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.

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! ]].

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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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?

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.

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Five Great Teamwork Verses From the Bible

Great Results Team Building

There are certainly many other Bible verses that could be discussed as relating to great teamwork, but this list identifies five that are strong and inspiring examples for the topic.

Get Results, Don’t Make Resolutions

Kevin Eikenberry

It happens at this time of the year, every year. As the New Year arrives, people talk about making resolutions. In fact, the ritual of making promises or resolutions at the start of the New Year goes back as far as the Babylonians, and can be found in nearly every part of the world, in [.].

Graceful Leadership 101 (Free PDF)


People are promoted to lead others based on their seniority in technical areas. Others become managers after getting a management degree from a b-school that never taught them the fundamentals of dealing with people.

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.

Leadership Lessons from Yoga: The Benefits of Staying in the Room

Next Level Blog

Over the past couple of years, I've been in one yoga class or another five or six days a week on average. That might sound like a lot, but it's pretty much the only form of exercise I do anymore so it's a good way for me to keep the lights on.

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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.

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?

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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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.

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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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.

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.

15 Time Wasters [infographic]

N2Growth Blog

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10 Characteristics of Good Leadership (Repost)

Ron Edmondson

(This time of year I typically share the most popular posts of the year.). Here are 10 characteristics of good leadership: Recognizes the value in other people, so continually invests in others – Good leaders see a large part of their role as developing other leaders.

The 3 Must-Dos of Great Leadership

Terry Starbucker

In the seven years I’ve been writing and talking about my concepts and lessons of personal leadership, I’ve often been asked, “What does it take to be a great leader?” ” That’s a BIG question, isn’t it?

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.

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

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.”.

8 Things Collaborative Leaders Know

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Are you a collaborative leader? Collaborative leaders understand that organizations are networks of relationships and that relationships are the glue that holds them together. It doesn’t matter what your role is.

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The Truth About Becoming a Great Leader

Leading Blog

This is a guest post by Bill McBean, author of The Facts of Business Life: What Every Successful Business Owner Knows that You Don't. The seven facts he presents are clearly articulated in this very straightforward book.

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.

Qualities of a Good Business Leader

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by William Lewis. A sound education in business is just one component of being a good leader; to truly take your company to the next level, you must also possess certain qualities that come from within.

How to Harness the Power of Our Visual Minds

Kevin Eikenberry

I often do the following exercise with groups (you can try it after you read it, but I’m not sure it will translate perfectly in writing). Close your eyes and clear your mind. I’m going to say a word. I want you to think about the word briefly then open your eyes. The word is [.].

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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.

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).

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.

2012 Women in Business and the Gender Gap Research and Statistics

Women on Business

The year is almost over, and as we prepare to enter 2013, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the data that quantifies the gender gap that women in business face.

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