Screaming at board members is not a good business plan. —William Campbell...– … uh, yeah. Why do highly-paid and assumedly well-educated professionals not know this? Could this be yet another example of the potential value of emotional intelligence and inclusionary attitudes in our workplaces? Complete article detailing the downfall of an apparently abusive CEO
Reflections by emjayandthem →
Just one lovely ode to self, to aging gracefully, and to living life, stated simply, but deeply by someone who knows how to use words to create emotions. By the way, you look beautiful, curls and all:)
Dangerous Personal Development by The Emotion... →
Personal Development is all about positive thinking, overcoming fears, and creating motivation to change. That is all well and good. However, a dark side exists for those who ignore reality. This post provides a hard-nosed look at the need to balance thinking positively with accepting the realities of the world. Not for those who believe thinking great thoughts will make those great thoughts...
Ohmygawd, ohmygawd, ohmygawd … ~ Millions of adolescent girls– Okay, young ladies, now isn’t that annoying … really?
Obama Loses 36,000+ Twitter Followers in... →
So let me get this straight … The President loses approximately 0.004% of his Twitter followers, which would be like me losing 12 of my 3000. The Republicans pick up approximately 18% of those followers. … and “Obama’s losses appear to have been Republican’s gains, at least when it comes to followers”? Check the math, guys, because I do not see a big hit for Obama or...
Mistakes are part of the game. It’s how well you recover from the,...– Oh, Great … now I”m getting my wisdom and inspiration from aging rock stars who’d rather be playing golf. Wait a minute … maybe he’s just talking about playing golf here … sure, that’s it:).
"Who's the King?" on the Great Leadership blog →
Michael McKinney offers a great example of both storytelling and the amazing resistance of some folks to acknowledge reality. Great stuff!
The Appearance of Impropriety . . . →
A local CEO “invites” employees to attend a political fund-raiser, but insists that no obligation is included. Who are we kidding here? Any leader knows that they wield significant influence, that their words and their actions matter, and that when they suggest something, it is usually viewed as a command by those over whom they exert authority. This may not be illegal, but...
"CNN travel writer gushes about St. Louis" →
Darn! Just when I was about to write another post about our regional inferiority complex:)
The future is that time when you’ll wish you’d done what you...– I don’t know who originally said this, but his or her uppity and know-it-all attitude really irritates the bejabbers out of me … especially since he or she is absolutely right on. Now I’ve been told I’m wasting precious time, I have no illusions to fall back on. Might as...
Time: 5 Destructive Myths About the Economy ~... →
This is not for those who like bumper sticker philosophy or wading through facts and figures. Those with Short Attention Span syndrome, just keep tweeting. If you think the whole economic mess is some political party’s fault, go watch YouTube. If you are interesting in thoughtful and hard-nosed economic analysis that will not make you feel better, but will leave you better informed...
Dan Rockwell: 25 Dumb Mistakes Leaders Make . . .... →
Thanks, Dan, for an interesting and vaguely humorous litany of “Things Leaders Do Wrong”. I am grankly surprised at the shortness of the list, given all the leaders out there and all the opportunities to be in error:) It’s a nice pithy list of short phrases, with no detail offered for individual items. You are free to reflect on your own experiences with each and ponder why...
Random Acts of Leadership with Susan Mazza →
Random Acts of Leadership is a very good leadership blog ~ written clearly and with style. Susan Mazza is a very good source of guidance on all things leadership. I trust her thoughts and perceptions explicitly. “Every Job is a Leadership Position” ~ The specific post in the link above is about a key element of effective leadership development. If you don’t get this, you...
Misadventures in Learning with David Kelly →
Good post about the differences and similarities of social learning and informal learning. Much discussion in learning and development circles these days about how to define or redefine these concepts. Especially with regard to social learning, some older defintions already exist and sometimes the older concepts and the newer concepts get mixed up. Clarity is nice and David provides this.
An Ode to Borders by Bob Cornwall →
Sigh … I have been avoiding this particular bit of bad news about my favorite Big Box Bookstore, but I guess it is really going to happen, whether I pay attention or not. Bob Cornwall gives us some poignant memories and perhaps a little hope for the future, not for Borders, but for bookstores. … all I can really add to the Good Reverend’s words is “Amen”.
Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing...– Spoken by Tom Landry. I’m not a big quoter of sports coaches, but this statement is a good description of modelling behavior and leading by example. I take my learning where I find it. John
The Bamboo Project ~ Michelle Martin →
Deceptively clear writing about awfully complex ideas … Michelle promotes life-long professional development, which is a nice combination of two important concepts. More importantly, she practices what she preaches. For example, her blog is the only one I have ever seen with an instruction manual. The Newbie Guide to the Bamboo Project both informs us of how to best use her blog and at...
The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same lvel of thinking...– Yes, indeed. Would someone please send this to our elected and appointed officials in Washington ~ BOTH sides of the aisle - thanks! John
Kris The Scribbler →
Need the services of a really good business writer … ? Want to read engaging stories about life and all the rest … ? Kristen understands composition, presentation, and all the other things that go into creating a positive impression. She has the somewhat unique ability to create both engaging prose (see her blog for proof) and impacting business copy (see her samples for...
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.– Epictetus is one of my favorite ancient sources of wisdom. Notice how easily he captures the essence of strategic planning aove:)
Surprising idea to reduce the national debt . . . →
… via Anne Perschel, the driving force behind Germane Consulting and one of the smartest folks I’ve run across in the Ether World. Slightly tongue-in-cheek, a tad pie-in-the-sky, and gloriously positivist about our fellow citizens and their behavior, this is a plan I can get behind. Kicker: I’d also eat a healthier breakfast than a bowl of “chocolate-covered sugar...
Lencioni on A Leadership Trait We Shun →
Vulnerability … well, shoot, if you expect me to exhibit vulnerability, then I need to trust. If I have to trust, then we are talking about being open and taking risks. Taking risks involves danger. Danger sometimes results in hurt or loss. Wow, a leader would have to be nuts to allow herself to be vulnerable, wouldn’t you think? Lencioni says “No” in a very...
The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction...– ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
An ounce of performance is worth a pound of promises.– Mae West channelled through SmartBrief on Workforce. Shipping is the thing, to steal a thought from Seth Godin’s great little book Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? Learn to perform consistently and do so well and you WILL become indispensable:). So I have to agree with the lady …...
Apollo 11: Scenes From the Moon - Photo Gallery -... →
On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 launched into space carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. Four days later, Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the lunar surface, and became the first humans to walk on the moon. Pictured: “Earthrise” over the moon, with the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) heading to the surface, as seen from Collins’...
GOP Twitter Debate reveals dark side of sound byte... →
Honestly … if the Democrats had done this yesterday, the title would read “DEM … “. This is not about platforms, but about the continued dumbing down of public debate and discussion. We already suffer from Short Attention Span Theater syndrome and experience difficulty listening to or reading about complex issues. This is too bad, because this country and this globe...
"Lose 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to... →
Good podcast interview with Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans, authors of “Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em”, which focuses on a clear-headed view of employee motivation in these unsettled times from a very comprehensive perspective. I particularly enjoyed their focus on indvidualizing motivational strategies by asking employees what “moves” them, instead of using a...
"Training Departments Will Shrink" . . . →
What a misleading title … This short post contains much more than an observation that training functions are reducing, as social and informal learning trends gain strength throughout organizations. Need a quick overview of the history of training and workplace learning, with just the key factors? Check it out. Harold Jarche is simply one of the best thinkers on the planet regarding...
Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it...– Albert Einstein said it, Michael Margolis of Get Storied famen put it iin a recent post, and I read it. I had the easy part … :) Good reminder that whatever our skills or lack thereof, it’s always relative to others and always contingent on what we need to know at a specific moment. ...
Things are more like they are today than they have ever been before.” ...– I cannot argue with the president’s statement. I really want to, but it’s not worth the effort. Source: Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of these United States from Quote Data Base.
The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not...– Well, Thomas Merton said it, but Ryan Kemp-Pappan is the one who introduced me to it, so he gets the credit:) Love this thought, but not always so easy to do.
It’s weird, isn’t it … how you spend your life trying to...– ~ Les Moore in the strip “Funky Winkderbean by Tom Batiuk. I love it when a cartoon speaks wisdom to me:). So let’s reflect a bit … who are YOU still trying to impress or make happy?
Borders Near Bankruptcy . . . →
Sigh … while I am no fan of the Big Box Stores in general, I like bookstores and I like Borders. Some of my most enjoyable moments have been spent rambling through the stacks, sampling from a wide variety of titles, reveling in the sheer enjoyment of holding a real book in my hands. … maybe I should have bought more of them, instead of just browing:(. John
Getting Dirty for Jesus . . . →
… is not about what it sounds like it might be:) This blog highlights the activities of a group of folks who take seriously the idea that we should help our fellow human beings who are in need. Disciples Volunteering coordinates the efforts of those who have the ability and desire to help when disaster strikes. This is a ministry through Disciples Homeland Missions, one of the general...
The Bible Said It . . . :) →
Great post on the dangers of ignoring context and our changing understanding of how to be a Christian.
Christianity for the Rest of Us ~ Diana Butler... →
Diana Butler Bass is an author, a biblical scholar, and a powerful speaker and spiritual leader. Her books are standard reading for those who are interested in mainline Protestant “church” - where we have been, who we are, and where we are going. Butler Bass is passionate, articulate, and well-studied. When she speaks on an issue, you can be sure she is coming with a full...
The Church of No People ~ Matt Appling →
Matt is a teacher and house pastor in the Kansas City area, so he is at the forefront of an interesting “new” phenomena in American spirituality - churches without all the distraction of buildings and organizational structure. Best of all, Mat is a self-described “Devil’s Advocate”, which is pretty interesting for a Man of God. This role shines through his...
Doug's Blog ~ Doug Wysockey-Johnson →
Doug is the driving force behind Lumunos, a faith-based organization whose mission involves “empowering people to explore, discern and act on their many gifts and calls in the complexity of their daily lives for the good of God’s world.” In other words, Lumunos is all about helping people determine their “call” in the world. Beats the heck out of the usual career...
Our fundamental challenge: So many of our neighbors do not know the love of...– Sharon Watkins,GMP, speaking about the need to act out of Christian love to everyone in a broken world at #GA11doc
God loves us all - NO exceptions.– Juan Rodriguez, First Vice Moderator at #GA11doc
Love is the exception in the world, not the rule.” followed by...– Juan Rodriguez, First Vice Moderator at #GA11doc
Make church so attractive that people want to be part of it– Rev. Mike Pumphrey
Christian Piatt's Blog →
Christian is “into” faith, popular culture, social justice, and writing. He is also an author, a speaker, a musician, and a faciliator. So far, I’m just repeating what Christian says on his blog site and his website. No reason for him to lie about it:) What I know from experience is that Christian is someone who has questioned his faith and come out of that process the better...
When you have to let go of everything, there is no place left for drama or...– Pastor Joan Dennhey speaking about selling your church building and moving out on faith at worship Tuesday night at The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) General Assembly.
It’s not about having a gift … it’s about sharing that gift.– Someone from the stage on Monday night at #GA11doc
… talk, then listen– Simple instructions for dialogue during faithful conversations about divisive issues. #GA11doc
We have to do more than agree to disagree– Robert Welch, Council on Christian Unity, speaking on the need to engage in faithful conversations about tough subjects #GA11doc
It doesn’t take a lot of resources to show God’s love.– Sharon Watkins, GMP, speaking about getting past the excuse of finances at #GA11doc
Power Moment: Six thousand people humming "Jesus...
… gently after a period of silent prayer meditation at #GA11doc
We’ve been here before”.– Sharon Watkins, GMP of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) speaking about the challenges of church in this time #GA11doc