February, 2009

The Leadership of Integrity

You're Not the Boss of Me

No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honour…. Andrew Carnegie. Good leadership relies on our ability to live our lives with courage, strength of character and honesty. It is harder to do than talk about but without it

Congrats, Seth Godin !!!

Ravi Pratap Singh

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Obama Calls OUT Entrepreneurs

Women's Leadership Exchange

We all heard the President's Address last night. I listened especially carefully because CNN invited me to comment live on-air on "American Morning" this am. I was smiling during most of the speech because I liked what I heard and also, because I was happy to be going on CNN. With the new Administration - transparency is the new policy. So I am being transparent, too. I was happy to get the opportunity on CNN to remind the world that it is small business that drives our economy.

Dare you to…Get a Grip

Anese Cavanaugh

How are you engaging your employees right now? Are you inspiring trust and motivation and internal drive for growth, or are you disempowering them by holding to the stories of fear and domination in today’s economy? I met a business leader a couple of months ago, actually a quite successful business leader, who asked me if I could “Get him to stop throwing phones at his people” – I asked him if he wanted to, he said no. Pretty much end of conversation. . But I was curious.

Five Recently Active, Interesting Discussions From CommunityAdmins.com

Managing Communities

CommunityAdmins.com (i.e. the big logo on the top right portion of this page) is a community for people who run communities, but also moderators and users of communities, in general. Anyone interested in online community. But, the focus is certainly on the management aspect. I thought that I would highlight five recently active, interesting discussions that [.].

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Contact Your Representatives

Women's Leadership Exchange

Women's Leadership Exchange was included at the table Friday, when I was invited to DC to hear a briefing about the Economic Recovery Act. I then witnessed President Obama signing an executive action officially creating the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, a cross-section of smart government outsiders, including small business owners, advocates for business and labor, Republicans and Democrats, appointed to keep an eye on all things related to the economic - a group that has the President's ear.

A Leader?

You're Not the Boss of Me

Many years ago, I found this poem. It is one that impressed me and continues to speak to me now. To the best of my knowledge its author continues to be anonymous. Here it is. Enjoy. A Leader? I went on a search to become a leader

Leadership Style Part II – Command & Control | You're Not the Boss.

You're Not the Boss of Me

There are quite a few styles of leadership but the Command and Control style is the one we love to hate so I'm giving it some particular attention. I once had a boss who was the epitome of the command and control style, a real “my way

Leadership Style – Part I | You're Not the Boss of Me

You're Not the Boss of Me

What's your leadership style? Well, that's a big question. And the answer doesn't always come readily to hand because leadership style varies from person to person and from situation to situation. As the boss, you might say, “I am what

To Lead is also to Follow

You're Not the Boss of Me

I asked a question the other day and that was, “At what point does a leader lead by following?” One response, from Susan Mazza (check out Susan's Blog, Random Acts of Leadership here) is that leaders follow when they want to empower

How Not to Waste Time at Meetings

You're Not the Boss of Me

It happened every Friday morning. My colleagues and I would sit around a very large conference table, shaking the sleep out of our heads, inhaling excessive amounts of coffee and chatting about, well, whatever

Establishing Direction: 5 Steps to Making Visions Practical | You.

You're Not the Boss of Me

It is easy to think that having a vision is only for those who are at the top of the organization; for presidents and other grand chief Poobahs, but the truth is that no matter how high (or low) you are on the echelon of leadership

Leadership & Humility

You're Not the Boss of Me

What the world needs is more geniuses with humility. There are so few of us left….Oscar Oscar Levant. The word “humility” can often conjure up rather dark images. To some, it signifies weakness, ineffectiveness, and even a certain unsavoury

More than One Way to Skin the Cat – Leadership Style Part III.

You're Not the Boss of Me

In addition to the Command and Control style, there are a number of leadership styles that Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee unearthed in the book, Primal Leadership, Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence

The Leadership Relationship Shift

You're Not the Boss of Me

I think the biggest (and perhaps most difficult) shift a person has to make when s/he makes a move to leadership is the Relationship Shift. Try saying that three times fast!). In working as individuals we often develop relationships

5 Easy Ways to Find Stories, Topics and Discussions to Post on Your Online Community

Managing Communities

Unhappy with the activity on your community? One way to take matters into your own hands is to start topics on your forums, allowing people who want to participate to add to the activity, rather than having them feel as if they have to create the activity. After you get past the standard sort of [.]. Developing Your Community

How I Decide Whether or Not Something is Appropriate For My Community

Managing Communities

Tracy O’Connor of I Hate My Message Board spoke on Twitter of a situation she was dealing with on her community, where she was trying to determine whether or not she should act on something that had been done within her community. This inspired me to talk about how I personally deal with this sort [.].

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South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive 2009 “Managing Online Forums” Book Reading Topic Selected: “The Art of Responding to Feedback From Your Community”

Managing Communities

A few weeks ago, I asked for feedback on my upcoming book reading/presentation at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive 2009. In so many words, I wanted some thoughts on what I should talk about. Thanks so much to everyone who offered their thoughts, including Dave Taylor, Krist, Gwen, Wendy and others. After much consideration, I have [.].

Support Community Moderators: Don’t Tell People to Search

Managing Communities

In January, I wrote about how not to lock topics. Reader Jeremy wrote this comment: There is a certain online forum for a photo gallery I use where the Moderators are just plain mean. A good portion of the time when someone asks a question the moderator is the second or third person to respond, and [.].

My Thoughts on Jason Calacanis’ “We Live in Public (and The End of Empathy)” E-Mail

Managing Communities

On January 28, Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis sent out an e-mail to his private mailing list titled “We Live in Public (and The End of Empathy).&# The e-mail talked about the state of the internet as it relates to how people behave online and how accountable they are for those actions. There is a dehumanizing [.].

The Experience of Being on My Staff, as Told By One of My Moderators

Managing Communities

Tanner Smith is one of my moderators on the phpBBHacks.com Support Forums. He’s 17 years old and he’s been on my staff since he was 13. Often times, when I discuss community environments and maturity levels with people - age becomes a topic. How someone approaches this topic, how they talk about teenagers, impacts my [.].

Numbers Aren’t Everything.

Steve Farber

I have nothing against numbers. I believe in the bottom line as much as the next business person. And, fundamentally, that’s what I am–a business person. Except maybe without the silly, stereotypical baggage). But these days, when numbers–like profits, for example–are harder to hit, we’re tempted to focus on them even more. Obsess on them, even.

The Foreword to Greater Than Yourself

Steve Farber

Many of you know that Patrick Lencioni and Matthew Kelly are bestselling authors. What you don’t know, however, is that over the years they have developed a very unique and noteworthy personal and professional relationship–exactly the kind of relationship I describe (and prescribe, if that ‘s the right word) in Greater Than Yourself. Which is why I asked Pat and Matthew to co-write the foreword to the book. Of course, I’m personally very grateful that they did.

DoubleDay’s Press Release for Greater Than Yourself (Go Ahead…Pass it Along!)

Steve Farber

IMMEDIATE RELEASE. On-sale: March 3, 2009. Contact: Chastity Lovely. 212-782-9868. clovely@randomhouse.com. GREATER THAN YOURSELF. The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership. Steve Farber. National Bestselling Author of The Radical Leap. With a foreword by Patrick Lencioni and Matthew Kelly. “GREATER THAN YOURSELF is a terrific–no, wonderful–idea. Steve is a tremendous writer and an original thinker.&# – Tom Peters.