2014

Five Personal Reflection Questions to Evaluate Your Year and Start the New Year Right

Ron Edmondson

I’m a reflective person. This time of year — when we start to see all the “best of” reflections online and in the news, I like to do my own personal reflection. How was the year? What can we learn from it? How can I do better next year?

How to Get Ahead When Life’s not “Fair”

Marshall Goldsmith

Have you ever worked with someone who incessantly whined about how unfair things are, how bad, how wrong or how irrational? When people constantly whine and complain, they inhibit any chance they have for impacting the future.

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The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity

Leading Blog

The 5 Choices is a nuts and bolts solution to greater productivity. Ironically, while we live in a time of unprecedented opportunity, we spend almost half—40%—of our time attention and energy on unimportant or irrelevant activities almost insuring that we miss the possibilities all around us.

7 Traits That Indicate You Might Not Be Leadership Material

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Rosalinda Randall : Are you ready to consistently set a good example? Can you be engaging, good-humored, tactful, available, considerate, courteous, honest, reliable, and understanding, every day, all day? Being an effective leader is a task not everyone can do.

9 Reasons Organizations Don’t Train Their Leaders

Kevin Eikenberry

There are hundreds of companies large and small that offer services to help leaders grow and get greater results, ours included. This means there is a large market or organizations that look for, secure and use these services to equip their leaders to become more effective.

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It’s At The Top Of Your List For a Reason: Don’t Put Off The Hard Stuff

Terry Starbucker

Remember yellow legal note pads? I used to have them with me constantly, before modern technology banished them to the desk drawer in favor of laptops, iPads and smartphones ( And yes, that officially qualifies me as a dinosaur).

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Compassion – A Cornerstone In Today’s Leadership

Tanveer Naseer

In this month-long celebration of my first book “ Leadership Vertigo ”, I’ve had the distinct pleasure of having some of the top leadership experts – Doug Conant, Liz Wiseman, Jim Kouzes, and Barry Posner – share their insights about three of the four leadership principles discussed in my book.

Are You Building Your Business Based on Relationships?

Women on Business

We''ve Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: [link] If you haven''t already done so, update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. link]. Networking Small Business building relationships Customer Service relationship marketing

5 Steps to Be a Better Listener — And Improve Every Relationship in Your Life

Ron Edmondson

Do you want to improve the relationships of your life? Tremendously improve them. Every. Single. Whether in business, ministry, marriage or friendships – improve in this one area — and every relationship of your life will improve. Guaranteed. How, you ask? I’ll tell you how.

The Big Picture of Business – Cut the Weeds: Focus on Priorities and Strategy, Avoid the Time Zappers

Strategy Driven

One of the by-products of being high-profile is that you get hangers-on. Most mean well and want to associate with someone successful. Some are groupies, and some are outright users. The art is to discern and marginalize the weeds from your path. One mean-weller kept hounding me.

Efficiency is the Wrong Mindset for a Leader

Leading Blog

Efficiency always seems like the right answer. It’s reflexive. Faster. Easier. Who doesn’t want that?

You’ve Changed! Why Didn’t They Notice?

Marshall Goldsmith

It’s much harder to change others’ perceptions of our behavior than it is to change our own behavior. People’s perceptions of us are formed when they observe a sequence of actions we take that resemble one another.

Five Ways Gratitude Will Change Your Life

Kevin Eikenberry

“Thank you” Saying “thank you” is something most of us learn at a young age. It’s something we teach to our children too. We all know that gratitude is important, which is why in many parts of the world, we have a day called Thanksgiving to remind us to be thankful.

Live Leadership Notes From Craig Groeschel At Catalyst 2014

Joseph Lalonde

C raig Groeschel is the lead pastor at LifeChurch. Through his leadership, the church has become a force to be reckoned with. They’ve revolutionized the way church is done.

A Better Way to Address Performance Issues

Let's Grow Leaders

“Will or skill” is an insufficient question when addressing performance issues. This model works okay if it’s truly a “skill” issue because managers know what to do next. They train, coach, or assign a buddy.

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3 Lessons Completing #StJude Half-Marathon

Dave Bratcher

Running…13.1 MILES? This time last year, I could run around the couch. After a year of running, starting with running for 30 seconds and culminating with running for 2 hours, 18 minutes, what a rush.

Assembly Required: 12 Steps To Building A Leadership Juggernaut

Terry Starbucker

Once it was built, great progress became inevitable as tomorrow. Once all the pieces were in their right place, it became a leadership juggernaut destined for success. And it was a wonderful ride.

3 Valuable Insights Leaders Can Learn From Neuroscience

Tanveer Naseer

The following is a guest piece by Jesse Newton and Josh Davis. If you’re trying to instill organizational change in your company, then you face not just a logistical shift, but a cultural challenge as well. Employees will have to think differently, see people differently, and act in new ways.

6 Strengths to Cultivate as an Entrepreneur

Women on Business

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5 Step Process to Write a Simple, but Achievable Life Plan

Ron Edmondson

Here’s a simple, step-by-step process to writing a life plan. If you don’t know me, you wouldn’t know that I prefer simple. If it’s complicated or too involved, I’ll opt out quickly. That’s my goal here. (I

The Leadership Dance

N2Growth Blog

By Brian Layer , Chair, Organizational Development, N2growth. Not everyone will respond to your leadership. No matter how good you are, there will be skeptics. Leadership is a human endeavor and humans have choices. Still, it’s your duty to find a way to lead them.

Are You Uncomfortable?

Leading Blog

No one likes to be uncomfortable. But, there is a correlation between our growth and success in life and the discomfort we’re willing to impose on ourselves. Growth necessarily takes us outside of our comfort zone. In a world of rapid and continual change, radical personal growth is required.

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Millennials Speak! 5 Future Leadership “Must Haves”

Marshall Goldsmith

Millennials speak up! You need an “equal say” in your company’s future leadership. Here is why. To begin, let’s start with a premise I hear over and over. The most important job of the CEO and the Board is to pick the next CEO. Succession is critical.

What Leaders Can Learn From Walt Disney

Kevin Eikenberry

On December 15, 1966 Walt Disney died. His legacy and vision have lived on and expanded in amazing ways in the 48 years since his death. Walt has long been one of my business heroes – after all, look at what he created, and all done with the fabulous outcome of helping people smile, laugh […].

15 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From The Maze Runner

Joseph Lalonde

A ny movie goer this summer has had to have seen the previews for the latest book to movie The Maze Runner. The Maze Runner released on Friday and my wife and I made the trip to the Cinema Carousel to check out the movie.

6 Simple Ways to Answer Tough Questions

Let's Grow Leaders

Joe’s a bright guy and his idea was solid. His data seemed right intuitively, but we had a few questions. My peer started with a softball. Joe responded with a stutter, swing, and a miss. He made the cardinal sin of answering tough questions– he made stuff up.

The 40 Best Leadership Quotes

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

There’s a good reason leadership quotes are popular. A few lines can pack a lot of information that teach and inspire. In A Tweet, a Blog Post, and a Profound Teaching I shared quotes from my own writing. These are the top leadership quotes by others. (If

Brilliant Boutique: 10 Keys To Lasting Small Business Success

Terry Starbucker

It wasn’t hard to like Sarah Young as soon as we walked into her downtown store back in 2010, when we first moved to Portland.

Surfacing elephants and new ideas

Aspire-CS

. There are many leaders who talk too much. They can suck the life out of a room by shutting out other voices that need to be heard. Any wisdom those other voices have may be lost in the plethora of words that gush out of the leader’s mouth.

The Big Picture of Business – Communications Reflect Your Strategy

Strategy Driven

The biggest problem with our business in our society, in a capsule sentence: People with one set of experiences, values, wants and perceptions make mis-targeted attempts to communicate with others in trying to get what they want and need. Success is just in front of our faces.

A Guaranteed Way to Have the Best New Year Ever

Ron Edmondson

Do you want to guarantee your success in the new year? If you could figure out a way, that’d be worth it, right? Here’s a Biblical example of how to have the best year ever. The Lord said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house.

6 Steps That Help Generate Leaders from Followers

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Taffy Williams : Leaders must be creative and agile in their thinking in order to create the leaders of tomorrow. It is easy to stand back and give orders and assume all knowledge resides with top management of the business.

8 Reasons to Seek Out Ambiguity

Leading Blog

Change brings with it chaos and ambiguity. We want order. Ambiguity makes us uncomfortable so we want things ordered as soon as possible. But if we move too fast, we can miss out on the value that ambiguity brings. We need to embrace ambiguity until we have rung the last drop of value out of it.

Seven Things Leaders Can Learn from Bill Clinton About Connecting with People

Next Level Blog

Delivering his monologue after the midterm elections last week, David Letterman was talking about President Obama’s low approval ratings and landed a great line: “Take a look at this: gas under $3 a gallon – under $3 a gallon. Unemployment under 6%, whoever thought?