Sat.Jan 09, 2010 - Fri.Jan 15, 2010

Snow Drifts, Driving Lessons, and Conflict Resolution

The Recovering Engineer

Last week, we got a snow fall that closed school for a day. During the day, road crews cleared the roads. Even though we live in a pretty rural area, most of the roads were safely passable by the afternoon. As is often the case here in

FAQ 59

Why I Don't Like Fireworks

Building Personal Strength

Christmas and New Year's Day come and go, and then the lighted Christmas tree comes down. My wife Kathleen loves displays of light, including decorated buildings and fireworks. When we've had winter rain, the fireworks ban is lifted, and people rush to stock up for New Year's Eve.

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Loyalty - Be There for the People Who Are Important to You

Your Voice of Encouragement

It's not easy to be true to your relationships when people you care about are going through tough times. You have a lot of other commitments, and you may be afraid of letting them down. But you have what it takes to be the kind of

eBook 17

Why Theory?


During WWII, Allied bomber losses were high, so high that the British Air Ministry undertook a rigorous analysis in hopes of finding a solution. Their engineers set out to eyeball every bomber they could, gathering data on each bullet hole. After analyzing the results, engineers decided to reinforce the areas that had the highest concentrations of holes with armor plating. It didn’t work.

No More Excuses – Leadership Skill Development from Sam Silverstein


My friend Sam Silverstein is the best of the best when it comes to speaking and consulting on accountability. Listen to his brief description of his brand new book, “No More Excuses: The Five Accountabilities for Personal and

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Week 2 Performance Report — Operation Dunk 2010

Crossderry Blog

I was about to post on how unreliable performance reporting — progress, status, and forecast — is one of the first signs of project trouble. However, I realized that I hadn't posted on my own “Operation Dunk 2010” performance

Compassion - Spread the Love

Building Personal Strength

“Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tries, and a touch that never hurts.” - Charles Dickens Being compassionate means being considerate of people’s feelings. Life is full of disappointments.


Quality and Quantity – The Conversation Continues


On 8th Jan, 2010, I wrote a post on Quality and Quantity – Compliance and Excellence. The post resulted in some very interesting conversations in form of comments and in-person conversations. The gist of my post was

Notes for the New Year

Managing Leadership

Events drive others until you prioritize, imposing some degree of control on their flow and on the degree to which that affects you – or, better yet, reversing the direction of that influence. In my case, a re-prioritization was called for by events of late last year, and one of the events affected by it is the publishing schedule of this blog. I long worked to present an essay or item a workday here. As it happens, I will not be able to maintain that.

A Leader's Guide to Making Luck (or, You Never Know When Instant.

Terry Starbucker

Karma Sometimes the smallest, most seemingly insignificant things can end up being the most important. And more often than not, those “things” are basic common courtesies. Returning a phone call. Sending a thank you note (extra credit

Compassion and Change - Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror"

Building Personal Strength

Yesterday I posted a brief article about compassion. The themes of compassion and change supercharge Michael Jackson's 1988 hit, "Man in the Mirror," one of the great classics of pop music."

Great Quotes: It is not the critic who counts – Theodore Roosevelt


You are not doing much if you are not being criticized, it is said. As you set out to start your week, remember the following quote from Theodore Roosevelt. It is awe-inspiring. “It It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points

Leadership Thoughts/Analysis

Survive Your Promotion

I read this post today and thought Scott really hit the nail on the head. There are so many great nuggets in here and yet it's also concise and well written! Well done Big is the New Small for this one


Avoid These 8 Pitfalls

Eric Jacobson

You'll learn how to avoid eight performance evaluation pitfalls in what I think is the best chapter of the book " The Essential HR Handbook ," written by Sharon Armstrong and Barbara Mitchell.

It Is Habit Forming

Lead from Within

Our habits, whatever they may be, were greatly influenced, if not totally formed, during childhood. We learned our behavior through imitation-imitation of our parents, our siblings, our peer group. But we need not be stuck in habits that are unhealthy.

Women in the LEAD: Dr. King: Rosa Parks on Role Models

Women in the LEAD

In the book, Quiet Strength: The Faith, the Hope, and the Heart of a Woman Who Changed a Nation by Rosa Parks, she shared several examples of people who served as role models. One was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She recalled

Challenge Yourselef To Be More Effective

Survive Your Promotion

We've talked a fair amount here about the practical strategies and tools associated with being a manager. I've given you lots of recommendations about what you can do to build up your skills, but no matter how many options you have in

Lead With Passion

Eric Jacobson

If you lead with passion you will gain supporters and followers who will feed off your passion. Passion is contagious. Your passion will inspire and excite others to share your vision. And a team that is collectively passionate about what they are doing will have greater chances of achieving success.

Orrin Woodward Leadership Team :: Building Numbers in Network.

Orrin Woodward

My good friend Art Jonak did this interview with me just prior to the last MasterMind Event. Art has fantastic skills in drawing out the key points in any discussion. This is a 55 minute plus interview, but I believe well worth the time

Distraction…A Challenge to Good Leadership

You're Not the Boss of Me

Adlai Stevenson once said, “It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse”. To be honest, I'm not terribly sure what he meant when he said that, but I'm thinking that it has something to do with distraction

The Intersection of Blog and Life – More About Motivation

Survive Your Promotion

This week my son (a second grader) came home from school with a packet of work and a note from his teacher. Evidently he had not completed several assignments during the allotted time in class, and she wanted them all finished up that

SPIRITUALITY - My Relation to the Universe

Building Personal Strength

Today is Tuesday. Tuesday evenings I search the science channels for programs about Earth, the planets, and the cosmos. These reminders of the awesome mystery and wonder of the universe stimulate my spirituality. Enjoy. Planet Spirituality Earth Cosmos Videos Universe

Isaiah's Job - Reaching the Remnant

Orrin Woodward

I have been reading several books by Albert Jay Nock. Although my world-view may be different than Mr. Nock's, I must admit a fascination with his thoughts and writing style. I love people who think, even when they think differently

How Do You Make Money From Your Online Forums?

Managing Communities

photo credit: I’m planning a series on the many ways of generating revenue from your online forums. Before I get into this, however, I wanted to start by asking you: how are you making money from your online forums? Please go into detail. For example, if you work with advertising networks, say which ones. If [.].

Pigeons, Superstitions and Effective Incentive Programs

Survive Your Promotion

To get a degree in psychology, you have to spend a fair amount of time learning about pigeon behavior. While pigeons don't look like people, a pigeon brain learns the same way yours does. You can teach a pigeon to do a lot of great

Book Review: Leadership & The One Minute Manager


At first it may seem an odd choice for a book review. The One Minute Manager series is known for being a simple, easy to digest series of books seemingly designed for busy managers stuck at an airport bookstore with $20 to burn. And in fact, that is exactly what Leadership and the One Minute Manager is, with one important difference.

Steve Farber

In Greater Than Yourself , I made a commitment to document the story of my GTY Project, Tommy Spaulding , which I have done in video (there are transcripts as well) over at In the book, I also suggested that others should do something similar with their own Projects.

Guidelines for Blocking URLs, Links and Sites From Your Community

Managing Communities

photo credit: chrisdlugosz The act of blocking URLs from being posted on your community is a great tool and one that you should have in your arsenal. I’ve used it to block out spammers, affiliate links and sites that were determined to harm my community or attack my members. I have Censor Block in place, [.].

Tame Your To-Do List!

Survive Your Promotion

A while ago I posted a link to a review of several time management solutions, but since this topic continues to challenge many of my clients and colleagues, I wanted to post my best advice on taming your to-do list

It's 7PM – Do you know where your employees are?

Survive Your Promotion

Years ago I worked with a guy who set his pager to go off at 4:54PM every day. He then spent 6 minutes wrapping up whatever he was doing, cleaned up his desk and packed his bag. At 5:00 on the dot he bid us all a good night and walked


It's 7PM – Do you know where your employees are?

Survive Your Promotion

Years ago I worked with a guy who set his pager to go off at 4:54PM every day. He then spent 6 minutes wrapping up whatever he was doing, cleaned up his desk and packed his bag. At 5:00 on the dot he bid us all a good night and walked