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Top 5 Signs Of A Toxic Culture

The Leadership Advisor

If you saw green glowing ooze with a nasty vapor rising from it, how close would you get? I think most folks would feel the same way.

7 Essential Attributes for Picking Good Leaders

Leading Blog

We complain about our leaders. So we eventually get rid of them and we move on to the next one with the hope that it will be different this time. But it’s not. And we’re back where we started. Jeffrey Cohn and Jay Moran ask Why Are We Bad at Picking Good Leaders? It’s easy to say that if we had better choices, we would pick better leaders. Empathy.

Want to Inspire Followers? What it Really Takes

C-Level Strategies

“Can you truly inspire people to follow you if you don’t believe in something bigger than self?&#. The Pythagorean Theorem. I think you do.

Cultivating Idea Leadership—Views From an IBM Fellow

Lead Change Blog

Wondering how to rekindle creativity in your workplace? Meet IBM Fellow John Cohn, Ph.D., an idea powerhouse who has been at IBM for 29 years. He shares six observations about how to keep innovators engaged and on board.

Three Ways to Deal with a Smart Aleck (and other rude people in your organization)

Next Level Blog

Wow, I had no idea what kind of nerve I was striking when I wrote a post last week on taming your inner smart aleck. Lots of leader readers left fantastic mea culpa comments that shared stories of. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Books Current Affairs executive presence Leadership

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Language Forms the Basis of Experience

Tony Mayo

People continually and automatically evaluate situations and objects for their relevance and value … The evidence suggests the real possibility that there are no emotion mechanisms in the brain waiting to be discovered, producing a priori packets of outcomes in the body.

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Lead Change Blog

Nothing is so powerful as insight into human nature… What compulsions drive a man, what instincts dominate his action… If you know these things about a man you can touch him at the core of his being. – William Bernbach (1911-1982) They surround us. People who do or say things that drive us crazy, and [.].

From Mom(isms) to Leader(isms)


Happy Mother’s Day! I found this great website that reminded me that moms are the first coaches that help us to learn the craft of leadership early in life. I chose a few of the Momisms (bolded quotes) that you may have heard from your mother that prepared you for being the great leader

Send better email

Jason Womack

Send better email. Could watching a 2-minute video save you 20 or 30 minutes a week? I am sure this one idea will save you that much time or more!

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Why Leaders Can’t Ignore The Pride Principle

Terry Starbucker

It’s there. Unless you destroy it. By how you lead. In virtually every workplace, among those who serve the customers, or make the widgets, or support those who do either of these things, is a strong desire to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. I call it the “Pride Principle&#. Nothing extraordinary is happening. Leadership

It Takes Courage And Character To Unify People

Lead Change Blog

In the 6th century BC, Aesop told a fable about the Lion and The Four Oxen. A lion used to prowl around a field where four oxen dwelled. Many times he would try to eat them but whenever he approached the four oxen would back their tales up to each other with their bodies pointed [.].

If It Ain't Broke - Break It


The old saw, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" is a lazy way to work and a lazier way to lead. frontpage

Employee Motivation Tips: Their Personal Life

The Recovering Engineer

Many leaders struggle with finding ways to motivate people to higher level performance. I have already written that you cannot motivate another person.

5 Mistakes People Make When Reading Your Body Language

Leading Blog

When we communicate there are two conversations going on. Verbal and nonverbal. Our brains are hardwired to respond to nonverbal signals. Unfortunately we often don’t even know how we are reacting to them or how others are reacting to us and therefore are unable to use them to our advantage. They find meaning in a single gesture.

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Organizational Cancer

The Leadership Advisor

One of the most feared words in modern culture is the word cancer. Nearly everyone has been affected by cancer in some form or another.

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True Friendship

Orrin Woodward

True friends give the most when they receive the least - Orrin Woodward Friendships are not what they used to be. The quality and quantity of friends, according to the 2006 study of the American Sociological Review, is declining. In the study, 1,467 people were surveyed and compared to data collected 19 years ago. people in 1985 to 2.08 in 2004.

Don’t Dash Off – Give Change a Chance

Lead Change Blog

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi This quote was in our office cafeteria this week. Change is about the only guarantee we have, along with death and taxes. Change is a source of fear and anxiety for many people. It is easy to fall into the trap of being [.].

Mission Control

Marshall Goldsmith

On the surface, 'purpose' and 'goal' seem to be similar, if not synonymous, terms. But in parsing the definitions, we discover they're very different concepts. Goals are specific objectives we strive to achieve, usually within defined parameters of space, time and resources. Purpose is the 'why' behind any thought or deed. Probably not. Hardly.

The Desperation Strategy

The Leadership Advisor

Recently I had some unexpected events develop in my business. My response was less than stellar. I allowed myself to drift into a state of desperation.

Super Women Leaders: GUTSY or NUTTY?

Women on Business

She got on the elevator in her full length mink coat. She had a Gucci scarf around her neck. Almost six feet tall and model skinny she looked ready to pose for Vogue. She smiled at the other tenants of this posh New York condo, all ready to brave the streets of Manhattan. They returned her smile. Her name was Ruth and she was a senior V.P.

The 5 Be’s of Motivation

Lead Change Blog

It’s not true in every organization, but it is true in many. Managers (leaders) often don’t understand their employees. They don’t know how to motivate, inspire, and correct people effectively. As I work with my clients, I hear the same questions repeatedly: “How do I get my employees to … Quit complaining?” Do more than [.].

Working out of hours - new initatives

Chartered Management Institute

A survey carried out by OnePoll and CMI has shown that only 30% of managers now consider the time spent travelling to and from the office to be a ‘work-free zone’. Managers now spend an average of 2.5 hours a week (three working weeks a year), on top of their usual working week researching, reading or learning for work in their own time.

Can I Lead? Yes. But…

Leading Blog

There is a danger in selling leadership to everyone. Serious practitioners of leadership know that there is a lot of work that goes into being a good leader (dictators of any variety, not so much). Character usually isn’t explicitly stated in the sales pitch. That what the world needs more than ever are leaders. Listen. Carefully.

Kathy Ireland: A Role Model for Persistence

Your Voice of Encouragement

At the 2011 Glazer-Kennedy SuperConference, I had the privilege of meeting Kathy Ireland and hearing her address the audience of 1200 entrepreneurs.

A Dangerous Leadership Flaw and 4 Ways to Avoid It

Ron Edmondson

One of the most dangerous things I see leaders do is forget that people are trying to follow. Have you ever tried to follow someone in a car?

Thought-full Thursday: Mighty Purpose


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. Your comments, thoughts, and responses to the questions are most welcome! This is the true joy in life, the


Tried and True Counsel for your Next Presentation — Sometimes the Old Advice is Still the Best

First Friday Book Synopsis

I was talking to a brilliant woman this morning. She is a legend (in the very best sense of that word) in the Real Estate business in the Dallas area. She has more energy than any 10 of us (we met at 7:30; if you know anything about the “typical” real estate person, early mornings [.].

Bare Knuckle People Management

CEO Blog

I get behind in my reading so in the past have tried to do 10 books in 10 days. I can do the reading but adding the reviewing is difficult. So for day 3. I read Bare Knuckle People Management - Creating Success with the Team your Have - Winners, Losers, Misfits and All by Sean O'Neil and John Kulisek. I had a negative reaction to the title.

7 Suggestions When Interviewing for a Church Staff Position

Ron Edmondson

This week I had two people email through my blog asking for suggestions when interviewing with a church for a staff position.

Quality Tools to Discover Solutions: Nine Windows

Create Learning

Nine windows is often used in TRIZ (The theory of inventive problem solving) to explore solutions to a problem in a context of past present and future.

Is it time for a management hackathon?

Chartered Management Institute

Coming from a computing background the days of spending nights on end up with friends and colleagues hacking away at code, experimenting, debating and generally creating new bits of software. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders

CEO Blog

Gardening is a good time to think and I just finished a couple of hours. Of course thinking and reaching conclusions are not the same thing. Some of my thoughts: Gardening is a poor hobby for someone with hayfever (like me) It is a strange world we live in where people need to go to the gym to get exercise then they pay their gardener.

Change Your Values…Tame Your Gremlins

Linked 2 Leadership

Have you ever found yourself experiencing a challenge or failure that had a déjà vu feeling as if you have been here before? Then there is the realization that yes, you have repeated some of the same self-defeating behaviors that achieved a similar unpleasant result before. I Call Do-Over Call it DNA, mental loops, or [.].

One Missing Step That Keeps Things From Getting Done

Ron Edmondson

Asking “Who’s responsible?&#. Who is the one person who will be held accountable for each task? 5 Step Process to Take a Dream to Reality.