How Leaders Can Avoid Shiny Objects, Black Holes, Fire Drills and Other Dangerous Distractions

Terry Starbucker

One of the greatest challenges of leadership is managing time, a limited resource that has to be used with the utmost care and consideration.

5 Myths about Introversion from Harvard Business Review

C-Level Strategies

Harvard Business Review. I was exceptionally honored when the Senior Editor of the Harvard Business Review Blog Network asked me to write a post about introverts, which led to them publishing, “ An Introvert’s Guide to Networking.”

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15 Time Wasters [infographic]

N2Growth Blog

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8 Most Dangerous Leadership Traits

Ron Edmondson

There are no perfect leaders…except for Jesus. For the rest of us, we each have room for improvement. Most of us live with flaws in our leadership. Good leaders learn to surround themselves with people who can supplement their weaknesses.

The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership

Leading Blog

Gary Burnison considers leadership to be a privilege. Most people like the idea of leadership but few count the cost. He says, “To lead is to be all in, transparent and accessible, calm in the face of upset and even crisis, and always mindful that you are a steward of something bigger than yourself.”

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Is Entrepreneurship Worth the Risk? [Infographic]

Women on Business

A new year is just a couple of days away and with the start of a new year comes reflection and resolutions.

Why Boards Should Give a Damn About Culture

In the CEO Afterlife

During my tenure as a CEO, my Board of Directors never challenged me with questions pertaining to corporate culture. I wasn’t surprised in the least.

Three Ways to Behave Yourself to Better Leadership

Next Level Blog

The late Stephen Covey was fond of saying, “You can’t talk yourself out of a problem you behaved yourself into.” He definitely had a way with a phrase.

9 Awesome Things You Can Learn From Drinking Coffee With Entrepreneurs

Terry Starbucker

Since I moved to Portland about 16 months ago, I’ve hung out with a lot of entrepreneurs, in coffee shops all over town. Yes, here I spread my coffee dollars around between the national chains and the local brews).

The Power of Asking for What You Want

C-Level Strategies

As Co-Founder and Co-Host of Leadership Chat on Twitter, I spend a fair amount of time on the phone with leadership authors talking about how we might spotlight their brilliant experiences and insights during our weekly Tuesday evening global chats.

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Leaders: Stop Trying to Be Efficient

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Let’s cut right to the chase; stop focusing on being efficient – it’s a waste of time. Nobody other than perhaps you really cares how efficient you are, but everyone cares how effective you are.

12 Bible Verses for Leaders

Ron Edmondson

If you want to be a Biblical leader, consider these: “Do to others as you would like them to do to you.” ” Luke 6:31. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3.

A Leader’s Most Dangerous Thought

Leading Blog

“I deserve.”. Leadership is demanding. It takes a personal toll and if we are not careful, we can begin to make it about us. It’s not a difficult position to rationalize. The problem with “I deserve” is that it changes our perspective.

10 Questions and Answers for Managers about Praise

Great Leadership By Dan

Praise is one of the most misunderstood, powerful, and underutilized management skills. The following is a reenactment of an actual coaching conversation I had with a manager. What is “praise”? Just what exactly are we talking about here?

Ten Morning Habits that Promote Greater Success

Kevin Eikenberry

Do you want to get more done, reach more of your goals, and make a bigger difference? If so, the morning is when that can all begin! However you came to read these words, I’m confident you are interested in greater productivity, achievement and success. Perhaps you want that for yourself, or perhaps you want [.]. Achievement Leadership Learning Uncategorized personal productivity planning organization productivitiy

April 2012 Carnival of Leadership Development: Earth Day Edition


Namaste! Welcome to the April 1st 2012 Carnival of Leadership Development. I’d like to dedicate this edition of Carnival to Earth Day 2012 , celebrated every year on 22nd April as a movement to protect the beautiful planet we all have inherited.

Leadership infographic

Talent Technologies

This leadership infographic spells out the huge gaps in leadership between what followers expect , and what leaders do. Scroll down for the infographic or you can download it here ).

Women CEOs and the State of Female Executives [Infographic]

Women on Business

What’s really happening to women executives in the business world? According to Catalyst, women held just 2% of Fortune 500 CEO positions in 2011. Jump ahead to 2012 and women held a record 20 Fortune 500 CEO positions. That means only 4% of Fortune 500 CEOs are currently women.

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3 Leadership Lessons From Queen Elizabeth II

Next Level Blog

The past few days in London have marked the Diamond Jubilee celebrating the 60th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. It’s been a pomp and circumstance extravaganza, and the members of the Royal Family have all had parts to play. One thing the Windsors appear to understand better than anyone is that appearances matter for people in leadership. Click headline to continue. Current Affairs Personal Presence executive presence Queen Elizabeth II royalty

One Of The Best Leadership Lessons Ever….In Just 29 Words

Terry Starbucker

It was 1987, and I had just started my first big executive job at a Cable TV company in Los Angeles. At that stage of my career, I was hungry for guidance on what it took to be a great leader.

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Why Conflict is Good for Productivity in Business

C-Level Strategies

“Everyone is in the people business. Name me a line of work where people aren’t involved.” ” ~Dr.

Why Your Leadership Is Overrated

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth . How are your leadership skills? Likely not as good as you think. There’s no shortage of independent empirical data generated over the years supporting the fact most people tend to overrate their leadership ability.

7 Dangers of the Proud Leader

Ron Edmondson

Recently I preached on the danger of pride. You can watch that message HERE.). If you follow this blog, you know I tend to think a great deal about leadership. I have a heart for developing good leadership in the church and in ministry.

The Four Leadership Traits of Highly Collaborative Leaders

Leading Blog

Collaboration taps in to a broader pool of ideas. It maximizes the talents and abilities of your people. An inclusive culture is more flexible and adaptable. People are highly motivated, work harder and are more creative. However, collaboration isn’t something you can put on.

How to be a Leader in a Crappy Culture

Great Leadership By Dan

It’s easy to be a great leader in a company that values leadership, develops leaders, and is full of role model leaders to earn from. You’ve seen the lists: 2011 Top Companies for Leaders. The Top 20 Best Companies for Leaders. 40 Best Companies for Leaders 2012. 25 Top Companies for Leaders. These companies, while not perfect, tend to have great hiring and promotional practices, and invest in succession planning and leadership development.

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How Leadership Is Like Beer

Kevin Eikenberry

I caught myself humming a tune from my past the other day. It’s an old Tom T. Hall song titled “I Like Beer.” Just to give you a flavor, here is the second half of the chorus. Whiskey’s too rough, champagne costs too much, and vodka put my mouth in gear. This [.]. Communication Leadership Learning Beer Tom T.

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7 Ways to ReWire Your Brain and Become a Better Leader

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Over the last few decades, studies in neuroscience have shown that we can actually physically rewire our brains. We can change the “default network” we were born with, the one that ensured the survival of our primitive ancestors who lived in a very different world.

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Can Anyone Become A Great Leader?

Linked 2 Leadership

Please do not assume great leadership is required for success. Almost any organization can become financially successful through the application of excellent financial management principles, good research and development, professional marketing, and strategic acquisition of highly qualified employees and managers. That however, is NOT leadership and the people who work in organizations that are not well led generally become [.].

Women Small Business Owners Are America’s New Job Creators [Infographic]

Women on Business

Did you know that 99% of the employers in the United States are small businesses? Did you know that the number of women-owned businesses in the United States increased by 20% from 2002 to 2011?

Has Ego Trumped Your Mission? Lessons in Transparency from the Komen Foundation Fiasco

Next Level Blog

As you’ve no doubt read, the Komen Foundation – the people behind the pink ribbons to fight breast cancer – found themselves at the center of controversy last week after they decided to pull funding for breast cancer screenings from Planned Parenthood. The basis for the decision, according to Komen officials: They no longer wanted to give money to organizations. Click headline to continue.

12 Ways Leaders Can Build a Winning Culture

Terry Starbucker

There’s a foundation to successful business execution that is undeniably critical – the workplace culture. Bad cultures can’t execute very well. Period. You might even say that they are doomed to failure, rich in dysfunction, seeped in mistrust, and (most often) guided by fear.

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What Leaders Need to Know about Resentment and Conflict

C-Level Strategies

“Resentment is a breeder. It breeds more resentment.” ” ~Wise Friend. Does this resonate with you? Do you have colleagues who resent you for a promotion you received and, as a result, continue to look for reasons to resent you more or to justify their resentment?

The Myth of Potential

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Here’s the thing – We all have potential, maybe some more than others, but we all have it. Potential is easy to recognize, but not so easy to realize.

20 Top Leadership Tips…in Tweet Length

Ron Edmondson

Someone emailed me recently and asked me for my “top 20 leadership tips” They were doing a presentation on leadership and were asked to share 20 aspects of great leadership. The added catch.

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