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6 Ways To Make Your Leadership And Workplace Fun Again

6 Ways To Make Your Leadership And Workplace Fun Again | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
People desire a “leadership refresh” in their organizations.

Via John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA, Chery Gegelman, David Hain
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Now, that's a tricky area... there are bosses who says straight: "OK, it's work, we pay them, let1s them find fun elsewhere..." Do you think it's so rare? Well, I don't think so... might be that the time is mature not to show this in full scale but that it's there in lots of bosses' mind, you know, I have made already less sure bets, too...

 

1. Allow people to fail, encourage them to test their ideas - one of the most controversial - how many times is it still OK? I understand but come on... even at home,  with your loved family, just try to reframe it...:-)))

2. Build team that last - yes, absolutely, that's may favorite, I have always done that, it's crucial, true... the type of "people are interchangeable" is laughing staff... while of course, they (we) are... but that's another level, please...

3.  Hold no secrets, be a good communicator - yes and know and work on it... try to be as open and transparent as possible (what you are not saying they will found out, and the result might be disastrous because they will not necessarily have a good guess... they might guess much worse than the reality... so, transparency pays...). To be a good communicator might be difficult for some, but a passable level is learnable for anyone... work on it...

4. Be the real you, don't hide behind the title... you know what? Everybody will read you more or less exactly... even when you try to hide... it's a looser game if you try (and how many try it...)... no alternative, I think...

5. Keep people on their toes... as McCormack has written: "110%" (perhaps today his book's title would be "130%" who knows...) Never allow your employees to get complacent... that's important and difficult to keep... tough one...

6. Keep it simple, make it fun... true... for that you should be such a guy who has the right mix of serious and fun.... not many I have met such.... but good luck...:-)))

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John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, November 1, 2013 12:59 AM

Some great advice here from Glenn Llopis and he started with a superb one ~ 'Allow people to fail' so as to encourage employees to test their ideas! Definitely!

Chery Gegelman's curator insight, November 2, 2013 10:01 PM

What have you done or experienced that made your workplace fun again?  

David Hain's curator insight, November 3, 2013 1:38 AM

We perform, learn and treat others better when we are having fun.  How much is there in your workplace?

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Google CEO, Eric Schmidt on Coaching - YouTube

Google CEO, Eric Schmidt talks about the benefits of coaching
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Well, what to add?! He is right...:-)))

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The Biggest Myths About Vulnerability

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» The Biggest Myths About Vulnerability | "…on the shoulder of giants."

Via Dan Forbes, David Hain
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I think, this vulnerability concept (what I strongly undersign and admire e.g. in the Getting naked from Lencioni) is simply deductible from the even more basic "requirement" for an ideal leader: his/her credibility and authenticity... that he/she walks as he/she talks... like to show his/her real here and now state... that is an interesting point whether an inspiring leader while he is credible and authentic in the here and now has also a sort of obligation to show courage in spite of all the difficulties they should face... I think that the attitude should be there... that is also a part of his credibility...

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“Why vulnerability is the first thing you look for in other people, but the last thing you want to reveal in yourself.”  -Brene Brown - See more at: http://www.leadwithgiants.com/leadership/the-biggest-myths-about-vulnerability/#sthash.I2It87CC.dpuf

David Hain's curator insight, August 19, 4:27 AM

It is a sign of a true leader if you can be open, transparent, and vulnerable, as trusting a person as you would expect your team members to be. ~ @CheriEsner #LeadWithGiants

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Chaotic Beautiful Snowflakes...

Chaotic Beautiful Snowflakes... | Business Coaching | Scoop.it

It's 

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It's a real excellent one... but needs some efforts...:-))) I still working on it...:-)))

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Innovation Hub: Your Brilliant Other Half - Xconomy

Innovation Hub: Your Brilliant Other Half - Xconomy | Business Coaching | Scoop.it

Innovation Hub: Your Brilliant Other HalfXconomyJoshua Wolf Shenk writes about this phenomenon in Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs. I talked to him about how it plays out in the tech world.


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How "being two" helps you to go further than alone... 

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Everything a Savvy Presenter Needs to Know: 30+Tips and Tutorials

Everything a Savvy Presenter Needs to Know: 30+Tips and Tutorials | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
We've been compiling a list of top presentation resources that will help you become a master presenter. Check out the resources below nicely divided into categories of articles, infographics, Quora and videos. There's something for every presenter!

Via Baiba Svenca, Karen Dietz
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Gold mine of tips for videos, podcasts and slideshares...

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wanderingsalsero's curator insight, August 17, 11:19 PM

Back before the digital age it was Dale Carnegie and Toastmasters.  While those are both still very valuable resources, the digital environment adds a slightly different nuance to it.  That's why I think this compilation of resources is valuable.

Barbara Hartzler's curator insight, August 18, 12:23 PM

For future reference. :)

Benjamin Labarthe-Piol's curator insight, August 18, 9:22 PM

Good and exhaustive ressources, many things to look at.

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How Many Members Should Be In Mastermind Groups?

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I've been running mastermind groups for 15 years and I've seen groups of all sizes. There are some questions you need to ask yourself before deciding how many
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The New Millennial Career Model

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Rethinking Learn, Earn, Return
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I really like this model of life: "We must constantly be learning, earning, and returning." - throughout in our life... great... and not exclusively for the millennials...  let's try it...:-)))

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, August 14, 9:45 AM

Mit tanulhatunk az Y-generációtól (a "millennials"-októl)... sokat...:-))) ez a kis post megmutatja egy példán, hogyan lehet a szekvenciális (ISKOLA-MUNKAHELY-NYUGDÍJ életzsakaszokhoz passzított) TANULNI-DOLGOZNI-VISSZAADNI funkciókat az egész életen keresztül szimultán, egyidőben gyakorolni és ezzel végig egy nagyobb cél érdekében (is) élni... a TANULNI-DOLGOZNI szükségszerű szimultanitása már nem is olyan újszerű, az érdekes a harmadik, a RETURN (visszaadni valamit a társadalomnak) hozzáillesztése, amivel szintén nem akarnak az Y-generációsok várni és hátha (:-))) igazuk van... 

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The world's best leaders are cast as themselves in a play that never ends

The world's best leaders are cast as themselves in a play that never ends | Business Coaching | Scoop.it

One of Bennis’ ideas which has been largely overlooked in leadership studies is the connection he established between leadership and acting. Bennis argued that leaders, like actors, have to perform a role in order to inspire others. They have to engage followers by creating shared meaning. “Hitler is a ghastly example of this ability, and a reminder of the under-appreciated role that rhetoric and performance play in leadership,” Bennis once noted.


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Yeah... and Lencioni has written a good whole book about this ("Getting naked")...

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David Hain's curator insight, August 14, 7:15 AM

Excellent short article, thanks @Rob Peters!

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Milton Erickson

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Milton H. Erickson Milton Hyland Erickson (5 December 1901 – 25 March 1980) was an American psychiatrist specializing in medical hypnosis and family therapy. He was founding president of the Americ...
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He is behind - in the '70s and '80s - the start of several new helping approaches... He is normally mentioned together with Virginia Satir and Frederick/Fritz Perls but he was the core experience... He was explicitly behind the NLP, a little bit less emphasised his influence on the brief therapy lines, e.g. the solution-focused brief therapy or the Palo Alto line, lots of inspirations were coming from his work... And as such several of the coaching approaches look at him as a sort of pioneer...

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Accelerate!

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Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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It's another Kotter book ("XLR8") article (not the whole if you are not subscriber....).... I was interested because of the main theme how to include flexible small innovative units into the corporate mastodons... now, I am always checking  some of the comments on the Amazon-com, and for this book I have found a relevant comment just about this element (me neither, I don't believe that if something goes wrong, let's change structure, etc.... first it might be  better to check what the actual problem is and make deep changes - e.g. establish this structure - if some other possibilities are depleted...):

 

"The book is a well-argued case for the need for strategic agility in times of business turbulence. It has also an interesting concept of a 'dual operating system', namely an agile network-type of organizational structure working in concert with the traditional corporate hierarchy.

There are three reasons for my significant disappointment when I read the book: First, there is little new in this book, relative to what he has previously been saying, for example in 'Leading change', and relative to the thinking of other authors writing about related subjects. For example: the so-called 8 accelerators in 'Accelerate' are more or less exact copies of the 8 stages in major change, as postulated in his previous book 'Leading change'.

Second, I understand the whole concept of dual operating system to be in additional to the corporate hierarchy and not instead of the traditional corporate hierarchy. Then it would inevitably add complexity and gravity to an organization, which seems contrary to simplicity, agility, and flexibility. Would it not be better to build simplicity, agility and flexibility directly into the corporate hierarchy?

Third, the big thesis in this book is that this dual operating system is something different from traditional change projects, task forces, and strategic initiatives. That difference was not clear to me, rather the opposite, if one looks at for example the figure on p. 152.

That said, the book is clearly a must read for those belonging to his large group of dedicated followers. It is also an interesting entry point to Kotter's thinking for those having had limited previous exposure to it, though for those I would rather recommend for example his book 'Leading change'."...

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Is it time to quit your job?

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A question some people likely ask themselves every day although it can be a frightening prospect and potentially risky career move!Perhaps you're bored or feel that you're being under-appreciated and
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Is it? But... (sometimes there is an "and" (it's better...:-))) but here it is a BUT..): "Quitting without a job comes with major risks, especially in this economy. Employers will often assume you got fired or you are too high maintenance and lack patience. Before you quit, make sure you’ve got a plan in place!"

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Leadership Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Leadership Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Leaders who lead beyond their comfort zone. They take risks. They take responsibility. They seize opportunities. They challenge things to make improvements.

Via Lael Johnson
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We all know all these too well... why then all the leader-candidate managers  are not doing it continuously?! I think, even the majuscule Great Leader need some time to spend in his/her comfort zone... he/she is also human, let's not forget that... they are demi-gods only in office hours... I especially like the "...be fearless...", "...be heroic...", etc. I just imagine the Great Leader as he is coming back from a lunch with a business partner from a posh restaurant... he/she is just looking at his/her watch or mobil for the time, keeping him-/herself straight and is saying to him/herself: "Now, it's time to be heroic just for an hour..."

 

OK, OK, I know, it's much deeper than that but exactly that's my point: those who are already brave, heroic and fearless enough will most probably not reading all these... he/she is just too busy to be heroic and fearless just now and don't want to be bothered by such childish nonsense... and those who are  aspiring to be the Great Leader but somehow up to now his/her trials were not successful, well, do you think that he/she will be heroic and fearless, ouch, just like that?! These are lagging indicators for Christ's sake, you cannot prescribe them as a medicine...

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Decision Timing

Decision timing is a key factor in getting the most value from your decision making efforts. This presentation addresses some of the common decision traps, bia…

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Yes, timing is key point... not too much information, just enough... well, that's the difficulty...:-))) Good...

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Five myths about personality profiling | HRZone

Five myths about personality profiling | HRZone | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Separate fact from fiction with these five common misconceptions about personality profiling.

Via Kevin Watson
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OK, it's important... more and more we are using profiling tools... I myself tried Hogan, Innermetrix, Profile, MBTI, Strenghtfinder, PCM... The post attached is without a doubt pro profiling - there is no counter-argument... overall it's a short and reminding read...

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How to Leverage Content Videos to Obtain More Speaking Engagements

How to Leverage Content Videos to Obtain More Speaking Engagements | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Pat Altvater shares 3 tips to leverage content videos to get speaking engagements for those that use videos & speaking engagements to grow your business.
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Are you doing something video thing on line? Or do you plan to have some? Either case, it is worth to watch this short video... do not count on miracles... just on a sympathetic lady with some small 3 advises...:-)))

 

Actually, first I was a bit reluctant, even when this short something started... OK, it's one more marketing guru with it's 6 or 7 figures per year per month thing when you just enrol their two thousand dollar worth of online course... of course, there is at the end an invitation but the whole thing is so simple and engaging that I could bear the 2.5 minutes long video...:-))) OK, my takeaway is not so great but it's a good example of how to make a 2.5 minutes video which is (a) not boring, (b) not bragging, boosting (what I hate)... so... 

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The Difference Between Mentoring & Coaching

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Each Friday, RPS highlights five popular news stories from the world of training professionals. Visit our blog each week to see which stories were trending amongst your industry peers. ASTD Mentoring Versus Coaching: What’s the Difference?


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Well, it's good that we are speaking about this... I agree most of the points... though it's a good occasion to  raise one controversial point (controversial to me...)...

 

In this post you read about the "roles" in the two activities as follows:

 

Mentoring: Talking with a person who has identified his needs prior to entering into a mentoring relationship. The emphasis is on active listening, providing information, making suggestions, and establishing connections.Coaching: Talking to a person, identifying what he needs, and developing an action plan. The emphasis is on instruction, assessing, and monitoring.

 

Now, my point is that if something is not coaching, then, instruction is definitely not part of it.  And active listening which is - rightly because the good mentor works in coaching mode most of the time - enumerated as a mentoring feature is the one of the most important elements of the coaching process. I just want to show these two crying points which I firmly disagree.

 

By the way, it's more common than perhaps you think. In one of my favourite contingent management model, the situational leadership also the word "coaching" i sometimes wrongly handled. There are acc. to the model  4 phases of leadership: telling-selling-participating-delegating... now, sometimes for the "selling" (high task-high relationship/behaviour setup) one uses "coaching" which is - IMHO - flatly wrong. It is the phase when "mentoring" would much more appropriate (covering only a part of the mentoring job which is mainly toward career, etc). And, more or less it is the  "participating" phase (low task-high relationship/behaviour setup) which has rather much common features with the  coaching process, I would call it after that...

 

All the other points are rather fine...

 

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Importance of Life Coaching

Importance of Life Coaching | Business Coaching | Scoop.it

Life coaching is one of the new technique that has been developed. It is used in the development of person’s life. The methods used in the life coaching help persons to recognize their strength and concentrates on achieving it. It helps to set the direction for fulfilling the personal…


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A Few Short Rules on Being Creative

A Few Short Rules on Being Creative | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
It takes courage to say I don't know, because not knowing can make you feel insecure and inferior. This is the paradox, you have to be confident enough to let yourself be insecure for you to be able to be creative....
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"You need a Socrates kind of attitude in the sense that you allow yourself not to know. There's another word for an attitude of not knowing, it is called wisdom. You cannot learn the things you already know, only the things you do not know. This is why questioning is so important, it opens the mind to go on a trip of discovery. It takes courage to say I don't know, because not knowing can make you feel insecure and inferior. This is the paradox, you have to be confident enough to let yourself be insecure for you to be able to be creative...."

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Sugar is the Main Fuel for the Brain for Peak Interview Performance | LinkedIn

Sugar is the Main Fuel for the Brain for Peak Interview Performance | LinkedIn | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
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The main diet for interview candidate... don't forget the sugar... that's the main duel for brain (aha, I know now why I am almost addicted to it...:-)))

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4 Reasons Why Smart People Make Bad Career Decisions

4 Reasons Why Smart People Make Bad Career Decisions | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Why do people make bad job choices? Why do they get stuck in dead-end jobs?
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15 Wonderful Robin Williams Quotes On Life

15 Wonderful Robin Williams Quotes On Life | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Robin Williams has been making me laugh since I was a kid; I plan to remember him not just for the silliness, but for the way his words helped so many of us appreciate life. Here are a few of my
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The greatest memo about work-life balance ever?

The greatest memo about work-life balance ever? | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
"Will that cost me tens of millions of dollars someday? Maybe."
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It's a decision only one can make for him-/herself... it's good to have examples for this solution too... It looks like that it is heralded like a heroic act.... what he has done? Made a (for him very) rational decision in his life... Bravo!

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The Paradox of Trust, Vulnerability and Leadership | Switch and Shift

The Paradox of Trust, Vulnerability and Leadership | Switch and Shift | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Humans tend to model the behavior they see. When leaders appear to be in control, know everything, never doubt, or never ask for help or input, employees think
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Yeahhh, that's it... and, guys, it does not mean weakness.... it just the opposite, it means strength...  

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Early Years's curator insight, August 11, 7:59 AM

I admire good role models as they lead good examples and allow us to grow. Do you know some in your childcare business or the wider context of early years that examples a good role model? What did they do to capture your attention? 

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How Successful People Stay Calm

How Successful People Stay Calm | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90%
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I like e.g. the factors of the limiting the caffeine intake, of breathing (!!!, very important, indeed...), of sleeping... yeahhh.. "ground rules"... Good.... as I am always saying, to find the balance, the sweet spot... I would add that it's different person per person... It's not at all the "golden middle"... Some will work better with a little bit bigger dose of stress, with rather less but everybody will be somewhere in the "arena" that's for sure...:-)))

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Daniel Kahneman Explains The Machinery of Thought | Farnam Street

Daniel Kahneman Explains The Machinery of Thought | Farnam Street | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Daniel Kahneman dissects the machinery of thought into two agents, system 1 and system two, which respectively produce fast and slow thinking.

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"One further limitation of System 1 is that it cannot be turned off..." Beside that it's useful...:-)))

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