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Three Steps to Create a Vision for 2012

C-Level Strategies

If you want to be a purveyor of visionary leadership in 2012 you must start by creating a vision for 2012.

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Creating Your Best New Year’s Eve Ever

Kevin Eikenberry

New Year’s Eve. Culture tells us everyone will be partying all evening. lifting a glass at midnight. kissing a person nearby. and nursing a hangover in the morning. Maybe that is what your night has in store. but perhaps you find that a [.]. Gratitude Leadership Learning Personal Development Reading Happy New Year New Year's Day New Year's Eve

Improving Decision Making with the Ladder of Inference

Management is a Journey

My Twitter colleague, Renee Charney of Charney Coaching & Consulting wrote a great post on her blog on the Ladder of Inference. Like Renee, I like this tool and it is a great tool for moving from faulty decision making to informed decision making. It’s helpful for preventing us from making that all too human [.]. Videos management organizational productivity survival skills

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Best Leadership Books of 2011

Leading Blog

W E HAVE more recorded information about leadership now than at any other time in history. Most of it deals with the surface turbulence, which is important but not complete. In all of this information there is the sense too, that perhaps we have lost the wisdom we need and that maybe some new thing will help us to avoid what we already know and don’t want to do. For the most part, it’s still business-as-usual within the same framework— control.

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Have you shared your vision with your team?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Change Management Leadership Development I was a new middle manager on my first trip across the country to the Corporate Office and was seated in the Executive Boardroom for a meeting. As we were preparing to take a short break, the CEO leaned across the table and asked me, “Chery, have you shared your vision with your team?” I [.]. Change Management Leadership Development engagement Growth Leadership Strategy Teamwork vision

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Top 10 Servant Leadership Tweeters in 2011

Modern Servant Leader

Part of my mission is to spread servant leadership awareness. Therefore, I greatly appreciate folks on Twitter who spread servant leadership content. Last year, I highlighted 5 individuals to whom I was especially grateful for their ongoing support and promotion of these principles.

It’s Time to Get Intentional

Kevin Eikenberry

Having written a blog with relative consistency for a number of years, I often get asked, “How do you find things to write about?” ” While there are many others who write more frequently than I do, and might be more qualified to answer this question, here’s my answer: “Writers write and bloggers blog.” ” This isn’t a blog [.]. Intention Leadership Learning

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What Do Frogs Have To Do with Leadership?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development “Once upon a time, two frogs were sitting on a log in the middle of a lake, and one frog decided to jump off, how many frogs were left sitting on the log?” Answer: Two frogs. The same reason only 3% of the population set and actually achieve their goals or maintain positive, well-intentioned [.]. Leadership Development achieve goals actions Character Inspiration Leadership soft skills

Five Ways to Find Your Future

Leadership Freak

The past is the future for most of us. We cling to misguided notions that persistence, endurance, and more of the same will result in a new future. It won’t. 99% of the conversations I have about the future are actually about the past. People try to create a future by cling to or modifying [.]. Change Courage Innovation Insecurity Leading Marks of leaders Personal Growth Questions Social Media Values Decisions glory days Leadership Development small steps timidity turbulent world

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Fear Not! It’s Christmas!

Ron Edmondson

“Fear not!” ” Those have to be two of my favorite words from the Christmas story. The phrase may be “do not be afraid”, but I’ll take that also! I love the fact that Christmas removes the need to worry, to be fearful, to dread the future.

My Favorite Books of the Year

Kevin Eikenberry

Each year I share my favorite books of the year. This isn’t like a journalist’s list though. While I read many newly-released books each year, this list comes solely from the books I have previously recommended during the year, which means you get a peek not just at the best books of the year, but [.]. Books Leadership Learning Personal Development reading list recommended books

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Leadership Blind Spots: 5 Reasons to Look in the Mirror

Linked 2 Leadership

You have blind spots. Just like the cars we drive, you have them as a leader. Some of us have HUGE blind spots. Some of us have moderate sized blind spots. And then some are lucky enough to have very small ones. …But we all have them. The Blind Leading Himself Over the years, my [.]. Leadership Assessments Leadership Lessons Learned Leading Change Professional Development business leadership Management News

10 BIG Development Goals for Leaders for 2012

Great Leadership By Dan

The end of the year is typically a time spent scrambling to do all the things you need to get done but still haven't finished. However, it’s also a time to reflect on our accomplishments and think about what we want to achieve for the New Year. That includes individual development goals. In a business context, individual development goals should be closely aligned with your short and long term job responsibilities.

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How to Guarantee Success in the New Year

Ron Edmondson

The Lord said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house. to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, I will curse those who treat you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you. Genesis 12:1-3 (Emphasis mine).

Achievement vs. Success

Kevin Eikenberry

Helen Hayes is best known as a legendary actress. Today’s quotation shows her to be more than a talented pretty face, but someone who was wise, at least in part, because she listened to her mother (which I’ve generally found to be pretty good advice, in itself). “My mother drew a distinction between achievement and [.]. Leadership Learning Quotations Success Achievement Helen Hayes

A Manifesto’s Unbridled Power

In the CEO Afterlife

Manifestos ignite people into action. The best manifestos are so emotionally charged that their catalytic influence can endure for centuries. The Ten Commandments and the Declaration of Independence are good examples.

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The Best of 2011 – My Picks in Books, Blogs, TV Show, Long Reads – and my iPad!

First Friday Book Synopsis

It’s that time of year. As we prepare to “check out” for a few days, with family, and loved ones, and food, and faith, we look back over a year nearly gone. So, looking back, here is my list of some of my favorites – my very personal “best of” lists for 2011. It is [.]. Randy's blog entries Best Blogs best books Best Essays Best Long Form Best TV Show

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10 Questions to Evaluate Your Personal Progress

Ron Edmondson

This week every year, I review my personal progress for the year. Would you like to play along? Here are some examples of questions I ask myself: What did I do that worked well? What did I attempt that didn’t work? Did I meet my goals? What could I do better with a little tweaking? What should I stop doing so I can do other things? Where is my time most being wasted? What discipline do I most need to implement into my day? What was my most memorable moment?

What exactly is an entrepreneur?

Chartered Management Institute

Mention the term 'entrepreneur' to the public and you'll get very different definitions. Probably because of programmes like the Dragon's Den, many people actually confuse the individual with an idea with the investor providing the money to make it happen. Most will also assume that the term was an invention of the 1990s. Related Content: Will Social Media feature as part of your communications toolkit in 2012?

Get Ahead & Have Fun At The Same Time.

Rich Gee Group

During a coaching session with one of my incredible clients, I constructed a term they needed to produce to ensure success at their task. I called it ENERGETIC ENTHUSIASM. They have a marketplace-imposed deadline — they only have 30 days to get their task complete. So they have to get off their butt and get it done

How To Find Leaders

Linked 2 Leadership

Over the course of 10 years, I’ve worked with two holding companies at which I have been exposed to a variety of companies, industries, and people. When I think back on all of my experiences, I notice some consistencies that all of these different situations shared when it comes to hiring quality people who would [.]. EntrepreLeadership Leading & Developing Other Leaders Professional Development business communication leadership linkedin

A Christmas Newsletter from the Edmondson Family 2011

Ron Edmondson

Merry Christmas! It has been a great year for the Edmondson’s. We spent our first full year in our downtown condo. We love it.

Giving Away Trust

Coaching Tip

Our hyperconnected, hypertransparent world continues to add new dynamics and issues to consider. That is as it should be and certainly how it turned out to be. And undoubtedly how it will continue to be. Trust is a funning thing , one of those soft things that we often rush by. What's not so funny is how often it lies at the center of our challenges and opportunities. Trust is like the air we breathe," Warren Buffett said. When it's present, nobody really notices.

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It’s Not As Bad As You Think.

Rich Gee Group

I think it could not be more exciting than to live today


Designing An Effective And Flexible Organization Structure ? It's.

Michael VanBruaene

#4 – 2011: 5 Characteristics of an Excellent Team Member

Ron Edmondson

I love team dynamics and organizational structures. I have written many times about what makes a healthy team, my expectations of team members, and elements to build health into your team. I’m not sure I’ve talked specifically about the characteristics I believe make up excellent team members.


Tim Milburn

I started P90X2 yesterday. If you’ve followed my site for any length of time, you probably read about my experience with P90X (the first one). If not, you can read about it here: I Completed P90X. To sum up my first experience: it was life-changing.

It’s Time We Value People Over Profits.

Rich Gee Group

I'm talking about fairness


The Best Decision Makers are Reflective - Happy New Year #leadership

Management Craft

Many people set goals for the new year. I do that, too. Even more important than goals, however, is reflection. How did 2011 go? Of what are you most proud? What would you do differently if you could have a "do-over?"

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Why the Baby in a Manger?

Ron Edmondson

Related posts: Poor Little Baby Jesus. Top Baby Names 2008 (and more). Your Baby Shower Needs a Man’s Touch. Devotional Jesus


Pleasant Website = More, Happier Customers

Women on Business

Guest Post by Barbara Austin. You could say there are two kinds of websites: those that are enjoyable, and those that are downright painful to use. The more pleasant the site, the more we tend to gravitate toward it, spending more time there and going back more often.

Cognitive Dissonance

What Do You Want From Them

What do you see? The bar in the middle of this image seems to blend from light gray to dark gray. In reality, the horizontal bar is solid gray and only the background is a color gradient. Our brains are quite susceptible to deceit.

A Lesson on Innovation, and “Openness” – (from the Fall of the Soviet Union)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an enlightening, simple look at the fall of the Soviet Union by Leslie Geib: The Forgotten Cold War: 20 Years Later, Myths About U.S. Victory Persist. The primary argument in the article is that the United States came out ahead in the contest due to the economic strength of the United States, and [.]. Randy's blog entries control fall of the Soviet Union innovation Leslie Geib

Self-Forgiveness Is Key to a Strong Self-Image

Your Voice of Encouragement

When someone else inflicts physical or emotional pain on you, you may react in a variety of ways: anger, lashing out, silence, or withdrawal. If you’re not careful, a deep-seated resentment can take hold. And when that happens, your relationship suffers a potentially devastating blow.