September, 2012

Getting Back to the Heart of Leadership

C-Level Strategies

A few days ago I had the opportunity to gather with fellow parishioners at my beautiful, old, Italian church to talk about politics. I know what you’re thinking…we were mixing religion and politics, a heady combination.

5 Secrets To Awesome Team Building

Terry Starbucker

As a leader, there’s nothing more satisfying than watching your team just flat out “get it done” The flywheel spins at breakneck speed, and milestones and business plan targets get met and surpassed with workmanlike regularity.

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Leadership infographic

Talent Technologies

This leadership infographic spells out the huge gaps in leadership between what followers expect , and what leaders do. Scroll down for the infographic or you can download it here ).

Leadership Isn’t About Checking Boxes

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth . Today’s post is a short rant, but one every leader should take to heart – STOP CHECKING BOXES. To believe leadership can be reduced to task management is simply flawed thinking.

Three Ways to Lose Your Audience

Next Level Blog

A little over a year ago, I wrote a post called Three Signs Your Slide Deck Stinks. I think it got the most comments in the history of this blog as I invited readers to share their pet peeves from presentation land. The Slide Deck Stinks post comes to mind because I‘ve attended a lot of presentations lately. While I’ve heard some great good ones, I’m sorry to say that there have been some bad ones too.

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Which will get you Promoted to CEO: Nasty or Nice?

Great Leadership By Dan

The answer may surprise you, according to new research from PDI Ninth House. While being nasty (intimidating others but lacking consideration) will get you to the business unit leaders level, these traits will leave you out of the running for C-level roles.

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How To Choose An Executive Search Firm (Infographic)

N2Growth Blog

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Putting the human back in human resources

The Organized Executive's Blog

This is a guest article by Sheila Bouman. Technology has changed our world—from the way we work to the way we play and everything in between. For most companies, the human resources function is no exception.

Your words are powerful…

Ron Edmondson

You said this… They heard this… It meant this much to you… It meant this much to them… Your words are powerful. As a parent. As a leader. As a friend. As an employer. As a pastor. As a husband. As a wife. Choose your words carefully. They matter.

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The CEO “X Factor:” Do You Have It?

C-Level Strategies

I’ve often written that the very best leadership development program I’ve ever seen or experienced as a participant or coach is the Magnetic Leadership Program offered through Profitability Business Simulations.

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The 8 Strengths of Humility

Leadership Freak

I ask G.J. Hart, when he was CEO of Texas Roadhouse, if he could spot emerging leaders. He didn’t rule out talent, education, or leadership presence, but he replied, “I can usually tell if they have the humility to make it.” Hart’s statement so deeply impacted me that I wrote about humility in, “The Character Based Leader.” [.].

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Your career (and your business) is not a 6 lane highway where you can keep speeding in a single direction. It is a curvy road that throws up a lot of unexpected situations. Economic downturns, changes in demand/supply and such uncertainties.

9/11 Infographic – The Destiny Of A Nation

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Today marks the 11 th anniversary of 9/11. There is no doubt the United States is indebted to our active duty military, veterans and their families for the tremendous sacrifices they’ve made (and continue to make) on our behalf.

Three Ways to Increase Your Influence

Next Level Blog

One of my favorite lines is that it’s important to understand the difference between what should be and what is. Stop for a few moments and think about how often that line applies in real life. You’ll hear someone say something like, “They should be doing that because…” and what comes after because is something like “it’s the right thing to do,” or “the answer’s obvious,” or “I’m in charge.” I hear a fair amount of “They should be doing’s” in my work as an executive coach.

Six Ways to Prepare for a Stellar Presentation

Kevin Eikenberry

Have you ever given a presentation and when it was over you said to yourself. “I I should have been better prepared.”? Have you vowed in that moment of stress, frustration and with the sense of lost opportunity that “I’ll be better prepared next time.”? Then, as the next presentation came up like [.]. Communication Leadership Leadership Communication Learning practice preparation presentation

Time Management For Leaders

Linked 2 Leadership

Many people complain that they do not have enough time and can never get caught up. I want to share something with you that you might not expect. “You You will never have enough time for everything no matter how hard you try.” Being Busy is a Good Thing People who are always caught up and [.]. Authentic Leadership Coaching Corner Servant Leadership leadership Management Organizational Health Time Management

Pastors Who Didn’t Make the Cut

Ron Edmondson

Having recently gone through the search team process of a church, I found this post by my friend William Vanderbloemen especially funny. And, true. William didn’t write this, it has been around a while, but I’m glad he shared it again. (By

The September 2012 Leadership Development Carnival NFL Kick-off Edition

Great Leadership By Dan

As our New England summer winds down, the night air gets cooler, the days grow shorter, and the parking lot here on campus is once again filled up with students, it can only mean one thing. Are you ready for some football!!?? OK, so I realize not everyone shares my obsession with the NFL.

10 unexpected ways to show your staff that you value them


often hear from the leaders I work with about what a great team they have. I have no doubt that you may also feel the same about those who report to you. However, we seem to be hard wired to think in terms of showering money at our employees to show them that we value them (and to keep them from leaving). While money is fine, there are lots of other ways that you can show your best people that you value them.

What is a Vision or Mission Statement?

Coaching Tip

" Nothing happens unless first a dream." Carl Sandburg. Remember when you believed that you could change the world? Where are those dreams and aspirations of youth? You may feel you are now ready for a life makeover but are not sure what the changes should be. But you know you want more than what is. In " Vision: Your Pathway to Victory," author Gordon D'Angelo defines "vision" as the process that brings imagination to creation.

Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go

Leading Blog

Finding good employees is not enough. Organizations must have a plan in place to keep the employees they have. A priority for many employees today is career development opportunities. The problem is very few managers and leaders feel they have the time to work on career development. Yet career development, say Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni in Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go , is nothing more than helping people grow. And that’s job one for leaders.

Leaders: Stop Trying to Control the Truth

Linked 2 Leadership

One of the most prevalent signs of Organizational Learned Helplessness (OLH) is the art of making any news sound good. Better known as “spinning.” ” Spinning takes its queue from George Orwell’s 1984: “Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the [.].

Seven First Year Mistakes Senior Executives Make

Next Level Blog

One of the comments I hear most often from rising, high potential leaders in our Next Level Leadership® group coaching program is “I’m so glad to know it’s not just me.” Being in the leadership crucible can be a lonely experience. The group coaching participants quickly learn and take comfort from the fact that they are not alone in the leadership challenges they face every day.

10 Questions That Should be Answered Before Any Major Change is Announced

Great Leadership By Dan

Have you ever received an email from your manager announcing a significant organizational change that left you with more questions than answers?

16 Things Successful Leaders Never Do

Leadership Freak

Not doing is one side of finding success. Never let the bottom line be the bottom line. Never pretend things are ok when they aren’t. Never let what you’ve never done be the reason not to try. Never get ahead by resenting those who get ahead. Never let those who aren’t doing something prevent you [.]. Failure Leading Managing Personal Growth Decisions defensiveness Leadership Leadership Development Management organizational success subordinates taking responsibility waffle

5 Do’s and Don’ts to Gain Respect as a Leader

Ron Edmondson

Want to be respected as a leader? It won’t come easily. It’s not freely given. Yet it’s not complicated either. Here are 5 do’s…then 5 don’ts of gaining respect as a leader: Don’t. Don’t be someone you’re not.

Free Website Design Spotlight: A Tool You Can Use

Women on Business

Being a small business owner myself, I understand the utter terror that grips you when you have to make a purchase for your business. Everything costs you a fortune and your cash flow is never where you want it to be. There seems to be a never ending mantra “I know I need it, but I just can’t afford it right now”. Well ladies the wait is over. We all know that to be successful in today’s global market we need a web presence and I have uncovered the best kept secret in web design. Introducing ….

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How Leadership and Culture Impact Business Profit

Linked 2 Leadership

Business exists solely to make a profit! Controversial? Possibly… But this is worth investigating because I feel this point is critical to business and personal success. And it is in some ways counter-intuitive to what many of us have been led to believe. It is also not my view. The Purpose Of Business A few months [.]. Leading & Developing Other Leaders Servant Leadership Values-Based Leadership Bill Gates business leadership Management Microsoft

Humility Matters: 9 Ways Confident Leaders Remain Humble

Let's Grow Leaders

“What the world needs now is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.” ” -Oscar Levant We want to follow people with confidence, charisma and a strong sense of direction. Confidence inspires, attracts, excites and ignites. We think, “they sure do seem to know what they’re doing…” And yet, I have observed [.] The post Humility Matters: 9 Ways Confident Leaders Remain Humble appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders.

Building Your Leadership Brand

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by regular Great Leadership contributor Beth Armknecht Miller : During the course of my work with leaders, I find that so many of them get hung up on the “should and shouldn’ts” of leadership by comparing themselves with other leaders.

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Coaching Tips for Managers – When the Bicycle Moment Occurs

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

My best boss was also my mentor. He coached me and supported my development, even though it meant I was likely to get promoted. He showed me it is possible for a manager to focus on results and develop their people at the same time.

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7 Suggestions for Processing Pain

Ron Edmondson

I tweeted recently: We all make a decision how we respond to the pain in our life. It is one of the most important decisions we’ll ever make. Someone tweeted back a great question. What’s s great way to process (emotional) pain?

How Leaders Are Creating Engagement In Today’s Workplaces

Tanveer Naseer

If there’s one topic that continues to persist in the minds and radars of most leaders today, it’s the issue of employee engagement. Specifically, how do we go about fostering an engaged workforce when we have fewer resources, more competition, and need to accomplish more in less time. This was the focus of HCI’s 2012 Employee Engagement Conference where business leaders from NIKE, Warner Bros.

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Change Leaders Don’t Need Titles

Linked 2 Leadership

Change is vital to growth and expansion. It gives organizations a competitive edge and gives employees a spark of energy. We must have change in order to grow. Whether you may like it or not, change is a normal part of any successful business. With or Without You Why not help lead that change? Change [.]. Coaching Corner Future Leadership Issues Leading & Developing Other Leaders Leading Change leadership leadership skills Organizational Health Self-development Success