December, 2011

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3 Ways to Be a Positive Leader

Leading Blog

This is a guest post by best-selling author and speaker, Jon Gordon about the value of developing positive relationships with the people you lead.

10 Secrets of Many Senior Pastors

Ron Edmondson

I get to hang out and know many senior pastors. I have a great heart for them and understand, firsthand, some of the pressures, frustrations and joys, which are unique to the role of a senior pastor.

10 little Things That Will Make a BIG Difference In Your Leadership

Terry Starbucker

“To be really great in the little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization” – Harriet Beecher Stowe. There are leaders, and then there are LEADERS.

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Character Development + Skill Development = Leadership

The Leadership Advisor

As we work to develop and expand our global network, we continually connect with amazing organizations and professionals. We are thrilled to have a guest post by our newest contributor, Marlene Chism. Make sure you have a quick read through her bio below!

What CEOs Really Say About Leadership in Private

C-Level Strategies

I’ve mentioned previously that in my role as Chief Relationship Officer for CEO Connection I have the opportunity to participate in a series of meetings five times a year at various locales around the country with our members, mid-market CEOs representing companies with an average of $1.6

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The Year of C.E.O. Failures Explained (NY Times) []

Weekly Leader

David Pogue's take on some 2011 high profile failures by tech CEOs. nytimes failure ceo leadership

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10 Commandments Of A Great Culture

The Leadership Advisor

Many folks have a view of the Ten Commandments as nothing more than a laundry list of things you shouldn’t do because God will be mad at you. Oh…and I think there is some smiting in there too. I have a little different view of them.

Three Steps to Create a Vision for 2012

C-Level Strategies

If you want to be a purveyor of visionary leadership in 2012 you must start by creating a vision for 2012.

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Creating Your Best New Year’s Eve Ever

Kevin Eikenberry

New Year’s Eve. Culture tells us everyone will be partying all evening. lifting a glass at midnight. kissing a person nearby. and nursing a hangover in the morning. Maybe that is what your night has in store. but perhaps you find that a [.]. Gratitude Leadership Learning Personal Development Reading Happy New Year New Year's Day New Year's Eve

9 ways to sink employee engagement

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Change Management Leadership Coaching Leadership Development Value Creation Workplace Issues In recent weeks, several articles have offered worthwhile ideas on how to boost worker motivation. But experts have been sharing this counsel for years, and employee engagement continues to decline. This post focuses on nine specific things that damage engagement. What’s at play in your organization?

Tim Tebow Mic’d for the Bears Game

Ron Edmondson

I, like many in America, am becoming a huge Tim Tebow fan. I loved this YouTube I saw my friend Jonathan Pearson tweet. It’s worth the 10 minutes. Be honest, are you a Tebow fan? No related posts. Culture Encouragement


The Quality Manifesto (Free PDF)


Greetings, friends and readers! Today, I am excited to announce the release of my new manifesto titled “ The Quality Manifesto – Getting the Basics of Quality Right in Knowledge World ”. This manifesto is completely free with no email opt-in required. What’s it all about?

Twas The Night Before Christmas

The Leadership Advisor

It looks like this may become a perennial favorite. I posted it last year and thought it was time to revive it again this year. Enjoy and have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy (and safe) New Year! Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house.

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The Demise Of the Org Chart (And the Overs and Unders)

Terry Starbucker

“The days of leading countries or companies via a one-way conversation are over. The old system of ‘command and control’ — using carrots and sticks — to exert power over people is fast being replaced by ‘connect and collaborate’ — to generate power through people.” - Dov Seidman.

December 4th Leadership Development Carnival

Kevin Eikenberry

Welcome to the Leadership Development Carnival! I’m pleased that we are hosting the Carnival this week. If you are a long time Leadership Development Carnival reader, you will notice something different this time around. Let me explain. Becky Robinson, our Director of Social Marketing, and I were talking about this the other day, since she [.]. Leadership Leadership Blogs Learning

Improving Decision Making with the Ladder of Inference

Management is a Journey

My Twitter colleague, Renee Charney of Charney Coaching & Consulting wrote a great post on her blog on the Ladder of Inference. Like Renee, I like this tool and it is a great tool for moving from faulty decision making to informed decision making. It’s helpful for preventing us from making that all too human [.]. Videos management organizational productivity survival skills

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7 Ways Satan Tries to Destroy a Church

Ron Edmondson

Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. 1 Peter 5:8. I’m not a pastor who is constantly looking for Satan behind everything that goes wrong. I concentrate my attention on Jesus and encouraging others to follow Jesus and not to focus on the defeated one. Yet, I’m fully aware that Satan loves to destroy…or attempt to destroy…a church. Obviously Satan is a limited being and God’s church is secure.

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Best Leadership Books of 2011

Leading Blog

W E HAVE more recorded information about leadership now than at any other time in history. Most of it deals with the surface turbulence, which is important but not complete. In all of this information there is the sense too, that perhaps we have lost the wisdom we need and that maybe some new thing will help us to avoid what we already know and don’t want to do. For the most part, it’s still business-as-usual within the same framework— control.

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What CEOs Really Think About Values and Culture

C-Level Strategies

In my role as Chief Relationship Officer for CEO Connection I had the opportunity to sit down recently with a few of our member-CEOs for a conversation about their views on corporate values, purpose and culture. These members are mid-market CEOs , representing companies with an average of $1.6

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Ambiguity Breeds Mediocrity

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Dave Mastovich on the importance of clear expectations: I have a friend who leads a Human Resources Consultancy. He often uses the phrase: “Why don’t employees do what they are supposed to do?” to market his services.

Five New Habits to Help You Reach Your Goals Faster

Kevin Eikenberry

If we already knew how to achieve a goal, and had done it before, it wouldn’t be much of a goal, would it? In other words, we’d have already achieved it. Yet too often we treat goal achievement like the rest of the work. We put the time in to set the goals, and then [.]. Achievement Leadership Learning goal acheievement organizational habits

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The Introvert’s Guide to Success in Business and Leadership – Book Review

The Leadership Advisor

When my friend Lisa Petrilli asked me to review her book, I immediately said yes. I knew that she wouldn’t put something together unless it was gold. What I wasn’t prepared for was to be knocked back in my chair.

5 Reasons Delegation Fails

Ron Edmondson

I encounter many leaders who claim to be good at delegation, but are frustrated with the results they receive on delegated projects. Of course, they often claim innocence, feeling they have done their job by delegation. The blame then naturally shifts to the delegate.

5 Leadership Lessons: What if You Could Take Control of Your Life with One Decision?

Leading Blog

Great leaders know they cannot let others determine their moods and behaviors. The decision is ours. David Pollay wrote The Law of the Garbage Truck to remind us that “it is not our duty to absorb the frustrations, anxieties, and disappointments of other people. We were not put on earth to carry other people’s negative energy, nor were we created to burden others with ours.” The Law of the Garbage Truck is straightforward: Many people are like garbage trucks.

What Leadership of the Future Will Look Like

C-Level Strategies

You may call me an optimist, but when I give serious thought to what leadership will look like in the future I see a world full of people leading from within , for the higher good of themselves, each other, and the world at large.

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Have you shared your vision with your team?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Change Management Leadership Development I was a new middle manager on my first trip across the country to the Corporate Office and was seated in the Executive Boardroom for a meeting. As we were preparing to take a short break, the CEO leaned across the table and asked me, “Chery, have you shared your vision with your team?” I [.]. Change Management Leadership Development engagement Growth Leadership Strategy Teamwork vision

How Will You Use the Most Productive Week of the Year

Kevin Eikenberry

As I travel around the world all year long, leaders and achievers — people just like you — tell me the same things over and over. “I’m I’m so busy, my plate is so full.” “I I can’t seem to get anything done.” There is too much email and too many interruptions.” If you have said, thought, [.]. Achievement Leadership Learning

Leadership Lessons From A Lemonade Stand

The Leadership Advisor

As part of our ongoing efforts to expand our global network, we are honored to have Villanova University as a new partner and guest blogger. Make sure you check out their contact details at the end of the post!

7 Ways to Hear “I have a problem with you leader”

Ron Edmondson

It was a hard years as a leader in some ways. So much for having an “open door policy” This year several members of our staff told me where I was letting them down. Next year I’ll close the door.

20 Leadership Books You Might Not Have Read

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. If you know me, or have read this blog for any length of time, you know that I believe all great leaders are also voracious readers. In fact, I would go so far as to say reading is simply a necessity if you’re serious about leadership.

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Lands’ End Contest Confirms Strategic Role of Pinterest for Brands

C-Level Strategies

Though most of my time is spent helping companies create and communicate clear and compelling visions to grow their businesses exponentially, my conversations with C-level executives often turn to the topic of social media.

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Five Steps To Infuse “Magic” in Your Leadership Style

Next Level Blog

This guest post was written by Jason Monaghan with University of Notre Dame Executive Online Education: As any seasoned business leader can tell you, creating an exemplary team takes knowledge, perseverance, and a little leadership magic. The “magic” of a great leader is developed over time and through years of professional awareness. The qualities that make a good team a great one depend largely on the leader’s ability to create an environment of complete engagement.

Why the Best Leaders Do the Dirty Work

Kevin Eikenberry

Some people think that once they ascend to a leadership role (or to a certain level of leadership) that they are immune from doing “real work” anymore. And even if you don’t feel that way, if you spend a little time as a fly on the wall with groups of front line employees, you will [.]. Leadership Learning engagement

What If You Changed and No One Noticed?

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Have you ever tried changing a behavior and no one noticed you were different? It’s not uncommon. Jim was a “hands-on boss.” ” He had high standards and his team performed well.

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