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White Crayon Employee Engagement

The Leadership Advisor

When I was a kid, my sister and I would have coloring contests. A fun game I remember with great fondness. That was so 1908.

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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. Talent Management.

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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. 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. 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 [.].

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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. Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders.

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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. Key members of your team start leaving.

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.

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&#. Yeah…me either.

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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. Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders.

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? Or, we internally admit that we’re in the wrong, but then try to cover it up, or put the blame on somebody else. Publicly. Tweet This Post.

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 [.].

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.

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?

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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

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.

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.

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.

Today’s “Low Grade Boiling Rage”

Michael Lee Stallard

Photo by Liber. At the same time, another driver was turning left onto the street I was on. I slammed on my brakes in time. Fortunately he didn’t.

One Thing I’ve Learned About Conflict

Ron Edmondson

Is there some conflict you’ve been avoiding that you know is needed for the health of your team? How Is Your Organization Handling Conflict?

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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. This sets you up for success.

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. Weird.

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. In my day, I started with strategy. If a slogan did not

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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. Encouragement


Lead Change Book Project Summer 2011

Lead Change Blog

These are times to make a raucous noise. These are times to stand up and proclaim what it is you believe. It is time for us to come together in unison and to offer up better ways that can change the world. Such a noble goal is part of the inspiration for all of us [.] Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders.

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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. frontpage

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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

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

Action Learning: A Recipe For Success

Marshall Goldsmith

I have observed one leadership development process that builds leaders and helps companies make money at the same time - action learning. After seeing how action learning worked at GE and IBM, I am surprised that more companies don't do it. My friend, Chris Cappy, has spent years in GE, IBM and other major companies implementing action learning.

Family Matters

Lead Change Blog

This is a re-print of Mike’s last post of 2010 on Success is only another form of failure if we forget what our priorities are. Harry Lloyd Over the years I’ve come to believe that there is only one sure fire litmus test for measuring leadership success, and to the chagrin of many reading [.]

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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.

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. What’s the problem?

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.

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 [.].

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