Friday, June 29, 2007

Carnival of Leadership Development

Here is this months leadership development carnival which looks at articles that will inspire you to achieve your potential
Sagar Satapathy presents Feeling Unfulfilled? 37 Tips to Enjoy Work More posted at HR Lowdown.

Anna presents How I Share My Vision at The Engaging Brand

SpiKe presents What Influences Our Priorities In Life? » Advice on organized and productive living through lifehacks and GTD » Organize IT posted at Organize IT.

Jason Rakowski presents Cellular Retailers Must Greet Customers within 30 Seconds - Study posted at Learn Good Customer Service

Christopher J. Brunner presents Using Your Business to Serve the Community posted at GreatFX Business Cards, saying, "Taking community service a step further by giving more than just a donation to charity."

Charles H. Green presents Non - Linear Leadership Thinking vs. Behavior posted at Trust Matters, saying, "The most succesful leaders are able to hold two contradictory ideas in mind at the same time."

Jim Stroup presents Pay attention or pay a price posted at Managing Leadership"

Debra Moorhead presents The Power of Leverage posted at Debra

Raj Dash presents Bootstrapper » Seven Characteristics of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs posted at Bootstrapper.

Randy Nichols presents Learn to Invent and Reinvent Your Future posted at Career Advice by Randy, saying, "Learn to invent and reinvent your future with carrer advice from Randy."

Christopher J. Brunner presents Differentiate Your Business With Quality Customer Service posted at GreatFX Business Cards, saying, "What you can do to provide quality customer service and make your business stand out in the crowd."

Brad Trnavsky presents Choose your attitude! posted at Brad M. Trnavsky - Sales & Management Blogger.

Tupelo Kenyon presents How to Keep Your Word posted at Tupelo Kenyon, saying, "Celebrate life through the creative power of your word."

edithyeung presents I Have Confidence posted at Edith Yeung.Com: Dream. Think. Act..

Debra Moorhead presents Accept Responsibility posted at Debra

Lori Prokop, Blog Manager presents Building Relationships as You Are Selling posted at J Mark Walker - Sales Training, saying, "Would this be of service to your readers?"
CA presents Business life lesson - Don’t let anyone steal your dream posted at Atlantic Canada's Small Business Blog, saying, "Dream BIG. And don’t ever let anyone tell you, you cannot achieve it. Your dreams are yours to achieve. But you have the dream to begin with."

Ivan Rios presents Self-Confidence to Be a Leader posted at

Ivan Rios presents Why be a leader? posted at

Jimson Lee presents How to build a winning team posted at, saying, "7 Critical steps to teamwork and leadership"

edithyeung presents When you turn 30… posted at Edith Yeung.Com: Dream. Think. Act..

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Monday, June 25, 2007

It is how you develop and learn that is important

A little story.

This boy grew up in the countryside, left school at 11 to work on the farm. He was dyslexic and had never been away from his community. He couldn't read or write. Did he resign to his fate or did he succeed in his dreams?

He succeeded and built a multi million pound company, how did I know? He was my dad.

He always said that it was not what you were taught that was important, it was what you learned. It was not the knowledge that you had, it was how you used it.

Often we can focus on what development we have not received....well, with the world of the internet this is an excuse not a reality. To succeed at work you need to evolve your learning, evolve your thinking and practice, practice, practice.

You are your own barrier.....if you want to succeed you can, if you think you won't, you won't...

As Dad always said "The world of business is always looking for new ideas, new ways of working, new body could have taught me about them, as they didn't exist. I learned to watch the world, see the problems then think of a solution and sell it. I didn't need to be educated to do that, it would have been great but it has never held me back because I have never let it"

Friday, June 22, 2007

Focusing at Work

Some thoughts for the weekend
  • According to the National Association of Professional Planners says there is about 52 hours of unfinished work on it.
  • Research says that people face a distraction every 11 minutes
  • Once distracted it takes 25 mins to get back to the task.
  • A study at University of Michigan in 2005, between 20-40% of a person's productivity is eaten up by task switching.
Wow - makes you focus doesn't it!

There are 3 questions that I would ask you
  1. How much development time is spent on priority management?
  2. How much as a leader are you distracting your team - and actively reducing their productivity?
  3. Do you and your team know the difference between what is "urgent" and what is important?

Monday, June 18, 2007

The Sympton or the Cause?

I was with a manager last week who said "I have a real problem with people surfing the net, I think we need to shut down the net"

My response "The internet is not the problem, what we need to talk about is why people are finding that more interesting than their work"

As leaders we often look at the symptom not the cause - when you look at a situation think like a doctor
1) Would they treat the rash or the cause of the rash?
2) How they would ask the patient questions to get to the source of the problem?
3) How they would use check ups to review progress?

My question for you today is "What problem are you seeing as the cause not the symptom?"

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Carnival of Leadership Development

Here is our latest collection of articles that will help you to create success both in your career, your team and your company. Enjoy and then make an action list of ideas.

Billy Smith presents 3 Books for the Young Developing Leader posted at The Organic Leadership Blog.

shazad mirza presents How to win a Conversation and get your point across posted at Islamic facts, islamic info, islam general.

Hueina Su presents Homecoming to You: Re-connecting with Your Authentic Self posted at Intensive Care for the Nurturer's Soul

Ernie A. Cevallos presents Thoughts on Leadership posted at BIZ-THINK, saying, "Great development article for those looking to understand what leadership is all about."

TherapyDoc presents Commencement posted at Everyone Needs Therapy, saying, "Well, you know, you do have to start somewhere."

Becky McCray presents What is an entrepreneur? posted at Small Biz Survival.

zenofeller presents People's Fault. posted at

Carmen Van Kerckhove presents Diversity training doesn't work. Here's why. posted at Race in the Workplace - how race and racism influence our working lives

Jim Tobin presents Life is Marketing: What Makes a Good Advertising Client posted at Life is Marketing

Jim Stroup presents Eyes glazed over posted at Managing Leadership

Brandon Peele presents Psychology vs. Philosophy posted at GT.

Pushpa Sathish presents HR Lowdown » To Drink or Not to Drink? And 99 Other Social Norms for Business posted at HR Lowdown.

Ed Rivis presents The 3 Secrets of Exponential Growth. posted at Ed Rivis.

wilson ng presents The Solution to the Problem posted at Reflections of a BizDrivenLife

Christopher J. Brunner presents Buddy Networking: A Clever Way to Expand Your Network posted at GreatFX Business Cards

Nigel Griffiths presents What makes a successful leader? posted at The Enfys Acumen Blog.

Bhupendra Khanal presents Are you really paid enough? posted at Analytics Bhupe, saying, "First be your own leader, then lead the world."

Jim Stroup presents Leading leadership posted at Managing Leadership

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of
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Monday, June 11, 2007

Do your team need encouragement?

Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A told an audience at The National Restaurant Association's annual show

"You know how you tell if people need encouragement?"

"They're breathing"

Fantastic - made me smile and also illustrates the importance of motivation at work.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Understanding why the customer is right

One of my first bosses was wonderful with customers. He understood them, he understood that his role was to solve their problems. I worked at a printing firm and often the printers would be annoyed with last minute changes to the printing schedules because of customer requirements.

When this happened the next time the customer came in, he always took the buyer to the printer involved. The buyer thanked the printer for pulling out the stops and explained why there had been a last minute rush. The results were
  1. The printer felt recognised, valued for their contribution.
  2. They understood more about how the customers operated.
  3. They felt a sense of pride that they had helped the customer out.
  4. They formed a human to human relationship with the buyer.
  5. They willingly made the changes next time a rush turnaround was needed.
Don't be afraid to make connections all the way around the business. The more buyers and employees talk, the stronger the relationship between the companies.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Carnival of How to Keep Employees

We all want ideas on how to keep employees - here is the latest blog carnival on how to keep them motivated and productive!
Riversider presents Take A Preston Minibreak posted at Save The Ribble, saying, "Keep your employees by letting them have a lunch break in beautiful surroundings."
almomento presents 9 Ways To Incorporate Win-Win Philosophy Into Your Business posted at BurstCreativity.

CA presents Leadership mistakes made by small business owners posted at Atlantic Canada's Small Business Blog, saying, "Having worked with a number of small businesses, I find a common theme among the many mistakes they make - most of them people related. Here is my most important list."

Charles H. Green presents The Sacred Cow of Retention posted at Trust Matters, saying, "Retention that is cost driven, instead of loyalty driven, doesn't work."

Amy Pedersen presents Back Injuries at Work and Your Office Chair, Preventing Injury posted at Sit On This Office Chair ...., saying, "One of the most common work-related injuries is back pain.It will also help employees maintain a healthy back and not take work home with them at least in the pain part of the job."

Hueina Su presents Life Balance Lessons: 7 Keys to Avoid Burnout posted at Intensive Care for the Nurturer's Soul, saying, " When you are burned out, you can't function at your best, and everyone you care about suffer with you. Here are some proactive steps you can take today to prevent burnout and return to balance."

Debra Moorhead presents Manager of Life posted at Debra

Editor - Dave Prouhet presents Workplace Stress Busters posted at Business Advice Daily, saying, "Here are 6 Ways to Improve Workplace Performance by Reducing Stress."

Aniq Rahman presents Listen to the Employees Before You Buy Up The Employer: Better Means Bigger posted at Fiscal Times.

Henry Bagdasarian presents Fist In A Bucket Of Water - How to identify and retain high performer employees posted at Free Identity Theft Prevention, Detection and Fraud Solutions.

Editor - Dave Prouhet presents Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace - What to Do posted at Business Advice Daily, saying, "Imagine finding out that one of your employees has a problem with drugs or alcohol. How would you handle it? "

Pawel Brodzinski presents Perfect Employer posted at Software Project Management, saying, "How to build a company which means more that just another workplace for employees. Even when it no longer exists."

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of
how to keep employees using our carnival submission form.Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.