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How Introverts Can Succeed in Business and Leadership

C-Level Strategies

I learned very early in my career that the way I led was different from my extraverted colleagues. I came to understand that if I wanted to receive top assignments, get promoted, and garner support for my ideas I needed to approach the challenges of business and leadership in a uniquely savvy way.

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7 Traits of an Insecure Leader

Ron Edmondson

Insecurity always shows up in a person’s life. It can be disguised, but it can’t be hidden. Insecure people, or people who aren’t secure in who they are personally or comfortable with their abilities, display some common characteristics.

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The Best Leaders Carry Flashlights

Kevin Eikenberry

I first remember carrying a flashlight at summer camp. Coming back to the cabin after the campfire would have been pretty treacherous without one. Something got me thinking about flashlights recently. As I thought about them, I realized that as leaders we need to have a flashlight available for a variety of reasons. [.]. Leadership focus vision

3 Self-Limiting Mindsets that Will Hold You Back at Work

Leading Blog

This is a guest post by Joel Garfinkle, author of Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level. Garfinkle asks, “What makes one person more successful than another?” Getting Ahead is a straightforward guide to help you eliminate your blind spots to improve how you are perceived, increase your visibility and exert your influence. Great material. The workplace has enough challenges and obstacles without us getting in our own way. But too often, we sabotage ourselves.

Leadership Advice: Getting Others to Follow Your Lead

C-Level Strategies

A few weeks ago I began offering my readers the opportunity to sign up for my new eNewsletter. I set up the process in such a way that when readers subscribe they receive a “thank you” email from me along with a question about what their biggest leadership challenge is.

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Uncertainty Will Freeze You in Place if You Let It

Leading Blog

Ambiguity is not only certain; it is a necessary state for advancing. Jonathan Fields writes, in Uncertainty : “The more you’re able to tolerate ambiguity and lean into the unknown, the more likely you’ll be to dance with it long enough to come up with better solutions, ideas and creations.” The problem is that most of us, to one degree or another react so strongly to ambiguity or uncertainty, that it becomes a limiting factor in our lives and stops us from acting in the face of it.

A Lesson from Hezekiah: 7 Steps to More Effective Prayers

Ron Edmondson

Hezekiah ruled over Judah and was a good and faithful king. Hezekiah often became the target of warring nations. The king of Assyria, which was a much more powerful nation, decided to attempt a take over of Hezekiah’s kingdom.

Leaders: Are You Willing To Risk Your Life?

Linked 2 Leadership

On Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, it is important for us all to reflect on the sacrifice and devotion to duty shown by so many of our brave men and women all over the world. “What does the observation of past and present wars mean to you?” ” November 11th is not about poppies, wreaths or [.]. Conflict Management Leadership Lessons Learned Leading & Developing Other Leaders Servant Leadership November 11 Remembrance Day Veterans Day

Productivity Reminders…


… For Managers. In knowledge world, productivity is hard to quantify. If you try to adopt old “command and control” style of management to drive knowledge workers, they get even less productive. Don’t command, empower. Don’t control, but lead them instead. Understand that knowledge workers cannot always be productive between 9 to 5. They have their creative zones and routines when they are most productive. Give them a mental space , when they can concentrate.

I, Steve: Jobs in His Own Words

Leading Blog

George Beahm has compiled a collection of Steve Jobs quotes in I, Steve. Organized by topic, this is a great (and sourced) collection. Here are a few: • I would trade all my technology for an afternoon with Socrates. • My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better. People judge you by your performance, so focus on the outcome. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.

7 Popular Myths about Leadership

Ron Edmondson

One thing I learned in obtaining a master’s in leadership is that defining leadership is difficult. John Maxwell says, “Leadership is influence.” ” I love that simple definition. Still, I have observed that there are many myths when it comes to even what that means. Here are some 7 of my favorite myths about leadership: A position makes one a leader – Some believe that simply having a big or fancy title makes one a leader. Not true.

The Illusion of “Too Busy”

ReThink HR

Often we are not really that busy. More often then not, when any of us complain that we never have enough time it is really stemmed from the fact that we DON’T take enough time to just focus on a few things and get the project or task completed or over with.

A Great by Choice Glossary

First Friday Book Synopsis

Last Friday, I presented my synopsis of the new Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen book, Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All. It is a great addition to the Jim Collins canon. Jim Collins is a vocabulary creator. In his earlier books, he introduced hedgehog circles, and Level [.]. Randy's blog entries 10Xers Business Glossary Great by Choice Jim Collins Morten Hansen

What Did He Know and When Did He Know It?

Leading Blog

Senator Howard Baker’s famous question, "What did the president know and when did he know it?" is about moral responsibility. Leaders have a moral responsibility to the people they serve. Those relationships are a leader’s stock in trade and are to be valued above our agendas. For it is through the relationships we develop that we are able to accomplish anything at all. Our actions set the tone for the whole team. They express our values and our priorities.

10 Hard Life Lessons I’ve Learned by Experience

Ron Edmondson

Some of life’s greatest lessons come packaged in a hard personal experience. I’ve learned a few things in life, but truly, the greatest things I know came through mistakes, failures and disappointments.


Dear Joe Paterno – One Alumni’s Letter to Our Fallen Coach

Modern Servant Leader

Our Weeping Nittany Lion. Dear Joe, In addition to others, especially the victims, I am praying for you and Sue. You could not have stopped it, but you could have mitigated this catastrophe.

In A Complex Era, It Takes a lot of Collaboration – We Need Good Teams!

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that all of my presentations are useful for the audiences in attendance. But on Thursday, I participated in a panel that was not only useful, but had a special element of “fun.” It was for the Dallas Estate Planning Council. I was the non-expert on the panel – I was the “book guy.” [.]. Randy's blog entries Dallas Estate Planning Council Jerri Hammer Leadership Lessons of the U.S. Navy SEALS Marvin Blum Perry Kaufman Shelly Mathis

Stop Criticizing Other People

Your Voice of Encouragement

Steven Pressfield’s brilliant book about overcoming resistance, The War of Art , contains this profound piece of wisdom about criticism: "Individuals who are realized in their own lives almost never criticize others. If they speak at all, it is to offer encouragement."

Following Through on Big Dreams


Doc Hendley is the unexpected founder and leader of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called Wine to Water. Their mission is to provide clean water to needy people who don’t have access to it. I had the pleasure of hearing Doc speak about his passion last week. A college dropout, Doc is young, tattooed and

Why MANY smart people don’t do anything with good advice?

Rajesh Setty

There are some smart people who think they know everything and they are not even looking for any advice. We are not talking about them. Then there are a vast majority of smart people who are open to good advice but they don’t do anything with it.

Are you doubting God’s love?

Ron Edmondson

If you are ever doubting how much God loves you…or if He even does… Take a look at the Cross… But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8. Related posts: How Can I Be Sure I’m Saved? Who Do You Love?


Are You In Control?

Kevin Eikenberry

David Allen is best known for his book Getting Things Done. His book has been, over the last decade, the most popular time and productivity management book and process on earth. The quotation below applies to managing our time, but goes much deeper, if you allow it to. I hope today’s questions and action steps [.]. Influence Leadership Learning Personal Development Quotations David Allen Getting Things Done productivity

Three Critical Factors to Consider Before You Choose a Communication Technique

The Recovering Engineer

Before you start looking for the right communication technique or words to use to convey an idea, you must consider three critical factors. They are not complicated. They are important. Failure to include them in your thinking, could lead to a failed communication.

How much more productive could you be if you worked from home?

Chartered Management Institute

I was reading Future Work by Alison Maitland and Peter Thomson last night. They used a case study from IBM whereby flexible working saw employees produce an extra 19 hours of productive work. Now suffice to say they don't expand on how that figure was achieved, but I thought I'd have a stab myself. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Guest Post: Lessons Learned Since Becoming a Pastor

Ron Edmondson

This is a guest post by Michael Perkins. Michael describes himself as “a regular guy who likes things simple.” ” He is a husband, pastor, blogger, and a creative. After more than two years of blogging at Untitled by Michael Perkins, Michael believed it was time for a change; a fresh start, so The Handwritten was born.

Five Reasons Why Managers Stay in Crisis Mode

Management is a Journey

There is a paradox in management that often affects many talented business professionals. Specifically, they find that as they assume greater levels of managerial responsibility, the more they work in crisis mode. It can be confusing. Additional authority, financial resources, and staff should allow these managers to better focus organizational efforts, make meaningful change, use [.].

Leveraging the Power of Paradox


Our natural inclination is to resolve the paradoxes of organizational life. Before trying to eliminate opposing tensions, however, I would encourage you to consider the option of maintaining the tension as a normal requirement of growth and life. *. frontpage

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“Respectful Workplaces” Video

Leading in Context

New Video Explains the Importance of Respect in the Workplace Today’s post features a video for leaders that is currently available at no cost in an effort to educate leaders about the importance of building respectful workplaces. And Highlights Recent Research About Ethical Leadership “The Evolving Leadership Context: Respectful Workplaces” is a 5-minute leadership training [.].

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The Balance of Reason and Instinct

Coaching Tip

By Guest Author Francis Cholle. When L’Oréal, the world leading beauty company, asked me to design global training programs to help with the management of creative teams I had to reflect deeply about business success at the intersection of creativity and management.

Do You Want to Land the Job of Your Dreams?

Women on Business

Guest post by Patricia Sadar (learn more about Patricia at the end of this post). You may consider yourself a superwoman when it comes to juggling your calendar, work schedule, friends, and loved ones.

LIFE Compensation Plan

Orrin Woodward

It is here. The launch of LIFE and the compensation plan for building communities of leaders is finally here! Imagine a compensation plan that doesn't top out at 25%, 35% or even 45%, but rewards through volume discounts up to 50%.

Beyond Listening – A Power-Key to Influence

Kevin Eikenberry

It was a typical business trip. I’d spent the day training a group of people from inside an organization. After the training, I was invited to join the group for dinner. After a lovely dinner, a couple of the participants had some additional questions about the training and how to apply what they were learning. [.]. Collaboration Influence Leadership Mentoring Charles Barkley influence listening presence

Social Mood and Presidential Leadership

Coaching Tip

Don't blame Martin Van Buren for America's first deflationary depression. Social mood rode higher in the saddle than did our 8th President, who only stood 5' 6".

The Most Important Stakeholders


Who are the most important stakeholders of your organization? When creating strategy and making decisions, whom do you consider first? The customers? The owners? What about the senior leadership team? Employees? How about vendors?