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My Hardest Advice for Young Leaders

Ron Edmondson

Recently I wrote a post entitled “ 7 Random Pieces of Advice for Younger Leaders “ It’s received a fair amount of positive attention, so I thought I should share one more…at least for now. It’s actually the hardest piece of advice I have for this generation of young leaders.

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Leadership Lessons: 5 Critical Requirements When Leading Change

C-Level Strategies

Steve Woodruff and I couldn’t be happier to be welcoming our leadership colleague Mike Henry Sr. as this week’s Leadership Chat Guest Host. Mike is the Founder and fearless leader of the Lead Change Group , of which I am a member. .

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Do You Ever Do Nothing?

Kevin Eikenberry

Sometimes a quotation encourages you to consider something you weren’t expecting. This is one of those. “You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your mind think.” ” – Mortimer Adler, philosopher, educator, and author Questions to [.]. Quotations Mortimer Adler reflection thinking time management

The Difference Between Passive, Aggressive, and Assertive Communication

The Recovering Engineer

Communication breakdowns are a common cause for conflict, and poor communication strategies can lead to rapid escalation. Likewise, effective communication strategies can help you correct these miscommunications to move conflicts quickly towards resolution.

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Improve Management by Exposing Paradigms

Tony Mayo

For a social discipline, such as management, the assumptions are actually a good deal more important than are the paradigms for a natural science. The paradigm—that is, the prevailing general theory—has no impact on the natural universe. Whether the paradigm states that the sun rotates around the earth, or that, on the contrary, the [.]. For Executives Quotes and Aphorisms Paradigms

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7 Ways to Get Your Leadership (AND Your Team) Over The Hump

Terry Starbucker

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The Most Critical Leadership Attributes of Our Time

C-Level Strategies

At last week’s Leadership Chat we celebrated our one-year anniversary. . . After some time spent reflecting on the past year, we began to look forward and asked the Chat participants to share their insights on the most critical leadership attributes of our time; attributes that will set leaders apart now and in the future. . Here is a sampling of their responses: . .

Is it Time To Evaluate Your Life?

Kevin Eikenberry

According to the early morning CNN show I saw in the hotel lobby this morning, it is. Because it is National Evaluate Your Life Day. Here’s more info) While anytime is a good time to reflect on and evaluate your life. To give you time to actually do it, I won’t attempt to persuade [.]. Learning Success

How to Be a Really Useful Coach in Five Minutes or Less

Next Level Blog

One of the jokes I sometimes make when I’m leading a workshop or giving a presentation is that being a coach is one of the greatest gigs in the world because you don’t have to know anything. All you. Please click the headline to read the whole story. executive presence Personal Presence coaching keynotes motivation workshops

Leadership – Not A Trivial Pursuit

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. One of the most often overlooked aspects of leadership is the need for pursuit. Great leaders are never satisfied with traditional practice, static thinking, conventional wisdom, or common performance.

Work That Changes You


An open letter to stuck or unhappy leaders everywhere: I honestly don’t know how I got so lucky. After decades of work in the corporate world, I was kicked out of the nest (and my comfort zone) by forces beyond my control that quietly and persistently told me that something else awaited that would change me. It was my time and I was open to it, and I feel so grateful that I can hardly speak about what it means without getting all teary-eyed. I don’t have a job or a career.

Leadership Biz Cafe Podcast #3 – Interview with Jesse Lyn Stoner

Tanveer Naseer

Does vision still play a key role for organizations in today’s ever-changing world? That’s one of several questions which I discuss with my guest, Jesse Lyn Stoner, in the third episode of my podcast series, “Leadership Biz Cafe”. Jesse Lyn Stoner is a business consultant, former executive, and bestselling author. For over 30 years, she has worked with leaders in hundreds of organizations including Honda, Pfizer, Marriott, Edelman Public Relations, Yale University, and SAP.

Dealking with Problem Leaders and Culture


Who do you go to when you have a problem at work? Of course, the answer is, "It depends." It depends on the problem. Is it a technical problem? Go to those with technical expertise. A problem with a coworker? Your supervisor or HR is a good first step. A problem with your supervisor?

10 Random Thoughts about Following God

Ron Edmondson

For the last 25 years or so, I’ve attempted to listen to, obey and follow the voice of God. It’s been a long road, and I’m still a pilgrim in the process, but I’ve learned a few things. Based totally on my personal experience…. Here are 10 random thoughts on following God: I’ve never been able to see very far down the road. Sometimes I get a clear vision of a big goal God has for me, but I usually have no clue at the time how to get there.

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Managing Leadership

The purpose of this current discussion is to identify the key and fundamental problems with the notion of individual leadership in modern organizations as it is professed and propounded by the modern leadership movement (MLM); to outline the case against this misguided concept. Many of these have been addressed to one extent or another, as well, in other discussions on these pages. But today’s subject is one that belongs firmly in our current topic.

4 Practices to Avoid as a New Leader?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development In life, we sometimes learn more from the leaders and managers that were not effective, because we learn what not to do. The experience we gained will aid in our overall development as leader. So below, I’ve listed 4 practices to avoid as a new leader. Being a bull in a china shop—By this I [.] 4 Practices to Avoid as a New Leader? Leadership Development emotional intelligence lessons learned listen Listening mistakes

On Leadership, Change and Levi’s Red Tab Jeans

Linked 2 Leadership

I love my Levi’s jeans and I will not change! When I was a teenager, I became very attached to Levi’s jeans. Most of my friends wore Levi’s Red Tab jeans and we all thought we looked pretty darned cool! “…and so did the ladies…” (Well, at least that’s what we told each other…) Living [.]. Future Leadership Issues Leadership Lessons Learned Servant Leadership business leadership Leadership Development Management

Money is NOT the root of all evil…

Ron Edmondson

“Money is the root of all evil” Have you ever heard that phrase? I hear it often. The problem is that it’s not in the Bible. It’s from a commonly misquoted verse from the Bible. The actual verse says, “ For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.

A Stuntman’s Secret Fear

Tony Mayo

Dar and I were childhood friends who met at a trampoline school. One day we climbed a ladder up to a billboard, high above the roof of the school, and dove off, landing on a soft pad below. I climbed to the fifth rung; Dar just kept climbing. Ten years later, he was [.]. For Executives Courage Fear

Wisdom: The Missing Link in Understanding


Knowledge management, information technology, data architecture : these are the hot topics of our technology-driven age. This brave new world has been described as a "knowledge economy" and as suffering from "information overload."

I’m Sorry You Feel That Way

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development A key employee on your team asks to speak with you about a sensitive issue in which you have a role. You have an “Open Door Policy” so the two of you meet. When she explains the issues from her point of view, your impatient response is: “I’m sorry you feel that way.” ” Your spouse [.] I’m Sorry You Feel That Way.

12 Awkward Moments in Leadership and Life

Ron Edmondson

Have you ever had an awkward moment in leadership? I’ve had plenty. In fact, I’ve done all of these on this list. Here are a dozen awkward moments in leadership: Selfishly holding out for your way only to be proven wrong. Tweeting publicly what was supposed to be a private direct message.

How to Overcome the Fear of Losing

Leadership Freak

Fear of losing keeps you from winning; holding on holds you back. The more you have to lose the more you have to protect. Protecting is backward facing. Some things should be protected. Protect family and reputation but let go of past success. Clinging to success makes you fail. Things to hold to: Cling to [.]. Optimism Passion Personal Growth Serving Vision

13 Tips for Setting Performance Measures

Great Leadership By Dan

Thanks to Ken Kuzia and Rand Gee, from Up Your Leadership, for allowing me to re-print these valuable tips for setting performance measures: Setting clear, achievable, challenging, and unwavering (as much as possible given today’s rate of change) measures is critical to employee success.

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Motivating Others 101


You might be thinking that there is a magic formula to get your listless team members moving quickly because there is plenty of information out there on how to motivate others. Today, I’m teaching my own very short course on the topic. What do you think it takes to motivate your staff (take a

What Am I Missing Here?

Ron Edmondson

According to an article in one of my favorite magazines, ( Spirit Magazine ): A penny costs 1.8 cents to produce… A nickel cost 9.2 cents to produce… Please help me… What am I missing here? More difficult question: Is this representative of some churches?

Does a bad hair day = a bad manager?

Chartered Management Institute

Towards the back end of last year I wrote about a study investigating the influence our appearance has on our success at job interviews. The research suggested that the prettiness of the candidate had a big impact on their success at interview, with the rate of success dependant upon the sex and attractiveness of those doing the hiring. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

10 Ways to Select Participants for a Leadership Development Program

Great Leadership By Dan

A colleague and I recently talked about the challenge of selecting participants for leadership development programs. With limited resources and budget dollars, companies often have to be selective when it comes to who can attend and who ends up on the old “waiting list”.

Constantly Adjusting to Business and Market Change

ReThink HR

With any change there are the naysayers and the hopeful that will cry for or against the change. However, no matter how painful a change may seem or uncertain the outlook… change is inevitable. Get use to it and adjust!

The Mentor Recruiter

Ron Edmondson

I think I’ve often viewed mentoring the wrong way. For years, I’ve been an advocate of having a mentor. I’ve had one since I was in my early 20′s. I’ve written about mentoring previously.

The battle of the sexes and its impact upon teamwork

Chartered Management Institute

Popular culture is full of so called Battles of the Sexes, whereby men and women compete against each other to determine who is the stronger sex. Such thinking assumes that, as men are from Mars and women are from Venus, that each sex works well with their peers, but not so well with the opposite sex. New research suggests this might not be the case at all. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

The War for Talent – The War for Jobs

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here’s what prompted these thoughts. The Texas Rangers lost game one of the World Series last night, and for those of us who like the Rangers, we hope to rebound quickly. But, as I watched, I pulled out my iPad and starting reading about the Cardinals‘ manager, Tony La Russa. The third winningest manager in [.]. Randy's blog entries JIm Clifton talent The Coming Jobs War The War for Talent Tony La Russa

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Had a Tough Year? Make Peace and Move On

Marshall Goldsmith

My bank has lost billions of dollars because of bad investments - which I didn't make. Now I am facing budget cutbacks, getting no bonus, reducing my staff, and being expected to contribute more. This really makes me angry! Any suggestions? If it is true that "misery loves company," you have a lot of company. In my work in the financial services world this year, I hear your frustration - and your question - over and over again.

The Dangerous Power of a Leader

Ron Edmondson

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. The leader has information. The leader has authority. The leader has power. The leader has position. When a leader begins to abuse power. Some leaders leave. Some followers become miserable. Some followers stagnate in fear. Some leaders plan a coup. Any questions? Related posts: The Power of a Leader. Mature Leaders Don’t Abuse Power. The Pastor But Not The Leader. Leadership

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