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12 Killers of Good Leadership

Ron Edmondson

Visionary Leadership: The Difference between Vision and Purpose

C-Level Strategies

As you might expect for a blog passionate about Visionary Leadership, I’ve heretofore tackled the business-altering difference between vision and mission , and the critical difference between vision and goals.

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Say Yes to Being Late (in these four situations)

Kevin Eikenberry

Most successful people pride themselves on being on top of things, delivering when promised and generally being on time. In fact the highest achievers are typically high achievers because they don’t procrastinate and are able to get lots done on time. Think about this another way, most of us have been taught the value of [.]. Leadership Learning

The September 2011 Leadership Development Carnival - Back to School Sale

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the September, 2011 Leadership Development Carnival - Back to School Sale! Yes, it's back to school shopping time, and this month's Carnival gives leaders and aspiring leaders a shopping cart full of leadership development supplies.

Why Great Leaders Don’t Have To Read Emily Post To Know That Manners Matter

Terry Starbucker

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.&#. “Manner is personality—the outward manifestation of one’s innate character and attitude toward life.&#.

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The Happiness Advantage: Escaping the Cult of the Average

Strategy Driven

Excerpt from The Happiness Advantage … The graph below (see Figure 1) may seem boring, but it is the very reason I wake up excited every morning. Clearly, I live a very exciting life.) It is also the basis of the research underlying this book. This is a scatter-plot diagram.

6 Steps to Win in the Game of Life

Ron Edmondson

Everyone wants to be successful in life, but the truth is that many people never really achieve what they set out to accomplish. Many of us fall short of obtaining the dreams and goals we have for our life.

What Do You Know?

Kevin Eikenberry

I know I have smart, well informed readers. I’m confident that most everyone who reads these words is someone I would call a lifelong learner. That being said, I know you are thirsty for new knowledge and in that pursuit may begin to feel, like I do sometimes, that you are getting some things figured out, and becoming [.]. Leadership Learning Personal Development lifelong learning

Engagement And Your Brand

The Leadership Advisor

I volunteer to lead a team for a local non-profit a number of days per week. One of the biggest things our team strives to do is to make sure those who are in first time attendance feel exceptionally welcome. We don’t blow off other people, but we put extraordinary effort on the first timers.

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What's So Great About Diversity?


The issue of diversity in the workplace continues to be a challenge for many organizations.

“That Used To Be Us” – “The Great Stagnation” – Still, We Keep Asking, Where Will the Jobs Be?

First Friday Book Synopsis

We’re going to be hearing a lot about jobs in the coming days. We should have been hearing about it more, a whole lot more, but there have been too many fires to put out. And the bad news is they are not out. They are not contained. (I I intend this metaphorically, but at this [.].

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America’s Gonna Do It Again…

Ron Edmondson

I grew up and live in the South. There was, and still is for some, a lot of pride in our state and region. When I was younger there was even a song…and kind of an attitude…that “the South’s gonna do it again…&#.

9 Indicators That a Manager is NOT Able to Handle the Complexity of the Work & some ideas of what to do about it.

Create Learning

I have been traveling and sharing many lessons and speeches. This slide (which is from Before the Promotion he was nice & had potential ) really resonates with people.

Managing the Unmanageable

Leading Blog

If we truly want to deal with a difficult or unmanageable person, we have to get at the thinking behind the behavior. Why do they do that? Why are they that way? Instead of going deeper, it’s easier to just label them and avoid the issue. He’s rude. She’s unreliable. He’s an egomaniac. She’s self-absorbed. Anne Loehr and Jezra Kaye, authors of Managing the Unmanageable , say that these “unmanageable” people are costing companies a fortune.

Leadership & Presence

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Can you be a true leader without possessing a command presence? In my experience, very rarely…I’m not referencing the wannabe leaders oozing bravado, false confidence, arrogance, or self-delusion spun as confidence.

Never Forget Who’s Paying You

Ron Edmondson

If you have a job. Be thankful for those providing you an income. Perhaps it’s a pet peeve of mine…maybe it’s generational…maybe it’s because in one day it seemed to happen everywhere I went, but I see a shortage of smiling, friendly faces in the work place.

Exercise your way to productivity

Chartered Management Institute

I like to keep active and regularly ride a few hundred km on my bike each week. It's a very rare day when I return from my ride feeling more sluggish than when I left, with such increases in general energy resulting in more productive time as the brain is jolted into life by the physical exertions. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Community Building Isn’t About Influencers

Managing Communities

photo credit: jurvetson I’ve been hearing the word influencer a lot lately. People (companies) want other people, with big audiences, to talk about their stuff. There is nothing wrong with that. Just don’t confuse your pursuit of influencers with community building. There is some overlap, sure, but if you focus on “influencers&# at the cost [.]. Managing the Community Thinking

Jobs, Innovation, and Economic Recovery - Gary Harpst's Perspectives

Six Disciplines

Jim Blasingame, the Small Business Advocate, interviewed Six Disciplines CEO Gary Harpst on three new topics: Listen to the these newest podcast interviews below: What should Obama's jobs speech include? Americans respond best to leaders who inspire. Gary Harpst joins Jim Blasingame to compare what President Obama SHOULD say in his jobs speech in contrast to what he probably WILL say. Adverse conditions often produce valuable innovation.

The Post I Shouldn’t Have Posted…and How it Changed Me

Ron Edmondson

101 Ways to Unleash Your Potential

Kevin Eikenberry

Typically in this space I write about books (about 80% of the time) written by other people. I review these books because they are excellent resources, and as people often tell me my recommendations are expensive, because I influence them to buy a lot of books! I’m sorry. Well, not that sorry). Today, I humbly [.]. Leadership Learning Personal Development e-book ebook free potential

Why Labor Day Needs a More Inspirational Name

C-Level Strategies

Don’t you wish instead of celebrating “Labor Day&# we were celebrating “Passion Day?&#. By asking that question I am in no way belittling the intrinsic meaning of Labor Day.

Leading Meaningful Labor


“Most leaders are unaware of the intensity of their ability to shape the climate of the workplace and to influence the attitudes of the people who work there. They may choose to influence in such a way that the people working there feel as if they are making a contribution or just taking home

10 Reasons I Love Our Military Families

Ron Edmondson

I am honored to live in a military town. All my life I have known soldiers. Some of my best friends and family have been military-related. Our church has a large military population.

Is a cuddly toy the key to ethical behaviour?

Chartered Management Institute

Ethics have been a big talking point this year, not least due to the phone hacking scandal that has engulfed News International. New research by Harvard academic Sreedhari Desai suggests that the presence of a teddy bear in the boardroom may be all it takes to promote ethical behaviour from our leaders. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

10 things your employees wish you knew about them

Bud to Boss

This is a guest post from Roberta Chinsky Matuson, the presenter for September 15th’s Suddenly in Charge: Rules of the Road for Managing Up in the Top-Down World of Business audio conference. If you think it’s tough being a manager these days, try being an employee. Most are in the position of having to go with the flow because of the current economic conditions. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they do so with a smile on their face.

Are You Willing to Listen to Feedback?

Your Voice of Encouragement

We all make mistakes. While you probably agree intellectually with that statement, it’s not always easy to admit when you actually make one. Especially when someone else points it out to you.

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Don’t Address the HOW until you Address the WHAT

Ron Edmondson

What Hath Jack Welch Wrought? Maybe Differentiation Is Not All That Good After All – A Defense Of Mediocrity

First Friday Book Synopsis

“Ah, but we can’t,&# goes the prayer. “We can’t because we have responsibility, a responsibility to our employees, to our community. What will happen to them?&# I got two words for that: Who cares? The fictional Lawrence Garfield (Larry the Liquidator), Other People’s Money – see the clip here} ———— A few nights ago, I [.]. Randy's blog entries differentiation excellence Jack Welch jobless recovery medicroty

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Apple Needs Women and Workplaces Need Diversity

Women on Business

An amazing group of seven women, The Chipsters, who are also IP Lawyers, tell us why companies with women in top positions are run better and why without Steve Jobs, Apple is doomed unless they get some women in their executive team. Click here to read the original article on Forbes. I know this probably seems like an obvious fact to most of us, but how many of us actually live and exude this forward thinking.

Leadership: How to Make an Elephant Fly

Linked 2 Leadership

“I seen a peanut stand, heard a rubber band, I seen a needle that winked its eye. But I be done seen ‘bout ev’rything When I see an elephant fly.&# [.]. Leading & Developing Other Leaders Leading Change Team Building Leadership Collaboratory communication decision making goals Inspiration leadership motivation organization problem-solving project management Success

Do You Need to Take the WHAT Test?

Ron Edmondson

W H A T. I’ve often written this with three steps, but I’ve found something is more memorable if it has an easy to remember formula. If you are trying to complete a difficult assignment… When you aren’t certain all parties are as committed as they need to be… When you are trying to rebuild your trust in a relationship… Before you commit to a partnership… At the beginning of an important venture… Take the WHAT Test. Where Where do you want to go?

Who Do You Serve?

Modern Servant Leader


The People You Try to Please Control You

Leadership Freak

The people you try to please control you and your organization. Customers drive organizations, you don’t. Drucker said, “The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.” You are all about pleasing customers. Pleasing others, however, presents problems for you. The more people you try to please: The more frantic you and your [.]. Criticism Fear Innovation Insecurity Marks of leaders Personal Growth Saying No Strengths Values Leadership Development Organizational Development Priorities