October, 2012

Why Death of the Old Self is Critical to Leadership

C-Level Strategies

I’ve been writing these last few weeks about how your ability to be a great leader not only lies within you, it must come directly from within you, finding its source in the fabric of your being.

Why Your Leadership Is Overrated

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth . How are your leadership skills? Likely not as good as you think. There’s no shortage of independent empirical data generated over the years supporting the fact most people tend to overrate their leadership ability.

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Bring It: 7 Keys To A Great 3 Minute Startup Pitch

Terry Starbucker

For the last 10 months I’ve been an investor in the Oregon Angel Fund (OAF). We invest in startups and early-stage growth companies in the Pacific Northwest, and as you can imagine, we hear a lot of pitches.

Walk the Talk: Four Tips to be an Extraordinary Leader

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Thomas J. Walter: It’s common knowledge that there are two kinds of leaders, those who speak and those who do.

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Can Anyone Become A Great Leader?

Linked 2 Leadership

Please do not assume great leadership is required for success. Almost any organization can become financially successful through the application of excellent financial management principles, good research and development, professional marketing, and strategic acquisition of highly qualified employees and managers. That however, is NOT leadership and the people who work in organizations that are not well led generally become [.].

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5 Ways to Help Young Leaders Succeed

Ron Edmondson

I love working with young leaders. I consistently look for ways to invest in and recruit those who are currently entering the field of leadership or who will be in the future. In doing so, I see part of my role in working with younger leaders as helping them succeed.

The Truth About “If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Manage It”

Terry Starbucker

“How did you KNOW it was a success?” ” I asked that question several times last week in a forum that I participated in with a group of business people.

What Leaders Can Learn from How Romney Won the Debate

Next Level Blog

Almost immediately after the first U.S. presidential debate on Wednesday, practically every major news outlet from Fox News to MSNBC to the Financial Times of London declared Mitt Romney the outright winner over Barack Obama. Having watched it myself, I have to agree. Romney cleaned Obama’s clock. As I was watching it, I thought of that scene in The Untouchables where Kevin Costner’s Eliot Ness says to Sean Connery’s Malone, “I want to get Capone. I don’t know how to do it.”

The Confidence/Competence Loop

Kevin Eikenberry

There are several basic areas of study that, as we study them, we can become more effective coaches and leaders. This long list includes both human behavior and learning. The psychological concept I want to talk about today comes from the intersection of these two fields of study. Don’t worry; I’m not going to go [.]. Communication Leadership Leadership Communication Learning coaching expectations

Being Quiet


. “Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent.” ” ~ Napoleon Hill. . Many of us are continually re-learning the wisdom that tells us when it’s important to stay quiet. Yet that is what important conversations should strive for – lots of pauses and silence ripe with thought and ideas. I understand that there is a discomfort in silence in our noisy world.

Leadership Development and Succession Planning: Critical New Wisdom

C-Level Strategies

I’ve written often about how the number one thing CEOs wish they’d done differently is act faster on talent management decisions. This is because strong leadership is a competitive advantage in today’s global environment of uncertainty, complexity and swift change.

Video Evidence of the Gender Chasm in Business and Politics

Women on Business

The gender gap looks more like a chasm in business and politics today — surprising in 2012. Today, I’m going to share some video evidence of that gender chasm. Political Gender Chasm Video Evidence.

October Leadership Development Carnival

Management is a Journey

This month I am happy to be the guest host for Dan McCarthy’s Leadership Development Blog Carnival. The October edition of this Carnival reminds me that fall is officially here: learner’s are back to school, transition is in the air as we move from summer to winter, and scary season is around the corner when Halloween comes. These [.]. Leadership Change innovation leadership management people skills strategic thinking

You Have to Speak for the Work

Next Level Blog

Lots of us grew up believing in the idea that if you just do good work, the work will speak for itself. That’s one of those beliefs that’s true until it isn’t. When it isn’t is that when so much is going on that top management probably won’t notice good work unless you speak for it. The more senior top management is, the more likely this is to be true They simply have too many things to pay attention to to recognize or acknowledge all the things that are going right.

Seven Steps to Setting Clear Expectations

Kevin Eikenberry

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about the importance of expectations in the workplace and the four basic areas where expectations are required. As I was writing it, I knew people might want the logical next step. once we realize the ultimate importance of expectations, and the areas in which [.]. Communication Leadership Leadership Communication Learning coaching expectations

StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 63 – An Interview with Victoria Grady, author of The Pivot Point

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.

Leading with Character by Leading from Within

C-Level Strategies

I wrote last week about what I feel to be an undeniable truth, that what determines who you are as a leader is who you are as a person.

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Grow your ability to delegate

The Organized Executive's Blog

Executives often struggle to delegate well, so I was impressed by advice I recently saw from Halley Bock, the president and CEO of Seattle-based Fierce Inc. , l eadership development and training experts. Following is an email interview I conducted with her about the model and how to apply it.

Memories vs. Material

Chris Brady

This bad economy is really poorly timed, mostly because it's happening right while we're alive to experience it. We've come out of a credit binge where easy money was available at low interest rates. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Finances and Economics LLR Daily Application Travel

Five Things Leaders Can Learn from Mayor Bloomberg About Crisis Communications

Next Level Blog

While the impact of Hurricane Sandy in the U.S. spread far and wide, the New York/New Jersey area definitely took the worst hit. The scenes of flooding, fires and dangling construction cranes on Monday night and Tuesday morning were truly stunning. In the run-up to the storm, a friend of mine wrote that we were likely to see lots of. Click headline to continue. General Leadership Crisis Communications Hurricane Sandy leadership Mayor Mike Bloomberg

In This World, You Can’t NOT Communicate!

Leading Blog

This is a guest post by David Grossman, author of You Can’t NOT Communicate. Grossman says that there are very few things in this world that are neutral. Everything you do, and everything you say, communicates something.

Disconnection at the Heart of Corporate Failure

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Debbie Nicol: Have you ever watched TV with the volume down and the radio on in the background?

50 Inspiring Startup Quotes from Successful Entrepreneurs Includes Women

Women on Business

NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE: A number of women entrepreneurs are included in the list of 50 of the most inspiring startup quotes from successful entrepreneurs that was published on Lifed.com. However, all of the quotes are worth reading. Some of the quotes from business women are: “Having a partner definitely allows you to take more risks.” ” - Arianna Huffington, Co-founder, The Huffington Post. “Don’t limit yourself.

How to encourage healthy conflict


I’ve come to believe in the value of conflict as I see leaders struggle with it. It wasn’t always that way for me; early in my career I viewed conflict as a negative thing. I worked at a company for many years where conflict was avoided. Employees tended to agree in public meetings, but have one-to-one meetings afterwards where they vented their real opinions. It could be devastating to important corporate initiatives.

The Power of Fun

Chris Brady

Tensions were running high, people were getting on each other's nerves, and no one seemed sure what to do next. The particulars of the situation were complex and unfamiliar, and most of the factors. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Humor LLR Daily Application

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Playing the Part of Leader

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Coaching Leadership Development “Don’t just act like the character. Be the character.” I’ve heard these words from theater directors many times, and so have countless other actors and actresses on stage and screen. The best actors are the ones who cause you to forget that you’re watching a movie or attending a live play, who can convince you [.].

A word to pastors…during pastor appreciation month

Ron Edmondson

I came into ministry later in life, after over 20 years in the business world. Maybe that explains some of why I was surprised, when I entered the ministry, at how hard churches can be on a pastor. I never knew.

If it were just about leading, would you still want to be a leader?

Leading Blog

Imagine for a moment that you as a leader didn’t have all the perks that seem to accompany positions of leadership—no lease car, no reserved parking space, no special dining rooms, offices, furnishings or refreshments and certainly not the compensation that creates jealousies.

The Power of Reflection

Kevin Eikenberry

If I could give you a tool or resource that would change your life in positive ways, change your results, create more happiness in your life, and help you get better at anything you desired. And if I could promise you that this tool would cost you nothing, require only yourself, and [.]. Leadership Learning

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On Leadership and The Power of Great Quetions

Linked 2 Leadership

The people who you lead are so immensely valuable that they deserve to be invested in, empowered, and encouraged to fulfill their own potential. Building up and growing people is how the best organizations continue to thrive and survive. And this requires a selfless outlook on leadership. This focus on others is often skipped over by [.]. Authentic Leadership Coaching Corner Leading Change Servant Leadership business leadership Management

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Good to Great to Gone

CEO Blog

I read a new book - Good To Great to Gone - the 60 Year Rise and Fall of Circuit City by Alan Wurtzel. One of the special things about this book is Alan Wurtzel was actually CEO for 13 years until 1986.

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Why Water Isn’t Always the Answer to Fire

Dave Bratcher

I was recently give a speech to a local civic organization and the topic was philanthropy. I was asked a very important question afterwards. “Why are recurring sources of income important to for-profit organizations, but critical for nonprofits?” ” What a great question.

Letting Go of the 12 Behaviors Holding You Back

Leadership Freak

12 Behaviors that always hold leaders back: Avoiding. Avoiding is the path to mediocrity. Copying others and loosing you. Copying others is useful when it aligns with your strengths. When it doesn’t align, it creates stress, pressure, frustration, and failure. Over thinking and under acting; stressing preparation over execution. Most organizations plan well and execute poorly. [.].

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Feedback Can Be Fun

Leading Blog

This is a guest post by Jack Zenger, co-author of How To Be Exceptional: Drive Leadership Success By Magnifying Your Strengths. Readers will learn not only how to pinpoint their best leadership traits but will learn ways to leverage their strengths into ones that truly distinguish them.