April, 2009

The Apprentice: Episode 4 | Paula ran out of Town

Chartered Management Institute

The CMI commentary on episode 4 of The Apprentice, which saw Paula fired for her team''s defeat in the beauty product task. Related Content: The Apprentice – You’re Hired!… But For How Long? The Apprentice: Episode 10 | Howard's End The Apprentice: Episode 8 | The Road to Margate Pier.

Dare to get away…

Anese Cavanaugh

Want one of the quickest ways to shift your mindset, create some space and get out of your own way? Dare to get away. Joyful Productivity Via Retreat. I’ve been doing a lot of private client retreats lately.

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Quitters Affecting Twitter's Growth

Ravi Pratap Singh


Small is Powerful

Women's Leadership Exchange

After a hard day's work, I like nothing better than unwinding with a glass of wine and watching "American Idol" I love see non-celebs get their chance to courageously sing their hearts out to 10 million people on live TV, with the possibility of becoming a big star. Since it's one of the top shows, obviously others share my passion. What do I love about American Idol? It's a simple, and it's a "small" idea. "Small"

Change & The Credibility Factor | You're Not the Boss of Me

You're Not the Boss of Me

I've been thinking about change lately, mostly about what it is that separates a person who seems to be able to influence change in a positive direction, from a person who might have the authority and the technical skill to do the work

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Guest Post for SmartBlog on Social Media: “4 Simple Rules for Generating Traffic from Forums”

Managing Communities

I wrote a guest post for SmartBlog on Social Media that was published on Monday. It’s called “4 Simple Rules for Generating Traffic from Forums.&# That title is pretty descriptive - it’s a simple, straightforward guide for those who want to participate on forums in an effort to drive traffic to their own site. The [.] How Should I Participate

Expert Advice: Win By Taking Responsibility

Women's Leadership Exchange

I'm working on WLE's newest soon-to-be launched leadership program and in so doing, I'm reading everything relevant I can get my eyes on.Knowing my thirst for leadership material, WLE Cofounder Andrea March gave me a copy of a summer '08 Leader to Leader Institute publication. I was totally engaged by an article written by the brilliant Rosabeth Moss Kanter, prolific writer and Harvard leadership professor.

Making Change Happen When You're Not The Boss | You're Not the.

You're Not the Boss of Me

Making Change Happen When You're Not The Boss. Some time ago I noticed that someone had googled this: “How to make change happen when you're not the boss”. I imagine this is something that rates very high on the frustration scale in a

So proud of Obama! | Erika Andersen

Erika Andersen

So proud of Obama! The other night I was listening to Keith Olbermann describe how Obama mediated between Sarkozy and Chinese President Hu, who – it seemed – were both about to leave the G-20 Summit in a huff. Obama took them aside and

Julie’s Question

Steve Farber

There’s an excellent GTY conversation taking place over at HarvardBusiness.org. What follows is a question left by Julie Engel Manga and my response to it. What do you think? Julie says: “I am very happy to see this discussion. One note: The GTY project is discussed as an “action&# or project. I suggest that while clearly this kind of commitment must show up in action that it is, as importantly, an orientation toward others and the world.

Dare to Ask the Hard Questions – Look Inside!

Anese Cavanaugh

Mission & Vision. Why are you in business? Why does your company exist? What’s the impact you want to have? What’s the overall vision here? Do you remember? Do you have one? Are you clear on where you’re going? Individually, as a team? What are your shared values that will get you there? You can have more than one vision, for different areas of your life, but if you don’t have at least one – it’s going to be hard to get there.

Video: “How to Deal with Trolls, Spammers & Sock Puppets” Panel at Blog World Expo 2008

Managing Communities

At Blog World & New Media Expo 2008, I was lucky enough to be on a pair of panels, sharing the stage with some great people. My friend Chrispian Burks was kind enough to record the panels for me and, in November, I posted the video from the “Avoiding Disaster: How Not to Use Social [.].

Dare to Step Ahead – Plan!

Anese Cavanaugh

Make a plan. Nothing breeds greater clarity and a sigh of relief like actually making a plan. Whatever your current situation is – what’s your plan? Doesn’t have to be perfect – just jot down some next steps, get into action, and be awake in the process so you know when you need to make a left turn or switch gears. This is a tip from the complete article “ Dare to Stay Engaged with a Positive Mindset “ from Anese Leadership Tips

Dare to Look at Your Team – Analyze!

Anese Cavanaugh

Acknowledge. A close cousin to gratitude. What’s your team going through right now? How are they showing up? Who are they “being” in the face of challenge and unknown outcomes? How can you be more helpful to them? This is a tip from the complete article “ Dare to Stay Engaged with a Positive Mindset “ from Anese Leadership Tips

Do What You Love, Take Care of Yourself, Embrace No and Keep Moving

Anese Cavanaugh

We talk a lot about avoiding burnout these days: “the economy”, “work/life balance”, and all sorts of topics provide us with lots to discuss and lots to “work harder” on. In my experience, the quickest way I know to prevent burnout is not to “avoid it” (after all, we create what we think about, and even more so what we avoid), but rather to make sure we’re doing stuff that has meaning and purpose for us – EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Dare to Stay Engaged through a Positive Mindset!

Anese Cavanaugh

I was on a flight from NYC to Chicago a couple of weeks ago and sat next to a gentleman who’d worked for a large financial firm on Wall Street. He was now without a job and exploring options. As I spoke with this guy, what struck me was his attitude. He was looking at this “horrible” situation, one that was stressful and would have a large impact on his family (including a possible relocation), as an opportunity to re-assess and “start over.”

Dare to Change – Changes at DTE!

Anese Cavanaugh

This month I went a little crazy on articles (must be DTE Spring Fever), we actually have them stacked in the hopper for release so stay tuned, you’ll be receiving more over the next couple of weeks. . Why this surge of energy for writing? (As As if expressing myself is a new thing? Well, I have lots on my mind with the economy, the power of mission and mindset, and the challenges and opportunities these things provide us.

Are You Really A Team Player? | You're Not the Boss of Me

You're Not the Boss of Me

Are You Really A Team Player? The word “team” is a perfectly good word that is in great danger of crossing the line that divides meaningful language from jargon. We've probably all heard it. You have to be a team player”, they say

The Power of the Talking Stick

You're Not the Boss of Me

I once went to a meeting where there were a great many people. I can't really remember what we were there to discuss. I do remember that it was a highly charged issue and one that just about everyone had an opinion about

My Epic, Unneccesarily Detailed Recap of South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) 2009

Managing Communities

During the second week of March, I headed to Austin, Texas for South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) 2009. The conference itself ran from March 13 through March 17 and I arrived on March 12 and left on March 18. Since it is still fresh in my mind, as I did last year, I wanted to [.].

Activity Breeds Activity on Your Online Community

Managing Communities

There are plenty of ways to promote a community. After all, a community is a website, so most of the ways that you would promote any type of website will also apply to forums and communities. However, there is one simple promotional ideal that is probably one of the most important ones, as well. That is: [.].


I’m a Member of the Online Community Research Network

Managing Communities

At the end of March, I joined the Online Community Research Network from Forum One Networks. From their site: The Online Community Research Network (OCRN) is a collaborative effort of online community professionals to better understand the principal challenges of building and managing online communities. A number of people I already know and respect are in the [.].

“Treat Them Like They Want to be Treated… You Should Treat Them Right…”

Managing Communities

This is the video for Father MC’s 1990 single “Treat Them Like They Want to be Treated,&# featuring R&B group Jodeci and a young Sean “Diddy&# Combs dancing. The chorus goes: “treat them like they want to be treated… you should treat them right.&#. As community managers or administrators or, to break it down further, webmasters [.]. Managing the Community Thinking

April Fools’ Day 2009 on My Communities

Managing Communities

April Fools’ Day is always a fun time for me and that is reflected on the iFroggy Network and my communities, where I collaborate with my staff and others to brainstorm ways to have fun with our visitors on April 1. Here’s what we did this year: On KarateForums.com, all logged in members were granted admin [.].

Free Leadership Library

Steve Farber

What do Warren Bennis, Marcus Buckingham, Pat Lencioni, Marshall Goldsmith, Dan & Chip Heath and Don Hutson all have in common? Well, aside from the fact that each is a bestselling author and leadership guru in his own right, they’re all part of a free leadership library being offered by Growing Today as an incentive to participate in a campaign for Greater Than Yourself. Click here to have a look-see

6 Steps on Harvard Business

Steve Farber

The Harvard Business site has posted my article on Greater Than Yourself, in which I outline these 6 steps for getting started with your GTY Project: 1. Choose Wisely. Open the Door and Invite Them In. Hook Them Up. Sing Their Praises. Practice Tough Love. Demand the One Commitment. Please go on over to their blog to read the details and participate in the conversation that’s started over yonder. Technorati Tags: greater than yourself , leadership , mentoring.

Epilogue to the Epilogue

Steve Farber

The epilogue at the end of Greater Than Yourself is a case study of a GTY challenge I issued to the students and staff of Up with People. There’s a little film snippet of the experience over at greaterthanyourself.com ). If you look in the book, you’ll notice that the byline on the piece is not yours truly, but Andrew Lanham, who was a staff member at the time. And that’s significant in the context of the spirit of GTY.

BlogTalkRadio: Safrit and Farber Talk GTY

Steve Farber

I had a nice, long chat with Zane Safrit on BlogTalkRadio. In case you missed it, here it is in full: Technorati Tags: blogtalkradio , coaching , greater than yourself , leadership , mentoring , zane safrit. Uncategorized blogtalkradio coaching greater than yourself leadership mentoring zane safrit