Sat.Jun 25, 2011 - Fri.Jul 01, 2011

Giving Constructive Feedback: Eight Leadership Essentials

C-Level Strategies

At last week’s Leadership Chat we focused on the art of praise in leadership development. We talked about how praise has the ability to transform our perspective on our company, our role, our team and even the mission we take on as leaders.

7 Attributes of a Wise Leader

Ron Edmondson

I write and speak a lot about wisdom. I think wisdom is critical to good leadership. Leadership demands consistent decision-making and a wise leader has developed certain attributes that protect the leader and the organization during this process.

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Introverts and Extroverts

Coaching Tip

Many people believe that introverts, by definition, are shy and extroverts are outgoing. This is incorrect. Introverts and extroverts differ in how they process information. Introverts get their energy internally. Extroverts gain energy from being with other people, often the more the merrier. There are shy extroverts and outgoing introverts. Most of us have a little of both in us, but lean one way or the other.

3 Guiding Principles For Quality Employee Engagement

The Leadership Advisor

Ahhhh…employee engagement. One of my favorite subjects. So many folks are talking about it and singing its praises, and rightly so. A fair few of the business metrics that the CFOs and number crunching crowd are so excited about are directly or indirectly affected by employee engagement.

Visionary Leaders and the GPS Ride of Insanity

C-Level Strategies

Yes, I realize I am a slow-adopter when it comes to technology. I took my first GPS-aided road trip this past weekend and the device literally drove me mad.

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3 Steps to Jump Start Your Spiritual Life

Ron Edmondson

Have you been in a spiritual slump lately? Can you not seem to get out of the funk of the slump? I have had several seasons of life where I simply didn’t feel close to God. Obviously, as the old saying goes, “I moved, not God.&#

6 Ways To Build Your Strategic Network

Linked 2 Leadership

Collaborative technologies are changing the way we develop and maintain relationships. While they’re making it easier to stay in touch, they’re also increasing the size of our networks. To get the most out of our growing list of relationships, it’s become essential to build a strategy into our networking.

Conquering Ambiguity


“President of Ecuador Hit with Tear Gas”. A few days before I was to depart from the United States to Ecuador, Ecuador was in the news. Not just the local or regional news, the international news. There were concerns in my family about my safety. Would I be safe? Could I get in the country?


Stop! Your Words are Killing Me!


Congratulations! You got that promotion. Now you believe that you have to let everyone around you know everything you know. You tell them everything, but just can’t figure out why they don’t get it. Your words are killing them, and may also be sinking your organization. The problem is that there are too

He Who Loves You, Watches Over You

Ron Edmondson

One of the greatest feelings as a parent has to be watching your children sleep… Knowing they are safe… resting…under your care… I never got tired of knowing my boys were safe in their beds at night. It was a great time of day.

Should leadership development be more transparent? []

Weekly Leader

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Leading Like One Of The 3 Musketeers

The Leadership Advisor

Earlier this month I joined a unique group of people. I had the privilege of chatting with Ted Coiné , a friend I made on Twitter, face to face while I was on vacation. He invited me to join a group of other folks, a tribe if you will, in a virtual setting.

Leading Views: Four Ways to Change

Leading Blog

We know what to do to make people happy at work says Brian Tracy.

The Danger of the Mundane…And How to Fight It…

Ron Edmondson

A danger exists in completing the routine tasks you have to do… Routine assignments at work….

Why Women Execs are Twice as Likely to Leave Their Jobs

Women on Business

Recently I blogged about research indicating that women executives are more than twice as likely to leave their jobs as men. As reported in U.S. News , the researchers determined that 7.2% of women executives in the survey left their jobs, compared to 3.8% of men. This consisted of both voluntary and involuntary. departures. Read the entire article here. The researchers suggested that women in mid-level management may not be getting the opportunities and support that they need to advance.

Clarity. Or Not



The Big Vision is Important but People Live in the Details

Leading Blog

Most leaders don’t want to be called a tyrant, a control freak, or even a micromanager. To avoid that, it’s easy to jump into the other ditch and be laissez-faire. Leaders have a duty to navigate between these two extremes as the situation dictates. Typically, we like to present the vision—the values—and leave the details to be sorted out. We like to give the big overarching principle without explaining exactly how it plays out in everyday life.

If Possible


Don't just read the minutes, write the minutes. Distinguish between moments when you are truly goofing off and those when you may appear to be doing so but are really letting some serious analysis percolate. Read your emails over three times: once for grammar, once for substance, and once for tone.

5 Ways to Improve Communication Overnight

Women on Business

Guest post by Maranda Gibson (learn more about Maranda at the end of this post). I was thinking the other day about how I’m addicted to multitasking. I was hanging out with a friend, just chatting, and suddenly I realized that I had checked my email about five times in a 20 minute span. Why was I doing that? We use email to communicate but when you have conversation happening right in front of you why would you continue to try to find it somewhere else?

My CMI by Paul Kincell

Chartered Management Institute

Paul Kincell is branch president of Doncaster & Barnsley, South, Yorkshire. An established professional interim manager by day, he is parachuted in to solve a wide range of sales and business challenges, all while spreading the message of CMI! You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Fertile imaginations

Managing Leadership

It was once popular, some years after a best-selling management book highlighted specific companies as exemplars of this or that fad, to reassess those businesses and to delight perversely in how far the putatively mighty had fallen. It’s not always fair to blame the companies per se – perhaps new managers had proven inept or had strayed from a decent methodology, or more fundamentally negative influences had washed over the outfits from the markets or government.

The line between being assertive and being aggressive

Bud to Boss

No matter how great a manager you are, bad things will happen at work: not every day, but occasionally. It’s how you handle those incidents—the ones that fill you with frustration, anger and dread—that determine what kind of leader you are. If you respond to those occasions aggressively (outwardly or passively), you’ll undermine your team, spread fear and start the rumor mill.

Mastering the Complex Sale: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Mastering the Complex Sale: How to Compete and Win When the Stakes are High! Newly Revised and Updated) Jeff Thull John Wiley & Sons (2004/2010) Complex sales are those which involve a lengthy process of cultivation and solicitation, a “circle of influence&# within which the purchase or pass decision is made, a product or service [.].

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Another Nail in the Leadership Ethics Coffin?

Linked 2 Leadership

Once again the personal ethics of a national leader is brought into question. Leaders are legendary for moral lapses and Anthony Weiner is latest in a long line of those who have slid down that slippery slope of moral mis-management. Rolling Down Hill What needs to be remembered by all leaders is the impact that [.]. Values Measurements

Why You Need To Add More Seats To Your Leadership Table

Terry Starbucker

Recently a few good friends of mine have changed jobs, for reasons that were quite similar.

First Look: Leadership Books for July 2011

Leading Blog

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in July. The Accidental Creative : How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice by Todd Henry. I'm Feeling Lucky : The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 by Douglas Edwards. Growth or Bust : Proven Turnaround Strategies to Grow Your Business by Mark Faust. Elements of Influence : The Art of Getting Others to Follow Your Lead by Terry R. Bacon. Good Strategy Bad Strategy : The Difference and Why It Matters by Richard Rumelt.

Building Community Around Empire Avenue

Managing Communities

Empire Avenue is a stock market where you can purchase shares in your favorite individual or corporate social media presences. I’m on the service with the ticker symbol IFROGGY. My friend Damond Nollan has been riding the Empire Avenue wave. He’s a popular user and has dug in pretty deep. I asked him to write [.]. Developing Your Community How Should I Participate

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Effective Communication Skills: Acknowledge Emotions Before Solving Problems

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Best of Blogs Series Recently, I was working through an issue with another person. They were distressed over the results of a process that affects both of us. I helped to create the process. I have authority to change the process if necessary. And I have knowledge of the system to troubleshoot and fix a fair number of problems. [.] Effective Communication Skills: Acknowledge Emotions Before Solving Problems. Best of Blogs Series communication emotion Focus

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Ethics at the Intersection

Leading in Context

Why is it such a challenge to determine how we interpret "ethical leadership?" Because there are many different ways of determining what we consider to be ethical. Even while trying to be responsible we can still miss the mark by a mile. Consider some of the possible ways that a leader might interpret ethics. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking ethical ethical leadership context ethical leadership development ethics training leadership ethics training

You Know that Next Action You are Supposed to Take? – So, Do It Already! (a little insight from David Allen, and the Navy SEALs)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Some reminders from David Allen (Getting Things Done): Stuff: anything you have allowed into your psychological or physical world that doesn’t belong where it is, but for which you haven‘t yet determined the desired outcome and the next action step. As long as it is still “stuff,” it’s not controllable. It is “an amorphous blob [.]. Randy's blog entries David Alllen Gettiing Things Done Leadership Lessons of the Navy SEALs next action planning work ethic

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If You Don't Ask. Getting the Business Help You Need By Judy Katz

Women's Leadership Exchange

My sweet little grandmother used to advise me all the time, 'Judy darling, remember: If you don't ask, you don't get.'. For too many years I did not take Grandma's sage advice. Building my business, I was busy being all things to a small group of people (clients, family, friends) and some things to a larger group of people (everyone else), with little left for myself. Admitting that I couldn't handle everything myself? Not this juggling fool.

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Followers—Step Up Your Game!


Every year, thousands of books and articles are published about leadership , but the truth is that most of us are followers more than we are leaders. Of all the people you encounter each day, consider the work they do. Are they leading or are they following? Do they envision, inspire, and mobilize?

My Current Heart Stirrings: Men’s Ministry

Ron Edmondson

I did men’s ministry for many years before I went into vocational ministry. Recently I felt led to address the young men in our church. One Saturday morning, I invited men aged 35 and under to join me as I shared some thoughts with them.

Colleges should stop imitating Harvard

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from a special article co-authored by Clayton Christensen and Henry Eyring featured by CNN online. To read the complete article and check out a wealth of other resources, please click here. * * * •’s op-eds on college ranged from calling it a waste of time to high praise • [.].

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