May, 2018

My 10 All-Time Favorite Leadership Posts (chosen by you)

Terry Starbucker

Hard to believe that this blog has been around for nearly 13 years – it’s been a wonderful and winding journey putting my thoughts on these pages about a subject that is near and dear to my heart. Leadership. The more human kind.

5 Tips to Stop Overcomplicating Leadership

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Guest Post by Hank van der Merwe With all the models and frameworks out there I sometimes wonder if we have taken the simplicity out of leadership. We seem to have a knack of overcomplicating leadership to the point where it seems so complex that it’s out of most peoples reach.

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Preview Thursday: Conversations Worth Having

Lead Change Blog

The following is an excerpt from Conversations Worth Having. What Kind of Conversations Are You Having? “The moment of questioning is also the moment of choice, which usually holds the greatest leverage for effective action and positive change.” ” ~ Marilee Goldberg.

Leading Clarity

Leading Blog

T HOUGH WE SPEAK of clarity as a destination—as in finding clarity—but it is more of a state we are in. We are in clarity. In Leading Clarity , Brad Deutser states that “Clarity operates on the truth that everything is connected.” Clarity connects.

Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

To be the Best, Invest in Relationships AND Results

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from S. Chris Edmonds: If you had a rare diagnosis of an aggressive disease, wouldn’t you want to be treated by the best of the best doctors?

How Leadership Is A Relationship

Joseph Lalonde

For many, thinking of leadership as a relationship is difficult. Too many people consider leadership a position, a role to play. Yet leadership is much more than the day to day activities you partake in to run your organization.

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A Flawed Idea Well-Executed Does Not Fail Forward

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

I recently joined the board of directors of a mid-size company that had decided to drop a new business venture in which they had invested heavily. When I asked the board chair what went wrong, he said it was a well-executed project but a flawed idea.

The Rhythm of Leadership

Lead Change Blog

The primary goal of any system is balance, and as a leader, your role is to orchestrate the balance within the organisational system. When a system falls out of harmony we get dis-ease; and yet many leaders I meet don’t understand the importance of balance and creating a sustainable rhythm to ensure the system works optimally. Everything in nature has a natural rhythm, and this provides predictable results which make us feel safe and secure.

Do You Allow Your Employees To “Own The Suck”?

Tanveer Naseer

Of the many issues leaders have to address, failure has to be one of the most challenging. No doubt this is why we love sharing motivational quotes about failure, like this one from Thomas Edison: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Likability in Leadership—Necessary for Some, a Liability to Others

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Cassandra Frangos : We had a handy rule of thumb for hiring in my first job in management consulting.

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11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Solo: A Star Wars Story

Joseph Lalonde

A Reel Leadership Article Memorial Day weekend 2018 saw the release of the latest movie in the Star Wars Story series: Solo. Solo tells the origin story of the beloved pilot of the Millenium Falcon. And what a backstory he had.

The Journey to Servant Leadership

Leading Blog

I T'S NOT ABOUT YOU. That’s where servant leadership begins. Success is based on your influence in the marketplace and those you help. Or rather, it is significance over success. This is a very different mindset from a power-leadership model.

Running 50 Miles: 6 Lessons in Perseverance

RapidStart Leadership

What’s it like to run an Ultra-Marathon, and how do you motivate yourself to finish any great challenge? Today’s post will be a little different.

Lessons from MasterChef Junior

Lead Change Blog

My wife is a big fan of TV cooking shows. You name it, she likes to watch it: IronChef, TopChef, Great American Food Truck, and MasterChef, just to name a few.

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Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called ideation rate. Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

Are You Curing Only The Symptoms Of What Ails Your Team?

Tanveer Naseer

“What do you do about the meeting after the meeting?” That’s a question I was asked recently in one of my Q&A sessions held after a corporate training event I conducted recently.

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Pitch the PowerPoint – and Speak as an Impromptu Leader

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Judith Humphrey: In my career as a corporate “ghost writer,” I produced a ton of speeches and PowerPoint presentations for senior executives. The top spokespersons loved those “ready to go” talks which they delivered from behind the podium – often to large groups. All that has changed.

How To Maintain Good Personal Relationships When You’re Busy Leading

Joseph Lalonde

Relationships Matter Man, being a leader makes you busy. When I begin to think of all the things on my plate, I begin to wonder how I’m able to fit everything into my week.

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How to Give Guidance Without Giving Answers

Leadership Freak

The great temptation of leadership is giving answers instead of guidance. Experience makes answer-giving easy. But there’s an ego factor as well. It feels great to KNOW when others don’t. At first, giving… Continue reading → Coaching Decisions Humility Marks of leaders Personal Growth Growth Leadership Development

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Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.

Co-Active Leadership

Leading Blog

I T'S EASY TO THINK that you need a title to be a leader. So much of what we talk about when we talk about leadership is in the context of a title. It’s also easy to think that there’s only one way to lead.

Elevate Purpose to Improve Performance

Lead Change Blog

Avoid the comfort trap. I recently read a post by Steve Keating titled The Benefit of Living an Uncomfortable Life. The post reminded me of my own bipolar relationship with comfort. I’m bipolar because I want comfort, but I also want to make a difference. Steve reminds us that comfort doesn’t change anything. We must be uncomfortable to make a difference. Comfort is a Poor Goal. I realized comfort is a default goal. A pursuit of comfort squeezes out all but our most elevated goals.

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Uniqueness And Company Culture – A Renewable Cycle

Tanveer Naseer

The following is a guest piece by Chris Dyer. Which comes first: a distinctive business identity or its underlying culture? That’s a trick question. The culture that drives recognition has no beginning or end point, but is instead a continuum.

The Servant Leader vs. the Human Ego

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Ken Blanchard: Most people who consider themselves servant leaders spend the majority of their time thinking about how to help their people get what they need to achieve their goals and live according to the organizational vision.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Rob Bell’s The Heretic

Joseph Lalonde

A Reel Leadership Article The Heretic is an original documentary about the former pastor of Mars Hill, Rob Bell. Rob Bell rose to fame in West Michigan as he began preaching at Mars Hill church and started a series of short films that were spiritual reflections on life.

How to Lead with the Power of Humility

Leadership Freak

The seductions of arrogance wreck leaders, demoralize teams, and destroy organizations. The only thing more dangerous than ignorance is arrogance.” Attributed to Albert Einstein.) Everything good in leadership begins with humility. Subtleties of… Continue reading → Humility Leadership Development organizational success

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Burn the Business Plan

Leading Blog

I F YOU ARE THINKING of starting a business—and apparently nine million Americans are currently thinking about it and only about 500,000 actually do each year—you will want to read Burn the Business Plan by Carl Schramm.

Preview Thursday: Make Learning Deliberate

Lead Change Blog

The following is a book excerpt from How You Learn Is How You Live. While the practices in the book will help you to improve your performance or learn new content, the goal is to pay attention to your own learning process and to become more flexible in managing it.

How Leaders Can Get More Comfortable With Taking Risks

Tanveer Naseer

While there’s little question that organizations need to be more responsive change, the real question today’s leaders need to address is are they at ease with taking risks, and more importantly, are the risks they’re taking the right ones?

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The Seven Signs of Great Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Bruce Hartman : The CEO of Footlocker, Matt Serra, once said to me, “It’s lonely at the top. Being the leader is a big responsibility.” Over the years, I have thought endlessly about this quote and what it means.

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How To Make Leadership Less Lonely

Joseph Lalonde

If you ask a leader what his biggest struggle with is in leadership, you will often hear a single answer. Leadership is lonely. I have no one to go to with my leadership struggles. It’s a fact of life that leadership can be lonely.

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The Truth About Filling Your Own Cup

Leadership Freak

Servant leadership is pouring out for the advantage of others. But you can’t serve effectively with an empty cup. Your cup is empty because you poured out more than you poured in. The… Continue reading → energy Personal Growth Success Growth Leadership Development

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Why People Don’t Notice You’ve Changed

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Often in coaching, managers work on changing their behaviors. But there’s another area you need to pay attention to also – other’s perceptions of you. Or you can end up in a situation where people don’t notice you’ve changed – where you’ve become a butterfly, but others still see a caterpillar. For example, David had […]. The post Why People Don’t Notice You’ve Changed appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership.

Preview Thursday – The Art of Servant Leadership II

Lead Change Blog

Taken from the Introduction of The Art of Servant Leadership II by Art Barter. In The Art of Servant Leadership II, we offer a case study in transforming a company into a servant-led organization.

Get out of the weeds to lead people


Many employees are promoted into management positions because their knowledge and expertise have made them successful in the work they do. The problem is that a management position doesn’t always fit their passion. People managers have to lead people, and not everyone is motivated to do that.