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

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.

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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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.

Promote YOUR Blog Day

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Today is promote your blog day 2012. Today is your day for fully authorized, gratuitous self-promotion of YOUR blog. For one day only, this is your chance to shamelessly plug your blog in the comments section below.

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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.

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.

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).

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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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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.

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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5 Costly Website Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Women on Business

Your website can be a powerful tool for marketing you and your business. It gives you a platform to reach your audience, to connect with your ideal clients, and to show them how you can help them. Whether you have a local or an international business, a website can definitely boost your sales!

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How To Start Your 2012 As A Leader

Eric Jacobson

I heard this advice quoted awhile back and wanted to share it. It's from William Arthur Ward , one of America's most quoted writers of inspirational maxims: Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind.

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The 8 D’s of Good Leadership

Ron Edmondson

In school, you may not have been too happy with the grade of D. There was that one time in a college marketing class when I was proud of an earned D (that’s a long story), but most of the time, we want to do better.

Creating a Work Space That Promotes Your Productivity

Kevin Eikenberry

Everyone reading these words has a place where they work. And most of you have a place where you work best. The goal of this article is to help you make sure those places are the same. As a business owner, I have more degrees of freedom to consciously create a space that works for [.]. Achievement Leadership Learning productivity remote work telecommuting work environment working remotely

How to (or NOT to) Stand Out With Your Resume

Women on Business

How to (or NOT to) Stand Out With Your Resume. I recently came across an article on MSN careers, titled 20 Unusual Resume Tactics to Avoid. In it, the author, Autumn McReynolds, shared what she believed to be tactics to avoid with your resume, based on the annual CareerBuilder survey.

From defeated pessimist to realistic optimist

Leadership Freak

Pessimists can’t lead. Pessimism serves leaders, however. Solving problems requires you first see and acknowledge them. If you plan to move forward, stop dancing around the elephant. Ask hard questions. Additionally, successful leadership includes looking down the road anticipating and preparing for failures, challenges, and problems. If it can go wrong, eventually it will. Get ready. But: [.]. Leading

LeadershipNow 140: December 2011 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from December 2011 that you might have missed: @wallybock >> Imagination Igniters: Books for Leaders. KevinEikenberry Valueable Distinction >> Achievement vs. Success.

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My Best Blogs of 2011

In the CEO Afterlife

I began blogging about leadership, strategy, marketing and life last February. Frankly, I wasn’t sure whether I could maintain the pace of one blog per week. But as the year closes, I realize that I’ve posted 54 blogs. My fascination isn’t my productivity; rather, it is the source of the idea.

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3 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Business

Women on Business

Guest Blog Post by Lourdes Balepogi of Chispa Marketing. For many, a New Year represents a chance at a fresh start. And business owners are constantly in search of ways to reinvent themselves; to capture that next edge that will help them grow their business and better serve their clients.

The Secret Power of Destroying Secrets

Leadership Freak

Manipulators, backstabbers, and poor performers love organizations with secrets. In fact, they create, nurture and protect environments where secrets are normal, even virtuous. Most organizations have too many secrets. Too many conversations are reserved for insiders. Too much information is held by too few. Secrets create elitism. Why we fear transparency: We play favorites and [.].

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Power Corrupts Sooner than You Think

Leading Blog

In a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887, Lord Acton observed that “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” British Prime Minister William Pitt also observed, “Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.” Power is a tricky thing and we rely on it more than we should.

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Sprinkle Joy

Kevin Eikenberry

I’ve read a lot of Ralph Waldo Emerson over time, but never, that I can recall, had I read this, until yesterday. “Sprinkle joy.” ” - Ralph Waldo Emerson Questions to Ponder When do I sprinkle joy? Where do I sprinkle joy? How can I sprinkle more of it? Action Steps Find ways to bring more joy to [.]. Communication Influence Leadership Learning Quotations joy productivity Ralph Waldo Emerson

What Do Women Want?

Women on Business

It’s really simple. What women want is to be heard! We do not need to have the problems solved for us. However, before we can make change happen we require dialogue, discussion, debate.

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How to Leverage the Benefits of Confusion

Leadership Freak

Progress requires clarity. Confusion paralyzes. Great leaders create clarity; poor leaders confuse. Worse yet, confused people pull back. Paralyzing confusion is bad but confusion has benefits. Confusion precedes breakthrough. Pushing confusion away pushes progress away. Confusion drives everyone to seek clarity. Confusion opens us to outside influences and input. We seek help. Thriving in confusion: [.].

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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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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.

What Happens if the Person Picking Your Brain is Already a Paying Client?

Women on Business

A lot of us have seen this article on Forbes making its round on the various social media platforms: No You Can’t Pick My Brain. It Costs Too Much. But – what happens if the person picking your brain is already a paying client?

Quit Faking It! Great Leaders Are Authentic

Linked 2 Leadership

There is probably no worse leader than a fake leader. Or a leader that tries to imitate a style they read about in a book. Or worse yet, the style of the previous leader at their organization. If you want to try out your acting skills, try them out at the community theater, not on your [.]. Servant Leadership Bill George business leadership Management News Steve Jobs tony robbins

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First Look: Leadership Books for January 2012

Leading Blog

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in January. What Matters Now : How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation by Gary Hamel. Smart Trust : Creating Prosperity, Energy, and Joy in a Low-Trust World by Stephen M.R. Covey and Greg Link with Rebecca R. Merrill. The Shaping of an Effective Leader : Eight Formative Principles of Leadership by Gayle D. Beebe.

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How to Play to Win Rather than not to Lose

Leadership Freak

** Playing to win trumps playing not to lose, always. Start worrying when sports teams play to protect their lead rather than build it. Athletic play declines and scores erode when play degenerate into protecting the score. Playing not to lose is playing it safe. Tragically, protecting current positions is standard operating procedure (SOP) for [.].

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End-of-the-Year Tax Tips for Last Minute Savings

Women on Business

Guest Post by Perry Sheraw (learn more about Perry at the end of this post). Many of the business owners we work with say they’re ready to get 2011 behind them. January 2012 beckons as business objectives glisten with potential revitalization and realignment.

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Make 2012 The Best Year EVER.

Rich Gee Group

Trust me — you will MOVE MOUNTAINS


Leaders: What Does the Future Hold for Our Aimless Youth?

Linked 2 Leadership

The young people we know as Generation “Y” will soon overtake the rapidly retiring boomer generation in the workforce. When that changing of the guard comes to full fruition, the young people of today will be expected to keep the country running by filling all of the jobs and running all of the organizations that their Boomer [.]. Future Leadership Issues Leadership Assessments Practical Steps to Influence leadership mentoring relationships Talent Management

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“The Outsiders” by Need To Breathe – Servant Leadership Inspiration

Modern Servant Leader

I know your frustration. I feel your pain. Sitting there, hearing some self-absorbed , toxic leader drone on about one bad practice after another. Yet, you know there is a better way.

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?

Make your business seen and heard in 2012 – effective PR planning and implementation

Women on Business

Guest post by Georgina Dunkley (learn more about Georgina at the end of this post).

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