September, 2012

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.

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

Investing in Women [Infographic]

Women on Business

Last month, I shared a disappointing statistic — only 15% of angel investors are women. But did you know that only 11% of partners in venture capital firms are women? Did you know that women perform 66% of the world’s work but only earn 10% of the income?

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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.

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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What Not to Do When Business Sours

In the CEO Afterlife

Most of you have heard the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater,” or something to that effect. Basically, the idiom advises us not to discard something valuable in our eagerness to get rid of some useless thing associated with it.

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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Leading Views: Gathering Feedback that Drives Growth

Leading Blog

People need feedback to grow. In Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go authors Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni share a good method for gathering feedback that drives growth: Encourage employees to gather feedback from others before sharing your own. It’s not about politeness but about power.

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How Leaders Can Quickly Take A Team From Worst To First

Terry Starbucker

It’s September, and for sports fans that means the NFL season is starting, and the Major League Baseball pennant races are heating up as they head to the postseason.

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Why Burnout Should Alarm Executive Leaders

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest Post by Ben Fanning , the Burnout Specialist: Let me share with you what happened when I started my job at the largest sporting goods retailer in the world. I took over a supply chain team just a few months before the largest sales day of the year…Black Friday.

Build a Simple System to Achieve Success

Coaching Tip

Consider a skill you want to improve or a subject that you wish to understand better to achieve the success you desire. . See how working deeply on the basics makes it possible for you to hone your skill or deepen your knowledge at the higher levels you are trying to attain.

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How To Choose An Executive Search Firm (Infographic)

N2Growth Blog

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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?

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 3 Secrets To Fantastic Work

Terry Starbucker

(Note: While I’m at SOBCon NW this weekend, I wanted to repeat one of my favorite past posts (from June of 2009), that is also featured in my free e-book “ Leadership From a Glass Half-Full “ ).

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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?

3 Small Steps for a CEO, One Giant Leap for a Leader

In the CEO Afterlife

This infographic from the Wall Street Journal captured the typical work week of a Chief Executive Officer in November of 2009. Fast forward to 2012 and “answering e-mails” would surely bite into the time-starved CEO’s work week.

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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.” [.].

The Top 5 Dangers that Disqualify a Church Leader

Ron Edmondson

I was recently asked the question: What are the dangers that disqualify church leaders from leadership in the church? Great question. The one who asked the question had a purpose. Thankfully, it was that this young church leader wanted to avoid them if possible. I love the intentionality.

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.

10 Guideposts To Leadership Success

Terry Starbucker

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.

1 in 4 Women Entrepreneurs Left Their Corporate Jobs to Escape Toxic Cultures

Women on Business

NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE: According to a recent survey of 300 women entrepreneurs, 23% of women entrepreneurs left their secure, well-paying corporate jobs and struck out on their own to escape what they believed to be a toxic culture in the corporate world. Furthermore, 68% of those women entrepreneurs who left corporate jobs claim they

How Can You Be More Fun to be Around?

Chris Brady

It's not what happens to you, it's what you happen to do with what happens to you. I am impressed by many people, especially those who have a great attitude, seem focused on others, and make me feel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. LLR Daily Application

12 Random Thoughts on Change

Ron Edmondson

Change never happens without sacrifice. Change is seldom popular with everyone. Change is always occurring…whether planned or unplanned, yet there are things that never change. It’s easier to introduce change in a culture that embraces change. Change works best with advanced preparation.

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

A Tribute to a Fallen Hero – Thomas F. Swift (1971-2001)

Terry Starbucker

(Note this post was originally published on September 8th, 2006; I’m republishing it today to honor not only the life of Tommy Swift, but the lives of all who perished on 9-11-01).

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Leadership Development is not Supposed to be FUN

Great Leadership By Dan

When it comes to leadership development, I’ve always been a bit of a curmudgeon. Here’s the way I’ve always thought about leadership development: There is no such thing as a natural born leader - it takes a lot of HARD work to become one.

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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Erasing the Handicap from Golf and Life

Dave Bratcher

Have you ever been inspired by a friend, or watched in amazement as a friend accomplishes great things? Courtesy Brandon Rowland is just that friend. Life was completely normal for a six year old…sports, school, being mean to sisters, etc.

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4 Tools to Grow People

Ron Edmondson

In my last post, “ Do You Want to Grow Leaders ?”, ”, I said that experience…good and bad shapes us as a leader. The bigger the experience…the more we grow. Continuing that thought process, how do we create the environment where leaders can grow?

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Are You Consciously or Unconsciously Values-Driven?

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

To live intentionally, you must surface your values – not the ones you think you should have, but the ones you really do have. Our values are our deeply held beliefs about what is right and good. They drive our behaviors, whether we are conscious of them or not.

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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.

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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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.

BLOGTASTIC by Rajesh Setty: A Useful Blogging Guide


Why do I blog? Why do people blog? I blog because it helps me see my thoughts. Get clarity. Make a small difference to my community. Build meaningful connections. Establish credibility. One such connection I made during my blogging journey was with my friend and mentor, Rajesh Setty.

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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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