February, 2011

7 Things Healthy Teams Check at the Door

Ron Edmondson

After a recent staff meeting, I was thinking about what makes our team at Grace Community Church healthy. I think healthy teams are intentionally created, so I’m consistently trying to make our environment better.

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Nokia CEO Stephen Elop rallies troops in brutally honest memo | Engadget [del.icio.us]

Weekly Leader

Brutal honesty, the best leadership policy? ceo communication leadership

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The Accidental Leader Who Changes the World

C-Level Strategies

Today is President’s Day, a day in which I always reflect back on the birth of our country. I know I’ve mentioned it before but I was born in Boston and spent my early years there, with many a weekend or summer day spent exploring the Freedom Trail.

Been Promoted? Five Key Conversations to Have With Your New Boss

Kevin Eikenberry

If you've just been promoted, this is obviously for you. If you have been in your role for awhile, but your relationship and communication with your boss/supervisor/leader isn't perfect, this will be of great help to you too

Leadership – It’s About The People

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt, Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth When you closely examine the core characteristics of what really makes for great leadership, it’s not power, title, authority or even technical competency that distinguishes truly great leaders. Rather it’s the ability to both earn and keep the loyalty and trust of those whom they lead that sets

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Leaders Share Their Biggest “Follower Challenges”

C-Level Strategies

February 2, 2011 by Lisa Petrilli. Last night's #LeadershipChat on Twitter revolved around the topic of The Difficult Follower and how to lead them. Toward the end of the evening I asked the LeadershipChat community, “As leaders

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Four Leadership Lessons from Punxsutawney Phil

Kevin Eikenberry

Groundhog Day is a strange tradition. It know the basics about the day, aided in part by the Bill Murray classic movie Groundhog Day. I'm guessing you know the basics too – Punxsutawney Phil comes up out of his hole looking for a shadow

Overcoming Hero Leader Syndrome

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Are you a “hero leader?&# Do you like to swoop-in and save the day? Do you see yourself as the white knight who can solve any problem or challenge? If you do, you have what I refer to as &# hero leader syndrome.&#

What you heard is not what I meant!

Lead Change Blog

“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” Robert McCloskey You walk away from the conversation thinking, I am sure he … Continue reading → Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders


8 Paradigm Shapers for Making Discipline Decisions as a Parent

Ron Edmondson

I frequently have parents ask me what type of discipline they should use with their children. I’m glad parents are asking the question, but I seldom can give a standard answer for every situation. I prefer to use a paradigm through which parents can make their own decisions.

Authentic Leadership Can Be Bad Leadership | Harvard Business Review [del.icio.us]

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Three Personal Fears to Conquer for Leadership Success

C-Level Strategies

It’s time. Yes, it’s finally time. We’ve danced sophisticatedly around the topic for months now at Leadership Chat , and it’s simply time to face it head-on. Many of us have personal fears and they affect our ability to succeed as leaders.

Commitment Creates a Clearing for Cooperation

Tony Mayo

… but when I said that nothing had been done I erred in one important matter. We had definitely committed ourselves and were halfway out of our ruts. We had put down our passage money— booked a sailing to Bombay

Leadership and Knowledge Management

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. It’s one thing to possess knowledge, but it’s quite another thing to leverage it.

Six Leadership Do’s and Don’ts From Oscar Night

Next Level Blog

There’s an old joke that my adopted hometown of Washington, DC is Hollywood for, well, um, not so attractive people. So, of course, to see all the beautiful people in one place one watches the. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Current Affairs executive presence

7 Pillars of Great Leaders

Ron Edmondson

Have you ever considered what the common traits are of great leaders? I call the traits the pillars of leadership. I think about the question a lot, because I love observing leaders and I strive to be a better leader

The C-Level Job for Everyone: Reducing Complexity | Harvard Business Review [del.icio.us]

Weekly Leader

Managing complexity has always been part of the leader's job — be it sorting out the variables involved in strategic decisions, orchestrating the interaction of different functions, or responding to unanticipated events. But today, coping with complexity is an even bigger part of the manager's responsibilities. HBR ceo leadership complexity simplicity theory practice

A Successful CEO’s Leadership Development Blueprint

C-Level Strategies

By Lisa Petrilli. I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing the CEO of a near-billion dollar services company last week who has created a leadership development program lauded by major consulting firms as “the best ever seen&# at a major company. .

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From Bud To Boss – Book Review

The Leadership Advisor

I’ve read a small mountain of leadership books and I wouldn’t take anything away from what I gleaned from them. They taught me about leadership, about myself and about great ways to interact with others. They collectively taught me these things. Bud to Boss puts all of that in one package, and more! To be honest, I was a bit unsure of all the hype around a book.

Leadership & Mental Models

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. When was the last time you conducted an honest evaluation of your thought life?

Get Up, Stand Up. | Top Executive Coaching with Tony Mayo

Tony Mayo

There is a rapidly accumulating body of evidence which suggests that prolonged sitting is very bad for our health, even for lean and otherwise physically active

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7 Things We’ve Learned about Reaching Today’s Youth

Ron Edmondson

The statistics are staggering. The older a child gets today, the greater his or her chances are of disappearing from the church. The church must intentionally plan to reverse this trend.

What it takes to lead | Harvard Gazette [del.icio.us]

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Harvard experts probe qualities essential to managing well. leadership harvard theory

Three Truths about Leading with Love

C-Level Strategies

By Lisa Petrilli. I have worked with – and for – leaders who have led from love and several who don’t believe the word belongs in business. The difference is utterly remarkable.

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The Most Dangerous Question A Leader Will Ever Ask

Terry Starbucker

“Terry, what do you think?&#. I had been pondering the answer to this question for a better part of a week. We were working on an important project, and there was a problem. A problem that demanded some out-of-the-box thinking. As the Project Manager, I had many hours of meetings with all the key players involved, and diligently forged a consensus on a proposed course of action – so we could present it to our boss with a united front.

On Leadership and Dealing with Comfortable Inaction


John F. Kennedy said this (one of my favorite quotes) - “There are risks and costs to a program of actions. But they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”. Comfortable inaction is the state where the immediate implication of not doing something is not visible, but in a longer

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Best Leaders Cause Fun Workplaces

Tony Mayo

I believe that leaders have three main roles. They are responsible for interpreting the organization's shared values and principles. They are senior advisers to everyone in the organization. And, They are the collective conscience

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5 Thoughts on Leadership from the Life of David

Ron Edmondson

I read an interesting story from the life of the Biblical character of David again recently. The story says a great deal about leadership and what is required to successfully lead. Here’s what I read: When David was told, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are looting the threshing floors,” he inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?”The The LORD answered him, “Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.

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Emotional Intelligence Linked to Socio-Economics, New Study Shows | Chief Learning Officer [del.icio.us]

Weekly Leader

A study recently published in Psychological Science has found evidence that people from higher-class backgrounds have lower emotional intelligence (EQ) than people from lower-class backgrounds. leadership emotionalintelligence

Leadership Guiding Principles of a Successful CEO

C-Level Strategies

By Lisa Petrilli. Last week I had the pleasure of introducing you, albeit anonymously by request, to a CEO who lives the word “outstanding&# each and every day.

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An Army Colonel’s Three Simple Rules of Leadership

Next Level Blog

Last week, I had the opportunity to join a small group of leadership coaches for dinner with retired US Army Colonel Steve Dwyer. Colonel Dwyer is enjoying a second career in the private sector after. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Current Affairs Leadership Personal Presence

Managing Process Changes and Disruption


Two things we know about change: Resistance is our natural reaction to any change that disrupts our current way of working. Things only change when the pain of change is less than the pain of remaining in current state. Ability to foresee, plan and implement change for better alignment to the market and generate better outcomes is a

Generational Leadership

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt, Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth A leader’s biggest struggle is not the routine of the familiar, but the journey of the unknown. It’s getting from where they are to where they want to be strategically, tactically, organizationally, developmentally, and most importantly relationally. It’s been said that the best way to impact your future is to

How to Know When to Say No to Seemingly Good Things

Ron Edmondson

Age and maturity has helped me improve at discerning what I can do and should do based on my strengths, weaknesses, passions and dreams. It’s freeing when we become more certain in who God has wired us to be and who He has not.