August, 2009

Never say, “It's Just Semantics.” | Top Executive Coaching with.

Tony Mayo

Languages shape the way we think about space, time, colors, and objects. Other studies have found effects of language on how people construe events, reason

Road Rage, Interpretations, and Workplace Conflict

The Recovering Engineer

As I returned home from taking my daughter to school last Friday, a gentleman in a van pulled out in front of me and forced me slam on the brakes to avoid hitting him. When we passed each other, he looked at me sheepishly and waved

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Tim Hawkins - The Government Can

Orrin Woodward

Tim Hawkins is the best clean comedian out there and Laurie and I enjoy watching his videos. His one liners have become classics in the Woodward family repartee. Here is one of his best music videos. Enjoy! God Bless, Orrin Woodward

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Send A Thank You Note

Eric Jacobson

Nearly all employees want to do both a good job and please their supervisor. When they succeed, send them a thank you for a job well done. A short note (handwritten is particularly good) thanking them for a good job is extremely powerful. Particularly for new employees on your team. Or, for employees new to the workforce and early in their careers. Include in your note a sentence regarding what they did especially well and how their specific action made a positive impact.

Memorializing mendacity

Managing Leadership

We are approaching what is becoming acknowledged as the anniversary of the “beginning” of the current financial crisis that began in the US – according to the conventional wisdom, with the fall of Lehman Brothers on 15 September 2008 – and which has since swept around the world. And what a year this event has ushered in, and what changes it has wrought! These have not, of course, been limited to finance, economics, or even business.

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Orrin Woodward Leadership Team :: Top 25 Leadership Gurus

Orrin Woodward

The latest Top 25 Leadership Gurus in the world has just been released by an independent organization. This is a special post for me personally as many on this list have made a significant impact on my life. This post is to thank all of

Get in front of “stress”… create “balance”

Anese Cavanaugh

Years ago when I started coaching clients, I bought into the idea (for a very short snippet of time) that life could be perfectly balanced and SHOULD be perfectly balanced and that it was all about getting the “wheel of life” balanced into equal “scores” to create peace and balance in their lives.

Equipped for the job

Managing Leadership

Years ago, Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks did spontaneous comic interviews at parties that became so popular they recorded some of them. In one, Reiner interviewed Brooks, who was supposed to be an astronaut. After a string of still-funny responses, Reiner finally told Brooks that he didn’t think he was equipped to be an astronaut. What do you mean?” Brooks replied, “I’ve got boots and gloves and everything. I’ve got a heavy fur hat.”.

PM Quote of the Day — Anatole France

Crossderry Blog

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. Posted in PMO Tagged: action, Anatole France, belief, dreamers, planning, PM Quote of the Day

Courage

Tony Mayo

It is not death or hardship that is a fearful thing, but the fear of hardship and death. Epictetus Courage is an inner resolution to go forward in spite of obstacles and frightening situations; cowardice is a submissive surrender to

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Are You a Leader?

Women's Leadership Exchange

I awoke early this morning my head singing the hit song"Tonight's going to be a good night." A strange song to awaken me, yet a good one.a good good one. I internalize it as meaning "today's going to be a good day." I get up with a smile, do my affirmation for the day and then notice the book "True Prosperity"by Yehuda Berg from the series "Kabbalah and Business". I open the book to the sub-chapter "Leadership is Contagious."

Social Networking for Business

Ravi Pratap Singh

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Loving your problems? Dare to love the solutions more…

Anese Cavanaugh

I was talking to one of my sisters this a.m. can’t say which for confidentiality – and I have 4!) about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And what creates happiness. And what doesn’t. We got to talking about problems. And solutions. And what has to be present to move a problem from the point of being a “problem” to a solution. Component #1? You have to love the idea of creating a solution – MORE than you love the idea of having your problem. Think about that.

Creating clarity

Managing Leadership

We’ve been looking at a range of devices and applications designed to help us plan and organize our daily work. The main way these programs really do this, though, isn’t just in ordering important information and making it accessible and subject to easy manipulation. That’s pretty good, but it’s not enough. You want to not only be able to organize your time, but to use it with focus and clarity when you turn to each new task.

Was software engineering ever alive?

Crossderry Blog

The third phase of reanimating Crossderry. The second phase of reanimating my blog is to re-start reading other bloggers. I gravitated back to Glen Alleman and Herding Cats, where his post Software Engineering is Dead? caught my eye

Peel Your Banana Better with a Coach?

Tony Mayo

Fun video with executive coach to ceos Tony Mayo, of Reston, Virginia, learning a different way to peel a banana. A good coach can help you find better work methods and start good habits

Hooray Sonya and What About Evelyn Stevens?

Women's Leadership Exchange

While we are celebrating the confirmation of Sonya Sotomayor, take a moment to learn what another woman is doing. Evelyn Stevens was working her tail off on Wall Street, a venue that doesn't appreciate the contributions of women, when she opened her mind to a new possibility! She bought a bike to relieve her stress and stay fit and in little more than a year she transformed herself into a serious cyclist.

Ravi Pratap Singh: C2 to offer e-Learning Courses for Banking and.

Ravi Pratap Singh

Moving from stuck to “unstuck” & loving every minute of it…

Anese Cavanaugh

Two things on my mind today in particular this morning. Both of which have been inspired by conversations with other hungry human beings and clients who seek to optimize their abilities to do great work and to lead really great lives and organizations. The first is the idea of “being stuck” and procrastination…(The second is percolating and I’ll write more later.) Being “stuck”…I hear about it all the time (and often even from myself!)

Courting confusion

Managing Leadership

So, in the course of the past week or so, we’ve geeked up pretty thoroughly – lots of gadgets and applications and each with its intricately rationalized time and place. And now it’s only fair to ask, where has it gotten us? What’s the point? What does all of this do for us that we lacked before? And whatever that may be, at what cost does it come that wasn’t paid before? The best way I’ve heard this concern put is by Lee Thayer , in a comment to yesterday’s post.

PM Quote of the Day — Beatrix Potter

Crossderry Blog

Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality. Posted in PMO Tagged: Beatrix Potter, originality, PM Quote of the Day

Value comes from work

Lead on Purpose

Have you ever noticed that (in most cases) when you receive something for free you put less value on it than you otherwise would? This is especially true when the 'gift' comes from a person or entity with whom you have no relationship

Teach Something New

Eric Jacobson

Take the opportunity today to teach an employee something new. Nearly everyone likes to learn and is capable of tackling a new challenge. Teach your employee something that expands his (oer her) current job description. Teach something that will help him to get promoted within your organization at a later date. Teach him a skill that uses new technology. Or, teach him something that will allow him to be a more skilled leader and manager in the future.

Formatting The PC 10

Self Help Zen

Please do anything of the following if you really know what you’re doing. There are ways where you do not need to perform any of the below steps. This is one of the many ways of doing the same. Take backup of. Addressees and Email data from Email Clients (E.g. Outlook Express, Thunderbird or Microsoft Outlook). Documents & Settings > Profile (Favorite, History, User specific documents (My Documents) etc.). Music Playlists. Each of your browser profiles and plug-in stored data.

WOMEN: Getting UNSTUCK

Women in the LEAD

istock_000003380317medium-dkennedy-sm Do you ever get stuck making a decision? Do the questions Can I? Will I? ever paralyze you? Do you every just feel immobilized by life and work? Does the new and different scare you

Networked

Managing Leadership

In our current discussion of portable time-management gadgets, we began by focusing on paper-based daily planners/organizers. We then moved on to a progression of computerized versions of these. Finally, we gave a round-up of the capabilities of my current device, a Nokia E71 business-oriented smart phone, which extend well beyond the initial requirements we had for such instruments. These new functions seem almost indispensable now.

How Managers Exert Influence

Crossderry Blog

I run hot and cold on Henry Mintzberg, but I was taken with his thoughts in a Monday interview (published in the most recent “MIT Sloan” special section of the WSJ, here). Mintzberg's observations on influencing action — and the limits

Guest Post: Market Sensing is not Crop Dusting

Lead on Purpose

Today's post comes from Jim Holland. Jim's passion is enabling product marketing teams. With a lifetime of experience, he has a fresh and unique perspective in guiding and managing product teams and has a knack for sensing markets

Don't Take All The Credit

Eric Jacobson

Insecure managers hog the credit for a job well done. Or, they hide the credit and don't give credit where credit is due. These managers are afraid to let their employees be in the limelight. Secure and successful managers talk up their employees, highlighting the good performance they've done, and are eager to give credit where credit is due. They promote their staff to their supervisor and to others within their organization.

Punishment 10

Self Help Zen

Gives a temporary solution. Punisher (e.g. the boss) has to be constantly present. Does not teach what is appropriate. Produces increased fear in the mind of receiver. Demotivates the receiver and makes him less effective. Produces negative emotional side-effects. Encourages rigid and inflexible behavior patterns. Can result in counter-aggression or counter-control. Has a cascading bad-effect. Reaches to the bottom immediately. Never helps the business (or personal relationship or anything).

Women in the LEAD: 3 LEADERSHIP LESSONS for WOMEN

Women in the LEAD

Early in my leadership career women role models were few and far between. One woman who helped me truly understand my power as a leader is Frances Hesselbein, Chairman, Leader to Leader Institute, and Former CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

Multiple intelligences

Managing Leadership

As we’ve talked about gadgets over the past week , we’ve seen the daily organizers and planners that I have found myself using decrease in size and number while simultaneously increasing in capability, flexibility, and usability. At this point, aside from office-based equipment, we are down to a slim yet rugged and extraordinarily powerful Nokia E71.

PM Quote of the Day — Horace Greeley

Crossderry Blog

Common sense is very uncommon. Posted in PMO Tagged: common sense, Horace Greeley, PM Quote of the Day

Don't wait to network

Lead on Purpose

I'm away this week, so I “pre-loaded” my blog with a link to a great post. When should you start networking? Greg Strouse answers this question on his blog Tales from an XOD. Check out his post OK, let's try this one more time