Thu.Jan 17, 2013

Is Your Brain Undermining You?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Self Leadership Get Ahold of Yourself When Interactions go Awry. “I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element… I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.

12 Ways to”Shoot Yourself in the Foot” as a Pastor

Ron Edmondson

Want to “shoot yourself in the foot” as a pastor? Here are a dozen ways: Do life alone and trust no one. Question everyone’s motive. Don’t know key stakeholders in the church. Avoid transparency in favor of protecting image. Refuse critique or evaluation.

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At Work, "Yes" is Great, but at Times "No" is Even Better

Leading Blog

This is a guest post by Michael Carroll, author of Fearless at Work. At work, we want our jobs, assignments, projects and "stuff" to move along smoothly: achieving objectives, getting promoted, winning contracts. It's almost a twitch reflex to want our jobs to behave themselves.

How To Build A Community of Collaboration

Let's Grow Leaders

What is a community? Can you have one at work? Should you? If you want more of a community feel, how do you create it? Whose job is it? Senior management? Frontline leaders? The employees? Do programs produce community or do people? Today, I raise more questions than answers.


Tony Mayo

Indifference The opposite of love is not to hate It is indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness It is indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy It is indifference. And the opposite of life is not death It is indifference. –Elie Wiesel Share it!

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CEOs and leaders: Are you rewarding rabbit tricks?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in SmartBlog for Leadership [link] Listening to the CEO of the $500m manufacturing firm describe the exploits of his operations vice president was fascinating: “Louis was incredible … again. When the product defect was discovered, he told his team to do whatever was needed to fix it.

Help Your Global Talent Succeed and Lead - Cultivate Communication Skills

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Nancy Vason: As leaders of global businesses, you draw from a deep well of talent. You employ engineers, plant managers, economists, IT managers and marketing directors from all over the world. Most are highly educated, technically competent professionals.

Think SoLoMo or SoCoLoMo – Social Commerce, Local & Mobile – For Digital Success

Modern Servant Leader

In an evolving digital work place, it is critical for leaders to think of their products, services and leadership in terms of SoCoLoMo. This is a take off of the popular SoLoMo, which stood for So cial Lo cal and Mo bile, with the Co addition standing for Co mmerce and / or Co ntent. Why is SoCoLoMo important? Here are some statistics to consider: . Social Media. Social CEOs : 77% of buyers say they are more likely to buy from a company whose CEO uses social media1.

Remembering Big Dale


FutureLawyer recalls the insight of Dale Carnegie. I think many high school students would gain more from that book than from much of their required reading

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Why do we Fail to See the Poor? – Thoughts from Larry James, The Wealth of the Poor

First Friday Book Synopsis

In July 2012 the Associated Press reported that by the end of the year the national poverty rate would grow to 15.7 percent of the population, a number equaling poverty levels present in 1965 during the days of President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” and the “War on Poverty.” …Some estimate that poverty is a problem [.]. Randy's blog entries

020: How to Develop an Effective Culture

Engaging Leader

In this episode, Jesse and Marty answer an important question from a listener. “I’ve heard what thought leaders like Jim Collins and Patrick Lencioni have to say,” Steve asks, “but it just seems like theory when I think about how to apply it to our team.

What’s in it for me is what’s in it for you

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Coaching Leadership Development [link] I talk to people all the time about what motivates them at work. The most common answer I hear is, “I like to help people.” The human motivation to be of service is as natural as rain in Oregon this time of year. When we serve others, its gives us purpose and calls us to [.]. Leadership Coaching Leadership Development employee engagement

Entrepreneurship Science: focus on the 20% who represent 80% of your business

Coaching Tip

Single out your best customers and create a strategy to serve them better. . The old "80/20 Rule" applies : In an established business, 80% of your sales come from 20% of your customers. These are the customers to focus on. If you don't know who they are -- if you can't list them in order of decreasing sales -- find out. Analyze your sales and make a list -- and hang that list where you can see it every day. And every day, ask yourself, "How can I build my sales with these customers?

It’s Great When Community Members Know What They Can Expect from the Admin

Managing Communities

Please Update Your RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: [link] I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you. Interacting with Members Managing the Community

Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Thomas H. Davenport and D.J. Patil for the Harvard Business Review. 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. Artwork: Tamar Cohen and Andrew J Buboltz, 2011 * * * When Jonathan Goldman [.]. Bob's blog entries Andrew J Buboltz “People You May Know” ads “triangle closing” D.J.

Three Elements of Great Communication, According to Aristotle

Harvard Business Review

In my nearly 20 years of work in organization development, I've never heard anyone say that a leader communicated too much or too well.

High Performance Team Building Certificate Program

Create Learning

Back by popular demand, we are very excited to offer the High Performance Team Building Certificate Program again! The 2013 program runs from March 6 to May 1. There will be five afternoon sessions in Buffalo NY and four short online sessions. Register early , as it will fill up quickly! "I

Social Impact Investing Will Be the New Venture Capital

Harvard Business Review

During the past century, governments and charitable organizations have mounted massive efforts to address social problems such as poverty, lack of education, and disease.

What Happens When Features Are Dropped To Make a Launch Date?

The Idolbuster

Chapter 9: Paint Your Environment Part 7. Ever been on a project that is under time pressure to make a launch date? One common solution is to drop features from the product. For example, when Apple launched the iPad mini in November 2012, it did not have the retina display. I have no knowledge of how that decision was made, but I can easily speculate that this feature was not included to bring in the launch date.

Thought-full Thursday: what comes back to you


“Often we set out to make a difference in the lives of others only to discover we have made a difference in our own.” ” ~ Ellie Braun-Haley. As a leader, you have an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others – potentially many others.


Make Agility Part of Your Process

Harvard Business Review

Rational managers for the past thirty years have tightly focused on efficiency, cost cutting, and day-to-day execution — perhaps to a fault. With increasing industry disruption, efficiency is fast becoming of secondary importance to innovation and agility. Many large organizations have too little capacity for external sensing, strategic reflection, and business transformation.

Be Happy at Your Work


Fast Company : Secrets of America's Happiest Companies

Why Your IT Project Needs a Cognitive Scientist

Harvard Business Review

Our research, which has involved studying more than 50 international organizations in a variety of industries, has identified an alternative approach to big data and analytics projects that allows companies to continually exploit data in new ways. Instead of the deployment of technology, it focuses on the exploration of information.

Are Racial Preferences Unconstitutional?


Writing in Imprimis , professor Edward J. Erler on " Is the Constitution Color-Blind?


Recommended Resources – The Welcomer Edge

Strategy Driven

The Welcomer Edge : Unlocking the Secrets to Repeat Business. by Richard Shapiro. About the Book. The Welcomer Edge by Richard Shapiro explores the customer experience that converts first time customers into repeat buyers.

"Honk If You Love Someone"


A positive four-minute film at Daniel H. Pink's blog

Whole Foods' John Mackey on Capitalism's Moral Code

Harvard Business Review

An interview with John Mackey , co-CEO of Whole Foods Market and coauthor of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business. Download this podcast. A written transcript will be available by January 25. Leadership Managing people Strategy

Great Places to Work


Fortune magazine's ranking of The Best 100 Companies to Work For. But remember, the workplace is often as pleasant as your immediate supervisor

Leadership lessons to be learned from a brilliant symphony conductor

First Friday Book Synopsis

Roger Nierenberg is a highly successful conductor who has performed with some of the most distinguished orchestras in America and Europe. Through his interactive program, The Music Paradigm, he has taught hundreds of top companies around the world how to improve their leadership skills and teamwork. You now have an opportunity to watch a brief [.].

Few Guarantees in Life Other Than


There are few guarantees in life other than. There will be days when you will cringe at your stupidity. You will worry too much. You will find that taking time out to think about the big picture makes sense. You will waste a lot of time and money. Some people you thought were good weren't that good.


The Debt Ceiling and the Art of Being Unreasonable

Harvard Business Review

Using brinkmanship in political negotiations (or in any of kind of negotiations ) is not a bad thing. It's often a necessary tactic, particularly for the weaker party.

Unusual Words Update


Well, this may be common in Britain: Invigilate


Morning Advantage: Gender Wars, Chinese Style

Harvard Business Review

China’s one-child policy has changed the expectations of professional women, according to this excellent Wharton report based on extensive interviews. As Alice Au, a senior executive at the search firm Spencer Stuart, in Beijing puts it: "You can have your one child and you're done, so you can basically go on with your life."

First Paragraph


Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot thought it was a great shame that she had to spend one of the most beautiful days of the year so far at a crime scene, especially a hanging. She hated hangings. And on a Friday afternoon, too. From All The Colors of Darkness by Peter Robinson