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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. This is one of those times. You see, I’m not quite sure how to convey to you just how deeply the new book, “ Get It On!

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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. Part of being in ministry is helping couples enter the most important of relationships…marriage. It’s a daunting task and responsibility.

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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. [.]. Communication Leadership Learning stories storytelling

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

Terry Starbucker

As Halloween approaches, I’ve been thinking about monsters lately. Leadership monsters.

Leading Millennials: What Millennials Want Leaders to Know

C-Level Strategies

A few weeks ago Steve Woodruff and I hosted a Leadership Chat focused on “ Leading GenY ,” with Guest Host Greg Hartle. In my preparatory interview with Greg, and throughout the Chat, the question, “What do Millennials really want?”

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7 Reasons for the Rise of Mediocrity

Rajesh Setty

We all are familiar with mediocrity. It’s everywhere and growing rapidly. Here are seven reasons that are contributing to the alarming rise of mediocrity. Amplify without Accomplishment. Logically, you should accomplish first and then amplify it. It makes sense that way.

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. Tor Constantino is an ex-journalist, current public relations professional who has worked for CBS Radio and ABC, CBS television stations.

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

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

The Constraints of Passion


The sparkle in the eyes , the energy, the willingness to go the extra mile, the exposing of one's soul to the critique of the world, all of these are characteristics of a leader with passion. We've all been moved by such leaders to accomplish higher goals.

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 worked hard, gained the recognition of my managers, and was rewarded with all the hours I wanted to work. The store was a revolving door of workers it seemed.

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 [.]. Leadership Learning Quotations Success Steve Jobs vision visionary

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. In the post, he explains how he deals with haters: When ever someone attacks me and the books I write, I always ask them a simple question: “How did you write your book differently?”.

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. Ben’s company believes it to be a good thing, but the target company is not so sure. Ben’s mindset starts out contemplating, “how do I get them to do what I want them to do.”.

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. I decided it was worth sharing again.). I want to encourage you to write a letter today (if needed).

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 [.] Leaders: Your emotions are contagious. Leadership Development Emotions Leadership social intelligence

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. However, there are some things that will make your team better and your leadership more effective that aren’t in that document. The bar is being set higher for you and leaders everywhere.

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. In the face of uncertainty, they draw on an inner strength that allows them to strive for what is possible rather than become paralyzed by the risk of failure.”

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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. You may have also seen this same expectation of a spouse, a friend, or a parent. Some people expect other people to make them happy.

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. Luckily, good strategists are also stubborn. They have to be, because in today's light-speed business world, most

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 [.]. Change Management change strategy leadership organizational productivity people skills

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 [.] How to Reengage the Disengaged. Leadership Development actions engagement Inspiration Leadership

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! Related posts: Strong Words For Preachers (and others). President Obama: Looking Like a President. Thoughts on the Local Church, by Nate Edmondson. Culture Encouragement

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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

Why I Wrote Managing (Right) for the First Time

Coaching Tip

By Guest Author David C. Baker. As a management consultant , I’ve had the privilege of interviewing more than 10,000 employees across 600+ companies. . Personally, I’ve been managed poorly , and I’ve been managed well. I’ve managed others poorly, certainly.

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

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? This is simple. You leave a comment on this post, my faithful prayer warrior readers read it, and we pray.


On for a sleepbox

Chartered Management Institute

I've been in Glasgow the last two days for the launch of CMI Glasgow. I'm sure veteran travellers will mock my softness but I do find travelling exhausting, especially when the launch event revelry went past my usual bed time. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Leaders vs. Managers

Great Leadership By Dan

Here's the 2nd in a series of guest posts by Professor Jim Clawson , one of our Executive Development Program instructors for a custom program we offer on Leading Change.

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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…. In almost all miscommunication, there is a barrier to communicating effectively. Find the barrier, remove…or at least address it, and communication will improve every time. I guarantee it. (Or

Management lab reveal the secrets of employee engagement

Chartered Management Institute

Julian Birkinshaw, co-founder of Management Lab, recently launched research into employee engagement. Read on for full findings from the report. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Reluctant Leadership

Coaching Tip

It should come as no surprise that statistically most of us are not born leaders. Though running a business or managing a department, does force the issue, creating unwitting, unprepared and usually poor leaders of many of us. . Being a leader is tantamount to being a risk taker, which is essentially the same thing as being an entrepreneur.

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