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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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leadership development methods and tips

leadership development methods and tips | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

A comprehensive article on the subject. As a leader, it is an must read article. [note mg]


This leadership tips webpage is a general guide to modern ethical progressive leadership. See also the leadership theories article for explanations and summaries of the main leadership theories.


Explaining and understanding the nature of good leadership is probably easier than practising it. Good leadership requires deep human qualities, beyond conventional notions of authority.


In the modern age good leaders are an enabling force, helping people and organizations to perform and develop, which implies that a sophisticated alignment be achieved - of people's needs, and the aims of the organization.


The traditional concept of a leader being the directing chief at the top of a hierachy is nowadays a very incomplete appreciation of what true leadership must be.


Effective leadership does not necessarily require great technical or intellectual capacity. These attributes might help, but they are not pivotal.


Read more: http://businessballs.com/leadership.htm

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The Winning Attitude Tipping Point

The Winning Attitude Tipping Point | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
As business leaders, everything we do should focus on setting our organizations up to win. But we can’t do it all ourselves. Which means we also need to get our employees obsessive and relentless about winning – a task much easier said than done.


If you’re struggling to build a winning attitude in your organization, I have some encouraging news. Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society.

Not some of the time, but always. Which has huge implications for business leaders trying to shape attitudes and opinions in their organizations.


Read more: http://morethanaminute.com/2012/01/17/the-winning-attitude-tipping-point/#

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12 Most Important Leadership Lessons I Learned By Hiking 12 Miles |

12 Most Important Leadership Lessons I Learned By Hiking 12 Miles | | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

I love hiking and mountains, and fortunately, Oregon is one of the best places to experience both!

But sometimes, I truly wish I lived in Kansas. This sentiment was especially strong last weekend when my husband suggested we hike up Salmon Butte, which involved a 12-mile, 3,000-foot trek near Mt. Hood Oregon. I’m slow and steady on the trail, with 7-8 mile jaunts comfortably within my “do-able” zone, but this trip posed a new challenge – it was the longest and most elevation gain hike I’ve ever attempted.

 

Add on the fact that there was going to be snow involved at some point at the higher elevations, and I knew this was going to be one of those experiences that really tested who I am as a person.

 

We set out on a cold and frosty morning, spurred on by weather reports that at higher altitudes, the weather was clear and we would be guaranteed great views–provided that we made it to the top of Salmon Butte...

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How to Assess Your Leadership Skills

How to Assess Your Leadership Skills | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Are you persuasively steering your team, and the company you founded? How do you know?

“Often without meaning to, we create complexity for people who work with us,” says Katherine Ebner, executive leadership coach at Nebo Leadership in Washington.

 

The first step is to recognize you can always do better. The next one? Follow Ebner’s seven leadership tenets.

 

1. Clarify what your job is. Before anything else, says Ebner, you must understand your roles and responsibilities as a leader. “Often people will do their old job; they will do what is familiar versus what’s needed.” Ebner says it is an adjustment to step up to a leadership role, often one that people are not prepared for.

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How To Increase Sales: 7 Profit Boosting Tips That Convert Browsers To Buyers

How To Increase Sales: 7 Profit Boosting Tips That Convert Browsers To Buyers | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

I often invite my email subscribers to read posts on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com – and some of them are a little surprised when they read mine.

 

One wrote yesterday asking this question: “Dr. Mani, I’ve read a few of your columns, and notice that most of them deal with mindset and attitude rather than the ‘how-to’ style teaching that your typical emails are. Why is it so?”


Well, as I’ve grown more experienced and learned from many experts about various facets of online business, the biggest eye-opener has been that while the ‘how to’ components are pretty standard and repeatable, the more important element of succeeding with them has to do with attitude and mindset...

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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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10 Secrets of Successful Leaders

10 Secrets of Successful Leaders | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” But, becoming a great leader isn’t easy. Successfully maneuvering a team through the ups and downs of starting a new business can be one of the greatest challenges a small-business owner faces.


Leadership is one of the areas that many entrepreneurs tend to overlook, according leadership coach John C. Maxwell, whose books include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (Thomas Nelson, 1998) and Developing the Leader Within You (Thomas Nelson, 1993)...

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Facebook Fans: Are They Worth the Excitement?

Facebook Fans: Are They Worth the Excitement? | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Sometimes when I think of Facebook, I can’t help but think addiction. Coffee and cigarettes I can quit, but for some reason Facebook has a hold on me, and after doing some research, I have found that I am not the only one. According to a Nielsen study, in 2010 the amount of time the average person spends on Facebook was about 14 minutes per day, or seven hours per month.

 

Even more astonishing, if you combine the amount of time spent on Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Wikipedia, and Amazon, Facebook still comes out on top. In other words, having a Facebook page for your small business is a great way to advertise.

 

Even better, individuals (known as Facebook fans) can “like” or add your company as a “friend”; therefore staying notified of any special deals or messages you send out. But after spending 14 minutes per day on Facebook, you probably already knew that.

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Surprising Leadership Lessons Learned from Playing Angry Birds

Surprising Leadership Lessons Learned from Playing Angry Birds | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

The Angry Birds game has been downloaded over 300,000,000 times and more than 100,000,000,000 angry birds have been shot through the air. That’s a lot! In fact, every day people spend over 200,000,000 minutes playing this addictive game. Chances are you’re familiar with it.


Since people play it so much, I figured I might be up for a Nobel Prize if I came up with a way to learn real life lessons from it. I tried playing Angry Birds the other day on my iPhone and found tons of teachable points of view on leadership issues.

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Entrepreneur Success: 15 Tips to Zoom Business and Life

Entrepreneur Success: 15 Tips to Zoom Business and Life | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Approximately 80% of small businesses fail within the first year. How many of the people you know who have started a business have truly succeeded? How many of them put on a happy face yet are still at every networking meeting looking for business?

 

I spent 15 years working in corporate America for startups to fortune 500 organizations. Although I enjoyed it for many years, as the economy began to tumble it became less fulfilling. I survived 13 layoffs at one company alone, yet it came at a cost of life balance. I started to lose the passion for marketing and business. I was losing myself and the goals and dreams that once inspired me...

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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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20 Ways to Make More Money from Your Blog

20 Ways to Make More Money from Your Blog | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago, on the ProBlogger Community Boards, I started a new forum topic titled, “Help Me Monetize 1,000 Visitors Per Day.”

 

My natural health blog had experienced some rapid traffic growth, and had grown from 80 visitors per day to over 1,000 visitors per day using these seven strategies.

 

Yet my income was pitiful.

 

My only monetization strategy was linking to relevant Amazon products, and I was generating just over $100 per month. I worked out that if I carried on like this, simply promoting Amazon products, I’d need to be clocking 50,000 visitors per dayto make a comfortable, full-time income with this blog...

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The Antidote to Ambiguity: Values-Based Leadership

The Antidote to Ambiguity: Values-Based Leadership | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

What is your mission statement? How many people in your organization have read it? Understand it? Remember it? BELIEVE IT? And, how many of those who remain after answering those questions have actually adopted it?


Management books universally extol the importance of a mission statement. I have both suffered through mission development exercises as a staff member and been hired to facilitate these sessions. The process goes something like this: a group of senior administrators lock themselves in a room for an extended period of time; they debate, compromise, and craft lofty prose until they finally unveil (white smoke from chimney) their UNIFYING DOCUMENT. Shortly thereafter, they proudly display their statements on websites, placards, and business cards, then sit back and wait for the wisdom to trickle down to the masses. Much to their surprise, little change occurs.


Read more: http://www.unconventional-leadership.com/2012/03/15/the-antidote-to-ambiguity-values-based-leadership/

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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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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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8 Bold Resolutions For Marketers | Fast Company

8 Bold Resolutions For Marketers | Fast Company | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Here’s a trivia question for you: What was George Harrison’s last released single? The answer, as it turns out, is Any Road, a song that reminds us, “if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” This poignant parting gift from the youngest Beatle is worth singing right about now as we plot our annual resolutions for our brands, if not our lives.

 

Of course, singing is one thing, and resolving to do things is quite another. To get us all on the right track, I first consulted with trailblazing marketers at Cablevision, Eloqua, Fandango, IBM, PetCo, SAP, and the Grammys. Their insights, based on longer separate interviews, form the basis for these 8 “must do” resolutions for marketers seeking a clear direction on the road ahead.

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Become an Extraordinary Leader - Scott Edinger - Harvard Business Review

Become an Extraordinary Leader - Scott Edinger - Harvard Business Review | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Here's a short quiz: When you brought your report card home in high school did your parents:

 

A) zero in on the C's and say, "What's the matter here?"

B) focus the A-minuses, pat you on the back, and say, "Great job, now let's push these up to A's"?

 

If you're typical of the high-potential leaders I work with, you experienced A. And I suspect that wasn't only your parent's reaction, it was yours as well — and not just for your report cards but for your performance reviews. And why not? The point of a progress report is to point out where you need to make progress. And certainly that means shoring up your weaknesses, doesn't it?...

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4 ways great leaders use the 4-Drive Model to impact employee’s motivation

4 ways great leaders use the 4-Drive Model to impact employee’s motivation | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

How leaders can impact employee’s motivation using the 4-Drive Theory


The 4-Drive Theory of Employee Motivation states that there are four main drives that motivate employees, these are the drives to: Acquire & Achieve, to Bond & Belong, to be Challenged & Comprehend, and to Define & Defend.


In order to maximize motivation leaders need to provide opportunities for employees to satisfy these four drives.


Leaders can begin to influence and start to fulfill each of these drives by using some of the systems and processes they already have in place. Changes and enhancements to those systems can help the organization become one in which employees can satisfy their drives and become highly motivated!...

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4 Lifestyle Patterns Successful Entrepreneurs Share

4 Lifestyle Patterns Successful Entrepreneurs Share | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Successful entrepreneurs make profits from their passions. They decide what actions they must take in order to establish or grow their own business. After speaking with many entrepreneurs from all different fields, it has become increasingly apparent they all share specific habits and lifestyle patterns that help keep them motivated and push them forward.


1. Wake up and go to sleep at the same time everyday.

Contrary to entrepreneurial belief, pulling all-nighters all the time won’t always make your business succeed any faster. Of course sometimes they’re necessary, but even if you are waking up at 10 AM and going to sleep at 4 AM, the regularity of your schedule will be something that your body can adapt to and the consistency will work in your favor when it comes to mental and physical performance...

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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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Business Leadership: Do You Have What It Takes?

Business Leadership: Do You Have What It Takes? | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

What is the key to great business leadership? It may be different for every individual. But certainly leadership is an important ingredient in entrepreneurial success. In this roundup, we look at some ideas about leadership, some case studies and some things entrepreneurs need to know to run their businesses. Do you have what it takes for great business leadership?

 

Leadership Qualities

Being a great leader: Do you have what it takes? Being an entrepreneur often means being a great leader, at least on some level...

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Seven Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned on the Serengeti

Seven Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned on the Serengeti | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

A recent safari in the Serengeti was supposed to get my mind off of work. I figured that being thousands of miles away from the office, with no connectivity or even a phone, I would be able to completely detach myself from any thoughts relating to business.

 

Instead, as I was watching wildebeests, lion, elephants and zebras in their natural habitat, I couldn’t help but be struck by how much of their behavior reflects the competitive nature of an entrepreneurial business...

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10 Secrets of Successful Leaders

10 Secrets of Successful Leaders | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” But, becoming a great leader isn’t easy. Successfully maneuvering a team through the ups and downs of starting a new business can be one of the greatest challenges a small-business owner faces.

 

Leadership is one of the areas that many entrepreneurs tend to overlook, according leadership coach John C. Maxwell, whose books include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (Thomas Nelson, 1998) and Developing the Leader Within You (Thomas Nelson, 1993).

 

“You work hard to develop your product or service. You fight to solve your financial issues. You go out and promote your business and sell your product. But you don't think enough about leading your own people and finding the best staff,” Maxwell says...

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How To Be The Best At Everything You Do

How To Be The Best At Everything You Do | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

“Be The Best – At Everything You Do”


Every single time I’ve said this to someone, they come back with an argument:

 

“But how can I be the best in the world at everything? Or even anything?”

 

I then explain and clarify: “I never said ‘best in the world’. I only said ‘be the best’.“

 

So, what’s the difference?

 

One is comparing yourself with everyone else in your universe, and engaging in a futile struggle to be ‘better’ than them. The other is only looking within at yourself – and asking “Did I give it my all? Could I have done more?”

 

Look, in the ultimate analysis, there is only so much you, me, or anybody else can do. We all come with our built-in limitations, restrictions and boundaries. No matter how eager and determined he is, a man without legs cannot win the world high jump competition, and a lady without eyesight can’t shoot brilliant world-class photographs...

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