January, 2009

Know Thyself - Part I

You're Not the Boss of Me

This week, I'm going to play with the notion of Self-knowledge as a critical component of good leadership. Some might call this navel-gazing. Some might be of the opinion that they know themselves well enough, having lived in their own

Is Your Organization Healthy?

Anese Cavanaugh

Qualities you’ll find in a healthy team/organization*: The organization’s vision is shared, communicated and alive. People have bought into it and know how their role directly supports it. People are self aware AND self possessed (in other words, they’re self-aware AND able to shift behavior/do something about their impact). Systems are in place so people know what to do, how to do it, and who does it (and can cross function in roles). People are literally healthy and energized.

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OBAMA-NOMICS BEGINS TODAY!

Women's Leadership Exchange

If you're like me, you were mesmerized by every word, every sight, every nugget or information about our new President's Inauguration. Having attended 2 previous inaugurations, I chose to enjoy this one in front of my HDTV. Watching it today, I had regrets about not experiencing the extraordinary energy that I could almost feel emanating from the TV. On the other hand, as an information junkie, I feel very satisfied to have experienced so much of this Inauguration albeit via the tube.

South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive 2009 Book Reading and Signing: What Should I Talk About?

Managing Communities

Good news! For the second consecutive year, I will be giving a book reading at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive in Austin, Texas. The reading will be followed by a signing at the conference’s bookstore. Better news: you don’t have to listen to me read the book. Thank goodness). They allow us to give a [.].

Honoring Dr. King

Women's Leadership Exchange

Today, the day before one of our country's most historic inaugurations, is the holiday honoring the birthday of one of America's greatest change agents - Martin Luther King, Jr. His life's work, culminating with his speech "I Have A Dream" delivered Aug. 28, 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to over 250,000, changed the course of history. We will celebrate Barack Obama's inauguration due to the work of Dr. King and the millions of blacks and whites whom he inspired.

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The Leadership Activity Shift

You're Not the Boss of Me

As an individual contributor, your focus was no doubt on work associated with your own set of tasks, ensuring that you met the deadlines set for you; and producing the results that your boss, and your job description, demanded

Making a Move to Leadership

You're Not the Boss of Me

So, you have just been promoted and now you have people reporting to you. Congratulations! Now what? Well, if you have been promoted within an area where the work is familiar to you, you might think that not much will change

Know Thyself Part III - Personality Type

You're Not the Boss of Me

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, more affectionately known as MBTI ®, is based on the psychology of Carl Jung and was developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother Katherine Cook Briggs. These women, after fifty years of research and

Using the Vision

You're Not the Boss of Me

Once you have your simple, clear and honest vision firmly in your mind and heart, it can become a tool for planning business strategy and provide the discipline necessary to avoid unproductive and expensive diversions

ManagingCommunities.com is One Year Old!

Managing Communities

One year ago today, I launched ManagingCommunities.com. It had been a site that I had wanted to launch for some time, as community management is a subject that I am passionate about and I had a lot to talk about and a lot of experiences that I wanted to share. In light of this moment, I [.].

The Art of Responding to Feedback in 3 Simple Steps: Appreciate, Acknowledge and Consider

Managing Communities

Some feedback is easy to take. Someone makes an awesome suggestion that makes a ton of sense or simply loves what you are doing and wants to tell you so. Some feedback isn’t as easy - someone doesn’t like something you’ve done and wants to let you know about it. As long as they aren’t [.].

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10 Moderator Moves That Turn My Stomach

Managing Communities

We all have an idea of what we would like our moderators to do and how we want them to act. In deciding these things, we are also able to figure out how we don’t want them to act. Sometimes, we realize this by seeing other moderators behaving badly. With this in mind, here are [.].

Los Angeles Tweetup/Web Meetup on January 14

Managing Communities

When I found out that I would be coming to the Los Angeles area for a short time, I wanted to try to meet up with some people in the area. So, I was talking to my friend Ricardo Bueno who lives in the city and we were going back and forth about it and… [.].

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New Book Coverage: Interviews, Reviews, Conference Mentions and More!

Managing Communities

It’s been a few months since I posted a book related press recap, so I wanted to highlight all of the great mentions that the book has received in that time. There were new reviews from Martin Reed of Community Spark, Des Walsh, Jessica Smith of Jessica Knows, Kare Anderson of Moving From Me to We.com [.].

“Locked.” is No Way to Close a Thread/Topic

Managing Communities

Locked topics have a purpose on most communities. I try to avoid them, except in specific circumstances, but they have a place and they are a tool in a moderator’s arsenal. What I want to discuss today isn’t the locking of topics in itself, but what one says when they lock a topic. When you lock [.].