Sat.Oct 01, 2011 - Fri.Oct 07, 2011

Innovation Creates Uncertainty

Leading Blog

We don’t like uncertainty. It’s not comfortable. We want innovation. We like creativity. It’s engaging. But innovation creates uncertainty. So while we say we want creativity and innovation we often reject it because it is new, different and risky.

Leading Gen Y: the Secrets Every Leader Must Learn

C-Level Strategies

I am extremely fortunate to be able to call Greg Hartle a friend. I met him on Twitter when he began participating in Leadership Chat , sharing genuinely insightful tidbits of wisdom in 140 characters; wisdom that seemed beyond his years.

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My 7 Favorite Compliments as a Pastor

Ron Edmondson

Everyone loves compliments…me included. I received a compliment this weekend from someone who met me for the first time and it was so encouraging. It reminded me of some of my favorite compliments I have received.

My Personal Coach

Coaching Tip

The concept of a coach is slippery. Coaches are not teachers, but they teach. They’re not your boss—in professional tennis, golf, and skating, the athlete hires and fires the coach—but they can be bossy. They don’t even have to be good at the sport.

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Leading Blog

One of the most remarkable innovators of our time, Steve Jobs has been called a Henry Ford, a Walt Disney, a Thomas Edison. "We We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," Apple said.

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Work-Life Balance?

Leading Blog

The term work-life balance is fatally flawed says Matthew Kelly in Off Balance. Meant to deal with the pressures surrounding both personal and professional life, the term has unwittingly created a false dichotomy. You can’t separate the two. In fact, says Kelly, “the term itself diminishes our ability to make the case that work can be a richly rewarding part of a person’s life and should in many ways be personal.”

Does Active Social Media Engagement Start with the CEO?

C-Level Strategies

Michael Dell with DellCap Customers. Last week I shared with you a series of CEO quotes that came from the most recent CEO Connection Boot Camp in New York City.

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Steve Jobs Contribution to Christianity

Ron Edmondson

Steve Jobs was without question a brilliant man and an incredible marketer. Jobs had a brilliance as an innovator and presenter and could wow an audience or inspire a team.

When Was the Last Time Your Organization Had an Alignment?


AS YOU DEVELOP A STRATEGY FOR GROWTH, one of the obstacles you may face is the current structure of your organization. Structures perfectly suited for other times and other places, often persist beyond their usefulness.

Transforming Perceptions: 10 Steps to Managing the Way You Are Perceived at Work

Great Leadership By Dan

Here's a guest post from executive coach Joel Garfinkle, from his new book, Getting Ahead: Success at work starts with positive perceptions. If your boss and co-workers have a negative image of you, it's a pretty good bet you won't be getting a promotion anytime soon.

The First Annual Bud to Boss Awards

Kevin Eikenberry

If you are reading this, you likely know that Guy Harris and I co-authored From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership, which was released earlier this year. We also host a companion online community —the Bud to Boss Community — designed to help new leaders and supervisors continue their growth [.]. Leadership Learning Bud to Boss Awards

Catalyst Atlanta… #Cat11 … Andy Stanley

Ron Edmondson

Andy Stanley was the first session speaker. Andy began by saying, “ My favorite pastor is present today. He was my pastor the whole time I grew up. ” He was paying tribute to his father Charles Stanley. I love when he does that.

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Better Execution With ‘No-Follow Up’ Culture


The primary focus of lean organizations/teams is to “eliminate waste”. In an increasingly complex work environment where execution is distributed between teams and geographies, one of the biggest wastes I have seen is “following-up on things”. A typical manager’s task list will feature about 30% (or even more) tasks which are simply following up (read

Samurai Bookkeeping

Tony Mayo

Years ago, while I was establishing myself in a new executive coaching practice, I supported my family by working as a part-time, outsourced CFO. Here is a reminiscence of a deep learning I earned during one of those accounting gigs. I sought help from my own coach with the very difficult [.]. For Executives Attachment Conflict Freedom

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25 Ways to Prepare for Catalyst and Other Leadership Conferences

Modern Servant Leader

As the Catalyst East leadership conference approaches, I’m excited to finalize my preparations.

7 Characteristics of the Bottleneck Leader

Ron Edmondson

Leaders should aim not to be a bottleneck in the process of building a healthy and growing organization. In manufacturing, a bottleneck is defined as “A point of congestion in a system that occurs when workloads arrive at a given point more quickly than that point can handle them.”

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The Journey to Real


A few years ago I attended a conference as I was starting up my own business. There was a speaker in a breakout session who led us through a guided experience, and it moved me to tears. In brief, those tears had to do with my perception about myself that I was superficial. The good that came out of the experience was that it led me question my values, my behavior, my thoughts, and my “being” This was the beginning of my journey to be real.

Embrace All of Your Selves

Tony Mayo

It Comes Down to This When you are visited by your personal demons – your fears, anxieties, doubts and wounds – can you sit down and have tea with them? Can you turn your attention toward the demons and explore what you can learn about yourself? For many reasons, we often can’t. [.]. For Executives Making Meaning Meditation Stress

Speak Your Truth To Power

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development What we love in childhood often comes back to us with an “ah-ha!” weaving a tighter pattern when we look back over the tapestry of our life and finally see where that pretty colorful thread we once played with has lead us in maturity. Reflective leaders usually have many such stories at play in their [.] Speak Your Truth To Power. Leadership Development Career courage power take a risk take a stand truth

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Notes: Catalyst Atlanta… #Cat11 – Francis Chan

Ron Edmondson

Francis is passionate about God and His glory. Anyone having ever reading his books or listened to his messages would confirm that fact. Francis started with a confession. He struggles with being present. The theme of this week’s conference.). Has that ever been you? (I’m

The Simple Truth of Leadership

Linked 2 Leadership

Our current society seems to validate leadership when it’s supported by complex, intellectualized back-up material. And no one seems to question it. As a matter of fact, every day more research gets financed and leadership models are produced to “improve the leadership dynamics” as we know them. This has led to a wild growth of information [.].

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Corporate Leaders: What Will Be Your Epitaph? | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

Memo To: CEOs and Aspiring CEOs. From: John Bell. Re: Your Epitaph as a CEO. If you're already in the C-Suite, I suggest you take a few moments to contemplate your epitaph. When your days on the throne are over, do you

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Are You Up, Down, or Sideways?

Leading Blog

There are no guarantees in life. We can be proactive, but there are some things that are completely outside of our control. So if we can’t be proactive on everything, we can, Mark Sanborn suggests, be interactive. We must learn how to interact with the forces in our life that are bigger than we are to create the outcomes we desire. No matter where we are—up, down, or sideways—there are things we can do to mitigate the downs, take advantage of the ups and maximize the sideways times in our life.

Notes: Catalyst Atlanta… #Cat11 – Mark Driscoll

Ron Edmondson

Mark Driscoll spoke on fear in the opening session of Catalyst Atlanta. He began by stating: Every leader is afraid of something. Fear in the mind causes stress on the body. Your body will start to manifest that stress.

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Are Leaders Born or Made?

Coaching Tip

By Guest Author Jack Zenger. Few things in my life have the consistency of the following exchange. . Stranger: “So what do you do for a living?”. Me: “I’m involved in the leadership development profession. We usually work with large organizations in developing their leaders, using a variety of programs and instruments.”. Stranger: (Pause) Mmmmm. “ So do you think leaders can be made or are they born that way ?”.

Making Someone Else Smarter

Kevin Eikenberry

In Tim Sander’s blog he closed his post yesterday with a quote from Stanley Marcus Jr, long time chairman of the retailer Neiman-Marcus. “You will never get dumber by making someone else smarter.” ” - Stanley Marcus, Jr. Questions to Ponder Do I agree with Marcus? What learning can I share with others? How [.]. Building Relationships Developing Others Leadership Learning Quotations learning Stanley Marcus Tim Sanders

How a pair of eyes can encourage you to behave

Chartered Management Institute

Ethical behaviour has been in the news again today. It was based on new research by Management Today and the ILM reporting that managers increasingly put profits before ethics. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Notes: Catalyst Atlanta… #Cat11 – Dave Ramsey

Ron Edmondson

Dave Ramsey is becoming a culture-changer. His methodical and wise approach to living has put him in a influential position within society. The mega money management advisor shared Biblical principles, quoting Proverbs frequently, as he challenged the Catalyst audience to live wiser.

Steve Jobs: A Creative Life

Chris Brady

My business partner and co-author Orrin Woodward and I, along with the other founders of LIFE, are embarking on a business journey in which we seek to follow correct principles, emulate successful. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Contemporary Leadership LIFE Business

Winning Friends and Influencing People Doesn’t Change

Kevin Eikenberry

I first read Dale Carnegie’s classic How to Win Friends and Influence People 30 years ago. While that may seem like a long time ago to you, the book was already old then – it was written in the 1930′s. I read it again a few years later. I read it again, when was working on Remarkable Leadership. Why? [.]. Books Building Relationships Communication Influence Leadership Personal Development Dale Carnegie friends

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Why All the Leaders Are Above Average

Next Level Blog

My friends at SmartBrief on Leadership run a weekly poll on a question of interest to their 165,000 readers. A great guy named Mike Figliuolo, author of the just released One Piece of Paper, comes up. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Books executive presence Leadership evaluation illusory superiority leadership Mike Figliuolo peer benchmarking SmartBrief on Leadership

7 Personal Values as a Leader

Ron Edmondson

I write about leadership. I try to keep it personal. I don’t always accomplish everything perfectly that I write about, but my goal is to be a growing leader. One critical aspect of leadership, in my experience, is to be aware of the values one holds. As in life, each leader has certain values that are especially and even uniquely important to him or her.

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Why blogging can benefit you as a manager

Chartered Management Institute

No single thing in the last 15 years professionally as been more important to my life than blogging - Tom Peters. This was taken from a video featuring Tom Peters and Seth Godin. I'll embed it at the end of this blog if you want to watch, but for now I'd like to hand over to CMI Ambassador Colin Millar. Colin has recently dipped his toe into the blogosphere and is now a fully fledged convert. Here is what Colin has to say. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

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Ethical Leaders Care

Leading in Context

Many Programs Focus on Risk While many ethics programs focus on the risk side of ethics - compliance with laws and regulations, avoiding lawsuits, etc., there is an equally important side of ethics that involves helping others develop their own skills and abilities in ways that support the organization's mission. One important aspect of ethical leadership that may be overlooked when we view ethics using a "legal lens" is developing the performance potential of the people we lead.