Sat.Apr 30, 2011 - Fri.May 06, 2011

Full Steam Ahead – Book Review

The Leadership Advisor

I read a ton of leadership books every year. While they all are unique in some form or another, they typically state a problem, reasons for the problem and some insightful ways to overcome the problem. A very broad description, but quite accurate in my opinion.

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10 Things You Can’t Change and 10 Things You Can

Ron Edmondson

There are some things we can’t change and some things we can. Learning the difference and adjusting accordingly is in large part one of the secret’s of a happy life.

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The Number One Thing CEOs Wish They’d Done Differently

C-Level Strategies

This post was originally written for the Lead Change Group blog. I wanted my readers to have the opportunity to read it in case you missed it there. ~. I’m quite fortunate to be part of the team at CEO Connection , working closely with our CEO members on a daily basis.

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What Really is The Big Picture of Business

Strategy Driven

The biggest problem with business, in a one-sentence capsule, is: People exhibit misplaced priorities and impatience… seeking profit and power, possessing unrealistic views of purpose, and not fully willing to do the things necessary to sustain orderly growth and long-term success.

Top 10 Traits Of An Engagement Centric Organziation

The Leadership Advisor

If you have read more than 25 blogs on leadership this year, I would venture a guess that you have come across at least one post that at a minimum referenced or was focused on employee engagement.

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3 Attributes that Will Help You be Better Under Pressure

Leading Blog

Justin Menkes says that there are no longer periods of calm seas for leaders in any industry. So it’s not a matter of gritting your teeth and riding out the crisis. Leaders must get comfortable in an environment of ongoing stress. They must be Better Under Pressure. To do this a leader must possess a “highly unusual set of attributes that often run counter to natural human behavior.” This means leaders must “foster specific attributes to achieve maximum success in themselves and their people.

Connecting To Happiness: A Single Model For Leadership Excellence

Terry Starbucker

(cc) Shashi Bellamkonda This past weekend I co-hosted our annual gathering of 150 business practitioners and aspiring entrepreneurs in Chicago, SOBCon (“SOB” stands for Successful Online Business).

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Women Executives More than Twice as Likely to Leave Jobs

Women on Business

Female executives are more than twice as likely to leave their jobs as men. This includes both voluntarily and involuntarily departures. Yesterday I was interviewed by a reporter writing for CareerBuilder on negotiating for women in business, and the data from a study by John Becker-Blease of Oregon State University , and his colleagues from Loyola Marymount University and Trinity College , came to mind. They analyzed data from Standard & Poor’s 1500 firms to reach their conclusions.

Book Giveaway: Jeremie Kubicek’s Leadership is Dead

Ron Edmondson

A Fresh Look at Career and Success. Its time to dust off the resume. Not because of a job search, but rather to gain a new perspective on your career and how it lines up with “success.&#.

Are you making success too complicated?

The Leadership Advisor

As leaders we are always thinking three or four steps ahead. It’s like we can’t help ourselves. We imagine what could be while still doing our best to balance the tension that comes with being true to our vision of the future and the reality of the present.

Should Leaders Care About Employee Happiness?

Michael Lee Stallard

Should leaders care about employee happiness or is employee engagement a passing fad? Let me frame this debate in a slightly different way that I believe provides the best answer. As part of creating value, leaders need to be intentional about achieving both task excellence and relationship excellence because our research found that both are necessary to achieve sustainable superior performance i.e. Task Excellence + Relationship Excellence = Sustainable Superior Performance.

How a Dictionary Tells Us Everything We Need To Know About Leadership

Terry Starbucker

I had my leadership epiphany reading a dictionary. Yep, a good old Webster’s Dictionary. I used to have a bound version at my side at all times – back before the Internet and Google. I loved to look up words I didn’t know. Back when I was struggling to find my ultimate path and purpose, I tried to read various books about management and leadership for inspiration, but nothing really stuck.

Church Diversity, Interview and Book Giveaway

Ron Edmondson

My friend Scott Williams has a new book called Church Diversity. He’s addressing a little talked about, but important issue in the church…DIVERSITY. Church Diversity is a movement encouraging book, a quick, fun read, and Scott is passionate about this issue.

Courage - The Lost Virtue

Orrin Woodward

Here is a tidbit on courage. Enjoy. God Bless, Orrin Woodward Courage is the choice to get involved in defending one’s highest held principles, even when one’s personal interest isn’t at stake. Gus Lee, author of the inspiring book, Courage, wrote, “But courage doesn’t depend on practical outcomes, risk versus gains analysis, or collateral impact on others - that’s pragmatism. Pragmatism is the application of practicality, utility and consequences to decision making.”

5 Tips For The Brand New Leader

Lead Change Blog

This post originally appeared on John’s Coaching Leaders blog. Greetings Leaders! When I entered the Navy as a 26 year old Ensign many years ago, I thought I knew how to lead. I was college educated, had a few years of life experience under my belt and had just finished at the top of my [.]. Best of Blogs Series Leadership Development character-based leadership lead change leader Leadership leadership skills leadership tips management skills manager new leader

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How do you start your day?

Chartered Management Institute

As proverbs go, start as you mean to go on, is probably one of the more widely used, not least by parents the world over as they empart advise to their young charges. And there it generally stays, a piece of relatively twee advice that is best consigned to ones childhood, with little value as we embark upon our careers. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

I’ve Only Made 7 Bad Decisions In My Life

Ron Edmondson

I’ve only made 7 bad decisions in my life… Or something like that… The problem is I’ve just multiplied the same bad decisions over and over again.

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Do You Practice Artificial or Authentic Accountability?

Modern Servant Leader


Full Steam Ahead! Book Review

Lead Change Blog

“…We have observed that the biggest impediment to managers becoming great leaders is the lack of a clear vision. Yet less than 10 percent of the organizations we have visited are lead by managers who have a clear sense of where they are trying to lead people.”. Leadership Development Resources Reviews character-based leadership engagement Growth Leadership mission purpose Self Development Teamwork values vision

Take Your Networking to the Next Level

Your Voice of Encouragement

I recently purchased and studied an online program called Connected by Eben Pagan and Dave Logan. Without a doubt, one of the best investments I’ve ever made.

10 Commandments: Significance for Today

Ron Edmondson

Have you ever been curious about the 10 Commandments, specifically how we can implement them into our life today? A couple years ago, I wrote a series about each one. I’m a grace guy…if you read this blog much you know that. We are not under the law, but under grace.

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Business Strategy Execution - Still A Top Concern of Employers

Six Disciplines

A 2011 Talent Survey released today by Aon Hewitt finds a significant capability gap in leaders, as most organizations focus on growth in today's post-recession environment. Key findings from the survey of 1,328 employers: The employers' top three concerns are: talent retention (31 percent). business strategy execution (18 percent). and employee engagement (16 percent).

Alan M. Webber: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Alan M. Webber is an award-winning, nationally-recognized editor, author, and columnist. In 1995, he launched Fast Company magazine, a fresh, dynamic entry in the business magazine category. Headquartered in Boston, MA, the magazine became the fastest growing, most successful business magazine in history. Fast Company won two national magazine awards—one for general excellence, one for [.]. Bob's blog entries "Business As War" "global detective” Alan M.

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Going First

You're Not the Boss of Me

Photo by Erik Johansson. Leadership is a very big and often complex topic. In very simple (possibly even simplistic) terms though, it’s about going first.

Let Me Entertain Me: Three Ways To Tame Your Inner Smart Aleck

Next Level Blog

As the reporting on the operation against Osama bin Laden unfolds, a good bit has been made of the poker face aspect of President Obama artfully delivering one liners at the White House. Please click the headline to read the whole story

Knowing Your Work Style


If you have difficulty getting things done, it may be because you are using a work style that doesn't fit. For example, where would you fall with these choices when it comes to being effective? Long Stretches of Work or Short Bursts? Background Music or Complete Silence? Seated or Standing?

Decision-Making Best Practice 14 – Balanced Use of Knowledge and Experience

Strategy Driven

It’s the age old question of which is more valuable, knowledge or experience.

Seeing God as Too Much God

Ron Edmondson

Don’t let the title of this post upset you just yet… God is fully God.

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Free How-to Coaching Ebook for People Who Help Each Other

Building Personal Strength

Who do you coach? Before you answer, I'd like to clarify that I'm not necessarily talking about athletic coaches. Or trainers, counselors, life coaches, executive coaches, or anyone who coaches professionally.

Planned Addiction: Based on A Narrow View of Ethical Responsibility

Leading in Context

Chemicals that alter the brain and other human systems are still frequently being used in food and drink in place of natural ingredients, even though research is showing that they cause major harm to human health. Some of those chemicals alter the brain's ability to signal that the stomach is full, leading to inability to control cravings. Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking food additive planned addiction profitability focus

First Look: Leadership Books for May 2011

Leading Blog

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in May. What Makes Business Rock : Building the Worlds Largest Global Networks by Bill Roedy with David Fisher. Better Under Pressure : How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Themselves and Others by Justin Menkes. Leadership is Dead : How Influence is Reviving It by Jeremie Kubicek. TouchPoints : Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments by Douglas R Conant and Mette Norgaard.

Constant Change and Success

CEO Blog

I thought the following guest post by my friend Kenneth McCall might interest: Is Constant Change Stagnating Your Success? We're all after the thrill that comes with new ideas for our business, but if growing a business were all thrills, well, there'd be a lot more successful entrepreneurs out there. The energizing high that comes with change and brainstorming new ideas is fleeting.

Solitude and Leadership

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by William Deresiewicz for his “All Points” column that is featured online by The American Scholar website. “The American Scholar is the venerable but lively quarterly magazine of public affairs, literature, science, history, and culture published by the Phi Beta Kappa Society since 1932. In recent years [.].

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Preparing business students for managerial roles

Coaching Tip

Business schools are tapping into their "soft" side. It's all part of a continuing push by business schools to teach "soft skills"—such as accepting feedback with grace and speaking respectfully to subordinates—that companies say are most important in molding future business leaders.

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