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Strategic Diversification - success depends on execution !

Sidd Gavirneni

The classic lesson in most MBA programs is that diversifying into unknown territories - whether it be a new venture, a new product line, or a new market - will decrease shareholder value. I do not completely agree

7 Ways To Lead Without Uttering A Single Word

Terry Starbucker

There is much written about the words leaders need to use, both in speech and on paper, to be effective. Words are certainly important, but there are are other, more subtle messages that leaders send every day through their actions (or

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The Rainmaker Fab Five Blog Picks of the Week

Maximizing Possibility

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend and that you are enjoying all the beauty the fall season has to offer! I like to start off each week by rounding up five posts from the HR, talent management, and leadership development

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Three Actions You Can Take to De-escalate Conflicts | Guy Harris.

The Recovering Engineer

Learn to apply these three actions and you can often de-escalate common conflict situations

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The Power of Tribes - Seth Godin

Orrin Woodward

Seth Godin, one of my favorite thinkers, discusses the power of tribes around the world. Tribes are communities of true believers in a mission or cause. The future belongs not to corporations, not to the wealthy, but leaders who can

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Orrin Woodward Leadership Team :: Success Never Goes on Sale

Orrin Woodward

Success never goes on sale, but most people spend their whole life dickering over the cost, never making the purchase. Success comes at a price, but then again, failure comes at a price. We are given our gifts, talents and energies for

Your Voice of Encouragement: Giving Support - The Fourth Step of.

Your Voice of Encouragement

In earlier posts, I detailed the first three steps of encouragement: LISTENING, AFFIRMING and OFFERING PERSPECTIVE. There's a final element that you'll want to include as you wrap up the conversation: SUPPORT

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"Imagine" - Remembering John Lennon

Building Personal Strength

I had just begun graduate school at Duke University when John Lennon's ballad "Imagine" came out. I was still a little raw from my combat tour in Vietnam, and the words of the song moved me, made me long for the world he envisioned: "Imagine all the people living life in peace."

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Do You Have a Balanced Reading (and Learning) Diet?

Kevin Eikenberry

The idea for this post comes with a tip of the hat to a high school friend, Jerry Gray, reconnected with first online. He wrote a short blog post then challenged me via Facebook to do something with it

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Orrin Woodward Leadership Team :: Competition, Excuses, and Free Trade

Orrin Woodward

Competition ensures that winners won't buy their own excuses. Competition, a concept much loved by anyone attending a professional sporting event, seeks to have the best contend against the best for the enjoyment of all

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Computer Security for Leaders

Modern Servant Leader


Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Time for Compassion and Generosity

Building Personal Strength

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Coincidentally, on October 3rd, 14 years ago, my wife, Kathleen , had surgery to remove a fast-growing cancer from her breast. We were married a week later. A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law had a similar procedure.

Management In A Picture

What Do You Want From Them

This was a lot of fun to create. I used the ipad app doodle buddy to draw the little pictures (yes, some of them were traced). What else should be included

Orrin Woodward Leadership Team :: Dreams or Dreads

Orrin Woodward

It's hard to light yourself on fire with your dream when you are busy wetting yourself with your dread. All achievers, in every field, visualize successful outcomes before making them a reality. From athletes, salespeople, musicians

Learn The Art Of Effective Messaging

Eric Jacobson

David Grossman, president and founder of The Grossman Group, recently published a helpful, free eBook titled: Mastering The Art of Messaging Grossman says that "maybe it's the economy, maybe it's technology, maybe we're all just way too

The Secret to Mastering People Skills - Focus on One Skill at a Time

Building Personal Strength

Typical hard-charging managers don't want to fool around. They want to get it all done ASAP. But this doesn't work with improving people and leadership skills. The challenge is to change the way they've been doing something for decades. That means rewiring their brains, which people do all the time.

Leading Through Fear « Linked 2 Leadership

Linked 2 Leadership

It happens even to the best and most experienced leader – fear. It may be a fear of the 'Great Recession,' a fear that your position or career is in jeopardy, a fear that you personal life is suffering or the fear that you may have

Weekly Leader Podcast Episode 68: Captain Alwyn Landry and the.

Weekly Leader

This week on the Weekly Leader Leadership Podcast Peter speaks with Captain Alwin Landry who lead the rescue of all 115 survivors from the Deepwater Horizon explosion, fire and sinking. Plus Pam's Research Report of the Week

Leading Clever Followers: 10 characteristics of clevers


I’ve seen it quite often. When asked, many leaders from CEOs to Presidents remark that the key to leading a great organization is to surround yourself with the smartest people, and let them go to work. Some even go so far as to recommend that leaders only hire people smarter than them. This sounds like a great strategy. The concept of having uber-talented individuals completely surround their leader is an easy sell. But it’s not without a certain level of buyer’s remorse.

Resilience - Brought to Your Knees, Will You Get Back Up?

Building Personal Strength

For some reason I've been thinking about this guy who used to be an independent sales associate for our company. He made a big sale, and we shipped the product to the customer. But he refused to pay us the wholesale amount, claiming the customer was unhappy.

$600 billion in workplace theft and fraud. Yikes. So, what are you.

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

I recently finished reading Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely. Fascinating book. And depressing. In it I found this: “In 2004, the total cost of all robberies in the United States was $52.5 million, and the average loss from a single

Eliciting Excellence – An Online Leadership and Learning Opportunity

Kevin Eikenberry

For 10 days, starting October 11th, you have the opportunity to learn from a different leadership expert every day for free. Eliciting Excellence No travel. No cost. And no specific time to log or tune in because you'll have access to

Where Ideas Come From


Many leaders are charged with developing innovation in their organizations. One of our most innovative, popular thinkers takes on-in exhilarating style-one of our key questions: Where do good ideas come from?

Open-mindedness - Let the New Knowledge In

Building Personal Strength

In many high-rise buildings, certain floors have a single tenant or facility, and the elevators that serve these floors have special security keys that limit access. No one can visit that part of the building without the special elevator key that opens the doors.

Discover Your Leader Grade

Eric Jacobson

If you need a tool to measure your leadership skills, check out LeaderGrade, by Quantum Workplace, which measures your leadership influence by asking your peers and followers to rate your leadership skills

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Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: quickpoint: Getting Out of the Way

Leading Blog

Mentor failures are our street-savvy friends

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

Can you name your mentors? Sure you can. Your mentors are those who listen, guide, inspire you — who teach you to teach yourself — to learn, adapt and grow. Like your failures. Yes, you read that right. Your past failures as mentors

Get What You Want with Win-Win Conflict Resolution

Building Personal Strength

Can you remember the last time you were at odds with someone? You wanted something that the other person considered unacceptable. You both felt justified, producing a conflict that had the potential to block success and damage relationships.

Check Out These Free Tips For Making An Effective Presentation

Eric Jacobson

Speechworks has published a free eBook entitled How to Create a Seven Minute Rifle Shot Presentation. To get the eBook, go to the Speechworks home page. The 38-page eBook details how to create a short, simple, persuasive message and

Succeeding in New Worlds

Erika Andersen

I've been reading James Clavell's Shogun over the past couple of weeks – my husband recommended it to me, knowing both my love of history and my appreciation for a well-crafted tale. It's the fictional story of an Englishman

L3-TV: Emotional Intelligence assessments are dead last

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

In our first 17-second survey, we asked: What are the most important “people skills” to assess and develop in your employees, managers and leaders today? The #1 answer? Emotional intelligence. In our second 17-second survey

Win-Win Conflict Resolution - A Face-off

Building Personal Strength

In Part One I outlined a simple four-step process for resolving conflict in a way that allows both people to get what they need. Now, illustrate the four steps. Steve: “I’m not going to St. Louis with you.“ Jill: “You’re what? What are you talking about? I need you there!“ Steve: “I’ve got too much on my plate, Jill. Besides, this is your project, not mine. Jill: “But you have to be there. You’re the technical expert, not me. What if they have tech questions I can’t answer?“

Creating Satisfaction at Work: No Instant Pudding


As I reported last week in my article “ What is the truth about job satisfaction ?” the more satisfied people are with their jobs, the less likely they are to withdraw (show up late, call in sick, turnover) and the more likely they are to engage and perform at work. Satisfaction also aggregates, such that a unit full of satisfied employees is very likely to outperform a unit of less satisfied employees. The power of satisfaction at work has always been good news to me.

Are Your Secret Superstitions Holding Back Your Career?

Marshall Goldsmith

Think you're too smart for silly superstitions? Not so fast. Many execs have irrational beliefs about their success. Here's how to identify your superstitions -- and keep them from getting in your