Sat.May 07, 2011 - Fri.May 13, 2011

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? You wouldn’t find me within a thousand feet of it, depending on the direction of the wind. 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? For starters,” they write, “because selecting the right people can be very, very, hard.” It’s easy to say that if we had better choices, we would pick better leaders.

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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?&#.

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

Whence leadership?

Managing Leadership

Have you ever noticed that when people talk about leadership, the unspoken but overpowering assumption is that it is a positive and constructive force? Have you ever questioned that presumed relationship? If you have, what sort of reaction did you get? The falsity of this putatively inviolable connection is among the most grave of the many very serious problems with the modern leadership movement’s (MLM) concept of individual leadership in organizations.

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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! To see the rest of this clip (about 5 minutes long) as well as 14 OTHER time management tips, order your copy of the DVD today!

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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&#. Humans have a propensity to take satisfaction from doing something well. Leaders don’t have to “create&# pride.

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. This adage assumes a static environment and a perfectly tuned system.

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.

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. Leadership Development Change Management coach creativity idea Innovation Leadership leadership coaching manage people management people management

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. This becomes very apparent when we are reacting to nonverbal communication from people from different cultures. Thus what might seem right in one culture may be ineffective or offensive in another.

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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. If someone has been fortunate enough to not battle this awful disease, they most likely have had a friend or loved one have deal with it in some capacity or another.

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. The data found the average number of people with whom Americans can discuss matters of importance had dropped by nearly one-third, from 2.94 people in 1985 to 2.08 in 2004.

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 [.]. Leadership Development Self Leadership assessments DISC influence

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. No one said anything yet wondering why she was wearing a fur coat in the heat of August. Her name was Ruth and she was a senior V.P. of a major insurance company.

The Desperation Strategy

The Leadership Advisor

Recently I had some unexpected events develop in my business. I do my best to plan for various contingents, but on this particular occasion I just didn’t have the information to have proper insight into this potential problem.

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.

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 [.]. Leadership Development Character courage divided we fall fear Leadership strength in unity united we stand unity

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). Competence in your chosen context for leadership aside, the life-long inside work of leadership— figuring out what you won’t do before you figure out what you will do —is sometimes gut-wrenching and sometimes the most thrilling feeling you can experience.

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.

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


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. I know because it’s one I have to continue to remember personally. It’s one reason I invite our staff to evaluate me each year. Have you ever tried to follow someone in a car?

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 [.]. Randy's blog entries compelling stories presentation skills story-telling Words that Work

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. I tend to be more of a people person and more of a "look for the good in people" person. That management style has served me well. But I liked the book.

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. Exploring the solution as a system is vital in breaking psychological constipation.

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. I am thinking it could be an issue worth addressing.

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. Any problems I feel are ridiculous and not really problems. Like do I harvest leeks. Or which book do I review. Do I run 3 miles or 5 later today.

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 [.]. Coaching Corner Leadership Lessons Learned Leading & Developing Other Leaders executive coaching gremlins UAC's values

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 [.]. Change Management actions Change Growth lead change status quo take a risk trust

One Missing Step That Keeps Things From Getting Done

Ron Edmondson

There is one missing step that many teams forget… You’ll find it in meetings… In planning… In goal-setting… The missing step? Asking “Who’s responsible?&#. Who is the one person who will be held accountable for each task?

Investing and the Irrational Mind

CEO Blog

I ran the Elizabeth T. McNamee Memorial 5K today. I was over a minute slower than last week coming in at 23:13. Still put me close to the top 10% at 89th out of 830 runners. It was a very inefficient way to run since the pollen killed my productivity for the day. I need to carefully plan my outdoors time these days. Someone really needs to develop a pollen filter that works. I was pleased with the jobless stats this week. More private sector jobs which is exactly what we need for sustainability.

"Just 1% at a time"


For Monday: The incomparable Nicholas Bate on making a change