Thursday, March 29, 2012

New Start for 2012

Was a bit distracted over the past year and stopped blogging. With a renewed interest in learning to continue improving putting my thoughts down on paper and helping others with constant appetitie for all things in leadership I will be starting to post again.

If you have any ideas for leadership subjects you may like to see, drop me a line at ted.kinzer@gmail.com

Stay tuned...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Book Review | A Leader's Heart - 365-Day Devotional Journal

John Maxwell has released a year long leadership devotional journal A Leader's Heart: 365-Day Devotional Journal. The journal includes a daily leadership thought and a question to respond with your thoughts on the subject of the day.

Looking for a journal for the coming year? If you are a leader and enjoy Maxwell, this is a candidate for you. While there is not a breakdown of sections the subjects cover how you personally handle leading yourself to the interaction with others.



Disclosures:
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Review Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

This is the disclosure I use when I included an embedded affiliate link from Amazon or some other provider:
Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, June 18, 2010

Book Review: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

Delivering Happiness is an easy flowing read written in a conversational style. Mr. Hsieh does inform the reader at the beginning of the book of his writing style. Delivering Happiness provides a view from the CEO of how he built Zappos and has created a unique corporate culture. One of delivering 'WOW' to the customer while encouraging a nurturing environment for the employees. From the stories, it would appear Mr. Hsieh is a work hard-play hard person and has found the balance between managing and leading a company. Interesting how the corporate culture continues to evolve as the company grows.

The Zappos Culture is defined by 10 core values:

1) Deliver WOW through service.
2) Embrace and drive change.
3) Create fun and a little weirdness.
4) Be adventurous, creative, and open-minded.
5) Pursue growth and learning.
6) Build open and honest relationships with communication.
7) Build a positive team and family spirit.
8) Do more with less.
9) Be passionate and determined.
10) Be humble.

Do you think that Zappos provides a realistic model for other companies to follow?

Would the Zappos culture work with various leadership styles?

For more information on the book please check out: www.deliveringhappinessbook.com

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I received a few advance copies of Delivering Happiness and would like to give them away to those who post a response on this blog or my personal blog. I will announce the winners on Monday, June 28, 2010.

Hsieh, T. (2010). Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose. New York: Hachette Book Group.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Also, I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, January 25, 2010

Book Review: The Power of Respect

Just finished reading The Power of Respect: Benefit from the Most Forgotten Element of Success. Norville provides a very common sense approach to remind us of the need to respect each other within our famlies, personal, and professional lives. I was reminded of the importance of listening and ensuring others needs are met. If only to reiterate to each us of the power of respect, I would recommend reading this book.


Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Book Review: Knockout Entrepreneur by George Foreman

Knockout Entrepreneur provides George Foreman’s approach to entrepreneurship using his personal story and the analogy of boxing. The overall message of the book is be persistent, honest, and believe in yourself. Foreman’s book will inspire entrepreneurs and those looking for success in their lives.
I found this book to be an easy read, Foreman uses a conversational style and he approaches the book like  your uncle who is explaining how he accomplished something. Foreman uses the analogy of boxing to make various points in the book, e.g. know your opponent, have a good team in the corner.  The story explains his move form looking only to win, and how Foreman began to look for ways to win and help and inspire others. Much of his transformation comes from his belief in God. If you are looking for some history on Foreman’s career in and out of the ring, and thoughts on taking a positive entrepreneurial approach to business, you should enjoy this book.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Use of PingFire with Ping.fm to update your Social Networking Sites

Discovered a tool called Ping.fm http://ping.fm and then found a tool off Firefox called pingfire that allows you update via your browser. Of course, I can't figure out the blogging update, since I was expecting both blogs to update.

A fun way to keep your facebook, myspace, linkedin and other social networks up to date...