Sat.Feb 04, 2012 - Fri.Feb 10, 2012

5 Questions to Discern God’s Will

Ron Edmondson

I am often asked how to know if the plans we make are God’s will for our life. This is a common concern. Most of us want to do God’s will, but God seems to give us a tremendous amount of freedom. If you’re like me, you’re fully capable of making a mistake.

Leadership and Surrender

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. You’ll rarely encounter the words leadership and surrender used together in complementary fashion. Society has labeled surrender as a sign of leadership weakness, when in fact, it can be among the greatest of leadership strengths.

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Optimism and Insights from Mid-Market CEOs about Business Growth

C-Level Strategies

As Chief Relationship Officer for CEO Connection I receive the results of our monthly Mid-Market Index, “A monthly poll designed to determine and regularly represent the thoughts, issues, and levels of confidence of CEOs of mid-size companies with $100 million to $5 billion in revenues.”

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Has Ego Trumped Your Mission? Lessons in Transparency from the Komen Foundation Fiasco

Next Level Blog

As you’ve no doubt read, the Komen Foundation – the people behind the pink ribbons to fight breast cancer – found themselves at the center of controversy last week after they decided to pull funding for breast cancer screenings from Planned Parenthood. The basis for the decision, according to Komen officials: They no longer wanted to give money to organizations. Click headline to continue.

7 Enemies of Organizational Health

Ron Edmondson

I love organizational leadership. I especially love leading healthy organizations. I have been in both environments…healthy and non-healthy. I prefer healthy. If truth be told, I’ve probably been the leader in both extremes.

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The 6 Key Indicators of Leadership

Linked 2 Leadership

Effective leadership is not a single act or facet. Rather, it is multitudinous. It’s like a well-oiled, fine-tuned performance machine. It is not embodied in a single role or person, but is the life that runs through an organisation. Without leadership, the organisation or entity ceases to move. It is much like an engine driving a vehicle [.].

5 Leadership Lessons: Great Leaders Grow

Leading Blog

Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller have penned another business fable, Great Leaders Grow. People and organizations are not fully alive unless they are growing. They ask, “will you be a leader who is always ready to face the next challenge, or will you be a leader that tries to apply yesterday’s solutions to today’s problems? The latter will ultimately fail,” say the authors. The solution is to GROW: Growth is the leader’s fountain of youth. Growing, for great leaders, is like breathing.

3 Surprising Ways to Influence Your Employees


JOEL A. GARFINKLE is recognized as one of the top 50 coaches in the U.S., having worked with many of the world’s leading companies. He is the author of seven books, including Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level.

How to Survive a Meeting with the CEO

Great Leadership By Dan

Most employees NEVER get to have a meeting with the CEO of their company. So if you do, it’s a one-shot deal that you don’t want to screw up. After all, exposure is a double-edged sword, and many CEOs and senior executives have short attention spans but long memories.

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10 Tips for Recovery after a Major Loss or Disappointment

Ron Edmondson

Sometimes life throws curves at us that take the wind from our sail. If we aren’t careful we can allow the injury to haunt us for life; never regaining what we have lost. Have you lost a job recently? Have you had a business failure? Did you suffer from divorce?

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Wondering ‘Am I a Good Leader?’ Take the Sheryl Sandberg Test

Next Level Blog

Ever wonder if you’re a good leader? If so, I have a simple three question test that will help you answer the question. I call it the Sheryl Sandberg test. OK, I know that some of you are thinking “Is it really fair to compare myself to the COO of Facebook - the same woman who spoke at the World. Click headline to continue. Current Affairs General Leadership Improving Communications Personal Presence Team Building Facebook Google leadership tests Sheryl Sandberg

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Lead With Purpose

Leading Blog

Without a clear sense of purpose, organizations become listless. John Baldoni says in Lead With Purpose that it falls to the leader to make certain that organizational purpose is understood and acted upon. Retired Army colonel, George Reed told Baldoni that the importance of this cannot be underestimated: I don’t think you can hit purpose enough as a senior leader. It is one of those things that can be undercommunicated by an order of magnitude.

Keeping Your B Players B Players

Business Learning Coach

By Jim Grinnell, Ph.D. If you’re like most managers, your team is comprised of a bunch of B players, a smattering of A players and unfortunately a few C players.

5 Steps to Help You Worry Less

Ron Edmondson

Worry is like a plague of our body. It attacks our mind, then our heart, and over time, it can consume our overall health. Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life.” ” How good are you at obeying that verse? One part of maturing as believers is to begin to eliminate worry from our life. I’m not claiming we ever get there, but as we grow we should, over the years, worry less.

A Workshop Alone Isn’t Enough

Kevin Eikenberry

Even though most people would say we are in the training business, we don’t see it that way. Yes, we deliver training, and so we are intimately aware of both the benefits and the limitations of that method of transferring skills and knowledge. There are many benefits training can provide. Here are just a few: [.]. Communication Leadership Leadership Communication Learning Training application coaching tele-coaching Training ROI

3 tips for handling public criticism (from someone who wishes she’d done it better)

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Self Leadership In my leadership book of fair play, one of the basic rules is to praise in public and criticize in private. I firmly believe that making people look — and feel — stupid (regardless how egregious, or not, their offense may be) in front of others serves no one well. So imagine my shock and surprise [.]. Leadership Development Self Leadership fair play Get Your Big On handling criticism taking the high road

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The Secret Sauce of Process Improvement


A colleague from a different department recently asked me, “When does this process improvement stop?”. In my response, I explained that improvement is not a destination, but a journey. It is a way for business to tune and align the operations to ongoing changes in the business. “If If that is the case, how do you sustain the improvement effort? What is the secret sauce of continuous improvement?”, he further inquired.

The Way to Guarantee NO ONE Reads Your Blog Post

Ron Edmondson

People email me everyday about how to improve their blog, how to write more, or whether they should even start a blog. There are countless “experts” always telling us how to write better blogs and what to do to increase readership.

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Fearless Questioning


. In the climate of fear that exists in many organizations, we often hold back on asking the questions that need to be asked. We would rather be seen as having all the answers while we are afraid of losing our jobs, being stalled in our career, or simply looking ignorant. Yet one of the most effective actions you can take as a leader is to ask questions. I’m not talking about interrogation or the questions you already know the answers to.

10 Power Tips for Leaders who Talk too Much

Leadership Freak

All the interesting things you say make you uninteresting to others. A rare few enthrall listeners. Don’t think of yourself as one. You know too much and have too much to say. Passion sets your tongue on fire. You can’t wait to create enthusiasm, solve problems, and share transformative insights. In a busy world brevity [.]. Communication Leading brevity Leadership Development listeners

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6 Steps to Sustainable Leadership: Team Balance

Linked 2 Leadership

In organizations, having human beings of all different stripes working together can be quite a complex undertaking. With all the personalities, pre-wired dispositions, and learned behaviors, managing and leading a team of people toward unified goals can almost seem impossible. Fortunately, we have instruments and tools to help us! Leadership Toolbox I have learned a [.].

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Grow: Taking Your Purpose to the Next Level

Leading Blog

Jim Stengel, former global marketing officer for Procter & Gamble, believes that businesses must rethink their purpose to achieve far better results. But not just the most apparent purpose, but a higher order ideal or purpose. For example, Johnnie Walker exists to make great whiskey, but its higher order ideal is to celebrate journeys of progress and success.

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Born to Win

Kevin Eikenberry

This week’s Resource Recommendation is Born to Win by Zig Ziglar and Tom Ziglar. Let me start by saying I am a 100% Zig Ziglar fan, so by definition, this review will be biased. I’ve read much of Zig’s writing throughout my professional life, listened to him speak, both live and on tapes (yes, cassette tapes) [.]. Books Leadership Learning Personal Development Success attitude Zig Ziglar

Hauling Ice

Chris Brady

In the early 1800s a boy named Frederic Tudor was on a trip to Havana, Cuba and had a thought. As he stood in the sweltering sun he wondered if people there would be interested in a cold drink. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. LLR Historical Examples

Leverage Your Business Pulse: The 5 Day Leadership Planner

Terry Starbucker

Every business has a natural “pulse” of activity that is designed to match the human rhythm of the calendar. Savvy leaders know how to leverage this pulse to their best advantage by properly sequencing their analysis, interaction, thinking, discussing, deciding, and doing.

10 Power Tips for Leaders who Talk too Much

Leadership Freak

All the interesting things you say make you uninteresting to others. A rare few enthrall listeners. Don’t think of yourself as one. You know too much and have too much to say. Passion sets your tongue on fire. You can’t wait to create enthusiasm, solve problems, and share transformative insights. In a busy world brevity [.]. Communication Leading brevity Leadership Development listeners

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Five Minute Challenge: Persecuted Church

Ron Edmondson

This week I’m at Moody Founder’s Week. It’s a Bible conference put on by Moody Bible Institute that I’ve come to for several years, especially since my son Nate is a student here. One of the underlying themes this year has the persecution of Christians around the world.

Leadership Weekend with Gary: Apples, Cars, and Halt

Linked 2 Leadership

Asking Questions with APPLE Asking questions is critical to great leadership. Remembering to ask questions can be difficult for new leaders. If you are struggling with asking questions, try this acronym, APPLE! Ask the right question. Right questions are open-ended and encouraging. They help others imagine new solutions. Pause after you ask the question. Accept silence, even [.]. Coaching Corner Leadership Lessons Learned Servant Leadership business Coaching leadership Management

Someone Save Me From My Baby Boomer Manager!

Management is a Journey

Note: Shawn Greene asked me to address the topic of Gen Y team members working for Baby Boomer managers. As she mentioned, there’s a lot on the web about what Baby Boomers should do for this relationship but not much about what Gen Y should do. Shawn is the founder of Savage & Greene, a professional [.]. Management 4 generations people skills survival skills

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Stop Hitting Your Career ‘Snooze Bar’.

Rich Gee Group

Do you need a 'Wake-Up Call' to your career? Blog Business Coaching C-Level Career Coaching Tip Event Ways & Tips Change George Clooney Motivation Up In The Air Wake-Up Call

Take Control of How Others See You

Coaching Tip

You are being perceived, either positively or negatively, every day of your life. Others are constantly viewing and making judgments of you. The impact of this perception can happen quickly; it takes only a few seconds to form an opinion.

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8 Power Tips for Building Your Reputation

Leadership Freak

** Your reputation is built on being noticed for the right things in the right way by the right people. Reputation is about credibility, trust, and influence. Reputations create or destroy opportunities. Danger: Good reputations are earned slowly and lost quickly. One major blunder outweighs many contributions. Building your reputation: Focus on results even though [.]. Coaching Influence Listening Marks of leaders Personal Growth Taking others higher career tips Growth Leadership Development

Leadership Development: Throw the Ball and Catch It Too

Women on Business

Tom Brady’s wife, Gisele, will go down in history with a quote that goes well beyond football.

Top 100 Thinkers in Management, Leadership and Business

Leading in Context

It is no surprise that there is not just one list of thinkers in management, leadership and business. There are many, and they vary in scope and topic. Here is a wonderful sampling of some of the top thinkers that impact business, management and responsible leadership: Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking complexity ethical business leadership ethical leadership in organizations leadership and management leading ethically