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Ten Phrases Every Leader Should Use

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No one has all the answers, including you. And even if you did, saying things like these ten phrases would still be in your best interest. Here’s why.

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Maya Mathias's curator insight, December 24, 2012 5:46 AM

Humility & openness are the hallmarks of a celebrated & respected leader.  Here are some phrases to keep in mind...

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How to create future brands | Uprising

How to create future brands | Uprising | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Zappos formally defined culture in terms of 10 core values:

 

Deliver WOW through Service

Embrace and Drive Change

Create Fun and a Little Weirdness

Be Adventurous, Creative, and Open-Minded

Pursue Growth and Learning

Build Open and Honest relationships with Communication

Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit

Do More with Less

Be Passionate and Determined

Be Humble

 


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Jenifer Fox - "Follow the child's strengths rather than the system's weaknesses"

Jenifer Fox - "Follow the child's strengths rather than the system's weaknesses" | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Jenifer Fox is an internationally published author, speaker and leading innovator on 21st Century Learning.


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Jeff Bezos's Top 10 Leadership Lessons - Forbes

Jeff Bezos's Top 10 Leadership Lessons - Forbes | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is tech’s leading philosopher-CEO. He was recently featured in a cover story in Forbes, and George Anders summarizes his key leadership lessons. This is great stuff:

 

“There are two kinds of companies: those that try to charge more and those that work to charge less. We will be the second.”

 

“In the old world, you devoted 30% of your time to building a great service and 70% of your time to shouting about it. In the new world, that inverts.”


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31 Telltale Signs You Are A Horrible Boss - Boiled Down to 3 - Forbes

31 Telltale Signs You Are A Horrible Boss - Boiled Down to 3 - Forbes | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

If your boss acts like this, get another job. And if someone like this works for you, fire them. Period.

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Michael J. Fox, a true leader overcoming life's toughest challenges

Michael J. Fox, a true leader overcoming life's toughest challenges | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

"Back to the Future" star working on new series more than a decade after Parkinson's.  A true leader overcoming life's toughest obstacles

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Subway Personality: The MBTI Map

Subway Personality: The MBTI Map | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
What your subway station has to do with your propensity for extroversion.

We love psychology. We love data visualization.

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The Five Tips You Need to Be a Better Boss

The Five Tips You Need to Be a Better Boss | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Professor Nigel Nicholson from London Busienss School, a leadership expert who has worked with distressed banks, discusses the five tips people need to become a better boss.


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3 Reasons to Grow the Talent You Have Into the Leaders You Need

3 Reasons to Grow the Talent You Have Into the Leaders You Need | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

A change has to occur in the way companies are sourcing leadership talent. Rather than look outward when a leader is needed, they should instead continuously look inward to identify candidates with leadership aptitude and invest in honing their skills with development programs.

 

Almost three years ago, Neil Nicoll, President and CEO of YMCA said in Finding Leaders for America’s Nonprofits: Commentaries, “Until [we] become much more intentional about development of internal talent, we are doomed to an ever-growing leadership deficit.”

 

And yet, while many organizations are recruiting leaders from competitors (with cost per hire only rising), few are doing much to develop the talent they have into the leaders they need.

Here’s what I don’t understand: Why is the process of finding a leader – whether to backfill someone or to fill a new role – often treated as an isolated event rather than an ongoing process?


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Ron Johnson on the Progress of His J.C. Penney Remake

Ron Johnson on the Progress of His J.C. Penney Remake | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Change takes leadership and risk, cool story on a major change initiative which is playing itself out in front of the public.

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10 Tips to Nurture Creativity in Your Workplace

10 Tips to Nurture Creativity in Your Workplace | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Simply asking your employees to be more creative isn’t enough. You have to foster an environment that turns creativity from an occasional spark to an always-burning fire.


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One Thing Employees Need (But Rarely Get)

One Thing Employees Need (But Rarely Get) | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Pay, benefits, training, opportunities: All important. But this is more important: self-respect.

 

If you want to be considered a great employer--and you certainly should--providing your employees with higher pay, better benefits, extensive training, and greater opportunities are definite factors.

 

The problem is you might not have the resources to do all that.

 

That's okay. You can still be a great employer, because one thing you can give your employees is more important.

 

Self-respect.


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The Quality of Our Leadership Skills

The Quality of Our Leadership Skills | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
Over many years of managing web design and development teams, I have had the honor of working with some amazing artists who carefully craft beautiful...
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Do you drive leadership through ambidexterity?

Do you drive leadership through ambidexterity? | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
Get the flexibility to take initiatives, innovate at all levels and at the same time thrive at what you are already good at. Sounds too good to be true? Bruce Harreld, Faculty Chair at Harvard is all for that way of operating.
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AlGonzalezinfo's comment, August 19, 2012 5:26 PM
Thanks Anne, this is a very relevant post. Recently I was consulting with a client's team and I was proposing a new way to market and communicate their brand. One staff member pushed back because we had no indicators or metrics that would tell us if the effort would succeed. This is a very good point but sometimes we may need to lead before we can measure our success in pursuing opportunities.
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Scilla Elworthy: Fighting with non-violence | Video on TED.com

TED Talks How do you deal with a bully without becoming a thug?
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How One Employee Made My Mistake a Brilliant Idea

How One Employee Made My Mistake a Brilliant Idea | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
I was about to admit my new strategy was an utter failure when one employee showed me otherwise.
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It takes leadership to stop cyberbullying

It takes leadership to stop cyberbullying | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic devices and equipment, including cell phones, computers, and tablets. Find out what you can do to stop cyberbullying at StopBullying.gov.

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Understanding & Leveraging Influence Will Be Crucial to Your Business Success

Understanding & Leveraging Influence Will Be Crucial to Your Business Success | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

This is a guest post for Wired.co.UK  Ideas Bank section by Azeem Azhar, CEO of PeerIndex who is sharing some very valuable insights on measuring  influence. Understanding and leveraging your personal influence, your audience, clients and customers through influence measurement companies like PeerIndex and Klout will be crucial to your business success.  

 

Intro:

 

"Companies should be looking beyond predicted customer lifetime values and towards customer network lifetime values, which factor in an individual's influence over their peers"

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

**It is time to replace customer lifetime value with the idea of customer network value (CNLV).

 

  This is the notion that a customer's value to a company is the      

  discounted value of their future purchases plus the discounted

  value of the referrals they drive to your business

 

**Why does this matter?

 

the science of influence is -- as with so many other things -- being democratised by the internet.

 

Interaction on social networks provides brands with a map of influence at a macro level.

 

**Instead of relying on a handful of hard-to-reach celebrities or journalists for advocacy, brands can identify and activate their truly influential fans, ordinary people who have built strong reputations in certain subjects, a group we call the "magic middle".

 

New social influence marketing firms like PeerIndex and Klout, are providing brands with these influence maps, letting them identify this magic middle of influencers.

 

If you can get your product into the hand of a few thousand magic middle influencers in an honest way, you can ensure an authentic conversation amongst their networks, driving awareness and, more importantly, referral, advocacy and purchase.

 

Customer network value is only going to become more important, driven by a renewed ability to identify and leverage influence on the web 

 

**This could have a profound impact on the way that brands spend their marketing dollars.

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

See full article here: [http://bit.ly/R0oUeS]


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Effective Tech Leadership is Effective Leadership

Effective Tech Leadership is Effective Leadership | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Quality technological leadership is very much aligned with effective leadership.Read more . . .


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Strategy, Capability & Really Bad Advice

Strategy, Capability & Really Bad Advice | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
Strategy should never be dumbed down to match capability. 

 

Today’s post is a rather short rant, but one I felt compelled to put forth. I just finished reading an article where the author (a self professed innovation guru) recommended strategy be aligned with capability, and that to allow ambition to exceed capability is a nothing short of a recipe for disaster. If this sounds like rational thinking to you, I’d encourage you to read the text that follows for a bit of a different perspective.

 

Let me get right to it – if you want to fail as a leader then please follow the flawed advice given by the wizard of innovation mentioned in the opening paragraph. But if you want to rise above the crowd and become an innovative leader, I’d ask you to regard said advice for what it is – more of the same. It’s just another well-intentioned sound bite that will destroy your company and your career if you choose to follow it.

 

Strategy should never be dumbed down to match capability. In fact, quite the opposite – capability should always be in the process of being upgraded to keep pace with strategy. If a leader dilutes the strategy because of a lack of capability, they have already failed – the game is over before it starts. It is simply impossible to cede opportunity to others, settle for mediocrity, and hope to somehow remain a competitive enterprise.


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What Olympics Can Teach Us About Leadership?

What Olympics Can Teach Us About Leadership? | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
You have probably heard of the famous quote by Vince Lombardi concerning his opinion on winning. It goes like this: “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” On Winni...
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5 Ways To Avoid The Quicksand Of Fixing People

5 Ways To Avoid The Quicksand Of Fixing People | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
“So, do you think I can fix him?” asked my client. Her tone was hopeful, eager.

 

Her face fell as I answered, “No, you can’t fix him. You can help, guide and point the way for him but only he can fix himself.”

 

Many leaders fall into the quicksand of believing they can fix others. For some, their motivation is a sincere desire to help others be their best. But at the other end of the continuum are those leaders whose “I can fix them” mentality is an ego-centric need to be the hero who saves the day. The ideal position is closer to the middle of this range – a place where leaders embrace their responsibility to develop people yet balance that withtough empathy and a focus on getting the job done.

 

We fix cars or processes or machines. Leaders don’t fix people; people fix themselves (only if they want to be “fixed”). So, in your quest to be a character-based leader who develops those on her team, how do you get to the sweet spot between caring too much and seeing yourself as the white knight?


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Ten Things You Need To Know About Managing Knowledge - Forbes

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ForbesTen Things You Need To Know About Managing KnowledgeForbesHow does an organization decide what to spend on knowledge? What is the value of investments in R&D or knowledge management?

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Toastmasters International - Leadership Lessons from Olympic Athletes

Toastmasters International - Leadership Lessons from Olympic Athletes | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Top athletes and leaders refuse to accept reasons for why something can't be done. Here are 6 leadership lessons from olympic athletes

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