Sat.Apr 07, 2018 - Fri.Apr 13, 2018

7 Hard, but Hopefully Helpful Words for Pastors

Ron Edmondson

This is for all my pastor friends. It may not make as much sense to readers who haven’t served in that role. One thing that sets me apart from some pastors is the amount of time I spent in the business world is greater than the time I have been in ministry. It has given me a unique perspective.

How Great Leaders Simplify Decision-Making (And Just Get Stuff Done)

Terry Starbucker

Back in 1987, when I was hired by Jack Kent Cooke at the ripe young age of 27 to be the COO of a cable TV company, he wasted very little time to initiate me into the world of executive management.

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Nancy Duarte on Storytelling in Business


I created a series of sketch notes for Tiffani Bova’s “ What’s Next ” podcast where she meets brilliant people to discuss customer experience, growth and innovation. Tiffani Bova is a Global Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce.

A Salute to Book Bloggers

In the CEO Afterlife

Aspiring writers are poor souls trying to break into an industry that doesn’t want them. That may be a preposterous statement to those of you unfamiliar with the publishing biz. Look at it this way: publishers would rather release the next John Grisham legal thriller than take on an unknown author.

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7 Ways Extroverts Can Better Engage Introverts

Ron Edmondson

I write a lot about introversion, because I’m an introvert. I released my book The Mythical Leader in 2017. One of the parts I receive the most positive feedback on is the part I write about introverts.

There Are Only Three Ways to Get More Done

Leadership Freak

Pressure to put more in your cup – when your cup already overflows – stresses you out and drains your energy. The cycle of death: Work hard – Succeed – Get more to… Continue reading → energy Marks of leaders Solutions Stress Leadership Leadership Development

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The Case for Culture Integration in Mergers and Acquisitions

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Expect an acceleration of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in 2018. According to the latest research by Deloitte, over 1000 corporate and private equity executives report an anticipated increase in both the number of deals and the size of transactions.

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When you need to reset


I love my work. Yet on occasion I need to do a check-in with myself because I might be feeling self-critical, stale, or heavy about it, and that can impact my effectiveness. That’s when I need a reset to help me to get back on track.

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The Music of Day-to-Day Leadership

Leadership Freak

If you want to be a better leader, choose better words. Power of words: People determine if you are positive or negative, backward-looking or forward-focused, follower or leader, weak or powerful by… Continue reading → Communication Complaints Leadership Development

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From The Hurricane Heist

Joseph Lalonde

Sometimes you just want to go to a mindless movie. One where you can sit back, relax, and laugh with your wife. That’s what Pam and I thought when we saw the previews for The Hurricane Heist. Cheesy. Stupid. When you have a movie based on the idea of a group of criminals robbing the U.S.

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Understanding Employee Performance – is it Will or Skill?

Kevin Eikenberry

If you coach others you have certainly thought about why people succeed at a task … or don’t. Make no mistake that the solution is complex. There is a question that can help in your thinking: Is it will or skill (that leads them to achieve or not achieve something)?

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Non-Verbal Customer Communication: It’s More Important Than You Think

Strategy Driven

When we think about communicating with customers, our focus is usually on establishing the right things to say. However, as any communications expert will tell you, there is far more to getting your message across than just words.

37% of Managers Don’t Give Positive Feedback – How to Stop Complaining

Leadership Freak

It’s easier to complain than take responsibility to make something better. One morning, not long ago, I set out to NOT complain for a day. That morning at 7:00 a.m I met a… Continue reading → Complaints Communication Leadership Development

Preview Thursday: The New Science of Radical Innovation

Lead Change Blog

The following is an excerpt from the introduction to The New Science of Radical Innovation. When an organization achieves a higher level of complexity, it increases the organization’s options and ability to respond to external challenges and produce radical innovation.

Focusing on Productivity – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

At the end of last year I wrote a blog post titled, Eight Ways to Be a Better Leader in 2018. And in today’s video, I am focusing on just one of those ways, specifically: More Productivity Less Place. Tweet it out: Focus what people are accomplishing, not where they are doing the work.

Bedroom to Boardroom: Transforming Ideas Into Fully-Fledged Businesses

Strategy Driven

Think you have what it takes to be a masterful entrepreneur? Do you think that you’ve got a brilliant idea that no one has ever thought of? Are you confident that you could do a better job than other entrepreneurs you’ve met or heard about?

The #1 Thing That Most Improved my Productivity

Leadership Freak

There is no such thing as time management. Time can’t be managed. It simply is. Nothing you do changes time. Time management is really self-management. Everyone who has trouble managing time is really… Continue reading → Time management Leadership Development leadership success organizational success

12 Random Leadership Observations

Ron Edmondson

I’ve been studying leadership for years, and share so many thoughts about it here. These are more observations than they are tips, and they are random, but I’ve found them to be true.

Who’s in Your Canoe? 5 Things to Consider When Building a New Team

RapidStart Leadership

I’m building a new team; who should be on it? Often we just inherit the teams we lead, but occasionally we have the opportunity to build a new team from scratch. How do you know who to pick? Here are five action steps you can take when building a … Who’s in Your Canoe?

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Three SEO Considerations When Choosing Your Next Hosting Company

Strategy Driven

Let’s start with a couple of statements about hosting. True: hosting companies do not generally affect your organic ranking. False: hosting companies have no bearing on your SEO.

7 Ways to Take Responsibility for Team Success

Leadership Freak

The simplest definition of ‘leader’ is someone with followers. But how can you be worthy of being followed? Leadership is a matter of how to be, not how to do.” Frances Hesselbein “Becoming… Continue reading → Leading Listening Marks of leaders Servant-leadership Growth Leadership Development leadership success

“. Hollywood could not have come up with a more fascinating and thrilling plot”

In the CEO Afterlife

Shannon is a book and movie reviewer. She is also a mom, wife, writer and all around fan girl. In February, I discovered her website, Reads & Reels when I was seeking reviews for The Circumstantial Enemy.

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Fusion: How Integrating Brand and Culture Powers the World’s Greatest Companies

Kevin Eikenberry

by Denise Lee Yohn Organizational culture is one of the most talked about and written about topics in leadership literature these days. There is good reason this is true: Peter Drucker’s famous line says it best – “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

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Do You Have All Of The Tools You Need To Move Your Business Forward?

Strategy Driven

As a business owner, you are possibly going to be looking at many different ways you can move your business forward. You may be looking at the ideas of where you want your business to be in the next six or twelve month, even looking beyond a year and having your five year plan.

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Special Assistant to The Secretary of Corrections Explains How to Support Leaders

Leadership Freak

Secretary John Wetzel leads the Department of Corrections for the State of Pennsylvania. It’s an organization with a $2.6 billion budget and 18,000 employees. This post reflects my conversation with Deb Sahd, John’s… Continue reading → Interview Leadership Development organizational success

7 Tidbits of Advice For Young Pastors

Ron Edmondson

I started in ministry much later in life. I was 38 when I began vocational ministry. The experience I gained in the business world has helped me greatly in ministry.

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Competence, Commitment, and Character

Lead Change Blog

“Cash is kind” was the CFO’s favorite go-to line when vetoing spending requests. The CEO always agreed. Therefore, over time, “make money” became the company’s informal mantra. Over time, company culture changed too. Ethical corners were cut. Legal lines were crossed. Compliance became the norm, as did cutthroat competition. Money became the only yardstick by which success was measured.

A Comprehensive Guide To Saving Money In Business

Strategy Driven

Saving money in business can be done in numerous ways. Just about any business owner could look at their business and find ways to save when using the tips in this guide.

A Realistic Approach to Taking Breaks to Get More Done

Leadership Freak

Rushing around with your hair on fire lowers productivity. Take breaks to get more done. Sleep: The idea that top leaders are burning the candle at both ends is a myth according to… Continue reading → energy

How to Diversify Your Happiness

Next Level Blog

If you’ve spent any time thinking about your retirement account or other investments you may have, you’re probably familiar with the concept of asset diversification. The idea is to not over-invest in one particular company or class of investments but to balance your portfolio across different types of assets. As a simple example, it makes sense for many people to invest in both stocks and bonds since when one of the two is up the other is often down.

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Books To Read This Month

Eric Jacobson

Pictured above are two books to add to your list for reading this month. Let The Story Do The Work explains that at the heart of leadership lies persuasion. And at the heart of persuasion likes storytelling. In her book, author Esther K.

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Ensure the Launch of Your App Is a Success with These Marketing Tips

Strategy Driven

A lot of people spend around six months building an app, yet they don’t even spend five per cent of this time planning the app’s launch.

How to Harness Complexity to Produce Radical Innovation

Leadership Freak

Book giveaway!! 20 complimentary copies available. Leave a comment on this guest post by Dr. Sunnie Giles to become eligible to win one of TWENTY complimentary copies of “The New Science of Radical Innovation: The Six… Continue reading → Author Book Notes Leading Leadership Development organizational success

John Wayne on Insults


"I've always followed my father's advice: He told me, first, to always keep my word and, second, to never insult anybody unintentionally. If I insult you, you can be goddamn sure I intend to.

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“. hard hitting story but humor comes through”

In the CEO Afterlife

Susan Hampson is a prolific reader and one of the UK’s best book reviewers. Here is what she had to say about The Circumstantial Enemy. “War isn’t just about countries fighting each other. It is about people and the choices that are forced on them and the choices they make themselves.

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Is Your Business As Eco Friendly As It Could Be?

Strategy Driven

Running your own business can be incredibly tough. When it comes to acting as the leader, all the responsibility is put on you, and sometimes you can doubt your ability to handle it. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it!

Here’s the Right Link!!

Leadership Freak

Thanks for your patience. Here’s a working link for this morning’s Real Post: The Real Work of Leaders: [link] Cheers! Leading