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5 Characteristics Of Leaders Who Excel Under Fire

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Sudden, unexpected, and catastrophic event that threatens a business is a CEO’s greatest challenge. Find out what it takes to excel in these situations.
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Some simple leadership wisdom for dealing with crises.

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What the Highest Rated CEO in 2017 Can Teach You About Leadership | Leadership Development, Trinidad and Tobago Leadership First

What the Highest Rated CEO in 2017 Can Teach You About Leadership | Leadership Development, Trinidad and Tobago Leadership First | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Everybody loves a top 100 list. It could be the best dog breeds, best cities to live in, or in this case, the highest rated CEOs. I love Glassdoor's annual list of the top 100 highest rated CEOs because it's based on how the employees of major corporations value their most senior leader.
 
This year the highest-rated CEO was Benno Dorer from the Clorox Company. Most people are surprised the CEO of a global company that sells brand names like Kingsford Charcoal, Brita water filters, and Hidden Valley salad dressing tops the list.
 
We sometimes forget, as people who are enamored with the latest and greatest, that great leaders aren't just in technology companies. Sure we love glamorous examples like Elon Musk or Tim Cook but great leaders can be present in any industry, "glamorous" or not.
David Hain's insight:

Here is a leader who can obviously live these good practices, not just spout them!

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, July 16, 11:17 AM

Some great insights to adopt and adapt for your company, but keep in mind they have to be lived not just learned!

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7 Questions That Will Change The Way You Lead Forever

7 Questions That Will Change The Way You Lead Forever | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Article originally written by James Carbary

Coaching is one of the most powerful leadership and sales tools.

It can be tempting to dismiss it as time-consuming or handholding, but both of those assumptions are mistaken. In his book, The Coaching Habit, Michael Bungay Stanier gives busy leaders advice on how to coach effectively.

In ten minutes or less, you can ask strategic and thought-provoking questions that can help drive beneficial changes in behavior, help build team cohesiveness, and get things done effectively.

Here are his seven questions to add to your coaching toolbox to make your life easier and get big results.
David Hain's insight:

Some really excellent coaching questions here, for professional coaches and managers alike!

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, July 16, 11:11 AM

These are some basic questions that can start the ball rolling. The real power comes in the listening and coaching that follows.

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Beautiful shadows

Beautiful shadows | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Shadow work can be done in a wide variety of ways, including reflection, meditation or journaling.

There is no right way to do this vulnerable work, the key thing is you use a practice that enables you to be profoundly honest with your shadow, explore it with perspective and transcend it in a generative way.

One practice we particularly like is the 3–2–1 shadow process developed by Diane Hamilton. Its called the 3–2–1 Process because it “uses shifts in perspective as a way of identifying and integrating shadow material. 3–2–1 refers to 3rd-person, 2nd-person, and 1st-person”. This practice has 3 parts.

Face it — Locate the shadow within your mind and body. Don’t judge it, just be mindful of it and look at it from every angle in the 3rd person.
Talk with it — Ask your shadow, why are you here in the 2nd person. What do you want to do with me?
Be it — Switch roles, become your shadow (1st person). Speak back to yourself by embodying your shadow.
We are whole people living in whole contexts. Opening up to the gifts of being whole — both our light and our shadow — is vital to living life rich with wellbeing and wholeness.
David Hain's insight:

You're never without your shadow - and this post demonstrates how valuable it is to you!

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A Brief Guide to Bullshit Startup Lingo

A Brief Guide to Bullshit Startup Lingo | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Startup Land, the place where I've been living for the past year, is full of ridiculous jargon. I thought I'd start a list to give those of you who have never been to Startup Land or are planning on holidaying there in the future, a brief understanding of the lingo in the hope that you'll be able to communicate with the locals. If you're a current resident of Startup Land, feel free to add your own.

David Hain's insight:

Nice bit of startup satire hits a few marks!

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, July 5, 10:53 AM

Definitely strikes a chord with entrepreneurs..

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The Face of a Leader

The Face of a Leader | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Barton and Halberstadt say:
People’s names, like shape names, are not entirely arbitrary labels. Face shapes produce expectations about the names that should denote them, and violations of those expectations … feed into more complex social judgments, including voting decisions.
Leaders emerge through promotion for hard work, securing votes for political office, or physically intimidating their underlings. But research is now showing that a distinctive face, one which advertises qualities that are rare in your organisation, or a face congruent with your name, may play a bigger role in our success than we previously imagined.
David Hain's insight:

What's in a face? More than we might think, research suggests....

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Worldwide Coaching Magazine, a digital resource for coaches on the go!

Worldwide Coaching Magazine, a digital resource for coaches on the go! | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Where does the algorithm see you in 10 years? This was the intriguing title in a recent Fortune Magazine article by Jennifer Alseven. In it she gave an example of how Artificial Intelligence (AI) software helped an overwhelmed CEO of a rapidly growing company with sifting through towering stacks of résumés.

The software helped speed up the vetting process by providing online simulations of what applicants might do on their first day as an employee.

Companies are using AI to assess human qualities, drawing on research to analyse everything from word choice and micro gestures to psycho-emotional traits and the tone of social media posts.

So what does this mean for the coaching profession?

In this edition we try to answer that question by taking an in-depth look at AI and the possible effects it can have on coaching.

How can we prepare ourselves and turn this challenge into an opportunity?
David Hain's insight:

AI will disrupt most industries. Articles here on what that might mean might mean for coaches and coaching.

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Steve Bax's curator insight, July 3, 5:58 AM
Can AI replace the need for coaching? Can it speed up the vettng process for recruitment purposes? Some real food for thought here. 
Steve Bax's comment, July 3, 6:00 AM
Fascinating. Thanks David.
Ron McIntyre's curator insight, July 5, 10:57 AM

Surviving AI and robots will require adaptation and flexibility which is in short supply in today's workforce.  Interesting.

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The Lords of the Flies – Bad Words – Medium

The Lords of the Flies – Bad Words – Medium | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
We often say that America is an experiment. But what is it an experiment in? Some will say “freedom”, but you can’t really say a country that’s been unsegregated for less than 25% of its history is an experiment in freedom. I think America is an experiment of a different kind. One that reveals a great truth about political economy to history and the world.
It is an experiment in the survival of the fittest.
David Hain's insight:

Persuasive polemic from Umair Haque about America's failings. May as well be referring to neoliberalism the world over, many echoes in today's UK...

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 29, 6:15 AM

Heavy discussion, when you have time to digest, worth thinking about.

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7 Archetypes of a Good Leader – Thrive Global

7 Archetypes of a Good Leader – Thrive Global | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
This is a review of one of my favorite books of all time, “The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness”, which was just released by my dear friend, Lolly Daskal. It has already reached numerous bestseller lists, Lolly has been called “The Most Inspiring Woman in The World” by Huffington Post, and designated a Top 50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. Magazine. After decades of advising and inspiring some of the most eminent chief executives in the world, Lolly Daskal has uncovered a startling pattern: within each leader are powerful abilities that are also hidden impediments to greatness. In this book, she reveals her proven system, which leaders at any level can apply to dramatically improve their results.
David Hain's insight:

New book by Lolly Daskal is essential reading for leaders. Brief review here.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 29, 5:54 AM

Interesting insights!  What do you think?

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Why Is It So Hard to Change People’s Minds?

Why Is It So Hard to Change People’s Minds? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
It’s probably happened more than once: You spend a lot of time trying to convince someone that their opinion on a particular issue is wrong. You take pains to make sure your argument is air-tight. But instead of coming around to your point of view, your conversation partner pushes back, still convinced of her ultimate rightness. “What do you mean poor people need social programs? They have the same opportunities as everyone else!” By the end of your debate, you’re faced with the same stalemate you had at the beginning—and your relationship may be feeling the strain.


Why is it so hard to convince others to change their minds?
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How (and why) to engage in genuine dialogue rather than playing advocacy ping pong!

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YouGov | 20 years of Harry Potter: Britain is a nation of Hufflepuffs

YouGov | 20 years of Harry Potter: Britain is a nation of Hufflepuffs | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Twenty years ago today - 26 June 1997 - the first book by a struggling author about the magical tribulations of an orphaned schoolboy was published. Despite the faith that JK Rowling had in young Harry, it is unlikely she or anyone else could have anticipated that the the book, its sequels and their films would spawn a $25 billion dollar franchise.

Two decades after release it is clear that Rowling’s work has captured the imagination of an entire generation. In Britain, four in five (81%) 18-24 year-olds and over two in three (68%) 25-34 year-olds say they are fans of the Harry Potter books, films or both. (The figure for the population as a whole is 51%.)

In honour of this milestone for the boy wizard, YouGov has conducted a special Harry Potter survey.
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A bit of Harry Potter fun from YouGov that might just tell us a lot about what people value in others! HT Adam Grant.

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Anglomania – Bad Words 

Anglomania – Bad Words  | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Both neoliberalism and neoconservatism are totalitarian ideologies of market fundamentalism. They offered people a radically different social contract than anywhere else in the world. Not just the rich world. The whole world. That social contract said: every good in society will be financialized, privates-sectored, optimized for profit. Every single one — from healthcare to education to transport.
Now, the problem to thinking people is obvious. The point of an economy isn’t profit. It’s human potential. To optimize a social contract for profit isn’t just extremism — it is folly. A life or a society or a city is not a company. A company can make profits and call itself succesful. But a city or a country or a town or a family cannot. Its “success” rests on bringing forth people’s potential in concrete ways: to let them live long, happy, creative, prosperous, sane lives, full of relationships, accomplishments, dreams, little mercies, great passions.
David Hain's insight:

Why the anglo, neoliberal (clue) world is failing. What a fall from the heights...

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 29, 5:55 AM

Interesting thoughts? 

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Are you an Introvert? Good News: Science Says Introverts Lead the Best Companies

Are you an Introvert? Good News: Science Says Introverts Lead the Best Companies | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

A recent study by researchers at Harvard, Stanford and the University of Chicago and published by the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests we might have been looking at our leaders all wrong. In their study of 4,591 CEOs, they found that companies run by introverted CEOs outperformed their peers. In fact, publicly traded companies run by extroverts averaged a 2% lower return on assets.
It’s crazy, right?
I mean, extroversion is great. We love extroverts — they’re entertaining, inspiring and fun to be around.
Even so, it seems that introverts might still have the edge when it comes to business prowess. How can this be?

David Hain's insight:

If you worry about being introverted/lacking charisma, read this and play to your strengths!

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Rise by lifting others - GlobalFocus

Rise by lifting others - GlobalFocus | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Many companies confuse purpose, vision and mission statements, often using them interchangeably, blurring their true meaning.

Purpose is what guides you. It articulates why you do what you do, why your organisation exists.
Mission is what drives you. It is the strategic path your organisation follows to fulfil your vision.
Vision is what you aspire to. It is the destination it you wish to reach, the state into which you hope to transform over time.
In other words, Purpose is your why. Mission is your how. Vision is your where and what.
David Hain's insight:

Excellent Mahindra case study by Kenneth Mikkelsen, @LeadershipABC, on how an organisation makes 'purpose-driven' meaningful and practical!

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 23, 9:51 AM
Merely looking at what worked in the past will not solve the interconnected challenges we face today. Truly purpose-driven organisations are built on future needs rather than best practices. To become tomorrow’s company, leaders must have the courage to invent future practices, which go beyond today’s predominant management principles. Leaders need to learn from early adopters in this field to progress their thinking, learning, behaving and being.
 
Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 26, 1:40 AM

Totally agree, what about you and your teams?

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The Science of Learning: 5 Things to Literally Keep in Mind

The Science of Learning: 5 Things to Literally Keep in Mind | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
While our technology changes at an incredible rate, the brain evolves slowly, allowing for the vast amount of existing cognitive-science research on how the brain takes in information. To create powerful learning experiences, it’s helpful to understand how the brain works. Translating research into meaningful, evidence-based practices, programs, and policies is crucial for learning and development professionals seeking to gain the most impact out of their endeavors.

The five methods by which the brain processes information below will put you on track to improve your own learning and development initiatives.
David Hain's insight:

Understanding our brains is fast becoming a game changing skill for successful people. Useful starter article here!

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The Science Behind What Really Drives Performance (It's Going to Surprise You)

The DDI report reveals a dire need for leaders with the skill of empathy. Only four out of 10 frontline leaders assessed in their massive study were proficient or strong on empathy.

Richard S. Wellins, senior vice president of DDI and one of the authors of the High-Resolution Leadership report, had this to say in a Forbes interview a year ago:

We feel [empathy] is in serious decline. More concerning, a study of college students by University of Michigan researchers showed a 34 percent to 48 percent decline in empathic skills over an eight-year period. These students are our future leaders!

We feel there are two reasons that account for this decline. Organizations have heaped more and more on the plates of leaders, forcing them to limit face-to-face conversations. Again, DDI research revealed that leaders spend more time managing than they do "interacting." They wish they could double their time spent interacting with others. The second reason falls squarely on the shoulders of technology, especially mobile smart devices. These devices have become the de rigueur for human interactions. Sherry Turkle, in her book, Reclaiming Conversation, calls them "sips of conversations."
David Hain's insight:

The state of empathy in leadership - and it's not healthy!

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 22, 4:05 PM
Empathy and emotional intelligence are essential to leading and performing. Central to these are face-to-face conversations with people and providing people with time for conversations, instead of relying on digital tools and social media. Sherry Turkle refers to those as "sips of conversation."
Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 26, 1:41 AM

We are human so empathy must be part of our leadership style or we are nothing but robots.

Bay Jordan's curator insight, June 26, 6:18 AM
Really useful insights here for anyone who relies on others to deliver performance - which is most of us! 
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Are You Solving the Right Problems?

Are You Solving the Right Problems? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
How good is your company at problem solving? Probably quite good, if your managers are like those at the companies I’ve studied. What they struggle with, it turns out, is not solving problems but figuring out what the problems are. In surveys of 106 C-suite executives who represented 91 private and public-sector companies in 17 countries, I found that a full 85% strongly agreed or agreed that their organizations were bad at problem diagnosis, and 87% strongly agreed or agreed that this flaw carried significant costs. Fewer than one in 10 said they were unaffected by the issue. The pattern is clear: Spurred by a penchant for action, managers tend to switch quickly into solution mode without checking whether they really understand the problem.

It has been 40 years since Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Jacob Getzels empirically demonstrated the central role of problem framing in creativity. Thinkers from Albert Einstein to Peter Drucker have emphasized the importance of properly diagnosing your problems. So why do organizations still struggle to get it right
David Hain's insight:

The importance of taking framing options into account when problem solving.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 14, 1:41 PM
The example of the "slow elevator" underscores a need to reframe what we think problems are. Putting up a mirror is a different way of understanding the problem, as is staggering lunches to reduce peak demands.

What are different ways to look at how schools operate? Might there be old ways i.e. multi-grade classrooms, community schools, changing times, etc?
Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 15, 5:40 AM

Interesting question.  Too often I think the answer is NO!

Ian Berry's curator insight, June 19, 6:45 PM
I see three opportunities when solving problems. One is framing as this article suggests The other two are solving the underlying cause and secondly taking the opportunity to innovate. Most problem solving returns the status quo instead of moving to a higher level through innovation
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Random Acts Of Leadership™ | The Coaching Habit – An Interview with Michael Bungay Stanier

Random Acts Of Leadership™ | The Coaching Habit – An Interview with Michael Bungay Stanier | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The word “coaching” seems to be used a lot these days. Yet do we really know what “coaching” means or have a shared understanding of what it is?

Michael has a very powerful way of explaining just what coaching is, not as a profession, but rather as a critical skill in leading others. He shows us simple ways to get started in being more coach-like in your leadership.


“Stay curious just a little bit longer and get into action just a little bit slower.”

In our conversation, he offers simple ways to be more “coach-like” in our everyday conversations with others. He suggests it’s okay for you to not have all the answers, even when people come to you for advice.  In fact, Michael shows us how, by developing the coaching habit, you can empower others far more than if you give them your answers.
David Hain's insight:

You don't need to be a coach to ask better questions and listen more deeply to the answers!

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 15, 5:41 AM

Coaching is a mindset and attitude, not a role or job description.  It is also a calling not a job.

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Eileen Fisher and the Personal Side of Leadership

Eileen Fisher and the Personal Side of Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
How much personal growth should leaders expect of their staff or themselves? Is it fair to ask employees, as a condition of fitting in to the organizational culture, to embrace personal growth for themselves? And what should senior leaders do to help people move in the right direction?

In a new video from strategy+business, “Eileen Fisher on Leadership: The Personal Side of Organizational Change,” we see a CEO wrestling with these questions. The founder of the eponymous fashion line, which boasts more than US$300 million in annual revenues and more than 300 retail outlets in 12 countries — as well as more than 60 Eileen Fisher retail stores — has introduced workshops and conversations aimed at the personal growth of employees. The company needs a high level of individual capability and commitment from its employees to reach its goals for global expansion, product quality, environmental sustainability, and suppliers’ working conditions. But Fisher has realized that she can’t demand personal growth from her employees without demonstrating it herself, which also means openly tackling some of the difficult relationship issues that have built up over the years in this 1,200-person company.
David Hain's insight:

Change means everyone - and that means that leaders in particular must demonstrate a commitment to personal growth!

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CEOs Get Paid Too Much, According to Pretty Much Everyone in the World

CEOs Get Paid Too Much, According to Pretty Much Everyone in the World | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
In their recent research, scheduled to be published in a forthcoming issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science, Chulalongkorn University’s Sorapop Kiatpongsan and Harvard Business School’s Michael Norton investigate “what size gaps people desire” and whether those gaps are at all consistent among people from different countries and backgrounds.

It turns out that most people, regardless of nationality or set of beliefs, share similar sentiments about how much CEOs should be paid — and, for the most part, these estimates are markedly lower than the amounts company leaders actually earn.

David Hain's insight:

The data sample  may be less than perfect, but some of these pay ratios are obscene!

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 7, 11:28 AM

The key is who is perceiving the value to the company and unfortunately the people who know don't have a voice.

Ian Berry's curator insight, June 7, 7:34 PM
Agree with David Hain Obscene and a key part of the challenge raised in previous scoop.
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4 leadership takeaways from the UK election | London Business School

4 leadership takeaways from the UK election | London Business School | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
What is the General Election on 8 June really about: leadership, policies or other issues entirely? And are there lessons for business? There are four universals that apply in both politics and business: First, leadership differs according to where you are in the leadership journey. Second, identity and character are mixed in with more primitive reactions to imagery. Third, the nature of the challenge is not a given. And fourth, the group identity of “followers” can hinder effectiveness. Let’s take a good look at each of these
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Given that there have been varied examples of leadership on offer during the election, some useful universal challenges here for politicians and organisational leaders!

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Competition in organizations: good or bad?

Competition in organizations: good or bad? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
This question is wrong.

Competition within organizations is neither good, nor bad. Whether internal competition is useful, constructive and appropriate depends on the level on which we let it happen, or on which it is stimulated or suppressed. In other words: There is an organizational domain where competition is good, and where it makes sense. There is another domain in organizations, however, where competition will inevitably turn dysfunctional, toxic, vicious and destructive.
David Hain's insight:

The dilemma of when to encourage competition!

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 7, 11:28 AM

Competition can be good or bad but in my opinion it is bad most of the time.

 

 

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Why Trump Was Inevitable — But Recovery Isn’t 

Why Trump Was Inevitable — But Recovery Isn’t  | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

When we employ the Great Leaders Theory of History, we ignore the great and simple truth that a society’s historic leaders are made by its structural and institutional conditions. And by ignoring this truth, simply yearning for Great Leaders to save us, we remain paralyzed and blind — and vulnerable to Caesars, whether they are named Julian or Vladimir.
Angry, unhappy people demand bad leaders, who tear up social contracts. Happy, healthy, sane people don’t. Thus we must produce better followers today if we want better leaders tomorrow. What does “better followers” mean? It means people who aren’t ready to self destruct. Who can think beyond hyperrational, narrow self interest, partisan politics, aren’t ruled by greed, anger, and hate, whose lives aren’t one long sequence of disinformation, pain, and reaction. You can hardly blame people with lives like that for turning into Trumpists — and just blaming them is besides the point entirely.

David Hain's insight:

Why the hero leader is dangerous, and how to change the system to avoid them. Great insight from Umair Haque.

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10 Ways to Build a Go-For-It Culture

10 Ways to Build a Go-For-It Culture | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
It’s difficult for go-for-it leaders to imagine that people are waiting for permission to act. What’s wrong with them?

You take action without asking permission. Why doesn’t everyone else?
David Hain's insight:

2 minutes? 10 great leadership points from Dan Rockwell!

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 5, 9:07 AM
You’re a failure as a leader if people sit around waiting for you to tell them what to do.
 
Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 7, 12:37 PM

Dan always provides good insights worth reading.

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When a loss is a victory

When a loss is a victory | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Perhaps you are also familiar with this situation: You have prepared for a task perfectly, given it your all and thought through all eventualities. Yet you failed to achieve your goal. Ask yourself, then, if you haven't perhaps gained something different, something much more valuable. Allow that thought to develop and try to see something valuable in your failure to achieve your goal. If your dream employer has rejected you, the path to self-employment might now be open. Or a job that escaped you might allow you to concentrate on certain business areas that you previously lacked the courage to tackle. Remain open-minded and recognize successes – even if they turn out differently from what you would have expected.
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A champion learns to deal with failure! And shares a valuable lesson with all of us about reframing...

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 7, 12:38 PM

Good insights on all levels

 

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5 Leadership TED Talks That will Inspire You 

5 Leadership TED Talks That will Inspire You  | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
TED Talks are another source of quality, reputable instruction, and inspiration, on everything from entertainment to design to science — and leadership.
These videos, ranging from just three to a little over 20 minutes in length, offer incredible leadership insight. Check them out:
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Some great TED talks for leaders, HT Larry Kim!

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Steve Bax's curator insight, June 2, 5:53 AM
The talk by Derek Sivers entitled "How to start a movement" is excellent. The importance of followership is captured perfectly here. 
Jerry Busone's curator insight, June 2, 8:27 AM

Always a good reminder of what a gap we have in leadership development...inspiring 

Fanta C. Sangaré's curator insight, June 13, 3:54 AM
5 conférences TEDx qui font du bien. A planifier dans vos agendas ! J'ai assisté hier soir en direct à celui de Paris, sur le thème DésobéissanceS. Je prépare un papier sur les conf qui m'ont touchée...
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People and Change consultant, 25 years experience in Organisation Development. Executive coach. Very experienced facilitator and team developer.