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Micromanagement is Mismanagement: Are You a Micromanager? | NFIB

Micromanagement is Mismanagement: Are You a Micromanager? | NFIB | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
NFIB, a small business association, provides discounts, research, online forums, networking, state and federal lobbying for small businesses across the US.
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Power of the Quiet Entrepreneur

Power of the Quiet Entrepreneur | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
Why you don't have to be loud to be a great leader.
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The Conscious Lifestyle: How a Leader Should View Power

The Conscious Lifestyle: How a Leader Should View Power | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
(In this series of posts we're discussing the qualities of leadership using the acronym L-E-A-D-E-R-S. The fifth letter, "E," stands for empowerment.) Power is so tempting and so
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The Leadership Dangers of Confusing Introversion with Shyness

The Leadership Dangers of Confusing Introversion with Shyness | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
The July 8, 2012 edition of the New York Times included an article entitled, “The Spotlight Dims and Shyness Sets In” which states: The terms “shy” and “introvert” are used almost inter...
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"Extroverts will misjudge us and not consider us for leadership roles or promotions into positions in which we could excel, and introverts will misinterpret this as a lack of aptitude or competence – with damaging consequences to our career and perhaps even our self-esteem."

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Toastmasters International - 1+1 Campaign

Toastmasters International - 1+1 Campaign | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
 

Fellow Toastmasters,

The 1+1 campaign is a membership-building program designed to help grow and strengthen our great organization.
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How simple can it be to invite one person to share the Toastmaster experience with you?  Extremely!  Make a list of ten.  Ask each one and give them your full attention.  If one accepts? great!  If one doesn't? go on to the next one.  If each member of your club participates with just one the potential is to double your club's membership! 

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Six Questions to Elevate Leadership in 2013 - Forbes

Six Questions to Elevate Leadership in 2013 - Forbes | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
Will you reach new heights in 2013?(Photo credit: brewbooks) The New Year is a great opportunity to reset your leadership aspirations.  While we step back to think about taking our organizations to higher levels each year, rarely do we step back with...

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Students Elective Course's curator insight, February 20, 2013 12:56 AM

Great simple 6 questions which may change a lot in the way you lead and act at work.

Students Elective Course's curator insight, February 20, 2013 12:56 AM

Great 6 questions, quite simple, that can change your management style.

ratzelster's curator insight, June 24, 2013 10:33 AM

Where do you stand on your New Year's resolutions to do a more effective job of leading?  Check out this January 1st kind of article and see if you need to put more punch into your summer re-tooling plans!

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50 Top Sources Of Free #eLearning Courses

50 Top Sources Of Free #eLearning Courses | Better Leadership | Scoop.it

50 Top Sources Of Free eLearning Courses...


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What Great Leaders Have That Good Leaders Don't

What Great Leaders Have That Good Leaders Don't | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
The difference between good and great leadership can be expressed in a single word: loyalty.
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Leadership 2.0: Are You An Adaptive Leader?

Leadership 2.0: Are You An Adaptive Leader? | Better Leadership | Scoop.it

ForbesLeadership 2.0: Are You An Adaptive Leader?ForbesGreat leadership is indeed a difficult thing to pin down and understand.

 

Great leadership is indeed a difficult thing to pin down and understand. You know a great leader when you’re working for one, but even great leaders can have a hard time explaining the specifics of what they do that makes their leadership so effective. Great leadership is dynamic; it melds unique skills into an integrated whole.


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Jerry Busone's curator insight, February 8, 11:50 AM

Love how this is broken in to categories. Allows development focus for each category

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Rolestorming - Brainstorming Techniques from MindTools.com

Rolestorming - Brainstorming Techniques from MindTools.com | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
Use this technique to come up with more ideas when you're brainstorming with your group.

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Developing Mindful Leaders

Developing Mindful Leaders | Better Leadership | Scoop.it

"If you want to transform an organization it's not about changing systems and processes so much as it's about changing the hearts and minds of people," says Weiss.

 

"Mindfulness is one of the all-time most brilliant technologies for helping to alleviate human suffering and for bringing out our extraordinary potential as human beings."

 

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John Michel's curator insight, January 22, 2013 8:29 PM

Organizations invest billions annually on a success curriculum known as "leadership development," which ends up leaving so much on the table. Training and development programs almost universally focus factory-like on inputs and outputs — absorb curriculum, check a box; learn a skill, advance a rung; submit to assessment, fix a problem. Likewise, they leave too many people behind with an elite selection process that fast-tracks "hi-pos" and essentially discards the rest. And they leave most people cold with flavor of the month remedies, off sites, immersions, and excursions — which produce little more than a grim legacy of fat binders gathering dust on shelves.

What if, instead of stuffing people with curricula, models, and competencies, we focused on deepening their sense of purpose, expanding their capability to navigate difficulty and complexity, and enriching their emotional resilience? What if, instead of trying to fix people, we assumed that they were already full of potential and created an environment that promoted their long-term well-being? In other words, what if cultivating a successful inner life was front and center on the leadership agenda?

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com
Efficienarta's curator insight, March 6, 12:59 AM

I thought that the points on "deepening their sense of purpose" and "expanding their capability to navigate difficulty" were particularly interesting.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, March 9, 4:23 PM

Leadership development programmes often fall far short of expectations and rarely lead to long term change. Developing people is a process not an event.  Also check out - www.corporatecoachingnetwork.com.au

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9 things successful people do differently

9 things successful people do differently | Better Leadership | Scoop.it

If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. The intuitive answer — that you are born predisposed to certain talents and lacking in others — is really just one small piece of the puzzle.

 

In fact, decades of research on achievement suggests that successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do.


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Portrait of a Micro-manager

Portrait of a Micro-manager | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
What qualities do micro-managers possess?

 

Most people I’ve asked say they’ve worked for a micro-manager.

 

Their frustration shows when they talk about the person who drained joy from their career and under-utilized their skills.

 

You’re a micro-manager if you:

 

Over-estimate your skills and under-estimate the skills of the team.

 

Feel misunderstood and unappreciated.

 

Hear too many questions.

 

See yourself as doers rather than an enabler.

 

 

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Passionate Leaders Aren't Loud - They're Deep - Forbes

Passionate Leaders Aren't Loud - They're Deep - Forbes | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
True passion in a leader goes way beyond cheerleading. It's about important work being done well, regardless of adversity and setbacks.
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Find Similar or Opposite words at WordHippo.com

Find Similar or Opposite words at WordHippo.com | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
Find opposite or similar words at WordHippo.com.
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10 Leadership Nuggets from Abraham Lincoln

10 Leadership Nuggets from Abraham Lincoln | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
Abraham Lincoln brings us enduring wisdom in a nutshell.Abraham Lincoln is very much in the news these days, with examinations of his character, his actions, and his leadership style. The New York
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[Infographic] Leadership Qualities | Leadership In Action

[Infographic] Leadership Qualities | Leadership In Action | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
We put together an infographic that describes some leadership qualities that can be developed and put in your own skills filing cabinet. Text body Click on
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Bring Out Their Best Side to be Happier Together

Bring Out Their Best Side to be Happier Together | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
#One Tap the Little-Known Secret to First Impressions for Building Likeability

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Success Will Come and Go, But Integrity is Forever - Forbes

Success Will Come and Go, But Integrity is Forever - Forbes | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
If I could teach only one value to live by, it would be this: Success will come and go, but integrity is forever. Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching.
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Remembering Stephen Covey and Zig Ziglar

Remembering Stephen Covey and Zig Ziglar | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
Two great men who were mentors and friends to me passed away this year—Stephen R. Covey in July and Zig Ziglar just this past week. I’d like to share a few thoughts about these wonderful guys.

 

It’s always tough to lose important people in our lives. I think the best way to honor them is to make sure you reach out—today—to the people you love, and tell them how important they are. As Margie says: “Keep your I-love-yous up to date.” You’ll never regret it.


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Have The Courage to Keep Going and Not Give Up

Have The Courage to Keep Going and Not Give Up | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
One of my favorite cartoons growing up was Popeye because he was an ordinary guy who had the courage to do extraordinary things. He drew upon an inner strength when the chips were down and courage was needed to save the day.

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6 Secrets of How Successful Women Lead

6 Secrets of How Successful Women Lead | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
Two authors look beyond the stereotypes to examine the research-based evidence about the leadership traits women possess.

 

In the era of post-post-feminism, let's just admit it: Men and women are--or at least can be--different in certain ways. And some of those ways show up at the workplace. Some even show up in the C-suite. So, let's take the time to ponder how that, well, works.

 

To put it simply: Do women lead differently?

 

According to Sharon Hadary and Laura Henderson, the answer is an uniquivocal yes. What's more interesting, though, is that they believe that leadership by a woman tends to yield very desirable results--including better odds of business profitability and creation of more businesses that are fundamentally creative and innovative.


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Seven Better Questions You Can Ask in the Midst of Adversity

Seven Better Questions You Can Ask in the Midst of Adversity | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
Years ago, I learned a valuable lesson: the answers we get are determined by the questions we ask. Here are seven better questions you can ask in the midst of adversity.

 

I have several friends who are going through enormous uncertainty right now. Some are out of work. A few others are on the precipice of divorce. Still others have been diagnosed with cancer—one who is pregnant. In these situations, most of us ask, “Why is this happening to me?”

 

Years ago, two months after I became the publisher of one of our book divisions, we lost a major author to a competing company. This had a significant negative impact on our bottom line. At first, I was angry. Then I became discouraged. Finally, I realized I was asking the wrong question.

 

Instead of asking “Why did this happen?” I started asking, “How can this make us better?” Immediately, I sensed a shift in my spirit. It began energizing me. In retrospect, losing the author was one of the best things that could have happened to my division. We grew from the experience in ways that would have never happened otherwise.


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Listen to Your Mind, Follow Your Heart

Listen to Your Mind, Follow Your Heart | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
When the future hinges on the next words that are said, don’t let logic interfere, believe your HEART instead. ~Philip Robison The smartest and the wisest thing we can do in life for ourselves and for others is to be true to ourselves.

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You Can't Be a Great Leader Without Trust. Here's How You Build It

You Can't Be a Great Leader Without Trust. Here's How You Build It | Better Leadership | Scoop.it
This article is by David Horsager, author of The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line.

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