October, 2018

Leadership Lessons From A Marathon Run

Joseph Lalonde

What a marathon taught me about leadership. Never in my life did I want to run a marathon. I thought it wasn’t for me. And the distance, 26.2 miles, seemed too far for my legs to carry me. Yet, this past Sunday, I ran my first (and I’m saying my only) marathon.

Letting Go of the Big Chief Motif

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Bishop Joseph Warren Walker, III: Discipline, focus and drive got you where you are today. You lost count of the sacrifices long ago – free weekends, discretionary purchases, a good night’s sleep – all to achieve your vision. You did it. Now get over it.

Why Hospitality Is A Leader’s Secret Weapon

Ron Edmondson

You and I should be hospitable leaders. I know hospitality isn’t something you’ve commonly associated with definitions of leadership, but it’s critical to our effectiveness that we begin to do so.

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Who’s Your Second? Are We Really Leading, or Just in Charge?

RapidStart Leadership

Are you indispensable? Should you be? We make the plans, give the orders, follow-up on everybody and everything. Nothing happens without our say-so. The machine is humming and we are at the controls. It feels like leadership. But is it? Holding it All Together Stanley was charismatic and brilliant.

Is your Salary Negotiable?

Career Advancement

“The best move you can make in negotiation is to think of an incentive the other person hasn’t even thought of – and then meet it.”. Eli Broad~. Nora received a job offer for the position of her dreams. She was ecstatic. She wasn’t even focused on the salary.

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Why Training is an Event and Learning is a Process

Kevin Eikenberry

For about 30 years, people have pegged me as a “trainer” and defined what we deliver as “training.” It didn’t take me nearly 30 years to realize that “training” is a limiting term. The truth is, we aren’t in the training business at all. That’s why for many of those 30 years, I have been […].

The Ten Financial Danger Zones

Chris Brady

The following excerpt was taking from the book, Financial Fitness, written by co-author, Chris Brady. There are some financial problems you need to beware of: the danger zones of personal finance. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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7 False Assumptions Made About Introverts

Ron Edmondson

I am an introvert. Some people can question whether they are or not. I don’t. I’m certified in Myers Briggs, so I know the language well. I’ve studied the concept, but it didn’t require much study or an assessment for me. I know I’m in the club.

4 Steps to Make Decisions on the Fly

Lead Change Blog

If you are put into a situation where you need to make decisions quickly, you may find that you react differently than you would if you had more time to consider your options. I was reminded of this familiar situation recently when I was in a local coffee shop that uses an iPad screen for payment.

People Are Tired Of Fake

Joseph Lalonde

You’ve probably seen online thought leaders share about how they’re so authentic. About how they want to be real with you. How they want you to get to know them. Why are they saying these things? Because they know people want real, authentic, true people.

Have You Become Your (Worst) Boss?

Kevin Eikenberry

Every boss you have had has had an impact on the leader you are today. Chances are you have had some bosses you didn’t love, and hopefully you have had some that you respected, looked up to, and tried to emulate. Most of us try to forget the worst boss we ever had. Today, I […].

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3 Easy Steps To Energize Collaboration And Drive Success

Tanveer Naseer

If you’re like most leaders, the arrival of Fall marks the perfect opportunity to assess where we are today in term’s of achieving our yearly goals, and what we should be focusing on to ensure a successful outcome for the end of this year.

10 Things About Great Leadership That Will Never Change (no matter how hard we try)

Terry Starbucker

To become great leaders, there is a point where we must realize that there are some rules of the road that we cannot change, no matter how hard we try. I call them “ the immutable laws of leadership “, the backbone of any successful foray into this honorable vocation.

5 Ways to Effectively Change an Established Culture

Ron Edmondson

A few weeks ago I had the chance to share at the online Culture Conference, hosted by my friends at Generis and Vanderbloemen. I was asked to share my thoughts on effectively changing an establiblished culture.

Vulnerability, Trust, and a Thriving Business

Lead Change Blog

Simon Sinek tells the story of a time he was waiting to board a flight when one customer committed the unforgivable sin of attempting to gain access before his group was called. The gate agent tore into the man rudely, prompting Sinek to ask her, “Why can’t you speak to us like humans?”

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The Quality All Great Leaders Have in Common – and How to Cultivate It Within Yourself

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Christy Whitman : Above all other qualities, vision is the most essential to extraordinary leadership.

Three Ways to Build Greater Commitment with Team Members

Kevin Eikenberry

Team member commitment is a much-discussed topic among leaders.

What One Successful Leader Learned About Optimism From Failure

Tanveer Naseer

If you spend any time on social media or even just watching the news, it seems there’s not much to be optimistic about in terms of what’s going on around us.

The Dichotomy of Leadership

Leading Blog

S O MUCH OF LEADERSHIP is managing tensions. Leaders must know when to adapt. This is where self-awareness plays a big part. In a word, they need balance. And that’s what The Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin is all about.

7 Ways to Stretch Yourself as a Leader

Ron Edmondson

Those who succeed in the future workplace must be innovative. Adaptable. Able to change quickly. You knew that, right? It’s not an option these days. It’s mandatory just to keep up with the pace of change.

October 2018 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the October Leadership Development Carnival. We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, creativity and inspiration, development, engagement, team building, and more. Team Building. Randy Conley of Leading with Trust provided 25 Ways to Immediately Build Trust at Work. Randy shares: “ Trust is based on perceptions which are formed by the behaviors you use.”

Why Managers Don’t Listen (Poor Listener Syndrome): and the Cures!

Great Leadership By Dan

One of the most important skills for any manager is listening. Listening demonstrates respect, concern, an openness to new ideas, empathy, compassion, curiosity, trust, loyalty, and receptivity to feedback – all considered to be qualities of an effective leader. Listening isn’t rocket science. We are born with the ability to listen, yet somehow managers, at some point in their careers, seem to forget how to use this natural born gift.

The Case for Gratitude

Kevin Eikenberry

I recently spoke to a group of sixth, seventh and eighth graders on their first day of school about the ideas in the new culture that they are creating at the school. They call it GRIT. And this week, I am focusing on the first letter, G, which stands for Gratitude.

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Leadership Exercises: 7 Ways to Build Your Influencing Muscles

RapidStart Leadership

Are there any leadership exercises I can do? Someone asked this question recently, and I thought it was a good one. Learning leadership is tricky business. It’s not like practicing musical scales or pumping iron at the gym.

Humble Leadership

Leading Blog

I T NEVER HURTS TO BE REMINDED of the need for humility. We tend to fall back on transactional relationships and rule-based leadership. Edgar Schein and Peter Schein call this Level 1 based leadership.

25 People You Should Say Thank You To Today

Ron Edmondson

Thankfulness is a virtue we often ignore. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own little world we forget to thank people who have helped us the most. Then there are people who simply need thanking to help them feel better about their own situation. Everyone likes to be appreciated.

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How to Overcome a Frustrating Setback at Work

Let's Grow Leaders

I know it’s painful, but take a minute to consider the most frustrating setback you’ve ever had at work. If you’re like me, you’ve got plenty to choose from. Pick the most gnarly, frustrating one. Chances are you didn’t “deserve” this thing […].

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Enduring Uncertainty

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Chris Lewis : Go on admit it. You’re busy, right? Busier than last year. Busier probably than five years ago. In fact, you’re busier than you can ever remember being. You’re now so busy most people couldn’t even begin to understand how busy you are. And you don’t have time to tell them anyway. There was a time when life was slower. It all used to be so certain. You could plan. You could predict. You could be safe.

The Decision Making Trade-off – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

I often find myself talking about decision-making in my conversations in training workshops and this question usually comes up: What’s the best way to make decisions in a group, and specifically, what should my role as a leader be?

The Challenges Of A Job Transition

Joseph Lalonde

I haven’t had a lot of experience with job transitions. However, the job transitions I’ve had, have exposed me to the challenges you will face when switching jobs. Most recently, I switched companies and experienced the challenges once more.

Leadership in Turbulent Times

Leading Blog

D ORIS KEARNS GOODWIN has spent a lifetime studying the lives of four U.S. presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson.

7 Bad Decisions Leaders Make When In Decline or Plateau

Ron Edmondson

I talk to churches every week, which are in decline or plateau. Apparently, according to some statistics, this represents about 75-80% of churches. I’m thankful to have served in churches and business in fast growth mode.

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How Leaders Can Get the Most from Criticism

Let's Grow Leaders

Criticism: Gift or Garbage? David, I hear what you’re saying about getting the feedback you need to make good decisions. I get it – I really do. But my problem isn’t getting enough feedback – I get too much. Everybody has an […].

To be the best leader, you need to be the best human

Aspire-CS

Photo credit: 123RF. The relationships you have with those who support you at work are key to your success as a leader. Without those, nothing happens like it should. And good relationships are dependent on your ability to be the best human you can be.

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Five Reasons to Be a “Learn-it-All”

Kevin Eikenberry

You’ve experienced a know-it-all. They are that person who believes they have mastered the subject(s), have been there and done that, and let you know it. At their worst, you view them as arrogant and cocky. At the least, it is clear they aren’t interested in learning anything new.

Don’t Just Double Your To-Do’s, Delegate!

Lead Change Blog

Do you still beat yourself up when your to-do list turns into an unmanageable monster? It’s a common phenomenon, actually. You’re not alone if your inner leadership critic sounds something like this: “Why do you think you have to do it all? You really need to delegate!”. Recently I was coaching a team of leaders about the difference between doing more and delegating. Sure, you can go the traditional route as a leader and give away what’s on your task list.

Clarity First

Leading Blog

T O BE CLEAR, we live in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world. In most cases, it is all man-made, but it is our reality. To be clearer, while our environment may be ambiguous, our organizations should never be.