December, 2012

How Leaders Can Avoid Shiny Objects, Black Holes, Fire Drills and Other Dangerous Distractions

Terry Starbucker

One of the greatest challenges of leadership is managing time, a limited resource that has to be used with the utmost care and consideration.

Leaders: Stop Trying to Be Efficient

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Let’s cut right to the chase; stop focusing on being efficient – it’s a waste of time. Nobody other than perhaps you really cares how efficient you are, but everyone cares how effective you are.

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Don't Quit While You're Behind

Chris Brady

Achieving something great means going where you've never gone before. Even though much of the ground is therefore unknown to you, there is one main feature of your journey of which you should be. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Is Entrepreneurship Worth the Risk? [Infographic]

Women on Business

A new year is just a couple of days away and with the start of a new year comes reflection and resolutions.

Three Ways to Behave Yourself to Better Leadership

Next Level Blog

The late Stephen Covey was fond of saying, “You can’t talk yourself out of a problem you behaved yourself into.” He definitely had a way with a phrase.

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How to Sell Your Creative Ideas

Kevin Eikenberry

Thomas Edison was a great inventor. But Thomas Edison was a greater salesperson. He and his team may have invented the electric light bulb, but without the support and resources (read investment) of others, that idea wouldn’t have moved forward from his team.

Women CEOs and the State of Female Executives [Infographic]

Women on Business

What’s really happening to women executives in the business world? According to Catalyst, women held just 2% of Fortune 500 CEO positions in 2011. Jump ahead to 2012 and women held a record 20 Fortune 500 CEO positions. That means only 4% of Fortune 500 CEOs are currently women.

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“Leadership is Marketing” – Peter Drucker Said What?

Tanveer Naseer

The following is a guest post by William A. Cohen. Peter F. Drucker was a genius. Unlike Sir Isaac Newton he didn’t choose to spend his time observing that an apple fell down rather than up. Nor did he ponder on the inner workings and hidden mechanisms of the human mind as did Sigmund Freud. Drucker didn’t even care to emulate Albert Einstein and imagine himself on the business end of a beam of light. Instead he spent the better part of his 96 years unraveling the secrets of management.

Starting Points: 6 Important Reminders For The First-Time Leader

Terry Starbucker

It was 1987 - I had just arrived in Los Angeles to start my new job as the VP of Operations for a cable TV company. This job was a big leap for me, given that my previous position was an auditing manager at an accounting firm.

Feeling Pain and Taking Action

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

With a heavy heart and prayers for the grieving Sandy Hook families and the Newtown community, I have stepped away from blogging and regular online conversation these last few days. Throughout Connecticut we are in shock and devastated.

Mirrors only REFLECT, Not PROJECT

Dave Bratcher

Does your car have a rear view mirror? What about side mirrors? As we wait today for the ball to drop and ring in 2013, we find ourselves in a place only fitting to reflect on the past year.

How To Get Everything You Want

Kevin Eikenberry

This week, the world lost a legend; a one-of-a-kind salesman, author and speaker died. Zig Ziglar was all of these things and he was also one of my mentors and heroes. I read his books, listened to his speeches over and over, and attended his week-end workshop with my wife. Zig is one of the [.].

Career Growth: 4 Signs That Your Company Will Give You a Fair Shot

Women on Business

Guest Post By: Rania Stewart, senior product manager with Learn more about Rania at the end of this post.

32 Pivotal Leadership Gifts to Improve Performance and Productivity

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Self Leadership Tis the Season In a recent survey, 65% of Americans said they would choose a better boss before a raise in pay. I venture to guess that the teams these folks work in could be far more productive.

7 Ways to Help Children Cope with FEAR

Ron Edmondson

No doubt, the tragic incident in Conneticut has caused fear in all of us. Imagine the fear in the innocent mind of a child. How does a parent or teacher address this fear?

Are You Managing Penguins or Polar Bears?

Great Leadership By Dan

"Leadership is about managing energy, first in yourself and then in those around you.". Professor James Clawson , author of Level Three Leadership.

10 Ways to Spot Authentic Leaders

Leadership Freak

Talk isn’t always cheap. Words change lives and organizations. However, when it comes to authenticity, talk is nearly meaningless. Authenticity, like trust, feedback, and empowerment are words tossed around in leadership circles likes nuts at a squirrel buffet. Words apart from practice make you feel you know when you don’t. Using the term “authentic” doesn’t make you [.].

The 12 (Leadership) Days of Christmas

Kevin Eikenberry

Today is the last of the “triple days” (i.e. 12/12/12) we will see for about ten years (2/2/22 is next I think). Hard to realize that when one has happened every year for the past number of years… and we are now entering the Christmas season as well. Putting those things together, and borrowing the [.]. Learning Personal Development 12 Days of Christmas 12/12/12 Christmas questions

Great Leaders Move Us


. The iPad mini has finally drawn me into iPad-world. Finally, after my purchase of the mini, I get a chance to bring all of my electronic baggage with me everywhere I go.

4 Reasons Human Potential Should Infect Your Organization

The Leadership Advisor

We keep hearing how competitive the marketplace has gotten. With the economy not quite up to scratch and globalization accelerating the speed of business, leaders find themselves scrambling to stay ahead of things with their strategy efforts.

A Pivotal Message for Women Leaders About Our Feminine Side

C-Level Strategies

My business partner recently brought to my attention a video of Jane Goodall speaking about the power of female characteristics (posted below).

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Life In A High-Performing Company – An Insider View

Tanveer Naseer

The following is a guest post by Mark Royal from The Hay Group. What is it like to work for a high performing company? Hay Group’s High Performing Companies Norm provides an insider view. Our High Performing Companies Norm is based on survey data gathered from employees working in approximately 40 companies that are financial performance leaders. Indeed, these organizations roughly double industry averages on five-year ROA, ROI and ROE.

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Best Leadership Books of 2012

Leading Blog

T HE WAYS we have thought about leadership have not always served us well. We have tended to think of leadership as something outside and above the rest. If leadership isn’t among, it will let us down. Hierarchies are still important, but they must allow for freedom to act, think, and experiment in a way that encourages individual growth. Moving ahead we need more clarity. We need to look at what we do with fresh eyes.

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Employee Engagement –It’s Not About Them, It’s About You

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Guest post by David O’Brien. Ray was quite frustrated with his team and their apparent lack of engagement. After listening for almost 15 minutes to a litany of problems caused by their carelessness and lack of follow through, I asked what he wanted.

The Gift of Accountability

Kevin Eikenberry

There are just three more days in the 12 (Leadership) Days of Christmas. If you have been following along, don’t stop now! And if you have just found this thread of tasks/gifts, you can get the background, purpose and full recap here.

A New Year’s Wish For Leaders

Linked 2 Leadership

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better man or woman.” Benjamin Franklin Oh, if we could all just follow Benjamin Franklin’s advice, what a wonderful world it would be! Questions for 2013 Why must we all find fault with each other while carrying [.]. Leading Change Team Building Leadership emotional intelligence leadership leadership skills Servant Leadership

Parkinson's Law of Triviality

Great Leadership By Dan

This post was first published in SmartBlog on Leadership on 11/29/2012: Have you ever noticed that committees or management teams tend to spend way too much time in meetings endlessly debating the most unimportant or mundane topics, while at the same time, not enough time on the most important or strategic issues? Most of us have either led or participated in a meeting where this phenomenon has reared its ugly head.

3 Studies Prove Servant Leadership Good for Business

Modern Servant Leader

Opponents of servant leadership argue that the concept sounds good, but it just does not work in business. “Show me one study,” they say, “that proves Servant Leadership works for business.” ” I’ll do them two better. Here are three studies that prove Servant Leadership is good for business: Good Company Index.

When Being There is All You Can Do

Next Level Blog

Like so many other people around the world, the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday has weighed heavily on my heart and mind these past few days. In all of the coverage and conversation, I’ve yet to hear anyone, myself included, come up with the words to explain how such a thing could happen or to fully console the families and friends of those who were lost. At the same time, however, leaders from President Obama on down have done their best to offer solace to the community.


Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf 1934-2012

Leading Blog

Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991, died today at age 78 due to complications from pneumonia.

The Gift of Questions

Kevin Eikenberry

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me. Four calling birds? I don’t want to give or receive any birds, but the gift I’m writing about today? That’s definitely a gift worth giving. If you don’t know how a Twelve Days of Christmas reference makes it onto a [.].

Keys to Handling Workplace Conflict with Co-Workers

Managers are Heroes

For many of us, the preferred tactic for dealing with workplace conflict is avoidance. But we all know where that leads: bad attitudes, unresolved issues and growing resentment that can erupt into overblown responses to trivial matters. State your case.

How to Expand Your Leadership Capacity

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post By Brian Gast : What’s your leadership capacity? I was 35 and the CEO of one of the fastest growing telecom companies in the US.

Chiefs of Staff Deliver Substantial Value To Their Organizations

Michael VanBruaene

Chief of Staff positions can deliver substantial value to organizational effectiveness, particularly in an era of flat structures. Chiefs’ of staff substantially enhance organizational operations and internal and external communications, and keep activities orderly and focused, allowing the CEO, Board and key executives to better focus on issues of strategic importance, external and internal.