Sat.Feb 20, 2010 - Fri.Feb 26, 2010

Better Relationship Tips For Task Oriented People: Redefine Your.

The Recovering Engineer

How you view or define a task can cause you to struggle in your relationships. Try redefining the task to stay focused on the other person

Freedom Only to the Degree of Self Mastery

Chris Brady

Are you ready for something insightful and remarkably profound? Steve pressfield. Ever wonder why many people appear so happy to be enslaved, to one degree or another? Ever wonder why some folks seem to search out mundane jobs and then

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Your Voice of Encouragement: Are You a People Pleaser?

Your Voice of Encouragement

Young children love to get attention and approval from their parents. If you're on a playground, observe how many kids yell, “Watch me go down the slide, Mommy!” And then they wait for the positive look or exclamation from her once they

Dreams Do Come True - IAB Top 10 Leader & Paul Pilzer

Orrin Woodward

I am finishing reading Paul Pilzer's book Unlimited Wealth for the second time in and cannot help pondering the changes in my life from the first time I read Pilzer's book. I read it the first time back in 1993 on a Saturday afternoon

JACK CANFIELD - The Success Principles

Building Personal Strength

For those of us who write, the story about how Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen turned the "Chicken Soup" books into a legendary success is great inspiration. In this five-minute video, Jack talks about the aspects of his life that contributed to his amazing success.

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Evan Lysacek - A Good Affirmation and a Gold Medal

Building Personal Strength

In the February 19th San Antonio Express-News sports section, the headline read, "Evan Almighty." American Evan Lysacek edged Russian Evgeni Plushenko for the Olympic gold medal in men's figure skating. Woo-hoo!

But God.

Chris Brady

Birds-on-wire-evening-manzanar-relocation-center-1943. Days begin, bright and clean, Little is known, most just shown. We don't remember, maybe none can, When we first realize something is wrong. But God

QAspire Blog: Practical Insights on Quality, Management.


Quick Thought on Leadership and Subordination to a Cause. If you are a manager or leader, you are very likely to have followers whom we commonly refer to as 'subordinates.' In an organizational context, subordination refers to a lower

Encouraging Peer Acknowledgment


One of the the things we strongly encourage in Leadership Made Simple is analyzing successes your team is having ( we assume every leadership opportunity involves some team, group, or at least another party

The Personal Strength of Compassion - "Pay It Forward" Will Break My Heart Again

Building Personal Strength

I love movies, and I have a DVD collection of favorites. I invest in a DVD when I love a movie so much that I know I'll want to watch it again at least three times in the future. It's been five years, so tonight I'm watching "Pay It Forward" with Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osmont.


Caption Contest 2010.3

Chris Brady

You've waited long enough! It's time for a caption contest. Give it your best shot, and as always, the winner will receive a free, autographed copy of the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today best-seller, Launching a Leadership

We All Have a Community

Managing Communities

photo credit: Unhindered by Talent If you offer a product or a service, you have a community. It may be small or large, local or international and you may not even acknowledge it, but understand this: you have one. Your community is comprised of those who use, enjoy and support whatever it is that you do. [.].

The 3 key people ingredients Virgin Air looks for in creating.

Talent Technologies

What do you need to look for when hiring people you need for customer-facing positions? Of course, every business has its own set and segments of different customers, but we feel this article outlining Virgin America's strategy offers

The Personal Strength of Patience - Peace of Mind in an Unpredictable World

Building Personal Strength

I don't just talk about it and write about it. I also do it. Over the years, I've worked on improving specific personal strengths. Not because I'm some kind of saint, but because I've been the recipient of relentless feedback from my wife and business partners.

Thank You to Networking Times

Chris Brady

This past weekend in St. Louis, MO, Orrin and Laurie Woodward, Tim and Amy Marks, and Terri and I were recognized with awards from Networking Times Magazine for contribution to the industry. We sincerely appreciate this gesture

Situational Leadership Theory


If you haven’t noticed it yet, most leadership theories build on the previous one. In the same manner, situational leadership theory builds upon contingency theory. Where contingency theory asserts that certain leaders work best in certain environments because of their leadership style, situational leadership theory argues that any leader can work best in any environment by changing their style accordingly.

My two cents worth…

Crossderry Blog

My Feedburner subscribers may have noticed my monetization experiment – I recently turned on Google AdSense for my feed. Or perhaps they haven't noticed. I've earned all of $0.02 in two weeks. My gratitude for my day job just went up

The Personal Strength of Thoroughness - The Devil Is in the Details

Building Personal Strength

Every now and then, while reading a book, I’ll come across a typo. It’s a rare thing, so I suppose I should give the publishers credit for attention to detail. Also, typos are relatively trivial compared to the content of the book. And I don’t claim to be the world’s greatest proofreader.

Bigger Questions and Bigger Games Lead to Changes…

Anese Cavanaugh

For someone, with a high value in connection and quality, I only work with a small number of people privately at a time. I do this in order to give my clients the amount of TLC, time and energy I feel good about, to take care of my own psychic and physical energy, and to leave room for the other things I love to do in my life. I also love working with small groups and teams and speaking to larger groups as I love the energy, connection and learning that takes place in community.

Book Review: Strategy Safari


Leadership requires strategy. But there is far more to strategy than just announcing where an organization is headed. The authors of Strategy Safari use the analogy of a syringe to explain this misconception. Where leaders believe it is solely their responsibility to fill a syringe with deliberate strategy and then inject it into the followers. What causes this misconception? Another analogy.

MIT formula for uncertainty: pad your estimates

Crossderry Blog

I don't have the time to delve into the entire article, so I may be misrepresenting the thrust of Spyros Makridakis, Robin M. Hogarth and Anil Gaba's Winter 2010 article in the MIT Sloan Management Review (full article here

#QUALITYtweet – Interviews, Guest Post and Reviews


QUALITYtweet_cover[1] I am delighted to share a couple of things that happened this week around my book #QUALITYtweet. Phil Gerbyshak is a cool friend who also wrote advance praise in the book. Phil is a “Make it Great” guy whose

Long Live the “Soft Stuff”: Skipping “Business as Usual” to Ignite Purpose and Optimize Mindset in Today’s Economy

Anese Cavanaugh

We are in the midst of an exciting, nerve racking and pivotal time right now. I see this in the economy, in business, in leadership, in politics, in families, and in peoples’ senses of purpose and personal values. There’s a lot happening. On one hand I notice a lot of complaining, blaming, making excuses, and fear. And on the other hand, I see a lot of positive and productive percolation, reflection, and action.

6 Building Blocks To A Fortress of Credibility In The Workplace

Terry Starbucker

j0436488 The last thing a CEO (or any other high level executive) needs in pushing goals, objectives and action plans all the way through the ranks of a company is to literally “feel” the skepticism as the messages are delivered – that

The only time Crossderry will beat Herding Cats

Crossderry Blog

I found out that Crossderry was named to another one of those best PM blog lists (here). Thanks Nicole… One must, however, wonder about a list that has me listed above Glen, Bas, Rich, Elizabeth, and Craig. I appreciate the mention

Randy Pausch on Time Management

Survive Your Promotion

If you haven't seen the long version of this talk by Randy Pausch, it's here. For those of you who are not familiar with the story, Randy was a professor at Carnegie Mellon who died of pancreatic cancer a few years ago

Seeds of success

Lead on Purpose

Everyone wants to succeed, but where does success start? We all have a deep desire to move forward and see our dream become reality, but how do we make it happen? The venerable “Dean of Personal Development,” Earl Nightingale

Victim or Victor – You Decide | Guy Harris: The Recovering Engineer

The Recovering Engineer

The battle to be a better communicator is with yourself. You can either be a victor or a victim - decide


Owning your change program

Crossderry Blog

It has been a while since I've checked out my leadership counterparts on Alltop… I found some tasty posts from bloggers I hadn't seen before. Melissa Dutmers at Riverfork challenges us to not fall back on conventional wisdom

The Cardinal Sin of Relationship Building

Survive Your Promotion

Business relationships come in really handy when you need a favor or when something goes wrong and you hope for the benefit of the doubt. Building strong, trusting relationship with your team members, your colleagues and your customers


Persuade To Lead

Eric Jacobson

My favorite book about leadership is " The Leadership Test " by Timothy R. Clark. You can read it in an hour and its message will guide you through your entire career.

Going green: start your own grassroots leadership revolution

Roundtable Talk

Climate change may not be something that the average mid-career leader is thinking about, but Carbon Foresight's Jason Steinberg says it's something every business leader should. Quite honestly, climate change is one of those issues

Getting to the Heart of Mental Toughness

You're Not the Boss of Me

I was all set to write about Olympians and the leadership lessons we can learn from them, when I read Wally Bock's latest blog post entitled “4 Reasons Why Being a Boss is not an Olympic Event” Any of you who have been wise enough to

Crisis Leadership

Survive Your Promotion

I grew up on the water – many of my friends and family members are sailors. In college I had a great opportunity to participate in a sail training program with Sea Education Association which I would strongly recommend to anyone looking