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7 Issues to Address in Pre-Marital Counseling

Ron Edmondson

As with most pastors, I’ve performed a fair number of weddings. It’s a daunting task and responsibility. Find it HERE.).

Six Keys to Crafting Your Story

Kevin Eikenberry

Starting from the time we have enough of a vocabulary to string together two sentences, we start telling stories — and even before that, we are entranced by them. The poet Mariel Rukeyser wrote “The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” While that isn’t literally true, we all recognize the wisdom in the thought. [.].

Leadership Lessons from a Heroic Black Hawk Down Army Ranger

C-Level Strategies

There have been very few times when I have wanted to write about something that has moved me to my core, but have been unsure of how to even begin.

(Why All Leaders Need To Be) The Three-Headed Monster

Terry Starbucker

As Halloween approaches, I’ve been thinking about monsters lately. Leadership monsters. This is where that ruthlessness comes in. Leadership

5 Ways to Tell If You’ve Forgiven Someone

Ron Edmondson

” Mark 11:25. Colossians 3:13. Whether in business, in church, or in family, relationships can cause pain and separation. Forgiveness is hard.

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5 Productivity Pitfalls Learned From Marathon Training

Ron Edmondson

This is a guest post by Tor Contantino. I had the pleasure of meeting Tor at Catalyst this year. I then decided that “marathoning” would be my hobby.

Read This Before Our Next Meeting

Kevin Eikenberry

This week’s Resource Recommendation is Read This Before Our Next Meeting by Al Pittampalli. If you ever get frustrated by meetings, feel like the meetings you go to are too long, too chaotic, and not a valuable, productive use of your time, this book is for you. This book makes a short point; it proceeds [.]. Books Leadership Learning Teams

Leaders: Your emotions are contagious

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development For just a moment, remember your favorite boss. You know the one you said you would follow anywhere if he or she ever left the company. The boss for whom you came in early and stayed late for to meet a promised project deadline. How would you describe his or her overall mood? How did [.]

7 Reasons for the Rise of Mediocrity

Rajesh Setty

We all are familiar with mediocrity. It’s everywhere and growing rapidly. Amplify without Accomplishment. It makes sense that way.

7 Ways to Respond to a Lazy Co-Worker

Ron Edmondson

I’ve always valued hard work and usually resented lazy workers. I started working when I was 12 years old in a grocery store. I do that too.)

Are You a Visionary?

Kevin Eikenberry

Typically in these weekly “powerquotes” posts I feature a quotation from a famous, or at least known person. Today that isn’t the case. I don’t know Dan Ivey, though I found his LinkedIn profile just now. His quote came from a Fast Company email in my quotation archives from 2004. I’m pleased to share it [.].

How to Reengage the Disengaged

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development The Emergency Row Announcement I found my seat in row 16. I was right in front of the emergency row. I could hear the flight attendant introducing herself to the six passengers seated in row 17. She explained that they must have chosen the emergency seats on purpose and were prepared to hear her emergency [.]

Letting Go of Your Need to be Right


As a leader, you are often rewarded for having all the right answers. You may fight hard for your position on a subject. However, as I’ve watched leaders put an effort into letting go of their own need to be right when it made sense to do so, I’ve also watched some things happen

Trouble Communicating? Try Writing a Letter

Ron Edmondson

(I posted this several years ago. It remains one post that I’ve printed more than any other to give to individuals I meet with in my office.

The Constraints of Passion


We've all been moved by such leaders to accomplish higher goals. But many of us have also been deeply disappointed by such leaders. frontpage

It’s Not About You

Leading Blog

It’s Not About You by Bob Burg and John David Mann, is the story of a leader’s journey. A journey any good leader has to take. Ben begins with an agenda. His job is to convince or if necessary, to steamroll a manufacturer of high-quality chairs to accepting a merger. His journey causes him to reflect on five lessons: Lesson #1: Hold the Vision.

2 Critical Phrases to Handle Haters

Modern Servant Leader

Jon Acuff Method. Jon Acuff wrote about Loving Your Own Dream Too Much to Hate Somebody Else’s. Every decision comes with a trade-off.

I’m the Leader, It’s Not by Job to Make You Happy

Ron Edmondson

I encounter people who think it’s someone else’s job, perhaps my job as a leader, to make them happy. Put on a happy face! A Survey).

Beyond Your Job Description


You’re a successful leader because you are goal and action oriented. You know exactly what you are expected to do and where you are going; you’ve been rewarded for doing what’s in your job description, which includes all of the things that must be done. The bar is being set higher for you and leaders everywhere. Seek them out!

No Fear of Failure

Leading Blog

Gary Burnison, CEO of Korn/Ferry International, shares one-on-one conversations with a dozen successful leaders in No Fear of Failure. He found a common theme in these conversations: they each “exhibited tremendous courage around the possibility, and even the inevitability at times, of failure. Vasella “found this to be a fascinating analogy.

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The Essence of Strategy | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

I've always loved strategy. Maybe it's because I grew up playing chess; maybe it's because I can be stubborn.

It looked easy…Until I became one…

Ron Edmondson

Parenting looked easy…until I became one. Leading looked easy…until I became one. Pastoring looked easy…until I became one. Husbandry looked easy…until I became one. Blogging looked easy…until I became one. Church planting looked easy…until I became one. Writing looked easy…until I became one. Go ahead: Add to my list! Culture Encouragement

Four Realities Leaders Must Accept to Make Meaningful Change

Management is a Journey

Change does not come easy to many people! This can be a challenge to business leaders who need to move their organization in a different direction. I have worked with some clients who were tough-minded and results-oriented leaders. Often, the solution of these leaders to organizational resistance was an either/or strategy of accept the change [.].

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A novice manager tells people what needs to be done. A wise manager listens, questions and challenges. People are not interested in what you tell them to do (command and control). They are interested in what they control and learn from what they are doing (empowerment). Facilitation helps in both. In getting things done and

A Way to Recognize and Reward Leaders

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Guy Harris and I co-authored From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership, which was released earlier this year. We also host a companion online community —the Bud to Boss Community — designed to help new leaders and supervisors continue their growth as leaders.

Why I Wrote Managing (Right) for the First Time

Coaching Tip

By Guest Author David C. Baker. Personally, I’ve been managed poorly , and I’ve been managed well. I’ve managed others poorly, certainly. David C.

Three Leadership Lessons from the Netflix Slide

Next Level Blog

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings must be feeling a little bit like a team that ended up on the cover of Sports Illustrated and then started losing games. Last year, Hastings was on the cover of Fortune as. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Current Affairs Random observations Fortune Magazine Netflix Reed Hastings

Turning Points for LIFE

Chris Brady

I flipped a coin. Seriously. My father and I were trying to decide which division of General Motors should be my "sponsor" during my co-op work experience while attending GMI Engineering & Management. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. LLR Daily Application

Are Your Employees Mad As Hell and Not Going to Take It Anymore?

Tanveer Naseer

Quitting your job is not something most employees would consider doing in light of today’s weak job market. Of course, fewer still would choose to hand over their two week’s notice to the accompaniment of a marching band. Here are four steps which leaders can implement to start the process of dissipating this tide of negativity: 1.

Saturday Night Prayer Chain 2, Let’s Pray for One Another

Ron Edmondson

It’s been a couple months since we did a Saturday night prayer chain. Is your life still in need of prayer? How can we pray for you? Luke 11:9.


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Chartered Management Institute

I've been in Glasgow the last two days for the launch of CMI Glasgow. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

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Leaders vs. Managers

Great Leadership By Dan

I introduced Jim to Great Leadership readers a few weeks ago with a post called "A Four-wheel-drive Diamond in the Rough Leadership Model". Behaviors?

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The Confusion of the Community Manager Job Title

Managing Communities

photo credit: InterContinental Hong Kong I have been managing online communities for more than 11 years. Given my experience, I am afforded a long range perspective on the profession of online community. I have happily witnessed the popularization of the Community Manager job title and I am always meeting people that have it. I have [.]. Thinking

A Guaranteed Way to Improve All Communication

Ron Edmondson

Do you want to improve communication in a relationship? Remove the barrier…. I guarantee it. (Or Or your money back for this advice. ). A language….