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Succession Planning needs a new conversation

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In the October HR magazine.. Theresa Minton-Eversole reports that most companies are unprepared for succession at the top. Not to diminish her contribution, but this has been a common theme now for a good 15 years. Just pick through any of the management, human resource, or organizational development mags and you will find articles saying the same thing.

When we coach managers on correcting employee behavior, we tell them that when a pattern emerges of repeat behavior, the conversation needs to ...

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Lessons in Death

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I have been honored to serve on my church council now for almost four years. Along with the role of giving leadership to decisions our church has to make, the council gets the honor of also serving the church. What that means is ushering during services, collecting money, even vacuuming after services when the cleaning crew is not available. In a sense, you lead by serving and there is a profound lesson in vacuuming at 11pm on Holy Friday so ...

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Does Passion Alignment Affect Trust?

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I have become convinced that there is a correlation between employee passion alignment and trust. Even in teams where there is strong ethical values, competence with task, and a high degree of openness, trust can still be lacking due to passion dis-alignment.

Last week I was having a discussion with an executive I know. We were discussing employee passions and how one of her direct report’s greatest passion was to be an artist. The employee, I will call him Jim, ...

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Great Destroyers of Trust

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I have spent the past five years putting together a model of trust that incorporates the contemporary theories of our time. Today, I will touch on one of the more profound surprises I discovered. While most leaders know that saying what you mean, doing what your saying, and demonstrating integrity is critical to building a trusting culture. These are not enough.. and sadly most leaders think they are… in fact the greatest destroyer of trust is to do ...

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Susan Boyle – Singer – Britains Got Talent 2009 (With Lyrics)

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By now you most likely have heard of her.. Susan Boyle, helps all of us learn several leadership lessons while also bringing most of us to tear eyes… You can watch her performance here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY

Lesson 1 – Follow your passion. Nothing is stronger than passion.. it gives you strength and courage.. It helps you face down even a Simon…

Lesson 2 – Be transparent.. be yourself! Amazingly, after just 7 minutes of watching her, we know her.. and most of ...

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Harvard has an excellent “Working Knowledge” article on Mile Davis and innovation. It is an interview with HBS professor Robert D. Austin and Carl Størmer, founding principal of JazzCode, a consulting and entertainment firm specializing in improvisational collaboration and communication in high-performance teams. They do a great job of showing Davis as a master of innovation. It is full of leadership nuggets.. here is just one..

I think the experience in Paris where he composed and recorded a film ...

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What Makes Unethical Behavior Contagious?

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More evidence of the impact we have on our “circle of friends” or our team… Ethics has never been more important than today!

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The Context of Our Character

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Interesting clip on ethics. Lot of truth here….

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Eric Schmidt at the Management Lab Summit

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I prefer videos to be shorter than 5 minutes.. but this one is worth the time.. Take time to listen to the wisdom that has made Google one of the best places to work in the world….

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MIT Milestone Celebration | Keynote Address

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The power of the individual…. The leveling of the world.. A must view!

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