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4 Ways Leaders Can Create a Candid Culture

4 Ways Leaders Can Create a Candid Culture | Change Champions | Scoop.it

When leaders want to create an open culture where people are willing to speak up and challenge one another, they often start by listening. This is a good instinct. But listening with your ears will only take you so far. You also need to demonstrate with words that you truly want people to raise risky issues.



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Please read co-creating cultures of candor too http://blog.ianberry.biz/2014/07/co-creating-culture-of-candor.html

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 14, 2014 5:53 PM

(From the article): Sacrifice ego. On one memorable occasion Phil said in front of a group of middle managers: “I’ve been told I am unapproachable. I don’t know what that means. I would appreciate any specific feedback any of you would be willing to offer me.” The rest of the group looked on in awe as one brave soul, a manager named Terry, raised his hand. “I would be happy to, Phil.” Terry met later with Phil and gave a couple of suggestions – which Phil then shared publicly. Phil sacrificed his ego to show how much he valued candor and openness and that people were safe with him.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 14, 2014 7:44 PM

Don's point is well-made: sacrifice ego. Too often, bosses want to talk and not listen. Sometimes stepping back and listening is important. It allows the other person to share their complete thought rather than only half which might not be enough.

Sharon Govender's curator insight, August 12, 2014 8:03 AM

Leaders are the architects of corporate culture. What leaders "say and do"....matters!

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What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Tesla Founder Elon Musk

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Tesla Founder Elon Musk | Change Champions | Scoop.it
Here are some entrepreneurial lessons founders can learn from Elon Musk.
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A key skill of all the great leaders I meet is learning transfer -taking learning in one context and applying it to another
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Why Nice Bosses Finish First

Overly tough bosses create stress, and lots of it, as the research shows: A University of London study found an especially strong link between heart disease and boss-inflicted stress, while a University of Concordia study found that employees who rate themselves as highly stressed added 46% to their employer’s health care costs. Research from the Institute of Naval Medicine found that overly tough bosses cause people to seek jobs elsewhere, to perform at a lower level, to decline promotions, and even to quit. Finally, a survey from Randstad Consulting showed that most employees would trade in their bosses for better ones rather than receive a $5,000 pay raise. People don’t leave jobs; they leave bad bosses.

The thing is, nice bosses don’t just prevent health and motivational problems among their employees; they create massive benefits that hard-nosed bosses can’t.

Via David Hain
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Great list of leadership characterisitics and love the John Maxwell quote too
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David Hain's curator insight, July 19, 5:15 AM

If you're a boss, play nice to win. We'll, don't play, just bring out your best and others will follow...

David Hain's curator insight, July 19, 5:18 AM

If you're a boss, play nice to win. We'll, don't play, just bring out your best and others will follow...

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Your Brain Has A "Delete" Button--Here's How To Use It

Your Brain Has A "Delete" Button--Here's How To Use It | Change Champions | Scoop.it
There’s an old saying in neuroscience: neurons that fire together wire together. This means the more you run a neuro-circuit in your brain, the stronger that circuit becomes. This is why, to quote another old saw, practice makes perfect. The more you practice piano, or speaking a language, or juggling, the stronger those circuits get.

The ability to learn is about more than building and strengthening neural connections.
For years this has been the focus for learning new things. But as it turns out, the ability to learn is about more than building and strengthening neural connections. Even more important is our ability to break down the old ones. It's called "synaptic pruning." Here’s how it works.

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Very wise advice "Be mindful of what your mindful of"
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David Hain's curator insight, July 14, 1:38 AM

What we think, we become. A suggestion form neuroscience to make that work for you!

Jose Luis Yañez's curator insight, July 19, 4:55 AM
Your Brain Has A "Delete" Button--Here's How To Use It
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Meet the top 100 business visionaries creating value for the world

Meet the top 100 business visionaries creating value for the world | Change Champions | Scoop.it

At Business Insider, we believe capitalism can and should be a force for good. With this inaugural edition of Business Insider 100: The Creators, we are celebrating leaders who embody this spirit.

Many rankings focus only on those who have achieved great financial success. Our CEO Henry Blodget sums up the drawbacks of such a focus:

"The more money you make, the implication is, the better and more successful you are. We believe this cheapens the mission and sense of purpose that many great business leaders bring to their companies and products. And it certainly undersells their inspiring accomplishments."

Over the course of several months, we scoured the business landscape for inventive leaders making bold moves to create value for four constituencies: shareholders, employees, consumers, and society.We found companies from around the world, both public and private, across many industries. We considered not only what they have created, but how. We consulted a variety of databases, including Glassdoor to gauge employee sentiment and Wealth-X to chart noteworthy philanthropic missions.


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There'll be a lot more of these purpose and people driven businesses as the dinosaur just for profit businesses die out. 
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David Hain's curator insight, June 17, 4:13 AM

Read about people trying to make a positive dent in the universe!

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What Obama’s last year in office teaches us about resilience

What Obama’s last year in office teaches us about resilience | Change Champions | Scoop.it
Obama’s shortcomings as president inevitably get the most news coverage. We’re in a business, after all, that will never post the headline “Plane lands safely.” But in this period of national difficulty, it’s good to remember not just Obama’s setbacks but also the side of him that demonstrates what resilience looks like. These moments remind us of America’s exceptional character, even in its current, ugly paralysis.

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From afar it seems to me that the broken political system means less of a legacy from Mr Obama than everyone hoped for. I expect he will do far more good for the world after he leaves office
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David Hain's curator insight, June 17, 4:22 AM

On the day after we lost one of our brightest and best MPs to assassination, a note on Obama's role in stiffening resilience!

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Why do you make bad decisions?

Why do you make bad decisions? | Change Champions | Scoop.it
Do you pride yourself on being a good decision-maker? Well, chances are you aren’t one, and don’t even know it. Like everyone else, you’re subject to cognitive bias, a limitation in you

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Having a working awareness of all these biases leads to better relationships and better decisions
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David Ednie's curator insight, May 29, 5:52 PM

What are your 3 Top Cognitive Bias?

1) Recency

2) Confirmation bias

3) Outcome bias

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They had to know: The most important three words in your organisation - Tomorrow Trends

They had to know: The most important three words in your organisation - Tomorrow Trends | Change Champions | Scoop.it
‘Never Again’ is the inscription inscribed in five languages at the Dachau Concentration Camp memorial site a short distance outside Munich. A visit to such a place is not easy yet is entirely necessary. This is a place where man’s inhumanity and cruelty is laid bare. It is a place that is custodian to a …
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I particularly like the insights into accountability 
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Edgar Schein: Humble Leadership

Author and organizational culture expert Ed Schein in a conversation with Google VP of People Development Karen May.

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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I've been looking at humility as a key characteristic of successful leadership as a part of a research day today. Some more great examples here.
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Caylin Britt's curator insight, June 3, 8:33 AM

No intellect compares to that of the wisdom of a life long lived. - Caylin Britt

Gijs Spoor's curator insight, June 12, 9:17 AM
In times of Great Churning asking humble questions allows collective intelligence to be activated. 
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Its splendid :)
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30 Days of Genius: Brené Brown

30 Days of Genius: Brené Brown | Change Champions | Scoop.it
Brené Brown is on a benevolent crusade against unused creativity.
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Yet another favourite. Brene Brown is also one of my favuourite authors
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30 Days of Genius: Sir Richard Branson

30 Days of Genius: Sir Richard Branson | Change Champions | Scoop.it
Learn how to become a force for change and good by taking big chances while protecting the downside of any venture.
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These are a great series of interviews by Chase Jarvis. See my next two posts for favourites so far in addition to this one
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Why Do We Feel Awe?

Why Do We Feel Awe? | Change Champions | Scoop.it
News stories and social media posts inundate us every day with tips for greater happiness, health, and general well-being. But who has the time to fit them into our already packed schedules?
Recently, though, my research has led me to believe that one simple prescription can have transformative effects: look for more daily experiences of awe. This doesn’t require a trek to the mountains. What the science of awe is suggesting is that opportunities for awe surround us, and their benefits are profound.

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We can all be more childlike and less childish. Every day my wife and I and our dog Molly walk the same path (we are blessed with sand and sea, and bush and scrub!) Every day Molly finds something new because her curiosity knows no bounds. She reminds us daily that every moment has never happened before and therefore we cannot help but be in awe.
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David Hain's curator insight, May 12, 3:46 AM

"Don't underestimate the power of goosebumps!" - Berkeley Greater Good. The importance of bringing some awe into your life! 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 12, 11:02 AM
Does it have to extraordinary to feel awe? Or, can we experience the extraordinary in the ordinary?
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Million Dollar Maverick: Forge Your Own Path to Think Differently, Act Decisively, and Succeed Quickly eBook: Alan Weiss: Amazon.com.au: Kindle Store

Million Dollar Maverick: Forge Your Own Path to Think Differently, Act Decisively, and Succeed Quickly eBook: Alan Weiss: Amazon.com.au: Kindle Store | Change Champions | Scoop.it
Million Dollar Maverick: Forge Your Own Path to Think Differently, Act Decisively, and Succeed Quickly eBook: Alan Weiss: Amazon.com.au: Kindle Store
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I'm really looking forward to reading this Some great deals from Alan himself at http://www.alanweiss.com/the-million-dollar-maverick-book/
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Your employees wish you were emotionally intelligent

Your employees wish you were emotionally intelligent | Change Champions | Scoop.it
In a recent survey by The Economist Executive Education Navigator of more than 4,000 professionals, a sharp divergence emerged between skills that C-Suite executives think they need and those that their employees want them to prioritise. In fact, answers from the two groups were nearly inverse.
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Yet more data on the difference between the views of employees and executives represents a great opportunity for anyone willing to take action
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The Lesson Behind Fortune's 'Change the World' List

The Lesson Behind Fortune's 'Change the World' List | Change Champions | Scoop.it

As this year’s Change the World List demonstrates, more and more corporate leaders are embracing a new best practice with profound implications for their companies and the wider world. In increasing numbers, managers are integrating societal needs into their corporate strategy, aligning their companies’ business missions with their impact on their communities and the environment. This approach, which we call Creating Shared Value, is moving into the mainstream and growing exponentially.


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Creating Shared Value is an action item for all leaders serious about thriving on the challenges of change
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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, August 22, 10:25 AM

Improving competitiveness by creating socially responsible products. Is this a new trend? 

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The Scientific Argument for Mastering One Thing at a Time

The Scientific Argument for Mastering One Thing at a Time | Change Champions | Scoop.it
The way to master more things in the long-run is to simply focus on one thing right now.
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Simple yet profound "The way to master more things in the long-run is to simply focus on one thing right now."
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Do you love going to work? These countries have the happiest employees

Do you love going to work? These countries have the happiest employees | Change Champions | Scoop.it
Despite a tendency to complain about work, it seems that the majority of people are actually happy with their jobs.
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Once again the evidence is very clear that people feeling appreciated is a key to best performance
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Silicon Valley's Audacious Plan to Create a New Stock Exchange

Silicon Valley's Audacious Plan to Create a New Stock Exchange | Change Champions | Scoop.it
The author of "The Lean Startup" and his team are in early talks with the Securities and Exchange Commission
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The short termism of the current stock market is another example of a broken system. I expect Ries' concept will eventually succeed because people power everywhere is over short termism and the greed that drives it
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Why Every CEO Needs a Coach

Why Every CEO Needs a Coach | Change Champions | Scoop.it
Every Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is "on the stage" the majority of his or her work life but needs pre-performance quiet and confidential time to be creative, bounce their ideas off someone in a safe environment, and explore the unintended consequences of their future actions.  Engaging in a personal coaching conversation is a refreshing opportunity where the CEO can be completely open and creative in a confidential and safe place.

When asked what was the best advice he ever received, Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google, recognized it was from John Doerr, who in 2001 said, "My advice to you is to have a coach."  Schmidt initially resented the advice, because after all, he was a CEO.  He was pretty experienced.  Why would he need a coach? 

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Lot of wisdom in this article. For me it describes mentoring more than coaching. I know some great business coaches and respect their work. I also know that the term is somewhat tainted because of the zillions of people putting up a shingle. I prefer being regarded as a mentor which is how my clients see me
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David Hain's curator insight, June 9, 6:14 AM

If it works for Eric Schmidt...! Why you should think about hiring coach.

donhornsby's curator insight, June 9, 10:46 AM
(From the article): I often hear myself telling my coach that it’s painful sometimes to have to be brutally honest with myself and as he always explains, it’s best to be honest with your coach as they are a sound board for you. Let’s think about this concept for a moment. If I didn’t have a coach then this conversation would be going on internally, with my inner self talk. As we all know inner self talk goes round and round and doesn’t actually go anywhere except in a negative energy field. It spirals down into a conversation of justifying and explaining why I shouldn’t do something. Controlling our inner self talk takes great skill.
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5 Ways to Become a Master Storyteller

5 Ways to Become a Master Storyteller | Change Champions | Scoop.it
A great brand is a story well–told. Whether you're a high school student, intern, CEO, entrepreneur or job-seeker, you need a good brand, especially in this climate. And to develop a good brand, you have to be a great storyteller.

Here are five tips to make sure your brand (and your business) become a best-seller.

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Like David Hains insight that storytellers are sensemakers
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David Hain's curator insight, May 27, 7:56 AM

Good storytellers are sense makers. Sense making is a critical component of change. How good is your story?

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Strategy That Works

Strategy That Works | Change Champions | Scoop.it
Executives say their organizations don’t have the capabilities to support their strategy. In Strategy That Works, Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi explain why. They identify conventional business practices that unintentionally create a gap between strategy and execution. And they show how some of the best companies in the world consistently leap ahead of their competitors.
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The one-page summaries here provide useful insights into what makes some of the world's leading companies standout. What would such a one-page look like for your business?
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Understand Your Story. — Zero To N

Understand Your Story. — Zero To N | Change Champions | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs must be great story tellers and it begins with understanding your story.
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I too have benefited from the insights from GetStoried
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30 Days of Genius: Gary Vaynerchuk

30 Days of Genius: Gary Vaynerchuk | Change Champions | Scoop.it
Gary Vaynerchuck is unapologeticaly, emphatically himself.
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Another favourite in this great series
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Why impactful businesses generate more profit

Why impactful businesses generate more profit | Change Champions | Scoop.it
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Transactional businesses can help us meet our basic needs. Transformational business help us meet our deepest desires.
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The Most Overlooked Asset in Organizational Change

The Most Overlooked Asset in Organizational Change | Change Champions | Scoop.it
Organizations have been changing for millennia, but people still struggle to lead change effectively. It’s difficult to send consistent messages, maintain momentum, and engage employees over the long haul.
Via Alexis Assimacopoulos
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True "Networks exist in every organization. Yet most leaders have no insight into the shape of the networks and the assets within them." and agree an overlooked asset to thriving on the challenges of change
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30 Days of Genius: Seth Godin

30 Days of Genius: Seth Godin | Change Champions | Scoop.it
Learn how to dance with your fears rather than eliminate them, and stand out in a crowded marketplace by embracing your inner genius.
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Lots of great insights at this website
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