Sat.Aug 13, 2011 - Fri.Aug 19, 2011

The Hidden Power of Your Leadership to Create Raving Fans

C-Level Strategies

This week on Leadership Chat author Becky Carroll will be talking about leadership lessons from her new book, “ The Hidden Power of Your Customers.&#.

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7 Essentials For A Quality Culture

The Leadership Advisor

Culture is a simple way of saying how an organization expresses itself internally and externally. It is driven by values, whether by purpose or default. It is driven by leadership and determines how the organization responds to all things, both good and bad.

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7 Critical Abilities Senior Leaders Must Have

Ron Edmondson

I want to address some critical abilities that a senior leader must have to be effective. The intent of this post is not to appear arrogant as a senior leader, as if I have qualities others may not have, although I’m confidant some will take it that way.

The Biggest Barrier to Collaborative Problem Solving

Kevin Eikenberry

This could be a very short article, because the biggest barrier to collaborative problem solving is found by looking at the word problem backwards: melborp. Do you see it? The biggest barrier is me. Or you. Or whoever makes the problem about them, their agenda or their solution. Which means that we, too often, approach [.]. Collaboration Leadership Learning Solving Problems Teams problem solving

3 Reasons Vulnerability is Crucial to Great Leadership

C-Level Strategies

I was watching a financial show on TV recently and heard a commentator discuss a study that showed if you’d invested $1 in the stock market roughly 50 years ago, it would be worth a bit more that $13 today. Your return would have been higher than inflation.

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7 Reasons Why Many Smart People Fail to Lead

Rajesh Setty

You have seen these people – the best of the best in the lot. They get promoted to become the leaders and all hell breaks loose. They are not only frustrated but they will also royally frustrate their followers.

On Leadership and Ethics: The Great 8 Habits

Linked 2 Leadership

Your values, code of ethics, and the internalization of the same are the basis for your development of conscience. Ethics have to come from the inside out, not from the outside in. According to Aristotle, we can grow and expand in our virtuous behavior through habit. Aristotle states: “Neither by nature, then, nor contrary to nature do [.].

7 Things the Pastor Doesn’t Need to Know

Ron Edmondson

In every position of leadership I have ever held, there were people who felt the need to “inform&# the leader. When I served in an elected office, people told me things I wouldn’t have otherwise known without the position. Sometimes I needed to know…sometimes I didn’t.

Seasoned Leaders Have Balance

Great Leadership By Dan

Here's a guest post by Paul Thornton, a Great Leadership regular: To produce healthy plants it takes the right amount of water, sunlight, fertilizer, and care. Too much water or too little sunlight may hurt your plants.

The Complexity Crutch

The Leadership Advisor

One of the biggest frustrations we, as Americans, have about the 2007/2008 financial slide is that it was precipitated by exotic financial instruments that only a few hundred people on the planet seem to have a clue as to how they are meant to operate.

How To Overcome The Fear Of Public Speaking

Linked 2 Leadership

Everyone on earth, except perhaps those who have completely taken leave of their senses, has fears of one kind or another. Fear is as much a part of the human emotional system as joy, anger and love. Many times, our fears add value to our lives because they prevent us from doing dangerous things but [.]. Servant Leadership

Leave Before You Have To…

Ron Edmondson

Learning is Life

Kevin Eikenberry

The famed psychologist and educator John Dewey (hey, he’s on a stamp) once wrote: “Education is not a preparation for life; Education is life itself.&# Questions to Ponder How do I view education? What do I do to educate myself? Action Steps Learn something new today. Repeat that action tomorrow. And the next day (and [.]. Learning Quotations John Dewey

Seeking Emotional Intelligence Employees

Coaching Tip

With smaller staffs, higher stress levels and uncertainties around the economy, are employers changing what they look for in prospective employees? Who gets hired or promoted today? The short answer is: The person who is not afraid to take on new challenges, can pull support, lead others, and complete tasks on time. Someone who actively looks for opportunities to make improvements, who is a good fit with the organizational culture and backs corporate values and principles.

Wise words: Einstein on innovation

Bud to Boss

Albert Einstein has a number of excellent quotes, but this one was new to me: I like how Einstein turned conventional wisdom on its head. Most people are quick to dismiss any idea that seems “absurd,” but not Einstein.

Book Giveaway: Hell Is Real, but I Hate to Admit It

Ron Edmondson

I’m giving away 3 copies of Hell is Real, but I Hate to Admit It by Brian Jones. In case you’ve missed it, I’ve heard more talk of Hell this year than in recent years. That’s due in part by another book by Rob Bell’s book “Love Wins&#.

“Fun” at Work

Great Leadership By Dan

With all due respect to Google, Zappos, and these guys , here are 11 real-life examples I’ve seen managers try to force their employees to lighten up and have some “fun” at work: 1. Creation of a “fun committee”.

What to Ask the Person in the Mirror

Leading Blog

While we might like to think otherwise, here is a fact about successful leaders: Successful leaders go through significant periods of time in which they feel confused, discouraged, and unsure of themselves and their decisions. They feel as if they should be somewhere else, doing something else. And un successful leaders go through the same thing. The difference, says Harvard professor Robert Kaplan, is “how they deal with these periods of confusion and uncertainty.

The Indiana State Fair Tragedy – a Lesson in Leadership

Kevin Eikenberry

If you have been a reader of my newsletter, attended a workshop or know me in some way, you may know how much I love the Indiana State Fair. Clearly, many people know, based on the number of texts, emails and phone calls I have received after the stage collapse tragedy last night. We weren’t [.]. Communication Leadership Learning Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse Mitch Daniels tragedy

Are You a Leader or Manager?

Ron Edmondson

Are you a leader or a manager? Every organization needs both, so don’t be ashamed to answer either way, but it’s important that you know the difference, which one you do best, and then try to arrange your career where you can realize your best potential.

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Holocaust and the 2008 Financial Crisis - Leadership Lessons

Modern Servant Leader

Why You Should Treat A Business Problem Like Horse Manure

Terry Starbucker

My first real “boss&# was a cantankerous 75-year old man who happened to be worth many hundreds of millions of dollars, all earned from a starting base of zero. In other words, they guy knew how to make a business successful.

Do you live to work or work to live?

Chartered Management Institute

Modern working life seems to be undergoing something of a tug of war for our attention. On one hand we're told that employee engagement is crucial and that enjoying our work is an essential facet of emotional wellbeing. On the other we're told that we need to get our work/life balance in order and that downtime is crucial if we are to flourish both at work and at home. For some people they are naturally happy at work. They arrive on Monday morning energised and raring to go.

Top 5 Obstacles to Having a Great Marriage

Ron Edmondson

One of the toughest verses in the Bible to obey is Ephesians 5:31 which says, “ For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”. The process of blending two very different people is what causes stress to many marriages.

Working Toward Working Less

Leadership Freak

The reason you don’t get more done is you’re doing too much. We tie our worth to being busy. The busier we are the more important we feel. There is some truth to the idea that being busy indicates we are valuable to others. Perpetual busyness, however, is more a sickness than an indication of [.]. Decisions Failure Health Insecurity Saying No Stress Time management Growth

The Downside of Passion

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Review any list of positive leadership traits and “ passion &# will undoubtedly rank near the top – rightly so.

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Working on holiday? Would the worliday work for you?

Chartered Management Institute

Since the arrival of smart phones and other technologies the line between work and play have become a little fuzzy, the general feeling is that the work-life blance is becoming more work than life but Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times thinks a 'Worliday' is the answer. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Next Steps in a Marriage after an Affair

Ron Edmondson

I wish it never happened to anyone and I hope it never happens to you, but in my job I hear it almost every week. It’s a word we are afraid of, one that can destroy, and certainly one that will break a heart. Sometimes people admit to it, but mostly they deny it. The word is AFFAIR.

How Leaders Connect to Boost Employee Engagement

Michael Lee Stallard

Here’s a link to an audio interview Jason Pankau and I did with Jeremie Kubicek, CEO of GiANT ( GiANT Impact , Catalyst and Chick-fil-A Leadercast ). Jeremie is the author of a great book entitled Leadership is Dead: How Influence is Reviving It.’s Community Team Must Defend the Integrity of Customer Reviews

Managing Communities

I love They have great prices and selection and wonderful customer service that has yet to let me down and I’ve been a customer for almost 10 years. I regularly recommend people buy products there. In some cases, they are the first and only place I go to buy something. That’s the built [.]. Managing the Community

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4 questions for multitaskers

The Organized Executive's Blog

Last week I had an opportunity to listen to Joanne Cantor ’s excellent audio conference “So You Think You Can Multitask.” Cantor is an expert on the psychology of media and communications, and she speaks and consults on topics including productivity and stress reduction.

Saturday Night Prayer Chain: Let’s Pray for One Another

Ron Edmondson

Do you believe in the power of prayer? I have incredible readers. This week I’m burdened with several issues involving other people.

Be a better listener

Bud to Boss

Of all the skills of leadership, listening is the most valuable—and one of the least understood. Most captains of industry listen only sometimes, and they remain ordinary leaders. But a few, the great ones, never stop listening.

On Leadership and Economic Combat

Linked 2 Leadership

The recent trend has moved toward ‘parachuting’ successful managers into troubled zones as a quick, easy way to improve performance. However, the analogy between combat and performance management doesn’t stop at ‘parachuting.’ Economic Combat When it comes to making a point memorable, it is often recommended to build compelling illustrative word-pictures to communicate effectively. So, below I [.].