Sat.Dec 31, 2011 - Fri.Jan 06, 2012

A Life Well-Lived


I dedicate this post to my dear friend and mentor, Don Toy, who passed away New Year's Eve. Don was the quintessential example of an empowering leader, the kind of leadership I have often written about in this blog.

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How to be a Better Leader in 2012

C-Level Strategies

There’s a role every single leader should play in 2012 if they genuinely want to lead highly productive, effective and successful teams during the course of the year – the Synergist.

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The Performance and Potential Matrix (9 Box Grid) – an Update

Great Leadership By Dan

Note: this is an update to one of the very first posts I wrote in November 2007 and continues to be one of my most popular. I thought it was time for an update. The performance and potential matrix (9 box grid) is one of the most widely used tools in succession planning and development.

The Leadership Love-in

In the CEO Afterlife

I’ve read scads of books, blogs and journals on leadership. Everything I read has been said before – maybe in a different way and usually with different supportive examples; yet, I can’t seem to stay away from the subject. Apparently, neither can others.

Lesson From The Bumble Bee

Ravi Pratap Singh

According to the laws of aerodynamics, a bumble bee is incapable of flight. In 1934, French entomologist Antoine Magnan applied the laws of air resistance to insects and concluded that the bumble bee's flight is impossible.

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Leading Views: James Stockdale on Leadership

Leading Blog

In A Vietnam Experience : Ten Years of Reflection (1984) by James Stockdale, he writes: Leadership must be based on goodwill. Goodwill does not mean posturing and, least of all, pandering to the mob. It means obvious and wholehearted commitment to helping followers.

10 Easy New Year Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

Ron Edmondson

I’m like many others on this day. I’m not a big new year’s resolution person. I am huge on setting goals, but resolutions seem to be broken more than they are kept. Perhaps it’s a bias we have towards resolutions. I think part of the reason, however, is that when we set goals, we are more realistic, but when we set resolutions, they are often so lofty we’ll never attain them. We give up shortly after we start. What if we set easy-to-follow resolutions?

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Rethinking Learning at Work

Kevin Eikenberry

Many people reading these words either took piano lessons or paid for their children to take them. I don’t think it would be much of a stretch to say that everyone reading these words knows someone who has taken piano lessons. If they can play piano at all, how many lessons did they take? In [.]. Leadership Learning coaching training

10 Sure Fire Ways to Find Your Greatness

Leadership Freak

** Our world confuses potential with performance. Never let mediocre performance seem outstanding. You insult high performers, nurture incompetence, sell yourself short. You aren’t entitled to greatness, it’s earned. What is greatness: Greatness is serving; the more you serve the greater you are. 10 Ways to find your greatness: Embrace dissatisfaction. The path to greatness [.].

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How to Sell Social Media to the CEO

C-Level Strategies

Selling Social to the C-Suite, Save $200. If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re immersed to some degree in the social media universe.

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4 Simplified Steps to Acheive More in 2012

Ron Edmondson

We often make things more difficult than they have to be. Related posts: Simplified 7-Step Roadmap to Success. Don’t Let 2012 Just Happen: One Way to Be More Efficient. 3 Steps to Jump Start Your Spiritual Life. Encouragement

2011 in Reflection

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

2011 closes the first year of my blog. It’s been a year of learning – the biggest of which was learning how to condense what I want to say into a readable chunk. I still find the shorter the post, the longer it takes me to write.

Mental Gardening for a Successful New Year

Great Results Team Building

My in-laws are probably the most avid and talented gardeners I know. When my wife and I visit their home, I always find myself amazed at the beauty of their back yard.

What We Need The Most in 2012?


Business ecosystem is rapidly changing – and as a student of personal and organizational change, I recently re-read Dr. John Kotter’s book (published in 2008) titled “A Sense of Urgency”. I have read it before and somehow felt the need to read it again.

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The January Leadership Development Carnival: Best of 2011 Edition

Great Leadership By Dan

Happy New Year, and welcome to the January, 2012 Leadership Development Carnival! This month's edition is a special "Best of 2011" collection of leadership development blog posts from many of our regular Carnival contributors.

Stocks, Bonds, Risks, and the Church

Ron Edmondson

I don’t write many strictly business posts these days, even though I spent more than 20 years in that world. This article caught my attention though: Bonds outperform stocks. Click on the title to read the article. Basically, bonds are now outpacing stocks on a 30-year average return.).

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The Leader And The Peacock In The Closet

Terry Starbucker

Success is a beautiful thing. We all want it, because it’s the undisputed champion in measuring our professional selves. We know it’s hard to get, and that’s what makes it all the more satisfying. We cherish it, because we know what it’s like to fail (because we all do).

Ditch your New Year’s resolutions

Bud to Boss

Do you struggle with keeping New Year’s resolutions as much as the rest of the world? Actually, I rarely make them, because I don’t like to make promises I probably won’t keep. I had dinner with a friend recently, however, who convinced me to give up New Year’s resolutions for good—and replace them with New Year’s strategic plans. Inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project , my friend mapped out all of her goals for 2012.

The Big Picture of Business: Lessons About Business Planning To Be Learned from the Y2K Bug

Strategy Driven

The U.S. economy spent between $800 billion and one trillion dollars fixing and treating the so-called Y2K Bug. Certainly, aspects of the bug were treated successfully, and troubles were averted because of professional actions.

How I Started the Year Successfully

Ron Edmondson

I’m not working the first week of the new year. Well, actually I am working. I’m writing a message for Sunday, I’m replying to dozens of emails, texts and phone calls, I’m thinking, processing, and dreaming about the new year. I’m not in the office.

Never Say These 4 Words To A Customer

Eric Jacobson

Author Harvey MacKay wrote the following spot-on advice in a column in the Kansas City Business Journal.

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Some Life Lessons


There are days when no one in the room is smart. Practice may not make perfect but it sure beats not practicing. Beware of anyone who loves regulations. Gain as much control of your time as possible and never let it go. Geniuses don't call themselves that.

Anger as Motivation


The fish looked amazing! … We were walking along the beach in Bohol and passed by this small fish vendor selling fresh fish. Once you selected what you wanted to eat, they grilled it to order right by your table – about 30 feet from the water. Pretty cool!

My 50 Favorite Words of All Time

Ron Edmondson

Recently I was in a store and heard a little boy yell, “Mom…or Dad” across the store. I was reminded how special those words are every time I hear them. Then I started to reflect. I like words, but some words just have a more special ring to them. I have some favorite words.

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Leaders: 6 Ways To Jump Start Your Business

Eric Jacobson

As a leader in your business, try these six ideas to give your business a jump-start : Ask for ideas from employees in all parts of your business. Don't ask for ideas only from your product development or marketing departments.

Art Break: Salome


Art Contrarian looks at a wide variety of paintings of Salome


Risk Management Best Practice 2 – Integrated Risk Assurance Oversight Matrix

Strategy Driven

Maintaining compliance in today’s highly regulated, rule-driven marketplace requires diligent oversight of the organization’s core processes by the company’s staff.

What Defines Leadership!

Ron Edmondson

Leadership is defined more by what you lead through than what you lead around. One thing I’ve observed with many pastors and ministry leaders is that they allow their God-given vision to be controlled by the negative voices of others.

5 Questions To Ask Your Employees During Performance Reviews

Eric Jacobson

Here are five important questions you , as a manager and leader, should ask during employee performance reviews: What have I done to help - or hinder - your job performance? What can I do in the next review period to help you achieve/improve?

The Great Ed Mell


True West magazine on the art of Ed Mell

Why Most People Fail at Keeping Resolutions


It's New Year's Resolution time again. I will lose 35 lbs. I will exercise 4 times each week. I will stop at Caribou only twice each week. I will watch less TV. I will have devotions every day. I will read non-fiction 30 minutes each day. I will keep my checkbook balanced.

Unwrap Love

Ron Edmondson

This is my Christmas Eve message. It’s only 16 minutes long…and it’s Christmas…but you may still need to unwrap the gift of Christmas love! Love from Gcomchurch Sermons on Vimeo. Related posts: Unwrap Christmas – Gift of Love. Unwrap Christmas – Gift of Joy.


Top 5 Factors That Drive Employee Loyalty

Eric Jacobson

A survey by the Society for Human Resource Management shows that job security is what matters most to employees. And, having that job security helps to keep employees loyal. Okay, that's really not too surprising during these times of high unemployment. Next on the list is benefits.

Art Break: Cortes


Art Contrarian features the work of Edouard Cortes