Friday Links – September 16, 2016 » Don’t be a jerk & How to Get Stuff Done


  • The Free-Time Paradox in America (The Atlantic)
    “Elite men in the U.S. are the world’s chief workaholics. They work longer hours than poorer men in the U.S. and rich men in other advanced countries. In the last generation, they have reduced their leisure time by more than any other demographic.” What is your definition of success?
  • How to Tell If You Are Being a Jerk (Eric Schwitzgebel @ Nautilus)
    What’s the common denominator? If you think everyone around you is terrible, it may be time to look in the mirror.


  • 3 Keys To Ensuring You Make A Difference In Speaking Up (Susan Mazza @ Random Acts of Leadership)
    Speaking up at work sometimes takes courage, and it doesn’t guarantee you will be heard by the people you want to reach. And speaking up doesn’t mean you are courageous. Sometimes it’s not the smartest thing to do.



Wednesday Links – September 14, 2016 » Effective Leaders Achieve Success & No Meetings Thursdays



  • No Meetings Allowed: It’s ‘Thinking Thursday’ (Wall Street Journal) has a policy of no formal meetings on Thursdays. It’s every office employee’s dream. It’s meant to give employees time to think, get work done, and spark innovation.
  • The Quickest Way To Make Friends at a New Job (Ritu Anand @ Fortune)
    To advance your career and make friends with a new employer, join internal network groups, fitness initiatives, or community building programs that your office has made available. You’ll meet new people, and make connections that can benefit your career.

Tuesday Links – September 13, 2016 » Be Authentic, Reduce Stress and Anxiety & Is Your Leadership Failing



  • Deepak Chopra’s 7 Ways to Reduce Stress and Anxiety (Kim Lachance Shandrow @ Entrepreneur)
    Nourish your body and mind with healthy foods — and splurge sometimes; Get a good night’s rest; Just breathe; Take a gratitude break; Wind down once a day; Engage in nurturing relationships; and Get grounded.


  • 8 Consistent Behaviors of Highly Authentic Leaders (Inc.)
    They are true to themselves; They are prepared to go it alone; They are committed to serving others; They are committed to continuous learning; They are committed to developing genuine relationships;  They value trust and forgiveness; They empower others; and They motivate others to higher performance.
  • A 3 Step System to Come Out Smarter After Failure (Dan Rockwell @ Leadership Freak)
    “Address failure from a positive orientation, even when facing negative consequences.”
    Name it. Address the past; Claim it. Own the present; and Reframe it. Move toward the future.
  • How to Tell If Your Leadership is Failing (Lolly Daskal)
    Lack of vision; Pretending to know it all; Failing to challenge the status quo; Lack of conversation; Absence of trust; Absence of change; Death of confidence; Silenced complaints; Consistent lateness; and Trying to please everyone.



  • Use Subtle Cues to Encourage Better Meetings (Jordan Cohen @ Harvard Business Review)
    To encourage more productive meetings, try installing whiteboards with agenda boxes on them, including a line for “Desired Outcome.” Weight Watchers did and a month later, meeting dissatisfaction had dropped from 44% to 16%.

Monday Links – September 12, 2016 » Make a Great First Impression, Be Who You Are & Seek Awe


  • Debunking Myths about Awe (Maria Polonchek @ Greater Good)
    Researchers tell us that experiencing awe can lower stress levels, expand our perception of time, and improve social well-being. It encourages altruism and empathy, discourages entitlement and narcissism, and boosts creativity and academic performance.


  • Hillary Clinton’s Charisma Deficit is a Common Problem for Female Leaders (Elizabeth Winkler @ Quartz)
    It’s 2016, and yet we still treat male and female leaders differently.
    “Not being able to embrace an emotional voice—and thus, not being able to connect and inspire—has meant that women often put forth only fractured selves, stunted leaders. For all her qualifications, Clinton is dogged by accusations of being too stiff, too guarded, too inauthentic. This might be because female leaders are expected to check every box and exhibit every leadership trait, while men can get away with checking just a few.”
  • How Bill Gates Became a Leadership Legend (John Rampton @ Entrepreneur)
    Gates, who is eclipsing his own enormous business success with his global philanthropy, has cultivated his leadership skills at every stage. He does it by: Pursuing what he loves; Working tirelessly; Looking forward; Constantly evolving; and Helping others by giving back.
  • How to Make a Great First Impression (Rebecca Knight @ Harvard Business Review)
    Plan ahead by preparing talking points to get across during your meeting; Emphasize your strengths when you meet someone new; Ask questions and try to draw out the other person; Your body language should be relaxed, confident, and comfortable.


Weekend Links – September 10, 2016 » Be Happy First

  • To Get What You Want, Be Happy First (Joe De Sena @ Entrepreneur)
    “If you can learn to see the struggles as a privilege and love the process, you will be happy every day — up to and including the day you reach your end goal.”
  • Seize the Holiday (Richard Branson)
    Long hours and stressful situations don’t lead to success.

Friday Links – September 9, 2016 » Be Your Own Leadership Development Coach & The Secret to Better Learning


The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Personal Development

  • How To Be Your Own Leadership Development Coach (Gwen Moran @ Fast Company)
    “According to Deloitte’s “Global Human Capital Trends 2016″ report, 89% of executives found the need to strengthen, reengineer, and improve organizational leadership. However, more than half (56%) said their organizations are not ready to meet leadership needs, and more than one in five companies (21%) have no leadership programs at all.”


  • 5 Pieces Of Management Advice That You Should Ignore (Lewis Humphries @ Lead Change Group)
    “Many universal attributes underpin great leadership, from an ability to engage others to supreme communication skills. There are a host of additional skills that many people associate with great leadership, however, despite the fact that they actually undermine your ability to guide others and achieve sustainable success.”
  • How to Make Your Leadership Content More Authentic (Andrew Cooper @ LinkedIn)
    “A constant battle for all communicators is how to make your leader’s content more authentic. In a time poor environment where leaders have to devote their time to all areas of the organisation, communicators have to resort to writing or creating content on their leader’s behalf.”


Six Rules to Simplify Work

Why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work? Yves Morieux, director for The Boston Consulting Group’s Institute for Organization, says it’s because today’s businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex — and traditional pillars of management are obsolete. So, he says, it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit’s warren of interdependencies.

Morieux says,

The real battle is not competitors. This is rubbish, very abstract. When do we meet competitors to fight them? The real battle is against ourselves, against our bureaucracy, our complicatedness—only you can fight it.

TEDTalk via YouTube

Thursday Links – September 8, 2016 » Who are you? & You’re Not Yourself When You’re Angry.


Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
~ Marcus Aurelius


  • Is Your ‘Self’ Just an Illusion? (Robert Lawrence Kuhn @ Live Science)
    What is a “self,” anyway? What does it mean to be a self? Your self, or as some like to say, your person, is grounded in awareness. Though versions of who you are, your self is shaped by experiences throughout life, a sense of identity remains persistent through time.
  • 7 Small Habits That Will Steal Your Happiness (Henrik Edberg @ The Positivity Blog)
    Going for daily swim in a sea of negative voices; Waiting for just the right time; Letting criticism get under your skin time and time again; Focusing on the wrong people and getting lost in envy and powerlessness; Not allowing yourself times of peace and rest during your day; Never trying anything new; and Taking things too seriously.


  • The Hidden Stress of Being Polite (Susan David @ Harvard Business Review)
    Emotional labor is the effort it takes to keep your game face on when what you’re doing is not concordant with how you feel. Also known as being polite.
  • 4 Insights The Best Leaders Don’t Ignore (David Sturt and Todd Nordstrom @ Forbes)
    Passion only takes you so far; Build a team that’s smarter than you; Failure is important; and People need to feel appreciated.

Personal Development

Being Disciplined Can Make You Happy

Marshall Goldsmith writes:

Most people think that if they are disciplined with their exercise they will get in or stay in good physical shape. Most people trust that if they spend time studying for a test they will likely pass. Most people believe that if they are disciplined in practicing a musical instrument every day, like piano or violin, that they will improve. And, these things are true. So, why don’t we put the same effort that we put into getting better into being happy?

This is because most people don’t think about disciplining themselves to be happy. They don’t think it will take any effort. Many people believe that happiness is a product of something from the outside.

Read the rest of the post on Marshall’s blog. 

Wednesday Links – September 7, 2016 » Want to Be a Good Boss? Understanding Why You Want to Lead

Life Balance

Professional Development

  • How to Become a Master at Networking (Vanessa Van Edwards @ Science of People)
    An important aspect of networking is being of service, whether through active listening, mentoring or other forms of assistance.


  • 6 Questions Leaders Have About Communication (David Grossman)
    – Why isn’t there enough communication in business today?
    – Why do leaders need to be effective communicators?
    – What traits are most important for a
    skilled leader-communicator?
    – What’s the greatest communication challenge for leaders?
    – How can leaders measure the effectiveness of their communication?
    – How can leaders inspire their employees when they don’t have good news to share?


  • Former Google career coach: 5 great interview questions to ask job candidates (Marguerite Ward @ CNBC)
    Jenny Blake, co-founder of Google’s career development and mentorship program, suggests employers ask potential employees these basic questions:
    – Tell me about a time where you solved a particularly interesting problem.
    – What are you most excited about learning?
    – What skills or talents seem totally unrelated to your career but that you enjoy pursuing on the side?
    – What kind of impact are you most excited to make?
    – When was a time things didn’t go as planned, and how did you handle it?