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7 Actions While Waiting on God

Ron Edmondson

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Literary magazine published exclusively in audio form

Six Disciplines

Last fall we featured Underwood: Stories in Sound, a magazine that's produced twice a year on vinyl LPs, so we were particularly interested when we recently came across The Drum , a literary magazine that's also published exclusively in audio form. Featuring short fiction, essays, novel excerpts and interviews, The Drum is a Boston-based nonprofit that publishes 10 issues each year.

The Introvert’s Guide to Leadership

C-Level Strategies

I’ve wanted to write this blog post for a while, and I was happy to see that the issue of introversion in leadership became a meaty topic at Leadership Chat Tuesday night.

Google's Project Oxygen

Coaching Tip

Google clearly hopes to recapture some of the nimbleness and innovative spirit of its early years. But the key question is: Will Project Oxygen help a grown-up Google get its start-up mojo back? They wanted to build better bosses. So, as only a data-mining giant like Google can do, it began analyzing performance reviews, feedback surveys and nominations for top-manager awards. They correlated phrases, words, praise and complaints.

5 Ways to Rebuke a Friend

Ron Edmondson

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17:17. Wounds from a friend can be trusted… Proverbs 27:6. rebuke |ri?byo?k|verb k|verb [ trans. ]. express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions.

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4 Ways Leaders Create Capacity

Ron Edmondson

Learned Resilience

Tony Mayo

Study after study has shown that people who function well under stress share several core beliefs: see times of change and uncertainty not as dangerous but as exciting opportunities; focus on what they can do to improve a stressful situation, rather than growing helpless; and maintain a sense of commitment to the world around them, [.]. For Executives Resilience Transformation

13 Bad Excuses for Letting Poor Performance Slide

Lead Change Blog

Is there ever a good reason for letting poor performance drag on? This post lists 13 excuses managers sometimes lean on to postpone or offload the responsibility for confronting bad behavior. Are these 13 reasons valid—or simply adult versions of “the dog ate my homework”? Continue reading → Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders.

Leadership: Not Rank But Results!


In organizations, I have seen people who are “designated” as leaders. I have seen many such designated leaders, who raised their game to meet the expectations that come along with leadership. They make an effort to learn about leadership, read books, blogs and consciously put those lessons in action. On the other hand, I have also seen designated leaders who create a shield of air around themselves.

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The Most Unusual Tweetup; And What it Means for Executives

C-Level Strategies

Much has been written and debated about the value of social media in a real-world context.

How Do Leaders Make Time for Social Media?

Linked 2 Leadership

You read every day about the importance of getting involved with Social Media – LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogging…the list can seem endless. If you haven’t already jumped on the bandwagon, you may be thinking this: “Who has time for that, with everything else I’m juggling at work?” It would be easy for an already-swamped [.].

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Five Steps For Leaders To Elevate Their Purpose

Lead Change Blog

I’ve read two different posts in the past few weeks that caused me to think about how we treat people in the workplace. The first was actually a series written by Chad Balthrop about the trap of Transactional Leadership. Sometimes, … Continue reading → Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders.

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Guidelines for Communication that Supports “Team”

Tony Mayo

Guidelines for Communication that Supports “Team” Speak for yourself about yourself. Starting sentences with “I” is a powerful shortcut to this skill. You can state facts, opinions, emotions, concerns, requests, suggestions—whatever—if and only if you take ownership of them. It is okay to carry a message or speak for someone else; just be clear about [.]. For Executives Teamwork

Beyond Words: 4 Great Tips For More Effective Speaking

Terry Starbucker

As leaders, we utter a lot of words, and in doing so, we trust that those who follow us will process them in just the way we intended. That can be quite difficult to do, given today’s short attention spans, and the usual times we do our talking. Take first thing in the morning, for example.

5 Leadership Lessons: The Velocity Manifesto

Leading Blog

In today’s high-velocity environment, Scott Klososky believes you need to understand how to guide your organization in the implementation and usage of technology—in short, how your organization “does” technology. [As As a leader], you—not the IT department, nor the VP of IT, nor the chief information officer (CIO)—must understand, drive and be accountable for how technology is structured in order to reach the strategic goals of the operation….Technology

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Leadership Q&A: Beyond the Mission Statement

Weekly Leader

Recently, sitting with a planning group, I asked them about their organization’s mission statement. Only one person in the group had a copy handy. It was a true description of the organization’s mission. The problem was that it was largely irrelevant to our planning work. Why is it that organizations can invest thousands of dollars [.] Related posts: Leadership Q&A: The Organic Horizon. Leadership Q&A: The Three C’s of Alignment.

Climbing the Ladder of Inference

You're Not the Boss of Me

The other day, while at the supermarket, I was reminded of how easy it is to make assumptions about people. It happened while I was going through the checkout counter. Behind me, were a mother and her little boy, who looked to be about three years old.

Becoming Visible

Lead Change Blog

“The most important decisions of our lives will require us to forsake invisibility and risk becoming visible. Whenever you choose to seize a divine moment, you move from the isolation of invisibility to the dangers of visibility in order to … Continue reading → Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders. Community Involvement Leadership Development Self Leadership Commitment stand out take a risk take a stand visible

Better Coaching

Marshall Goldsmith

In my work with leaders, I find that one common complaint of direct reports is that their leaders do a poor job of coaching. Yes, executives tend to be poor coaches. They often neglect to schedule coaching time, and some leaders fear that coaching will come across as negative, alienating direct reports. I suggest that you use an effective, time-efficient, six-question coaching process. Schedule a one-on-one, 30- minute dialogue with each direct report once a quarter.

CMI Risk Clinic

Chartered Management Institute

On Monday we are launching our annual business continuity management research to help kick start business continuity awareness week. To help launch the week we are running a live risk clinic where you can ask any of your business continuity related questions to our panel of experts. These include: You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Get smarter by asking “dumb” questions

Tony Mayo

Mine was the Depression generation of journalists. Many of the best people were not educated. When I went to London as a sportswriter, I didn’t even know the difference between the Baltic states and the Balkans. But I learned the advantage of the dumb-boy technique. I found that people love to talk about themselves. You [.]. For Executive Coaches For Executives Curiosity Trust

Ray Kroc - Visionary Leadership

Orrin Woodward

The following is a portion of an article that will be posted in full on the TEAM site. Ray Kroc was a visionary leader who made an impact through his unyielding determination to finish what he started. God Bless, Orrin Woodward Early in 1954, a 52 year old salesman, whose business had plummeted from 9,000 mixers per year sold in the late 1940‘s units to under 2,000, contemplated his future plans.

Free Fridays: Money & Marriage Book by Matt Bell

Ron Edmondson

I want to give you a book… Money & Marriage … Financial expert Matt Bell wants to help newlywed and engaged couples make the most of each other’s financial strengths, teaching them how to work together to build a solid financial future.

Meet the finalists: Interview with Robert Halton

Chartered Management Institute

Today we meet Robert Halton, Board Member at Birmingham College of Law. Robert won the West Mids Chartered Manager of the Year gong. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Purpose-Driven Productivity

Lead Change Blog

A LeadChange “Best of Blogs&# post, originally shared on A woman and her small boy are walking down a cobblestone path in the sweltering summer sun. As they round the bend, they come upon three men on their knees, … Continue reading → Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders. Best of Blogs Series Attitude intentions perspective productive productivity purpose

Do You Lead Others Through Flattery or Praise?

Tanveer Naseer

Last week, Mike Myatt wrote an interesting post on the differences between flattery and praise. After reading his piece, I got to thinking about this subject in terms of how leaders communicate and guide their teams, and the impact these comments can have on their employees. Perhaps the best known story regarding the downsides of flattery is Aesop’s fable “The Fox and the Crow”, where a fox comes upon a crow perched on a tree branch, holding a piece of cheese in its beak.

Leadership Attention Deficit Disorder

The Leadership Advisor

The uprisings in the Middle East have captured our attention for some time. The current humanitarian crisis in Libya is dire and has been the focus of most news outlets…as it should be.

Before Leonardo Da Vinci, the concept of “creativity” didn't exist

Coaching Tip

By Guest Author Michael J Gelb. Prior to the Renaissance, the notion of individuality didn’t exist, because the concept of individuality, as we now understand it, didn’t exist. Paintings, for example, remained unsigned, and painters, anonymous, because the individual was considered unimportant.

Thought Leaders Usually Aren’t

Lead Change Blog

Every now and then I read an article by so-called “thought leaders” that just leaves me wondering “do people really believe this stuff when they write it, or are they just so busy cranking out new content for the marketing … Continue reading → Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders. Leadership Development theory think thought leaders

5 Ways To Be Charming

Linked 2 Leadership

It’s impossible to change people’s minds unless you change their hearts, too. That means it takes more than shallow, fleeting relationships to get the job done. It comes down to this: in a world of mass media—more than ever—you must learn how to charm people. Charm is the power of pleasing or attracting others through [.].

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Women Leaders: Taking a Second Chance

Women on Business

I had the pleasure of attending an Ewomen’s Network event in New Jersey aptly put together by Marilyn Kleinberg and the featured speaker was the women who founded this fabulous organization, Sandra Yancey.

Why Google is Teaching Its Managers to Wash the Dishes

Next Level Blog

The New York Times recently ran an article about what Google has done lately to share the practices of its best managers throughout the company. Being Google, a bunch of statisticians started looking. Please click the headline to read the whole story. executive presence Leadership

You Need Self-Confidence to Think Big

Your Voice of Encouragement

Self-confidence has a huge impact on what you achieve in life. That’s because it influences the way you think about yourself and what you’re capable of. Find out specific things you can do every day to get rid of negative self-talk and set yourself up for greater confidence.

The Topgrading Dilemma


I had a discussion recently about the concept of topgrading. Tograding was made most popular by former General Electric CEO Jack Welch. Welch’s practice at GE was to locate the top 20 percent of performers, celebrate them and pay them handsomely. The middle 70 percent of performers would continue on as usual, not without the knowledge that they were not in the top. Lastly, the bottom 10 percent would be “invited to be successful else.”