January, 2010

A Leadership Checklist: 10 Things To Do Right Now To Make It A.

Terry Starbucker

checklist2. As a leader, I've learned that getting off to a great start in a new year is very important. Over the course of my career I've assembled a very handy annual New Year's “Checklist” that helps get me focused and ready for the

How to say, “No”

Tony Mayo

You have probably heard the old adage, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.” Though often attributed to the very busy Lucille Ball, the insight may be as old as civilization. People who know how to get things done

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Snow Drifts, Driving Lessons, and Conflict Resolution

The Recovering Engineer

Last week, we got a snow fall that closed school for a day. During the day, road crews cleared the roads. Even though we live in a pretty rural area, most of the roads were safely passable by the afternoon. As is often the case here in

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Excellence - Set High Standards for What You Do

Your Voice of Encouragement

It's tempting to take the easy way out and just do the minimum to get by. Most people take this approach. But when you set and meet high standards, you can take pride in what you've accomplished – and you'll definitely stand out from

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The Center for Social Leadership

Orrin Woodward

The Center for Social Leadership (CSL) is making a difference in our world by teaching people to accept responsibility and lead in their communities. We need more organizations to develop private solutions to our world's challenges

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Communicating About Change – Connect With Emotions

The Recovering Engineer

Today, we had our monthly Group Coaching call for Silver Remarkable Leadership Learning System members. Using the handout from this month's Remarkable Leadership teleseminar as a discussion guide, we talked about some really powerful

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Effort – Invest Your Personal Energy and Get Results

Your Voice of Encouragement

It isn't easy to give your best effort when you take on a challenging goal. But if you're truly committed and work hard, you can achieve outstanding results. These insights remind you why it's worth investing your personal energy in

Orrin Woodward Leadership Team :: Chris Brady - Top 30 Leadership.

Orrin Woodward

My business partner and co-author of the best selling book Launching a Leadership Revolution, Chris Brady just received international acclaim as one of the Top 30 Leadership Gurus. Chris is passionate about making a difference in the

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Why I Don't Like Fireworks

Building Personal Strength

Christmas and New Year's Day come and go, and then the lighted Christmas tree comes down. My wife Kathleen loves displays of light, including decorated buildings and fireworks. When we've had winter rain, the fireworks ban is lifted, and people rush to stock up for New Year's Eve.

Why Theory?

LDRLB

During WWII, Allied bomber losses were high, so high that the British Air Ministry undertook a rigorous analysis in hopes of finding a solution. Their engineers set out to eyeball every bomber they could, gathering data on each bullet hole. After analyzing the results, engineers decided to reinforce the areas that had the highest concentrations of holes with armor plating. It didn’t work.

SunGard CEO practices what I preach

Tony Mayo

I was thrilled to read in today's New York Times the comments of $5B SunGard's CEO, Cristóbal Conde. He shifted his management style several years ago after reaching the limits of the very methods that had brought him near the top

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A Round Up of My Writing in January 2010

QAspire

January 2010 was a productive blogging month. In case you were busy all the month and could not catch up with this blog, here is a round-up of my writing activities in January 2010. Posts at QAspire Blog

Self-Development - Work on Getting Stronger for Life

Your Voice of Encouragement

When you're faced with something new, you may feel resistance. But if you're always looking to gain new knowledge, skills and wisdom, you'll grow and adapt to the world which is changing around you. Applying the insights in this video

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Maintaining the Hunger - John Smith: Perennial Excellence

Orrin Woodward

I loved this video by John Smith, the head coach of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Cowboys have won many national championships under the leadership of Coach Smith. Winning a championship once is impressive, but doing it year after

Building Personal Strength - Why You Should Consider Doing It

Building Personal Strength

I've been hearing the term "personal strength" in the media more often these days. That's a good thing. But it's important to define it well. My take on that. In a subsequent post, I illustrated by giving over 40 examples of important behavior patterns that I consider to be personal strengths.

3 Ways to Develop Your Reading

2020 IT Leader

Sometimes I buy books for others to help with self-development efforts, explore new horizons or as a reward. When I check a few weeks later on whether they found the reading useful or interesting, I often hear “I haven’t had time yet” If I check a month or two later, I’d usually get the same [.] No related posts. Developer of People Productivity

Evidence-based Rules for “How to Set Goals”

Tony Mayo

Top executive coach Tony Mayo shares his best procedures for effective goal setting

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On Leadership, Opening Up and Being Prepared

QAspire

3069192727_65d0fe4276[1] Leaders cannot afford to be confined. Confined by constructs of an organization. Limited job descriptions. Rigid ways of handling situations. Status-Quos. Being in a leadership position is more than being a box

Why You Need Feedback from Others

Your Voice of Encouragement

We all have blind spots about our behavior. That's a fact, even though it can be painful to admit. Occasionally we figure out on our own that something we're doing has a negative impact on others, but usually we need another person to

Orrin Woodward Leadership Team :: Art Williams - Just Do It!

Orrin Woodward

Art Williams was a "Just Do It!" type of leader and this talk given back in 1987 is powerful. No matter what field you are in, leadership matters. Are you leading the field in actions or leading the field in excuses

Leadership in a Nutshell - And "The Secret" of Successful Managers

Building Personal Strength

I have over 200 books on leadership on my shelves. And yes, I've read all of them. Leadership has always been one of my favorite topics. But most of these books talk about leadership in lofty terms, as if it's something only the head of an organization does.

Managing Conflict Part 2 – 6 Steps to Defuse a Client Crisis.

Survive Your Promotion

Remember the Hilary Clinton campaign ad about the phone ringing at 2AM? When your customers or colleagues are upset, it's your phone that will ring (hopefully not at 2AM) and you'd better be ready to defuse the situation

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Guidelines for Writing Your Goals

Tony Mayo

Top executive coach Tony Mayo shares his best procedures for effective goal setting

No Pain, No Gain. Life Lesson on Endurance

QAspire

378089643_4b984cacd3[1]. I learned one of the most important life lessons from my gym instructor a few years ago. I had then joined the gym with an objective of shedding a few kilos. We would start our routine with some basic warm-up

Your Voice of Encouragement: You Can Win the Battle but Lose the War

Your Voice of Encouragement

It's human nature to want to be right or have our way. But there are times when you really have to evaluate whether getting what you want at the moment is going to be in the best interest of you, the other person and your relationship

Employee Engagement – Business Leadership Development

EnLeadership

Employee Engagement practices can be quite important in your leadership skill development. Please share your thoughts about what is important to you in keeping YOU engaged. Share your disappointments and your gratitude below (comments

Martin Luther King, Jr. - A Man of Wisdom

Building Personal Strength

Do I remember where I was when John Kennedy was assassinated? Yes, I do. I was a cadet at West Point, and I marched in his funeral in Washington, DC. When Bobby and Martin were assassinated, I was a lieutenant serving in Germany as a Hawk missile battery commander.

Trait Theory

LDRLB

The search for the characteristics or traits of leaders has existed for centuries. History’s greatest philosophical writings from Plato’s Republic to Plutarch’s Lives have explored the question of “What qualities distinguish an individual as a leader?” Underlying this search was the early recognition of the importance of leadership and the assumption that leadership is rooted in the characteristics that certain individuals possess.

Where did the time go? Your mind lost it.

Tony Mayo

Americans today have plenty of time for leisure, says Professor John Robinson. Robinson is Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland and Director of the Americans' Use of Time Project. What [Robinson] does not dispute is that

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Instinctively Reactive Leaders – Another Cost

QAspire

A few weeks back, I wrote about “toxic leadership” and how it is a huge cost to organizations. This week, I was led to think about another cost – “reactive leadership”. Leaders cannot be instinctively reactive

Loyalty - Be There for the People Who Are Important to You

Your Voice of Encouragement

It's not easy to be true to your relationships when people you care about are going through tough times. You have a lot of other commitments, and you may be afraid of letting them down. But you have what it takes to be the kind of

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No More Excuses – Leadership Skill Development from Sam Silverstein

EnLeadership

My friend Sam Silverstein is the best of the best when it comes to speaking and consulting on accountability. Listen to his brief description of his brand new book, “No More Excuses: The Five Accountabilities for Personal and

Learning from Experience - The Magic Questions

Building Personal Strength

Yes, people learn best from experience. But the truth is, not all experiences result in learning. Most of the time, people go from one event in their lives to another without learning a thing. So what makes the difference? What is the magic that transforms an everyday event into a lesson learned?

A Word on Theory

LDRLB

Two Actually: useful lies. All theories are useful lies. Theories are attempts to simplify what is happening in a set of observations. They are attempts to describe reality that typically fall short (otherwise they wouldn’t be so simple). Consider the opposing theories of the earth’s shape: flat or round. At first, mankind thought the earth of flat. Then, at a highly debatable point in time, it was decided that the world was a sphere. However, both theories are still being used.