Sat.May 28, 2011 - Fri.Jun 03, 2011

Leading with Character by Leading from Within

C-Level Strategies

There is no escaping the fact that when we show up for work and for our leadership roles, we bring the entirety of ourselves to the table.

5 Right Ways to Respond to Criticism

Ron Edmondson

Let’s be honest! Criticism can hurt. No one enjoys hearing something negative about themselves or finding out that something you do isn’t perceived as wonderful by others as you hoped it would be.

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Leadership and Time

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Time; it’s the only thing we all have in common, yet it’s how we choose to spend it that defines and differentiates us as individuals. Even though time is a key success metric, I am always amazed at how many leaders don’t manage it as such.

No Sacrifice. No Leadership.

The Leadership Advisor

The 1950s was an amazing time of economic prosperity. This was facilitated by a number of factors. The interstate system was built during this decade which opened the door for easier transport of goods and allowed ease of travel for the average person.

Leadership, Vision and a New Birth of Freedom

C-Level Strategies

In my recent post entitled, “ Leadership Guiding Principles of a Successful CEO ,&# I shared with you how one very successful CEO makes the book, “ Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times &# required reading for every member of his Leadership Development Team.

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Leadership and Hubris: a Tragic Mix

C-Level Strategies

Every once in a while Steve Woodruff and I choose a topic for Leadership Chat, which takes place every Tuesday evening at 8:00 pm Eastern Time on Twitter and has grown dramatically over the past few months, that is based on recent, real-world events.

A Leadership Lid You Can Never Avoid

Ron Edmondson

Here is a huge leadership lid I have witnessed firsthand. In fact, it’s one that has crippled my leadership in years past. (I I wrote a post about one of those times HERE ).

The Top Five Habits of Effective Network Builders

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article featyred online by MIT Sloan Management Review. To read the complete article, check out other resources, and sign up for free email alerts, please click here. * * * “Open-source projects and grassroots collective action are important sources of inspiration for 21st-century civic engagement, enabling us to combine [.].

Leadership and Feminism

Women on Business

In our recent GUTSY WOMEN LEADERS retreat I showed a video of Isabel Allende when she was a presenter at a TED conference. She is one of my favorite authors; her novels are filled with the depth of what life is all about; love, sorrow, misunderstandings, and the courage to change.

Leading From the Dark Side: 4 Dangerous Leadership Styles

Linked 2 Leadership

“Luke, Stay Away from the Dark Side.&# Have you heard of these leaders: Adolph Hitler, Jim Jones, Thomas Jefferson, Donald Rumsfeld, or Robert E. Some list, right? The common denominator is something basic: it’s what happens when some of the qualities necessary to good leadership harden, or morph into something else: the “Dark Side” of leadership. If [.]. Leadership Lessons Learned Organizational Health Practical Steps to Influence Servant Leadership

Book Giveaway: The Final Summit By Andy Andrews

Ron Edmondson

I’m giving away five copies of Andy Andrew’s “The Final Summit&#. I love the writings of Andy Andrews. Andy may be one of the best communicators of our day. He’s funny, clever, and a master storyteller.

4 Lessons from the Toyota Crisis

Leading Blog

“Crisis response must start by building a strong culture long before the crisis hits,” say Jeffrey Liker and Tim Ogden, authors of Toyota Under Fire. Turning crisis into opportunity is all about culture. It’s not about PR strategies, or charismatic leadership, or vision, or any specific action by any individual. It’s not about policies or procedures or risk mitigation processes.

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Three Danger Signals That Your Integrity is at Risk

Next Level Blog

Some recent news stories, one in particular, have caused me to pull out my dictionary to look up the word, integrity. (I I like to use the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language because. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Leadership Personal Presence Work-Life Balance

Are You a Compassionate Leader?


I have enjoyed a friendship with Julie Hliboki, today’s guest author, for several years. She is a leader in a very different sort than the type we normally consider in the corporate world, following her heart and soul in a transformational journey captured in The Breath of God, Thirty-Three Invitations to Embody Holy Wisdom


Summer (training) camp

Bud to Boss

Remember the excitement of summer camp as a child? Your parents shipped you off for a month to live in a cabin, roast marshmallows and learn to handle a bow and arrow. Those were fun days, but who has time for summer camp now? You do!

The argument for writing it down | The Organized Executive's Blog

The Organized Executive's Blog

Have you noticed a trend of waiters and waitresses not writing down your food order? I had, so I read with interest a New York Post article this week about why servers opt not to take notesand customers' uneasiness with

Performing Organizational Jazz


Have you ever felt like your professional duties required you to meet contradictory demands , pulling you in opposite directions, yet each one essential to the survival of the organization?

Choose Your Customers!

Ravi Pratap Singh

Most organisations gleefully agree to work with every single customer who walks in through their doors. This approach, believe me, could be life-threatening to the organisation. Choosing your customers carefully and diligently is one of the most critical business decisions you can make.

The Value of Being Active in Social Media

Lead Change Blog

Originally posted on LeadSwag, co-Authored by Ron_Marshall. In today’s job market, one must be seen in order to be heard. The most consistent, reputation-building method to be seen is by using social media. The FLinT (Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter) media stack and other current media platforms like Quora and YouTube are used to perpetuate one’s personal brand. Personal brand [.] Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders.

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Open Innovation and Crowd Sourcing

CEO Blog

There is a great HBR article on how habits and rituals are the way successful people succeed - not will power. It talks about the limits of willpower just like Chip and Dan Heaths book Switch talks about. Ran a 5 K race today. Oppressively hot and humid (for me). Discouraging time (24:02) Garden is doing well. Asparagus, chives and sorrel are all done for the season. Rhubarb, strawberries, lettuce, and parsley are all thriving (although the rhubarb needs a couple of years to really get big).

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The Big Picture of Business – Think Tanks to Strategize

Strategy Driven

The biggest problem with business, in a one-sentence capsule, is: People exhibit misplaced priorities and impatience… seeking profit and power, possessing unrealistic views of purpose, and not fully willing to do the things necessary to sustain orderly growth and long-term success.

Employee Motivation Tips: Their DISC Behavior Style

The Recovering Engineer

In previous posts, I have written about a model for understanding what motivates behavior and three clues you can use to find what motivates another person. Today, I’ll share some quick insights about what motivates people based on their DISC behavioral style.

Blue Jean Manifesto – Book Review

The Leadership Advisor

Every once in awhile a book comes along whose timing is absolutely impeccable. A book that is so finely in tune with the pulse of society and its needs, it is almost uncanny. The Blue Jean Manifesto is exactly that book.

Leadership & Sturgeon's Law

Orrin Woodward

Here is a snippet from the leadership resolution chapter of my upcoming book. Enjoy. God Bless, Orrin Woodward What's the Tri-Lateral Leadership Ledger? Chris Brady and I, in our New York Times best seller, Launching a Leadership Revolution (LLR), taught, in chapter four, the Tri-Lateral Leadership Ledger (TLL), a measurement of one’s leadership abilities. Every leader must grow in his character, task and relationships, in order to lead at the highest levels.

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Handle vacation requests justly

Bud to Boss

With Memorial Day behind us and—at least in my neck of the woods—an intense heat wave upon us, it officially feels like summer. Vacation requests are likely rolling in too. But what’s the fairest way to handle them? Start by thinking about your team’s workload during the summer months.

In Crisis


The t-shirt read, “I am one of Guam’s 250 survivors!” … Super Typhoon Pamela came to the small island with sustained winds of 140 mph. It knocked out the electricity on the island for over a month (well, except for the military installations). frontpage

The Most Efficient Product Enhancement Strategy Ever Devised

Terry Starbucker

“Thank you for your business – we really appreciate it&#. That is a very valuable string of words. That is, if you say them to your customers. How do I know they are valuable? I did a little experiment at my company a few years ago. We called folks 7 days after a transaction and said those words (from a real human being, not a robo-caller). Turns out, the people that heard those words were 25% less likely to “churn&# out (that is, disconnect their service) over time.

Leaders: Who Needs Wisdom?

Linked 2 Leadership

This is my favourite definition of wisdom: “Good Sense; the ability to make sensible decisions and judgments based on personal knowledge and experience.&# What Does It Take? Note that good sense requires personal knowledge and experience in order to be effective. Wisdom cannot grow and flourish in isolation. When one operates with poor or potentially [.]. Leadership Lessons Learned Practical Steps to Influence Servant Leadership

Changing Behavior is Like Constructing a Super-Highway

Building Personal Strength

When I tell people that changing behavior means rewiring the neural pathways in their brains, sometimes their eyes glaze over. This can happen when you talk about brain science. So I've found it helpful to use a road construction metaphor.

Coaching an Employee to Change a Bad Habit

Lead Change Blog

One of your employees has a career-limiting habit. As a manager, your job is to hold up a mirror to create awareness of the behavior and its consequences—and to help your employee through the change process. Here’s a conversation framework to improve your chances of securing the desired new behavior. Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders.

Redesigning Leadership: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Redesigning Leadership: Design, Technology, Business, Life John Maeda with Becky Bermont The MIT Press (2011) “Ue ni wa ue ga aru” is a Japanese aphorism that epitomizes the nature of excellence: “Above up, there is something even higher above up.&# The same can express John Maeda’s opinion of leadership as a never-ending “work-in-progress.&# Those who [.].

5 Behavioral Values Expected of People & Leaders

Create Learning

People on teams are powerful at creating self-sanctioning actions for maladaptive behaviors. High Functioning Teams and the people in these teams have general shared values which lead to a commitment to great work and achievement.

Joe Polish: A Master of Self-Disclosure

Your Voice of Encouragement

When I attend conferences, I closely study what the speakers do to capture and keep the attention of the audience. I’m especially interested in their use of personal stories.