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The Introvert’s Guide to Getting Noticed in Business

C-Level Strategies

If there is one area where I think extraverts actually do have a leg-up on introverts in business it’s this: they are much more comfortable being visible and attracting attention.

Shaking-up Leadership

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Fact : You cannot win a chess game without moving your pieces to create strategic and tactical advantge. The same principle applies to business.

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10 Myths People Have about the Church

Ron Edmondson

I’ve been in church all my life. I’ve also always been active in my community. I’ve leaerned there are many myths people have about the church…some from people inside the church…some from the people on the outside of the church.

Work-Life Balance For Workaholics

What Do You Want From Them

WORK IS LIFE I have never read a post about work-life balance that convinced me I should find balance in my life. I have a very high locus of control ; I know I could change my lifestyle if I wanted to. However, I have no motivation to change.

To Kill a Giant: Leading David against Goliath

C-Level Strategies

I was fortunate in many ways to “grow up&# in my career within a “ Giant.&# The $750 million dollar business unit I led had major competitors, but we were the leader in our industry.

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In Honor of an Anniversary and a Miracle

C-Level Strategies

The Anniversary: Four years ago today I awoke knowing that my life was about to be forever changed. I showered and made the hour and a half trek to the University of Chicago Medical Center in the wee hours of the morning.

7 Definitions for Stellar Leadership

Ron Edmondson

Leadership is abuzz these days. Everyone is talking about it, yet it appears many organizations and churches are consistently looking for leadership. In my conversations with other churches, people want to know how to find, attract, and train leaders.

Seeing The Person In The Employee

The Leadership Advisor

When most companies think about footing the bill for educating their employees, the ever-present caveat is that it must be related to you role.

Are Extroverts or Introverts Better Leaders?

Tony Mayo

What personality type is more likely to succeed in a leadership position? If you go by popular culture — television, movies, and books written by hero CEOs — you might think extroverts are natural leaders. Research summarized in an excellent article published by Wharton suggests a more nuanced answer. Employees who are proactive and eager [.]. For Executives For Salespeople Leadership Sales Selling

Slouching towards leadership

Managing Leadership

We have seen, since the opening of the current series on the problems with the notion of individual leadership in organizations, that the most fundamental of them is that such leadership is inescapably not about those organizations – it is about the purportedly peerless and vital qualities of those putative leaders.

How A Single Conversation Can Supercharge Your Business

Terry Starbucker

About 6 years ago I was approached by one of my field managers about a new “callback&# program he wanted to launch in one of our cable television service areas. He wanted to have “a real person&# call a customer within 7 days of a new service installation, and have a conversation about that installation. He emphasized “conversation&# , because he wanted this to be more than just a survey call where a bunch of “check the box&# questions are asked.

Adopt, Adapt or Adiós

The Leadership Advisor

The pace of the market is quick. The way in which information is proliferated globally is faster than it has ever been before. With the ever-expanding use of social media platforms, blogging and 24/7/365 news cycles, it doesn’t look like any of this will change any time soon.

Google Research Confirms Basics of Management

Tony Mayo

The New York Times recently ran a nice article about how Google–in its usual highly-analytic, data-driven way–measured the results of different management behaviors amongst its own workforce. The recommendations that emerged from this research will be familiar to readers of this blog. I wish these were practiced as often as I preach them! Google’s [.]. For Executives Management Micro-Managers

Getting Work Done: Flow and Distractions


Across the web, I have recently read articles/posts that underline an important thing – technology is taking a toll on our productivity and is keeping us from doing work that really matters – that is, if we allow. I have seen both sides of the coin. I often get into a state when my work seemed to be just flowing and I never realized that I was doing the “work”. Things got done, time just flew, priorities accomplished, progress happened and a sense of satisfaction prevailed.

Authentic Leadership

Coaching Tip

Your perception of me is more important than my perception of me. . Behavioral Awareness. The behavioral blind spot is your reputation that others are discussing--but not with you.

Book Giveaway: “Today We Are Rich”, by Tim Sanders

Ron Edmondson

I’m excited to introduce you to the book “Today We Are Rich” by Tim Sanders. Tim is a familiar face to Catalyst folks, having energized audiences there before, but Tim is most noted as a New York Times best selling author and former exeuctive with Yahoo.

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Performance Review Process: Needs Improvement

Tony Mayo

Revolution is in the air around the world. People everywhere are fed up with having arbitrary power exercised over them, with impractical limits placed on their everyday actions, with living in constant fear that someone in power will frown at them and destroy their livelihood without warning or objective justification. This global revolution differs [.]. For Executives Leadership Performance Reviews

10-Point Checklist For Confronting Poor Performance

Lead Change Blog

Feedback, even if it stings temporarily, is a gift to an employee, not a curse, because it allows the employee to grow. It is also an opportunity to deepen a relationship with an employee, not damage it, if you follow the 10 steps in this post. If, after reading this, you still feel weak-kneed at the thought of initiating a performance discussion, find a coach or mentor who can help you explore what’s holding you back. Continue reading → Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders.

CEO Disease Symptoms

Coaching Tip

" CEOs often hear what they want to hear rather than what really is on the minds of their subordinates," said Mark Anderson, president of ExecuNet, that conducted a survey of 2,463 C-level respondents in December 2010. CEOs think of guiding the ship as their purview.". Rank-and-file employees often complain that CEOs don't understand what motivates them. It turns out, CEOs aren't much better at naming what motivates their "C-level" direct reports, either.

You Cannot Punish People into Good Behavior

The Recovering Engineer

In a recent post, I presented a simple model for understanding what drives our behavior. According to the model, punishments (negative or unpleasant consequences) can reduce the likelihood that a behavior will repeat in the future.

Plain talk on good management from US government

Tony Mayo

I just read a talk by the head of the US government’s Office of Personnel Management, John Berry. He provides a concise and cogent summary of the new management thinking that I hope will become a major influence in organizations around the world. This shift in management is, I believe, the result of two major [.]. For Executives Culture Leadership

Dealing With Poor Employee Performance

Management 4-1-1

[This post is part of the Performance Management: A Manager's Guide to Managing Talent series. Check out the rest here!] As a manager, there are a few things we probably dread more than others. I suspect managing poor performance ranks near the top of the list. It’s not only emotionally draining for managers and employees,

Creating a Creative Life by Playing the Part of a Fool

Chris Brady

"Most people can't dream too big, cause they have things to keep." --song lyric by Sugarland In the days of monarchs, in which nearly every hill or dale was the domain of a small feudal lord called. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Humor LLR Daily Application

Does Being GUTSY Activate Being GUILTY?

Women on Business

Gutsy women break barriers. Gutsy women lead the way. Gutsy women speak out when others remain silent. As I research the lives of women leaders who have earned the badge of being a change agent I have been curious about the down side of standing out from the crowd. I call it “the giraffe syndrome”.

In Tough Times, Young Workers Need to Toughen Up

Marshall Goldsmith

The advice I have to give to young people from the West who are just entering the workforce is simple. In this new era of uncertainty, we all need to think like entrepreneurs. But first, let's start with a dose of reality: - It is tough out there, and it's only going to get tougher. Forget about security. Like it or not, even if you start out with a large corporation, you need to think like an entrepreneur. Make peace with this reality, and your life is going to be a lot better.

Redefining Ethical Leadership in a Global Society

Leading in Context

As a society, we are beginning to redefine ethical leadership. The change started quietly, fueled by a web of linked communication channels and a desire for a more civil way of dealing with each other. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization blogs ethical business leadership ethics in leadership

Capital vs. Influence

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth . I have watched entrepreneurs and executives initially trivialize the value of influence in a capital transaction, only to regret it down the road.

We Need People Who Can Lead Regardless Of Their Title

Lead Change Blog

The success of any organization be it a business, non-profit, educational institution or government, depends on its people. All the fancy strategies, creations and technology mean absolutely nothing without people to make it happen. In fact, people have to develop … Continue reading → Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders. Best of Blogs Series Leadership Development authority employees leader Leadership positions titles

Is workplace fun really fun?

Chartered Management Institute

Attempts to instill fun into the workplace often have a habit of falling flat on their face. It often comes across as being all a bit too try hard to be really fun. They seem to be frequent events at this time of year as HR departments gamely try and offset the misery of Season Affective Disorder. Picnics, parties, sing-songs, retreats. You are not watching this post, click to start watching


John Wooden's Attitude - Set of Three

Orrin Woodward

John Wooden father, Joshua Wooden, taught his son a second set of three principles that pertain to attitudes: 1. Never Whine 2. Never Complain 3. Never Make Excuses Never Whine The first, never whine, ensures negativity is handled in the mind and heart before coming out of the mouth. Bad things are going to happen to good people. It’s simply a law of life, but responding in a “woe is me spirit” is lacking in character.

Leadership Interview – James Quigley

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. I’ve always said that if you want to learn about leadership talk to someone who has actually led something.

Break Through Your Self-Limiting Beliefs

Your Voice of Encouragement

Your deeply-held beliefs about yourself and what’s possible for you determine what you attempt. Living within these self-imposed restrictions limits your ability to see opportunities that are available.

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Are You Talkin’ To Me?

The Leadership Advisor

What do your employees want from you as CEO? Many people would say things like vision, good strategy, trustworthiness, etc. While there is nothing inherently wrong with these things (and they are a great idea, by the way), they aren’t the big thing.

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Character = Integrity * Courage

Orrin Woodward

I resolve to focus on character more than reputation, knowing that character is who I am and reputation is only what others say that I am. “To To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” - Abraham Lincoln Character is that special quality, that makes men and women, who have it, appear larger than life. Character is more than just what a person says or does, rather, it’s what a person is.