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

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results. These podcasts elaborate on the best practice and warning flag articles on the StrategyDriven website.

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The Introvert’s Guide to Motivating Others

C-Level Strategies

Trending Sources

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. I have been poring over all the information in the report and digesting all the data. I came across something that I found absolutely intriguing.

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


Last year, Seth Godin showed us a way to become a Linchpin. This year, he urges us to “ Poke the Box ” – to act, to start, to initiate, to experiment, to try (and fail and learn from it) and most importantly to finish and deliver.

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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. For me personally, that often involves having a hard and challenging conversation with a team member…someone I love being on the team, but know they need correction in an area that is affecting the team.

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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. The conference location, Bent Tree Church , is an inspiring location. Dallas is a cool city in May. What else could you want? 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.

10 Things Leaders Can Do To Make A Better World

Lead Change Blog

Greetings Leaders! I wake up some mornings, read the headlines and shake my head in bewilderment. War, Budget Crisis, Market Meltdown, Real Estate Crash, Poverty and Scandals. I see these headlines play out almost everyday and often feel a wave … Continue reading → Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders.

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 [.]. For Executives Goal Setting

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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. And, to apply it well, I suggest looking beyond behavior to the needs behind the behavior to really use it to connect and communicate with other people more effectively.

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. They seem to always be in the worst place possible. When I actually need some momentum, I have to slow up to deal with them. When I was younger I tried ignoring them.

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?

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 [.]. Randy's blog entries 57 Chevy Earthquakes Hot Flat and Crowded Japan Katsushita Hokusai Libya Nuclear Energy Spindletop the Tsunami wave off Kanagawa This Land is Your Land Tom Friedman Tsanamis Woody Guthrie

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

Terry Starbucker

Once a target is set in a business, for most leaders it’s a natural tendency to jump right into the business of hitting it – in other words, massing the effort and “push&# needed to achieve what Jim Collins ( “Good to Great&# ) called the “ Flywheel Effect “ I’ve always liked the flywheel analogy, because it’s a great mental image of how a business gets from Point A to Point B.

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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. Whenever I address this issue, I get push back from those who say they can’t get over what was done to them.

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. However, most companies have a formal annual performance discussion once

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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? At an event unveiling new Apple products, Mr. Jobs said: “It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough — it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing and nowhere [.]. Randy's blog entries Bill Gates humanities iPad liberal arts Steve Jobs tablets

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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. The opposite of that is true as well – people are confused by responses that are delayed and uncertain.

Different People…Different Expectations

Ron Edmondson

Recently I gave our staff this exercise. This is a preference assessment. Basically, if you could only choose one option, which would you choose from the four figures shown? So you can understand the diagram… There are four different options…indicated by the number 1 through 4.

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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 I mean, what’s happening right now.” I was in Buenos Aires where I lived at the time. I had walked to the corner store to buy some paper for my printer.

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. Next time you manage a team of [.]. Bob's blog entries "Do Your Teams Produce Reports or Results?"

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. Now I had responsibility for well over 1,000.

Living in the Center of God’s Will

Ron Edmondson

Too many people shy away from what God has called them to do… They run because of: Fear… Uncertainty… Past mistakes… Selfishness… ???????

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 [.] No related posts. Developer of People Influence Leading Change Video

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 can see a recording of the webinar above and here is a link to the slides used during the webinar.

Do Your Workouts Include MENTAL Weight Training?

Your Voice of Encouragement

Sometimes you find life lessons in surprising places. I was reading Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by brothers Chip and Dan Heath to stimulate my creative thinking for marketing strategies.

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. Our condo had a backdoor patio.

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. Innovate Purposefully (INNOVATING). Disciplines VI. Step Back (LEARNING).

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. I hate politics - including office politics and this book attempts to come up with creative ways to stop them. Or perhaps - recognize that they will exist so make them positive.

Leadership and Curiosity

You're Not the Boss of Me

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. I happen to think that fairy godmothers everywhere are quite liberal with the gift of curiosity when we are born.

Focus, Action and Reflection - Build Coaching Skills By Using Them

Building Personal Strength

In another post, I talked about a special ebook, Coach the People You Care About.

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The Two Types of Organizational Misalignment

Six Disciplines

The cumulative effects of misalignment are a significant constraint on the ability of an organization to execute its strategy. It's what we describe in detail in Discipline III. Align Systems (see video). In fact, research has shown up to 50% of the resources of a typical organization are not being effectively applied to the mission and vision of the company. There are two types of organizational alignment: creeping and strategic.

Ten Tips for Improving Your Social Skills

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

Ten Tips for Improving Your Social Skills. Observe specific interactions between you and others in differing situations. The first route toward change comes with awareness.

Leadership: Idealism vs. Realism

Linked 2 Leadership

Balancing the emotional, psychological, and empirical aspects of what it takes to be a strong leader is always at play in the minds of those who study leadership. For me, I recently took a journey through the aspects of what it means to balance idealism and realism. In his newest book, “Poke The Box,” Seth Godin shares [.]. Leadership vs. Management Leading Change Attitude communication Inspiration leadership Thoughts

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