Sat.Dec 10, 2011 - Fri.Dec 16, 2011

10 Secrets of Many Senior Pastors

Ron Edmondson

I get to hang out and know many senior pastors. I have a great heart for them and understand, firsthand, some of the pressures, frustrations and joys, which are unique to the role of a senior pastor.

Character Development + Skill Development = Leadership

The Leadership Advisor

As we work to develop and expand our global network, we continually connect with amazing organizations and professionals. We are thrilled to have a guest post by our newest contributor, Marlene Chism. Make sure you have a quick read through her bio below!

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Lands’ End Contest Confirms Strategic Role of Pinterest for Brands

C-Level Strategies

Though most of my time is spent helping companies create and communicate clear and compelling visions to grow their businesses exponentially, my conversations with C-level executives often turn to the topic of social media.

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The Year of C.E.O. Failures Explained (NY Times) []

Weekly Leader

David Pogue's take on some 2011 high profile failures by tech CEOs. nytimes failure ceo leadership

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Tim Tebow Mic’d for the Bears Game

Ron Edmondson

I, like many in America, am becoming a huge Tim Tebow fan. I loved this YouTube I saw my friend Jonathan Pearson tweet. It’s worth the 10 minutes. Be honest, are you a Tebow fan? No related posts. Culture Encouragement


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5 Reasons Delegation Fails

Ron Edmondson

I encounter many leaders who claim to be good at delegation, but are frustrated with the results they receive on delegated projects. Of course, they often claim innocence, feeling they have done their job by delegation. The blame then naturally shifts to the delegate.

The Quality Manifesto (Free PDF)


Greetings, friends and readers! Today, I am excited to announce the release of my new manifesto titled “ The Quality Manifesto – Getting the Basics of Quality Right in Knowledge World ”. This manifesto is completely free with no email opt-in required. What’s it all about?

Ambiguity Breeds Mediocrity

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Dave Mastovich on the importance of clear expectations: I have a friend who leads a Human Resources Consultancy. He often uses the phrase: “Why don’t employees do what they are supposed to do?” to market his services.

9 ways to sink employee engagement

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Change Management Leadership Coaching Leadership Development Value Creation Workplace Issues In recent weeks, several articles have offered worthwhile ideas on how to boost worker motivation. But experts have been sharing this counsel for years, and employee engagement continues to decline. This post focuses on nine specific things that damage engagement. What’s at play in your organization?

If God had a Suggestion Box…

Ron Edmondson

God’s ways are not my ways…I know that’s true, but still, some days I wish He took suggestions. For example, I’d suggest: It should never rain on Mondays…. In fact, can we do away with Monday’s altogether?

Five Steps To Infuse “Magic” in Your Leadership Style

Next Level Blog

This guest post was written by Jason Monaghan with University of Notre Dame Executive Online Education: As any seasoned business leader can tell you, creating an exemplary team takes knowledge, perseverance, and a little leadership magic. The “magic” of a great leader is developed over time and through years of professional awareness. The qualities that make a good team a great one depend largely on the leader’s ability to create an environment of complete engagement.

Do You Care?

Kevin Eikenberry

From Green Eggs and Ham to the Cat in the Hat, I, like many kids, grew up with Dr. Seuss. But I can’t say I really became a fan until I was an adult — reading those classics and others to my children (Horton Hatches an Egg is a favorite.) If you’re a fan too, [.]. Accountability Books Influence Leadership Learning Quotations Dr. Seuss Horton Hatches the Egg Theodor Seuss Geisel

7 Unorthodox (But Very Effective) Roles For The Virtuoso Leader

Terry Starbucker

The other night I thoroughly enjoyed a holiday play at the Portland Repertory Theater, and marveled at the ability of the actors to take on multiple (and quite dissimilar) roles during the course of the production.

Good Leader: Let Them See You Sweat

Ron Edmondson

Never let them see you sweat… Or, so they say… Apparently the phrase, “ Never let them see you sweat” came from a 1984 Gillette company deodorant commercial. I looked it up so I could give proper credit in this post. It’s a great phrase.

Leaders vs. Managers

Leadership Freak

I’ve asked some friends to bring their insights to the Leadership Freak community. Please give a warm welcome to today’s guest writer, Lolly Daskal. What is the biggest difference between managers and leaders? Both roles are important but they seek to do different things… Leaders lead people. Managers manage people. Leaders set destinations. Managers [.]. Leading Managing Marks of leaders conflict managers Leadership Management smart organizations

How to Move Through the Leadership Gap


. Which way should I go? Will that decision be the right one? How should I behave in this situation? What will my manager say? How can I be a great leader? quote by leaders everywhere. The truth is, there is also no standard operating procedure to tell you what to do next. There is just you, and anyone you ask to help you (how’s that for a novel concept?). In leadership, you learn and develop as you lead.

The Attitude of Quality


A retail outlet of a leading shoe brand recently opened up in near vicinity. The design of the store is flashy with impressive interiors and product arrangement. The brand carries a lot of consumer trust since many years. Good store, great brand and competitive prices all at one stop. The only (and probably the biggest) irritant there was attitude of their staff. They seemed too busy and non-responsive leaving many customers (including myself) waiting for long.

True Sayings that Are True #Wisdom

Ron Edmondson

I’m the old guy on our team, so young whipper snapper leaders like Ben Reed , Adam Bayne and Brandon Reed love to mess with me at times.

A Powerful Activity for Your Office Christmas Party

Kevin Eikenberry

Several years ago in December, some people asked me for a creative training opener. I posted a version of my idea on the earlier version of this blog then. Last Friday at Remarkable House, I used the exercise with our team at our annual Christmas party. It may be just what you need to make [.]. Gratitude Leadership Learning Teams Christmas party activity feedback holiday party activity Office Christmas party Office holiday party

The Coaching Mindset


. The leader I was listening to was agitated. He indicated that he had just finished “coaching” a direct report about a change this staff member needed to make in his behavior. Our meeting included a recap of the conversation that went something like this: Me: “So how did the conversation with Brian go?” ” Leader: “Brian is a good manager; one of the best.

Avoid Trivia

Leading Blog

Caught up in our day-to-day struggles, keeping our eye on the big picture is difficult. We can become distracted by the relatively trivial matters to our larger purpose.

Your Right to Cry…My Right to Be Angry

Ron Edmondson

Sometimes I get angry…or to Cheryl it looks like anger. Your right to cry is my right to be angry! It’s usually not a major issue, it could be a car that pulls out in front of me or a reaction to a ballgame.

Ten Ways to Engage Your Workforce in 2012

Strategy Driven

As we start a new year, leaders will once again ask themselves how they can engage their people – often asking employees to do more with less. Let me start by observing that you can’t motivate people. You need to hire motivated top performers and then make sure you don’t demotivate them.

Turnarounds and the Big Play | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

I've been in business a long time. If you don't believe me, just look at my profile picture - that was taken a couple of years ago, (okay, maybe I'm being a bit generous on that timeline). My point is this: I've had my share of

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How To Make Your Next Twelve Months Your Best Twelve Months

Kevin Eikenberry

If you are reading these words, I know something about you. You are here because you have a desire for more in your life. You want to be a more effective leader, a more productive employee, or you want to advance more rapidly in your career. You also want better health, better relationships, and less [.]. Leadership Learning Personal Development

Pocket Change Leadership: How Do You Use Change?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development We all have it: pocket change. It is the leftover amount that goes into our pocket or pocketbook. Where it goes from there, who knows. Pocket change is never core to a major purchase yet, as it is collected and stored, we are always amazed about how much we have “saved.” As leaders, we talk [.]. Leadership Development Change lead change Self Development

7 Keys to Managing Willful Blindness

Leading Blog

We can’t escape willful blindness. “It’s It’s a human phenomenon,” admits Margaret Heffernan, “to which we all succumb in matters little and large.” She explains in Willful Blindness , that it doesn’t always bring us to a disastrous end, it also oils the wheels of social intercourse and it is not inevitable but it is persistent. Sometimes we do have the courage to see. When we confront facts and fears, we achieve real power and unleash our capacity for change.” Our brain likes the familiar.

One Thing You Need To Be A Great Leader


To be more than merely a good leader, there is one thing you need. In the end, people want only a few things from their leaders. Among them is vision, the ability to see a different future and a path to get there. People also look to leaders for hope.


Tips for aspiring entrepreneurs seeking funding

Chartered Management Institute

Top tips for aspiring entrepreneurs seeking funding from real life experience. Related Content: What are Investors looking for? Is Your Business Model Fit For Purpose? Government announces extension to enterprise finance scheme ELQ decision 'affects adult learning' Skills funding in Highlands. You are not watching this post, click to start watching. funding Private Equity

The Power of Your Word

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Barry wasn’t happy that his boss put him through the 360 evaluation process. He was even unhappier after receiving the feedback. In fact, he was shocked, angry and disbelieving. There was no way he was unethical, thoughtless or lacking in credibility and integrity. In following the trail of bread crumbs to the root cause of [.]. Leadership Development Commitment credibility Donald N. Sull HBR integrity Leadership Michael Jensen

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Why Giving Praise Doesn't Work

Eric Jacobson

There is an important difference between giving your employees positive feedback and giving them praise. Positive feedback focuses on the specifics of job performance.

10 Commandments Of A Great Culture

The Leadership Advisor

Many folks have a view of the Ten Commandments as nothing more than a laundry list of things you shouldn’t do because God will be mad at you. Oh…and I think there is some smiting in there too. I have a little different view of them.

Warning: your management skills are about to become out of date

Chartered Management Institute

Having skills of value in the workplace is obviously key to success, and with competition for your job coming from around the world this has never been more true than it is today. An American Management Association (AMA) survey however has found that many of the skills we have come to rely on in the past are not going to be of value in the future economy. Skills such as being able to write well and being able to complete complicated mathmatical challenges are no longer enough say the AMA.

The Top 3 Mistakes New Managers & Leaders Make … (from this coach’s perspective)

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Whether you are a newly promoted manager, recently hired executive or have been in your position for some time, odds are if you are not ahead of the game, you may make one or more of these potentially costly mistakes: Mistake #1: Ignoring the obvious What it looks like: You are the “new person on [.]. Leadership Development communication emotional intelligence Leadership management mistakes