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Achieving Sustainable Performance in the Workplace

Achieving Sustainable Performance in the Workplace | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

In December 2010, Jeff Kindler, the chief executive of Pfizer, resigned abruptly, citing exhaustion as one of the main reasons behind his decision. 

In today's world of 24/7 connectivity, dedicated managers and employees on all rungs of the corporate ladder may easily empathize.

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A cautionary tale with some calls to action

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Maggie's flawed leadership

Maggie's flawed leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The permanent 'do as I say' style of dealing with juniors cost her dearly
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Rarely does someone inspire followership and hatred in such large numbers and equal measure.  Here's one take...

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Increasing Stress, Decreasing Empathy: Need Emotional Intelligence

Increasing Stress, Decreasing Empathy: Need Emotional Intelligence | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Research shows stress is increasing: health problems & business costs. Empathy is decreasing to damage collaboration: The case for emotional intelligence
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Great article from Josh Freedman.

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Pissed off People = Poor Profits! Lessons in Business & Employee Engagement from Andrew Carnegie | Tolero Solutions

Pissed off People = Poor Profits!       Lessons in Business & Employee Engagement from Andrew Carnegie | Tolero Solutions | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
What lessons in employee engagement and business can we learn from Andrew Carnegie? For starters, pissed off people = poor profits!

Via Scott Span, MSOD
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My fellow Scots have left a great legacy to the world, here's one of them!

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, April 12, 2013 3:28 PM

What can we learn from past mistakes of great entrepreneurs? 

 

How do you connect people and profit?

 

Are you a balanced leader?

Scott Span, MSOD's comment, April 15, 2013 10:32 AM
@David - I wasn't aware you were a Scot. Another great legacy, Golf.
David Hain's comment, April 15, 2013 10:38 AM
Right on Scott!
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What is a Natural Storyteller?

What is a Natural Storyteller? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

"You know that feeling, when you can’t wait to get home to tell your significant other about the crazy thing that just happened at work? The second you walk through the door, even before you kick off your pinchy-toe shoes, you’re saying, “You’re not going to believe this . . .” as you launch into the story, complete with revealing hand gestures, passion, and well timed pauses that effortlessly build to the riveting climax."


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Karen Dietz's comment, April 16, 2013 12:37 PM
And many thanks to Denyse, Comeja, Two Pen's, and Os's additional comments pointing out the value of this article.
Ally Greer's curator insight, June 10, 2013 3:29 PM

Anyone who knows me knows that I love telling stories. (Usually more than once.) The above excerpt essentially describes every single day of my life. Sharing life experiences with people who mean something to me is what makes these experiences that much more exciting.


Read below, as Karen Dietz sums up my thoughts way better than I ever could. Thanks Karen and Gregg!

Dawn Mullen's curator insight, July 4, 2013 9:11 AM
I am a Realtor not a writer. I still have to use the story in both pictures and words to tell the story of a home I am selling. It is true a picture is worth a thousand words and together a picture and a caption should be not just information but a story. Call me. I can show you the difference.
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Leadership Tip: Hire the Quiet Neurotic, Not the Impressive Extrovert

Leadership Tip: Hire the Quiet Neurotic, Not the Impressive Extrovert | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Most leaders are attracted to the guy or woman who seems confident and outgoing, unafraid in any situation or facing any challenge.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
David Hain's insight:

Interesting perspective!  I'd just hire the best fit...

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, April 12, 2013 10:14 PM

What does this mean for team leaders? Bendersky says they should rethink their assumptions about how extroverts and neurotics will perform. “The extroverts are probably going to contribute less to the team and the contributions they make will be undervalued by the team,” she says. “They will do less and what they do will be under-appreciated.”  By contract, neurotics are motivated by their anxiety and feelings of inadequacy to work hard on behalf of the group. Meantime the group appreciates neurotics’ contributions because they exceed people’s low expectations.

Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, April 13, 2013 5:56 AM
Absolutely David! Sometimes I wonder about the advice one comes across! Still, I find it interesting and a reflection of our times.
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A Successful Leaders Guide To Getting Lucky

A Successful Leaders Guide To Getting Lucky | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Successful leaders always appear like everything fell into their laps. Understanding that luck is created, is a critical key to long-term success.
David Hain's insight:

Quote from @toddbnielsen article:

 

Keep at it, keep at it, and sooner or later, you’ll get lucky too, because as Elmer Leterman said, “Luck is what happens when preparation, meets opportunity.”

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How to Run Wildly Unproductive Meetings and Waste Everyone’s Time

How to Run Wildly Unproductive Meetings and Waste Everyone’s Time | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Follow this guide, and your meetings are guaranteed to be as dull, mismanaged and ultimately pointless as everyone expects.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Meetiungs, bloody meetings - how much time do you waste?

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Jean Claude Le Tellier's curator insight, April 12, 2013 4:54 AM

I had a great laugh! and it had a sense of "deja vu" o;)

John Michel's curator insight, April 12, 2013 10:12 AM

The typical business meeting is a fantastic way to switch off, kick back and ponder important topics, such as what to have for dinner.

But what happens when someone threatens this stress-free ride to a quiet nap? What are you going to do when some eager-beaver manager decides to be efficient and organized?

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 12, 2013 7:33 PM

These types of meetings are common.

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The Happiest People Pursue the Most Difficult Problems

The Happiest People Pursue the Most Difficult Problems | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
They're a reminder that mastery, membership, and meaning are the best motivators.

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What if you couldn’t fail? | Leadership Principles

What if you couldn’t fail? | Leadership Principles | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

One of the questions my coach Julie Starr often asks is “what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”.

This is a great question, as it really does make you think and open your mind up to possibilities, rather than failure. It also makes dream feel a little bit closer.

It also helps you understand what it is you really want to do.

When I started this blog, I was unsure about it, and I thought “what would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail” and I thought I’d just start, write some posts and see how it went.

When I thought about it, I realised I could do that and to be honest I couldn’t fail – I could write and I could post, there was nothing stopping me from doing that.

Whether the posts attract interest, or whether they be well received, that was something else entirely and to be honest, well thats outside my control really, and worrying about it was stopping me from writing. It was getting in the way.

I’m happy now I started because, for me, failing was actually not writing, it doesn’t really matter whether people read them or not. My goal was to write and I achieved that.

So if you have a goal or a dream that you’re reluctant to begin because your worried about failing, then why not imagine what you would do if you couldn’t fail, and the dive in.

Just start it, and maybe, just maybe you might be successful.


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The Single Daily Choice which will Change Your Life for Good

The Single Daily Choice which will Change Your Life for Good | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Greek playwright, Aeschylus, says: “Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.”
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Great post from Christina Lattimer on the power of choice in breaking self defeating cycles by reframing problems.

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Top Five Secrets of Great Coaching in Leadership

Top Five Secrets of Great Coaching in Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
True leaders know it's never about them. Leadership is a gift; you are entrusted with the responsibility of fulfilling the higher purpose of the organization, creating a vision of the world when th...
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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, April 12, 2013 2:35 PM

Do you know the secrets?

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How The Best Managers Balance Hope With Realism - Forbes

How The Best Managers Balance Hope With Realism - Forbes | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The best managers don't believe everybody's bad..but they don't believe everybody's great, either.

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John Michel's curator insight, April 11, 2013 10:31 AM

Sometimes managing others well is a little like Goldilocks and The Three Bears: it’s all about finding that place that’s not too hot/hard/big, and not too cold/soft/small – but just right.

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Three Essential Facts About Feelings - Six Seconds

Three Essential Facts About Feelings - Six Seconds | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

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EQRocks's curator insight, April 10, 2013 11:59 PM

Here's a nice, short summary of the importance of accepting and understanding our body's natural, message-carrying emotions!

Gloria Inostroza De Celis's curator insight, April 11, 2013 7:34 AM

Tener en cuenta...

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4 Leadership Qualities That Need Follow-Through

4 Leadership Qualities That Need Follow-Through | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by georgia.kral There are a lot of “qualities” of effective leadership that are discussed, yet important elements are left out that leave these qu...

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John Michel's curator insight, April 11, 2013 12:12 AM

There are a lot of “qualities” of effective leadership that are discussed, yet important elements are left out that leave these qualities lacking.  When I think of what I want to see in leaders, and what I do my best to aspire towards, I try to think of certain qualities and the corresponding actions that make them whole.  Here are a few below.

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On cultivating curiosity | John Maxwell on Leadership

On cultivating curiosity | John Maxwell on Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 10, 2013 7:26 PM

I am not sure about Maxwell's work. I find it quite Covey-like: forumlaic. I am willing to consider on the strength he wants us to be curious. I am curious about what John Maxwell has to offer?

Mary Meduna, PhD's curator insight, April 13, 2013 6:08 PM

Curiosity is the topic of our show this week.  Prime the pump with this read. #energizedleader

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10 Leadership Lessons I Wish I Learned In My 20's

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10 Leadership Lessons I Wish I Learned In My 20's
Forbes
The Path to Leadership All of us would do well with a second bite at the apple, another chance to go back and do it all over again.

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The Deepest Source of Motivation

The Deepest Source of Motivation | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Forget the carrot and stick. Motivation and innovation come from a desire to help.

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John Michel's curator insight, April 9, 2013 9:56 PM

For decades, bosses have assumed that the best way to motivate workers is by promising financial gain and threatening financial loss. With one hand they dangle a carrot of more pay while brandishing in the other, the stick of "get to work or you're fired."

However, according to a recent article in the New York Times, research in organizational psychology strongly suggests that people are more innovative and more successful when motivated by a desire to help other people.

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How to Create Your Reason

How to Create Your Reason | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
In an economy that's going nowhere, having a "why" is more important than ever.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
David Hain's insight:

Right on, Ana!

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, April 10, 2013 1:06 AM

So here's the deal, broski. You and I don't need a reason merely for romantic reasons; to add a celestial veneer of bogus miracle to the dreary predictability of our lives. Each and every one needs a reason for the most pragmatic of reasons: to evoke the best, noblest, and truest in us; and so to persevere in the pursuit of lives well lived. The tiny miracle of life is us — and whom we can choose to become.

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CompassLearning - Learning Profiler

CompassLearning - Learning Profiler | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

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What Coaches Teach Us

What Coaches Teach Us | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
March Madness has arrived, and with it Pete Folan has decided that it's high time we celebrate good coaches.

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, April 8, 2013 9:00 PM

We all belong to the communion of Saints and of sinners. Thank you Peter Folan, SJ @TheJesuitPost for a reminder to look, see & remember the great coaches that we've all experienced. 

Levi Derosby's curator insight, April 9, 2013 10:09 PM

There are some very good insights on how coaches are leaders in this article. It is ever so important especially with how coaches are coaching there athletes these days.

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What I Carry: 10 Tools for Success

What we carry with us in our everyday lives and interactions is just as important for our success as our technical skills and achievements. This is what I carry

Via AlGonzalezinfo, Bobby Dillard
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Some great presentations on this theme available on SlideShare!

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Robin Martin's comment, April 8, 2013 8:31 PM
Or...the "quiet" leaders...introverts! ; )
AlGonzalezinfo's comment, April 8, 2013 8:40 PM
Totally agree, sometimes however, we need to brilliance of the quiet nurturing leaders to come through a little louder. :)
John Michel's curator insight, April 9, 2013 9:16 AM

A wonderful summation of what it means to lead swell. Enjoy! 

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You're Probably Wrong About How Others Really See You

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Leadership Means Doing Good In the World » Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge

Leadership Means Doing Good In the World » Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

The individual and organizational imperative to DO GOOD in the world is clear. The implicit value of leaders who seek to serve, and organizations focused on creating value for all constituents is the only path to a better future. Companies that do not create true value for their employees, stakeholders, clients and communities will eventually wither and die. The secret to individual and organization success hinges on our ability to do good. Doing good means creating value for others. 

David Hain's insight:

Passionate call to arms form Irene Becker, @justcoachit!

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Structured Life, Structured Work, Structured Leadership

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Structured Life, Structured Work, Structured Leadership discusses the structures that every leaders should focus on when growing their businesses.

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People and Change consultant, 25 years experience in Organisation Development. Executive coach. Very experienced facilitator and team developer.