Sat.Mar 03, 2012 - Fri.Mar 09, 2012

How Introverts Can Excel and Advance in Organizations: New Podcast

C-Level Strategies

It was my pleasure to be interviewed by Andy Kaufman , Host of the People and Projects Podcast, for an edition on how introverts can excel and advance in organizations.

If You Want to Attract Leaders…

Ron Edmondson

One of the most frequent criticisms I receive from young leaders about their organizations is that they aren’t given adequate responsibly or authority. They are handed a set of tasks to complete, but they don’t feel they have a part in creating the big picture for the organization.

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5 Ways Leaders Can Teach Instead of Tell

Terry Starbucker

“Just get it done” I was 16, and working in a gas station. A customer had come in to get his flat tire fixed. It was a busy day, and my boss was busy handling other customers, so he told me to fix the tire.

8 Essential Principles of Effective Leadership

Leading Blog

Gayle Beebe has written a book on how effective and moral leaders develop and more importantly, how they must continue to develop. Too often leaders think they have made it and stop working on themselves. Eventually they become leaders in title only. He writes in The Shaping of an Effective Leader : Our understanding of leadership does not come to us all at once. It takes time.

The Art of Leadership When Letting Employees Go

C-Level Strategies

I remember a day early in my career when I was sitting with colleagues at lunch, listening to stories about how employees had been “let go” in the not-too-distant past.

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The New GE Way: Go Deep, Not Wide - []

Weekly Leader

In Break With Old Paradigm, GE's Top Managers Relocate Less, Concentrate Expertise in One Field. WSJ management leadership

Hiring for Attitude

Leading Blog

“Most new hires do not fail on the job due to lack of skill,” says Mark Murphy. Attitude is a bigger issue than skill. Consequently, most of our approaches to selecting the right people for the job are dead wrong. In Hiring for Attitude , Murphy lists the top five reasons why new hires failed: Coachability (26%): The ability to accept and implement feedback from bosses, colleagues, customers, and others.

3 Problems with Unresponsiveness

Ron Edmondson

I met with a young man in our church recently. I love his heart. I baptized him a few months ago and have taken a personal interest in him. I see such kindness in him, that I asked him to serve in our children’s ministry. He was delighted.

Team Building is the Unseen Part of Better Teamwork

Great Results Team Building

Every office manager, athletic coach or school principal wants a workplace with better teamwork, but without team building the behaviors that you define as evidence of teamwork will likely go unseen.

10 Leaders who are the Brand

In the CEO Afterlife

Corporate leaders that are identified with brands are usually the ones who share the brand’s nomenclature, such as Martha Stewart, Donald Trump, and Michael Dell. Seems logical, no?

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What is Organizational Culture, Anyway?

Kevin Eikenberry

Have you ever been in the woods, walking on a trail? If so you know that while you see the trees in front of you it is hard to describe the whole forest. At that moment, the forest for you is the trees – because you just see the trees around you. Patterns, dimension and [.]. Leadership Learning organizational culture

Getting Gut Honest with God

Ron Edmondson

I love the story in Judges 6 where God called Gideon to save the Israelites from the land of Midian. Gideon was the weakest of his clan from the weakest clan, yet God chose to use him for a powerful leadership role for God’s people. You might read the story again HERE.

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Mid-Market CEOs Reveal Which Party they Want Elected in November

C-Level Strategies

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Life Lessons

Chris Brady

I like lists. In my journal are several pages for listing things such as trips I've taken, books I've read, and quotes I like. One such list contains an eclectic collection entitled "Life Lessons.". [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Collaboration LLR Daily Application

Measure Carefully

Kevin Eikenberry

Today, a metaphorical quotation packing a powerful punch. “The only man who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measure anew each time he sees me, while all the rest go on with their old measurements and expect them to fit me.” ” – George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright, Nobel laureate Questions to Ponder What old beliefs [.]. Leadership Learning Quotations expectations George Bernard Shaw

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Survey: Pastor / Minister’s Health

Ron Edmondson

I deal with dozens of pastors and ministers each month through my blog and consulting ministry. It seems to me that many are drowning in their ministry, are in unhealthy church cultures, and many are wondering if God will ever use them again.

What GE Aviation Knows About Inspiring Workers

Next Level Blog

Last week, I wrote a post that asked if your organization is ready for the era of connect and collaborate. Today, I want to go a little deeper on the connection part. In particular, I want to talk about how leaders can accomplish big things by connecting their people with the higher purpose of their work. You’ve probably heard the. Click headline to continue.

Enjoy the Process – 2


In 2010, I wrote a post titled “Enjoy the Process”. The central idea of the post was: “My point is – if we constantly keep our goal in perspective (and get overwhelmed by it), we become less efficient. Anxiousness (and sometimes fear) kills creativity. We rush through the process to see if our efforts are

Start Living Like The Main Character In Your Life Story.

Rich Gee Group

It's time to make a decision. Blog Business Coaching C-Level Career Coaching Tip Media Piece Ways & Tips Commercial Life Story Main Character Party

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Leader, You’ll Never Be 100% Certain

Ron Edmondson

I’ve heard many well-meaning, potentially great leaders who never achieve all they could, because their fears and doubts keep them from making hard decisions. Let me tell you from experience: You’ll never be 100% certain about a leadership decision.

5 Uncomfortable Observations About Workforce Diversity

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development We base our first impressions on external appearance. Grooming. Teeth. Attire. Accessories. Accent. We notice scuffs on shoes, extra pounds, and age. Then, we unconsciously jump to conclusions about the person’s potential and abilities. We decide in a split second whether individuals are competent, even before they’ve opened their mouths to speak. When we reflexively act from a prejudiced place, are we really prizing diversity?

BPM should focus on people, not technology

Chartered Management Institute

The breadth and variety of BPM tools has never been greater, yet the increasing availability of tools has not increased the success of BPM projects. The biggest barrier to BPM success is so often human related.

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But We Can’t All Be Michael Jordan – The Challenge: Building Success with Average Folks

First Friday Book Synopsis

I am bothered. I am a big fan of making people and companies better. I have written many times about the need for constant innovation, perpetual improvement, pushing folks to get better (pushing myself to get better). Just yesterday, I re-read the classic essay by David Halberstam about the end of Michael Jordan’s playing career: [.]. Randy's blog entries average David Halberstam Michael Jordan

Playing it Safe…Not My Style

Ron Edmondson

I’m 48 years old. I’m just old enough to have wisdom about a few things I should and shouldn’t do, but not yet old enough to always follow my own wisdom. Recently I observed a characteristic in me that I hope is not permanent. We recently moved to a downtown condo.

Ken Blanchard and Chick-fil-A’s Mark Miller, on What It Takes to Grow as a Leader

Next Level Blog

Ken Blanchard is the co-founder and chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm. One of the most influential leadership gurus in the world, he is the author or co-author of dozens of books, including the international bestseller “The One Minute Manager.” ” Mark Miller is vice president of training and development for Chick-fil-A. . Click headline to continue.

How to measure the ROI of your process improvement

Chartered Management Institute

As with any major change program, measuring the Return on Investment of your process improvement efforts is key for convincing internal stakeholders that what you are doing is worthwhile.

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Slow Death by Stress

Tony Mayo

This clever infographic summarizes some of the research on negative health effects of job stress. People like my clients, “Senior Corporate Executives,” are the 3rd worst. I do not the job my nephew had in Afghanistan, removing mines and IEDs, but other than combat these jobs seem very stressful. Plus, soldiers have access [.]. For Executives Stress

What If We Changed Our Perspective of New Hires?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Career Development Leadership Coaching Change happens, and we need to hire new people to fill existing or new roles. We go through the typical search: Check our internally and our networks Engage others to check their networks Review and reduce the number of possibilities Interview the candidates Gather feedback Hire Whatever the process is, the thought running through the [.]. Career Development Leadership Coaching Culture Leadership Development management

Your Values in Action

Kevin Eikenberry

Last week, my son Parker was telling me about an exercise he completed in one of his college courses. Students were asked to list the most important things and people in their lives in various categories. During the course of the exercise, they were continually asked to take one item away. One by one, important [.]. Decision Making Leadership Learning Relationships choice Maynard Maynard James Keenan Pusifer Tool values

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5 Key Strategic Challenges Leaders Face in 2012

Linked 2 Leadership

Armed with an understanding of who they are and where they are going, effective executive leaders chart a course for themselves, for their employees, and for their organizations. But leadership must first know who they are. And where they are going. While this leadership principle is timeless and unique to each individual leader, how executives [.]. Future Leadership Issues Organizational Health business leadership Management

Leadership and Resourcing

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. It’s not what you have, but what you’re able to make out of what you have that matters. Every great leader understands the importance of creating leverage via proper resource allocation.

When People Don't Want to Change

Marshall Goldsmith

My job is to help people achieve positive, lasting change in behavior. How do I deal with people who have no desire to change? I don't. Have you ever tried to change the behavior of an adult who had absolutely no interest in changing? How much luck did you have with your attempts at this 'religious conversion'? Have you ever tried to change the behavior of a spouse, partner or parent who had no interest in changing? How did that work out for you?

What’s Right About Being Liked


. Leaders are emotionally strong. They don’t express any feelings that might imply that they have weaknesses. This includes any hint of a desire to want to be liked by others. Never, ever, let your guard down in case someone might take advantage of you. Wrong. There are misconceptions about leadership and likeability.

I like history, but…

Ron Edmondson

I like history and think we can and should learn from it…. But…. I want my best energy focused on where I’m going, not where I’ve been…. On things I can change, not on things I can’t…. Towards issues of faith, more than issues that have been forgiven….