Sat.Apr 02, 2011 - Fri.Apr 08, 2011

5 Ways a Leader Responds Under Stress

Ron Edmondson

Every organization and team has times where everyone is stretched, stress abounds, and even times where it seems things are going backwards for a while. During those times good leadership is more critical than ever.

Stress 101

The Extravert’s Guide to Leading Introverts

C-Level Strategies

Well, you had to know this was coming. We’ve spent the last few weeks focusing on how introverts can succeed in leadership and business, and now it’s time to switch gears a bit and put the spotlight on extraverts.

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Drucker’s Err – The Purpose of Business


Drucker got it wrong. Drucker famously wrote that “ the purpose of business is to create and keep a customer. ” I’m as much a fan of Drucker’s as any management scholar, but I have to part ways with him here. The purpose of business is NOT to create or to keep a customer.

Four Ways to Recharge Your Leadership Batteries


You are a really hard-working leader. Long hours are often required over extended periods of time. By working harder and longer, you think you are making a dent in the workload. Yet – have you noticed that there is a point of diminishing return? When you are spinning your wheels yet things aren’t getting

As A Leader, What Drives You – Passion or Ego?

Lead Change Blog

Leaders, in my mind, are defined by the strength of their values and their character. They live in integrity with themselves, and their surroundings, a character trait that develops deep trust with their followers. Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders. Leadership Development Authentic leadership character-based leader character-based leadership develop leaders leaders values

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How to Create a Thanking Culture


Something on a PowerPoint slide at a presentation recently captured my attention and fancy. The point on the slide was about the “thinking culture&# of a particular company, but the word “thinking&# was misspelled to “thanking&#. Hmm (I thought)….a a “thanking culture&#. What might that look like? We so often hear that a paycheck is thanks

Doing a Stakeholder Analysis

Ron Edmondson

The longer I lead and manage people, the more I realize that the most important element in leading and managing people is…. Have you forgotten that principle? Leadership is about people. It’s relational.

Leading Through Change: Leadership Tactics in Times of Uncertainty

Management 4-1-1

One hardly has to look-up to realize we live in a world of change, complexity and uncertainty. Even at the corporate level, companies are having to maneuver through uncertain economic times, which can result in organizational changes, layoffs, as well as mergers & acquisitions. With all of this change, what’s a leader to do? Being

Project Management 101: The Stages of Project Management

Women on Business

I remember when I picked up my first project management book. I was working as a low-level retail manager and thought it would be helpful. I picked it up, glanced through the table of contents, got terrified and immediately put it back on the shelf. The book was full of technical jargon, extensive charts and graphs, and appeared to be designed for someone who had a Ph.D and was working on a NASA space shuttle launch. Not really fit for what I was doing.

7 Ways to Jump Start Your Development

Lead Change Blog

“What did you learn today?” It’s a question that sounds familiar to most of us. You were likely asked it when you were a kid. And, if you are a parent, you’ve probably asked it of your kids too. But when was the last time you asked it of yourself? What did I learn today?” [.] Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders. Career Development Leadership Development Leadership Learning lessons learned purpose Responsibility

Book Review: Leadership Is Dead: How Influence Is Reviving It

Michael Lee Stallard

In Leadership Is Dead: How Influence Is Reviving It , Jeremie Kubicek, CEO of the leader development company GiANT Impact, makes a clear and compelling case that “dominating leaders” who lead by coercion are on the decline and are being replaced by “liberating leaders” who lead through influence.

Aretha Franklin’s Short Course In Great Leadership

Terry Starbucker

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T Find out what it means to me&#. Aretha Franklin is one of the best singers ever. So when she sings, I listen. Especially to her biggest hit. I love the conviction behind the lyric – it’s respect that she wants, and it’s respect that she’ll get. Or she’ll walk. And within the meaning of that song is an extremely valuable leadership lesson. In fact, I would say that it’s one of the absolute “must dos&#.

How to Leverage that Phase between the Previous and the Next


Talk about change is becoming a stereotypic way to introduce an article on organizational issues—yet, here I am doing it again. The reality is that organizations are scrambling to survive a pace of change unparalleled in history.

Leadership is about Creating Conversations

Leading Blog

Poet and Fortune 500 consultant David Whyte said that “The core act of leadership must be the act of making conversations real.” Conversations—sometimes difficult conversations—are what build relationships. Conversations that provide the opportunity for possibility. Conversations about choice. Leaders create the opportunity for conversation. By bringing people together for conversation they increase engagement, commitment and accountability.

Three Clues You Can Use to Find What Motivates Another Person

The Recovering Engineer

Two questions I often get in workshops, from coaching clients, and in consulting engagements is: How do I work with an unmotivated person? How do I motivate someone to work harder? Here are the quick answers: There is no such thing as an unmotivated person. Everyone is motivated to do something.

A List of Things It Took Me Fifty Years to Learn

Next Level Blog

Today is my 50th birthday. It’s a little strange to write that down. When I think of 50th birthdays, I think of those films you see sometimes about the 50th birthday of Disneyland. You know the ones. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Personal Presence Random observations

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A cup of coffee and apple pie à la mode with Coach Wooden

First Friday Book Synopsis

As I eagerly await the first of two “Final Four&# NCAA basketball games, I am again reminded of a special experience I had many years ago when I taught English and coached the varsity basketball team at a boarding school in New England. My first season as head coach had just ended. The final record [.].

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When You Don’t Need a Leader

Ron Edmondson

Leaving your Job to Follow your Passion

Women on Business

I am a big fan of people following their passion , as I believe it energizes the individual and helps our overall world when people are engaged and enthusiastic with what they do.

Every Leader Needs to Break an Arm

Lead Change Blog

Many of my “2D” friends laugh when they first meet me because I am built like the prototypical NFL quarterback 6’5”, 235lbs. This week I met with Carrie Wilkerson (@bareboot_exec) and she gave me the typical first comment “You are much bigger than your profile picture.” As a kid growing up in Philadelphia, the best [.] Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders. Change Management Leadership Development Change Corporate Culture Culture Leadership patience

Want Innovative Thinking? Hire from the Humanities

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Tony Golsby-Smith for the Harvard Business Review‘s “The Conversation&# series. To read the complete article, check out other articles and resources, and/or sign up for a free subscription to Harvard Business Review’s Daily Alerts, please click here. * * * How many people in your organization are [.].

7 Questions about the Way People Approach a Leader

Ron Edmondson

A couple of young guys made an appointment and came to my office recently to pitch me an idea for a new ministry they hope to start. They had been told I have a passion to empower people to follow their dreams and callings. I instantly loved their heart and the new ministry, but what intrigued me was how nervous they were making the presentation. I understand, because any kind of presentation like can be nerve-racking, and we are a large church, but I’m also their pastor.

The Business Of Careers

The Leadership Advisor

Remember when one would graduate college or enter the workforce in some capacity and then stay with the same company for 20 or 30 years until retirement? Yeah, I don’t either. Those days have gone by the way of the dodo and seem unlikely to return.

The Absolute Best Reason for Bringing Values to Leadership

Lead Change Blog

I am very blessed to have CEO Connection as one of my clients. It’s an organization connecting CEOs of companies with more than $100 million in revenues and I spend time with the CEOs early on in their membership as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee. One of the perks of the job is that I am [.] Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders. Best of Blogs Series Leadership Development Leadership team trust values

Never Complain or Explain

Orrin Woodward

Leaders address issues head on, but refuse to complain about them, seeking to resolve, not inflate the matter. Has complaining about something ever produced real change? Any change that is browbeaten out of another isn’t a true heart change. One can watch husbands and wives complain to, and about, each other endlessly, but it won’t elicit the desired changes. A character based response, is to address the issue with the person responsible, asking how one can help with the challenge.

100 Systems Thinking Resources for Leaders

Leading in Context

Systems and connections are the stuff we and organizations are made of. To begin to solve today's complex problems, systemic and connected thinking is the kind of thinking we need to use. Ethical Thinking business ethics blogs ethics in leadership leading ethically in organizations

Leadership Development: When NOT to be GUTSY

Women on Business

While gathering definitions for the word “GUTSY&# , to be used in my new book being released soon. I had an epiphany. Maybe there are times to just be still, not show your confident, brash, exuberant, irreverent side. I sat with this for most of a day, letting it roll around in my mind like a chocolate drop that did not melt quickly. What happens if a gutsy woman stays quiet? Is it a cop-out? Is there a mandate that if you wear the badge of gutsy you always need to speak up?

Inspiration vs Perspiration

Lead Change Blog

“Why do you work so hard?” I used to ask my dad that question. He was on the road a lot when I was a kid. I wished that he was home more often. He told me he had to work. I say that to my kids now when they want to do something and [.] Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders. Leadership Development Self Leadership Workplace Issues Growth influence inspiration Leadership Responsibility Self Development

Skeptic's Checklist


To be considered while listening to arguments and proposals: Are there any overstatements? Are the comparisons appropriate or is this a case of "apples and oranges?" Are important facts missing? Is there a lack of balance? Are there any weasel words? Are the assumptions valid? Do the timelines make sense? Do the "facts" withstand scrutiny? Do the examples support the generalizations? Is there a false choice? Is a straw man argument being used? Is the opposition's argument being fairly presented?

Creating Memories That Stay with Your Children

Your Voice of Encouragement

For some reason, many of today’s parents feel they have to go all-out for their children, whether it’s for birthday parties, vacations, holidays, or celebrations after recitals or sporting events. And later, with engagement parties and weddings.

Giveaway: Launching Missional Communities: A Field Guide

Ron Edmondson

How many 'weakdays' do you have per year?

Chartered Management Institute

I had one of those mornings today. Sure you know the type, you have your alarm set for a decent hour but then when it's time for it to wake you from your slumber you make the fatal decision to reach out a dozy arm and turn it off. Just a few more minutes turned into two hours extra sleep (win) and a frantic dash to the bus to get to work on time (lose). You are not watching this post, click to start watching


Valuable Skills


Leadership Oath

Lead Change Blog

This is a popular post at our Achieved Strategies blog. We wanted to share it with all Lead Change readers. We love to hear your reaction in the comments below. Our doctors take they Hippocratic Oath swearing to ethically treat their patients, and to follow an ideal conduct as a physician. In a conversation with [.] Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders. Best of Blogs Series Leadership Development Self Leadership character-based leader charismatic leader lead change leadership oath