Friday, July 22, 2011

Linked 2 Leadership: The Leadership Collaboratory - Leadership Clarity: Can They See You Now?

    Linked 2 Leadership: The Leadership Collaboratory    
Leadership Clarity: Can They See You Now?
July 22, 2011 at 12:03 AM
Though it seems a clich├ęd notion improving your company culture starts at the top, you have to lead by example. Is what you say what they see? To make sure, just lead by example to improve your organizational culture. Be Somebody Real If you're a leader who promotes a company culture of "do what I [...]
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Leaders: Take Your Business Back!
July 21, 2011 at 12:03 AM
I often hear from managers that employees have more power than their bosses. Studies have shown that the majority of workers in North America do not want to move into a management role. The trend toward servant leadership and participative management has created a lot of very good results, but in many cases it has also created chaos, [...]
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Gaining Influence as a Leader
July 20, 2011 at 12:03 AM
So, you decide that you want to build additional influence at work. What’s one to do? Maybe you want to gain greater influence with a particular group of people, such as your peer group or your team members, or even a group of more senior leaders.  Or maybe you want to exert greater influence over [...]
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Friday, July 1, 2011

Finding the Right Dose of Chocolate

A few months ago, I stumbled on to Sam Parker, writer of a blog with no fluff inspirational leadership messages (and services).
In a recent post, he writes about performing a professional value evaluation.  Huh?  I've never seen one so this picqued my interest.
In typical Sam Parker fashion, no fluff, he says ask yourself whether your work:

"1.creates a positive buzz about you and your work?
2.makes others want you as a part of their team?
3.makes your employer cringe at the thought of losing you?
makes your patients (or colleagues) excited about referring you to others?"
That's pithy.  His argument is that if your work loudly proclaims value, you are creating economic and job security in trying economic times.  While it's not something I consider daily or even weekly, I think his points are valid.
You can read more about Sam Parker at
My view about external inspirational messaging like Sam Parker's is that each person needs to find how much they need in their "diet" to continue in a progressive, leadership balance.  It's like chocolate, for some people, a little goes a long way.  For others, daily consumption is just right.
With external leadership inspiration, you need to find the right dose of chocolate for you.  For me, a little bit now and then is what is useful.