LEAD ON PURPOSE

  • How to lead with integrity

    How to lead with integrity

    One of the most important characteristics of leadership is integrity. Integrity means you are true to your word in all you do and people can trust you because you do what you say. The word integrity has deep meaning and … Continue reading →
    - 6 days ago, 12 Apr 14, 8:43pm -
  • How leaders harness innovation to out think competitors

    How leaders harness innovation to out think competitors

    “We’ve entered a new era. Call it the age of imagination, ideation, conceptualization, creativity, innovation—take your pick. Creativity, mental flexibility, and collaboration have displaced one-dimensional intelligence and isolated determinati…
    - 20 days ago, 29 Mar 14, 12:00pm -
  • Are you an extreme leader?

    Are you an extreme leader?

    “Extreme would not be extreme without fear. And fear would not be worth it without the love of the game.” Are you an extreme leader? According to Steve Farber, author and business leadership expert, extreme leaders “approach the act of … Cont…
    - 27 days ago, 22 Mar 14, 7:07pm -
  • How leaders create happy customers and great results

    How leaders create happy customers and great results

    How do leaders create sustained growth and make an obvious improvement to the bottom line of their company? Is it really possible for one (or a few) people to make a major difference in the results of a big organization? … Continue reading →
    - 36 days ago, 13 Mar 14, 12:00pm -
  • Five factors to inspiring team members

    Five factors to inspiring team members

    We all know people who inspire us, who encourage us—through their actions and example—to work hard, to persevere through difficult circumstances. What’s their secret? How do they persuade others to do great things? While every circumstance is d…
    - 48 days ago, 1 Mar 14, 6:22pm -

800CEO READ

  • Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with Warren Berger

    Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with Warren Berger

    Tweet “We have an education and business culture that tends to reward quick factual answers over imaginative inquiry. Questioning isn’t encouraged—it is barely tolerated.” ~Warren Berger Q&A with Warren Berger on A More Beautiful Question In…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 14, 8:50pm -
  • ChangeThis: Issue 116

    ChangeThis: Issue 116

    Tweet How Your Biases Make You Blind by Faisal Hoque & Drake Baer “If a company is homogenous in form, it leads to a lack of understanding of what value the customer wants. That misunderstanding is the seed of disruption, for the gap between the va…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 14, 4:56pm -
  • Thinker in Residence: Warren Berger

    Thinker in Residence: Warren Berger

    Tweet “We’re all hungry today for better answers. But first, we must learn to ask the right questions.” Warren Berger believes questions are more important than answers. He is the creator of the website amorebeautifulquestion.com and author of…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 8:29pm -
  • The 2014 Business Book Awards: Submissions Are Open

    The 2014 Business Book Awards: Submissions Are Open

    TweetWe are now accepting submissions for the 2014 Business Book Awards. Thousands of business books are published each year, each with the potential to promote change and enlighten the way people think about business. We began recognizing these effo…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 3:45pm -
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Soft Edge

    Jack Covert Selects – The Soft Edge

    Tweet The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success by Rich Karlgaard, Jossey-Bass, $28.00, Hardcover, April 2014, ISBN 9781118829424 When you see a book has a foreword written by Tom Peters, and an afterword penned by Clayton Christensen…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 2:49pm -

GREAT LEADERSHIP

  • Add a Little Hoopla to Your Culture

    Add a Little Hoopla to Your Culture

    Guest post from Dean M. Schroeder:Carl Holte loves Hoopla! Not hoopla as in the form of exuberant celebration, but hoopla as in the name of an improvement technique used at the Web Industries Hartford, Connecticut unit where Carl is the plant manage…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 14, 12:00pm -
  • Repurposing the Performance Conversation

    Repurposing the Performance Conversation

    Guest post by Great Leadership monthly contributor Beth Armknecht Miller:  When was the last time you had a performance conversation that went well? Or better yet, when was the last time you enjoyed having a performance conversation? Let’s face…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 12:30pm -
  • 30 Thoughts We All Have in Staff Meetings:

    30 Thoughts We All Have in Staff Meetings:

    Right before the meeting:1. Arrgh, I’m supposed to be at a meeting in 10 minutes. What the heck is it for, who’s running it, and where is it?2. Oh no, it's the dreaded staff meeting! I’d better take a look at the agenda and make sure I wasn’…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 2:12pm -
  • The Obligation to Dissent

    The Obligation to Dissent

    Guest post By Jeremy Eden and Terri Long:  When corporate leaders make decisions about a new idea, something we call “executive exuberance” often plays a deceptive role.  Here is what happens: analyses start to show that deciding to go forward…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 14, 12:30pm -
  • 17 Ways to Teach Managers how to Coach

    17 Ways to Teach Managers how to Coach

     Welcome to the April 2014 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! For this month’s Carnival, I asked our community of leadership development experts the following question: “Wouldn't it be great if we could teach managers how to coach?…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 14, 12:27pm -

HOW TO BE A LEADER

MANAGEMENT ISSUES

  • Principles before personalities
    During large-scale reorganizations, discussions can often become heated and turn personal. That's why it's important to keep in mind some techniques to ensure that your teams stay focused on the "why" and the "what" rather than getting bogged down wi…
    - 14 Jul 13, 8:00am -
  • The benefit of the doubt
    When you mess up or miscalculate, do you tend to point to some external factor as an excuse rather than admit you were at fault? But when someone else messes up, how often do you point to some flaw in their character as the reason they behaved as the…
    - 14 Jul 13, 8:00am -
  • Technophobia, Roman-style
    If you're having trouble getting your team to embrace webinars, video-conferencing or any of the dozens of other technological marvels that are supposed to make our work easier, take a lesson from the Romans.
    - 1 Jul 13, 8:00am -
  • Cultural differences and workplace bullying
    Culture differences means that the country a company is based in has a direct effect on how much workplace bullying is accepted and where behavioural lines are drawn, new research has found.
    - 27 Jun 13, 8:00am -
  • Leadership, systems and knowledge
    Real leadership is about systems, not sound-bites. Leaders need to understand the relationships between systems. Every decision, every move, every hallway-passing interaction interconnects with other people's personal systems, with results that are s…
    - 24 Jun 13, 8:00am -
  • Boxing clever
    It's been argued that the invention of containerization led directly to the modern global economy. But it isn't just the packaging of goods that matters. How ideas are packaged is equally important.
    - 18 Jun 13, 8:00am -
  • Assessing cultural intelligence by how people talk
    You can tell a lot about someone's level of cultural intelligence (CQ) by what they say and how they say it and whether they adjust the way they speak in light of the people with whom they're communicating.
    - 17 Jun 13, 8:00am -
  • Web meetings stink before they even start
    If you knew something would disrupt the normal flow of your work and had about a 70 per cent chance of being a complete waste of time, how eager would you be to participate? Probably not very. Which is why most web meetings are doomed to failure bef…
    - 12 Jun 13, 8:00am -
  • Don't worry, be happy
    A happy face generally engenders a whole lot of other happy faces. And because there is a strong link between feeling good and doing good, these happy faces, in turn, can work wonders for the effectiveness of any project team.
    - 12 Jun 13, 8:00am -
  • The new normal. Do you get it?
    Are you happy with "business as usual"? Or are you part of the growing movement that equates it with living in a failed past? Here are five warning signs that someone is stuck in the old way of doing things and five sings that they realise "something…
    - 10 Jun 13, 8:00am -

CEO BLOG - TIME LEADERSHIP

  • Elevate

    Elevate

    Read a book by Rich Horwath called Elevate - the Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking.According the WSJ, strategic thinking is the most valued CEO skill.Horwath starts with a discussion on why strategic thinking is critical.  And to usua…
    - 18 days ago, 31 Mar 14, 2:35pm -
  • Leading with Your Legacy in Mind

    Leading with Your Legacy in Mind

    I seem to be reading a lot lately so am behind in posting my comments on the books I have read.One of those is Living with Your Legacy in Mind: Building Lasting Value in Business and Life by Andrew Thorn.One way to set goals is to write a document d…
    - 28 days ago, 21 Mar 14, 1:39pm -
  • Startup Leadership

    Startup Leadership

    I read a great book - Startup Leadership - How Savvy Entrepreneurs Turn their Ideas into Successful Enterprises.  From the title, you can tell, it is right in my sweet spot (although increasingly I am thinking I should consider working more with com…
    - 29 days ago, 20 Mar 14, 1:02pm -
  • Chris Hadfield - Canadian Astronaut.

    Chris Hadfield - Canadian Astronaut.

    I listened to and read Chris Hadfield's autobiography - An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth: What going to Space Taught me about Ingenuity, Determination and Being Prepared for Anything.  I took both the CDs and book from the library.  The CDs wou…
    - 39 days ago, 10 Mar 14, 3:45pm -
  • No Who - No Do

    No Who - No Do

    I had feedback on my last post - See Do Time Management System.  I was reminded that this can simply allow someone to spend their time doing busy work and never get to the important tasks.Earlier I wrote a post on Good Procrastination.  See Do mesh…
    - 46 days ago, 4 Mar 14, 2:16am -

BUSINESS WISDOM

  • SOME BUT NOT ALL OF WHAT YOU KNOW

    SOME BUT NOT ALL OF WHAT YOU KNOW

    "Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time."Chinese proverbGraham Nash told us, "Teach your children well", however that doesn't mean all or only what you know.Substitute "employees" for "children" and the…
    - 5 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 3:36pm -
  • LEARNING FROM THAT WHICH IS NO MORE

    LEARNING FROM THAT WHICH IS NO MORE

    "The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living."Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC) Writer/politician/Roman oratorMaybe for people but unfortunately not for companies.There is much to learn from those who failed in business where you wish t…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 14, 6:00pm -
  • Ornamental Education

    Ornamental Education

    "Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity."Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Greek philosopherThe degrees we list on our resumes only suggest our worth; until we are tested they are, as Aristotle says, "ornaments".However, education o…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 5:51pm -
  • CONSULTANT ADVICE

    CONSULTANT ADVICE

    "Consult. To seek another's approval of a course already decided on."Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman/short-story writerHere's my consultation.Don't employ any consultant, me included, unless you are willing to do what we recommend.Pa…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 4:59pm -
  • JUDGE ME ON WHAT I (PLAN TO, WANT TO, ALMOST) DO?

    JUDGE ME ON WHAT I (PLAN TO, WANT TO, ALMOST) DO?

    "Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks,  feels, or believes."Unknown SourceSupposed intentions are no substitute for what we actually do.If they were, I'd be a saint.How about you?
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 6:15pm -

WOMEN ON BUSINESS

  • Approaches to Board Succession Planning

    Approaches to Board Succession Planning

    The combination of a company’s strategic and board succession plans can be a framework to begin the conversation around director search. Directors and management will most probably have differing ideas about what skills and experience should drive…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 14, 5:46pm -
  • Women: Four Tips For Being Understood On International Conference Calls When English Is Your Second Language

    Women: Four Tips For Being Understood On International Conference Calls When English Is Your Second Language

    We all have heard the saying, ‘It’s a small, small world.’ Do you know what invention makes the world really small? The international conference call (“ICC”). The ICC is ubiquitous in global business, and for good reason: it saves time and…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 12:40am -
  • How to Make Your Business a Wi-Fi Hotspot

    How to Make Your Business a Wi-Fi Hotspot

    If you own a business, like a café, a restaurant, a salon, a spa, or any place that people frequent, you can draw in more customers and retain the ones you already have by making free Wi-Fi available for your guests. Just think; if you run a café a…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 11:07pm -
  • Best Colleges for Undergraduate Business Degrees that Land Jobs

    Best Colleges for Undergraduate Business Degrees that Land Jobs

    Sponsored by U.S. News: The 2014 Best Colleges ranking from U.S. News has been released, giving you an easy way to compare colleges as you look to continue your own education or help your children continue their educations. The complete Best Colleges…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Apr 14, 4:37pm -
  • The Board Candidate’s Guide to Networking

    The Board Candidate’s Guide to Networking

    Great networkers have a variety of people they connect with on their professional journey. Some people have prestige and can open doors; others will be mentors and guide you with insightful commentary. Here are four key types of people to connect wit…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 8:06pm -

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…
    - 63 days ago, 15 Feb 14, 8:01am -
  • 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…
    - 31 Oct 12, 10:55am -

FORBES NETWORK

  • NewHow Students Can Be Entrepreneurial In Their Job Search

    How Students Can Be Entrepreneurial In Their Job Search

    Students can no longer sit around and hope that a job opportunity is going to come their way. In order to explore how students were building their career in college, my company worked with InternMatch on a new report called ”College Career Center…
    - 105 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 1:00pm -
  • NewThis Week In Credit Card News--Free Annual Credit Scores, Another Massive Data Breach?
    States Probing Massive Data Breach of Social Security NumbersIt may turn out to be one of the biggest data breaches in history. The federal government is investigating the criminal sale of Social Security numbers, bank account data and other persona…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 7:15pm -
  • NewDomestic "Drones" Are the Latest Object of Threat Inflation

    Domestic "Drones" Are the Latest Object of Threat Inflation

    Recently, several news outlets reported on a supposed plot by a Moroccan national to use remote controlled model airplanes as flying bombs. The story seems to lend credibility to speculation that model airplanes could be the next terrorist threat. In…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 7:09pm -
  • NewFour Reasons Why PS4 Is Outselling XBox One
    For the last decade or so, the Sony Playstation and Microsoft XBox rivalry has riveted gaming enthusiasts. Together, both devices have powered sales in the gaming industry, accounting for more than sixty percent of the console games market that is wo…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 6:45pm -
  • NewWilliam Trudeau's Second Chance At Justice - An Update
    In November 2010, William Trudeau was indicted by a federal grand jury in Connecticut charging that he was the kingpin in a mortgage scheme.  He was a builder and developer of high-end homes in southwestern Connecticut, then a number of loans on hom…
    - 3 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 6:17pm -

THE ENLIGHTENED MANAGER

  • The Story of Street Bean

    The Story of Street Bean

    Can a cup of coffee change lives for the better? This social enterprise organization says yes.  At first, Street Bean looks like any other Seattle coffee house.  A chalk display of the day’s coffee selection marked on one wall, an impressive chro…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 6:52pm -
  • Fall in Love With Your Job Again

    Fall in Love With Your Job Again

    Fact: If you want to be excellent at your job, you need to care about your work on an emotional level. Don’t believe me?  Go read the landmark Gallup 12 research study.  Look closely at the multi-million (dare I say billion?) dollar industry th…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 14, 5:23pm -
  • The Post-Success Bounce

    The Post-Success Bounce

    Why do teams get better, and then fall back into bad habits? Why do we gain the weight back as soon as we fit into our skinny pants? Let’s talk about the post-success bounce. A Work Example A few years ago, I wrapped up a teambuilding project with…
    - 18 days ago, 31 Mar 14, 10:08pm -
  • Push Back, and Prosper

    Push Back, and Prosper

    You disagree with someone, but you say nothing.  What makes us hold back, and what happens when we find the courage to speak our minds? Pushing Back in an Interview The first time I ever pushed back on someone in authority, I was twenty three years…
    - 32 days ago, 17 Mar 14, 8:02pm -
  • Tea & Time Management

    Tea & Time Management

    Pour yourself a cup of tea. Inside it are some important lessons about time management, happiness, and living a good life. Today I’ll write about something it took me decades to learn.  First though, you need a cup of tea. Go on!  I’ll wait whi…
    - 39 days ago, 10 Mar 14, 7:26pm -

MANAGING LEADERSHIP

  • Putting leadership in its place

    Putting leadership in its place

    In this series we’ve attempted to make the case for why managers should abandon the essentially irrelevant (to say the least) concept of individual leadership. As we’ve discussed, whatever version you choose of the modern leadership movement’s…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 14, 3:53pm -
  • Amateur Hour

    Amateur Hour

    In the course of this current series, we have seen that the general concept of individual leadership in organizations suffers from a debilitatingly long list of failures. It lacks system, it defies definition, it is unable to develop practitioners or…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Apr 14, 10:05am -
  • Losing leadership

    Losing leadership

    Let’s review. Here’s the original list of issues we decided to examine at the beginning of this series. Each link will take you to the post (or first of several posts) addressing that item. It is inescapably about the person – not the work. It…
    - 15 days ago, 3 Apr 14, 3:56pm -
  • Losing track of leadership

    Losing track of leadership

    The concept of individual leadership and its role in organizations, as promoted by the Modern Leadership Movement (MLM), is, as we have seen, anything from a merely distracting to an outright destructive force. But there is a particularly disturbing…
    - 23 days ago, 27 Mar 14, 7:21am -
  • Leadership is loco

    Leadership is loco

    We have argued extensively that the modern leadership movement-marketed (MLM) concept of individual leadership in organizations is not merely misplaced, but that it in fact is: at best irrelevant more typically disruptively distracting all too freque…
    - 29 days ago, 20 Mar 14, 7:06pm -

THE PRACTISE OF LEADERSHIP

  • Always Communicate the Why

    Always Communicate the Why

    Communication is most important to leaders. Leaders often spend too much time communicating the “what” and the “how” and don’t devote enough time to the “why”. The result? People are left feeling disengaged and uninspired. Effective lea…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 7:20pm -
  • Where Leadership Begins

    Where Leadership Begins

    - 5 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 6:02am -
  • Leaders Focus on Creating, Not Problem Solving

    Leaders Focus on Creating, Not Problem Solving

    Effective leaders focus their energy on creating, not problem solving. Leaders who focus on problem solving are less effective than those who focus on creating. Leaders focus on a future they want to create, not problem solving. You may be asking you…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Apr 14, 5:52pm -
  • Leader. It Doesn’t Matter What You Know If You Can’t Communicate

    Leader. It Doesn’t Matter What You Know If You Can’t Communicate

    Without communication you cannot lead. You just end up taking a walk on your own. Communication has been central to the “social process” of all great leaders. “One can lack any of the qualities of an organizer – with one exception – and st…
    - 31 days ago, 18 Mar 14, 7:12pm -
  • Taking Back Control of Your “To Do” List

    Taking Back Control of Your “To Do” List

    Taking a leadership role means that you’re going to have to wrestle with a large number of competing priorities each and every day. You know that without fail people are going to be demanding your time and attention. You’re going to have huge dem…
    - 34 days ago, 15 Mar 14, 11:09am -