March, 2011

The Introvert’s Guide to Getting Noticed in Business

C-Level Strategies

If there is one area where I think extraverts actually do have a leg-up on introverts in business it’s this: they are much more comfortable being visible and attracting attention.

Leadership & Influence

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. You cannot be a effective leader without influence. Let me make this as simple as I can – if you’re a leader, influence needs to be a competency.

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7 Actions While Waiting on God

Ron Edmondson

Literary magazine published exclusively in audio form

Six Disciplines

Last fall we featured Underwood: Stories in Sound, a magazine that's produced twice a year on vinyl LPs, so we were particularly interested when we recently came across The Drum , a literary magazine that's also published exclusively in audio form. Featuring short fiction, essays, novel excerpts and interviews, The Drum is a Boston-based nonprofit that publishes 10 issues each year.

StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 59 – An Interview with David Aaker, author of Brand Relevance

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results. These podcasts elaborate on the best practice and warning flag articles on the StrategyDriven website.

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5 Characteristics of an Excellent Team Member

Ron Edmondson

I love team dynamics and organizational structures. I have written many times about what makes a healthy team, my expectations of team members, and elements to build health into your team.

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What’s In It For Me?

The Leadership Advisor

Blessing White puts out an employee engagement report each year outlining the previous year’s findings. I have been poring over all the information in the report and digesting all the data. I came across something that I found absolutely intriguing.

Poke The Box: A Review and One Question to Seth Godin


Last year, Seth Godin showed us a way to become a Linchpin. This year, he urges us to “ Poke the Box ” – to act, to start, to initiate, to experiment, to try (and fail and learn from it) and most importantly to finish and deliver.

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Work-Life Balance For Workaholics

What Do You Want From Them

WORK IS LIFE I have never read a post about work-life balance that convinced me I should find balance in my life. I have a very high locus of control ; I know I could change my lifestyle if I wanted to. However, I have no motivation to change.

The Introvert’s Guide to Motivating Others

C-Level Strategies

Beware of Flattery

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. The problem with the old saying that “flattery will get you everywhere” is that those with less than pure intentions not only believe it, they act on it.

5 Ways to Rebuke a Friend

Ron Edmondson

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17:17. Wounds from a friend can be trusted… Proverbs 27:6. rebuke |ri?byo?k|verb k|verb [ trans. ]. express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions.

Jekyll And Hyde

The Leadership Advisor

One of the things that made the movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde so scary is you didn’t know when the transformation would happen and what Mr. Hyde would do. It was a writhing mess of unpredictability and it made for good cinema.

A Simple Model for Understanding What Drives Behavior

The Recovering Engineer

The diagram above shows a simplified model for better understanding what drives behavior. Since people often spend their lives studying and understanding what really drives our behavior, I am pretty confident that I cannot hope to fully cover the topic in this short post.

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On Leadership And Ego

Linked 2 Leadership

Lighten Up Or Heavy Up…The Choice Is Yours Have you ever noticed that a lot of people tend to take themselves too seriously? You know who I mean: Those folks who huff and puff with righteous indignation when they are challenged. Those people who glare and stare when someone says something they believe is inappropriate. [.]. Leading & Developing Other Leaders Practical Steps to Influence Servant Leadership

The Art of Moving Forward: The First Step

C-Level Strategies

Heritage and Innovation: Finding the Balance

Leading Blog

In times of change there is the tendency to either stick doggedly to what has always worked in the past or to throw it all out and start new. Neither extreme is the answer. Heritage and innovation is a tension that needs to be managed— thoughtfully.

10 Myths People Have about the Church

Ron Edmondson

I’ve been in church all my life. I’ve also always been active in my community. I’ve leaerned there are many myths people have about the church…some from people inside the church…some from the people on the outside of the church.

Chaos Driven Leadership

The Leadership Advisor

For the longest time, when I heard the word leadership , it would conjure up images of structure and order. A sense of calm and deliberate movement. There was no room for pageantry and individuality.

Are Extroverts or Introverts Better Leaders?

Tony Mayo

What personality type is more likely to succeed in a leadership position? If you go by popular culture — television, movies, and books written by hero CEOs — you might think extroverts are natural leaders. Research summarized in an excellent article published by Wharton suggests a more nuanced answer. Employees who are proactive and eager [.]. For Executives For Salespeople Leadership Sales Selling

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Fortune's Best Companies to Work For With Servant Leadership

Modern Servant Leader

5 Truisms About Leadership and Corporate Culture Leaders Cannot Ignore

C-Level Strategies

It can’t be escaped – the impact of corporate culture on talent management and organizational success, that is. Even this weekend as I was sipping hot chocolate at Starbucks while talking with a goddess friend it came up in conversation.

10 Key Lessons On Leading Virtual Teams Effectively


We live in times where more and more work is executed by teams that are geographically distributed. Leading a virtual team, fostering collaboration and binding them to common set of objectives is one of the key challenges for business leaders. In most of the troubled projects I have seen, the real challenges were not technical/engineering ones but communication/collaboration ones.

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10 Ways a Team Performs as a Team

Ron Edmondson

I think we use the word team too casually these days. A team…at least a healthy team…is not just a group of people who perform a common task. That may be a group, but it shouldn’t be called a team. I’ve written on healthy teams before: 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Team.

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Seeing The Person In The Employee

The Leadership Advisor

When most companies think about footing the bill for educating their employees, the ever-present caveat is that it must be related to you role.

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Improved Goal Thermometer

Tony Mayo

I frequently encourage my top executive coaching clients to set specific measurable goals and to chart their progress visually. For example, my free trailing twelve month Excel template is very popular. Download it by clicking here. Here is an even simpler and more visually striking graphic you can use. Enter your own title, goal amount [.]. For Executives Technology Tips Excel Tools Goal Setting

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Twelve Steps to a Great Networking Conversation

Next Level Blog

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post called Five Principles for Building a Strong Network. It proved to be pretty popular and I've been practicing and coaching on those principles ever since. Today, Please click the headline to read the whole story. executive presence

How to Create Predictable Success

C-Level Strategies

The good news: every organization – be it a business, division, department, project, group, or team – has the ability create predictable success.

Leaders Cannot Be Blamers: 3 Things


The true test of a leader is when things don’t go as planned. Worst yet, when things fail. In an organizational context, I have seen so many leaders who drive the project/initiative right from the beginning – yet when the project fails, they blame others. The blame senior management, the organization culture, their own team members and sometimes even the customers. It tells me something – if you decide that you want to blame “others”, you will invariably find those “others”.

5 Reasons a Church or Organization Stops Growing

Ron Edmondson

I was talking with a church recently that had explosive growth, but things have slowed. They wanted to know why they were not growing any longer. I decided to share my quick answer here. Obviously, God is ultimately in charge of a churches growth. There are times where God is giving a season of rest and preparation for a church for something to come. In some situations, God may have even taken His hand from the church. God is into church growth, however.

The Steve Jobs Way

Leading Blog

Apple is on a roll and we want to know how Steve Jobs does it. The Steve Jobs way is, in a word, passion. Passion drives his perseverance and momentum through setbacks. Passion obliges his attention to detail. Passion necessitates his intense focus. Passion fuels his outbursts. Passion compels him to encourage those around him. Passion urges him to compete with himself. Passion informs his decisions. Passion is the “magic.”

Slouching towards leadership

Managing Leadership

We have seen, since the opening of the current series on the problems with the notion of individual leadership in organizations, that the most fundamental of them is that such leadership is inescapably not about those organizations – it is about the purportedly peerless and vital qualities of those putative leaders.

How A Single Conversation Can Supercharge Your Business

Terry Starbucker

About 6 years ago I was approached by one of my field managers about a new “callback&# program he wanted to launch in one of our cable television service areas. He wanted to have “a real person&# call a customer within 7 days of a new service installation, and have a conversation about that installation. He emphasized “conversation&# , because he wanted this to be more than just a survey call where a bunch of “check the box&# questions are asked.

To Kill a Giant: Leading David against Goliath

C-Level Strategies

I was fortunate in many ways to “grow up&# in my career within a “ Giant.&# The $750 million dollar business unit I led had major competitors, but we were the leader in our industry.