LEAD ON PURPOSE

  • What is the real driver of your success?

    What is the real driver of your success?

    Every so often something happens that brings into question long, and sometimes closely held beliefs. One of those happened this morning. An important topic, one that has—I thought—defined who I am and the way I work, was turned on its … Continu…
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  • Six Channels of Influence: How to Navigate Them Effectively

    Six Channels of Influence: How to Navigate Them Effectively

    Guest post by Willy Steiner “The human being is a self-propelled automaton entirely under the control of external influences. Willful and predetermined though they appear, his actions are governed not from within, but from without. He is like a flo…
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  • How deep is your desire to succeed?

    How deep is your desire to succeed?

    - 30 days ago, 3 Aug 14, 12:28am -
  • How are you using your time?

    How are you using your time?

    A common response when you ask somebody for their help or their input is “I don’t have enough time.” This is an interesting response given that we all have the same amount of time – 24 hours in a day. … Continue reading →
    - 44 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 11:30pm -
  • How can leaders use 360-degree feedback to boost employee engagement?

    How can leaders use 360-degree feedback to boost employee engagement?

    Guest post by Steve Brown One of the popular approaches to improving performance and employee engagement is to set up 360-degree reviews. With this process, a person gets feedback from their peers, as well as their manager. Management people also ……
    - 59 days ago, 5 Jul 14, 10:00am -

800CEO READ

  • ChangeThis: Issue 120

    ChangeThis: Issue 120

    Tweet Creating a Coaching Culture: A Playbook to Build Winning Business Teams by Nathan Jamail “In business, most of our employees are not as good as they could be—not because of our love for them or our desire to make their lives better than our…
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  • Authors On the Road, Changing the World – John Hope Bryant

    Authors On the Road, Changing the World – John Hope Bryant

    TweetIn the rapidly changing world of technology and the way we utilize that technology, we often forget many of our institutions were built over the phone, forming relationships with the people with whom we wanted to do business. In a group meeting…
    - 15 days ago, 17 Aug 14, 9:31pm -
  • Jack Covert Selects – Powers of Two

    Jack Covert Selects – Powers of Two

    Tweet Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 339 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, August 2014, 9780544031593 There is something thrilling about reading accounts of great creativity…
    - 18 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 3:42pm -
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Power of Noticing

    Jack Covert Selects – The Power of Noticing

    Tweet The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See by Max H. Bazerman, Simon and Schuster, Hardcover, 215 pages, 9781476700298 Sandusky. Madoff. Enron. Hurricane Katrina. These are well-publicized examples of our failure to notice impending disas…
    - 18 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 3:35pm -
  • Jack Covert Selects – The End of Absence

    Jack Covert Selects – The End of Absence

    Tweet The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris, Current, 243 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, August 2014, ISBN 9781591846932 Journalist Michael Harris approaches the often-discussed topic of the i…
    - 18 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 3:29pm -

GREAT LEADERSHIP

  • 10 Stupid Games that Managers Play

    10 Stupid Games that Managers Play

    This post was recently published at Smartblog on Leadership:Most managers are rationale, logical, practical problem solvers when they first get promoted. Then, through organizational conditioning, they learn to play silly games. They are like the fro…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 12:39am -
  • Social Media and EQ in the Workplace

    Social Media and EQ in the Workplace

    When employees are unable to manage their emotional intelligence there can be a negative impact on your organization. And when social media is added to the mix, the impact can go viral and be more significant. Read Beth Armknecht Miller's guest post…
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  • How to Connect with An Audience—It’s One of Your Most Important Leadership Skills

    How to Connect with An Audience—It’s One of Your Most Important Leadership Skills

    Guest post from Gary Genard:Perhaps the biggest public speaking mistake emerging leaders make is to focus on delivering information. But a leader never gives a speech to convey content. Instead, the aim should be to influence—and often activate—…
    - 12 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 12:00pm -
  • 10 Powerful Ways to Develop Your Employees

    10 Powerful Ways to Develop Your Employees

    I know, you've heard it a zillion times before: the importance in taking the time and effort to develop your employees. So why aren't you?Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for 10 Powerful Ways to Develop Your Employees.…
    - 14 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 12:00pm -
  • Leadership and Management Lessons from Fantasy Football!?

    Leadership and Management Lessons from Fantasy Football!?

    I, along with approximately 36 million other knuckleheads, am a fantasy football addict. I've been playing in a league for few years now and love it!Are there any leadership or management lessons to be gleaned from fantasy football? May a few, but re…
    - 15 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 12:00pm -

HOW TO BE A LEADER

CEO BLOG - TIME LEADERSHIP

  • Leading Surveys and the Power of Asking the Right Questions

    Leading Surveys and the Power of Asking the Right Questions

    When we ask questions - we get answers.This is why I like the How question.  Often when you ask why - you come up with reasons and excuses for why something happens or is not happening.  Why are sales down this year?  Competition is higher and we…
    - 28 days ago, 5 Aug 14, 2:23pm -
  • The Goal - Reducing Stuff Quotient

    The Goal - Reducing Stuff Quotient

    I recently moved from a large home in Long Island to large home in Guelph - but a home that is half the size.    So now, everything is a mess with too much stuff.  So I am committed to a negative Stuff Quotient.  I commit to get rid of more stuff…
    - 52 days ago, 12 Jul 14, 12:53pm -
  • 99% of Marketing Spending is Wasted

    99% of Marketing Spending is Wasted

    John Wannamaker is credited with saying "50% of the advertising spending is wasted - the problem is I do not know which half".  But he was wrong.  99% or even more of the advertising $ that are spent are wasted but the 1% more than pays for the adv…
    - 69 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 11:15am -
  • Simplicity

    Simplicity

    “Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.”Edsger W. Dijkstra  He wrote an all time classic book on programming called "A Discipline of Programming". I have not done much programming for a long time but most of the same principles apply today…
    - 83 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 12:42pm -
  • Accomplishment Guilt

    Accomplishment Guilt

    I suffer from accomplishment guilt - or perhaps better said - lack of accomplishment guilt.  I feel bad if I do not get enough done.  Some of this is good - it can drive great things.  It helps my self discipline.  It helps my productivity and ef…
    - 88 days ago, 5 Jun 14, 7:11pm -

BUSINESS WISDOM

  • WHAT IS DOESN'T HAVE TO BE

    WHAT IS DOESN'T HAVE TO BE

    "No one is worse, for knowing the worst of themselves."ProverbBecause in knowing yourself you see what you might wish to change.
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  • MAKING HAY, SUN SHINING, ETC.

    MAKING HAY, SUN SHINING, ETC.

    "I have known many who could not when they would, for they had not done it when they could."François Rabelais (1495-1553) French writer/priestLess poetically, get it done while you have the chance.
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 3:54pm -
  • THE REMEMBERED OFFENSE

    THE REMEMBERED OFFENSE

    "Acts of kindness may soon be forgotten, but the memory of an offense remains."ProverbSo think carefully before you speak or act; those you offend will long after you hope they'd forget.
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  • IT COULDA' BEEN WORSE!

    IT COULDA' BEEN WORSE!

    "When any calamity has been suffered, the first thing to be remembered is how much has been escaped."Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British authorAnd once you've (briefly) acknowledged how fortunate you are, get on with addressing whatever misfortune you…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 4:23pm -
  • KNOW WHEN TO BRACE, WHEN TO BEND

    KNOW WHEN TO BRACE, WHEN TO BEND

    "Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame."Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British novelist/essayistWe do need rigidity, however complete inflexibility leaves no room for growth.Flexible and rigid.Simultaneously ready to be the other whi…
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WOMEN ON BUSINESS

  • 6 Tips to Build a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

    6 Tips to Build a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

    Crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly popular method to access financial capital. Rewards-based crowdfunding is appealing as a way to raise funds without giving up equity or increasing your debt. But there are other benefits too. Using your social…
    - 17 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 2:00pm -
  • Unstable Organizations Can’t Grow

    Unstable Organizations Can’t Grow

    Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation.” It has become a foundational theory in psychology in terms of optimizing the human experience. To recap the theor…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 12:13pm -
  • 6 Reasons Women Have Problems Getting Loans

    6 Reasons Women Have Problems Getting Loans

    On a recent trip visiting my parents, I learned some interesting things about my grandmother. There were a couple of ways my grandmother made extra money. One of those ways was using her talent as a seamstress.  Every one loved her work. People woul…
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  • Best Jobs for Women Who Love to Travel

    Best Jobs for Women Who Love to Travel

    “Who runs the world? Women.” Women who travel. Women who get stuff done. You don’t have to be handcuffed to a desk in your nearest capital city. There are so many amazing employment opportunities out there where bright, bold, forward-thinking w…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 12:48am -
  • Paula Deen, an Amazing Comeback Of A Woman Entrepreneur

    Paula Deen, an Amazing Comeback Of A Woman Entrepreneur

    Among working women’s successes and comeback stories, there is no better example than woman entrepreneur, Paula Deen. Paula was a shining star who on worked her way up from being a “bag lady” and making and taking lunches to customers to a succ…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 7:23pm -

CONSULTING NETWORK

  • Analysis of Microsoft – Nokia deal & and its implication on Microsoft’s Growth Strategy

    Analysis of Microsoft – Nokia deal & and its implication on Microsoft’s Growth Strategy

    Microsoft’s Windows Phone Operating System is one of the smaller players in the smartphone operating system market with a 3.70% market share in a market currently dominated by Android with nearly 80% market share, followed by Apple iOS at 13% marke…
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  • What you didn't know about Google Glass

    What you didn't know about Google Glass

    Google Glass, which will most likely be the first product to hit the wearable-computer market has created quite-a-buzz, not all of which is positive. Tech analysts are divided over how successful Google Glass would actually be This big-hype isn’t s…
    - 14 May 13, 8:52pm -
  • Amazon Walmart Profits Margins ECommerce

    Amazon Walmart Profits Margins ECommerce

    For the past many quarters now, Amazon has been a darling of stock market analysts and investors with the stock currently trading at a P/E ratio of 187. This despite the fact that key metrics such as Income from Operations as a percentage of Sales (d…
    - 15 Mar 13, 12:12am -
  • Anti Big-Data strategy: Opportunity or Survival tactics?

    Anti Big-Data strategy: Opportunity or Survival tactics?

    In case you haven’t caught on to the new buzz word  in the business world, let me break it to you – it’s “Big Data”.  Consider the following fact – 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. This da…
    - 9 Mar 13, 7:32pm -
  • Womb to Tomb: Project Management is the Key

    Womb to Tomb: Project Management is the Key

    (Co-authored with S.Bhavani) Global competition is intensifying in its reach, complexity, pace and impact. To cope with it, organizations require carefully sifted knowledge and its prompt application not only to rescue organizations but to make them…
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FORBES NETWORK

  • NewSerious Lessons From Comedian Chris Tucker's $14 Million IRS Bill

    Serious Lessons From Comedian Chris Tucker's $14 Million IRS Bill

    Comedian Chris Tucker is witty, but it is hard to outwit the IRS when it moves to collect on a huge tax bill. The funny man was reportedly hit with a new lien adding $2.5 million to a previous $12 million, suggesting that Mr. Tucker ran up additiona…
    - 37 mins ago, 2 Sep 14, 6:04am -
  • NewThe Evolution Of The Employee

    The Evolution Of The Employee

    This concept and the visual was taken from my new book which came out today called, The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization.One of the things I have been writing about and have tried to ma…
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  • NewHow Much Privacy Do Your Employees Need?
    The privacy paradox has always been a challenge for small business owners. How much personal privacy do employees at work need or legally deserve? Convenient access to the internet and the use of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) smartphones at work has o…
    - 3 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 4:00am -
  • NewSocial Security Q&A: Should Each Spouse File and Suspend, Claim Spousal Benefits and then File for Retirement Benefits at 70?
    Social Security may be your largest or one of your largest assets. How you manage it, by deciding which benefits to collect and when, can make an absolutely huge difference to your lifetime benefits. And those with the highest past covered earnings h…
    - 3 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 3:59am -
  • Obamacare Is Dampening The Job Market In 3 Principal Ways
    For most Americans, Labor Day is an opportunity to take an extra day off of work and enjoy a long weekend with family and friends. But for more than 100 million Americans, Labor Day isn’t a day off from work. That’s because two-fifths of the popu…
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THE ENLIGHTENED MANAGER

  • Turn Into the Skid

    Turn Into the Skid

    When I was fifteen and learning how to drive, I hit a patch of ice and started to slide off the road. My Dad’s voice was calm and steady. “Turn into the skid, Cheri.” It worked.  I turned my wheels in the direction that I was sliding and felt…
    - 14 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 5:08pm -
  • Don’t Be Too Positive

    Don’t Be Too Positive

    When does the power of positive thinking become positively annoying? I’ve been consulting with a company headquartered in France, and one of the small differences that I’ve noticed between French and American business culture is the way we comm…
    - 35 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 10:28pm -
  • What Ethical Leaders Do

    What Ethical Leaders Do

    What does it mean to be an ethical leader?  Let’s break it down. Ethics in Childhood One afternoon when I was about seven years old, my dad and I were playing Super Mario Brothers. He had promised me a turn to play after his character died, and s…
    - 49 days ago, 14 Jul 14, 9:44pm -
  • The Joy of Coworking

    The Joy of Coworking

    Working in a big room with a bunch of strangers.  It sounded like such a terrible idea until I tried it. It’s been an interesting month in the Baker household.  Over the course of two weeks we decided to downsize into a much smaller home, elimina…
    - 54 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 4:26pm -
  • The Financial Side of Employee Engagement

    The Financial Side of Employee Engagement

    Is there a relationship between employee engagement and personal finance? Darn straight there is. Employee engagement has been all the rage these last ten years.  Organizations want employees who actively care about the business and the quality of…
    - 82 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 7:43pm -

MANAGING LEADERSHIP

  • Shape Shifting

    Shape Shifting

    Due to an inexorable change in the direction and nature of my activities, as well as certain effects these are having on my discretionary writing schedule, I must herein announce that I will no longer be publishing to this site. The nature of the wri…
    - 20 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 7:48pm -
  • High expectations

    High expectations

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  • Here and there – everywhere

    Here and there – everywhere

    We’ve covered two key elements of the 5-paragraph order used by the modern US military to not only transmit operational instructions to subordinates, but to ensure they have the perspective and context necessary to properly and intelligently carry…
    - 65 days ago, 29 Jun 14, 5:57pm -
  • Putting it all in context

    Putting it all in context

    We’ve been working to offer concrete examples to explain why a primary management task is to impart perspective to the organization. Last week we looked at just one way the military does that through what is sometimes known as the mission-oriented…
    - 74 days ago, 19 Jun 14, 8:48pm -
  • Making sense of it all

    Making sense of it all

    We’ve been arguing that perspective is a principle managerial task. Of course managers need to have perspective themselves – but the actual point here is that a major responsibility they shoulder as managers is to make sure that the organization…
    - 81 days ago, 13 Jun 14, 11:04am -

THE PRACTISE OF LEADERSHIP

  • Leading with the Past, Present and Future in Balance

    Leading with the Past, Present and Future in Balance

      As humans we exist in time. You and I are strongly influenced by the past, the present and our expectations of the future. As a leader you need to understand the influence of your past. Manage the pressures of today. Whilst you create a compelling…
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  • Turbulent Times Require More Frequent Strategic Breaks

    Turbulent Times Require More Frequent Strategic Breaks

    “Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he coul…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 8:09pm -
  • Always Lead First, Manage Second

    Always Lead First, Manage Second

    How you as leader see your role has a significant impact on how you think, where you spend your time and how you act. How you see your role set’s you up for success, mediocrity or at worse failure. One of the biggest areas of confusion is in under…
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  • Vision is What Separates Great Leaders

    Vision is What Separates Great Leaders

    Vision is the foundation of leadership. Whilst leadership starts with being the right person – the character of the leader, great leadership is sustained by a shared and compelling vision. A compelling vision is one that describes who you are, why…
    - 37 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 11:11am -
  • Great Leadership Starts with Mindset Not Skillset

    Great Leadership Starts with Mindset Not Skillset

    Leadership begins with mindset. What is mindset you may ask? Mindset refers to the ideas, beliefs and attitudes with which a leader approaches a situation. Thus mindsets are the foundation of great leadership, as mindset forms the basis for action.…
    - 44 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 6:29pm -