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Tony Mayo

It is not death or hardship that is a fearful thing, but the fear of hardship and death.

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Send A Thank You Note

Eric Jacobson

Nearly all employees want to do both a good job and please their supervisor. When they succeed, send them a thank you for a job well done. A short note (handwritten is particularly good) thanking them for a good job is extremely powerful. Particularly for new employees on your team. Or, for employees new to the workforce and early in their careers.

Was software engineering ever alive?

Crossderry Blog

The third phase of reanimating Crossderry. The second phase of reanimating my blog is to re-start reading other bloggers. I gravitated back to Glen Alleman and Herding Cats, where his post Software Engineering is Dead? caught my eye

Plenty smart enough

Managing Leadership

The first cell phone I used was about the size of a shoe box and weighed several pounds – basically a battery with a phone strapped on top. And, if you can imagine this, all it did was make phone calls. Things have come a ways since then, haven’t they? As time went on, these capabilities crept ever deeper into non-telephone territory. But no longer.

Get in front of “stress”… create “balance”

Anese Cavanaugh

Years ago when I started coaching clients, I bought into the idea (for a very short snippet of time) that life could be perfectly balanced and SHOULD be perfectly balanced and that it was all about getting the “wheel of life” balanced into equal “scores” to create peace and balance in their lives. Works everytime!

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Dig Deep For Ideas

Eric Jacobson

The next time you are looking for ideas for how to grow revenue, streamline processes and procedures and/or reduce expenses, dig deep within your organization. Don't ask only your direct reports for their suggestions. Instead, ask everyone at all levels. Be sure to acknowledge receipt of each idea. Perhaps update them on a monthly basis.

Don't wait to network

Lead on Purpose

I'm away this week, so I “pre-loaded” my blog with a link to a great post. When should you start networking?

How Managers Exert Influence

Crossderry Blog

I run hot and cold on Henry Mintzberg, but I was taken with his thoughts in a Monday interview (published in the most recent “MIT Sloan” special section of the WSJ, here). Mintzberg's observations on influencing action — and the limits

Smart and smarter

Managing Leadership

Many of us recall the days when paper-based daily planners made the jump to the computer. Like many such advances, this offered a new platform with even greater usefulness and flexibility than the ingenious design of the original. The problem, though, was the jump: it had to be made repeatedly in both directions. Then, along came the Palm Pilot.

Build Your Team Through Community Service

Eric Jacobson

If you manage a small business or a department within a large organization, a great way to improve the cohesiveness of your employee team is to engage them in an activity away from the workplace. Engaging in a community service activity is a great example. Your team can work at a food bank. Or, they can pick up liter along a highway.

Going beyond best practices

Lead on Purpose

I'm away this week, so I “pre-loaded” my blog with a link to a great post. I found one more article I wanted you, my readers, to be aware of.

Women in the LEAD: WOMEN: What is Perfect Life?

Women in the LEAD

With all that is going on around us, sometimes it is difficult to see the Light in the future. So, what is perfect

Pretty smart

Managing Leadership

When the daily planner craze hit many years ago, I bought in fairly quickly. More than just an agenda with room for phone numbers in the back, it promised to organize virtually all of your business planning and action management needs in one cleverly designed format. There was even a snap-in straight-edge/calculator and a business-card organizer.

Have An Open Door Policy

Eric Jacobson

As a manager, having an open door policy means your employees know they can come to you just about any time with any news, problem or concern. Good managers also let their employees know that the open door policy means employees can and should come with even bad news. Or, news about mistakes they have made. Instead, listen carefully.

Leaving the nest

Lead on Purpose

Eagle Every once in a while we experience life events that cause deep reflection. Today was one of those days for me. My wife and I took our oldest child to the university where she will pursue a degree in architecture

Read the Fine Print!

Orrin Woodward

Here is a hilarious video on reading the fine print. Enjoy! God Bless, Orrin Woodward


Managing Leadership

We’ve been talking about reading, the past few days. The purpose of this for a manager is to help increase the perspectives available to you from which you can view and understand complex and intense issues, so that you can make better and more timely decisions. Nothing illicit in that – go for it. So, how do you do those three things?

Pretend You Are The Customer

Eric Jacobson

One of the best ways to determine if your service/business/organization is providing excellent customer service is for you, as a manager, to pretend you are the customer. Try it today. Contact your business via the phone, mail, and via the web. Use all three methods! Make a different contact each day for the next week. Ask how to return a product.

WOMEN: Love, Respect and Leadership

Women in the LEAD

istock_000008152191small-smller LEADERSHIP calls us from many vantage points in our lives. There has been so much turmoil all around us this year

Orrin Woodward Leadership Team :: MonaVie #1 in Inc 500 List.

Orrin Woodward

MonaVie is the fastest growing company in the networking field and here is the proof. Dallin Larsen is a one of a kind MLM owner.

Small businesses increasing marketing spend

Chartered Management Institute

A study carried out by Yougov has found that a third of small businesses are planning to increase their marketing spend next year. You are not watching this post, click to start watching read more. marketing small business

Quickly Lose Respect - Don't Do This

Eric Jacobson

Picture this. You call an employee into your office for a meeting. As your employee is explaining something to you, you turn to your computer monitor to check e-mail. Or, you answer your phone. Or, you look at your mobile device. Or, you engage in a conversation with someone who enters your doorway.

A Daring Adventure, Or Nothing

Women in the LEAD

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” Helen Keller. I can't imagine a more truthful bit of wisdom. The question is how daring do we want this adventure – our life – to be. I believe Helen Keller was a model for daring and a

You Need a Vacation – Your Community Will Be There When You Get Back

Managing Communities

photo credit: love?janine janine I recently took some time away. Literally three weeks without logging into my forums. And guess what? They were still there when I got back! Regardless of what you do, what your profession is, what your hobbies are; sometimes, we can get wrapped up a little too much where we think something needs [.].

Find The Truth In The Middle

Eric Jacobson

If you're a parent of two children you already know that when the two are fighting and child #1 tells you what happened, you then ask child #2 what happened, and most often the truth is somewhere in the middle of what the two children have told you. Instead, they often listen to only one side of a situation.

Read This Must-Read Book

Eric Jacobson

The next time you have three to four hours to read a business book, pick up a copy of Peter F. Drucker's "The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization." And, the five questions make for perfect discussion points with your employees/team. Books For Managers

Don't Delay The Tough Conversation

Eric Jacobson

If you have an employee who needs to improve his/her performance don't delay the tough conversation with them. If you don't address the issue right now, the employee has little chance to improve and you'll only get more frustrated. Most employees want to do a good job. So, address the issue now. Sit down with your employee in a private setting.

For Your Consideration: My South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW) Session/Panel Proposals

Managing Communities

It’s that time of the year again! The SXSW 2010 PanelPicker has opened and, with it, 2,219 proposals are up for consideration for the Interactive portion of the conference. I am on 7 (yes, feel free to giggle) of these. Online voting accounts for 30% of the decision making process (30% goes to the SXSW staff [.].