Wed.Nov 23, 2011

5 Keys to Effectively Communicating Appreciation in the Workplace

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Paul White: As I travel around the country to consult for businesses and organizations, I hear the same message over and over—both from leaders and from their employees: “People are getting burned out.

7 Ways to Be a More Thankful Person

Ron Edmondson

Are you truly thankful? I find at times I am, and at other times, I’m like the rest of God’s children. I can be a grumbler. What would it take to learn the secret of contentment…to be thankful all the time?

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Blind spots that smart people should be aware of

Rajesh Setty

Blind spots are a problem for everyone – not just for smart people. Sometimes one can’t see the blind spots and sometimes one suffers because they are treading the blind spot of someone else.

Thinking Beyond Disciplines: Why We Need it

Leading in Context

What is Transdiciplinarity? The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix Research Institute list transdisciplinarity as #7 in a list of skills critical for Workforce 2020. They define it as "understanding concepts across multiple disciplines.". Complexity Ethical Leader Trends ethical leader ethical leadership ethical leadership context ethical leadership development ethical leadership in a global society ethics training leadership development leadership ethics leading ethically

Trust Attracting vs. Trust Repelling Workplaces

Create Learning

Trust defined as – The ability to rely upon others to be truthful and to do as they say, and to follow established rules, procedures and custom and practice. Can a hierarchical organization with Manager / Subordinate relationships increase and attract trust?

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Take the Thanks Giving Leadership Challenge

Next Level Blog

As Thanksgiving Day approaches in the United States, here’s a personal leadership challenge that could have an impact long after the turkey leftovers are gobbled up. If you’re a leader (at work, in. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Leadership employee appreciation Thanksgiving

Rapport: The Key To Sales

Strategy Driven

Every sales person knows how important good communication is in building business relationships. But have you ever thought about what it takes to build instant rapport with anyone? One time I was on a business trip, and due to a series of events I had to get a hotel room with no reservation.

Book Review: “Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All”

The Practical Leader

This is a very timely, inspiring, and practical book for leading in turbulent times.

Leadership Follies: Training Is Not A Cure-All

Linked 2 Leadership

For many years consultants and experts have tried to convince leaders that training can impact performance. It seems like the problem is no longer that they don’t believe that training is important, but that now those same leaders thing that training is the “cure-all” or “silver-bullet.” ” “What has made people think that training people will [.].

Does Change Happen to You or with You?


What can Darwin teach you about organizational life? When you build a successful company, department, NGO, or team, you build upon successes. It’s tricky to reproduce success, however, because many decisions were both context- and time-bound.

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One Page Talent Management

Harvard Business Review

We all know it takes top talent to win in today's marketplace. You spend a lot of time and money to attract and retain the best talent. But sometimes it seems that no matter how well designed your talent management processes are, they still fail to deliver the talent depth you need.

Teddy bears to the rescue again

Chartered Management Institute

I wrote a few months ago about the positive effect a teddy bear can have on the ethical behaviour of both individual managers and their companies. Apparently teddy bears have the potential to provide similar boosts to sense of belonging as well, at least according to some new research published recently. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Thanksgiving and Gratitude

Your Voice of Encouragement

This time of year, we are often reminded to count our blessings and reflect on what we’re thankful for. It’s actually an even better idea to establish a daily practice of gratitude.

Forget Feedback, Try Feed Forward

Roundtable Talk

Even though I know it’s good for me, I still find “constructive” fee dback difficult. Like many type-A’s, I’m so highly self-critical that hearing things from other people about what I’m not doing well makes me want to shout “yeah, well you try living in this head!”

Winning In Emerging Markets

Harvard Business Review

Conventional wisdom holds that the best way to select emerging markets is to evaluate their size and/or growth potential. However, Harvard Business School professor Tarun Khanna says that's not actually the best way to choose emerging markets — just the most common way.

A Timeout to Consider “The Leader’s List for Giving Thanks”

Management Excellence

Note from Art: I run this list every Thanksgiving.not because it's convenient, but because the thoughts are heartfelt and unchanging. Those who serve by leading have many reasons to truly be grateful for the opportunity and for those who support them every day. Happy Thanksgiving to all. Leadership Life and Business Leadership Context Serving as a Leader

Taking Measure of Talent With Analytics

Harvard Business Review

An organization's workforce is its most important asset as well as one of its greatest investments.

Imaginary Advice


From a lawyer: "Please don't consult me until all of the major decisions have been made and trouble erupts. When you do get around to calling - remember, no rush - try to withhold crucial information since it might complicate my analysis. Give me plenty of opinions cloaked as facts. An occasional lie is also entertaining. Before seeing me, make sure that you have sent lots of emails about the situation to any adversaries and witnesses.

The Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators

Harvard Business Review

Creativity and innovative thinking are not genetic traits. What makes people great innovators is not their genetic makeup, but a set of skills and behaviors. The good news: anyone can learn, practice, and master the skills necessary to become a disruptive innovator.



Some fences that can confine our thinking: Titles Labels Procedures Policies Precedents Bias Passion Fatigue Time Resources Priorities Peers Status Criticism Ideology Distance Architecture Appearance Assumptions Speed

Social Media Fail, Airline Style

Harvard Business Review

The capacity to operate a 747 is incompatible with social media smarts. That's the conclusion one might draw from the social media fail of the week — a prize that should exist if it doesn't yet. Qantas Airways landed in the headlines for a tone-deaf Twitter contest that asked people to tweet their dreams for luxury air travel, including the hashtag #qantasluxury.

Quote of the Day


The best labor-saving device is a wastebasket. Anonymous


China's Small Town Problem

Harvard Business Review

For Chinese tourists the big Western cities come as a huge disappointment. New York's Time Square is just a busy junction, not the wide square of their imaginings. In the downtowns Los Angeles, Atlanta and Phoenix, you rarely see a soul apart from the occasional tramp. It's so desolate that it feels scary to walk there even in the daytime. Big cities in Europe are no better. The streets in London are too narrow to be believed. As for Paris, its public sanitation and security are notorious.

Miscellaneous and Fast


"The New World": The trailer. Neatorama : The Thanksgiving Food Pyramid. Heather Mac Donald on the Zuccotti Park protesters. Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen on the possible swing to Hillary. Cultural Offering has a message from the Occupy Bagram demonstrators. Sit down and shut up : Scott Turow's proposal re free speech. George Will on the high price of the "More" mentality. The Telegraph : Miss Havisham on film. Hugo": The trailer. The Lady Vanishes": The trailer

The Myth of Monotasking

Harvard Business Review

An interview with Cathy Davidson , Duke University professor and author of Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn. Download this podcast. Education Productivity Technology

Thank you note

Change Starts Here

Thank you, blog reader. You challenge me to share practical tips and worthwhile ideas on a regular basis. Thank you, coaching client. It is an honor to walk beside you as you influence change in your organization. Thank you, workshop attendee. You inspire me to develop frameworks that make complex work manageable. Thank you, newsletter subscriber. You motivate me to create content worthy of your inbox. Thank you, radio show guest.

The Products Chinese Consumers Want

Harvard Business Review

China's consumer goods market expanded rapidly over the past two decades primarily because of the growing number of first-time buyers, who were eager to buy goods and services that were previously unavailable or unaffordable. With so many products and services now within people's reach, though, it's interesting to identify the new frontiers of growth. That's a concern for many companies, as a recent McKinsey survey highlights.

One day to be selfish

Deep Imprints

Do you ever want that? Just one day to be selfish, whatever that means? Some days you want a simple bubble bath. Other times, you want a day to catch up on your shows. Maybe you just want quiet. My “quiet day” would preclude my kids making cookies and listening to Christmas music.

The Auto Industry Embraces Its Own Disruption

Harvard Business Review

In a flashback to our days on the playground, a growing number of consumers are embracing the idea of sharing. People are sharing everything from apartments to designer dresses , and the surge in popularity has given rise to what has been called the " sharing economy." This movement is reshaping the way people are consuming, and disrupting many established industries in the process.

Own Your Actions, Own Your Happiness!

Utpal Writes

You, only you, are in charge of your actions, not anyone else. Stop imprecating others, start taking actions that make you happy. Leadership Self-Help Make a difference power of choice

Who's Your Brand's Editor-in-Chief?

Harvard Business Review

If you're a retailer and you're not generating a non-stop flow of customized, interactive content, the writing's on the wall: Publish or perish. Publishing has become an essential tool for keeping customers close as they pursue their decision journeys on the way to purchase. Just look around. Macy's mBlog offers "news, reviews, magic and more," J.

Black Friday, Hourly Wage and the Decline of Thanksgiving

ReThink HR

At 7:20pm on 11/23/11 I saw this image on my Facebook news feed from a friend with the following tagline: “Seriously?! It’s only Wednesday! ” I wholeheartedly agree. While I love a deal I could never justify getting out 2 days before the deal begins.

The Kids' Table? No Thanks

Harvard Business Review

Do you remember being stuck at the kids' table for Thanksgiving dinner growing up? There were always too many of us to all sit around one dinner table, so we had a secondary table off to the side, sometimes even in a separate room, to which the younger generation was relegated. I remember asking every year if I would be able to sit with the grownups. The conversation at their table ranged from sports to politics to family gossip, and whatever the topic it was always more animated and intense.

Why an Identity Crisis Might Be Just What Your Brain Needs

Harvard Business Review

At the 2011 Neuroleadership Summit in San Francisco this month, attendees learned how allowing your brain to have an identity crisis may be just the thing to improve personal and company performance. A simple model for understanding the link between identity, brain, and their effect on performance goes something like this: 1) identity drives motivation, 2) motivation drives action, and 3) action drives results.