesting given the person's background

Revolution from the Edge

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by John Hagel III, part of the Edge Perspectives with John Hagel series, one that offers an on-going “exploration of emerging innovations on a broad array of edges that are rising up to challenge the core.&# To read the compolete article and check out other resources, please [.].

Role Play with History


You're wrestling with a significant problem. Take some time and ask how some or all of these people would handle it: Theodore Roosevelt Margaret Thatcher Martin Luther King Jr. Mahatma Gandhi Winston Churchill George Washington Abraham Lincoln ? You get my point. Step out of your shoes and consider a completely different perspective. Look for the positives and negatives of each person's approach. Don't rush to assume that their technique won't apply.

Find The Truth In The Middle

Eric Jacobson

If you're a parent of two children you already know that when the two are fighting and child #1 tells you what happened, you then ask child #2 what happened, and most often the truth is somewhere in the middle of what the two children have told you. Surprisingly, many managers, even when they are parents, don't use this parenting "discovery" skill in the workplace. Instead, they often listen to only one side of a situation.

How is Your Organization Coordinating Your Social Media?


Many organizations are finding it difficult to coordinate social media enterprise wide, Radian6 has introduced a listening post and interaction product that may change the game for your organization! Business Collaboration Media and Technology business communications Communications Sales

Friday Discussion: Easter Talk

Ron Edmondson

Easter is upon us…seems to make for an appropriate Friday discussion topic. Let’s talk Easter: Share with me your answers to any or all of these questions: What were your Easter tradition growing up? Is the holiday of Easter becoming more important or less important in our culture?


Categorize Your Reading Habits to Grow Personally and Professionally


Reading is a doorway to growth : intellectual, personal, professional, and spiritual growth. But it can also be a source of frustration as we try to stay afloat in a sea of available material. Last week, I wrote a post about my struggle with finding a workable reading routine.


Surveying Strategy: The Configuration School


This post is the final in a series about the various schools and models of making organizational strategy. Strategy is a fluid process. The configuration school is the jeet kune do of strategy: the way of no way. Proponents of this school don’t promote any new ideas about how to formulate or implement strategy, instead they investigate the other nine schools of strategy and determine what elements should be included and when.

The Learning Quest


If you were given a two-year sabbatical to go off and study any subject of your choice, which one would you choose? Assume that you cannot pick a foreign language. Once a language is removed, I'm not certain. Both psychology and philosophy are appealing. Although I've studied a lot of history, there is still so much more to learn. Narrower subjects, such as the French Revolution and the American Civil War, are very attractive. Which way would you lean


Global Precision Parts Joins The Six Disciplines Client Community

Six Disciplines

Global Precision Parts (GPP) was established in 2006 as a combination of 3 manufacturing companies located in Ottoville and East Liberty, Ohio and Wabash, Indiana. The three facilities represent an important alliance that allows their customers to enjoy synergy, flexibility and volume capacity that only a multi-site company can offer. GPP supports their customer needs by offering prototyping, short-run and high-volume requirements.


Dangerous Assumptions About The Unemployed


Michael P. Maslanka warns against having a hiring bias that excludes applicants who are currently unemployed: According to an interesting article in BNA's Employment Discrimination Report for the week of February 23, "EEOC Ponders Potential for Hiring Bias In Excluding Unemployed Job Applicants" by Kevin P. McGowen, the EEOC believes that such a rule has a disparate impact on people who are black, Hispanic, have disabilities, and are older workers

The Productivity Mind-Set: Identify With Your Goals

Jason Womack

If you are looking to make changes and improve the way you work, you’ll need to experience it mentally first. Amend your perceptions, which include your beliefs and your self-talk, and you’ll notice a change occurs. Start by identifying one area of your life (career, family, learning, finances, etc.) that you want to enhance. Pick one that has some “juice” for you, one that you know if you changed, your life would be a little bit better.

Macho Beetle


The new version of the Volkswagen Beetle makes me nostalgic for the two VWs I owned back in the Sixties and Seventies. Something quickly noticed: The new version looks less feminine than the recent model. Jalopnik notes the same thing : These days, marketers believe that the death knell of a car comes when people consider it's too "girlie." And that's precisely the one broad stroke the second-generation Beetle found itself brushed with.

Lifelong Learning – One Life-Long String of Refresher Courses

First Friday Book Synopsis

“The only job security is found in your own ability to keep learning!” Peter Drucker “Through learning, we re-create ourselves.” Peter Senge ———– We all know the challenge – to keep learning. But, in most cases, learning is not learning something new, but instead, remembering what we knew, but forgot — or remembering what we [.]. Randy's blog entries knowing-doing gap lifelong learning Peter Drucker Peter Senge SMU Cox School of Business soft skills