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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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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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The 8 Strengths of Humility

Leadership Freak

I ask G.J. Hart, when he was CEO of Texas Roadhouse, if he could spot emerging leaders. He didn’t rule out talent, education, or leadership presence, but he replied, “I can usually tell if they have the humility to make it.” Hart’s statement so deeply impacted me that I wrote about humility in, “The Character Based Leader.” [.].

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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 ).

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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10 Ways to Spot Authentic Leaders

Leadership Freak

Talk isn’t always cheap. Words change lives and organizations. However, when it comes to authenticity, talk is nearly meaningless. Authenticity, like trust, feedback, and empowerment are words tossed around in leadership circles likes nuts at a squirrel buffet. Words apart from practice make you feel you know when you don’t. Using the term “authentic” doesn’t make you [.].

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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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?

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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.

12 Things Collaborative Leaders Do

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Collaborative leaders create communities where people unite around a common purpose and values, working collaboratively to accomplish a shared vision that makes a powerful and positive impact. Their job is to champion the vision, provide resources and remove roadblocks. How do they do this?