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The Lives and Times of the CEO

The Lives and Times of the CEO | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
We cover a 125-year journey in the life of the CEO, focusing on how role of the chief executive has evolved since its inception--and how we expect it to continue to change in the next quarter century.
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Diversity of experience and an ability to take a global view of talent development has become more critical in leaders, study finds.

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Fixing a Work Relationship Gone Sour

Fixing a Work Relationship Gone Sour | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

The good news is that even some of the most strained relationships can be repaired. In fact, a negative relationship turned positive can be a very strong one. “Going through difficult experiences can be the makings of the strongest, most resilient relationships,” says Susan David, a founder of the Harvard/McLean Institute of Coaching and author of the HBR article, “Emotional Agility.” The bad news is that fixing a relationship takes serious effort.


“Most people just lower their expectations because it’s easier than dealing with the real issues at hand,” says Brian Uzzi, professor of leadership and organizational change at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and author of the HBR article, “Make Your Enemies Your Allies.” But, he says, the hard work is often worth it, especially in a work environment where productivity and performance are at stake. Here’s how to transform a work relationship that’s turned sour.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 20, 3:27 PM

Sometimes you get stuck in a rut with someone at work — a boss, a coworker, a direct report. Perhaps there’s bad blood between you or you simply haven’t been getting along. What can you do to turn the relationship around? Is it possible to start anew?

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The Biggest Myths About Vulnerability

The Biggest Myths About Vulnerability | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
» The Biggest Myths About Vulnerability | "…on the shoulder of giants."

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It is a sign of a true leader if you can be open, transparent, and vulnerable, as trusting a person as you would expect your team members to be. ~ @CheriEsner #LeadWithGiants

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Dan Forbes's curator insight, August 19, 4:20 AM

“Why vulnerability is the first thing you look for in other people, but the last thing you want to reveal in yourself.”  -Brene Brown - See more at: http://www.leadwithgiants.com/leadership/the-biggest-myths-about-vulnerability/#sthash.I2It87CC.dpuf

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, August 19, 10:09 AM

I think, this vulnerability concept (what I strongly undersign and admire e.g. in the Getting naked from Lencioni) is simply deductible from the even more basic "requirement" for an ideal leader: his/her credibility and authenticity... that he/she walks as he/she talks... like to show his/her real here and now state... that is an interesting point whether an inspiring leader while he is credible and authentic in the here and now has also a sort of obligation to show courage in spite of all the difficulties they should face... I think that the attitude should be there... that is also a part of his credibility...

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Why you should learn to love feedback.

Why you should learn to love feedback. | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

It's no secret that many people avoid feedback like it's a plague. 

The more frequent the feedback, the easier it is to learn and improve


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Without great feedback loops, it's really hard to grow intelligently - so why is are they in short supply in so many organisations?

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 29, 5:46 AM

(From the article): With more information flowing via computers and the Internet, there is now, more-not-less-demand for every manager to provide accurate and frequent feedback to every employee.  People want to know exactly what they need to do to perform well on the job. 

Gust MEES's curator insight, August 18, 10:06 PM

The more frequent the feedback, the easier it is to learn and improve


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Being of Service: The Bridge to Meaning and Mission

Being of Service: The Bridge to Meaning and Mission | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Being of service means becoming bigger than our normal selves and turning our focus to others - and it works the same way in business.
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When a business loses it's sense of mission and value creation, bad things happen ~ Gideon Rosenblatt.

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The 15 Biggest Body Language Mistakes To Watch Out For

The 15 Biggest Body Language Mistakes To Watch Out For | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Until we get to know someone, our brain relies on snap judgements to try to categorize the person, predict what they will do, and anticipate how we should react. You may have heard that you only have

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donhornsby's curator insight, August 18, 3:57 AM

(From the article): If you discover you have a particular problem with one or two of the gestures on the list, practice by yourself with a mirror or with a friend who can remind you every time you do it, until you become aware of the bad habit yourself.

 

Can you recall a time someone’s body language made you uncomfortable? Are there any other body language blunders you would add? I’d love to hear your anecdotes and ideas in the comments below.

Javier Santana's curator insight, August 20, 7:34 AM

Los 15 errores más grandes de tu lenguaje corporalque debes tener en cuenta.

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Who Benefits from Executive Coaching?

Who Benefits from Executive Coaching? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Recent research reveals that a systematic approach to executive coaching has a double benefit.
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Best coaching results when whole system is involved responsibly - implications for organisations.

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The Difference Between Mentoring & Coaching

The Difference Between Mentoring & Coaching | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Each Friday, RPS highlights five popular news stories from the world of training professionals. Visit our blog each week to see which stories were trending amongst your industry peers. ASTD Mentoring Versus Coaching: What’s the Difference?
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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, August 17, 5:20 AM

Well, it's good that we are speaking about this... I agree most of the points... though it's a good occasion to  raise one controversial point (controversial to me...)...

 

In this post you read about the "roles" in the two activities as follows:

 

Mentoring: Talking with a person who has identified his needs prior to entering into a mentoring relationship. The emphasis is on active listening, providing information, making suggestions, and establishing connections.Coaching: Talking to a person, identifying what he needs, and developing an action plan. The emphasis is on instruction, assessing, and monitoring.

 

Now, my point is that if something is not coaching, then, instruction is definitely not part of it.  And active listening which is - rightly because the good mentor works in coaching mode most of the time - enumerated as a mentoring feature is the one of the most important elements of the coaching process. I just want to show these two crying points which I firmly disagree.

 

By the way, it's more common than perhaps you think. In one of my favourite contingent management model, the situational leadership also the word "coaching" i sometimes wrongly handled. There are acc. to the model  4 phases of leadership: telling-selling-participating-delegating... now, sometimes for the "selling" (high task-high relationship/behaviour setup) one uses "coaching" which is - IMHO - flatly wrong. It is the phase when "mentoring" would much more appropriate (covering only a part of the mentoring job which is mainly toward career, etc). And, more or less it is the  "participating" phase (low task-high relationship/behaviour setup) which has rather much common features with the  coaching process, I would call it after that...

 

All the other points are rather fine...

 

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The Irresistible Allure of Pre-crastination

The Irresistible Allure of Pre-crastination | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
What happens when we're desperate to get something — anything — done.

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Had to post this now or I'll never get around to it!

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The world's best leaders are cast as themselves in a play that never ends

The world's best leaders are cast as themselves in a play that never ends | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

One of Bennis’ ideas which has been largely overlooked in leadership studies is the connection he established between leadership and acting. Bennis argued that leaders, like actors, have to perform a role in order to inspire others. They have to engage followers by creating shared meaning. “Hitler is a ghastly example of this ability, and a reminder of the under-appreciated role that rhetoric and performance play in leadership,” Bennis once noted.

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Excellent short article, thanks @Rob Peters!

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, August 14, 7:38 AM

Yeah... and Lencioni has written a good whole book about this ("Getting naked")...

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Refactoring the Mirrortocracy—How to Build a Better Team

Refactoring the Mirrortocracy—How to Build a Better Team | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
If you want a more effective team, you'll need a more effective hiring process—one that evolves to build on successes, correct for failures, and incorporate more diverse skill sets.
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A World Gone Social - YouTube

Lead with Giants TV Show with Ted Coine and Mark Babbit
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Great discussion between @tshnall and 2 great commentators on the leadership world we live in!

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The top 22 mistakes of first-time CEOs

The top 22 mistakes of first-time CEOs | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

I have been building this list of CEO mistakes for many years based on my own experiences. This is not rocket science — some of these points may seem obvious when you read them — but it is really tough to know what you haven’t experienced, and I wish I’d had a list like this when I was a first-time CEO.

Although this is a list for first timers, folks in their second, third, or fourth gig also make these same mistakes.

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Some very good advice here for any leader.

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Why You Need to Tie Performance to Leadership Development

Why You Need to Tie Performance to Leadership Development | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Companies today face several unprecedented challenges.
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Classic: What is success? Do You Have the Will to Lead and Answer the Toughest Questions? - Peter Koestenbaum

Classic:  What is success?  Do You Have the Will to Lead and Answer the Toughest Questions? - Peter Koestenbaum | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Philosopher Peter Koestenbaum poses the truly big questions: How do we act when risks seem overwhelming? What does it mean to be a successful human being?

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How can we muster the guts to burn our bridges and to create a condition of no return?

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{Have you asked yourself:]  How in the world did I get here? Or wrestled with ...strategic choices -- all of which seem hard and unpleasant -- and said, What happened to the fun part of being in business? According to Peter Koestenbaum, those uncomfortable questions -- those existential quandaries -- are at the root of issues that great leaders deal with all the time, and they influence every decision that must be made.
  
More than 25 years ago, Koestenbaum traded the cloistered halls of academia for the front lines of the global economy. It's not unheard-of for this philosopher, a tireless 71-year-old with thick glasses and a flowing beard, to visit clients across three continents in a single week. His agenda: to apply the power of philosophy to the big question of the day -- how to reconcile the often-brutal realities of business with basic human values -- and to create a new language of effective leadership. ...The more you understand the human condition, the more effective you are as a businessperson. Human depth makes business sense."

     

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Change -- true, lasting, deep-seated change -- is the business world's biggest and most persistent challenge. 

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Koestenbaum's wisdom makes sense to leaders at such giant organizations as Ford, EDS, Citibank, Xerox, Ericsson, and even one of Korea's chaebols. ... At Ford, Koestenbaum contributed to the company's 2,000-person Senior Executive Program throughout the 1980s. In more than a decade at EDS, he led seminars and coached hundreds of top executives, including then-chairman Les Alberthal. 

 

"Everything I do," says Koestenbaum, "is about using themes from the history of thought to rescue people who are stuck." His logic: Change -- true, lasting, deep-seated change -- is the business world's biggest and most persistent challenge. But too many people and too many companies approach change by treating it as a technical challenge rather than by developing authentic answers to basic questions about business life. 


WHY DOES BEING A LEADER FEEL SO HARD TODAY?

Because reckoning with freedom is always hard ...We're living in a peculiar time: It's marked by a soaring stock market, the creation of tremendous wealth, an explosion in innovation, and the acute alienation that occurs when the global economy hits the average individual. 

The message is, You're living in the best country in the world at the best time in history; you have an amazing degree of freedom to do what you want, along with an unprecedented opportunity to build immense wealth and success -- and to do it more quickly than ever before. Of course, the average individual has as much of a chance of launching a skyrocketing IPO as he or she has of becoming a movie star. 

       
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There's a terrible defect at the core of how we think about people and organizations today. ...There is little or no tolerance for the kinds of character-building conversations that pave the way for meaningful change.
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What's even more disturbing is that the ascendancy of shareholder value as the dominant driving force in business has resulted in a terrible insensitivity to basic human values. 

THAT'S A HEAVY BURDEN TO PLACE ON LEADERS. THEY MUST NOT ONLY GUIDE ORGANIZATIONS BUT ALSO WRESTLE WITH BASIC PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTIONS.

 

There's a terrible defect at the core of how we think about people and organizations today. There is little or no tolerance for the kinds of character-building conversations that pave the way for meaningful change. The average person is...riveted by the objective domain...where our metrics are; that's where we look for solutions. ...That's why books and magazines that have numbers in their titles sell so well.

 

We'll do anything to avoid facing the basic, underlying questions: How do we make truly difficult choices? How do we act when the risks seem overwhelming? How can we muster the guts to burn our bridges and to create a condition of no return?

     

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...Managing polarity teaches us that there are no solutions -- there are only changes of attitude. 
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There's nothing wrong with all of those technical solutions. They're excellent; they're creative; they're even necessary. But they shield us from the real issues: What kind of life do I want to lead? What is my destiny? How much evil am I willing to tolerate?

      

...Managing polarity teaches us that there are no solutions -- there are only changes of attitude. When you grapple with polarities in your life, you lose your arrogant, self-indulgent illusions, and you realize that the joke is on you. To get that message makes you a more credible human being -- instantly. 

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, August 19, 10:33 AM

I've recently learned that this classic article is the most downloaded article from Fast Company.  If you read it, you'll see why.  It asks the beautiful, and extraordinarily difficult questions about business and life. Changing perspective, and ultimately changing attitudes, is the big challenge in making lasting change fully sustainable.~  D

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Uncommon Sense: What Public Policy Can Learn From the Private Sector About Motivation

Uncommon Sense: What Public Policy Can Learn From the Private Sector About Motivation | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

In the past few years, the use of "behavioral economics" has become highly popular as a public policy tool. Can the private sector help?

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5 principles in common between private and public sectors in large scale behaviour change.

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Why Trust Don’t Come Easy

Why Trust Don’t Come Easy | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Nothing has changed. Richard Starkey recorded it 44 years ago. “I don’t ask for much, I only want your trust. And you know it don’t come easy.”

What makes trust so difficult to gain and retain?

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Trust is a very simple concept. And those who gain it are masters of one particular skill – managing expectations.  ~ Tom Asacker

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Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership: 4 Ways To Make Your Executive Coaching Experience A Success

Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership: 4 Ways To Make Your Executive Coaching Experience A Success | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

If you are a leader already engaging with an executive coach, or contemplating engaging one, here are four ways to make your coaching experience a success, as reported in a relatively recent issue of Fortune magazine.


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The Mirror Test - Why Self-Awareness Is the Secret Weapon for Habit Change

The Mirror Test - Why Self-Awareness Is the Secret Weapon for Habit Change | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

More than we’d probably like to admit so many of our days are spent in a state of self-delusion, an internal monologue of justifying our actions, both good and bad. When we do something wrong, our evolutionary instincts kick in and we do anything we can to not acknowledge the obvious: sometimes, it’s all our fault.

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Real habit change comes from taking a candid look at your shortcomings. Or, as Epictetus once said: Self-scrutiny applied with kindness - in other words. the mirror test!.

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John Michel's curator insight, August 18, 3:26 AM

Over time, this becomes our routine, our default reaction, and we fail to stop and reflect on what we’re doing. To make it even more difficult, many of us don’t have the luxury of someone being accountable for us (who does?), helping us recognize our mistakes and their repercussions.

Charlotte Hitchcock's curator insight, August 19, 2:37 AM

Know yourself before you  lead others. Understand why you respond as you do and  its affect on others.  Honesty about yourself can be hard but in the end it is worth it

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14 Leadership Lessons

14 Leadership Lessons | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Over the past two days, I had the opportunity to join over ~200,000 leaders in 350+ locations around the world who came together for one of the largest events of the year – the Global Leadership Summit. The speakers were gathered at the Willow Creek campus in Chicago, but only about 5% of the total viewing audience was present onsite – the majority of us were participating from countries all around the world.  The Summit is an annual event where you’ll find business leaders, church leaders, political leaders and social leaders from across all spans of life.

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Some nice #Leadership soundbytes here.  My favourite -“Your culture will only ever be as healthy as the most senior leader wants it to be.” ~ Bill Hybels

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, August 18, 1:16 AM

some nice quotes (and thoughts) there!

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Teachers as Leaders, Coaches & Lifelong Mentors with Lydia Dolch

Teachers as Leaders, Coaches & Lifelong Mentors with Lydia Dolch | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Do you remember your 5th grade teachers?  Would you say that any of your 5th grade teachers made a lifelong impression on your life?
Today’s guest is doing just that! Lydia Dolch, a teacher and consultant in Ithaca NY joined me to discuss a #FutureLead...
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Important topic worth listening to.  @BulliesOut!

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Leading from the Shadows

Leading from the Shadows | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
When is coming in second better than first? Richard Hytner explains why the No. 1 position may not be ideal and how No. 2 often is the key to success.

Via Anne Leong, Tessie Uranga-MSEd., Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Graeme Reid's curator insight, August 14, 5:08 PM

You can be enormously successful, on your own terms, leading from positions other than the overall No. 1.

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Clippers VP of Operations Kevin Eastman On The Coaching Process

Coach Nick spoke with Los Angeles Clippers Assistant Coach Kevin Eastman (http://twitter.com/kevineastman) about Whole/Part Method, as well as how Doc Rivers chooses his offensive sets. SUBSCRIBE...
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Innovation Excellence | Trust Trumps Everything

Innovation Excellence | Trust Trumps Everything | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
A series of personal innovation stories from a new book by Luis Solis,
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"Trust trumps everything!" Deb Mills-Schofield, @bluelobsternets.  Couldn't agree more! #RelationshipCapital, @RobPeters

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25 Underrated Books on Persuasion, Influence, and Understanding Human Behavior

25 Underrated Books on Persuasion, Influence, and Understanding Human Behavior | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Reading good books remains the supreme “life hack”—knowledge that often took years to assemble can be consumed in mere hours.

I can’t think of a single better way to empower your learning (and yourself) than that. And as a professional, executive, or entrepreneur, the more you know about how people tick, the better.

The problem is that when looking for new reads, lists are often populated with books that everybody already knows about. How many more recommendations of Cialdini’s Influence do you need before you’re sick of seeing it?

As a voracious reader of brainy books on influence and persuasion (not limited to academic coverage), I thought I’d mix things up with a few underrated suggestions that you won’t see on most bookshelves.

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Something for those, unlike me, who haven't yet taken the Summer vacation?

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The Truth About Procrastination | Groupability

The Truth About Procrastination | Groupability | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
RT @DebbieThompson_: The Truth About Procrastination http://t.co/caUrFvkcVh #hr #leadership #business
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