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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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 […].

What if Serving Others Actually Serves You, too?

Great Leadership By Dan

What if Serving Others Actually Serves You, too? Guest post from S. Chris Edmonds : The cashier at the checkout line at our local grocery store was literally singing. Did you find everything you neeeedd ?”

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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 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 […].

Michael Lombardi’s Lessons in Leadership

Leading Blog

M ICHAEL LOMBARDI has been an American football executive for decades. He has worked on the staffs of NFL legends Al Davis, Bill Walsh, and Bill Belichick and with Nick Saban while with the Cleveland Browns.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Venom The Movie

Joseph Lalonde

A Reel Leadership Article. Despite the Disney and 21st Century Fox inches closer to closing, 21st Century Fox still has a couple of superhero movies left in the queue. Gambit, Dark Phoenix, and The New Mutants are all upcoming Marvel movies. They’ve also recently released another Marvel movie.

6 Smart Steps to Help Your Team Navigate Change

Let's Grow Leaders

Change is Inevitable, Strategic Change is a Choice It’s a hard truth that confounds many leaders: continued success requires continued change. But change isn’t easy. For most people (and therefore most of your team) it’s more comfortable to do what you did […].

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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.

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.

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.

Dear Founder

Leading Blog

W HAT BEGAN AS a project to provide guidance to a select group of founders in the Webb Investment Network has been expanded and offered to founders of all types and those who need to have a founder’s mindset. The result is Dear Founder written by Maynard Webb with the help of Carlye Adler.

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Shine Your Light

Joseph Lalonde

You’re scared. I get that. I’ve been scared before too. Some days, I still am scared. I’m scared of the potential within me. And I’m scared I’m not living up to that potential. Worse, I’m scared of what the potential inside of me is capable of.

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Transforming the Customer Experience and Great Customer Service: A Frontline Festival

Let's Grow Leaders

Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival on customer service. We asked thought leaders from around the world to share their very best post on these topics. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our […].

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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.

Trusting the Competence of Others

Lead Change Blog

You don’t generally select new employees on obedience, but on what they’re competent at (or potentially capable of doing) together with their ability to collaborate. In this post, I delve deeper into encouraging trust in others’ competence, or allowing people to get on with what they were hired for. Command and control versus trust in another’s competence.

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The Two Powerful Forces Of Success.

Rich Gee Group

I attended a great talk the other night at Yale – the presenter brought up two major forces nature throws at us regularly – Resilience & Propulsion. It immediately hit me that these are the two forces that make businesses great.

15 Fascinating Facts About Theodore Roosevelt

Leading Blog

T YPICALLY RANKED among the top five presidents, Roosevelt changed the face of the presidency and redefined America's place in the world. His face is depicted on Mount Rushmore alongside those of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. His accomplishments were considerable.