Sat.Mar 05, 2011 - Fri.Mar 11, 2011

Leadership & Influence

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. You cannot be a effective leader without influence. Let me make this as simple as I can – if you’re a leader, influence needs to be a competency.

5 Characteristics of an Excellent Team Member

Ron Edmondson

I love team dynamics and organizational structures. I have written many times about what makes a healthy team, my expectations of team members, and elements to build health into your team.

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5 Truisms About Leadership and Corporate Culture Leaders Cannot Ignore

C-Level Strategies

It can’t be escaped – the impact of corporate culture on talent management and organizational success, that is. Even this weekend as I was sipping hot chocolate at Starbucks while talking with a goddess friend it came up in conversation.

10 Key Lessons On Leading Virtual Teams Effectively


We live in times where more and more work is executed by teams that are geographically distributed. Leading a virtual team, fostering collaboration and binding them to common set of objectives is one of the key challenges for business leaders. In most of the troubled projects I have seen, the real challenges were not technical/engineering ones but communication/collaboration ones.

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Beware of Flattery

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. The problem with the old saying that “flattery will get you everywhere” is that those with less than pure intentions not only believe it, they act on it.

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Twelve Steps to a Great Networking Conversation

Next Level Blog

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post called Five Principles for Building a Strong Network. It proved to be pretty popular and I've been practicing and coaching on those principles ever since. Today, Please click the headline to read the whole story. executive presence

5 Reasons a Church or Organization Stops Growing

Ron Edmondson

I was talking with a church recently that had explosive growth, but things have slowed. They wanted to know why they were not growing any longer. I decided to share my quick answer here. Obviously, God is ultimately in charge of a churches growth. There are times where God is giving a season of rest and preparation for a church for something to come. In some situations, God may have even taken His hand from the church. God is into church growth, however.

My Treadmill Desk: Why & How I Built It.

Tony Mayo

Treadmill Desk wwww.tony View more presentations from tonymayo. Why & How I Made My Treadmill Desk Here is the text from the slide show in case the PowerPoint above does not work in your browser. I read in Scientific American about the mounting evidence that many health problems and premature deaths were attributable [.]. For Executives Fitness Health Tread Mill Desk

Recognition: The Follower's Need and the Leader's Responsibility


As we approached a group of small buildings huddled together, as if to protect themselves from the vast expanse of the Argentine Pampa , the dust whipped across the cracked pavement, trying to get our attention.

The Four Quadrants of Management Time – Where Do You Spend Yours?

Management 4-1-1

Over the past week, I had the opportunity to connect with some amazing leadership talent and discuss a number of management topics. One of the most impactful, was a discussion regarding where we (as managers) spend the bulk of our time (and if that is the right mix). In this post, I identify four Quadrants

The Life of an Idea on a Healthy Team

Ron Edmondson

Healthy teams allow every idea a chance to live… The healthiest teams don’t contain an idea killer… Healthy teams: Brainstorm. Analyze. Test drive. Push back. Critique. Debate. Challenge.

The Art of the Dumb Question

Mills Scofield

When I was a child, my parents always answered a question with an answer that led to another question. So early on, I learned to just keep asking questions. It drove my teachers nuts (don’t get me started on education!) and drives my husband nuts (like that’s the only reason!). Just to bug my husband further, I’ve taught our kids to do the same thing! Despite this annoying habit, it’s served me pretty well in my career, l [.].

A Case for Reconsidering the Way We’ve Always Done It

Leading Blog

A society that doesn’t train their children to think critically, to be aware of those around them, and to serve, must create more rules and regulations than can be accounted for. There will never be enough rules—there are too many variables—especially when people begin to direct their creativity in dysfunctional ways. The challenge is to develop sound minds.

You Don’t Have To Be Perfect To Be A Leader

Lead Change Blog

Over the years, I have always enjoyed reading articles about some of the great sports coaches. While I’m not a sports fan myself, I find the methods of coaches who consistently produce championship teams very helpful in understanding how to … Continue reading → Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders.

The Sam Malone Leadership Secret (They Want To Go Where Everybody Knows Their Name)

Terry Starbucker

For 15 years I worked for a man named Bill Bresnan. He was a cable television pioneer and one of the legends in the industry, having built his first cable system in 1958, and quickly rising to the top in the early 70′s as the CEO of TelePrompter. He later started his own cable company, Bresnan Communications, in 1984, and continued to operate cable systems both internationally and domestically until his too-early passing in 2009.

The Reason for Leadership

Orrin Woodward

Here is a portion of an article on Systematic Thinking, a key tool in a leader's arsenal. The full article is available on the TEAM site. God Bless, Orrin Woodward The system is the tool used by the employees to provide the desired customer results without having to go through mental gymnastic every time, similar to how the subconscious mind can perform the task of driving without having to engage the full mental capacity of a trained driver.

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The most common mistakes made when initiating change

First Friday Book Synopsis

Most change initiatives fail or at least fall far short of original expectations and reasons vary from one debacle to the next. John Kotter has identified what he believes are the eight most common mistakes that are made and what he doesn’t know about the subject really isn’t worth knowing. As is frequently the case [.].

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Five Ideas for Dealing with Complacent People

Lead Change Blog

Leaders sometimes have to deal with complacent people – those people who are seemingly happy with their current position or status or job performance. Gather leaders and coaches for any length of time and this challenge is likely to come … Continue reading → Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders. Leadership Development assumptions complacency understanding vision

Do You Coach People? - A Handy Reference for You

Building Personal Strength

Have you ever thought of yourself as a coach? Have you ever been in a relationship where you advised or encouraged someone? Are in a position to help others learn and grow stronger for the challenges of life and work?

Human Resource (HR) Manager Challenges

Coaching Tip

By guest author Jay Weiss of JGI Consultants. The recruiting process can be time consuming, but it is not only necessary to find the right talent to fit within your organization but an important first piece of the employee life-cycle.

You Can’t Handle The Truth

The Leadership Advisor

As a leader within, or of, an organization/team you have the responsibility of facing the unadulterated truths that creep up from time to time. Sometimes they are things most would consider good news.

Leaders Take a Chance

Lead Change Blog

After Lyle hired me, I saw the position profile the recruiter had used for the placement: 10+ years management experience in a B2C service industry, bachelor’s in accounting required, law degree preferred, and a working knowledge of telecommunications. I met none, absolutely … Continue reading → Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders. Leadership Development Self Leadership chance Difference lead change take a risk

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10 business and leadership lessons from Niccolo Machiavelli

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an article written by Steve Tobak for BNET (February 10, 2011), The CBS Interactive Business Network. To check out an abundance of valuable resources and obtain a free subscription to one or more of the BNET newsletters, please click here. * * * Few historical figures are as divisive and polarizing as Niccolo [.].

In Praise of Friendship - Live Long and Prosper

Building Personal Strength

Greeting me one morning on Yahoo's home page was a self-help article with an alluring title: " 5 Ways to Cheat Death." Who wouldn't like to do that? One of the five ways is to "Make Relationships Last." BYU professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D., gives two reasons.

Plan:Do:Check:Act: Team Building Processing & De-Briefing

Create Learning

Processing Team-Building Activities: When facilitating a team through a challenge taking breaks to evaluate what is happening during the action and what is the teams next step proves useful.

5 Levers to Raise the Importance of the Group

Lead Change Blog

“There is a tendency to prize a few standout individuals while ignoring how much they draw on their surrounding systems of support,” wrote HBR journalist Michael J. Mauboussin in October 2009. His words were pulled from an article advocating the … Continue reading → Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders. Leadership Development Corporate Culture Culture future leaders group dynamics group success Lead Change Group Leadership

The Questioning Manager: The Power of Questions

Management 4-1-1

Each and every day, we are constantly bombarded with information and opinions. Often, we are asked to treat them as unquestioning fact. As managers and leaders, we can either accept the information we receive, or take the time to think critically and ask questions. I choose the latter! I’ve recently have been inspired by the

A Teen in Your Life - The 3 Things That Matter Most

Building Personal Strength

Do you have a teenager in your life? I ask this question a lot these days, because a lot of people are in this situation. And a young person's developmental experience during the 12-15 year period called adolescence has become on of my passionate interests.

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Consequences Need to Follow Irresponsible Behavior

Your Voice of Encouragement

I was shaking my head as I left the doctor’s office today. And it wasn’t because of anything he did. It was what one of the staff told me about her son, who graduated from college last May. John” has been unemployed and living at home since then. He makes no effort to get a job.

Transactional Leadership | Part 5 | Contribute vs. Collaborate

Lead Change Blog

Today we’ll wrap up this series on the differences between Transactional Leadership and Servant Leadership. We’ve seen 4 words to disrupt our leadership foundation. These four words are: Respect, Serve, Trust, and Collaborate. We’ve compared these 4 words of Servant … Continue reading → Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders. Leadership Development Self Leadership Workplace Issues Collaborate contribute relationships Transactional Leadership

Recognizing System Loops in Life

Orrin Woodward

Systems Thinking has been defined as an approach to problem solving, by viewing "problems" as parts of an overall system, rather than reacting to specific parts, outcomes or events and potentially contributing to further development of unintended consequences. In other words, systems thinking focuses on cyclical processes rather than linear “cause and effect” events. Peter Senge, the insightful author of the Fifth Discipline, wrote, “Structures of which we are unaware hold us prisoner.

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The Best Version Of You

Tim Milburn

There are a number of versions of you (and me) out there. In 1955, Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham developed an interpersonal relationship and communication tool known as the Johari Window. This tool placed the various perspectives of “you&# into four basic quadrants.

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"Think About What You Have To Do, and Do Something You're Thinking About"

Jason Womack

Hard Choices. Inspired by Bloomburg Businessweek Magazine.the very last page of each issue.). Think About What You Have To Do, and Do Something You're Thinking About.".

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Why Teens Need Help - The Consequences of Poor Judgment

Building Personal Strength

This post is mainly for parents of kids aged 10-25. But if you're a grandparent, a coach, a teacher, or involved in programs that help teens, you should read this, too. I've written several posts - mostly directed at parents - about why adolescence is such a perilous time.