Sat.Feb 12, 2011 - Fri.Feb 18, 2011

7 Things Healthy Teams Check at the Door

Ron Edmondson

After a recent staff meeting, I was thinking about what makes our team at Grace Community Church healthy. I think healthy teams are intentionally created, so I’m consistently trying to make our environment better.

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A Successful CEO’s Leadership Development Blueprint

C-Level Strategies

By Lisa Petrilli. I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing the CEO of a near-billion dollar services company last week who has created a leadership development program lauded by major consulting firms as “the best ever seen&# at a major company. .

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Leadership & Mental Models

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. When was the last time you conducted an honest evaluation of your thought life?

The Wisdom of Booker T. Washington

Leading Blog

B ooker T. Washington (1856–1915), the first African-American to receive an honorary degree from Harvard, was an American educator, author, orator, and political leader. Washington was born into slavery to a slave mother and a white plantation owner in Franklin County, Virginia.

5 Thoughts on Leadership from the Life of David

Ron Edmondson

I read an interesting story from the life of the Biblical character of David again recently. The story says a great deal about leadership and what is required to successfully lead. Here’s what I read: When David was told, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are looting the threshing floors,” he inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?”The The LORD answered him, “Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.

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Generational Leadership

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt, Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth A leader’s biggest struggle is not the routine of the familiar, but the journey of the unknown. It’s getting from where they are to where they want to be strategically, tactically, organizationally, developmentally, and most importantly relationally. It’s been said that the best way to impact your future is to

An Army Colonel’s Three Simple Rules of Leadership

Next Level Blog

Last week, I had the opportunity to join a small group of leadership coaches for dinner with retired US Army Colonel Steve Dwyer. Colonel Dwyer is enjoying a second career in the private sector after. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Current Affairs Leadership Personal Presence

The Rainmaker Fab Five Blog Picks of the Week

Maximizing Possibility

Happy Valentine's Day! I like to start out each week by highlighting five blog posts from the human resources, talent management, and leadership development blogosphere that I found to be especially good reading over the past week. Below are my picks for the week of February 7th - 13th, 2011. Enjoy!

A Theory: Speed of Growth Determines Speed of Decline

Ron Edmondson

Theory: The rate of increase, often determines the rate of decline.

We all make mistakes. Question is, what do YOU do as a result

ReThink HR

I think by now everyone saw or heard about the Christina Aguilera mistake at Superbowl 45. If you didn’t then I have included it below. We all make mistakes. We all fail. Point is, who decides which mistakes have more weight.

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Are You Bad For Business?

The Leadership Advisor

As leaders we spend a considerable amount of time doing various things. We make sure that people are held accountable for their responsibilities. We manage conflict issues as they arise. Let’s not forget taking the time to develop other leaders.

Weekly Leader Podcast Episode 78 | Bud to Boss with Kevin Eikenberry

Weekly Leader

This week Peter speaks with Kevin Eikenberry about his new book with Guy Harris, Bud to Boss, leadership and life. Plus Wally Bock’s Best of Leadership on the Independent Business blogs and podsafe music from Carey Ott. Make sure you register with MeetTheBoss.TV using your Weekly Leader code (WKLR01) to learn leadership from some of the top global [.] Related posts: Weekly Leader Podcast Episode 65 | Bob Sutton, Good Boss, Bad Boss.

Book Giveaway: What’s It Like to Be Married to Me?

Ron Edmondson

I’m consistently looking for resources to help marriages. Recently I was introduced to the book: What’s It Like to Be Married to Me?: And Other Dangerous Questions by Linda Dillow. I like the concept enough to want you to enjoy this book.

If The Entrepreneurial Shoe Fits, That Doesn’t Mean You Should Wear It

Terry Starbucker

Carol Roth, author of "The Entrepreneur Equation" Carol Roth is a truth teller. I figured that out the first time I met her in Chicago, before a recent SOBCon. She has never shied away from hard facts and uncomfortable realities, especially when it comes to the business world. She has faced many of these realities herself, during her career as an investment banker, deal maker, and business strategist.

Cloud Computing Trends

CEO Blog

I thought the following press release was of interest. I invested in Hatsize and sit on the board. Hatsize releases first annual Cloud Automation Trends Survey results. Landmark survey identifies 2011 cloud automation trends and indicates cloud automation will spur sales growth. Hatsize conducted anonymous survey of 181 North American business leaders.

David Brooks (and Tyler Cowen) add more to the Discussion — Where Will the Jobs Be?

First Friday Book Synopsis

I have posted often on a couple of themes: where will the jobs be?, and what kind of economy will we have – a real economy, or a fantasy economy? Traders vs. Builders, to use Richard Florida’s terminology. Read especially this earlier post: &# Traders&# vs. “Builders – the “Fantasy Economy&# vs. the “Real Economy&# ). These


Employee Engagement: Lessons From Our Book Launch

The Recovering Engineer

What creates engagement? How do you build it, spread it , and maintain it? I don’t propose that I know the definitive answer to these questions. I do have an observation… People get engaged and enthusiastic about something they believe in.

The Value of Keeping a Leadership Journal

Management 4-1-1

I’ve always pictured some of the greatest leaders (and managers) as people of action and thought. It’s in the thoughts of leaders, that visions, plans and innovation are fostered. The thinking manager can take many forms (e.g., strategic, innovative, big-picture, focused, reflective thinking, etc.). Capturing all of these thoughts in your head can be daunting.

Interview Questions

CEO Blog

I was in Boston yesterday and was asked for the best questions to ask in an interview. The following list largely comes from Double Double - the book I recently reviewed. Clearly the questions used varies from interview to interview and is based on the person and position. I welcome feedback with other questions: Problem Solving and Ability to Deal with Adversity - What are your personal goals, and have you achieved them? If not, why? - Who was the most difficult person you've dealt with?

Would You Want to Work for You?

Next Level Blog

One of the regular features in the Financial Times is an interview with a business leader called Twenty Questions. The hook is that most of the twenty questions are asked in every interview so if. Please click the headline to read the whole story. executive presence Leadership Personal Presence

Leadership is Love

Lead Change Blog

The other day, an esteemed colleague and I were having a discussion about why it seemed so difficult for some leaders, or others in authority at work, to see employees as humans and treat them accordingly. It compelled me to … Continue reading → Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders. Leadership Development Leadership love Servant Leaders Servant Leadership service Valentines Day

Give Feedback the Right Way

Your Voice of Encouragement

Giving feedback to someone who has created a problem for you is an important life skill. If you don't do it well, the other person is likely to react defensively and shut down the conversation. When you learn the 4 steps for giving

Goldilocks, The Three Bears, And Effective Goal Setting

Terry Starbucker

Once upon a time, there was a little girl called Goldilocks…… I’ve done a lot of budgeting, planning, and goal setting over the course of my career. I started as a CPA back in 1982, and was always pretty handy around a spreadsheet (even when they were just 12-column green pads). There is certainly a science to looking into the future, and trying to predict where a business is going to go.

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Modern Man Decathlon

Chris Brady

Kicking-butt The garden of prosperity is a curious place in which many strange activities occur. Simply observing the scurry of the Modern Man reveals an unorganized Olympic-like competition featuring the following events

Social Media Marketing and the Strategic Shift from Destination to Audience

Strategy Driven

Social media marketing has transitioned from being an ancillary marketing strategy to become a strategic business imperative. All businesses and brands need a social Web presence for a single, fundamental reason – that’s where the customers are.

The Keys to Managing People Better?

Lead Change Blog

Theory: all good managers have ready access to two fundamental skill sets—the ability to Relate and the ability to Require. Relating" encompasses relationship-building behaviors: asking, listening, including, coaching and encouraging. Requiring" refers to results-oriented activities: creating expectations, focusing on goals, insisting on excellence, setting appropriate controls, asserting your views and confronting problems.

Why Do Teens Act That Way? - Three Good Video Clips

Building Personal Strength

I'm putting in a lot of time right now checking facts about what's going on in the teen brain. As I've written elsewhere, it's a confusing time for a teen because the part of the brain that does cause-and-effect thinking, planning

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The Greatest Risk to Your Business

Coaching Tip

By Vanessa Hall, author of The Truth About Trust in Business. As a leader in business, you are familiar with the fact that you have risks that need to be managed or avoided completely. But let me ask you this – have you ever considered a breakdown of trust as the greatest risk to your business?

StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 56 – An Interview with Andy Kanefield, co-author of Uncommon Sense

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results. These podcasts elaborate on the best practice and warning flag articles on the StrategyDriven website.

How to Help Others Think for Themselves

Your Voice of Encouragement

A critical life skill is learning how to think through ideas and problems. Anytime you find yourself leading others, it’s important to find opportunities that help them acquire this skill. Providing advice and solutions is not the best approach, so what does work?

Frances Hesselbein: To Serve is To Live

Leading Blog

Frances Hesselbein is a remarkable leader because she doesn’t try to get others to think of her as a leader, she tries to get others to think of themselves as leaders. Reading her autobiography, My Life in Leadership , I was struck by the importance she places on inclusion, respect, civility, decency, honor, honesty and faithfulness. It’s not surprising then, that she never thought of herself as a “woman leader,” but always as “a leader who is a woman.”

They Can’t Be Crazy! Plus 4 other necessary qualities of managerial leaders.

Create Learning

Elliott Jaques in Executive Leadership points to 5 requisite qualities of Managerial Leaders. The necessary level of cognitive complexity to carry the level of task complexity of a specific managerial role. A strong enough sense of value for the managerial work and for the leadership of others.

Hardwoods of Michigan Joins The Six Disciplines Client Community

Six Disciplines

Hardwoods of Michigan is a forty year-old company that acquires virgin timber, processes the logs, and then cuts the lumber to meet specific customer requirements. The company's annual sales volume is approximately $40 million and employ over 150 people. Their domestic and international customer base exceeds 400. Because the hardwood lumber industry is tied directly with U.S.

Double Double

CEO Blog

I have long advocating asking big questions in order to get big results. It is much more powerful to ask how to double sales than how to increase them by 6% because asking for a 6% increase can cause no fundamental change - just doing things a bit better. Asking for a double usually requires a major change. I am also an advocate of asking "how" rather than "why". Why can spawn "excuse thinking" and reinforce why something cannot be done.

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