November, 2012

8 Things Collaborative Leaders Know

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Are you a collaborative leader? Collaborative leaders understand that organizations are networks of relationships and that relationships are the glue that holds them together. It doesn’t matter what your role is.

12 Ways Leaders Can Build a Winning Culture

Terry Starbucker

There’s a foundation to successful business execution that is undeniably critical – the workplace culture. Bad cultures can’t execute very well. Period. You might even say that they are doomed to failure, rich in dysfunction, seeped in mistrust, and (most often) guided by fear.

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10 Questions and Answers for Managers about Praise

Great Leadership By Dan

Praise is one of the most misunderstood, powerful, and underutilized management skills. The following is a reenactment of an actual coaching conversation I had with a manager. What is “praise”? Just what exactly are we talking about here?

The Four Leadership Traits of Highly Collaborative Leaders

Leading Blog

Collaboration taps in to a broader pool of ideas. It maximizes the talents and abilities of your people. An inclusive culture is more flexible and adaptable. People are highly motivated, work harder and are more creative. However, collaboration isn’t something you can put on.

Five Leadership Keys to “Getting the People Right”

C-Level Strategies

One theme that is always heard at CEO Connection Boot Camps is something that sounds like, “You’ve got to get the people right.” ” After all, your people are your most strategic asset. Your “secret sauce” without a brilliant team will get you nowhere.

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What Leaders Can Do To Encourage Learning And Growth

Tanveer Naseer

Among the many responsibilities that come with leadership, one that I’m particularly passionate about is facilitating the learning and growth of those you serve. This was also the focus of last week’s HCI Learning and Leadership Development conference where leaders from a wide range of industries and backgrounds offered their viewpoints and experiences on learning, leadership and fostering growth in your organization.

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What Employees Will Say About You On the Exit Survey

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Employees leave. That’s about as guaranteed as death and taxes. Almost as equally guaranteed is the use of the exit survey. HR departments seek feedback from exiting employees on their employment experience. Some conduct live interviews.

The Eight Pillars of Trust

Leading Blog

The Trust Edge explains how you and your organization can become trusted. A lack of trust is your biggest expense. It is the currency of business and life. Author David Horsager, explains that trust is tangible, learnable, and measureable. Trust is a confident belief in someone or something to do what is right, deliver what is promised, and to be the same every time in spite of circumstances.

5 Leadership Secrets to Being a Successful CEO

C-Level Strategies

As a member of the CEO Connection team, I have the opportunity to attend CEO Boot Camps with our members several times a year, the most recent event having occurred here in Chicago last week.

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10 Best Countries For Women In 2012 (Spoiler Alert: U.S. Did Not Make the Cut)

Women on Business

NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE: Forbes released its annual list of the 10 best countries for women last week, and the United States is noticeably missing from the list. According to Forbes, the 10 best countries for women in 2012 are: Iceland: Taking the top spot for the third year in a row, Iceland is “lauded for its women in political and economic positions of leadership.”

The 3 Must-Dos of Great Leadership

Terry Starbucker

In the seven years I’ve been writing and talking about my concepts and lessons of personal leadership, I’ve often been asked, “What does it take to be a great leader?” ” That’s a BIG question, isn’t it?

5 Big Ideas: What’s Next for Leadership Development?

Great Leadership By Dan

In MHO, when it comes to leadership development, the Center for Creative Leadership is second to none. I’ve sung CCL’s praises before – I love their research-based approach, resources, programs, and products. So when I came across CCL’s 2011-2012 Annual Report called What’s Next for Leadership?

8 Reasons Why Pride Is The Core Of Leadership Failure

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Craig looked intently at his staff. Every Monday morning staff meeting was intense. Craig expected results and he held everyone accountable. Not necessarily himself. No one talked, they just listened. Craig was on a rant. This was typical, he had a pretty big ego and drew a line in the sand quite often. This line, [.]. Leadership Development Culture Leadership

A question of courage


never fully understood the negative impact of fear in the workplace until I had left it and could look at it as an “outsider” I write about it often now because when the doors are closed and I’m in conversations with even the best leaders, I hear them speak of what they cannot do. We dig deeper and find that fear is holding them back. So often it’s clear as we talk that these fears are generally based on assumptions and the presumed negative consequences of taking action.

Why Most Leadership Development Efforts Fail

Kevin Eikenberry

George was seen as an up-and-coming leader in the organization. People that worked for him liked and respected him. Those in Senior Leadership saw his potential, so he was slated to attend the company’s leadership development workshop. George was ecstatic! He loved the organization and wanted to move up and contribute as much as he [.]. Leadership Learning Training

Indispensable Leadership Wisdom I Wish I Had Early in My Career

C-Level Strategies

Every once in a while a book comes along full of leadership wisdom that I wish I had access to early in my career. John Baldoni’s new book, “ The Leader’s Pocket Guide: 101 Indispensable Tools, Tips, and Techniques for Any Situation ” is one such book.

3 Keys to Cultivating Leadership

Linked 2 Leadership

Gardening gloves aren’t for me. I like the feel of dirt under my nails, callouses formed from hours wielding a shovel, blisters as a reminder of hard labor. Struggles and challenges cling under my nails. Years of hard work and experience have formed callouses. Blisters occasionally develop due to my sensitivity, but they are welcome. [.].

The 5 Perils of Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Miles Anthony Smith: If we go into management to earn more, have more power/prestige, and work less, we are either naïve or ignorant. And let’s admit right now that those are precisely the reasons most of us go into management.). Prepare to be Hated.

Three Things That “No Drama” Leaders Do

Next Level Blog

As I write this, it's Election Day morning in the U.S. Looking back over the last four years, there's a lot that comes to mind. One specific thought is that in the 2008 campaign, the soon to be President's nickname was "No Drama Obama." I guess that comes to mind because there have been a number of data points about leadership and the drama factor that have hit my radar screen lately.

Research Shows Startups Run by Women Are More Successful

Women on Business

NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE: Venture-backed startups with women at the helm are more successful than startups led by men. That’s according to a study conducted by Dow Jones which analyzed more than 15 years of venture-backed company data and executive information to compare successful versus unsuccessful companies. The Women at the Wheel study revealed: A company’s odds for success (versus unsuccess) increase with more female executives at the VP and director levels.

A letter of hope for self-absorbed bosses

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Three nearly identical stories shared with me in just two days. Three stories of individual and/or group anguish, trauma, frustration, annoyance, confusion and heartbreak caused by narcissistic control-freak bosses. Bosses of this self-absorbed ilk aren’t self-aware or open to feedback, so no amount of pixie dust will help them listen despite how much we have [.]. Leadership Development Leadership narcissism

Does Your Leadership Build Up Others?

The Leadership Advisor

You may be wondering why there hasn’t been a blog post on our blog for 3 months. All of the “gurus” say in order to keep things going, you have to continue blogging regularly and frequently. On a certain level, I agree.

Avoiding The Top 5 Leadership Communication Blunders

Linked 2 Leadership

Communication is the most important predictor of a team’s success. MIT has the data to prove it. If you lead a team, this should command your attention. Communication is Key to a Successful Team “We’ve found patterns of communication to be the most important predictor of a team’s success. Not only that, but they are [.]. Coaching Corner Team Building Leadership communication leadership open communication team building teamwork

7 Requirements to Be a Leader Today

Ron Edmondson

To be a leader today requires more than knowledge…. Especially today. Here are 7 requirements to be a great leader today: You have to be adaptable – Things change fast these days. Real fast. You must lead a team that responds accordingly.

Leadership Lessons from Yoga: The Benefits of Staying in the Room

Next Level Blog

Over the past couple of years, I've been in one yoga class or another five or six days a week on average. That might sound like a lot, but it's pretty much the only form of exercise I do anymore so it's a good way for me to keep the lights on.

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Are You Letting Pink Elephants Hold Back Your Team’s Creativity?

Tanveer Naseer

In today’s highly competitive global market, creativity and collaboration are becoming more and more valued as the necessary ingredients for organizational success and growth. Naturally, the thread that weaves and connects these two elements together is communication, not just in terms of what we convey to one another, but also in regards to what we tell ourselves.

Adverse selection: 6 ways employers repel top talent

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Workplace Issues Is your company inadvertently pushing good people away? Are some of your best performers leaving? If so, “adverse selection” may be at work in your organization. Have you pinpointed all the ways you are driving diversity out of your enterprise?

Team Building 101: Techniques to Improve Your Team’s Productivity

Women on Business

Guest Post By Dunya Carter (Learn more about Dunya at the end of this post). In today’s increasingly cynical climate, it’s easy to think that enterprise-wide team-building exercises are useless. And with good reason: many companies have made the mistake in confusing team-building with team competing. Competition can unfortunately, bring out the worst in people.

Top Five Reasons People Fear Being A Leader – Debunked

Linked 2 Leadership

Rudy Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City, has a brief, concise, but for many a frightening, definition of Leadership – “I’m responsible.” The root of all leadership summarized in two words and five syllables. It really makes you stop and think about what you are getting into if you choose to be a [.].

Who Are You?

Kevin Eikenberry

We all find ourselves in social situations, or at networking events, or perhaps even on airplanes, and people ask us, “So, tell me about yourself.” Most of us answer that question the same way – we provide some labels or hooks for who we are.

10 Thinking Traps (That Ethical Leaders Avoid)

Leading in Context

Avoid These 10 Thinking Traps What are some of the thinking traps that we fall into as leaders? I’m not referring to “correlation versus causation” and other logical reasoning problems. There are some common ways of thinking about business leadership that cripple our effectiveness and undermine our ethics. These misconceptions should have important names that reflect [.].

Simplifying Leadership with the 3C Disciplines

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Great Leadership regular contributor Beth Armknecht Miller: I, and others, have been guilty in the past of making leadership so complicated. Both new and current leaders can become overwhelmed with the long lists of leadership “how tos” and “need tos”.

Find Your Blind Spot: A Self-Reflection Activity for Managers

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Workplace Issues We humans tend to evaluate others through the lens of our own best traits. We often value people who have our same strengths and undervalue people who don’t. Are you doing this unwittingly? And if you are, what effect does it have on your team’s morale and performance? Leadership Development Workplace Issues blind spots Coaching Difference diversity emotional intelligence employee engagement Encourage Leadership

Research Finds Women Are Better Leaders than Men

Women on Business

NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE; Research from the Zenger/Folkman, a leadership development consultancy, reveals that women are rated as better overall leaders by their peers, bosses, direct reports, and other associates than their male counterparts. In fact, the research found that the higher the level in the organization, the higher the gap in ratings grows. At all levels, women are rated higher in 12 of the 16 competencies that define outstanding leaders.