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How to Discover Your True Path in Life

C-Level Strategies

We were all moved, and many of us shaken, by the loss of Steve Jobs last week. He inspired us with his vision, his passion for his work and his creative genius. We cheered him when he battled back from being fired at Apple.

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7 Random Pieces of Advice for the Younger Leader

Ron Edmondson

I love working with younger leaders. It keeps me young and it helps to know I’m investing in something and someone who will likely last beyond my lifetime. I want to share some things I’ve learned from experience. Some of it hard experiences.

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Maxwell's 5 Levels of Leadership

Leading Blog

Over 30 years ago, John Maxwell began developing the 5 Levels of Leadership. It has been presented before but never to this depth and completeness. The 5 Levels express a way to understand and organize your leadership growth.

How One Word Can Kill Your Ability to Influence Others

Kevin Eikenberry

That is an interesting title isn’t it? Does it leave you curious? Or does it leave you scanning through words in your mind, in a competitive way, trying to guess if you come up with the right one? Either way, I hope I have influenced you to read on. While you likely [.]. Influence Leadership Learning intention other focus

What Leadership Chat Has Meant to Me

C-Level Strategies

Steve Woodruff and I launched Leadership Chat on Twitter a year ago this week, on Tuesday the 12th of October.

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3 Leadership Lessons that Steve Jobs Never Learned

Linked 2 Leadership

Imagine the potential Steve Jobs had if he had been a Leader… A quick Google search will return descriptive words for Steve Jobs, who passed away the evening of October 5th, 2011. Genius Visionary Perfectionist Hard-driving executive Brilliant Creative Master Showman Cult Hero Co-founder Without a doubt, there is something quite amazing about watching someone [.].

7 Personal Development Benefits of Saying No

Ron Edmondson

The more experience I get in life the more I learn the importance of personal development.

6 Future Trends of Leadership Development

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development I’ve spent the last 3 years in and around leadership development online. I have also spent the last 30 years learning about leadership development (and learning in general). After numerous mistakes, and before several more, some things have become obvious to me because of my time online. Leadership development is changing quickly. I’m not speaking [.] 6 Future Trends of Leadership Development.

5 Leadership Lessons: EntreLeadership

Leading Blog

Dave Ramsey defines EntreLeadership as “the process of leading to cause a venture to grow and prosper.” Entreleaders know how to blend their entrepreneurial passion with servant-like leadership that motivates employees through persuasion instead of intimidation. EntreLeadership is a book about how business works from a practitioner. His advice, on nearly every facet of running a business, is based on solid principles.

What You Do Matters

Kevin Eikenberry

I’ve featured William James, the father of American Psychology here before (most recent, further back). Today, another powerful thought from him. I think after you read it, reflect and the questions and take the actions I suggest, you will be glad I did. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ” -William James [.]. Leadership Learning Quotations Responsibility William James

3 Essentials for Long-Term Success

Ron Edmondson

Do you want your organization to succeed? Do you want to personally succeed in your career? Do you want your marriage to thrive? For long-term success in any area of life you must be: Driven by vision. Vision sets the direction you will move.

The Measure of Leadership

Linked 2 Leadership

With a title like “The Measure of Leadership,” you might think that I have bitten off a little more than I can chew for a short blog post… You might be right; but because there are literally thousands of articles, blogs, and websites dedicated to discussions of leadership, I wanted to offer a logical definition of it in a [.]. Leadership Lessons Learned Leading & Developing Other Leaders Servant Leadership business leadership Leadership Development

Leadership: Nature or Nurture?


Are people born with leadership capability or do they acquire it? This is one of the great debates among leadership experts and among leaders themselves. This is important because it affects our approach to leadership development.

SCARF – a new model of human motivation

Brilliant Leader

It is a testament to the work of Abraham Maslow that his model of human motivation has endured for the best part of 70 years. While leaders around the world have learnt about Maslow’s Hierarchy at business school throughout the modern age, few would have found it particularly useful in helping to motivate their staff. [.]. Uncategorized Leadership Leadership Development

Does Your Church Value Your Family?

Ron Edmondson

Ben Reed is community groups pastor at Grace Community Church where I serve. Ben is an excellent leader; truly becoming one of the sharpest minds on small groups in the country. If he’s not on your radar he should be. You can learn from him and he loves helping other churches.

Front Line Leadership: The Keys To Managing Millenials, Part 1

Terry Starbucker

(Terry’s Note: Hi all – Today I’m introducing a new series of posts, written by guest writer Adam Tenenbaum , called Front Line Leadership. Adam is currently right in the middle of his leadership journey, overseeing a large staff at a very successful retail operation.

Why Relationships Matter to Inspiring Leaders


Today’s guest post is from Jack Zenger. More information on him and his organization can be found below the article. Geoffrey Cohen summed it up well when he said, “The need to belong, to associate, is among the most important human motives. We are almost certainly hardwired with a fundamental motivation to maintain these

Do You Ever Worry?

Kevin Eikenberry

Norman Vincent Peale had this to say about worry. “If you can worry, you can visualize success.” ” So let me ask you this. Do you ever worry? Assuming your answer is yes, since 99.44% of people worry. (Ok, Ok, so that is actually how much moisturizing cream is in Dove Soap – but [.]. Learning Quotations Success Uncategorized acheivement Dr. Norman Vincent Peale visualization worry

5 Reminders When You are the Community’s Pastor

Ron Edmondson

There are times when a pastor is launched into the role of being a community pastor. An influential person in the community or a popular youth dies and you are asked to do the funeral. Tragedy that attracts media attention occurs involving church members.

The Five Roles Within a Group


Perhaps one of the most frustrating experiences in anyone's career is working in a group. Differing personalities can give rise to interpersonal conflict. Differing work styles creates arguments about process.

Balancing Act: Head and Heart


Last week I attended a farewell event for a leader in the public sector who was moving on to another job. He’s somebody that I’ve come to know well over the course of several years; I’ve also had the pleasure of working within his organization with many of the outstanding leaders he’s hired and

When People Collide

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development “We’re always behind this metal and glass. Nobody touches you.” If you saw the move Crash you may recognize this line. The symbolism is piercing: We’re either tough like metal or ready to break with any pressure like glass. This is the fragility in life. People collide. The kicker, though, is in the second sentence [.] When People Collide. Leadership Development change leadership lead change Leadership

I’m Off Today…Here’s Why

Ron Edmondson

I’m off today… My “Type A” personality says I probably should be working… I’ve been traveling a great deal lately… I have work to do… It’s called catching up… But I’m off today… Why?

There Are Stupid Questions

Leadership Freak

Image source: Who ever said there are no stupid questions was wrong. Drucker said, “The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong questions.” ” Your questions establish, limit, and maintain the focus of others. A question: How many passes? (55 55 sec. video) Wrong questions – wrong direction: Questions control perceptions. Tal Ben-Shahar, author and speaker at the World [.]. Criticism Leading Marks of leaders Questions Taking others higher Leadership Development

Five Strategies For Managing the Fear of Change

Management is a Journey

Like the penguins residing on this melting iceberg, change is inevitable as John Kotter explains so well in his writings. In business (and life), we must move on as circumstances and forces change all around us. What was once a solid foundation on which we could put our trust (a massive iceberg), now is a [.]. Change Management change strategy emotional intelligence leadership management performance management strategic thinking

The Secret to an Efficient Process

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Self Leadership Incubation Helps Self-Reflection In September 2011 I finally identified the root cause. The incubation period was long but finally I understand the real reason why I had such a hard time completing a project in 2010. It was an extraordinary project that provided a great learning opportunity. This self-reflection has helped increase my level of [.] The Secret to an Efficient Process.

A Reminder About Future Thinking

Ron Edmondson

The larger role of responsibility or the higher position you hold in an organization, the more you must discipline and free yourself for future-tense thinking. Recently I was explaining this concept to a senior pastor.

Middle managers the key to delivering change

Chartered Management Institute

Back in June I wrote about some Wharton research suggesting that middle managers, far from being the butt of ridicule popular culture suggests, are in fact the key to success in the modern organisation. New research from Dublin City University adds weight to that argument, suggesting that they are key to delivery of change management projects. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Top 5 Reasons Talent Leaves


In the war for talent, star performers leave their jobs all the time. The folks at the Center for Management & Organization Effectiveness have put together a helpful infographic showing the top 5 reasons why … maybe it will help you retain and better lead yours. via].

The Only Way to Inspire Others

Leadership Freak

Image source Martin Luther King inspired people not because he had a dream but because he touched the silent dream of others. He said what mattered to others. Leaders that busily talk about themselves and their terrific dreams are bores. Inspiring others, like everything else in leadership, is about them not you. The channel to [.]. Influence Motivation Passion Values Values mission & vision Leadership Development

My “Favorite” Questions as a Church Plant

Ron Edmondson

I don’t know if we are still considered a church plant at 6 years into this, but we still get some of the same questions today as when we started. Here are my “favorite” questions as a church plant: “When are you going to build a church?”

The Importance of Excelling vs. “Getting By”

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Coaching Leadership Development Once every few years I am driving a car that runs over a nail or sharp object and develops a flat tire. Sometimes I have time to wait for AAA to come out and change it. Other times, I’m in a hurry and tackle the task myself. It never is pretty. I’m slow and the [.] The Importance of Excelling vs. “Getting By” Leadership Coaching Leadership Development develop develop leaders Excellence mediocrity Strengths

Are you socially lazy?

Chartered Management Institute

I posed a simple question to our Facebook page yesterday. Would you rather spend 4 minutes of your time talking to a stranger or a friend? You are not watching this post, click to start watching


The Usefulness of SWOT Analysis Before Strategic Planning

Six Disciplines

Leveraging strengths. Minimizing weaknesses. Discovering new opportunities. Managing or eliminating threats. That's what SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) is all about. SWOT analysis is a powerful technique for understanding your strengths and weaknesses, and for looking at the opportunities and threats you face. The purpose of looking at strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in Discipline VI.