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Ready for a vulnerability hangover? Five ideas from Brené Brown

Ready for a vulnerability hangover? Five ideas from Brené Brown | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Brené’s big idea is that vulnerability is good for you, or as she puts it, ‘vulnerability is our most accurate measure of courage’.

 

We live in a culture where making yourself vulnerable – exposing your fears and uncertainties, taking emotional risks – is considered a form of weakness, and something most of us want to run away from.

 

But Brené’s research reveals the hugely positive outcomes that emerge from stepping into the arena of vulnerability. It is precisely when we expose ourselves – perhaps in a relationship or at work – that ‘we have experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives’.

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A brilliant friend of mine once explained to me, "trusting others is difficult because it makes us vulnerable".  This is a fantastic article about why being vulnerable is good, plus so much more.

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David Hain's curator insight, January 18, 2013 8:31 AM

Vulnerability is my leadership word of the week, and such a valuable test of authenticity.  Having spent years disguising it, I wish I knew then what I know now...

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~ A Strategic Planning Model

~ A Strategic Planning Model | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
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- Strategy: a plan of action prepared to achieve the major goals of an organization. In order to take strategy into consideration for your planning efforts, you must define your goals as they relate and support the Vision and Mission of the organization.

 

A Strategic Plan should answer the following:

~Where are we going as an organization?

~What is the environment? (external/internal, this is critical to the vision)

~How do we get there? 

 

 

For strategic planning, I use the following definitions:

 

 

Vision - What do we want to become? (Aspirational)


Mission - Why do we exist? What function does the organization perform?  For whom does the org perform this function? How does the organization go about fulfilling this function? (Specific)



Goals - are the translation of the vision for each theme and answer “what do we want to do?”  *Key Result Areas - It is helpful to organize the goals under broader labels, e.g.  Product Design & Development, Financial, Branding, Marketing, Funding/Development, International Presence, etc


Objectives - are quantifiable metrics that show progress toward our stated goals


Strategies - these are the action plans that when implemented will achieve the objectives.


Tactics - day to day and week to week actions we take to implement our strategies, meet our objectives, and accomplish our goals. 

*** Strategic Management means approving only projects and programs that fit the scope of the organization's mission *** 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 13, 2013 4:40 PM

If the vision is shared per Senge's work on Learning Organization, the rest falls into place so much more easily with full buy in.

gustavo salazar's curator insight, November 20, 2013 6:51 AM

Modelo de planificación estratégica

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Assumptions lie...

Assumptions lie... | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
Sustainable leadership requires tools and resources. Here are a few of mine.
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So many times we allow our assumptions to deceive us.  


Leadership and self mastery requires us to question the lies our assumptions may be telling us in order to avoid unnessesary conflict.



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U-M Human Resource Development's curator insight, April 11, 1:01 PM

Question your assumptions, always!

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From Manager to Leader; Not a Moment Too Soon

From Manager to Leader; Not a Moment Too Soon | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
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According to HBR.Org, quoting research from Zenger and Folkman, on average, managers first get their leadership training at age 42.  


10 years after they begin supervising people! 


Can you imagine waiting 10 years to send sales personnel to training on how to improve their ability to close a deal? Or would you wait 10 years to send customer service representatives to training on how to deal with frustrated customers?  

 

10 years we wait!

 

And when we send them to leadership training, chances are we don’t want to hear or care about what they learned!

 

This is just crazy. 


Author Gillian Davis and I offer the chance to win a free copy of First Time Leader via Twitter.  Find out how at on the podcast at http://bit.ly/1jU0hyT

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10 Steps To Effective Listening

10 Steps To Effective Listening | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, Katherine Bryant, David Hain, Robin Brothers
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Love this scoop via @RobinBrothers1.  We need more listeners!


Here is my favorite step:


Step 5: Don’t interrupt and don’t impose your “solutions.”


Thanks Robin!

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Cath Daley's curator insight, April 9, 7:32 AM

A key skill for anyone who is involved in coaching is the ability to really listen. here are some tips to help you improve your listebing skills.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 9, 6:18 PM

Greta quote in the cartoon. "nobody hates a listener"

Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 9, 6:19 PM

Great caption in cartoon "Nobody hates a listener"

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It matters not...

It matters not... | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
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It matters not...

  I am the master of my fate,

    I am the captain of my soul.


#leadership #forgiveness #humility


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Growth and change are painful …

Growth and change are painful … | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
Paraphrasing a quote from Mandy Hale: Growth and change are painful but not as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong. You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles. - C.

Via the Change Samurai, David Hain
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Ditto!

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On Leadership & Forgiveness

On Leadership & Forgiveness | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
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This was true then and it is true today.


#inclusion #leadership #forgiveness



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Leaders: 3 Ways To Overcome Your Fear of the Unknown | Empower the Leader in You

Leaders: 3 Ways To Overcome Your Fear of the Unknown | Empower the Leader in You | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Via Amy Melendez
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Great scoop by Amy Melendez via @amygmelendez.  Here is a wonderful quote:


 "Why do we fear the unknown?  Success is achieved when we move into action, and yet, we all encounter those moments when moving forward fills us with fear."

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Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success

Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Via Anne Leong
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Great scoop by Anne Leong via via @anne_leong.  As a work with a number of clients and continue my own journey through this process, I find the questions listed extremely helpful!


Again and again, we have to decide:

  • Do I keep doing what’s always been done, or challenge old assumptions ad try new approaches to problems?
  • Do I proactively seek new challenges or just manage those I already have?
  • Do I risk being exposed and vulnerable, or act to protect my pride and patch of power?  
  • Do I ask for what I really want, or just for what I think others want to give me?
  • Do I ‘toot my horn’ to ensure others know what I’m capable of, or just hope my efforts will be noticed?
  • Do I speak my mind or bite my lip, lest I ruffle feathers or subject myself to criticism?
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Joyce Layman's curator insight, March 27, 7:03 AM

Be the leader who's willing to step outside your comfort zone and lead your team to step outside of their's. 

Brian Kirby's curator insight, April 1, 8:07 AM

Wow, those questions were not exactly "fun" to answer (especially rapidly and honestly). However, I have always been told that "If your dreams don't scare you, then they aren't big enough". This is something that I have lived my life by for quite some time now, and it definitely appears to be more than true... "If you are always comfortable, then you are never growing." It's worth some discomfort/fear in order to grow and reach goals! Thoughts? How tempting is it to stay under the umbrella of comfort? Is it worth it?

Brian Kirby's curator insight, April 1, 8:08 AM

Wow, those questions were not exactly "fun" to answer (especially rapidly and honestly). However, I have always been told that "If your dreams don't scare you, then they aren't big enough". This is something that I have lived my life by for quite some time now, and it definitely appears to be more than true... "If you are always comfortable, then you are never growing." It's worth some discomfort/fear in order to grow and reach goals! Thoughts? How tempting is it to stay under the umbrella of comfort? Is it worth it?

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Innovation through Inspiration: Presidential Leadership - General Leadership

Innovation through Inspiration: Presidential Leadership - General Leadership | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
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Wonderful post here about leading through innovation by paying attention.  My favorite section is:


Abandon worry that you may not have a complete solution. 


Ideas are made to be expanded upon and built out! Realize that every change may not work on the first pass. Some changes need to be explored and adapted to fit evolving circumstances. All ideas contribute, but not every idea will bear fruit right away.


Some changes have to take root, be fine tuned, or combined with other simple ideas to become significant. Once you’ve found the sweet-spot, you’ll be able to lift your problem over the shoals and into the territory of progress.

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People Skills Lessons Learned: Community Festival of Experience! #peopleskills - Kate Nasser

People Skills Lessons Learned: Community Festival of Experience! #peopleskills - Kate Nasser | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
Continue to grow with the people skills lessons learned from the blogs of people skills community members. Feast on the experience shared in this post.
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Honored to be included with these amazing experts on this compilation from #Peopleskills thought leader, @Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™


I love all the articles, especially this one:


What happens when you work in a place that is toxic or dysfunctional? How can you sustain yourself day by day? This is how I learned to sustain myself. ~Chantal Bechervaise

How I Found the Strength to Sustain Myself From: @CBechervaise


- See more at: http://katenasser.com/people-skills-lessons-learned-community-fesitval-experience/#sthash.kHl7GXuZ.dpuf

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Help Us Grow #FutureLeaders

Help Us Grow #FutureLeaders | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
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70% employees are disengaged, 35% to 50% of employees have been bullied or otherwise abused…  Coincidence?  I don't think so...


Are you a good leader?  How do you know?  


Self-reflection can be painful.  As they say,  no pain, no gain.


#leadership #change 

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Robin Martin's curator insight, March 13, 4:58 PM

Thanks for sharing this Al! 

David Hain's curator insight, March 14, 12:01 AM

We pick the best techie and assume they'll make the best manager - doh!!

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On Leadership & Forgiveness

On Leadership & Forgiveness | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Via Amy Melendez
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It was truly an honor to have been joined by Professor Kim Cameron, on Leading Beyond the Status Quo this week.   He is a true advocate for the power of forgiveness and its relevance to good leadership.


Professor Cameron explained that to be a strong and mature leader, we need to have the courage to face those who may have done us wrong and present an objective description of the issue. Strong leaders overcome the desire to get even and are able to list the negative consequences because of the action taken against them. 


Unbeknown to me, Professor Cameron researched the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Hearings in South Africa and has actually visited the prison cell where Nelson Mandela was held.  


Check out the post at: http://bit.ly/1fQVSMJ

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Amy Melendez's curator insight, March 10, 7:49 AM

"Strong leaders lead towards a positive outcome by partnering with the other party in preventing the issue from happening again. This way, both parties create a collaborative partnership and a positive future for them AND the organization."

donhornsby's curator insight, March 11, 4:23 AM

(From the article): Strong leaders lead towards a positive outcome by partnering with the other party in preventing the issue from happening again. This way, both parties create a collaborative partnership and a positive future for them AND the organization.  

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Toxic Leaders Interview conducted by George Reed, of Leadership Studies at the USD - YouTube

Toxic Leaders Interview conducted by George Reed, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, Today, 3:16 AM

This a wonderful interview, once you get to it.  The introduction is long  but you can skip ahead around 2:30 to get to the interview.  


I truly admire Dr. Lipman-Blumen and totally agree with her views on what the media causes and her perspective on why toxic leaders get ahead. 


One of my favorite parts is when she asks the audience how many of them have experienced a toxic leader and the majority of the audiences raises the hands. 


Long but worth the time!  

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A Letter to a Bully

A Letter to a Bully | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
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Powerful piece via @GianaConsulting and @SusanMazza.


As someone who has bullied and has been bullied, here is my favorite section of the letter:


"But when I look past your exterior, I see a small child filled with pain and fear.  


It must be so frustrating to realize that no matter how much power you appear to have, you still live in fear and your masquerade is not repairing what is broken inside of you.


I bet you would give anything to experience real peace and real joy.


I wonder if you know that your gifts and your potential are buried in the muck of your behavior….


Although I don’t trust you, I pray for you.


I hope that one day:

  • You find healing, and peace.
  • Your gifts will be magnified.
  • Instead of tearing down you build up – pouring confidence, expectation and hope into the lives you touch.
     

~ I wish you joy and peace. "



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Lead at your best

Lead at your best | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
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Great scoop here via Kenneth Mikkelsen.  It is amazing how our behavior can affect other peoples' mindset which, in turn will affect their behavior.  Good lesson for any supervisor who wants to be considered a leader. 


Here is my favorite section:

 

A leader’s failure to recognize and shift mindsets can stall the change efforts of an entire organization. Indeed, because of the underlying power of a leader’s mindsets to guide an entire organization toward positive change, any effort to become better leaders should start with ourselves, by recognizing the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that drive us.

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Ali Anani's curator insight, April 7, 9:10 PM

Great insights on how a leader behavior may affect followers' mindset and hence their behavior

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Understanding Inclusion by Exploring Exclusion

Understanding Inclusion by Exploring Exclusion | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
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Dear Bosses/Supervisors, two questions?


#1. Do you lead a diverse staff?

#2. Do you lead an inclusive culture?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 3, 10:47 AM

A nice infographic that sums up both points. When I looked at the descriptors for inclusion, I did not see many that fit the schools I worked in.

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Authenticity versus the Armor of Leadership by Travis Waits

Authenticity versus the Armor of Leadership by Travis Waits | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Via David Hain
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Great scoop here via @davidhain.  David, I totally agree with you and I would add that being vulnerable requires a lot of confidence! 


Here is my favorite part of the post:



Your willingness to risk as a leader is contingent on your capacity to be vulnerable. Travis Waits shares about the armor that leaders put on which prevents their authenticity and effectiveness. Leaders make the most impact when they use their influence.


This in turn showcases the leaders character and ethics, who they are, from the inside out.

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David Hain's curator insight, March 14, 7:12 AM

When you cover up your squidgy bits, you tend to cover up your essence as well!

donhornsby's curator insight, March 14, 7:23 AM

(From the article) Your willingness to risk as a leader is contingent on your capacity to be vulnerable. Travis Waits shares about the armor that leaders put on which prevents their authenticity and effectiveness. Leaders make the most impact when they use their influence. This in turn showcases the leaders character and ethics, who they are, from the inside out.

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, April 2, 6:47 AM

be authentic! never comprise relationships at the cost of rising up the ladder:-)

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Change Leader, Change Thyself

Change Leader, Change Thyself | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Organizational change is inseparable from individual change. Simply put, change efforts often falter because individuals overlook the need to make fundamental changes in themselves. Anyone who pulls the organization in new directions must look inward as well as outward.



Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Great scoop here by Kenneth Mikklesen @LeadershipABC.  


This article provides a very helpful guide of questions and an easy to remember "inner executive" team that can help anyone who is willing to look in the mirror, become a better leader.  


Here is a great list of questions from the article:


Coming to terms with your full richness is challenging. But the kinds of issues involved—which are highly personal and well beyond the scope of this short management article—include:


  • What are the primary parts of my profile, and how are they balanced against each other?
  • What resources and capabilities does each part of my profile possess? What strengths and liabilities do those involve?
  • When do I tend to call on each member of my inner executive team? What are the benefits and costs of those choices?
  • Do I draw on all of the inner sources of power available to me, or do I favor one or two most of the time?
  • How can I develop the sweet spots that are currently outside of my active range?

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Anne Landreat's curator insight, April 3, 10:26 PM
Organizations don’t change—people do
Joyce Layman's curator insight, April 4, 9:25 AM

An American Management Association study of Fortune 500 companies found that “…less than 50% of changes in their organizations were successful, and that employee resistance was the main reason for failures.”  This is why it's necessary to focus on the person.

Susan Burnell's curator insight, April 4, 9:43 AM

Change starts with awareness. This article has excellent insights, along with an easy-to-understand chart from Erica Ariel Fox on leaders' power sources and "sweet spots."

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How To Tell A Story With Your Content

How To Tell A Story With Your Content | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Story telling is a marketing strategy that has been around for decades in television commercials and advertisements on billboards, etc., but telling a story through content is new to many marketers. 


Via Stefano Principato
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Excellent scoop by Stefano Principato via @steprincipato.  The whole article is great, here is my favorite section:


You want to reach your audience with your story effectively in a language that is understandable to them. To know how to reach your audience is to know your audience and to know who they are.


You want to know who you’re trying to reach with your messages.


What’s important to them? What makes them tick?

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Stefano Principato's curator insight, March 27, 5:43 AM

Your content story should be authoritative, as well as robust and entertaining.

Every good story should have a hero, a moral, transformation and a goal.

To make your story the most compelling, your customer should be the hero of the story.

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The New Principles of Leadership

The New Principles of Leadership | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Via John Michel
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Totally agree with this scoop General @JohnEMichel!  I love the phrase that says, when opportunity knocks, its too late to prepare.   


At times we focus on what we can't change from the status quo instead of focusing on what we can learn from it.  


Great post on how anticipation can help us lead through this difficult process!


~Make the future more visible

~Identify trends

~Look outside your field for solutions!  


Great Scoop!

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John Michel's curator insight, March 28, 4:21 AM

No matter who you are or what you do, you can anticipate. Therefore, don’t wait for your future to unfold randomly, only to end up in a place you don’t want to be. Instead, identify the certainties that await you, pinpoint the looming disruptions, and go outside your industry to devise tomorrow’s solutions today. Look at what you can do rather than what you can’t, and you’ll emerge as a timeless leader who always succeeds.

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Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear

Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Via Allan Shaw, Dean J. Fusto, Bobby Dillard
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Great scoop here  by Bobby Dillard via @onevoicesmiling.  


This is ESPECIALLY hard to do with employees that don't fall into the "high potential"  or "rock star" category.  


Many managers engage and inspire those they consider their most talented while they create fear and insecurity in others with different talents.  


The best leaders engage, inspire and embolden every staff member, not only the rock stars.  


Easy to say, hard to do.

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Ledcome's curator insight, March 28, 3:15 AM

This graphic is captures a key characteristic of leadership...

Mike Masin's curator insight, March 28, 3:36 AM

Great leadership of any group, from employees to volunteers to family is at the union of trust, share, and, nurture. People are more likely to step up and commit when they want to work with you, understand your decisions, and are confident that you will be there for them in return.

david o'connor's curator insight, March 28, 4:12 AM

This is a really great post.

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Being Comes Before Doing

Being Comes Before Doing | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
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Excellent post here by @DanVForbes.  3 Steps anyone can use right now to improve the quality of their leadership.  My favorite is step #3:


Step 3. Ask a couple of colleagues to reflect on you signature presence and complete steps 1 and 2 about your leadership style:



- When (your name) is at his/her best, he/she is a leader who is _______________.

- If (your name) were an even more effective leader, he/she would be ______________.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 20, 5:01 PM

The questions are essence questions so the answers are always evolving which is particularly good. With minor tweaks, a person could use them in education with teachers and students.

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healthfinder.gov - Bullying May Have Lasting Health Effects on Kids

healthfinder.gov - Bullying May Have Lasting Health Effects on Kids | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
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Good but sad study here. Both the bullied and the bullies are hurting.  


From the article:


As for what parents can do, Bogart said they can look for signs their child is being bullied. That includes signs of physical bullying, like cuts and bruises -- and subtler signals, such as acting withdrawn or not wanting to go to school.


But it's also important that kids learn not to be silent bystanders to bullying, Bogart said. Both schools and parents, she noted, can teach children to speak up when they see a classmate being picked on.

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10,000 UpLifting Leaders | Lead With Giants

10,000 UpLifting Leaders | Lead With Giants | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
» 10,000 UpLifting Leaders | "…on the shoulder of giants."
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I have been fortunate enough to be part of this amazing community for a few months.  We are now elevating our efforts and ask you to join us.  


On average, people who supervise others start leadership training at age 42!  10 years after they start supervising.  Knowing this it is easy to see why many supervisors may be reluctant to learn new ways to lead more effectively.


Join us in the movement to help supervisors, managers and family members improve the quality of their leadership. 


Join us at and be a Leadership Giant!


http://www.leadwithgiants.com/10000-uplifting-leaders/

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On the Road: Ohio boy pays it forward with found fortune - YouTube

Steve Hartman meets an 8-year-old boy who found $20 in a parking lot and does something extremely thoughtful and very touching.  A must watch.

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This puts paying it forward in a completely new level of service for me.  Its hard to fight back the tears with this one. 

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