Sat.Aug 27, 2011 - Fri.Sep 02, 2011

7 Signs of a Dysfunctional Team

Ron Edmondson

Chances are, if you’ve served on very many teams, that you’ve served on one that is dysfunctional. It appears to me that we have many to choose from in the organizational world.

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How Culture Can Restrict Your Organization

The Leadership Advisor

One of the strangest commercials I’ve seen recently on television is for a candy bar. In one scene, you see a group of spectators in bleachers waiting to cheer on their favorite athlete.

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The Best Time to Ask Your Boss for a Raise

C-Level Strategies

What’s the best time to ask your boss for a raise, or your CEO to fund an initiative that’s critically important to you? Early morning. At least that’s what I’m deducing having read, “ Do You Suffer from Decision Fatigue? &# by John Tierney in the New York Times.

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15 Ways to tell if someone is Arrogant or Humble

Leadership Freak

Arrogant people say they believe in humility but their life says they believe in arrogance. Humble people speak the truth. The temptation to temper the truth and say what others want to hear, for example, is nearly universal. If you’ve found someone who speaks the truth give them a raise. I’ve seen people negotiate how [.]. Leading

When there aren’t words to say…

Ron Edmondson

This week I’m doing the funeral for an 18 year old young man. I went to school with his mother and his father is a dear, personal friend. He was supposed to start college on Monday, but tragically died in a car accident Sunday night.

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7 Traits that Separate a Leader of Courage

Ron Edmondson

Leadership requires guts. (I I wrote about that HERE.). You can’t lead if you aren’t willing to be courageous. I wrote about that HERE and HERE. I continue, however, to observe people who claim to be leaders, yet seem to have no courage at all. Have you seen this trait?

What are You Measuring?

Kevin Eikenberry

I wrote the piece that follows several years ago, and the events happened years before that. I share it on this blog today (with minor edits), because today, Lori and I celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Of all the blessings in my life, none match what she has brought and brings to my life every [.]. Customer Service Developing Others Leadership Learning Personal Development Success continous improvement measurement

First Look: Leadership Books for September 2011

Leading Blog

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in September. True North Groups : A Powerful Path to Personal and Leadership Development by Bill George and Doug Baker. The Anywhere Leader : How to Lead and Succeed in Any Business Environment by Mike Thompson. StandOut : The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution by Marcus Buckingham. Willpower : Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney.

How Do You Standout as a Leader?

Coaching Tip

Your genius is precise and will play out as your life signature.but only if you know what your comparative advantage is and build on it throughout your life.

Change Your Life in 30 Days: Ted Talk

Ron Edmondson

I love simple! Maybe it’s because my simple mind can comprehend simple. Watch this short video TED Talk. It’s simple, but you could use the simplicity to change some areas of your life. Take a few minutes and be encouraged. I have a few ideas of how this could help me. How about you?

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So What Makes You Think You Can Be A Leader?

Terry Starbucker

I was 27 when I got a call from an executive search company about a job in Los Angeles. “Would you be interested in the chief operating job for a cable company with 400,000 customers?&#. I was an Audit Manager at a public accounting firm.

If You Seek Prestige, Please Don't Try To Lead.

Modern Servant Leader


Intentional Leadership


Have you ever seen someone who doesn't have a plan or a purpose try to lead? Most of their "leading" is reacting to conditions and problems. This isn't very effective, is it? These are not people who inspire followers or effect organizational change. I argue that they are not really leaders at all.

We can only see what we can see…

Ron Edmondson

What Do You Do With The Fire In Your Organization?

The Leadership Advisor

Over the past decade, I have worked with organizations in various countries that had a wide range of social/organizational cultures. What was a raging success in one place would have been a debilitating nightmare in another.

Why many smart people hit a plateau (and stay there)

Rajesh Setty

The magic number is 40. Yes, it is at the age of forty that many smart people realize that they are stuck. I am not saying that smart people don’t get stuck some other time but 40 is the age where I have heard about “getting stuck&# a lot more than other ages.

Book Review: Purpose-Centered Public Speaking

Tim Milburn

I think everyone, even the most polished and practiced of public speakers, gets a little nervous before stepping up to speak in front of a group of people. Overcoming the fear and trepidation that is associated with public speaking can be hard work.

Experiment: The Little Things Matter

Ron Edmondson

In making a first impression… The little things matter… A number of years ago, while I was pastoring another church, I felt I needed more buy-in from them in helping to lead the church.

Not Everyone Is Just Like You

Marshall Goldsmith

He is a great executive. A self-starter, he prides himself on being able to land on his feet in virtually any new environment. He is extremely intelligent, hard-working, creative, and entrepreneurial. He gets the job done. Not only doesn't he need much supervision; he doesn't like it when people treat him as if he needs lots of help. As we talked on the plane, he was obviously frustrated. Describing a recent meeting, he grimaced. "I I finally just got up and walked out," he said. "I

One Way to Head Off a Conflict: Manage Expectations

The Recovering Engineer

A little over a week ago, my wife and I drove my daughter from Indiana to Texas to begin her freshman year of college. On the return trip, we drove through Oklahoma.

Workplace Types


A few types to watch for in the workplace: The Supportive. These people pitch in without being asked. They rarely complain and are highly cooperative. They care deeply about the mission, meet deadlines, and don't badmouth co-workers or gossip. The Present. This group shows up but takes no initiative and offers no ideas. They will do the minimal amount needed to justify their presence and sometimes far beneath that. The Grumpy. These individuals will almost always find something objectionable.

How They Perceive You as a Leader…More Important…

Ron Edmondson

How your team sees you may be more important than who you are as a leader… Obviously character is most important… You’ll often be misunderstood… You can’t please everyone… Somedays as a leader…it seems you can’t please anyone… .

Can You Prove it?

Kevin Eikenberry

If you read this blog or have known my work for a long time you likely know I love quotations. In fact, I’ve been a collector of quotations for many years. One thing I have learned from that collecting is that there are some people that have said a lot of things worth collecting, remembering and [.]. Influence Leadership Leadership Communication Quotations values walk the talk

Respecting Well-Being


Flat organizations, technology, competition, and complexity. These are only a few of the things that have made your life and the lives of your employees crazy. You work incredible hours. You receive 100-200 emails a day. You have to make your quarterly goals, you need to manage and lead. You need to evaluate, hire and fire employees. You have to deal with staying competitive in a down economy.

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Affirmation Addicts

The Leadership Advisor

We are honored to have Paul Andrew of The Leadership Coach contribute to The Leadership Advisor blog. Paul is a valuable part of our ever growing network of professionals who are determined to support leaders and tirelessly improve the art of leadership in the world. .

The Meeting Before the Last Meeting

Ron Edmondson

Female junior executives in the UK earn more than male counterparts

Chartered Management Institute

The Chartered Management Institute today released the results of the latest National Management Salary Survey (NMSS). The NMSS examines reward and remuneration habits, and labour turnover of UK executives. The latest analysis shows the figures by gender, revealing salary movements and labour turnover differences between male and female executives in the UK. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Are Your Employees Eating Alone?


Eating at your desk. One-Third of Employees Lunch at Their Desk in a recent study done by Right Management. According to this study it is clear that these employees have not read the book Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi.

10 Steps to Productive Meetings

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. If you’ve ever watched an episode of NBC’s “The Office” you know exactly what unproductive meetings look like. The tragic news is many real world meetings too closely resemble a fictional Michael Scott get together.

Evaluating a Blog Series Idea…I Need Your Help

Ron Edmondson

I’ve always wanted to try fiction writing… But you see… I’m most passionate about issues such as church and ministry leadership, organizational development… Stuff like that… Pretty boring, huh?

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You’ll Lose if They Can’t Disagree

Leadership Freak

Image source Three years after the fact, a true friend of mine told me why he hadn’t expressed his concerns. “I I didn’t believe you would listen. You’d already made up your mind.” He was right. I’d become convinced of a problem and found the solution. Passionately sharing solutions too soon is a problem – it [.]. Change Communication Decisions Feedback Leading Listening Innovation Leadership

Thought-full Thursday: Healthier Leadership


Every Thursday, we provide you with a thoughtful way to coach yourself – something all leaders need to do. So take five and enjoy the inspirational quotes and reflect on the questions that follow. Your comments and answers to the questions are most welcome! Live in rooms full of light Avoid heavy food

10 Steps to Creating a Talent Advantage

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Creating a talent advantage begins with smart hiring. That said, it never ceases to amaze me at the number of people who are charged with hiring who possess absolutely no skill at doing so.

Decide Quickly; Act Now; Be Fearless – Counsel from Mika Brzezinski

First Friday Book Synopsis

So, here’s the thing. You will fail. You will be left behind, forgotten. You cannot rely on yesterday’s successes. People will forget them far too quickly. What are you doing this week – this day – now? That’s how you will be judged. But… the good news is a second (or third, or fourth) act [.]. Randy's blog entries fearless Knowing Your Value Mika Brzezinski