Mon.Mar 05, 2012

The Art of Leadership When Letting Employees Go

C-Level Strategies

I remember a day early in my career when I was sitting with colleagues at lunch, listening to stories about how employees had been “let go” in the not-too-distant past.

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What is Organizational Culture, Anyway?

Kevin Eikenberry

Have you ever been in the woods, walking on a trail? If so you know that while you see the trees in front of you it is hard to describe the whole forest. At that moment, the forest for you is the trees – because you just see the trees around you. Patterns, dimension and [.]. Leadership Learning organizational culture

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Leader, You’ll Never Be 100% Certain

Ron Edmondson

I’ve heard many well-meaning, potentially great leaders who never achieve all they could, because their fears and doubts keep them from making hard decisions. Let me tell you from experience: You’ll never be 100% certain about a leadership decision.

Enjoy the Process – 2

QAspire

In 2010, I wrote a post titled “Enjoy the Process”. The central idea of the post was: “My point is – if we constantly keep our goal in perspective (and get overwhelmed by it), we become less efficient. Anxiousness (and sometimes fear) kills creativity. We rush through the process to see if our efforts are

Leadership Lessons from Who?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Jon Bon Jovi, Desi Arnaz, Mikahil Gorbachev & Karen Carpenter… what do they all have in common? They share a birthday with Dr. Seuss! March 2nd, 1904 Theodor Seuss Geisel was born. He published 46 children’s books, and I daresay that most of you have read or had one or more of them read to [.]. Leadership Development Dr. Seuss leadership truth education

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When People Don't Want to Change

Marshall Goldsmith

My job is to help people achieve positive, lasting change in behavior. How do I deal with people who have no desire to change? I don't. Have you ever tried to change the behavior of an adult who had absolutely no interest in changing? How much luck did you have with your attempts at this 'religious conversion'? Have you ever tried to change the behavior of a spouse, partner or parent who had no interest in changing? How did that work out for you?

The True Believer

Kevin Eikenberry

Today’s Resource Recommendation is The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer. If I wanted to start a religion (or a cult), I can think of no better place to begin than this book. Since I don’t want to do those things, why would I be recommending this book? Yes, the [.]. Books Influence Leadership Learning

Two Successful U.S. Presidents – One Common Leadership Challenge

Linked 2 Leadership

With a big presidential election coming this year, this is a good time to reflect on the challenges of leading with honor in one of the most difficult jobs in the world—President of the United States. Let’s look at two of the more famous and successful ones, Lincoln and Reagan, to see the challenges they [.]. Conflict Management Leadership Lessons Learned Servant Leadership business courage executive coach honor leadership presidential elections

Marketer’s Guide to Pinterest – Pin It to Win It

Women on Business

Pinterest is the hot social media marketing tool that enables anyone (including businesses and brands) to pin images and video content to virtual pinboards. Users can follow each other or specific pinboards.

Think You’ve Got What it Takes to Be a Community Manager? Take the “Call of Duty” Test

Managing Communities

photo credit: John Cronin’s Flickr Page Whenever I can, which is mainly when he is on break, I play “Call of Duty: Black Ops” with my brother, who is a college student. Since community management is what I do, I often relate things to the practice. Having spent countless hours playing online multiplayer, there are [.]. Interacting with Members Managing the Community Thinking

Social Contagion

CO2

Leadership of Teams. Leaders want to stand out. They want to separate themselves from other leaders, their coworkers, and their predecessors. It’s helpful for leaders to remember, however, the importance of fitting in with the group and the power of social contagion.

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A Personal Note About our Blog – I’ve Just Posted my 1,000th Post

First Friday Book Synopsis

Though there are differing measurements on WordPress, it appears that I have posted my 1,000th blog post over the weekend. My colleague Bob Morris is not too far away from his 3,000th post. (And And Karl Krayer, my colleague at the First Friday Book Synopsis, adds to our current blogging team). And later this week, we should [.]. Randy's blog entries

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Demystification of Leadership: Workshop

Create Learning

An interactive examination of what leadership is and how you can leverage your skills and competencies to improve your organization, team and self. To learn more Contact Mike today. O verview: Great leadership is one of the most valued of all human activities.

Leadership Caffeine: 8 Ideas for Navigating Your Leadership Mistakes

Management Excellence

Newsflash: all good leaders make mistakes. A great number of them. Everyday. After all, there are people involved, and this would be really easy without the people. Fortunately, people are all that we have. The true test of your leadership character isn’t measured by the number of mistakes you make, but rather, by what you do moving forward once a mistake is recognized.

0303 | David Owens

LDRLB

David A. Owens is professor of the practice of management at Vanderbilt’s Graduate School of Management, where he also directs the Executive Development Institute. Specializing in innovation and new product development, he is known as a dynamic speaker and is the recipient of numerous teaching awards. In this interview, we discuss his new book Creative People Must Be Stopped.

What the Heck is a “Ding in the Universe”

Leadership Freak

I never appreciated Steve Jobs’ quote, “I want to put a ding in the universe,” until I talked with Gary Hamel, Wall Street Journal’s #1 most influential business thinker. I asked Gary what leadership behaviors have the most impact on organizations. Gary took a swing at the reason we don’t put a ding in the [.].

Imgur Infographics

CEO Blog

I follow trends and one trend I see the the trend towards infographics. Check out this infographic from Imgur on Twitter Tips for Time Management. It includes things like: 1 - best time to tweet to get retweeted is 5 o'clock.

What the Heck is a “Ding in the Universe”

Leadership Freak

I never appreciated Steve Jobs’ quote, “I want to put a ding in the universe,” until I talked with Gary Hamel, Wall Street Journal’s #1 most influential business thinker. I asked Gary what leadership behaviors have the most impact on organizations. Gary took a swing at the reason we don’t put a ding in the [.].

0303 | David Owens

LDRLB

David A. Owens is professor of the practice of management at Vanderbilt’s Graduate School of Management, where he also directs the Executive Development Institute. Specializing in innovation and new product development, he is known as a dynamic speaker and is the recipient of numerous teaching awards. In this interview, we discuss his new book Creative People Must Be Stopped.

Calling All Leaders

The Practical Leader

On March 7 (tomorrow), 1876 Alexander Graham Bell was issued a patent by the U.S.

0302 | David Owens

LDRLB

David A. Owens is professor of the practice of management at Vanderbilt’s Graduate School of Management, where he also directs the Executive Development Institute. Specializing in innovation and new product development, he is known as a dynamic speaker and is the recipient of numerous teaching awards. In this interview, we discuss his new book Creative People Must Be Stopped.

The March 2012 Leadership Development Carnival Going Green Edition

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development [link] Welcome to the March 4th, 2012 Leadership Development Carnival Going Green Edition. Nope, it’s not sustainable, organic, or renewable… not that green. It’s the wearing of the green to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day this month! Leadership Development Character-based Leadership

Angelina Jolie’s leg: how to stand out from the crowd

Roundtable Talk

Last week, Angelina Jolie created a stir with her bizarro leg posing on the red carpet and the Oscar stage. Bloggers and newsfeeds were quick to jump on Jolie’s quirky pose with opinions divided: was she “having a laugh” or weirdly working her outfit? Was she high or was she doing it as a dare? Certainly Jolie succeeded in making headlines and standing out from a pack of other Oscar presenters and attendees.

How Top Brands Pull Customers into Orbit

Harvard Business Review

The most successful companies in business today have something in common. This trait doesn't just make them better than the competition; it makes them fundamentally different. Where traditional companies push out messages and products, these companies pull customers in. Instead of treating customers as passive targets, they treat them as active participants. Like the sun in a solar system, they create a gravitational field that pulls customers into their orbit.

High Society

Execupundit

Art Contrarian looks at the "classy" work of Bernard Boutet de Monvel

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TED Becomes a Publishing Platform

Harvard Business Review

The annual TED conference, held last weekend, used to be a small, exclusive, intimate affair in Monterey California. But it just moved to be a much larger event in Long Beach. It is pricey to attend and, no, I didn't actually do so. But TED's history tells us much about how publishing has changed. TED — that's short for Technology, Entertainment, and Design — was founded by Richard Saul Wurman in 1984 to gather together interesting people to give great talks about great ideas.

What's Your Route?

Execupundit

Are you in a sports car or a Model T? Are you taking meandering and bumpy dirt roads when there is a superhighway nearby? Is there a risk of running out of fuel? Do you need a new map? Are you lost or feel, as the old farmer said, "You can't get there from here?"

Procrastination Is Essential to Innovation

Harvard Business Review

This post was co-authored with Bob Moesta , Managing Partner of The Re-Wired Group in Detroit. While it's written from my perspective, he was central to the development of the idea. How's your book launch coming?" Bob asked me. I don't want to talk about my book. Can't we just dive into working on another post about progress?" I said, trying to avoid my towering pre-publication checklist. Sure, Whitney. But if you're going to write about progress, you might want to make some.".

The Great Lecturer

Execupundit

We looked forward to his classes. He had a shaved head and was built like a large bulldog. His voice was pure gravel and his eyes had a perpetual squint. He would introduce the subject and then illustrate key points while waving his reading glasses, calling on class members, and taking questions.

What Africa's Entrepreneurs Can Teach the World

Harvard Business Review

It's becoming ever clearer that entrepreneurship is the answer to the vexing economic questions facing Africa today: job creation, capital formation, skills acquisition, taxation-based self-sufficiency, quality of governance-demand, and of course social inclusion. But how has it actually evolved in Africa? Are there peculiar features of African entrepreneurship we may consider relevant to big global debates on development and sustainability?

Cocktail Party

Execupundit

As the conversation progressed, it was clear that he had made assumptions about my upbringing, wealth, goals, friends, and political beliefs. None of them were true. How, I wondered, had he reached those conclusions

Afraid to Innovate? Create an Airlock

Harvard Business Review

I gave a talk at the Canadian Marketing Association in Toronto last week. Leaving the hall, I fell into step with a young marketer. She seemed stressed. How are you doing?" I asked. "I I liked your talk," she said, "but it's hard. Everyone wants to be innovative but no one wants to make a mistake.". Mistake?". "We We have these brainstorms at my company. But then no one seems to do anything. All those good ideas just sit there. It's like we're afraid of them.".

"Not to Bee Sould"

Execupundit

At The Wall Street Journal Law Blog : A battle over a very old will

A Leadership Development Carnival is in Town!

Management is a Journey

Dan McCarthy’s Leadership Development Carnival for March is out and ready for your reading. Leadership wisdom is dispensed from bloggers around the web with the help of leprechuans, shamrocks, and a pot of gold. My post about leaders who are too smart for their own good is included. Check it out! Other