Sat.Nov 26, 2011 - Fri.Dec 02, 2011

10 Essential Steps To Leadership Excellence

Terry Starbucker

Every successful leader gets this question posed to them at one time or another: “How did you do it?”

Leadership & Curiosity

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Have you ever noticed how the best leaders also tend to be the most curious leaders? Great leaders simply aren’t satisfied with what they know.

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Make Way for Introverts in Business and Leadership!

C-Level Strategies

I’m an introvert – and a very proud one at that – who has spent her entire career in the world of business and leadership.

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7 Ways Satan Tries to Destroy a Church

Ron Edmondson

Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. 1 Peter 5:8. I’m not a pastor who is constantly looking for Satan behind everything that goes wrong. I concentrate my attention on Jesus and encouraging others to follow Jesus and not to focus on the defeated one. Yet, I’m fully aware that Satan loves to destroy…or attempt to destroy…a church. Obviously Satan is a limited being and God’s church is secure.

The REAL 300 Pound Gorilla

The Leadership Advisor

I had the most interesting dream last night and it wasn’t even from bad pizza. I was on this sidewalk, but it was right next to a field that had a split rail fence. There were different levels to the fields and each level had an animal on it. One level had a gorilla. Another had a bull.

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Leadership is a relationship

Lead on Purpose

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary lists several definitions for the word relationship. The term is generally used to denote family ties, but it’s also used as a state of connecting or binding participants. Actions that bring people together and bind them in a common cause are key to building effective relationships. I was first introduced to the statement ‘leadership is a relationship’ in the book The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner.

20 Leadership Books You Might Not Have Read

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. If you know me, or have read this blog for any length of time, you know that I believe all great leaders are also voracious readers. In fact, I would go so far as to say reading is simply a necessity if you’re serious about leadership.

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What CEOs Really Think About Values and Culture

C-Level Strategies

In my role as Chief Relationship Officer for CEO Connection I had the opportunity to sit down recently with a few of our member-CEOs for a conversation about their views on corporate values, purpose and culture. These members are mid-market CEOs , representing companies with an average of $1.6

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Twitter for Non-Profits: An Interview with Twitter’s Claire Diaz-Ortiz

Ron Edmondson

Recently I had the opportunity to meet and later interview Claire Diaz-Ortiz. Claire leads social innovation at Twitter, where she has worked since 2009. She wrote Twitter for Good: Change the World one Tweet at a Time and is a frequent international speaker on social media, leadership, and social change. Claire began using Twitter in 2006 while living in a Christian orphanage in Kenya.

Criticism, Reconsidered

Kevin Eikenberry

We’ve all been criticized, and we have all leveled criticism at others, both directly and indirectly. This week, I ran across a quote that expresses my personal opinion about this topic extremely effectively. And, just because it is my philosophy, doesn’t mean I always live it very well. which is why I am [.]. Developing Others Leadership Learning Personal Development Quotations coaching criticism

Quality is Human. Quality is Love.


Quality is Human. When leaders rely too much on processes, metrics, facts and trends to measure project/organization’s quality, they forget one thing: that quality is about being human. Quality is human. That is because people drive quality and exercise their choice of delivering good versus great work. Because work allows people to expand their capacity to deliver. People work for people (customers).

How to become an invaluable leader

Bud to Boss

This is a guest article by Mary Foley. With reduced resources, nagging uncertainty and pressures to produce results, today’s managers face tough challenges. Organizations are dramatically reducing their ranks of managers who do not add measurable value. At the same time, research shows that middle managers may be the most important people in an organization—but only if they have the right set of skills for today’s work environment.

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7 Words Why You Need Social Media as a Pastor Today

Ron Edmondson

reach. people. Christ. That’s all there is to it. Of course, you want more explanation if you’ve questioned it so far. Let me just say this: If you want to reach people, you have to go where people are… Any questions? Related posts: 7 Reasons You Need Social Media as a Christian Leader. Friday Discussion: Is Social Media a Blessing or a Curse? Is Social Media Ruining Culture and What To Do About It? Church Culture Ministry Missions

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A Challenge for Leaders

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Coaching Leadership Development “Despite the economic recession, more employees are looking for opportunities outside of their organization than in 2008, suggesting that 2011 will be a challenging year for retention (and a hot market for firms to attract top talent).” ” Blessing White, 2011 Employee Engagement Report What is happening? While salaries are an important component to work and [.].

Stop Trying to Coach People Who Shouldn't Be Coached!

Marshall Goldsmith

You may be the best coach in the world, but if the person you are coaching shouldn't be coached, it's not going to work. I'm sorry to say that try as I might to help some people change I have come to the conclusion that some people are unsalvageable. Through years of trial and error, I have shed all illusions about my astounding behavioral change methods, and concluded that some flaws just can't be coached away by anyone. So, how do you know when someone is uncoachable?

Hang Your Work in a Tree Tonight

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

If you do what you love for a living, you’ll never work a day in your life. anonymous. An appealing thought, if it means living an integrated life. However…there’s a big difference between living an integrated life and being consumed by work.

Dreams, Goals and Plans

Ron Edmondson

Dream. Far reaching, seemingly impossible, worthwhile, dependent on faith and huge personal risk, with no guarantee of success. Goals. Defined aspects of realizing the dream. Attainable, stretching and measurable. Plans. Action steps written to systematically complete goals.

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Introverts Lead Change

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Resources I had a chance to conduct a brief interview with our own Lisa Petrilli (LCG Author Profile, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+) CEO of C Level Strategies. In case you haven’t heard, her new e-book launched this week. It’s titled The Introvert’s Guide to Success in Business and Leadership. At the end of the post, you can [.]. Leadership Development Resources energy ideas interview Introvert Lisa Petrilli Strengths The Introvert's Guide

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Candidates not to hire; employees to fire.

Tony Mayo

A Wall Street Journal article identified three personality types that are poison in your workforce: Deadbeats: withhold effort, Downers: express pessimism, anxiety, insecurity and irritation, & Jerks: violate interpersonal norms of respect. Good research shows how just one will pull down the performance of an entire team. Click here to read more about how bad apples spoil the barrel. [.]. For Executives Hiring

Five Languages of Appreciation at Work

Michael Lee Stallard

Let me tell you about a new book that I’m recommending to leaders. It makes a great book for your leaders to read together as part of a book group.

The Hardest Decisions a Leader Makes

Ron Edmondson

Leadership is full of decisions…. Some decisions become routine…. Others are difficult to make…. Recently I asked online: What’s the hardest decision you have to make as a leader?”

Leaders: 4 Simple Steps and 5 Easy Tips for Real Team Building

Linked 2 Leadership

In this article, we turn a true light on the process of “team building.” ” This is about team building from the leadership perspective. Team building gets a lot of lip service in leadership circles. But practical steps sometimes get lost in a maze of details. 4 Steps and 5 Tips When a team can look [.]. Leadership Lessons Learned Professional Development Team Building Leadership Values Measurements business leadership Management Organizational Health

Conflict: It’s all in how you handle it!

ReThink HR

The ‘WHERE’ we react is just as important as ‘HOW’ There is no question that we are all being asked to do and be more. With this increase in demand also comes, at times, an increase in conflict.

All Feedback Is Not Created Equal


. Feedback is important to leaders. The more ways you can ask for feedback, the better. Consider some of the most popular methods: Ask: Asking for feedback is the simplest and most expedient. Rather than asking “How did I do?”, ”, ask for specifics (“What did you notice that I did well in that presentation today?”) ”) in order to get more than one word answer (“Fine.”). ”).

5 Ways to Make the Best of Human Capital

Ron Edmondson

Do you want to harness the greatest power in your organization? The best assets of your church, business or non-profit never appear on your balance sheet. The truth is that any organization is only as good as the people within it.

First Look: Leadership Books for December 2011

Leading Blog

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in December. 360 Degrees of Influence : Get Everyone to Follow Your Lead on Your Way to the Top by Harrison Monarth. Grow : How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World's Greatest Companies by Jim Stengel. World Changers : 25 Entrepreneurs Who Changed Business as We Knew It by John A. Byrne. Screw Business As Usual by Richard Branson.

On becoming small heroes

Rajesh Setty

Everyone matters – some, a little and some, a lot more. At one end of the spectrum, there are free riders who are really consume rather than contribute. On the other end of the spectrum, you have big heroes who contribute a lot. Free riders matter a little to a lot of people.

Their Perception is Your Reality

Next Level Blog

As an executive coach, a big part of my job is helping my clients adjust their behaviors so that they get different results. Since my clients are executives, they are, by definition, dealing with other people. Since that's the case, it's not enough for my clients to adjust their behaviors when it would make a difference to do so. They also have to manage the perception others have of their behaviors. Here's a simple plan for doing that that works for my clients: Click headline to continue.

One Question: 3 Game-Changing Responses

Ron Edmondson

This is a guest post from online friend and pastor Nathan Rouse. Nathan is Lead Pastor at Raleigh Christian Community , in Raleigh, North Carolina. Check out these thoughts from Nathan: With those I lead, my words carry a lot of weight. With these weighty words I’ve blown it and crushed people and on other occasions by God’s grace I’ve brought healing.

Hire Nice People – Oh, AND Teachable; Oh, AND…

First Friday Book Synopsis

Hire Nice People – Oh, AND Teachable; Oh, AND… I really liked the quote that I included in a recent blog post from the book Demand by Adrian Slywotzky. It is about the restaurant Pret a Manger: “We hire happy people, and teach them to make sandwiches.” I was telling this to a friend of [.]. Randy's blog entries Adrian Slywotzky Demand Four Seasons hiring morale Nice Pret a Manger teachable

When Do We Forgive?


A post a while back on whether there is a shortage of good leaders fostered some interesting comments, tweets and private conversations – most of which confirmed that the majority of individuals feel that we’re suffering a deficiency in this arena. I’ve thought about the responses ever since that post was published. I feel


How to Drive Team Collaboration: Use Two Pairs of Glasses

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development If you wear glasses, you know that owning two pairs is good practice. If your focus is on increasing collaboration and cohesiveness within your team, get ready to try on a new look! The goal? Cultivate collaboration and boost creativity, work performance and passion. Perfecting our Critical Eye When we observe performance (our own and [.]. Leadership Development actions Collaborate communication Leadership trust

Getting Gut Honest With Jesus: Don’t You Care?

Ron Edmondson

Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Mark 4:38 NIV. I have been told that the stern is the strongest part of the boat. The Creator of the universe was asleep there.

A Happy Place to Work? – Compare American Airlines to Pret a Manger

First Friday Book Synopsis

“We hire happy people and teach them to make sandwiches.” Pret a Manger summarizes its personnel policies (from Demand, Adrian Slywotzky) ————— So American Airlines has filed for bankruptcy (Chapter 11 – the kind that lets them keep flying). Is anyone surprised? The clues were always staring us in the face – at least, in [.]. Randy's blog entries American Airlines happiness morale Pret a Manger