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A Letter to the Leader

Lead Change Blog

Dear Leader: I’ve been thinking a lot, lately, about our time together – the good and the bad – and today I felt like writing you a letter. No, not a letter of resignation. Rather, a letter of thanks.

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10 Tips on Writing a Good Letter…When a Letter is the Best Way to Communicate

Ron Edmondson

I want to encourage you to write a letter today (if needed). Writing a letter is sometimes the best way to communicate effectively. So, if you need to, write a letter. A letter will usually be read several and even many times; further enforcing the points you are trying to make.

Leadership and The Ugly Four-Letter Word: Fear

Linked 2 Leadership

We all have different ideas of what fear looks like. Some people fear taking risks, others fear conflict or confrontation, and still others fear rejection by peers, just to name a few. So what is fear? My Fear of Failure Personally, I struggle with fear of failure. I am a perfectionist by nature, as are […]. Emotional Intelligence Leadership Development Organizational Health Personal Growth Professional Growth emotional intelligence employee growth Situational Awareness Teamwork

Best Cover Letter Ever Written

ReThink HR

Career Resumes Cover Letter ResumeDefinately… THE best! You may also like the following: Guess Who’s For Hire… Me Your Hump Day Humor: The Best, Worst Resume in the world! Would you wear the same pair of pants for the rest of your life?

The Essence of Leadership in Five Letters

Leadership Freak

Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller capture, “The Secret,” of leadership in five letters, SERVE. The beauty of SERVE is inescapable simplicity and actionable clarity. Serve See the future: envision and communicate a compelling picture of a preferred future. What do I want to be true of the future? Why should anyone care? How will progress [.]. Author Book Notes Leading Marks of leaders Taking others higher Leadership Leadership Development organizational success

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Letter to a Young Leader


I’m inspired by your desire to change the world and I have no doubt that you will leave your mark. You have the potential to do these things. Despite what we hear about the differences that distinguish your generation from mine, our motivations are the same. The difference is that you have decades ahead of you and the opportunity to learn from the messes and the triumphs that my generation experienced.

A Mid-Life Letter to My Wife

Ron Edmondson

Cheryl, You may have noticed, I’ve written quite a bit recently on mid-life. You may recall, for example, that I wrote recently 10 Thoughts on Mid-Life I’m Learning (I’m trusting you still read my blog ).

Our Favorite Four-Letter Word Starts With An ‘F’.

Rich Gee Group

Today’s four-letter word starting with an ‘F’ is: FEAR. You need the other four-letter word: “PLAN” The best way to deal with fear is to have a PLAN. Gotcha. You thought I meant that other word. I’ll save it when I hit my finger with a hammer. We all have some sort of fear at some level at some time in our life.

A letter of hope for self-absorbed bosses

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Three nearly identical stories shared with me in just two days. Three stories of individual and/or group anguish, trauma, frustration, annoyance, confusion and heartbreak caused by narcissistic control-freak bosses. Bosses of this self-absorbed ilk aren’t self-aware or open to feedback, so no amount of pixie dust will help them listen despite how much we have [.]. Leadership Development Leadership narcissism

A Letter to the Church, from a Pastor

Ron Edmondson

After hearing many of their concerns, I decided to write a letter to the church. I’m blessed with so many pastor friends. I have the opportunity, through my blog and personal ministry, to interact with hundreds of pastors every year.

New Screwtape Letter on Leadership Discovered!

Modern Servant Leader

Below is a new, recently discovered letter from the infamous Screwtape demon. Your last letter suggested uneasiness at learning that your patient had recently been promoted to a managerial position by his employer. Background for those unfamiliar with The Screwtape Letters: In The Screwtape Letters , author C.S. Lewis wrote a series of letters in the first-person, from a Demonic mentor (Screwtape) to his “Junior Tempter” nephew, Wormwood.

The Four Letter Word that Makes the Difference

Leadership Freak

It matters more that you believe in work than you believe in yourself. You say, if you don’t believe in yourself, you won’t work. But, self-belief is irrelevant, if you don’t work. Work… Continue reading → Servant-leadership Success Taking others higher Leadership leadership success

The Four Letter Word that Makes the Difference

Leadership Freak

It matters more that you believe in work than you believe in yourself. You say, if you don’t believe in yourself, you won’t work. But, self-belief is irrelevant, if you don’t work. Work… Continue reading → Servant-leadership Success Taking others higher Leadership leadership success

‘Sell’ Is A Four Letter Word All Of Us Can Use

N2Growth Blog

He’s just trying to sell you something. She’s just a salesperson. Comments such as these – and many more – reflect the public’s attitude toward sales and the sales process. Is there any business process more despised than sales? Yet we all know the maxim – without the customer there is no business. If sales is held in such low esteem then how are customers supposed to come to us? Do they magically appear like Christmas presents under the tree?

Leadership and The Ugly Four-Letter Word: Fear

Linked 2 Leadership

We all have different ideas of what fear looks like. Some people fear taking risks, others fear conflict or confrontation, and still others fear rejection by peers, just to name a few. So what is fear? My Fear of Failure Personally, I struggle with fear of failure. I am a perfectionist by nature, as are [.]. Emotionally Intelligent Leadership Organizational Health Practical Steps to Influence Servant Leadership failure fear leadership Management

An Open Letter To All Electronic Devices (Including Those Not Invented Yet)

Terry Starbucker

I think it’s time we all had a chat. You see, over the last 28 years, you have invaded and then permeated my life in such a subliminal way, that I didn’t even notice that you are now monopolizing my time, and the time of a lot of other people too. And that’s not in a good way. Sure, it was very cool when I first discovered your charms, in my workplace. Remember? It was a 50-pound “portable” computer, with a cute little black screen and green text.

?Mindful Mondays: Six Things to Admire in LeBron James Letter to Cleveland

Next Level Blog

Rather than staging a press conference or a media spectacle like the classless The Decision broadcast in which he announced four years ago that he was “taking his talents to South Beach,” he posted an open letter on the Sports Illustrated website.

Dear Joe Paterno – One Alumni’s Letter to Our Fallen Coach

Modern Servant Leader

Our Weeping Nittany Lion. Dear Joe, In addition to others, especially the victims, I am praying for you and Sue. You could not have stopped it, but you could have mitigated this catastrophe.

Della, Take a Letter


The word is out: FutureLawyer wanted to be Perry Mason

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Are You Betting On the Wrong Job References?

Strategy Driven

However, if a supervisor, HR representative or other party offers negative commentary about you (which, unfortunately, is a very common occurrence) consider a “ Cease & Desist ” letter issued through an attorney to the senior management of your former employer. and you may have stronger legal recourse than a Cease & Desist letter. Practices for Professionals employment referals jeff shane job references professional references reference letters strategydriven

What Four Letter Words are in the Way of Your Career?

Women on Business

NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE: In business, there are a variety of words that, when used in the context of women, have become akin to “four letter words.” Could it be because they don’t see any of the above [words such as driven and family-oriented] as four letter words ?”

How to Write a Cover Letter

Harvard Business Review

But perhaps the most challenging part of the process is writing an effective cover letter. Indeed, in an age of digital communication, many might question whether you even need a cover letter anymore. Not sending a cover letter is a sign of laziness. Even if only one in two cover letters get read, that’s still a 50% chance that including one could help you, he explains. “It’s Still, as anyone who’s ever written a cover letter knows, it’s not easy to do well.

Post nominal letters and qualifications

Rapid BI

Post nominal letters - Being qualified, and having an education is important. The use of post nominal letters after our names on documents and cards is a way of telling the world we are qualified. Capital Letters – Made Easy – A Dyslexics Guide.

Letters from Another World


The other night I was reading letters sent by my great uncle when he was a Marine in France during the First World War. There is something eerie about reading such letters. One of the post-war letters still had dirt from Germany on it. He also kept a diary which is far more candid than the discreetly worded letters he sent to his mother and his siblings.

Roger Ebert advises a Texas preteen future Film Critic – on Writing, and Preparation – with a Personal Letter

First Friday Book Synopsis

I thought about just tweeting — but the letter is too good. Here’s Dana Stevens, on Slate this morning. In case you did not see it on Slate, look at it here. It appears that Ebert wrote it to the young Stevens somewhere around 1977-1979. Stevens, the movie critic at Slate, included this to introduce [.]. Randy''s blog entries

Writing a Rejection Letter (with Samples)

Harvard Business Review

Rejection letters aren’t easy for any of us. Writing a Basic Rejection Letter. But one of the benefits of learning to write a good, clear rejection letter is that it forces you to think clearly about what it is that you want from other people, and what it is that your organization really needs. That said, rejection letters need not be long, and the reason you give for the rejection need not be super-detailed. Writing a Detailed Rejection Letter.

One Year Ago Today: Check Out Today’s “200-Second Soundbite™” Podcast!

General Leadership

Cruise over to PodBean to hear our latest 200-Second Soundbite entitled “The Tyranny of a Ninth-Letter Leader” or subscribe to our PodCast directly via iTunes at the following link. Stricklin shares the challenges of working with a Ninth-Letter Leader.

Letter from Birmingham Jail - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct-action campaign that was "well timed" in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word "Wait!" It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This "Wait" has almost always meant "Never."

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Love Letters to Tucson


An unusual and charming website. Here is the story behind it

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I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter

Let's Grow Leaders

They imagine a letter written by an employee to a CEO, looking for all they need spiritually and developmentally from the relationship. Take Time for Reflection and Fitness deal employee feedback Germane consulting karin hurt leader letter posts writingThe conversational thread following my post last week on Email as a Reflective Practice led me to a fantastic post from Germane Consulting group, Dear Leader: Do We Have a Deal?


The Letter


When was the last time you wrote a letter? I mean a regular letter to a friend or an acquaintance; a missive that goes beyond a note card, covers several pages, and which is hand-written on paper and mailed in a stamped envelope. Aside from the special nature of such letters, there is indeed a loss to history, even if it is the scrawl of an obscure management consultant in Phoenix. E-mails. Faxes. Phone calls. I understand there are people who even text-message. [A

Harley Dealer Letter


“Dear Christopher and Jamie, Enclosed you will find the check you mailed to us regarding the account of Christopher. It is the policy of Reiman’s Harley-Davidson to waive storage fees for our active-duty service members who are deployed. It is our honor to keep your bike safe and secure while you provide us with our freedoms. We hope you return to us safe and sound. Until that time, we will store your bike at no charge to you. This our way of saying ‘Thank you’ for your service to our country.”

A Slow Letter


A letter to a friend. In the meantime, a letter. We scrawl so many notes in the course of a year that it is a nice change to write at least one slow letter. We went to law school together and were commissioned as Army officers on the same day.

Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO | His Resignation Letter

ReThink HR

Did you hear,,, What do you think?

Thoughts on Unjust Laws, from Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail – a Reminder as we Remember Nelson Mandela

First Friday Book Synopsis

I’ve thought a lot about the legacy of Nelson Mandela, as we all have, since the announcement of his death. There is nothing I could add to the many moving tributes and remembrances that I have been reading. I was especially touched by the remarks of President Obama, and by the essay by Bono, among […]. Randy''s blog entries

Unions Send a Letter


Read the rest of the unions'' letter on Obamacare Since the ACA was enacted, we have been bringing our deep concerns to the Administration, seeking reasonable regulatory interpretations to the statute that would help prevent the destruction of non-profit health plans. As you both know first-hand, our persuasive arguments have been disregarded and met with a stone wall by the White House and the pertinent agencies.

Courageous Letter from Groupon CEO Andrew Mason

Utpal Writes

It requires a very different level of self-cognizance to think similar to Groupon’s former CEO Andrew Mason and write a letter to employees and copy it to public , which is copied below in full. Key takeaways from Andrew’s letter: He started a serious note with making fun of himself. He ended the letter with advice of wisdom – that is to have courage to start with customer. How do you feel when you get fired from your job? Obviously not very great.

A LEAP Letter to the Coach

Steve Farber

A little birdie just forwarded this essay to me. (It It helps to know lots of birdies that LEAP –I get some great intel as a result). If you don’t know the name, Mark Tremayne, read this previous post first and then check out the following college application essay from Hilliard Darby High School student and track team member, Sean Newman. Witness the building of a legacy: How Mark Tremayne Has Impacted Me.

A Letter from Chile

Next Level Blog

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A Well-Crafted Letter Still Gets the Job Done

Harvard Business Review

Business letters aren't a quaint thing of the past. Here are some pointers to help you get those kinds of results with your letters: Focus on the reader. You see canned phrases like enclosed please find and as per all the time in letters.