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When Not to Listen to Your Employees

When Not to Listen to Your Employees | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
You shouldn't listen to an employee who wants help to solve a conflict with another. You might feel proud of “mediating” among your team members as you discuss the problem with each one
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A very well written post, which explains how we can manage the problems between two or more employees. The different reported ideas, says, in my opinion, the most important points to follow to find a favorable solution to the discord.

 

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Why You're Not A Leader - Forbes

Why You're Not A Leader - Forbes | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Everybody thinks they’re a leader – most are far from it. The harsh reality is that we live in a world awash with wannabe leaders. As much as some don’t want to admit it, not everyone can or should become a leader (my take on the born vs. made argument). Simply desiring to be a leader doesn’t mean a person has the character, skill, and courage necessary to be a leader.

 

If you think you’re a leader, but haven’t been recognized as such, you have a problem. Either you’re incorrect in your self-assessment, or those you report to don’t recognize your talent. Here’s the good news; handled correctly, either scenario can be resolved if you’re willing to do some work.

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This post said in a few sentences what everyone should know about Leadership subject, excellent!

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Lansana Gagny Sakho's comment, February 4, 2013 1:42 PM
Excellent article 'desiring to be a leader doesn’t mean a person has the character, skill, and courage necessary to be a leader'
Martin Gysler's comment, February 4, 2013 3:38 PM
I think courage is the most important skill... :-)
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Productivity the Richard Branson way

Productivity the Richard Branson way | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

I think Richard Branson has proved that his six secrets to success, can bring someone on the way to success. [note Martin Gysler]

 

If there’s one thing that Richard Branson clearly has in abundance, it’s get up and go. You need only look at his travel schedule for this week (Haiti, Warsaw, Cairo, Mumbai and Delhi – honest!) to realise that productivity has played a large part in his and Virgin’s success over the years.

 

With this in mind Rob Rawson from Biz 3.0 has managed to crack his secrets to productivity into six key areas. It certainly makes for some interesting reading, have a look and see if there’s something which you can pick up:...

 

Read more: http://www.virgin.com/entrepreneur/blog/productivity-the-richard-branson-way?goback=%2Egde_1979097_member_178066495

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Developing Charisma - Increasing Your Influence in the Workplace

Developing Charisma - Increasing Your Influence in the Workplace | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Have you ever worked with a very charismatic leader?


If so, then it's likely that almost everyone in the organization liked, trusted, and admired this person.
People listened when she talked, colleagues supported her ideas, and talented people wanted to join her team. In short, everyone wanted to be around this person!


Charisma is something that many people believe you're born with. However, this isn't the case – you can become more charismatic, and we'll explore how you can develop charisma in this article


Defining Charisma


Charisma is a collection of traits and behaviors that make you appeal to other people. The word comes from the Greek word "charis," which means "grace" or "gift."


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Charisma is a collection of traits and behaviors that help you appeal to other people. Charismatic people are often successful, and people are naturally drawn to them. They retain the best talent in their teams, and people listen to their ideas.

Because charisma is a collection of behaviors, you can learn it. Work on developing empathy, self-confidence, and assertiveness. Be aware of what your body language is saying, and do your best to give people a genuine smile when you're around them.

Also, make sure that you use your charisma the right way: don't use it to influence someone to do something that is against his or her own best interests.

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Supportive Leadership – The 5 Basic Rules

Supportive Leadership – The 5 Basic Rules | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

More than two thirds of all problems in our society result from a decrepit leadership culture in economy and politics which allows indispensable profound reforms (i.e. climate protection, finance and tax legislation) and “green” technologies for our environment and thus a qualitative (and not just quantitative) growth to only a limited extent. The whole of Europe is deeply in dept. The standards of living and raw materials become more and more expensive. Nature and “deceived” people strike back because leadership elites show a high degree of inertia. Those responsible lack the capability to anticipate in time the necessary processes of innovation and change, to control and implement them.


It is true that companies impart specialized competences, but they criminally neglect the training for key skills like competences regarding change, relations, creativity and leadership. However, it is exactly these skills which ensure a sustainable power of success of an exceedingly demanding society and a flexible employability of its people – even in critical times.


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Learning The Softer Side Of Leadership

Learning The Softer Side Of Leadership | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Leaders' primary objective is to empower others to make decisions and take actions that are aligned with the organization’s vision, purpose, and strategy. These nuances are the softer side of leadership, beyond the technical skills that you have already mastered.


Leadership is the "eighth wonder of the world." It is better seen and felt than defined and said. It’s easy to intellectualize, but elusive to actualize.


The world’s most impactful leaders in all arenas, from business to government, understand the paradox that although leadership starts with the leader, it’s never about the leader. This wisdom should be emulated and applied by everyone who aspires to leadership.


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SUNDAY’S LEADERSHIP MANTRA: Goal.

SUNDAY’S LEADERSHIP MANTRA: Goal. | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Everyone wants to be successful and, some people would do all to achieve it (...).

A good tool for success is certainly, the goal. As Brian Tracy say:


Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement” Brian Tracy


what makes me say that this topic is sufficiently interesting and important to linger a bit.


All of these goals that will lead us to success!


Introduction


Beyond the basics of goal that he should be SMART: Simple and Specific | Measurable | Achievable | Realistic | Time limited and which is known to most of us, I would like add the emotional meaning of the subject.


Indeed, the act of setting goals is often linked to an emotional process:

  • From needs who are deepest in us;
  • an ambition to be this or that;
  • Or an ego, oversized, who plays tricks on us;

and many other factors.


All these elements combined can significantly change the logic of things and lead us sometimes on unsafe paths and strewn with pitfalls.


When should we have a goal?...


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» 3 Simple Steps to Making Money From Any Passion

» 3 Simple Steps to Making Money From Any Passion | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ~Confucius

 

Is it possible to have your passion also be your core source of income?

 

We seem to hear more and more stories of people reaching the promised land, but is it really possible for the everyday person? Or are those ‘lucky few’ just that— lucky?

 

After years of research I have good news for you…

 

I bet you there’s something you love doing that someone else would be happy to pay you for right this second. I might go as far as saying I’m sure of it.

But let’s start with a question...

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Hilarious Strategies for Leading an Angry Twitter Mob Against Klout

Hilarious Strategies for Leading an Angry Twitter Mob Against Klout | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Leadership may be defined in part as a process of influence.


Strangely, as I was searching for definitions of leadership I saw this list of leadership synonyms on Dictionary.com: authoritativeness, influence, command, effectiveness; sway, clout (emphasis mine).

 

However, many may know of another spelling: Klout with a “K”

 

Klout defines itself as the arbiter of social media influence. In their words, they provide The Standard for Influence. When the company recently unleashed their new algorithm, many people in social media saw their scores radically drop. For those schooled on this “credibility” framework, it was disorienting or irritating...

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The 12 Most Obvious Signs of a Wise Leader

The 12 Most Obvious Signs of a Wise Leader | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Many leaders are making decisions with a short-term focus & it's time we find wise ones. Here are twelve signs you've found a wise leader.

 

We live in an era of haste-based folly. These are the days of rapid rewards, speed dating, quick trim and slim fast. As impatience increases, decisions grow more and more short-sighted. The faster we move, the more likely we are to speak and act without thinking of long-term consequences.

 

Folly, the opposite of wisdom, can be defined as “a tragic lack of forethought.” I assert that today’s leaders, in all walks of life, are increasingly acting, speaking and making decisions with a short-term focus. This must change or the consequences will be painful.

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Points to Remember in Improving Your Leadership Skills

Points to Remember in Improving Your Leadership Skills | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

As a leader, you should always remember that people do not tend to be productive when they’re just pushed to do something and would tend to perform much better if they’ll be inspired to do a thing because of a great cause or motivated and guided by a person they really respect. Therefore, in order to become an effective leader, you need to learn how to make your people understand the reason why they need to do their best in what they do. Do not push them too hard as this would only cause them to think you are just after your very own benefits. Learn how leadership skills to motivate them to work by seeing the benefits they’ll be getting from it and how important they’re for the whole team to succeed.

 

You need to make your member understand that each and every one of them has a very important role in the success of the team. And only through doing their best and working together will they be able to achieve the team’s goal. Also it is really important to know all your members’ strengths and weaknesses, as this will greatly help you in properly assigning specific tasks to them and utilizing their fullest potential. Pushing them too much could just make them do the opposite; this would just generate hate and irritation from your members, so avoid doing this...

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How to Be a Loser | Darren Hardy, Publisher of SUCCESS Magazine

How to Be a Loser | Darren Hardy, Publisher of SUCCESS Magazine | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Why do you want to learn how to be a loser? you ask. We learn from both examples and warnings. This post provides you both.


It’s good to know how to be a loser so, 1) you could do the opposite and 2) you can check to be sure you aren’t doing those things yourself.

 

I remember Jim Rohn saying that it’s too bad failures don’t give seminars. He would say, “If you meet a guy who has messed up his life for forty years, you’ve just got to say, ‘John, if I bring my journal and promise to take good notes, would you spend a day with me? Tell me how a good-looking guy like you with a beautiful family, everything going for him messed up his life so bad. What did you do? What do you read? What do you eat? What type of people do you hang out with? What do you do with your free time? What TV programs, newspapers, and radio programs do you spend time with? Wouldn’t that information be valuable? Find out and then DON’T DO those things.” Great strategy.

 

Here’s some loser training tips to get you started:...

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Why Multitasking May Make You Less Productive

Why Multitasking May Make You Less Productive | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Everything in our connected culture urges us to do more things simultaneously. But a lot of research indicates our brains are not wired to work this way, and that multitasking ultimately makes us less productive.

 

We’ve all been there before. You’re out having what you think is a nice meal with someone, and then the inevitable happens: the vibration on the table that can’t be ignored. It can be anything from an “urgent” call to a “How R U?” text. Even after your company apologizes for the intrusion, you can’t help but notice his eyeballs always on the phone, checking for that red dot. You might call this behavior rude, but he insists he’s listening and credits his mastery of multitasking.

 

But in truth, it’s a barrier in the way of our ability to listen and focus, not to mention the onset of new social norms that permit distracted behavior — but that’s a topic for another time. The real question is, in the age of effortless information, are we really multitasking as well as we think we are?

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Project Managers Will Kill Your Company: Advice From Palo Alto Networks Founder Nir Zuk - Forbes

Project Managers Will Kill Your Company: Advice From Palo Alto Networks Founder Nir Zuk - Forbes | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Project managers and subpar employees will turn your company into a zombie, says Nir Zuk. The founder of Palo Alto Networks is obsessed with making sure that doesn't happen to his company.
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I like the approach of Nir Zuk. He says what I think since longtime. The most important is to delegate responsibility to all members of his team, because this is the only way to motivate and give meaning to their work.

 

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80% Is Good Enough - Grow Your Business By Delegating

80% Is Good Enough - Grow Your Business By Delegating | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Delegating tasks correctly is important for any employer who wants to succeed. But many get stuck micromanaging--and that stunts company growth.At my web design company, Ciplex, I’ve had to
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Simple but true advice. I also wrote an article, on my blog, about this topic.

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Catherine Luense's comment, January 25, 2013 6:13 AM
This is so true! We must let go of the everyday stuff so we are free to explore more money making opportunities.
Martin Gysler's comment, January 26, 2013 10:38 AM
Yes Catherine you're right. I'm glad we've the same opinion.
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5 Ways to Lead with Emotional Intelligence -- and Boost Productivity - Forbes

5 Ways to Lead with Emotional Intelligence -- and Boost Productivity - Forbes | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

More emotional intelligence, is what our world strongly need. This excellent post say all what you need to know about this subject. [note Martin Gysler]

 

Employees today are much more aware of whether or not they are a good fit in their workplace culture and they want their leaders to be more mindful of their needs. In general, employees have become more sensitive about how to best co-exist in a workplace environment that allows them to be who they naturally are.

 

Employees are tired of playing games and just want to be themselves. As such, they are managing their careers and looking to advance by searching for jobs that truly fuel their passion, fulfill their desires, and ignite their real talent. For most, today’s economic landscape has made the career management journey extra challenging. And beyond career advancement opportunities, people want their supervisors and leaders to be more in touch with who they are as people (not just as their colleagues) to assure that their career track is in proper alignment with and supports their personal and professional goals.

 

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5 Leadership Behaviors Loyal Employees Trust - Forbes

5 Leadership Behaviors Loyal Employees Trust - Forbes | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Is any relationship ever completely reciprocal? Not really, because one party always wields more power over the other. This is a human behavior dynamic that is tough to ignore, especially when we look deeper at workplace culture and team dynamics. There are leaders and followers, loved ones and lovers, employers and employees. We might like to think equality, common goals and unquestioned commitment are the norm but it simply doesn’t happen. It’s true in personal life and in the workplace.


I recently spent a weekend at a high school graduation where teachers glowingly described the fairly small class as a group of leaders. Although parents and kids basked in the glow of achievement and praise, it was clear that some in the group were more equal than others, more accomplished, more confident and composed. While the speeches were heartwarming they seemed insufficiently realistic: clearly not all in that class are destined for success, and not all will be leaders. Despite what we say as a society about equality, the best we can offer is what seems like a cop out: the promise of equal opportunity.


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Leadership and Emotional Intelligence – Leadership, Management, Career and Personal Development

Leadership and Emotional Intelligence – Leadership, Management, Career and Personal Development | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Using emotional intelligence can help you succeed as a leader. But what is emotional intelligence, and why is it that success in life sometimes seems unrelated to intelligence and how hard you are prepared to work?


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Vingtcinq Scenario
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Is Your Leadership Limiting Your Organizations Ability to Grow?

Is Your Leadership Limiting Your Organizations Ability to Grow? | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

This is the first in our series of articles that looks at leadership capacity and its impact on organizational growth and transformation. The full series will be available for download as a white paper once it is completed.


Leadership capacity is more than simply skill development; it’s about performance, growth, transformation and change. For the purpose of our discussion in this series of articles, let’s define it as;


“Leadership Capacity is the skilful use of leadership attributes for the growth and development of ourselves, our colleagues and our organization”.


Great leaders not only understand how to engage and inspire their teams to get the best results — they understand the need to create participatory and collaborative processes that develop the abilities of the next generation of leaders.


Leadership lays the groundwork for success


Successful companies do not happen by accident. They are the result of building effective leadership capacity and an awareness and willingness to take the necessary steps in identify internal talent and nurture them into the leaders of tomorrow.


Read more: http://www.customerthink.com/blog/is_your_leadership_limiting_your_organizations_ability_to_grow

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AQAL Elements Applied to Leadership

AQAL Elements Applied to Leadership | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

This article provides a handy overview of the elements of the Integral framework applied to leadership.


Organizational leadership is a dynamic process involving a number of separate yet interconnected activities such as evaluating a situation or state-of-affairs, envisioning a desired future state and objectives to work toward, creating some kind of plan and/or strategy to achieve those objectives, coordinating efforts of various people and processes, evaluating progress and current conditions, and continually adjusting the strategies and tactics until the desired objective (or change) has been accomplished.

 

Clearly, hundreds of books have been written on various aspects of management and leadership theory that address the nuance of these activities. Like all things integral, there are many legitimate and valid ways to render an idea. A number of models of Integral Leadership have been proposed, and in the years to come, many new models will emerge...


Via Anne Caspari, Jose Luis Yañez
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Martin Gysler's comment, December 15, 2011 8:01 AM
Wow, an amazing post!
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Glad you like it ;)
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Top 20 Leadership qualities

Top 20 Leadership qualities | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

If one needs to be a successful person then he must be a good leader as well. If a person is not capable of managing a team and leading it, then the scope of progress is little.


Bill gates and Steve jobs are two strong business leaders of the modern world, who brought revolution in technology. If you think they are (was) successful at their places then they must have done things right at the right time to get to that level where they are, whether you like them or not just try to do what they have been doing from so long...

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Entrepreneur – Do You Want To Change The World?

Entrepreneur – Do You Want To Change The World? | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes and are driven by a wide range of objectives. As I’ve written elsewhere, the emotional reasons for becoming an entrepreneur range from fulfilling basic survival needs to seeking feelings related to esteem, meaning and self-actualization needs. While there are no hard and fast rules on this, many of the greatest entrepreneurs did not get started seeking fame and fortune; rather, they wanted to change the world.

 

I never wanted to be a businessman; I just wanted to change the world. Richard Branson

 

Do you want to change the world?...

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How to Manage the Risks of Having Your Own Business

How to Manage the Risks of Having Your Own Business | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Starting a business is risky. Horribly, terrifyingly risky.


Nearly all new businesses fail — that’s the official statistic, right? Some say 4 out of 5, some say as many as 95%.

 

Successful entrepreneurs have a different kind of DNA from the rest of us. Ice water runs through their veins. They thrive on risk. The more insane the odds, the better they like it.

 

For those of us who have families, or who just don’t feel like living on ramen for the next four years, we’re probably better off keeping the day job.

 

Do you believe any of those?

 

Because I call B.S. on all of them...

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Think about it . . .: Transformational Leadership: Here's to the Crazy Ones!

Think about it . . .: Transformational Leadership: Here's to the Crazy Ones! | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Transformational leaders have a vision. They are driven to ‘transform’ based on their vision. They can be very successful in situations that require change because they: set direction, set an example, communicate well, alignment goals, bring out the best in people, are change agents and provide decision in a crisis or on the ambiguous (Hooper & Potter, 1997). More importantly they BELIEVE. Their nature, personality, DNA gives them the attributes that allow them to believe in their visions, with no hesitation or doubts.

 

Sometimes that gives them a label: crazy. They are often the difficult students and sadly, teachers often do not want to deal with them. Transformational leaders succeed in spite of the 'systems' that constrain them.


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Tracy Saville's comment, September 8, 2011 5:57 PM
Susan - you do it every day, capture the right words with the right punch for the right reasons. Man I have blog envy. It seems there are more crazy ones among us every day. So happy we are members of the same crazy club!
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The Manager's Cheat Sheet: 101 Common-Sense Rules for Leaders

The Manager's Cheat Sheet: 101 Common-Sense Rules for Leaders | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Management is all about connecting with the people on your team. So how do you effectively manage a team? With common knowledge, of course. These are a few back-to-basics rules that will help you develop management skills that really matter.

 

Body Language

Like it or not, your body speaks volumes, even when you are silent. Here's how to express an attitude that's appropriate for a leader...

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