December, 2009

The Currency of Leadership

Survive Your Promotion

As an individual contributor, your primary method of adding value to your organization is the quality and quantity of your work. Your ability to work as a team member and support others is a great bonus, but most companies will keep a

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Max - My Role Model for PATIENCE

Building Personal Strength

My favorite definition for patience: the willingness to wait until the best time to take action. The hard thing about patience is that most of us don't want to wait. We want to say something NOW. We want to do something NOW. We want results NOW.

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Stop Comparing Yourself to Others!

Your Voice of Encouragement

I was listening to an interview of one of my good friends, Debbie Phillips, as she focused on the seven mistakes that keep someone from being "A Woman on Fire." The one that jumped out at me applies to males and females alike: the

Eight Lessons Leaders Can Learn from Tiger Wood's Life

Orrin Woodward

Here is an excellent article from Dr. Joseph Mattera on Tiger Woods. Our society so desperately wants heroes today. But too many would be heroes work on the outside success without doing the heavy lifting on the inside to develop

Top 10 Project Management Mistakes You Should Avoid


I was recently studying the anatomy of failed/troubled projects and following came out as a learning. Here are top 10 project management mistakes that should be avoided: Estimating project tasks based on poor inputs on scope and too

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Responsibility - Will You Accept the Role to Do What Needs to Be Done?

Your Voice of Encouragement

It's tempting to say "no" when faced with one more thing that needs to be done. But you have the strength within you to accept the task and do something excellent. These insights can help you figure out when to accept new roles

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The Free Enterprise Soul of Network Marketing

Orrin Woodward

Network Marketing was designed as one of the purest forms of free enterprise where anyone can achieve success based upon their willingness to dream and achieve. Free enterprise ensures that companies and distributors are free to serve

Seth Godin's “What Matters Now” and a Few More Gems


What-Matters-Now. Seth Godin recently released a free eBook titled “What Matters Now” – it is a collaborative effort of 70 great thinkers who have presented brilliant ideas that will truly shake you up to think deep and wide as we

Informal Learning At Workplace 7

Self Help Zen

A day ago we were discussing about learning methodologies and what is more important – Formal study or informal learning? In most cases, we cannot deny the importance of formal studies however if we have an eye for learning from anything and everything that happens around us, we are surely a step ahead. Here is some light about what informal learning is, how we generally get into it, its advantages and the disadvantages: Informal Learning: …is learning through experience. Yours as well as others.

Confession from Ed Oakley About New Leadership Book


In the following brief video, Ed Oakley makes a confession about our “new” book, “Making Managers into Leaders: A Five-Step Framework for Breakthrough Performace. He also offers a special opportunity

Perseverance - Don't Give Up

Building Personal Strength

What's the one thing you want most? Chances are you're going to fail. The question is: When you fail, will you quit? Because chances are that no matter how smart and hard you work, barriers will stop you in your tracks. People will doubt you and refuse to support you. Mistakes will be made.

Composure - Control Your Emotions in Stressful Situations

Your Voice of Encouragement

It's hard to stay calm when you're really upset. But if you manage your emotions, you're able to think clearly and do what's best for yourself and the people around you. These insights can help to keep your cool in difficult situations

15 Basic Steps To Mind-Blowing Customer Service: Lessons From A.

Terry Starbucker

lePotager My wife and I have been in Paris on a two week vacation, spending the holidays in one of my favorite cities in the world. While the sights, lights, art, food, chocolate (oh yes), and all else this place has to offer have been

Free Goal Planning Toolkit!

Survive Your Promotion

To help you start off 2010 right I am offering a four part goal planning toolkit completely free! Just add your name to my mailing list and I will send you the templates including: Personal SWOT Analysis Exercise; SMART Goal Planning

Time & Chance

Tony Mayo

I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all

Organizational Time Management for Leaders


Jonette Crowley, principal of Enlightened Leadership Solutions, shares an article she wrote about her perspectives on time management that she uses in executive and leadership training. Jonette Crowley 2007 100pix wide

Zig Ziglar Explains how to change an ATTITIDE

Building Personal Strength

Listening to Zig Ziglar is like listening to a sermon on LIFE. In this video, Zig tells a wonderful story about how he got a woman to change an ATTITUDE, which in turn changed her life. This video is my holiday gift to you.

Accountability - Accept Responsibility for Your Actions

Your Voice of Encouragement

When you've made a mistake, it's tempting to place the blame somewhere else. But denying your role only leads to diminished self-respect and self-esteem. Apply these insights and suggestions to experience the payoffs for taking

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People Skills - Are They Born or Made?

Management is a Journey

Managers usually are promoted for their technical skills. Having technical skills does not mean one has people skills, however. Organizational turnover, poor morale, absenteeism, organizational conflicts, worker sabotage

Aligning Team Goals with Organizational Objectives « Survive Your.

Survive Your Promotion

Alignment is a hot topic in management. You may have heard it batted around in meetings and if you have been through a restructuring recently, it was probably cited as one of the reasons behind the re-org. But what's all the fuss about

Social Media Guidelines for Employees

Ravi Pratap Singh

Thanks for your contributions in 2009!

Managing Leadership

Easily one of the most gratifying aspects of authoring a site like this is the interaction offered by visitors from around the world. They present thoughtful and engaging comments from which we all learn so much, not least of which, often enough, are the contributors’ own web sites.


Building Personal Strength

Most people underestimate themselves. Because every life is peppered by mistakes, shortfalls and failures, people tend to be more aware of their shortcomings and limitations than they are of their strengths and possibilities. I once knew a woman who had an M.A.

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Your Voice of Encouragement: Encouraging Children: My Mentor John.

Your Voice of Encouragement

I've been a fan of parenting expert and psychologist John Rosemond for more than 10 years. His books were a beacon of reason and practical parenting for me, especially, Teen-Proofing: Fostering Responsible Decision Making in Your

QAspire Blog 2009 – Essential Posts Redux


When the year ends, we tend to retrospect. Look back and see what worked and what not. Here is a collection of some of the chosen posts, some essential lessons from each month of 2009 (our of total 93 posts written in Y09


Survive Your Promotion

As the end of the year approaches it's a good time to take stock of how committed your team members are feeling about their jobs before they make New Year's resolutions to find new ones. In today's working environment, employees tend to

Ravi Pratap Singh: Sharing Success – Secret of a Winning Team!

Ravi Pratap Singh

How A Glass Half Full Helped Me (And Can Help You Too)

Terry Starbucker

Halffull anniversary. turns 4 on 12/25; Today, in marking this anniversary, I tell the story of how my philosophy of "Half-Fullism" was born. I'm afraid we're going to have to let you go


Building Personal Strength

Having read over 200 books on leadership, I prefer a book not by someone who has thought well about leadership, but someone who has actually been a successful leader. If John Wooden's book on leadership is my favorite, Mike Krzyzewski's book, Leading with the Heart is a close second.

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Susan Boyle - It's Never Too Late to Achieve Your Dreams

Your Voice of Encouragement

As the years pass by and you find that you haven't accomplished what you'd hoped, you may feel disappointed, frustrated and unhappy with yourself. At those moments, think of Susan Boyle, who at age 47, shocked the world with her

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Not having enough resources is normal

Crossderry Blog

I came across a post from CA's IT Governance evangelist Steve Romero on resource constraints and project portfolio management. His post “Never say again, 'We don't have enough resources to get the work done'” is an extended riff off

Prioritization Using the Eisenhower Method | Survive Your Promotion!

Survive Your Promotion

Prioritization is the act of ranking projects and tasks according to their importance and level of urgency. There are always multiple factors that affect how you prioritize a task or a project. You might give higher priority to an item

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A Leader's 5 Keys to No Nonsense Communication

Terry Starbucker

j0309615 I like words. All kinds of words. I guess you could say I'm infatuated with the English language. In fact, one of my favorite books of all-time is Webster's Dictionary. I wrote about this love affair, and how it was cultivated