Sat.Dec 05, 2009 - Fri.Dec 11, 2009

Eight Lessons Leaders Can Learn from Tiger Wood's Life

Orrin Woodward

Here is an excellent article from Dr. Joseph Mattera on Tiger Woods. Our society so desperately wants heroes today. But too many would be heroes work on the outside success without doing the heavy lifting on the inside to develop


Building Personal Strength

Most people underestimate themselves. Because every life is peppered by mistakes, shortfalls and failures, people tend to be more aware of their shortcomings and limitations than they are of their strengths and possibilities. I once knew a woman who had an M.A.

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Accountability - Accept Responsibility for Your Actions

Your Voice of Encouragement

When you've made a mistake, it's tempting to place the blame somewhere else. But denying your role only leads to diminished self-respect and self-esteem. Apply these insights and suggestions to experience the payoffs for taking

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Set A Good Example

Eric Jacobson

Another month has gone by so it's time to remind ourselves to be good leaders by setting a good example. So, let's take a few minutes today to be sure we are doing all of the following: 1. Praise when compliments are earned. Be decisive. Say "Thank You" and sincerely mean it.

Confession from Ed Oakley About New Leadership Book


In the following brief video, Ed Oakley makes a confession about our “new” book, “Making Managers into Leaders: A Five-Step Framework for Breakthrough Performace. He also offers a special opportunity

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Not having enough resources is normal

Crossderry Blog

I came across a post from CA's IT Governance evangelist Steve Romero on resource constraints and project portfolio management. His post “Never say again, 'We don't have enough resources to get the work done'” is an extended riff off

Marshall Goldsmith - The Best Advice for Your Life

Building Personal Strength

Jim Rohn's passing this past weekend has put me in a reflective mood. I remembered a brief video that featured some profound statements by one of his colleagues, Marshall Goldsmith. In it, Marshall asks us to imagine what advice we'd give to someone if we knew we had only moments left to live.

Hardly worth the bother

Managing Leadership

We’ve been looking at how various modern professionals look at the questions of how the universe works, what our place is in it, and which elements – physical reality or psychic will – drive which. But this is an ancient question. And the earliest of those who asked it never thought to separate the two realms of investigation. One of these was a Greek philosopher who argued that there was definitely life after death. In fact, he insisted, it was exactly the same as life before death.

Invisible Cost of “Toxic” Leadership


Many organizations today are plagued by so-called leaders who don't carry a leadership mindset. Their title may read “Project Leader” and they may be managing a few people, but that does not make them real leaders

PM Quote of the Day — Yoda

Crossderry Blog

Do or do not… there is no try. Posted in PMO Tagged: effort, outcomes, PM Quote of the Day, Yoda

SELF-CONFIDENCE - Believe in Yourself!

Building Personal Strength

Thomas Edison said, “If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.” It's all too easy to look at our mistakes, our frailties, our limitations, our imperfections -- and conclude that we'll probably never be able to do the one great thing that we want so much in our hearts to do. You owe it to yourself to go to YouTube and watch this 3-minute video. The message: Never underestimate what's inside you that makes you special. Personal Strength Success Videos Self-confidence

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Monday Thoughts (Thanks to Paul Schwend)


Paul Schwend is a wonderful friend who lives in Florida and is referred to as an 'Insurance Man'. Paul made my weekend by sending me a wonderful book titled “Soul Happy” – a brilliant compilation (by Kobi Yamada) of soulful thoughts on

The 7 Most Important Words Any Leader Can Hear (or Say)

Terry Starbucker

seven. At one time or another, I'm sure you have heard the well-traveled leadership lesson called “A Short Course in Human Relations” (in case you haven't , here's a good little video reminder), which starts with the Six Most Important

Jill Bolte Taylor's Stroke of Insight

Building Personal Strength

Most people don't even know what a stroke is. In case you're not sure, I'll tell you.

Evaluating Your Strengths

Survive Your Promotion

A great exercise for any new manager is to do a personal SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis. This framework is useful for analyzing many different types of scenarios including new product proposals

Read The Best Leadership Books

Eric Jacobson

Last month, members of three discussion groups on the business professionals social media web site LinkedIn submitted their recommendations for the best books about leadership. The LinkedIn members came from these discussion groups: • ExecuNet Executive Suite • The Talent Buzz • Keller Graduate School Of Management In all, 64 books were recommended and the variety is impressive.

Tidbits and Treasures - Historical Leadership Essays

Orrin Woodward

Tidbits and Treasures is a book loaded with nuggets of leadership and historical examples of courageous leadership. Here is a short video describing one of the stories from the book on the courage of Patrick Henry. Enjoy

Sad News - Legendary Success Speaker Jim Rohn Has Died

Building Personal Strength

With great sadness we share that Jim Rohn, our mentor and friend, left us December 5, 2009 for a better place.

Building a Business Case for IT Spending

Survive Your Promotion

IT management is a cost center for most organizations. It is considered to be necessary spending in most cases, but the goal is to spend as little as possible to effectively meet the needs of the organization

Understand The Power Of Social Media

Eric Jacobson

Everyone is still figuring it all out. And, there's much to learn about Return On Investment (ROI). But, if you lead a nonprofit, small business or large business, or if you're a budding entrepreneur, you need to understand just how important the social media landscape is going to be to your business -- particularly to your marketing. Social media is changing how businesses need to interact with their customers. Two-way communication and transparency are the future.

WOMEN: The Gift of a New Beginning

Women in the LEAD

IStock_000004626529XSmall[1]-smaller Life is a series of new beginnings. It is always inviting us to create the lives we want to live — to become more ourselves. When I was very young and forging my own unique path, I saw life more in

Billions of Dollars Wasted on Training That Doesn't Work

Building Personal Strength

Over 15 years ago, I was having lunch with a colleague in a restaurant south of Akron, Ohio. We had just spent the morning with the Vice President for Human Resources at one of the biggest corporations in the U.S., and we were reviewing what was said and what we learned.


Discussions Are Not Warfare; Forums Are Not a Battlefield

Managing Communities

photo credit: Rob Shenk I was talking to a member the other day, in what was a very serious conversation about that member’s future on the site. Part of that conversation was an attempt on my part to get the member to refocus on what the community is about and not to get out of [.].


My Discussion With Montel Williams

Steve Farber

The other morning, I was a guest on Montel Williams Across America radio show. It came together kind of fast, so I didn’t have a chance to get the word out ahead of time. It’s not too late, though. And while the full-length show is available as a podcast on the AirAmerica website , you can listen to my excerpt below. And I loved the wrap-up he gave after I signed off–so be sure to listen through to the end: Download the MP3 File.

Great Leaders BELIEVE in PEOPLE

Women in the LEAD

Seagull-sm Believing in people changes how they respond to the challenges of leadership at all levels. During these challenging times, I recall how Maragaret Wheatley reminded us in her book, Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain

Creating Success in 2010: Are you Ready for the Most Amazing Year.

Women in the LEAD

Fireworks-one Did you ever think of designing an amazing blueprint for your life? Actually becoming highly intentional instead of reactive, there is a way to do this. This past month I had the opportunity to facilitate a webinar with

Transform Your Life in 2010 To Fulfill Your Vision

Women in the LEAD

IMG_2633-Gondolier-in-Oakla “The responses and results that you receive from anyone, in any situation, are triggered by the stimuli you provide. The stimuli are your behaviors. This is the only way people can get to know you

What Derek Jeter Wants in a Community/Forums Moderator

Managing Communities

photo credit: Wigstruck Derek Jeter, the shortstop of the New York Yankees, recently capped off an incredibly successful year when he was named as the 2009 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. Tom Verducci, a writer for the magazine, wrote an impressive profile of Jeter and there was one portion that jumped out at me [.].

A Spectacular Holiday Gift That Won’t Cost You a Dime

Steve Farber

So, how’d we do on Black Friday? The National Retail Federation reports that while the number of shoppers went up compared to last year, the average dollar amount spent per person fell–telling us that “shoppers are willing to open their wallets for a bargain.&#. Well…have I got a bargain for you. What if you could give someone a really special gift that will cost you no money at all? And what if that no-cost gift could significantly change another’s life?