July, 2009

Elevate Your Shmoozing

Tony Mayo

This short and entertaining book has been making the rounds of both my executive coaching groups. Invest an hour reading Mr. Shmooze: The Art and Science of Selling Through Relationships and consider how you might deepen and expand your

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The Flat World

Orrin Woodward

There are greater opportunities and challenges today that at any time in the history of man. A person who will read, learn, imagine and lead can make a huge difference across the world. Are you up for the challenge

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Nine Steps To Deal With Bad Management

Self Help Zen

At work, the unchallenged cause why people are unhappy is bad management practices. Nothing has more power to turn a good performer worst than a bad management. Woefully there are plenty of such managements around us. In the exit interviews employees may say that the reason for leaving the organization akin to they got a higher salary or something alike but the facts of anonymous surveys are something different: “Bad management motored me away.”. Management has power over you.

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Three P's of business success

Lead on Purpose

What is required to create a successful business? The answer to this question varies greatly depending on experience, industry and many other factors. Achieving business success seems highly complex at face value

Personal Leadership Series – FLY or FALL? Five Tools for Critical.


In this Personal Leadership Series, Jonette Crowley, author and principle of Enlightened Leadership Solutions, presents five tools to assist us in flying, rather than falling during critical times—times of chaos, confusion and conflict

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Whether the facts hit the theory or the theory hits the facts

Managing Leadership

Sometimes a theory becomes so powerful that no fact can withstand a collision with it. Indeed, it accumulates such overwhelming attractiveness as a persuasive, explanatory model, that facts wandering into its range are simply either absorbed or obliterated. It happens so quickly and completely as to escape detection. A violent end with no witnesses. In many ways, psychoanalysis is a good example of this phenomenon.

Understand your role

Lead on Purpose

The importance of understanding your role in an organization cannot be overemphasized. When people work together — each person contributing to their area of expertise — great things happen. What can you — the leader — do to help people

Why we resist risk mitigation

Crossderry Blog

As my wife and I looked at our relocation, one of our biggest fears was that we would not find satisfactory housing quickly. It had taken six months of sustained househunting to find our current home, which we ended up building (it was

Ask Your Customers !!!

Ravi Pratap Singh


Sitting Quietly, Doing Something – Happy Days Blog – nytimes.com

Tony Mayo

Medical evidence on the positive impact of meditation on productivity, selected by top executive coach Tony Mayo

Myers-Briggs Personality Test

Orrin Woodward

Here is a helpful personality test to help you understand yourself, your family, and your friends. The Meyers-Briggs test takes less than 10 minutes to take, but it will help open up a lifetime of improvement in working with people

Mr. Market

Managing Leadership

Benjamin Graham, author of the venerable “ Intelligent Investor ,” used the phrase “Mr. Market” to make the point that the stock markets are often irrational, thus presenting profitable opportunities for investors. And today, it is also common for supposedly sophisticated and hard-nosed stock market observers to anthropomorphize the market.

Let the Fireworks Start Now

Women's Leadership Exchange

This has been quite a news week - the passing of Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon. Just yesterday Sarah Palin resigned. The unemployment numbers went up.not down. There's a lot to be sad about. So let's mourn, be angry, and get it all over with.cause we can't afford to stay in that space. We will not move our businesses forward, nor help our country get out of this mess, if we are in the. whoa is me" mood.

PM Quote of the Day — Yogi Berra

Crossderry Blog

I wish I had an answer to that because I'm tired of answering that question. Posted in PMO Tagged: PM Quote of the Day, Yogi Berra

Leaders' focus

Lead on Purpose

Successful people are driven to increase their performance and expand their abilities. They understand the need to work hard in areas for which they have great passion. Regardless of how many things you want to accomplish

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Tony Mayo

Recent aphorisms shared via Twitter by top executive coach Tony Mayo

Fundamental Goal Discovery Template

Self Help Zen

Here is a template-for-discovery-of-fundamental-goal. More detail about Fundamental Goal is available here. You will need Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Excel Viewer (which is free) to view this file. The post Fundamental Goal Discovery Template appeared first on Self Help Zen. Self-Help

Inept individuals

Managing Leadership

That’s what an animal behaviorist calls ants: inept individuals who, somehow, are able collectively to create striking organizations which can both adapt efficiently to their own evolving needs and cycling changes in the environment, and respond effectively to most emergencies arising from natural catastrophes or marauding neighbors. Inept individuals, no one of whom has any clue as to how they all do it, but who manage to do it anyway.

Failure, the Other “F” Word | You're Not the Boss of Me

You're Not the Boss of Me

Failure. I don't like it. And, I defy anyone to put up a hand and volunteer if asked, “Okay, so who wants to fail today?” The fact is though, unless we live in a bubble and do nothing, we are going to fail at something

Why I left SAP…”macro” negatives « Crossderry Blog

Crossderry Blog

Second-guessing oneself is a risk when deciding to leave a leading company, so I needed to ensure that I had no regrets when I left SAP. In particular, I didn't want short-term personal or “micro” stumbling blocks to obscure great

The right people

Lead on Purpose

One of the common threads throughout Lead on Purpose is that people are assets. Their skills, knowledge, intellect, character and integrity provide the primary value to their company. Every positive outcome that transpires in any


Women in the LEAD

istock_000000386365xsmall[1]-quiting In many ways, I'm certain that we would all agree that WOMEN continue to be blazing a trail for themselves. No doubt we've come a long, long way, but as our opportunities expand and new doors include

Orrin Woodward Leadership Team :: Network Marketing Mastermind.

Orrin Woodward

My good friend Art Jonak is putting together another World Class Mastermind Event! Some of the top networkers in the world will be gathering in Houston to share principles of building a long term network. Art is 'The Networker' of


Managing Leadership

Have you noticed the uniformity, in recent years, in the must-have look for male actors – and, indeed, for celebrities in many fields? In this age of painstakingly politically-conscious and carefully market-researched entertainment, you can rest assured that this particular fashion trend clearly is intended to make a statement.

The Performance Review & Some Ugly Truths | You're Not the Boss of Me

You're Not the Boss of Me

Last week, I wrote a post about “The Dreaded Performance Review”,something that everyone so loves to hate. For a while, this blog post kind of just sat there. Some people kindly picked it up on their Twitter radar but overall

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PM Quote of the Day — Shaquille O'Neal

Crossderry Blog

Me shooting 40% at the foul line is just God's way to say nobody's perfect. Posted in PMO Tagged: humility, PM Quote of the Day, Shaq, Shaquille O'Neal

Communicating with customers

Lead on Purpose

When times are good, communicating with customers is easy. Travel budgets are typically flush with cash, optimism abounds and your desire to discuss company direction is high. However, in difficult times one of the first things to drop

Interesting video on Lean from India

Chartered Management Institute

The video, shot in India, provides an overview and discussion of lean. Related Content: Akio Toyoda to continue the Toyota Way. You are not watching this post, click to start watching. india lean

Margaret Thatcher - Freedom & Inequality

Orrin Woodward

I have watched this video several times and am impressed by how quickly Margaret Thatcher (former Prime Minister of England) responded to the criticism of a socialist member of parliament. Freedom, by its definition will lead to

Modern myth-makers

Managing Leadership

That’s what scientists are: the myth-makers of today. Strings and quarks, anti-matter and boson particles: what are they but the earth, wind, water, and fire of our age – speculated entities imagined precisely in order to resolve gaps in our theories. They represent magically endowed values reinforcing our expectations and hopes, or, more prosaically, laboratory-concocted guesses about the mysteries lying behind real-world dissonances.

The Dreaded Performance Review | You're Not the Boss of Me

You're Not the Boss of Me

I think it is safe to say that the performance review is something that most people love to hate. And I think we hate it because although it starts out with noble intentions it tends to degenerate into an exercise without meaning

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Why I moved to Mead Johnson — macro positives « Crossderry Blog

Crossderry Blog

As promised, I'd like to outline some of the reasons why I moved to Mead Johnson. There are several big picture or macro reasons why the move appealed to me: Engagement in standing up an “new” company. MJN just had an IPO as a carve out

Providing value

Lead on Purpose

Previous posts have discussed the word 'value' as a verb — the act of appreciating, respecting or esteeming others. However, when it comes to providing value, words like worth, importance or significance apply

Week 2 of Comment Competition

Chartered Management Institute

We're into the 2nd week of the comment competition now, with the prize to win a free ticket to our National Conference in October. So far over 850 comments have been posted. Related Content: Live Blog from the CMI National Conference. You are not watching this post, click to start watching. comments conference