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Feelings reveal and express what’s in you not what’s around you.
Heart to heart contact is where it's really at...
Leaders without heart are well manicured cemeteries, pretty to look at but full of dead bones. Everything is cold technique and dead strategy apart from heart.
“True meaning” grows hearts. Find purpose; find heart.
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In recent months I’ve talked at different times with two leaders, each facing the loss of his job because of a corporate merger or acquisition. Although their situations were the same, their responses could not have been more different.
Yet another great post about dealing with and learning from failure. There really has to be something in this idea...Fail forward!!
Each time we take a risk and it fails we have another opportunity to begin again.
Each time we face a difficulty we can stand up and try again.
Each time we plan and fail and try again, we are building inner resources.
Failure is a part of success.
Yes, failure is part of success only when we learn the lesson and change ourselves. However, too many organisations either punish failure instead of learning from it, or they "learnt" from it but fall short of making changes.
Most people are not fans of telemarketers and their agressive tactics. Still, they can teach usa thing or two about leadership. work and life.
I didn't think there was anything to be learned from telemarketers, except the quickest way to stop the conversation. Glad I read on!
As a kid, I was an overt and mean bully. As a manager, I learned ways of bullying covertly by hiding behind my authority. Although I may not have been as bad as
A tale of learning and growing in an easy to find podcast.
This is my own personal story. I hope it helps communicate the difficulty of changing bullying behavior both in our schools and places of work.
Maxwell and his team brought esperanza - hope - to Guatemala last week. See Building What matters blog by Barry Smith at @BldWhatMatters.
Are you a dealer...in hope?
5 Transitions Great Leaders Make That Average Leaders Don't Forbes The secret to leadership is there aren't any real secrets. The best leaders have simply gone to school on improving their tradecraft.
Nice article from Mike Myatt.
Thanks to John, David and Wise Leader! Great scoop.
From the article:
Develop Awareness– Great leaders are self aware, organizationally aware, culturally aware, contextually aware, and emotionally aware. They value listening, engaging, observing, and learning over pontificating. They value sensitivity over insensitivity and humility over hubris. Leaders who come across as if they know everything haven’t fooled anyone – except themselves.
The 5 key transitions the author proposes make you think about how great human beings we expect great leaders to be: (1) find purpose, (2) people first, (3) develop awareness, (4) shun complexity, and (5) get personal. And I could not agree more about the fact how many people assume the responsability to lead but only a few can do it well: "Average leaders spend time scaling processes, systems, and models – great leaders focus on scaling leadership".
"Every time I think of Nelson Mandela, the great South African leader, the first thought in my mind is we need more like him. We are ready and in serious need of leaders to inspire us and motivate us with action as much as words.
Leadership is hard to define, mostly because it means different things to different people. We know it requires knowledge, strength and compassion. We expect leaders to be fair, to share our values and provide direction. That to me is what leaders like Mr. Mandela represent."
He will leave us some day sooner rather than later - but what a legacy!
Here's how a leader can manage their company's entrepreneurial efforts.
Last week I heard about an executive who had a self-defeating leadership habit: whenever a direct report’s performance disappointed him, he launched into a vicious attack on that person.
Brain dynamics is what we are battling - here is a recipe to address them.
There are conversations I don’t want to have and there are conversations I show up in and where I don’t like how I show up there. How to change these? We are always inside the conversations we don’t want to have.
How to be confident, the truth behind what people think when you talk to them, and how you can influence the way they perceive you through confidence.
Every time I write something on the topic of personal productivity, a few people suggest that maybe doing more isn’t appropriate at all.
As a friend of mine suggested on the Facebook page, Western society has an obsession with productivity. We grow up being taught that we want to “do well” but we’re not often taught explicitly what that means.
Success is a vague word, and in the absence of a meaningful definition it seems to refer to little more than having an above average income and a lot of phone calls to return."
An interesting perspective, since I often hear people say we need to be 'human beings' not 'human doings' - my favorite line is "Personal productivity doesn’t need to be at odds with mindfulness. Being doesn’t need to be separate from doing... Doing the work that serves your real values improves the present reality of your life"
The first step towards getting a boss to loosen her grip is to remove any possibility from her mind that she needs to be that way. Get to work on time. Meet deadlines. Be productive. Make clients happy.
» Can We Learn From Bad Leaders? | "…on the shoulder of giants."
Bad leadership produces bad results and a bad example to follow, even if only to learn what not to do. We don’t study divorce to learn what makes marriages work; we don’t study addiction to discover the secrets to sobriety; why would we use bad leadership to show us what good leadership is supposed to do?
Another thoughtful and pertinent piece from Alli Polin.
“Mindfulness lets us absorb the richness of the moment instead of going through life with half of our attention on the past or future or our own mental Chatter."
Some really practical questions in this good article by Tal Shnall (@tshnall) about how to practice leadership mindfully.
These traits, typically associated with women, make for great leaders--whether women or men.
Diversity in leadership.
These traits, typically associated with women, make for great leaders--whether women or men.
Craig Chappelow has written about how leaders can be more successful. But he'd crack One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest before the latest business book...
This will be the first Fathers Day since my Dad passed away in November of 2012. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him. I still haven't deleted him from my Skype contact list.
A day late but still worth posting...
When we embrace our true potential, and do so with humanity, humility and the desire to serve the greatest good, we rekindle the most important fire of all; the fire of human potential-the fire of leading forward together!
The New Leader Knows that Surviving and Thriving Means Learning and RelearningIn a rapidly changing world, in a global marketplace where the sheer velocity of change, challenges, competition and opportunities before us is unprecedented; our ability to embrace individual and collective learning, relearning, doing and re-doing is the linchpin that can help us use what is to create and recreate what can be. All organizations, small and large need to get a grip on what is and what can be. Inertia, bureaucratic fumbling, confused messages, thwarted communication and the political morass of behaviors that impede communication, collaboration must be addressed and changed. Change is not a threat, it is our greatest hope. Leading forward means changing forward, and doing so means embracing our individual and collective potential to learn, re-learn. A small perceptual shift in how we see the problems or challenges we face can be the genesis for our greatest potential and success.
More future focused good sense from Irene Becker @justcoachit.
"That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes."
Looks like a great book - another fantastic share from BrainPickings!
It's easy to increase someone's paycheck. It's not so easy to reward without money, but these groups have figured it out.
Ambition drives people forward; relationships and community, by imposing limits, hold people back. Which is more important?
In Canada and the United States, having frequent contact with neighbors was associated with higher levels of well-being, as was the feeling of truly belonging in a group. "If everyone in a community becomes more connected, the average level of subjective well-being would increase."
When we embrace our true potential, and do so with humanity, humility and the desire to serve the greatest good, we rekindle the most important fire of all;the fire of human potential – the fire of leading forward together!
By Leo Babauta. One of the best tricks I've learned to improve my likelihood of sticking to a habit is so simple it's sinful. Stop thinking of a new habit as something you have to do, but as something you are allowed to do.