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Who’s Your Second? Are We Really Leading, or Just in Charge?

RapidStart Leadership

Are you indispensable? Should you be? We make the plans, give the orders, follow-up on everybody and everything. Nothing happens without our say-so. The machine is humming and we are at the controls. It feels like leadership. But is it? Holding it All Together Stanley was charismatic and brilliant.

7 False Assumptions Made About Introverts

Ron Edmondson

I am an introvert. Some people can question whether they are or not. I don’t. I’m certified in Myers Briggs, so I know the language well. I’ve studied the concept, but it didn’t require much study or an assessment for me. I know I’m in the club.

What if Serving Others Actually Serves You, too?

Great Leadership By Dan

What if Serving Others Actually Serves You, too? Guest post from S. Chris Edmonds : The cashier at the checkout line at our local grocery store was literally singing. Did you find everything you neeeedd ?”

What One Successful Leader Learned About Optimism From Failure

Tanveer Naseer

If you spend any time on social media or even just watching the news, it seems there’s not much to be optimistic about in terms of what’s going on around us.

Applying Leadership by the Numbers

General Leadership

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” Colin Powell. Successful organizations possess numerous attributes that distinguish them from their competitors.

25 People You Should Say Thank You To Today

Ron Edmondson

Thankfulness is a virtue we often ignore. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own little world we forget to thank people who have helped us the most. Then there are people who simply need thanking to help them feel better about their own situation. Everyone likes to be appreciated.

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Vulnerability, Trust, and a Thriving Business

Lead Change Blog

Simon Sinek tells the story of a time he was waiting to board a flight when one customer committed the unforgivable sin of attempting to gain access before his group was called. The gate agent tore into the man rudely, prompting Sinek to ask her, “Why can’t you speak to us like humans?”

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How to Overcome a Frustrating Setback at Work

Let's Grow Leaders

I know it’s painful, but take a minute to consider the most frustrating setback you’ve ever had at work. If you’re like me, you’ve got plenty to choose from. Pick the most gnarly, frustrating one. Chances are you didn’t “deserve” this thing […].

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To be the best leader, you need to be the best human


Photo credit: 123RF. The relationships you have with those who support you at work are key to your success as a leader. Without those, nothing happens like it should. And good relationships are dependent on your ability to be the best human you can be.

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October 2018 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the October Leadership Development Carnival. We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, creativity and inspiration, development, engagement, team building, and more. Team Building. Randy Conley of Leading with Trust provided 25 Ways to Immediately Build Trust at Work. Randy shares: “ Trust is based on perceptions which are formed by the behaviors you use.”

A Good Time to Revisit the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect


[Photo by Matthew Henry at Unsplash] Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray's case, physics. In mine, show business.

The Power of Thinking on Paper – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

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Leadership Inspirations – The Beginning

Strategy Driven

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” ” Plato (428 – 348 BC). Classical Greek philosopher and Founder of the Academy in Athens. Leadership Inspirations business quote inspirational quote leadership quote strategydriven

Don’t Just Double Your To-Do’s, Delegate!

Lead Change Blog

Do you still beat yourself up when your to-do list turns into an unmanageable monster? It’s a common phenomenon, actually. You’re not alone if your inner leadership critic sounds something like this: “Why do you think you have to do it all? You really need to delegate!”. Recently I was coaching a team of leaders about the difference between doing more and delegating. Sure, you can go the traditional route as a leader and give away what’s on your task list.

Leader: Establish Authority before Exhibiting Authority

Ron Edmondson

This is a true story. Details have been altered to protect identities. Although that’s not really needed, as you’ll see.). A pastor began a pastorate and started making changes quickly. In my opinion, they were all good changes. In fact, a few of them were genius. I was impressed.

John Chambers: Connecting the Dots

Leading Blog

S INCE STEPPING DOWN as CEO of Cisco in 2015, John Chambers founded the venture capital firm JC2 Ventures specializing in startups. That experience has led him to write Connecting the Dots as a way to help others to learn from the key events in his life and career as they navigate business and life.

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The Big Picture of Business – Wisdom From the Disasters, Recovery Through Compassion and Resilience

Strategy Driven

The month of September saw natural disasters. In times of crisis, people came together to help each other. Forces of nature: from disasters came citizens with noble hearts and a willingness to serve others. Young people sought to help, thus inspiring lifelong commitments to community stewardship.

Preview Thursday: Blind Spots

Lead Change Blog

Authors Jim Haudan and Rich Berens identify the five most common leadership blind spots that hamper success: Purpose, Story, Engagement, Trust, and Truth in their new book: What Are Your Blind Spots? Conquering the 5 Misconceptions that Leaders Back.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From The House With A Clock In Its Walls

Joseph Lalonde

A Reel Leadership Article.

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How Passion Drives Many of the Worst Leadership Moments

Leadership Freak

Some of the worst leadership moments are driven by too much passion. Think of passion as energy, drive, direction, and focus. Is it possible to have too much? In my experience, the answer… Continue reading → Passion Growth Leadership Leadership Development leadership success

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Unexpected Issues with Business Trips

Strategy Driven

No matter how well you plan your business trip, sometimes there are events that take control away from us entirely.

Our Evolving Frame of Reference

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton As we weathered a hurricane on the East Coast, I remembered the uncharacteristic earthquake that affected Virginia a few years ago. That experience changed how I interpreted the world around me. It drew attention to why we all see the world in such different ways. Ethical Thinking ethical leadership ethical thinking leadership context thinking in leadership

3 Ways to Pursue Productive Failure

Nathan Magnuson

My new book Ignite Your Leadership Expertise is available for pre-order on Both the soft cover and ebook versions will be available on October 16. Winston Churchill declared, “Success is going from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

20% Walk Around Time And Other Tips for For Successful CEOs

Leadership Freak

If the most powerful thing leaders do is connect, the most dangerous is isolation. Inspired by Henry Mintzberg.) Relationship building: “Half of Americans view themselves as lonely,” David Cordani, chief executive of Cigna. Cigna… Continue reading → Health Leading Managing Marks of leaders Personal Growth Taking others higher weaknesses Communication Growth Leadership Development organizational success

What Degrees Do You Need to Become a Veterinary Surgeon?

Strategy Driven

If you’re researching the viability of becoming a veterinary surgeon, you’ve likely already discovered it takes a lot of hard work, grit, determination and skill.

Three Reasons Leaders Should Ask for Help

Next Level Blog

There’s a hero myth that can build up around leaders. The great leaders stand alone, indomitable in the face of adversity, accomplishing their goals in the face of all obstacles. The last thing they need is help from anyone else. Their strength, wisdom and resolve brought them to this point and will, of course, carry them forward. There at least two problems with myths. One is that they’re not true.

Are Team Building Events Effective?

Great Results Team Building

You may have wondered, or even asked friends or co-workers “Hey, are teambuilding events effective?”. But you would probably NOT ask those same people “Hey, is food good for you?” .

Leadership Lessons from Amy Winehouse and her Song Rehab

Leadership Freak

Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011. She was 27. Other famous musicians died at 27: Kurt Cobain Brian Jones – a founding member of the Rolling Stones Jimi Hendrix… Continue reading → Leading

What is your Story?

Lead Change Blog

Great Leaders Tell A Great Strategy Story. Most businesses have incredibly compelling stories to tell, full of drama and interesting plot lines. But the blind spot that leaders at most businesses have is a lack of engaging strategy to tell that story. Most organizations have a semigeneric vision statement, accompanied by what seems like too many slides to outline their strategy for what winning looks like for the organization.

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How to Launch an eCommerce Business

Strategy Driven

Among the business areas seeing the most success in recent years is eCommerce. People who own their own online store can specialize in anything from fashion to beauty, from health to home. For many, it is a dream come true, but that doesn’t mean it comes without its drawbacks.

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Games Advocates Play


I have conducted and supervised a lot of investigations and have seen each of these techniques raised by advocates for opposing sides. Although these games will always be with us it is important to know when either side is playing them.

The Self-Reflection Sandwich

Leadership Freak

Bias to action results in drama, disappointment, and crisis apart from systematic self-reflection. The truth about self-reflection: I erred on the side of too little reflection most of my life. I actually spent… Continue reading → Leading

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5 Tips to Launch a Beauty Salon in a Competitive Market

Women on Business

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Quotes From John Mark Comer – Catalyst Atlanta 2018

Joseph Lalonde

Live Blog Catalyst Atlanta 2018. John Mark Comer is a pastor from Portland, Oregon. A fun fact, he is the former pastor of my friend Paul Sohn. If your strategy in life is to live out Jesus vision of the sermon on the Mount, but you don’t change your routine to match that of Jesus, you don’t stand a […] The post Quotes From John Mark Comer – Catalyst Atlanta 2018 appeared first on Joseph Lalonde. Live blogging

So What's the Story?


[Photo by Anthony Tran at Unsplash] I don't need a chronology. A full briefing is not required. I'm not interested in the underlying research at this point. Just give me the story in plain language and in a maximum of three paragraphs. One paragraph would be even better.


Engagement is Getting People to Do Things THEY Want to Do

Leadership Freak

It’s a mistake to believe leadership is getting people to do what you want them to do. Engagement is getting people to do things THEY want to do. Pressure: Pressuring people to do… Continue reading → Coaching energy Feedback Goals Influence Leading Marks of leaders Taking others higher Growth Leadership Leadership Development organizational success

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I’m Optimistic About the Future of Leadership

Michael Lee Stallard

I highly recommend reading Stanford Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer’s recent books, Leadership B.S. and Dying for a Paycheck.