2014

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.

12 Core Competencies For Great Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Asked to define what a great leader is, many people might say something like “Great leaders have integrity” or “Great leaders inspire people” or “Great leaders lead by service and setting the right example.”. And each one of those answers is correct in its way.

Veterans Day – Solemnly Remember

General Leadership

Armistice Day parade – 1929 – Boston (Source: Boston Public Library). “…solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom.”. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

21 Leadership Quotes From Truett Cathy, Founder Of Chick-Fil-A

Joseph Lalonde

T ruett Cathy was an amazing man. More than the founder of Chick-Fil-A, he was a great leader. Sadly, Truett passed away on Monday. Even with his passing, his legacy doesn’t have to fade away. We can remember the man and the leadership he taught us. Image via Creative Commons.

The HR Playbook: Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

Companies with the right mix of benefits saw a 138% drop in employee turnover. Learn how you can lower your employee attrition rate and retain top talent.

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

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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Leader, Know Yourself

Lead Change Blog

How do leaders build credibility with team members? I believe credibility happens when leaders act on their primary responsibility to serve team members. Servant leadership is not easy to do in today’s dog-eat-dog, me-first business environment.

Solve One Of The Most Common Leadership Frustrations

Lead Change Blog

One of the most common frustrations of leaders is expectations not being met. Leaders are busy folks and as a result we assume a lot in the process of doing our jobs. One of the common assumptions and therefore a source of frustration is that our people know what we expect of them.

How do you live life on purpose?

Lead Change Blog

An aerial shot of the sidewalks of any major city bear an amazing resemblance to the view we get as we look down at a large ant den. . Lots and lots of tiny little bodies scurrying as fast as they can, doing what they can for as long as they can.

How We Overlook Hidden Talent

Lead Change Blog

In the history of every industry – manufacturing, tech, entertainment, sports, all industries – there have been many examples of talent that was overlooked only to be discovered at a later moment.

How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

30 Influencers Behind the Brands We Love

Lead Change Blog

We recently published an Aha Amplifier social media enabled eBook called Bryan Kramer & Leadtail On The Influencers Behind The Brands We Love that we’re very excited about. The eBook is based on a study that PureMatter and Leadtail collaborated on.

Things You Can Do to Build Their Future

Leading Blog

This last summer, my son Mark attended a youth leadership conference for the first time. I attended the opening session with him in a room of about 300 kids that all seemed to know each other.

Why Courage Is A Skill

General Leadership

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”. Winston Churchill. Richard Branson’s first business venture was a mail-order company started with funding accumulated by handing out leaflets outside of concerts.

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21 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Joseph Lalonde

H oly cow has this been a blockbuster year for superhero movies! Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-man 2 have already released. This past Friday was the release of the newest X-Men movie, Days Of Future Past.

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

How to Create a Shared Vision That Works

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

The Full Steam Ahead! Roadmap This is a “how to” post – for leaders and team members who want to create a shared vision. Over the years I have written blog posts that provide an explanation of each of these steps.

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How Being a Parent Improves Your Leadership Competency

Lead Change Blog

With all the juggling and balancing of being a parent and doing your leadership day job, it’s easy to feel like you can never do enough. After all, you only have so many hours in a day, and on most days someone gets the short stick.

7 Habits Of Highly Inept Leaders

Lead Change Blog

John’s voice shook as he shared his latest third party encounter with his bosses’ boss. “Apparently I was caught yawning during her presentation. I didn’t even realize I had. The irony is that I was really into what she was saying. This had nothing to do with her.

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Parents as Leadership Developers

Lead Change Blog

Parents are well positioned to be the first leadership developers of their children. And yet, many parents do not take a deliberate approach to growing leadership in their kids.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

10 Rules for Women Who Want to Lead: Melissa Greenwell, The Finish Line

Lead Change Blog

In presenting to the women at The Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women yesterday in Indianapolis, Melissa Greenwell, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at The Finish Line shared that the end result is that women earn only $0.77 for every dollar men make.

The Bridge To Your Big Dream

General Leadership

“Teamwork makes the. dream work.”. Bang Gae. Every so often we have a grand idea, or dream of doing something bigger than our selves. Just the thought of it generates a chain of “What if…?”. We are even inspired by the image of what that dream looks like at its fulfillment.

Vince Lombardi’s Success Formula: “Task + Relationship Excellence = Results”

Michael Lee Stallard

I once attended a meeting where it seemed that everyone was focused on the people or relationships in a business and believed that doing so would bring success. Don’t believe it. Great leaders focus on achieving BOTH task excellence and relationship excellence.

Beyond The Bottom Line – Measuring & Celebrating Success

Lead Change Blog

My team and I will soon pass an important milestone as a company. It’s a milestone I identified and have been looking to achieve by year’s end.

Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

Are We Too Busy Competing to do Anything New?

Leading Blog

Peter Thiel’s Zero to One is a quick and engaging read, but the ideas are not as quick to digest. Zero to One is based on the idea that progress can take two forms: horizontal or vertical progress. Horizontal progress is doing more of what works—going from zero to n.

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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16 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Big Hero 6

Joseph Lalonde

M arvel Studios has been on quite a roll with the superhero movie genre. Earlier this year Marvel released Guardians Of The Galaxy and it was a resounding hit. Now, Marvel and Disney has released another comic-based movie with Big Hero 6.

The Two Faces of Leadership

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

There are two faces of leadership. One face looks forward toward the future – because leadership is about going somewhere. That face of leadership focuses on questions like: 1. Where are we going? What is the purpose? How will we get there? What are our key strategies?

Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.

What Every Leader Should Know About Organization Culture

Lead Change Blog

Your behaviors are contagious. Choose carefully. Perhaps you are familiar with a popular insurance company TV ad based on the concept of “paying it forward.” A woman prevents a guy from stepping off the street corner into the path of an oncoming car.

The Transformative Power of Positive Leadership

General Leadership

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult undertaking which, more than anything else, determines its outcome.”. William James. On 16 October 2005, an incredible feat was achieved sixteen miles West of Denver, Colorado.

Choose Your Heroes Wisely

General Leadership

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. Epictetus. Picture the scene: In a remote part of Afghanistan, near the mountainous border with Pakistan, helicopters carrying dozens of elite Army Rangers race over the rugged landscape.

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Humility in Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Humility is defined as the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people: the quality or state of being humble. I’d like to focus on the words quality and humble because those two words are the essence of what true leadership is all about.

Meet Instigator Paul LaRue

Lead Change Blog

Each month in our newsletter, we feature an interview with one of our Instigators. Recently we featured an interview with Paul LaRue, management and sales executive making it a point to be an example of leadership for others to follow.