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StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 59 – An Interview with David Aaker, author of Brand Relevance

Strategy Driven

These podcasts elaborate on the best practice and warning flag articles on the StrategyDriven website. Additional Information. About the Author.

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The Introvert’s Guide to Motivating Others

C-Level Strategies

So, today we’ll take a closer look at how introverts can motivate and move others to action. Three Key Steps. Being true to myself. Really?

What’s In It For Me?

The Leadership Advisor

Blessing White puts out an employee engagement report each year outlining the previous year’s findings. More opportunities to do what I do best.

Poke The Box: A Review and One Question to Seth Godin


Last year, Seth Godin showed us a way to become a Linchpin. He leads by example! Here are some gems from the book. The world is changing too fast.

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10 Hard Things to Say…5 Ways to Say Them as a Leader

Ron Edmondson

In any relationship, there comes a time where it’s necessary to say things which are difficult to keep the relationship strong and make it better. This is also true in a healthy team environment. Those conversations, as awkward and uncomfortable as they were, always proved to be good for the team and the team member.

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The Steve Jobs Way

Leading Blog

Apple is on a roll and we want to know how Steve Jobs does it. The Steve Jobs way is, in a word, passion. Passion drives his perseverance and momentum through setbacks. Passion obliges his attention to detail. Passion necessitates his intense focus. Passion fuels his outbursts. Passion compels him to encourage those around him. I don’t blame them.

Win a Ticket to Catalyst Dallas

Ron Edmondson

You should attend Catalyst Dallas. Catalyst is the cutting-edge conference for church leaders. The line of speakers is amazing. Well, maybe a ticket?

It’s The Culture Stupid

The Leadership Advisor

It’s no real secret that there are some employees that seem more difficult to manage than others; and that’s being polite. ad nauseum.

Turning Your Goals into Habits

Tony Mayo

The number one problem with business books, self-improvement programs, and even executive coaching is the excess of insights and ideas that could help, that would help, but do not help because the ideas do not produce action. Here are the two most important methods that I, as a top executive coach, use with clients to [.].

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What's Holding You Back? A Call for Gutsy Leadership

Leading Blog

Robert Herbold, former COO of Microsoft, says that lack of courage is what destroys companies. In example after example, what is holding companies back is consistent, courageous leadership. In What’s Holding You Back? He adds, “The leader must then lay out a demanding game plan…and stand ready to modify that plan at any moment, given new learning.”

Using the DISC Model: Focus on Needs More than Behaviors

The Recovering Engineer

The DISC Model of Human Behavior is, as the name implies, about behavior. To illustrate the point, consider the refrigerator shown above.

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Speed Bumps As A Business Strategy

The Leadership Advisor

If there is one thing that has been annoyingly persistent in my life, it has been the presence of speed bumps.

Leadership And The Flywheel Effect: Don’t Forget The Grease

Terry Starbucker

Getting a flywheel started takes a lot of effort – you push, and you push, and you push. Then, it becomes a little easier to turn it. And finally, it starts to generate momentum all on its own, and suddenly, what once took so much effort becomes effortless, and self-sustaining. You’re “in the groove&#. And time is valuable.

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Nuclear Energy, Japan, Earthquakes & Tsunamis, Libya, Tom Friedman – and a Few Reflections

First Friday Book Synopsis

The core argument is very simple: America has a problem and the world has a problem. America’s problem is that it has lost its way in recent years – partly because of 9/11 and partly because of the bad habits that we have let build up over the last three decades, bad habits that have [.].

3 Benefits of Forgiveness

Ron Edmondson

One of the most frequent issues I deal with as a pastor is the issue of forgiveness. There is so much hurt among people and the tendency is to bottle it up in an unforgiving spirit. It would be easier to hold a grudge, but Scripture is clear we have an obligation to forgive…just as we have been forgiven. There’s a huge difference.

Authentic Leadership: Would You Follow You?

Lead Change Blog

People are pretty interesting to study. So many people from so many places, so many different cultures, backgrounds, and histories. So many differences. But even in a world of differences there are some things that we can find most everyone … Continue reading → Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders.

Tips to a Successful Performance Discussion

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!] Performance discussions are excellent opportunities to discuss an employee’s performance, outline their strengths and development needs. Throughout the year, performance discussions may be less formal.

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Are The Humanities a Soon-To-Be-Dead Discipline? Not According To Steve Jobs

First Friday Book Synopsis

From the New York Times: Career Counselor: Bill Gates or Steve Jobs? Randy's blog entries Bill Gates humanities iPad liberal arts Steve Jobs tablets

Different People…Different Expectations

Ron Edmondson

Recently I gave our staff this exercise. This is a preference assessment. A dashed line would indicate the opposite preferences. Make sense?

Four Responses Leaders Choose On A Daily Basis

Tim Milburn

Science has proven that the most effective responses to behavior, those that will make the most impact, are immediate and certain. Every day.

Lonely at the Top? Not Necessarily.

Lead Change Blog

I still hear that a lot. How lonely it is at the top. How difficult it is to remain a character-based leader. How it’s a tough job but somebody has to do it. Right? Well, as I said, not necessarily. … Continue reading → Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders.

How To Detect the Outside Forces that Could Help or Hurt Your Organization


“ Did you see what's happening in your country ?” Yeah, Microsoft just came to an agreement with the government about its antitrust suit.” “I

Living in the Center of God’s Will

Ron Edmondson

Yet… I’ve learned, however, that the sweetest days of life are when you are found within the center of God’s will for your life.

Before You Start Leading, Know These 5 Things (Learned The Hard Way)

Terry Starbucker

I’ll never forget my first day as an executive. I had just moved from San Antonio to Los Angeles for this “ once in a lifetime &# opportunity to be the head operations person for a cable TV company. I previously was an Audit Manager for Ernst & Whinney and hadn’t managed more than 5 people at a time. Teach Instead of Tell.

Get your team to produce results, not reports

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription, to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here. * * * Cross-functional teams can be notorious for generating reports, recommendations, and suggestions for implementation — but no actual results.

Emotional Transportation by Peter Guber with Keith Ferrazzi

2020 IT Leader

In this video Keith Ferrazzi interviews Peter Guber at the Drucker Business Forum held March 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA at Zipper Hall at The Colburn School, Peter shares wonderful stories of his amazing experiences with F.Castro and his less than diplomatic encounter with the King of Thailand, he shares his insight on emotional [.]

Employee Engagement Network Webinar and Slides

Michael Lee Stallard

Employee Engagement and Connection from David Zinger on Vimeo. Yesterday David Zinger and I held a webinar on Employee Engagement and Connection.

You Throw Like A Girl

Lead Change Blog

This post originally appeared on LeadSwag and is reprinted here as part of the Lead Change Best of Blogs series. How many of us have heard this? How many of us have said this? I remember being about eight years … Continue reading → Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders.

A Lesson From School on Understanding Your Employee’s Value

Tanveer Naseer

A few days ago, one of my daughters shared an interesting story about a recent event that happened at her school. My daughter and a few of her friends had noticed that Peter*, the school’s custodian, wasn’t out in the hallway greeting the kids like he usually did every morning. You could just tell he enjoyed being a part of our school”.

Do Your Workouts Include MENTAL Weight Training?

Your Voice of Encouragement

Sometimes you find life lessons in surprising places. And these ideas aren’t just for marketers. It’s brilliant. Now I say, ‘ Never.

Pay Attention! - A Long Life Isn't Measured In Years

Building Personal Strength

I’ve seen some wonderful sunsets in my life, but my wife Kathleen taught me how to experience them. Fifteen years ago we lived in Miami Beach.

What Are The Six Disciplines for Excellence

Six Disciplines

We're often asked - what are these "Six Disciplines for Excellence"? We simplify it to six core areas of business disciplines: Discipline I. Decide What's Important (STRATEGY). Discipline II. Set Goals That Lead (PLANNING). Discipline III. Align Systems (ORGANIZING). Discipline IV. Work The Plan (EXECUTING). Discipline V. Disciplines VI.

Stop Workplace Drama

CEO Blog

It is amazing how a bit of personal news brings everyone out of the woodwork. Thanks for all the congratulations. I read an interesting book by Marlene Chism - Stop Workplace Drama - Train Your Team to Have No Complaints, No Excuses, and No Regrets. Or perhaps - recognize that they will exist so make them positive. Excerpt from Stop Workplace Dram

Leadership and Curiosity

You're Not the Boss of Me

I happen to think that fairy godmothers everywhere are quite liberal with the gift of curiosity when we are born. How might we look at it differently?