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how to change things when change is hard

April 14, 2010


I just finished the book Switch and I loved it. If you’re interested in changing yourself, the people around you, anything in your organization or anything at all, this book has both inspiring stories and some concrete ways you can start the change you want today. Here’s a summary of the books main thoughts: 1. […]

inspiring words from Will Smith

March 23, 2010


Check out these words from Will Smith… Some Points of reflection: Die on a treadmill: Yesterday, I tweeted this quote by Hugh MacLeod, “If somebody in your industry is more successful than you, it’s probably because he works harder at it than you do.” Will Smith speaks to the same idea of hard work and […]

a book of your best…

March 10, 2010


I recently read Nancy Ortberg’s Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands. The book is a compilation of some of Ortberg’s best and simplest leadership lessons. I highly recommend this book to any leader and/or learning leader. One of the stickiest lessons from the book was something that Ortberg asks her daughter to do upon entering […]

a leadership report card

January 25, 2010


On a Harvard Business Review blog, I found a leadership report for the nation’s most important leader, President Obama. Norm Smallwood lays out five rules that any leader can be measured on to assess a leader’s effectiveness. The five rules are a part of his co-authored book called The Leadership Code, here they are: Rule […]

excellence and leadership

January 20, 2010


On a previous post I wrote about how being an expert doesn’t necessarily make you the best leader. But what if you’re the leader of the team AND the go-to-person on your team? Sportswriter Bill Simmons wrote a great article today on how one athlete is handling it and doing it well. Check out the article […]

value oriented actions

January 12, 2010


Values are a tricky thing. You can tell yourself and others that you value something, but if your actions don’t reflect it, it really doesn’t matter to you. For example, if you say that you value saving money, but your savings account has the amount in it as it did five years ago, you probably […]

blog rebrand

January 11, 2010


After a long hiatus on the blogosphere, I’m finally ready to unveil my new rebranded blog. The new hour9 blog will be more specifically focused on providing reading material for leaders, like myself, who are either starting their careers in leadership or desiring to obtain some concrete tools or skills to take them to the next level. […]