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12 Most Simple Acts of Kindness as a Leadership Tool

12 Most Simple Acts of Kindness as a Leadership Tool | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Leadership requires many things, most importantly: kindness. Discover how to use this critical leadership tool.

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John Michel's curator insight, March 17, 2013 7:34 PM

In a world of constant changes, whether in our family or professional lives, everyone appreciates the salve of kindness.  How can we find continued ways in which we can express and share kindness to better each others experiences?

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


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Empathy, Passion, and Progress: An Existential View of Valentine's Day

Empathy, Passion, and Progress: An Existential View of Valentine's Day | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Here you'll find a mosaic of meaning and beauty that I hope will allow and foster depth. It is my belief that the more connected one is to his/her core ~ the better one can care for their personal ecosystem.

Empathy begins with self.

1) #Love: Why We Need Each Other "Recent research reveals that people are more capable of mental novelty when thinking on behalf of others than for themselves. This has far-reaching practical implications at every level of business." Thus spoke, Daniel Pink..


6) #Love: Empathy is a muscle and can be strengthened and developed like any other muscle. One way to foster empathy is through the reading of robust fiction.


Jennifer Sertl


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Happy Valentines Day! A little light thinking among the cards and flowers...

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Where Boards Fall Short

Where Boards Fall Short | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Boards aren’t working. It’s been more than a decade since the first wave of post-Enron regulatory reforms, and despite a host of guidelines from independent watchdogs such as the International Corporate Governance Network, most boards aren’t delivering on their core mission: providing strong oversight and strategic support for management’s efforts to create long-term value. This isn’t just our opinion. Directors also believe boards are falling short, our research suggests.

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Only 22% of directors said their boards were completely aware of how their firms created value! Time for Board development?

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Leadership By Virtue: Multicultural environment and leadership

Leadership By Virtue: Multicultural environment and leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Global business environment is facing important and challenging (not any more so new) factors: different languages, time zones, channels/modes of communication, physical distance, and consequently a large and variable mixture of cultural factors.
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It really is a small world, but it seems so much bigger and full of potential  to me than many managers I talk to!

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Shifting to more people-focused management styles

Shifting to more people-focused management styles | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Business is broken, with engagement and trust at an all-time low. A radically different way of thinking and acting, which focuses on people as the source of value, is needed. 



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We need to create human workplaces!

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, February 11, 7:05 AM

This article in HR Magazine is written by Vlatka Hlupic, the author of The Management Shift: How to Harness the Power of People and Transform Your Organization For Sustainable Success.


I strongly encourage you to read Vlatka's excellent book. You can also follow her on Twitter here: @ManagementShift.


Watch an additional video with Vlatka here: Increasing profits by giving up control. Lastly, you can also read this article: Leading in all directions


María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, February 11, 8:15 AM

El Cambio de la Gestión: como aprovechar el poder de la gente...Shifting to more people-focused management styles | @scoopit via @LeadershipABC http://sco.lt/...

Prof. Hankell's curator insight, February 12, 9:26 AM

 Two of the main barriers to a lasting and effective leadership transformation are compartmentalization – treating ‘the people side’ as separate from strategy and cost control – and command and control mindsets, which often persist after a nominal shift towards empowerment has been made. 

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The 7 Avoidable Sins of Weak Leaders

The 7 Avoidable Sins of Weak Leaders | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Weak leaders always take the easy way out. Strong leaders cultivate virtues that create long-term success.


Via Fernanda Grimaldi
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People watch what you do, not what you say - see Brian Williams!

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The Paradoxical Traits Of Resilient People

The Paradoxical Traits Of Resilient People | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Resilient people develop a mental capacity that allows them to adapt with ease during adversity. Like bamboo, they bend but rarely break. Resilient people possess a set of paradoxical traits.
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Our instincts are to fight against adversity.The most resilient will often find a way to fight it by embracing it. ` @faisal_hoque

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, December 22, 2014 2:35 AM

what can you do today to become more resilient in the future?

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John Maeda on Creative Leadership, Talking vs. Making, and Why Human Relationships Are a Work of Craftsmanship

John Maeda on Creative Leadership, Talking vs. Making, and Why Human Relationships Are a Work of Craftsmanship | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
When you make things with your hands, you force something into being. You sand it, you cut it, you fold it… You do everything to build it from end to end. Whereas leading requires a lot of talking, a lot of communicating — not using your hands. And when you’re a creative who makes things, you immediately build a distinction between the talkers and the makers. And makers tend to look down on talkers. And leaders are talkers. You don’t trust them, but now you’re one of them. [laughs] At first you think you can’t make anything with your hands anymore. But you can. You make relationships. One at a time. With the same painstaking attention to craft that you knew as a maker.
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The question of how a creative person can also be a great leader without sacrificing her art is an increasingly urgent one. ~ Maria Popova

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The “Top Ten” CEO “Trust” Stories of 2014- Trust Across America-Trust Around the World™

The “Top Ten” CEO “Trust” Stories of 2014- Trust Across America-Trust Around the World™ | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Last week an acquaintance reported on the ten biggest reputation disasters of 2014-  City of Ferguson, Flight MH370, Ray Rice, Bill Cosby and so on…. The focus remains on the negative under the premise that “bad news sells.” I’m tired of these stories. They serve no purpose other than to attract “eyeballs” and perpetuate negativity. How about you?

Not all is gloom and doom. When I launched Trust Across America-Trust Around the World more than five years ago, one of our objectives was to redirect attention to the “good guys.” There are plenty of them, but their stories continue to get hidden amongst the bad news. The list below is not about philanthropy or CSR. It’s about trustworthy leadership values and their impact on all stakeholders, not just shareholders.

These are….
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Let’s celebrate these trustworthy leaders and the companies they run. Let’s work together to continue the “trust trend” in 2015. ~ @BarbaraKimmel

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Research: 10 Traits of Innovative Leaders

Research: 10 Traits of Innovative Leaders | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Many organizations would like their leaders to create more innovative teams. But how exactly should they do this? If you ask highly innovative leaders what makes them effective you are apt to hear, “Well, I don’t know. I haven’t thought about it.” Or they will make something up that sounds compelling. But the fact of the matter is that people who excel at something aren’t usually very good at pinpointing exactly what accounts for their skill.

So to find out more, we conducted our own study.

What makes the most effective managers tick.

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Zenger Folkman research on what makes the most innovative managers tick. Good behaviour list to follow for leadership effectiveness.

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Making boards work

Making boards work | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Most directors don’t understand the company’s strategy and prioritize short-term gain at the expense of creating long-term value. We recommend four essential changes. A McKinsey & Company article.

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McKinsey on how to get better boards.

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Don Dea's curator insight, December 20, 2014 3:16 AM

Boards aren’t working. It’s been more than a decade since the first wave of post-Enron regulatory reforms and, despite a host of guidelines from independent watchdogs such as the International Corporate Governance Network, most boards aren’t delivering on their core mission: providing strong oversight and strategic support for management’s efforts to create long-term value.

Alexis Assimacopoulos's curator insight, December 22, 2014 1:50 AM

We're actually in the process of developing an intervention called Wise Boards, which will directly deal with this issue!!!

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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows.

Via Kevin Watson, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, Roger Francis
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Hero's journey, false starts, petals and other storytelling frameworks. Because stories are the currency leaders should trade on...

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Stephania Savva's curator insight, January 14, 1:28 AM

You might want to check out these tips for engaging presentations using storytelling techniques!

Josie Gibson's curator insight, February 23, 12:27 PM

A terrific article full of practical tips and inspiring examples.

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Are you Cursed by Competence?

Are you Cursed by Competence? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Your competence at your job can be a source of pride for you and the people you work for, or it can be a major hindrance for you. The central question to ponder is "Am I working in a trusting environment or a fearful one?"

Fearful managers don't recognize and praise their most competent employees. They may be threatened by people who find complicated problems easy to untangle and who sail through major projects. Fearful people especially fear what they don't understand.
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'If you don't see people around you who can mentor you, maybe it's time to move on...'@humanworkplace

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Seven Things Leaders Can Learn from Bill Clinton About Connecting with People

Seven Things Leaders Can Learn from Bill Clinton About Connecting with People | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Most Presidents are more popular out of office than in. In Clinton’s case, he likely gets a lot of credit for the work he’s doing through his Foundation. He also does a lot of public appearances and is a master communicator and connector.

Earlier this week, I got to see exactly how much of a master he is when President Clinton spoke to a packed house for the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. For just under 90 minutes, Clinton held an audience of 1,500 people rapt as he answered questions on everything from Ebola to education to Putin to what his most favorite thing was about being President (that last question was submitted by the moderator’s 4th grade son).

There were a lot of things I noticed Clinton doing that makes him world class at connecting with an audience. There were a lot of lessons that leaders can use to connect with their people. Here are seven of them:


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Prof. Hankell's curator insight, December 18, 2014 9:29 AM

President Clinton would be an awesome contestant on Jeopardy. No matter what topic came up in the Q&A, Clinton had an informed point of view backed up with stats and specifics. People are much more likely to listen to and connect with leaders who are well informed...

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, December 18, 2014 10:20 AM

Good... like it...:-))) the role of the (smart) guy next-door...:-)))

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Why Great Leaders Embrace Uncertainty

Why Great Leaders Embrace Uncertainty | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Being confident is important, but giving the impression that you're always 100 percent sure of your decisions can be costly.

Via Anne Leong, Wise Leader™, Roger Francis
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At top leadership level, making meaning is much more important than giving direction, If more CXOs explored VUCA instead of doing the jobs of their reports, organisations would flourish!

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donhornsby's curator insight, February 13, 4:39 PM

(From the article): "Rather than fooling themselves, or us, we should want our leaders to represent the truth, even when it makes their jobs harder," he says. "That is, after all, one of the great missions to which we entrust them: to take the complex information and broad vantage point to which they have access and convey it to the rest of us in a useful way. Doing so represents authentic and courageous leadership, even if it means being less certain."

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Leadership By Virtue: Does holacracy need leadership?

Leadership By Virtue: Does holacracy need leadership? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The notion that holacracy is non-hierarchical proved as a nonsense.
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What;s your view about holacracy - fad, or revolutionary idea?  Or both?

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Smart Leaders Are OK with Seeming Uncertain

Smart Leaders Are OK with Seeming Uncertain | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Though it may be particularly hard for leaders to embrace uncertainty after years of being taught to display confidence, there is a clear business benefit in doing so. Research has shown that over-confident CEOs make overly risky decisions, often at the expense of their shareholders. Leaders who are able to come to terms with uncertainty and communicate it to employees may avoid such bad decisions.

 

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Kevin Watson
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Leaders feel the fear, do it anyway, and better still, share it!

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Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, February 12, 8:09 AM

Truth, transparency and vulnerability are the qualities of any great leader today - especially those who want to build trust.

george_reed's curator insight, February 12, 3:05 PM

For an excellent exploration of this topic, consider Embracing Uncertainty: The Essence of Leadership by Phillip Clampitt and Robert DeKoch.

Don Lowe's curator insight, February 15, 5:24 PM

It's amazing how difficult it is for people to use the phrases:"I don't know", "I need help", or "I was wrong".


But who would you rather work with or for...

1. Someone who, faced with a challenge they don't understand, pretends to know the answers (to give you confidence in their leadership)....or...

2. Someone who asks for your help when they  recognise they are in a situation that is beyond their level of competence?


Knowing (and admitting) when you're incompetent - perhaps the most important leadership competence!

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February 2015 Top 100 #Leadership Experts to #Follow on #Twitter

February 2015 Top 100 #Leadership Experts to #Follow on #Twitter | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
This is a list of the top 100 recommended leadership experts to follow on Twitter for February 2015.

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Power of TED*

Power of TED* | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it



Learn how to escape the drama triangle with David Emerald's TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic).  Great little video and resources here.

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Do you play persecutor, victim or rescuer?  Or all 3 in different  Either way, they're all unhelpful roles.


"The Drama Triangle sucks for everyone involved.

And so much of it is unnecessary! It's practically all self-invented. My favorite line about The Drama Triangle came from an analyst who said, "The victim is not really as helpless as he feels, the Rescuer is not really helping, and the Persecutor does not really have a valid complaint." ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

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Moving beyond marketing: Generating social business value across the enterprise

Moving beyond marketing: Generating social business value across the enterprise | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
This year’s MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte1 global survey found clear evidence that companies across industries are creating value with social business. A key finding is that social business value is a function of what we call social business maturity — the breadth and sophistication of its initiatives. In this year’s report, we detail the drivers of that maturity and how companies are using social business to transform their organizations and reap greater gains from their social business efforts. The following are highlights of our findings:
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73% see social business as important both today and in the future. Deloitte/Sloan

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5 Actions of Transformational Leaders

5 Actions of Transformational Leaders | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
As a business leader, inspiring people to follow you in pursuit of your company’s mission is your job. After all, your personal success is directly linked to the success of the company. If the top and bottom lines don’t improve, you don’t have [...]

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Transformational leaders believe that their followers can perform, which empowers and inspires the group. ~ Switch & Shift

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Kat Carroll's curator insight, December 13, 2014 9:07 PM

This is a fantastic article. More business owners need to follow this model. It inspired me to be sure.

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Four habits to add to your 'stop doing' list

Four habits to add to your 'stop doing' list | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

For busy entrepreneurs, here are the top four habits that need to go on your “stop doing” list if you want to see more productivity, innovation and success. When a company owner decides what he or she is going to stop doing, the results quickly become apparent. There’s more time and energy for the things that grow the business and inspire workers and leaders and less time spent on those things that are old, stagnant habits. Start with just one thing that you’re going to stop doing and work your way from there to create an even better business in the new year.

David Hain's insight:

Thinking about resolutions? 4 ideas to rejuvenate your leadership next year by shedding unhelpful habits.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, December 22, 2014 1:53 AM

Now a days a welcome trend of talking about having a 'not-to-do or stop-doing list' is becoming quite popular.

Here are 4 really good things busy leaders and entrepreneurs can add to their stop-doing list!

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Leadership By Virtue: Leadership and conflict

Leadership By Virtue: Leadership and conflict | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

A leader should be aware that, when a conflict situation arises, people involved too often focus on the incident/situation/sequence of events. They usually solely focus on cause and consequences thusly forgetting the lesson to be learnt. Through conflict they mostly protect their position. They do not want to “lose”.  In those situations a leader should have a different way to pivot the attention away from the actual source of the conflict and focus on what has been learned as a result of the conflict. It is a win-win way to reshape un-constructive to constructive/healthy conflicts that can bring relief and new positive ideas to workplace.


David Hain's insight:

Conflict is inevitable, says @JBerce, in fact without it, teams will undershoot their potential.  Leaders need to develop win:win options around it.

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5 Ways Leaders Think Differently Than The Rest Of Us - Fast Company

5 Ways Leaders Think Differently Than The Rest Of Us - Fast Company | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Leaders have some common traits when it comes to how they approach problems, information, and other people.
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donhornsby's curator insight, December 20, 2014 6:36 AM

(From the article): Leaders hunger to learn and, as they do, their opinions are likely to change because they’re more concerned with looking for the best action rather than looking like the smartest person in the room, says leadership expert G. Shawn Hunter, author of Out Think: How Innovative Leaders Drive Exceptional Outcomes. In fact, their quest for information may make them appear like better leaders to those around them.

 

THEY’RE MORE CONCERNED WITH LOOKING FOR THE BEST ACTION RATHER THAN LOOKING LIKE THE SMARTEST PERSON IN THE ROOM.

 

"Even if you’re asking a lot of questions because you have doubt or ambiguity or even a lack of confidence in the direction of where you’re going, the simple act of asking open questions for which you do not know the answer of key advisors or teammates around the table will make you, in their eyes, a stronger leader," Hunter says.

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Two Responsibilities a CEO Should Not Delegate

Two Responsibilities a CEO Should Not Delegate | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The only way to ensure your company thrives and that you remain sane, is to delegate responsibilities and authorities. If you take on the entire to-do list, you end up doing everything but your job. You agonize over how to get the myriad tasks and projects done. By delegating, you decide who will get them done, and let them go. Just don't let them go with the functions that only you can tackle.

If the company is highly profitable, who benefits most? If you develop the company and sell it, who gains the most? You do. By default, then, you have the responsibility to ensure that you foster your company's growth and value. These are two key elements that companies need in order to compete and succeed. You can delegate everything else in the organization but you cannot hand over the responsibility for growth or value.
David Hain's insight:

2 key focal points for CEOs - growth and value. Delegate the rest!

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donhornsby's curator insight, December 19, 2014 9:09 AM

(From the article): You are responsible for growth and value, and for creating worth within your organization. If it's a task other than the aforementioned, get out and don't let it pull you back in.

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2014: The Year of the Woman

2014: The Year of the Woman | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
You’ve heard it here first: 2014 was the year of the woman. I’m calling it.

It’s certainly not because women have finally achieved their due – whether it’s consistently realistic and respectful treatment in pop culture, the same access and opportunity afforded male colleagues in the workplace, more control over their personal lives and health choices, or less pressure to conform to outdated and unhealthy tropes.

It’s because so much has happened this year to put women’s issues front and center.

We’re having conversations that won’t quit because more people get it: women’s rights are universal rights. They’re not anti-man. They’re pro-person. They affect the daughters, sisters, wives, friends, and grandmothers we all know or are.
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2014 - and we still have much progress to make on women's rights. Let's hope the trend to debate these continues in 2015.

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