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White Crayon Employee Engagement

The Leadership Advisor

When I was a kid, my sister and I would have coloring contests. We had a giant plastic bin with crayons and we would pour them out on the floor and just divide them as evenly as we could. The goal was to color a page in our coloring books as quickly as possible without coloring outside the lines.

Four Priorities Keeping CEOs Up at Night

C-Level Strategies

I had the sincere pleasure this past week of attending the CEO Connection Spring Forum, Dinner and CEO Boot Camp in New York City.

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Terminate Performance Reviews

Tony Mayo

Knowledge at Wharton published a very well-done summary article on the problems with and alternatives to the traditional annual performance review. Here are my favorite excerpts. “an overall performance management process — one that focuses on goal setting, feedback, coaching and clear statements of the company’s performance expectations — is absolutely critical&# and indeed, is [.]. For Executives Performance Reviews

Book Giveaway: I Quit: Stop Pretending Everything is Fine

Ron Edmondson

Here’s a book I requested to give away on my blog. I don’t know the author, and honestly I don’t remember how I received this book, perhaps as a request to write a review. Either way, I kept staring at the title and decided to read it. “ I Quit!:

Christine Lagarde – At the IMF, Could She Bring Some of that Change for the Better?

First Friday Book Synopsis

The chorus is support is growing for Christine Lagarde to lead the IMF. I think it is safe to say that a woman might be a wise choice after the apparently criminal, and despicable, inexcusable, utterly depraved behavior of Dominique Strauss-Kahn. (Yes, Yes, I know that he is innocent until proven guilty. But I’ve read the [.]. Randy's blog entries Christine Lagarde Dominique Strauss-Kahn

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A Leader’s Biggest Credibility Killer (And Hardest Lesson)

Terry Starbucker

You’ve worked hard to build the right team. You’ve put in a lot of hours process-building, training, goal-setting, and motivating. But the wheels still aren’t turning. Productivity is lagging. Something’s wrong. There’s an undercurrent of dissatisfaction that is palpable. So you try pushing harder – and it only gets worse. Key members of your team start leaving. You are confused and frustrated. “Aren’t I doing all the right things?&#.

12 Top Posts About Team Development

Ron Edmondson

I frequently get asked questions about team development that I’ve addressed before. Here’s a recap of the top 10 posts, according to Google Analytics, that I’ve written about teams. The titles speak for themselves. 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Team or Organization. 5 Characteristics of an Excellent Team Member. 7 Aspects of Healthy Team Member Correction. What Causes Team Idleness? The Life of an Idea on a Healthy Team. Signs of an Emotionally Healthy Team.

Why Executive Onboarding?

Coaching Tip

By Guest Author Robert Hargrove . Companies invest a tremendous amount of time, energy, and expense in hiring a new executive. Yet research conducted by the Gallup organization shows that a shocking 40% of newly placed executives are show the door before 18 months.

Ya-Who? Identity And Leadership

The Leadership Advisor

In 1998 all the rage was high waisted Levis, big shirts and Aerosmith with “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing&#. The top movies were American History X, Saving Private Ryan and There’s Something About Mary.

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Six Words That Will Save You Time, Effort, and Money – and Preserve Your Sanity

Terry Starbucker

There’s nothing more gut wrenching for a leader than screwing up, but there’s something far worse out there – the consequences of screwing up, if it isn’t handled it the right way. What do I mean by that? A situation where we just can’t bring ourselves to concede that a mistake was made in the first place, which leads to attempts to work around it, ignore it, or plow right ahead. Or, we internally admit that we’re in the wrong, but then try to cover it up, or put the blame on somebody else.

Making Trade Shows and Conferences Pay

Tony Mayo

Participating effectively in trade shows and conferences requires significant investment of time and treasure. I always encourage my clients to do only as many as they can afford to do thoroughly. What does “thoroughly&# mean? Essentially, have a plan and a purpose. Start early, months before the conference. Have the right people at the [.]. For Executives For Salespeople Trade Shows

4 Do’s and 4 Don’ts for Speaking to Visitors or Strangers

Ron Edmondson

In what I do, if I don’t know how to communicate with people I don’t already know, I won’t be very successful. I have an occasion to speak to strangers frequently.

5 Leadership Lessons: Redesigning Leadership

Leading Blog

John Maeda is the president of the Rhode Island School of Design. In Redesigning Leadership , he—with co-author Becky Bermont—pulls the leadership lessons from the ups and downs of his time there. In his transition from MIT to RISD he found that the two words “free pizza” were a powerful motivator to convene large numbers of students. Making people work together can be fairly challenging, but getting them to eat together is somehow vastly easier.

Lead As If You're Still Going To Be Here

Next Level Blog

As I write this, it is Sunday afternoon and I'm happy to report that, contrary to a firm prediction from the founder of Family Radio, we're all still here. The world didn't end. I have to say that I. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Current Affairs executive presence Leadership

Establishing a successful mentor/mentee relationship

Bud to Boss

We’ve already discussed that more than half of new managers receive no formal training. Likewise, many companies don’t have established, formal mentoring programs either, according to a study recently released by Robert Half Management Resources. A mentor can provide a huge advantage to any business person, especially a new manager or supervisor. Fortunately, you’re not out of luck if your organization doesn’t automatically set you up with one.

One Thing I’ve Learned About Conflict

Ron Edmondson

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8 Ways for CEOs to Tap Their Insiders

Lead Change Blog

The concept of MBWA still has legs. Here’s how to capitalize on it. How much time should a CEO spend interacting with company employees versus external partners? More than you might think, according to research conducted by the Harvard Business School faculty. There is evidence interacting with “insiders” (employees and their board of directors) is [.] Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders. Best of Blogs Series Leadership Development connect In Search of Excellence listen MBWA

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Today’s “Low Grade Boiling Rage”

Michael Lee Stallard

Photo by Liber. My mind must have been on something else as I began to edge out a bit from a side street to make a left-hand turn onto a main thoroughfare. At the same time, another driver was turning left onto the street I was on. I slammed on my brakes in time.

3 habits to a more productive year

Jason Womack

Do you start each day with a plan for action? Most people do. Whether they make a to do list or leave emails in their inbox to work on throughout the day, they have some way to manage their tasks and projects. Each day, however, we manage more than just time. We manage conversations, meetings and interruptions. Have you ever noticed your productivity actually goes up the fewer times you’re interrupted during the day?

7 Things Forgiveness IS…

Ron Edmondson

I often wonder if the reason we don’t forgive as we should is because we don’t understand the subject well enough. Yesterday I posted 7 Things that Forgiveness is NOT. It seems appropriate to also post 7 things that forgiveness IS.


Graceful Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Graceful by Seth Godin is the best $3 you will spend this year! I’m serious. The author quickly takes you through a series of ideas created to help you move individually from defensive, zero-sum, factory-style of leadership to a new gift-based, positive-sum, community-style model. Position It used to be that leaders were the people “in [.] Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders.

Old School Leadership


Krankies is an eclectic coffee shop in Winston Salem. It’s more than a coffee shop. Krankies is my kind of place. It speaks to the hippie in me. Cool people hang out there. Weird. Unique. frontpage

The Perfect Brand Slogan | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

The Perfect Brand Slogan. by John  May 23, 2011  Branding, Marketing  3 Comments. Most folks in the branding game will judge a proposed slogan or tag line by a defined set of objectives. In my day, I started with strategy. If a slogan did not

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Width or Depth? Less May Be More

Chris Brady

A good book, I think, is distinguished by its ability to transport the reader to 'somewhere else.' By this, I mean more than pulp fiction escapism. I mean a place of new thought, philosophical. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. LLR Daily Application

Seven Ways to be a New Leader to Your Employees

Lead Change Blog

A “Best of&# post from Mary Schaefer’s blog,, Feb. 24, 2010 My colleague in leadership, Joe Gerstandt, and I sometimes exchange Q&A’s – the latest from Joe being: JOE: We both talk about new ways of leadership in our work…for you, what are some examples of what that actually looks like? MARY: Great question. [.] Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders. Best of Blogs Series Leadership Development decide integrity listen respect

Harnessing the Power of Paradox


Remember the pushme-pullme in the story of Dr. DoLittle ? It was like a llama, only it had two heads and no back end. Much of organizational life is like that animal with forces pulling us and pushing us in conflicting directions.

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Help Others to Make You Look Great


Learning the balance between intervening in the work of your followers and letting go is a lifelong struggle for many leaders. When accused of micromanaging, I often hear managers say “It’s just easier to do it myself&# ; “My staff is too busy&# ; or “I’m the only one who knows how to do it&#. These

Managers and Leaders Who Can - sample chapter

Chartered Management Institute

CMI chief exec Ruth Spellman has recently released her debut tome, providing advise on how managers can survive in the current climate. It's a super read and to give you an insight into the kind of challenges the book discusses there is a free sample chapter for you to peruse. You can access it below. The free chapter looks at how you can manage yourself and lead others. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Wasted Human Capital

Coaching Tip

A Georgetown University study of the class of 2010 at the country’s 193 most selective colleges found that as entering freshmen, only 15 percent of students came from the bottom half of the income distribution. Sixty-seven percent came from the highest-earning fourth of the distribution. These statistics mean that on many campuses affluent students outnumber middle-class students. “We

What should we remember on Memorial Day?

First Friday Book Synopsis

Deaths throughout U.S. history from Independence Day to Iraqi Freedom Here is a listing of the estimates or totals thus far of U.S. casualties in the various conflicts that have been a part of our country’s history provided by the U.S. Army Military History Institute. The statistics reflect only reported war deaths and exclude those [.]. Bob's blog entries Afghanistan Civil War Iraq Korean War Mexican-American War military deaths throughout U.S. history the U.S.

B2B Social Media Case Study: American Express Facebook Big Break for Small Business

Krishna De

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Got Drama?

Leading Blog

You can’t stop The Drama. There will always be drama. But that’s not the problem says Marlene Chism, author of Stop Workplace Drama. The amount of time you stay in the drama—and the effort you put toward it— is the problem. Complaints, excuses, and regrets only serve to keep the drama alive.” Your drama—what you add to The Drama—is the problem. Chism defines drama as “any obstacle to your peace and prosperity.”

5 Words to Make Yourself Heard – a.k.a. Department of Redundancy Department

Lead Change Blog

There’s an ancient story about an entire nation that comes together for one, singular purpose. They’re going to build a city. It would be a city like no other, a place where people could come together, a place where every individual could find work, raise a family and build a life. It can be argued [.] Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders. Leadership Development clear communicate communication heard leader Leadership understanding words

Is your mind already made up? For the "worst"?

Jason Womack

I'm planning a life-long, dream trip to visit Normandy, France. I will arrive in Paris on 4 June, and make my way toward the coast. Since teaching high school history (starting in 1995) I have wanted to be in this area of the world on an anniversary of D-Day, June 6th.