October, 2011

Innovation Creates Uncertainty

Leading Blog

We don’t like uncertainty. It’s not comfortable. We want innovation. We like creativity. It’s engaging. But innovation creates uncertainty. So while we say we want creativity and innovation we often reject it because it is new, different and risky.

How to Discover Your True Path in Life

C-Level Strategies

We were all moved, and many of us shaken, by the loss of Steve Jobs last week. He inspired us with his vision, his passion for his work and his creative genius. We cheered him when he battled back from being fired at Apple.

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7 Random Pieces of Advice for the Younger Leader

Ron Edmondson

I love working with younger leaders. It keeps me young and it helps to know I’m investing in something and someone who will likely last beyond my lifetime. I want to share some things I’ve learned from experience. Some of it hard experiences.

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Leadership & The Expectation Gap

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. When it comes to leadership, I can share the issue of expectations is no small matter.

How One Word Can Kill Your Ability to Influence Others

Kevin Eikenberry

That is an interesting title isn’t it? Does it leave you curious? Or does it leave you scanning through words in your mind, in a competitive way, trying to guess if you come up with the right one? Either way, I hope I have influenced you to read on. While you likely [.]. Influence Leadership Learning intention other focus

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My Hardest Advice for Young Leaders

Ron Edmondson

Recently I wrote a post entitled “ 7 Random Pieces of Advice for Younger Leaders “ It’s received a fair amount of positive attention, so I thought I should share one more…at least for now. It’s actually the hardest piece of advice I have for this generation of young leaders.

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My Personal Coach

Coaching Tip

The concept of a coach is slippery. Coaches are not teachers, but they teach. They’re not your boss—in professional tennis, golf, and skating, the athlete hires and fires the coach—but they can be bossy. They don’t even have to be good at the sport.

Six Keys to Crafting Your Story

Kevin Eikenberry

Starting from the time we have enough of a vocabulary to string together two sentences, we start telling stories — and even before that, we are entranced by them. The poet Mariel Rukeyser wrote “The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” While that isn’t literally true, we all recognize the wisdom in the thought. [.]. Communication Leadership Learning stories storytelling

On “Systems Thinking” and Improvement

QAspire

A few years back, when I was struggling with some repetitive/difficult situations at work, one of my seniors (and a good friend) asked me, “Do you know the root cause of your problem?”. He went on to draw a diagram on his notebook, and connected the problem to the other parts of the organizational system. I realized that I was fighting the symptom, whereas the root cause was something completely different.

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Leading Blog

One of the most remarkable innovators of our time, Steve Jobs has been called a Henry Ford, a Walt Disney, a Thomas Edison. "We We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," Apple said.

Should Leaders Bring Feelings and Passion to Work?

C-Level Strategies

There are probably as many ways to answer this question as there are professionals on this planet.

7 Issues to Address in Pre-Marital Counseling

Ron Edmondson

As with most pastors, I’ve performed a fair number of weddings. Part of being in ministry is helping couples enter the most important of relationships…marriage. It’s a daunting task and responsibility.

The Difference Between Passive, Aggressive, and Assertive Communication

The Recovering Engineer

Communication breakdowns are a common cause for conflict, and poor communication strategies can lead to rapid escalation. Likewise, effective communication strategies can help you correct these miscommunications to move conflicts quickly towards resolution.

Do You Ever Do Nothing?

Kevin Eikenberry

Sometimes a quotation encourages you to consider something you weren’t expecting. This is one of those. “You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your mind think.” ” – Mortimer Adler, philosopher, educator, and author Questions to [.]. Quotations Mortimer Adler reflection thinking time management

Steve Jobs: He Had No Respect For The Status Quo – & It Seems Clear That We All Wish To (Still) Be Mentored By Him

First Friday Book Synopsis

“You can be mentored by someone without ever meeting them.” Kathy Ireland ———- I have never learned so much so fast. Steve Jobs died, and everyone seems to be writing about him, reflecting on his insanely great contributions. I thought about linking to the best ones – but there are way, way, way too many of [.]. Randy's blog entries Here's to the crazy one Kathy Ireland MG Siegler status quo Steve Jobs

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Great by Choice

Leading Blog

It is a defeatist attitude to think that luck or circumstances primarily make you what you are. Luck, both good and bad happen to us all. We cannot control much of what happens around us, but the choices we make, as Jim Collins and Morten Hansen’s research confirms, determine our success. In Great by Choice , the authors rightfully assert that we have entered an extended period of uncertainty and turbulent disruption that might well characterize the rest of our lives.

Leadership Lessons from a Heroic Black Hawk Down Army Ranger

C-Level Strategies

There have been very few times when I have wanted to write about something that has moved me to my core, but have been unsure of how to even begin. This is one of those times. You see, I’m not quite sure how to convey to you just how deeply the new book, “ Get It On!

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My Advice: Don’t Always Give People an Answer

Ron Edmondson

I have a theory I practice often. I’ve been using it for many years…as a father, a friend, and a pastor. It’s not always what people come looking to me for, but I think it’s the best practice.

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3 Leadership Lessons that Steve Jobs Never Learned

Linked 2 Leadership

Imagine the potential Steve Jobs had if he had been a Leader… A quick Google search will return descriptive words for Steve Jobs, who passed away the evening of October 5th, 2011. Genius Visionary Perfectionist Hard-driving executive Brilliant Creative Master Showman Cult Hero Co-founder Without a doubt, there is something quite amazing about watching someone [.].

The Four Leadership Lessons of Halloween

Kevin Eikenberry

Tom woke up Halloween morning and mentally previewed the day ahead. He didn’t have to think much to know it was going to be a long one. A full day of leadership training followed immediately by the costume party his wife was dragging him to. The only good thing about the day that he could [.]. Innovation Leadership Learning engagement fun Halloween

When Was the Last Time Your Organization Had an Alignment?

LeadStrategic

AS YOU DEVELOP A STRATEGY FOR GROWTH, one of the obstacles you may face is the current structure of your organization. Structures perfectly suited for other times and other places, often persist beyond their usefulness.

Work-Life Balance?

Leading Blog

The term work-life balance is fatally flawed says Matthew Kelly in Off Balance. Meant to deal with the pressures surrounding both personal and professional life, the term has unwittingly created a false dichotomy. You can’t separate the two. In fact, says Kelly, “the term itself diminishes our ability to make the case that work can be a richly rewarding part of a person’s life and should in many ways be personal.”

The Most Important Business Lesson I Have Learned

C-Level Strategies

This post originally appeared on Debra Ellis’s Multi-Channel Magic Blog. I wanted to share it with this tremendous Visionary Leadership Community… ~. I was honored when Debra Ellis asked me to write a guest post about the most important business lesson I’ve learned.

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My 7 Favorite Compliments as a Pastor

Ron Edmondson

Everyone loves compliments…me included. I received a compliment this weekend from someone who met me for the first time and it was so encouraging. It reminded me of some of my favorite compliments I have received.

6 Future Trends of Leadership Development

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development I’ve spent the last 3 years in and around leadership development online. I have also spent the last 30 years learning about leadership development (and learning in general). After numerous mistakes, and before several more, some things have become obvious to me because of my time online. Leadership development is changing quickly. I’m not speaking [.] 6 Future Trends of Leadership Development.

Four Steps to Making a Complex Decision

Kevin Eikenberry

If your Mom was like mine when you were a kid and had to make a tough decision, like who to invite to your birthday sleepover, she told you to sleep on it and decide in the morning. When President Barack Obama was considering what action to take before the capture of Osama bin Laden, [.]. Decision Making Leadership Learning deciding Decision theory Maarten Bos sleep values

One Page Business Plan

Tony Mayo

I apologize for the length of this letter/speech/memo/blog post. If I had more time it would have been shorter. That keen insight into effective writing has been attributed to many great communicators, from Virgil to Voltaire. Respect for the reader’s time requires the writer to carefully pare all but the most essential aspects [.]. For Executives Goal Setting

7 Reasons for the Rise of Mediocrity

Rajesh Setty

We all are familiar with mediocrity. It’s everywhere and growing rapidly. Here are seven reasons that are contributing to the alarming rise of mediocrity. Amplify without Accomplishment. Logically, you should accomplish first and then amplify it. It makes sense that way.

Leadership Lessons: 5 Critical Requirements When Leading Change

C-Level Strategies

Steve Woodruff and I couldn’t be happier to be welcoming our leadership colleague Mike Henry Sr. as this week’s Leadership Chat Guest Host. Mike is the Founder and fearless leader of the Lead Change Group , of which I am a member. .

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7 Questions to Ask Yourself When Facing Fear

Ron Edmondson

I’ve watched fear keep many people from achieving all God would have them achieve. I’ve watched fear keep a guy from pursuing the girl of his dreams. I’ve watched fear drive people to the safe side, rather than to assume the risk required to pursue their dreams.

Transforming Perceptions: 10 Steps to Managing the Way You Are Perceived at Work

Great Leadership By Dan

Here's a guest post from executive coach Joel Garfinkle, from his new book, Getting Ahead: Success at work starts with positive perceptions. If your boss and co-workers have a negative image of you, it's a pretty good bet you won't be getting a promotion anytime soon.

How Big is Your Big Picture?

Kevin Eikenberry

One of the roles of a leader is to provide the perspective that the rest of the team or organization might not see. It is easy to get caught up in the daily to-do list, the quarterly objectives and the rhythm of the calendar, and lose sight of the bigger picture, the larger goals, the [.]. Change Decision Making Leadership Leadership Communication Success 10000 year clock big picture Jeff Bezos long term planning perspective

5 Leadership Lessons: EntreLeadership

Leading Blog

Dave Ramsey defines EntreLeadership as “the process of leading to cause a venture to grow and prosper.” Entreleaders know how to blend their entrepreneurial passion with servant-like leadership that motivates employees through persuasion instead of intimidation. EntreLeadership is a book about how business works from a practitioner. His advice, on nearly every facet of running a business, is based on solid principles.

Letting Go of Your Need to be Right

Aspire-CS

As a leader, you are often rewarded for having all the right answers. You may fight hard for your position on a subject. However, as I’ve watched leaders put an effort into letting go of their own need to be right when it made sense to do so, I’ve also watched some things happen