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Entrepreneurs Reframe Failure as Intentional Iteration - Forbes

Entrepreneurs Reframe Failure as Intentional Iteration - Forbes | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Failure.  It’s a harsh word.  No one enjoys failure.  No one ever really says, “Hey, I really want to fail today so I can learn.”  Yet failure is an inevitable part of human existence and it plays a central...

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Intelligent failure - a great quality to develop...

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Beth Kanter's curator insight, January 30, 2013 4:50 PM

Good definition of failure


Failure in the entrepreneurial vernacular is reframed as intentional iteration and experimentation.  It’s not failure in the catastrophic sense.  Failure is simply a portfolio of setbacks, false starts, wrong turns, and mistakes that are expected and tolerated because the entrepreneur purposefully iterates in order to gather new, relevant, and timely information.  Through iteration entrepreneurs seek not to kill an idea but to make it better, and this happens through an anticipated cycle of pivoting and adapting.


Don't use the F word, simply pressing and unimportant.


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5 "Ahas" on Authentic Leadership from Charles P. Garcia

5 "Ahas" on Authentic Leadership from Charles P. Garcia | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

This week's five Ahas are from the book Charles P. Garcia on Authentic Leadership. According to Charles, “being a successful leader is a matter of leading an authentic life, both personally and professionally,” and this book contains life-changing lessons and insights on this message. Reading and sharing this book (via the Aha Amplifier) will motivate you to start taking advantage of the opportunities that come your way, no matter how insignificant they may seem. Check out the 5 Ahas below and be inspired by Charles P. Garcia’s message.

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Leadership is being authentic to who you are, thinking about what you believe in & behaving accordingly. @charlespgarcia #ALPFA #tll - right on!

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6 Ways Smart Questions Help You Work Smarter

6 Ways Smart Questions Help You Work Smarter | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz said it best: “You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.”

Decades of business consulting and coaching have taught me a lot about the value of thoughtful questions. I can distill it into two salient points. First, you must ask the right questions. Well of course, you say. That’s obvious. Yes, but the second point may not be quite so obvious: You must carefully avoid asking the wrong questions.


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Think-friendly questions are a smart way to operate, says @DoctorDuncan.  Lots of good examples.

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Can I be friends with the boss?

Can I be friends with the boss? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

The majority of millennials surveyed were more likely to describe their current relationship with their boss as a friend, above other options such as Coach/Mentor, Knowledge-Source/Expert, Peer or Director/Allocator of Work.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean that younger workers are seeking friendship with the boss. When asked “What is the ideal relationship you would like to have with your boss?” the American and British participants chose Coach/Mentor first. Knowledge Source/Expert was second. Friend was third.



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Today’s younger workers aren’t satisfied or comfortable with a boss/employee relationship based on power.

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Broad Strokes: Five Key Leadership Lessons From Billionaire Eli Broad

Broad Strokes: Five Key Leadership Lessons From Billionaire Eli Broad | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

When Peter Drucker died in 2005, billionaire Eli Broad was among those who lavished praise on him, noting that the legendary management writer’s insights “seemed rather simple but, in fact, were very profound.”

Today, the same thing might well be said of Broad, the founder of two Fortune 500 companies, an internationally renowned art collector and museum patron, and a celebrated philanthropist and civic leader.

In his new book, The Art of Being Unreasonable, Broad shares his own principles for success—nearly all of which are positively Drucker-like. Scores of leadership, management and life lessons are sprinkled throughout the book. Here are five that I found especially powerful:

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Becoming a First-Class Noticer

Becoming a First-Class Noticer | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Let’s take a look at the obstacles we all face in becoming first-class noticers. My research identifies key barriers that can cause even the most upstanding employee to ignore, overlook, or misinterpret important signals. Failure to “notice” and take action can mean losing an important customer, getting edged out of a market, or even going to jail.

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Good article on personal and organisational blind-spots.

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The Secret of Effective Motivation: Purpose

The Secret of Effective Motivation: Purpose | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Each day our job is to translate our own personal or company objectives into meaningful ideas, strategies, and goals which people care about. And this means really listening to our people and understanding what makes them tick.

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"No matter how much money, fame, power, or achievement we strive for, our biggest motivations come from what is inside ourselves." ~ Josh Bersin

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5 Myths That Block Effective Delegation in Business

5 Myths That Block Effective Delegation in Business | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
How to overcome the 5 myths that block effective delegation at work. Learn why delegating is the key to success for the training and development of employees. (RT @BrianTracy: Are you getting maximum return out of the people that you hire?
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Do You Develop Leadership Skills? - People Development Magazine

Do You Develop Leadership Skills? - People Development Magazine | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Companies train their people in the skills necessary to do their job, but seem to neglect the critical leadership skills that are critical to their success.
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Studies find that 50% of leaders  feel they were not provided with the necessary skills to succeed. 

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5 Leadership Blind Spots (and How to Overcome Them)

5 Leadership Blind Spots (and How to Overcome Them) | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Even the best leaders have flaws. Here's how to identify and correct your own leadership blind spots
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While every leader is uniquely flawed, there are a few tools that all leaders can use to see past the blind spots that are holding them back.

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10 alternative American heroes

10 alternative American heroes | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
From inspiring politicians to champions of the civil rights movement, to celebrate Independence Day here are 10 American heroes with whom you may be less than familiar
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Happy Independence Day weekend!

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An Exceptional Story Told With Exceptional Data

An Exceptional Story Told With Exceptional Data | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Benjamin Morris, a writer for arguably the best computational journalism publication,fivethirtyeight, published "Lionel Messi is Impossible" which describes in words, statistics and charts why Lionel Messi is one of the greatest players in the world. Even if you're not a soccer/football fan, the article is worth reading because it's one of the finest examples of synthesizing data and a story to convey a point I've read in a very long time.

David Hain's insight:

Combining selected data with story  can be very powerful for business leaders.  Great tips here!

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I Know Your Biggest Blind Spot - Do You?

I Know Your Biggest Blind Spot - Do You? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

They're called blind spots for a reason - you can't see them. We all have blind spots, but the one most often impacting leaders is their unwillingness to ask for help. News Flash – “help” is not a dirty word. I have always believed asking for help is a sign of maturity as a leader. I think John Lennon said it best: “I get by with a little help from my friends.” So my question is this - are you easy to help?

David Hain's insight:

"If your pride, ego, arrogance, ignorance, the way you were raised or any other excuse (yes I did say excuse) keeps you from asking for help, it is precisely those traits that will keep you from maximizing your potential." ~ Mike Myatt @mikemyatt

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A compass for the Big Shift

A compass for the Big Shift | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Participation in knowledge flows can generate new insights and practices and improve performance in ways that also yield learning and new capabilities.

This thinking extends from the individual up into the organization and beyond, into the ecosystem. Not just how can we learn, but how can we learn faster? We’re still early in the Big Shift, but if we can figure this out, we create an environment of increasing returns, expanding opportunity, and more value for everybody. – John Hagel: Why learning is the only sustainable response to the increasing pressures of the Big Shift

Personal knowledge mastery (PKM) is a discipline of seeking from diverse knowledge sources, actively making sense through action and experimentation, and sharing through narration of work and learning out loud.


Via Mariano Sbert Balaguer, Laura Rosillo, Ricard Lloria
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Learners (and collaborators) will surely inherit the advantage in 21C.  One reason why here.

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Laura Rosillo's curator insight, July 2, 1:48 PM

Una brújula para el gran cambio

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What Makes People Follow Reluctant Leaders

What Makes People Follow Reluctant Leaders | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it


In today’s knowledge-based and highly-automated enterprises, companies look for the cleverest and most capable people they can find. But having hired such talent, organizations face a challenge. Places full of highly mobile and in-demand workers operate more democratically.  Leaders don’t necessarily gain power by dint of high rank; they need to earn it every day. How do they do that? And, for the would-be leader in an organization like this, what are the secrets to rising to the top?

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A new study finds three traits that help people rise to the top in prof. services -leaders are those who most impress their clever peers rather than their superiors.

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Venting anger is poisonous here's how to heal it

Venting anger is poisonous here's how to heal it | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Anger is a normal emotion. Most people get angry if they have to deal with legitimately unpleasant or unfair situations and research shows it can even be useful when dealing with injustice.

The problem is when it tips into aggression or becomes habitual, resulting in chronic anger.

David Hain's insight:

"Angry people do not face unfair situations more often than other people; rather, they perceive more situations around them as unfair." ~ @DionneLew

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What To Do When You Don't Trust Your Leader - Forbes

What To Do When You Don't Trust Your Leader - Forbes | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
What To Do When You Don't Trust Your LeaderForbesUnfortunately, it seems that more and more employees are finding it difficult to trust their leaders.
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Swimming with Jellyfish: A Sea of Virulent Leaders | Switch and Shift

Swimming with Jellyfish: A Sea of Virulent Leaders | Switch and Shift | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

In nature, jellyfish are everywhere—and at all depths of the ocean.  Similarly, virulent leaders can be found in almost every organization, and can flourish at every level of leadership.  These leaders drift through their surroundings stinging everyone in their path.  Sometimes it takes a moment of clarity like the one above to realize you’re not the Jacques Cousteau you envision yourself to be—sometimes the environment is fraught with peril and you are ill-equipped to handle the situation.

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The Top 10 Fast Company Stories In Leadership For June 2014

The Top 10 Fast Company Stories In Leadership For June 2014 | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Superheroes and headstands, tough questions and good books--we're definitely not sorry for how great this month was. (There's some good one's this month!
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Five Leadership Tips From Bruce Springsteen

Five Leadership Tips From Bruce Springsteen | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
VideoLast night, I was at the Prudential Center in Newark NJ for the last show of the first leg of Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball Tour. I’ve been to dozens of Springsteen shows over the years, stretching back to The River tour, and I’m shocked...
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P4S | Team SOLRay's curator insight, July 6, 12:52 PM

BALANCED LEADERSHIP

  1. Give Them the Unexpected
  2. Give Them the Expected
  3. Trust Your Customers
  4. Be Open to Opportunities
  5. Respect Your Colleagues


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Charlie Dare's curator insight, July 7, 11:15 PM

Bruce Spingsteen has always been a shaker and mover "The Boss" in some circles, some good advice for performers ~ he 'Rocks" in my opinion~ Includes several videos originally but only here now is live "Janey Don’t You Lose Heart”~

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Ten Reasons to Be Trustworthy- Trust Across America™

Ten Reasons to Be Trustworthy- Trust Across America™ | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
RT @BarbaraKimmel: Ten Reasons to be Trustworthy. http://t.co/kWxKTnUKAX #trust #leadership
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The Hidden Enemy of Productive Conversations

The Hidden Enemy of Productive Conversations | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

We have our work cut out for us when it comes to navigating complex problems, in large part because we are hard-wired to seek certainty as quickly as possible. The research of decision scientists reveals that our best strategy for tackling these problems is to harness cognitive diversity, because groups do better than individuals, including those with the highest IQs. Complex problems are characterized by confusing systems of causal interactions; untangling these requires multiple different points of view. 

David Hain's insight:

Challenge groupthink by planning productive and constructive dissent.

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The Progress-Focused Approach: 21 Progress-Focused Techniques

The Progress-Focused Approach: 21 Progress-Focused Techniques | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Several informal surveys have given an impression of the relative popularity of different progress-focused techniques. The following 21 techniques seem to belong to the most well-known and popular progress-focused techniques: scaling questions, the past success question, the preferred future question, the platform question, the exception seeking question, reframing, indirect compliments, the miracle question, summarizing in the words of the client, the what-is-better question, normalizing, the usefulness question, the observation question, the perspective change question, the coping question, the continuation question, the prediction suggestion, leapfrogging, and mutualizing. Below is a description of these techniques. 

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Some fantastic solution-focused techniques for coaches , mentors, or anyone interested in helping others solve problems.

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Our Definitions Of Leadership Are Mostly Wrong - InformationWeek

Our Definitions Of Leadership Are Mostly Wrong - InformationWeek | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

We don't have enough strong leaders. No wonder. We can't even define the term.

Business technology sites such as this one have long exhorted CIOs to take on a bigger leadership role in their companies. It's a capital idea except for one problem: No one seems to know what the heck leadership is.

There are more leadership quotes, definitions, and explanations than there are strong leaders. Before we settle on a good one, let's examine why so many of them are wrong in the first place.

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What' your favourite definition of leadership?

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Getting Past Murky Uncertainty

Getting Past Murky Uncertainty | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Leaders may intend to create an ethical culture, but may still have difficulty getting past the murky uncertainty about what ethics means. To move beyond the uncertainty, we need to take the time to talk about ethical behavior and how we will make ethical decisions. Taking these three actions as part of our overall leadership strategy will help us clear up the conversation about ethics:

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@7Lenses author Linda Fisher Thornton clarifies how to have clear ethical conversations in uncertain times. Bet Glaxo wish they had taken her advice!

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Are You Ready To Tell People About You? | The Story of Telling

Are You Ready To Tell People About You? | The Story of Telling | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Have you ever come away from being asked the 'tell me about you' question in a professional setting and felt like you nailed it? Now you can....
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"There are two ways to approach the answer here—the first is to give them the answer they want. The second is to be true to who you are as you gain their trust." ~ Bernadette Jiwa

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