LEAD ON PURPOSE

  • 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?

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  • 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 →
    - 32 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 ……
    - 46 days ago, 5 Jul 14, 10:00am -
  • The importance of leadership in effective management

    The importance of leadership in effective management

    There are many elements that make a good manager, however, one of the critical qualities is leadership. Leadership and management must go hand in hand, but they are not the same thing. Leadership and management are complementary, but it is … Contin…
    - 59 days ago, 22 Jun 14, 2:53am -

800CEO READ

  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 3:29pm -
  • Warren Bennis | 1925-2014

    Warren Bennis | 1925-2014

    TweetAaron updated us last Wednesday with some dispatches we’ve received from a new generation of Authors On the Road, Changing the World. It is great to hear from the folks we’re working with, to watch them spreading their ideas and expertise, a…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 9:17pm -

GREAT LEADERSHIP

  • 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.…
    - 1 day 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…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 12:00pm -
  • Leaders: Tame the Brain’s Fight-or-Flight Response and Give Helpful Feedback

    Leaders: Tame the Brain’s Fight-or-Flight Response and Give Helpful Feedback

    Guest post by Anna Carroll: Almost every boss recognizes the need to give honest and frequent feedback to their employees about what they are doing well and what needs improvement.  Yet, according to my research with over 1100 leaders at all levels…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 12:00pm -
  • How to Manage Your Boss So Your Boss Won't Micro-Manage You

    How to Manage Your Boss So Your Boss Won't Micro-Manage You

    What is “managing up” and why is it so important? Managing up means establishing and maintaining a positive and productive relationship with you manager so that your manager’s needs are met and you get what you need from your manager.Read my la…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 12:00pm -
  • 5 Fatal Flaws Managers Make When Setting Annual Employee Goals

    5 Fatal Flaws Managers Make When Setting Annual Employee Goals

    While no employee goal setting process is perfect, there’s one that I would recommend that seems to address most of the flaws of others. Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out.
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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…
    - 15 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…
    - 39 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…
    - 56 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…
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  • 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…
    - 76 days ago, 5 Jun 14, 7:11pm -

BUSINESS WISDOM

  • TRUST BUT VERIFY

    TRUST BUT VERIFY

    "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt."Mark Twain 19th century American writer/humoristAnd accepting something as true without any consideration for whether or not it is, is a form of denial.That can get you in trouble.
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  • THE KEY TO SALES SUCCESS

    THE KEY TO SALES SUCCESS

    "One joy scatters a hundred grieves."Chinese proverbAny real salesperson knows this.Sales is a numbers game and for most sales attempts most of the time, making a sale is the least likely outcome.Don't focus on the rejections; that's just part of the…
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  • I THOUGHT I HAD SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT THIS

    I THOUGHT I HAD SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT THIS

    "Far more numerous are those as such; who think too little and talk too much."John Dryden (1631-1700) British poet/dramatist/criticA nice thing to say to someone who has much to say while not saying very much.
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  • I'VE GOT THIS IDEA

    I'VE GOT THIS IDEA

    "It is always brave to say what everyone thinks."Georges Duhamel (1884-1966) French writerAnd with the reverse being true, much more challenging to say what no one thinks.But that is the burden of innovation.
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  • LESSON ONE: LEARN ALL THE OTHER LESSONS

    LESSON ONE: LEARN ALL THE OTHER LESSONS

    "Genius without education is like silver in the mine."Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman/scientist/philosopherTo all those with great ideas now contemplating leaving school to pursue them, without an education, succeed or fail, you fail…
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WOMEN ON BUSINESS

  • How to Overcome Biases that Work Against Business Women

    How to Overcome Biases that Work Against Business Women

    Many business women feel they get confusing messages from their organizations about how to become leaders. Recently, a woman client came to me for coaching because her boss told her that she needed to smile more to get promoted. She wanted me to teac…
    - 19 hours ago, 19 Aug 14, 5:30pm -
  • 3 Must Do’s When Relocating Your Business

    3 Must Do’s When Relocating Your Business

    Moving and/or expanding your business can be very exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. You have to find new vendors, new resources, new contacts, etc. You have to update, transfer and cancel a myriad of things. The stress of setting up shop c…
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  • How To Be A Better Business Leader – 5 Top Tips

    How To Be A Better Business Leader – 5 Top Tips

    Failure and financial disasters are operational hazards as far as company directors are concerned and it is only those of us who can overcome setbacks that really stand a chance of becoming truly excellent business leaders. With that in mind, here ar…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Aug 14, 2:37pm -
  • How to Market Your Best Asset

    How to Market Your Best Asset

    One of the biggest challenges for small businesses and budding entrepreneurs is effective marketing on a shoestring or with no budget. You can’t get or do any better than word of mouth. Word of mouth is mainly based on an impression you made with a…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 3:00pm -
  • Earn Respect and Get Recognition as a Woman Entrepreneur

    Earn Respect and Get Recognition as a Woman Entrepreneur

    Men and Women are considered as equals when it comes to recognition in the society. Really, does it really happen? I personally believe it mostly happens in books and newspapers. We, women have to struggle a lot to get our due respect and recognition…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 1:00pm -

FORBES NETWORK

  • NewThe Buy Nothing Year: How Two Roommates Saved More Than $55,000

    The Buy Nothing Year: How Two Roommates Saved More Than $55,000

    A little over a year ago, Geoffrey Szuszkiewicz, a 31-year-old accountant in Calgary, began analyzing his monthly spending. What he saw, he says, was “eye-opening:” “I was spending so much every month, no matter how much I made it never seemed…
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  • NewOnly A Matter Of Time Until MLB Teams Exploit Rain Delay Rule
    With the Cubs clinging to a 2-0 lead against the Giants in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday night, it started to pour rain in Chicago. The Wrigley Field grounds crew was summoned to quickly put out the tarp before the infield became soggy. Thei…
    - 52 mins ago, 20 Aug 14, 11:47am -
  • NewNew Report On The Cost of Kids: Reading Between The Lines

    New Report On The Cost of Kids: Reading Between The Lines

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released its annual “Cost of Raising a Child” report. The news from it is really no news at all to us parents—kids are stinking expensive and growing even more so. However, if you read between…
    - 1 hour ago, 20 Aug 14, 11:29am -
  • NewU.S. Company Acquires African Mobile Messaging Startup Saya

    U.S. Company Acquires African Mobile Messaging Startup Saya

    New Jersey-based Kirusa, a developer of Voice SMS based Mobile Value Added Services (MVAS) for emerging markets, has acquired Saya, a Ghana-based developer of mobile messaging apps for feature phones.Often described as the ‘WhatsApp for feature ph…
    - 1 hour ago, 20 Aug 14, 11:24am -
  • NewTwitter Is Destroying Itself

    Twitter Is Destroying Itself

    I’ve been in love with Twitter for quite a few years now. At first, like most people, I didn’t get it at all. I, like many, made the mistake of thinking it was for trivialities like “this is what I had for lunch” and the like. However, as the…
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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…
    - 20 hours 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…
    - 23 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…
    - 37 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…
    - 41 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…
    - 70 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…
    - 8 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…
    - 52 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…
    - 62 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…
    - 68 days ago, 13 Jun 14, 11:04am -

THE PRACTISE OF LEADERSHIP

  • 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…
    - 17 hours ago, 19 Aug 14, 8:09pm -
  • Leadership vs Management: Does the Difference Matter?

    Leadership vs Management: Does the Difference Matter?

    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…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Aug 14, 4:28pm -
  • 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…
    - 24 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.…
    - 31 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 6:29pm -
  • Why You Should Stop Working So Hard

    Why You Should Stop Working So Hard

    You and I have been led to believe that hard work produces great results. If you keep you head down, work hard the results will follow. The only problem is if you look around there there seems to be more and more people with high levels of activity b…
    - 65 days ago, 16 Jun 14, 7:15pm -