2012

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.

7 Ways to Help Children Cope with FEAR

Ron Edmondson

No doubt, the tragic incident in Conneticut has caused fear in all of us. Imagine the fear in the innocent mind of a child. How does a parent or teacher address this fear?

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.

Erasing the Handicap from Golf and Life

Dave Bratcher

Have you ever been inspired by a friend, or watched in amazement as a friend accomplishes great things? Courtesy www.nagagolf.com. Brandon Rowland is just that friend. Life was completely normal for a six year old…sports, school, being mean to sisters, etc.

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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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Linds Redding’s Short Lesson in Perspective

In the CEO Afterlife

Last week, Mathew Creamer of Advertising Age said Linds Redding’s ‘Short Lesson in Perspective’ was the best piece of advertising writing you’ll ever read. As an ex-ad man and a lifelong aficionado of great creative, whether it is art or copy, I could not resist the urge to check it out.

Winter, Snow And Other Leadership Musings

The Leadership Advisor

We have had some incredible amounts of snow for the first couple of weeks here in Helsinki. Sure it gets cold and there is a fair amount of snow each year, but rarely does it come this early in the year. We have gotten well over 50cm (20 inches) of snow in a relatively short amount of time.

Leader Or Bully? There are Consequences

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by By Hap Klopp and Brian Tarcy , Authors, Conquering the North Face: An Adventure in Leadership: I’ve seen it a thousand times in business—rejection of an idea or a person by virtue of corporate status. The powers that be have authority, so they must be right. Right?

No Excuses = Real Leadership

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth . Leaders don’t offer, nor do they accept excuses. True leadership demands the character to demonstrate personal responsibility for one’s actions, and the courage to hold others accountable for theirs.

10 Signs You May Not Understand Worship

Ron Edmondson

The volume or tempo of the music determines whether you think it’s a worship song. A slight change in the order of the service makes you think they’ve harmed “worship” You think raising hands or not raising hands determines the depth of a person’s worship.

Bring It: 7 Keys To A Great 3 Minute Startup Pitch

Terry Starbucker

For the last 10 months I’ve been an investor in the Oregon Angel Fund (OAF). We invest in startups and early-stage growth companies in the Pacific Northwest, and as you can imagine, we hear a lot of pitches.

Don't Quit While You're Behind

Chris Brady

Achieving something great means going where you've never gone before. Even though much of the ground is therefore unknown to you, there is one main feature of your journey of which you should be. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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.

The Big Picture of Business – Tribute to Dick Clark

Strategy Driven

First-ever article on Dick Clark, as a business case study. Motivating pop culture piece designed to foster better, more successful companies. The passing of Dick Clark brought about widespread nostalgia and cultural interaction in our culture.

Team Vision and Mission - and the Difference

Great Results Team Building

Your team needs to define both its vision and its mission to be successful.

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12 Reasons You Will Be a Better Leader this Year

Leading Blog

Because you are generous with information. You know it enables and values others. Because you eschew the trappings of power. You respect your position too much to let yourself become self-absorbed and disconnected from those you serve.

How to Influence Without Authority

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Back in the good old days, if you were in a position of authority, you could just announce what needed to be done and assume it would be carried out. But times have changed.

Does Your Leadership Build Up Others?

The Leadership Advisor

You may be wondering why there hasn’t been a blog post on our blog for 3 months. All of the “gurus” say in order to keep things going, you have to continue blogging regularly and frequently. On a certain level, I agree.

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?

15 Time Wasters [infographic]

N2Growth Blog

Leadership Miscellaneous Success 15 time wasters infographic Mike Myatt N2growth

7 Specific Ways I Deal with Stress

Ron Edmondson

Yesterday, I shared some general ways I deal with stress. Today I’m following that up with some specific things I do that help me deal with daily stress. You can read yesterday’s post HERE.

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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).

How to Sell Your Creative Ideas

Kevin Eikenberry

Thomas Edison was a great inventor. But Thomas Edison was a greater salesperson. He and his team may have invented the electric light bulb, but without the support and resources (read investment) of others, that idea wouldn’t have moved forward from his team.

Women-Owned Businesses Employ More People Than Walmart and More

Women on Business

Did you know that women-owned businesses in the United States employ 40% more people than the top three employers (McDonald’s, IBM, and Walmart) combined? That’s just one of the statistics from the American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. In total, 7.7

The Big Picture of Business: Putting Budgeting Into Perspective, The Bigger Picture of Strategic Planning

Strategy Driven

Frame of reference is everything in business. Different people within the same organization have contrasting views as to the Business They’re Really In. The term Budgeting gets tossed around in many ways. Budgets get blamed for gridlock. Budgets get politicized.

Find Your Why to Improve Performance

Great Results Team Building

What is your motivation? Why do you lace up your shoes in the morning? One of the things every great performer does to improve performance, regardless of their field, is find their why. Imagine I told you about a hidden a suitcase full of cash across town was filled with 800,000 dollars.

How to Avoid the Artificial Maturity Trap

Leading Blog

Children today are overexposed to information far earlier than they are ready and underexposed to real-life experiences far later than they are ready producing a kind of artificial maturity.

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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Resurrecting Employee Loyalty

The Leadership Advisor

Managers are killing off employee loyalty. In a time when employees want more freedom, openness, and say over the work they do, management practices and beliefs, on the whole, have calcified. Management has failed to adapt to the dynamic influences on how work can be done in the 21st century.

20 Signs That You Can’t Trusted as a Leader

Great Leadership By Dan

“Trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organizations to work.”. Leadership Guru Warren Bennis. “In In leadership, there are no words more important than trust. In any organization, trust must be developed among every member of the team if success is going to be achieved.”.

Leadership Isn’t About Checking Boxes

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth . Today’s post is a short rant, but one every leader should take to heart – STOP CHECKING BOXES. To believe leadership can be reduced to task management is simply flawed thinking.

5 Ways to Fight Insecurity as a Pastor or Leader

Ron Edmondson

I was talking with a young pastor recently. He is overwhelmed with the responsibility he’s been given. His church expects a lot from him…leading the church, preaching great messages, and seeing the baptistry consistently in use.

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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13-Point Checklist For Ensuring Good Customer Service

Eric Jacobson

Every business leader should periodically call his/her company to observe how their customers are being treated by their employees -- because, all too often a phone conversation becomes a customer turnoff rather than a relationship builder.