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.

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.” [.].

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.

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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

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.

How To Choose An Executive Search Firm (Infographic)

N2Growth Blog

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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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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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When You Don’t Communicate…

Ron Edmondson

Recently I was talking with a staff member of a larger church. She consistently fears the stability of her job. She never knows what her pastor is thinking.

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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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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

Portrait of a Micro-manager

Leadership Freak

Most people I’ve asked say they’ve worked for a micro-manager. Their frustration shows when they talk about the person who drained joy from their career and under-utilized their skills. You’re a micro-manager if you: Over-estimate your skills and under-estimate the skills of the team. Feel misunderstood and unappreciated. Hear too many questions. See yourself as doers [.]. Managing Personal Growth Taking others higher Leadership Development organizational success

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

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.

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

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.

20 Commitments that Enhance Leadership

Leadership Freak

Leaders without commitments frantically bounce like balls in pinball machines with no clear direction. Commitments are stabilizing stakes in the ground that guide behaviors and inform decisions. Commitments are decisions you don’t reconsider. Top leadership commitments include: Care. Serve. Clarify. Clarity drives success. Know where you’re going and tell others, often. Step toward the future. Only look backward as it enables [.].

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 [.].

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?

Want a Strong Team? You Have 2 Choices: HIRE Winners or DEVELOP Winners

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

“It is critical that you build a pool of recognized, well developed and prepared talent for the organization, and that you identify and build future leadership.”. ~ Les Hayman, former Global HR Head of SAP and former CEO/Chairman SAP Asia Pacific, EMEA.

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.

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.

20 Commitments that Enhance Leadership

Leadership Freak

Leaders without commitments frantically bounce like balls in pinball machines with no clear direction. Commitments are stabilizing stakes in the ground that guide behaviors and inform decisions. Commitments are decisions you don’t reconsider. Top leadership commitments include: Care. Serve. Clarify. Clarity drives success. Know where you’re going and tell others, often. Step toward the future. Only look backward as it enables [.].

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

Helping Your Team To Find The Silver Lining When Things Go Wrong

Tanveer Naseer

Most of us are familiar with the fact that the more we focus on something, like a particular brand of car or advertisement, the more we’ll notice it occurring within our surroundings. And yet, how many of us are aware of how our emotions can impact how we perceive or experience a given situation? To illustrate what I mean, let me share a personal story of mine from a few months ago.

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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.