Sat.Jun 19, 2010 - Fri.Jun 25, 2010

Being Too Nice Can Hurt You | Guy Harris: The Recovering Engineer

The Recovering Engineer

Being nice and helpful is a good trait. Carried to an extreme though, it can back-fire and harm you in the workplace

Joan Rivers: A Role Model for Courage and Perseverance

Your Voice of Encouragement

Joan Rivers is far more than a successful comedian. A phenomenal entrepreneur, she overcame extreme adversity to create a multi-faceted company that now exceeds $200 million in sales annually. I recently had the chance to meet Joan and

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It's a Jungle out There - We Need Personal Strength

Building Personal Strength

We were excited. Bewick's wrens had been building a nest in the little house we put up to attract them. We watched for days as the male and female flew back and forth with nest material. It was a great location, and this would be our first nest here in the Texas Hill Country.


Why What's In It For You Is So Important To What You Deliver For Them

Terry Starbucker

Why do you want to be a leader? That's a question that needs to be answered by any person taking on that role, or planning to. The motivational forces that pull us toward leadership do not disappear after the role is secured – in fact

Featured Rascal: Tank Man

Chris Brady

Tank_man We continue our series of "Featured Rascals," considering those who have had the courage to be different in order to make a difference, the character to become a character, and original enough to stand for truth and justice

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Featured Rascal: Mother Teresa

Chris Brady

Born in 1910 Agnese Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Uskub, Ottoman Empire, she was the youngest child in a family from Albania. At age eight, when her father died, she began attending a Roman Catholic church. By age twelve she was convinced her life

The Introvert's Guide to Getting Promoted: The Most Important Step.

C-Level Strategies

The final step in the three-part Introvert's Guide to Getting Promoted series is revealed

The Personal Strength of Self-Esteem - The Year of the Damages

Building Personal Strength

In 1998 Kathleen and I moved to Vero Beach, Florida. Vero Beach is located on the Atlantic coast midway between Miami and Jacksonville, quite a ways from the out-of-control urban-suburban grid. In the summer it was so quiet you could have a picnic lunch on the street in front of our house.

Thought-full Thursday: Purpose and Confidence


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. The practice of adaptive confidence


Chris Brady

My friend and co-author Orrin Woodward and I are at work on many exciting projects. One lingering work is the yet-to-be-completed RASCAL book, dedicated to rebels with a cause. For the next couple days on this blog, I will be featuring

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Weekly Leader Podcast Episode 55 – Wally Bock's Ruthless Focus

Weekly Leader

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership blog guest cohosts and talks about his brand new book, Ruthless Focus, which he coauthored with Thomas Hall. Wally also gives his roundup of leadership on the independent business blogs as well as his

Washed Downstream - A Time for Personal Strength

Building Personal Strength

I recently posted about the sudden downpour and freakish flooding of the Guadalupe River. The Sunday morning June 13th edition of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung told an amazing story of personal strength. Autumn Phillips' article is summarized here.

The Introvert's Guide to Getting Promoted: Step Two

C-Level Strategies

In yesterday's post, The Introvert's Guide to Getting Promoted: Step One, we talked about the importance of being highly visible in your organization, and how for introverts this may mean going outside your comfort zone in some ways in

Who's The Boss?

Next Level Blog

If you haven't read the full Rolling Stone article on General Stanley McChrystal, it's worth 15 minutes of your time to do so. The RS reporter, Michael Hastings, had pretty much unfettered access to. Please click the headline to read

Talent Technologies in Big Chilli magazine

Talent Technologies

Talent Technologies in Big Chilli Magazine. Submitted by admin on Wednesday, 23 June 2010No Comment. Great to see our article Encouraging the Heart featured in the latest issue of the Big Chilli magazine

Which Personal Strengths Matter Most?

Building Personal Strength

Who you are is determined by what you do. You’re a compassionate person not because you believe in compassion or because you think it’s important. You're a compassionate person only if you show compassion in your behavior. And not just occasional acts of compassion—a consistent pattern of compassionate behavior. The same is true of dozens of other personal strengths. Also, no matter how old you are, you can grow stronger.

Four Myths That Keep You From Truth-Telling


A recent inquiry from a reader asked, “why don't leaders just tell it like it is?”.Lets Lets put aside the fact that there are plenty of leaders who “tell it like it is”, so the reader's question is a generalization

Video Book Club: The Discipline of Market Leaders

Next Level Blog

One of the things that makes a strategy book really useful is when it introduces a model that you can use to organize your thinking for years to come. This week's VBC feature did that for me. Please click the headline to read

Talent Technologies in Big Chilli Magazine

Talent Technologies

Great to see our article Encouraging the Heart featured in the latest issue of the Big Chilli magazine! If you didn't catch the article, we've uploaded a pdf of it here

Work Life Lead: The Horizon of Leadership

Weekly Leader

Out there, in the not-too-distant future, is a world that is unknown to us. It is different because the world has changed so dramatically in such a short period of time that we are guessing what tomorrow will be like

Press On

Tony Mayo

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated

What Am I Supposed To Be Learning From This?

Next Level Blog

A long time ago in a land far away, I worked for a year as a first year associate in a now defunct Wall Street investment bank. It was a stressful, but educational experience. What did I learn? Please click the headline to read

Giving Away Your Gifts


My friend celebrated the life of his mother in law last weekend. She lived to the age of 95 and passed away last week. My friend had always spoken highly of her (unusual for a son-in-law), and even though I never met her, I figured she

Weekly Leader Podcast Episode 54 | The Leadership Challenge

Weekly Leader

Peter and Pam talk about Kouzes and Posner's The Leadership Challenge and Leadership Practices Inventory, Wally Bock's Three Star Leadership Roundup of the independent business blogs and more podsafe music. Thanks to our sponsor

EBM: Constraints


Theory of Constraints (TOC) is an overall management philosophy introduced by Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt that is geared towarding help organizations continually achieve their goals. The theory contends that any manageable system is limited in achieving more of its goal by a very small number of constraints and that there is always at least one constraint. A constraint is anything that prevents the system from achieving more of its goal.

The Philosopher’s Stone

Managing Leadership

The first alchemists sought the now legendary “philosopher’s stone” – a special material that could be used to turn common metals into gold. In time, it came to be believed that this magic substance could solve other intractable problems in life as well, not least among them the conquering of death itself. And serious philosophers really searched for this material, believing that such a key compound might actually be able to accomplish one or another of the vital purposes posited for it.

Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: Finding the Why of Work

Leading Blog

7 Reasons You Should Attend SOBCon Colorado

Terry Starbucker

We just had to do it. Another version of SOBCon, that is. Liz Strauss and I have been talking for over a year now about importing the SOBCon Chicago magic to another town, and it has now become a reality. For on September 17 and 18

David Logan on tribal leadership


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Fascinating Numbers - Employee Job Satisfaction at Lowest Level in.

Management is a Journey

As reported in Training & Development, a report from the Conference Board shows that job satisfaction is at its lowest level since 1987. From a high of 61% in 1987 to the present low of 45% in 2009, few workers are generally satisfied

Developing a Small-Wins Strategy for Growth

Leading Blog

Entrepreneurs Surviving in a Deflationary Economy

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Possibility Maximizer: LinkUp Monthly Jobs Report

Maximizing Possibility

Each Friday I like to feature a resource that I feel will help you in your quest to Maximize Possibility. Today I would like to highlight a great resource that comes out each month from LinkUp that will help you keep tabs on which

Tips For Conducting More Effective Performance Appraisals

Eric Jacobson

I'm a big fan of Sharon Armstrong's, The Essential HR Handbook, and now she's released her newest book, The Essential Performance Review Handbook. Appraisals are meant to clarify and reward, and to be interactive and fair