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7 Big Ideas for Your Business Toolbox

7 Big Ideas for Your Business Toolbox | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Your small business toolbox needs to be well equipped, if your business is to remain competitive, and survive and prosper further into the 21st century.

 

The tools you may have relied on in the past may still work for you, but in addition to these tools there now exist many key tools that if you have not already embrace them, you should now seriously consider doing so.

 

This good short article, lists seven components of a good small business toolbox that effectively deployed, will help you improve your business outcomes.


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10 Lies You Were Tricked Into Believing

10 Lies You Were Tricked Into Believing | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Today, it’s time to learn something new, by unlearning ten lies you thought were true.
Alone means lonely.

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Introverts Make Great Leaders, Too

Introverts Make Great Leaders, Too | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The ability to lead depends on vision, not beer drinking, schmoozing or other social skills. (@nytimes I really enjoyed this article!
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Anger Management In The Workplace

Anger Management In The Workplace | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
How do you handle anger and misunderstandings in your work place or organisation? We will share you how to control your anger in specific scenarios. (How to control #Anger in the workplace?
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Larry 's curator insight, April 11, 2013 11:23 AM

My thoughts about this article would have to be that it was very helpful, because it talked about some great things about how to control your anger, for example when your feeling angry just get a oen and papper and just express your feeling on that paper and also when your angry just try and control it without getting emotional. And if you can just try and avoid all trobles where you might think frustration will occur from. LBB

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Critical Thinking

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I am interested in this post and post on critical thinking. Is critical thinking a skill?  Can one teach critical thinking? Stephen has delivered the course on Critical Literacies MOOC in the past....

 

Robert H. Ennis, Author of The Cornell Critical Thinking Tests
“Critical thinking is reasonable, reflective thinking that is focused on deciding what to believe and do.”

 

Assuming that critical thinking is reasonable reflective thinking focused on deciding what to believe or do, a critical thinker:

 

1. Is open-minded and mindful of alternatives
2. Tries to be well-informed
3. Judges well the credibility of sources
4. Identifies conclusions, reasons, and assumptions
5. Judges well the quality of an argument, including the acceptability of its reasons, assumptions, and evidence
6. Can well develop and defend a reasonable position
7. Asks appropriate clarifying questions
8. Formulates plausible hypotheses; plans experiments well
9. Defines terms in a way appropriate for the context
10. Draws conclusions when warranted, but with caution
11. Integrates all items in this list when deciding what to believe or do

 

What are the principles of critical thinking?

 

- Knowledge is acquired only through thinking, reasoning, and questioning. Knowledge is based on facts.


- It is only from learning how to think that you learn what to think.


- Critical thinking is an organized and systematic process used to judge the effectiveness of an argument.


- Critical thinking is a search for meaning.


- Critical thinking is a skill that can be learned.


- Do the above principles hold true and won’t change from one domain to the next?

 

Read more, very interesting:

http://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/critical-thinking-2/

 


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Diane Darling's curator insight, July 1, 2015 8:42 AM

Definitely a skill to master!

Chris Carter's curator insight, July 1, 2015 9:53 PM

Both nature and nurture is my experience, in that nature provides the potential but the skill remains under-developed without nurturing. 

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, July 4, 2015 11:54 PM

An interesting post on critical thinking.  The post debates whether critical thinking is a skill or whether it can be taught.....also contains a couple of videos.

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Go Hard on the Issue, Soft on the Person – 5 Leadership Ideas | Thin Difference

Go Hard on the Issue, Soft on the Person – 5 Leadership Ideas | Thin Difference | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

This statement is a challenge: “I try to go hard on the issue and soft on the person.” Leadership, character, and integrity are skills required to keep focus.

 

5 leadership ideas:

 

Idea 1: Balance the emphasis on the issue with showing empathy to the person.

Idea 2: Focus on the right words – speaking and hearing.

Idea 3: Be fully present.

Idea 4: Keep repeating – solve the issue, solve the issue, solve the issue.

Idea 5: Let go.  


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Turn your Assumptions Upside Down

Turn your Assumptions Upside Down | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Reverse the assumptions you make to provoke unconventional thinking patterns.


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The Meaning Of Mindfulness

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Mindfulness is one of those fashionable terms that you see getting used just about everywhere, but what exactly does it mean? In his book, The Mindful Brain, Daniel J. Siegel, Director of the Mindsight Institute, Co-Director of ...
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5 Powerful Things Happen When A Leader Is Transparent - Forbes

5 Powerful Things Happen When A Leader Is Transparent - Forbes | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Trust and transparency have become popular workplace demands as employees seek to be aware of what is real and true.
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What a Caveman Can Teach You About Strategy - Forbes

What a Caveman Can Teach You About Strategy - Forbes | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Sometimes, to understand competiton, you have first to understand yourself.
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A Lesson in Empathy … from Dogs

A Lesson in Empathy … from Dogs | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.

A recent study at Goldsmiths College in the UK has scientific evidence that dogs possess a distinctive altruistic sensitivity to human emotion. In short, the evidence revealed that, in an experiment conducted by the college, dogs approached those people who appeared to be distressed more often than the others and acted submissively with these individuals.


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What Most Leaders Need Most - knowing who they are!

What Most Leaders Need Most - knowing who they are! | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Don’t get so busy getting things done that you end up done yourself. Experience shows many leaders between 45 and 55 years old are so connected with business that they become disconnected with themselves


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Killing Time: How to Destroy Your Productivity [Infographic]

Killing Time: How to Destroy Your Productivity [Infographic] | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
From constantly being interrupted to switching tasks at random, here are steps to ensure that you are decreasing productivity and overall sales effectiveness.
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Ok I'll stop cleaning my desk before working...
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How To Disrupt Petty Inconveniences

How To Disrupt Petty Inconveniences | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Depending on who you ask, Jack Dorsey started off the latest Disrupt on either a very controversial or a very non-controversial note.

 

Read more, very interesting...:

http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/14/how-to-disrupt-petty-inconveniences/

 


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What Makes Presidents and Psychopaths Similar?

What Makes Presidents and Psychopaths Similar? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
On October 14, 1912, just before giving a scheduled speech in Milwaukee, Theodore Roosevelt was shot in the chest by would-be assassin John Schrank.  Roosevelt not only survived the attempt on his life, but went on to deliver his speech as scheduled.
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Are You A Bully And Don't Even Know It? - Forbes

Are You A Bully And Don't Even Know It? - Forbes | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
One of the markers of truly successful people is being able to do self-analysis, but it’s really a challenge. We all like to avoid dealing with our own short-comings.

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This is a great article Amy, thanks for all the great curation you are doing!
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The Five Top Leadership Blind Spots

The Five Top Leadership Blind Spots | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

An interesting pattern begins to emerge when you look at which issues leaders seem to struggle with clearly identifying as areas of weakness or risk within their organization.

 

Consider them Blind Spots – those unseen things that create danger that we don’t react to until too late. Excelling at never being blind to these issues will clearly make the difference between being average and being great in your career.


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20 Commitments that Enhance Leadership

20 Commitments that Enhance Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Leaders without commitments frantically bounce like balls in pinball machines with no clear direction. Commitments are stabilizing stakes in the ground that guide behaviors and inform decisions. Co...

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Leadership Challenges: Embrace paradoxes to move forward | If you lead them, they will follow!

Leadership Challenges: Embrace paradoxes to move forward | If you lead them, they will follow! | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

"This provocative post highlights current business paradoxes challenging leaders:  change or remain stable, complexity versus simplicity, growth and sustainability and more." After seeing evidence of our increasingly VUCA world, one that is growing...


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Once upon a time: The importance of storytelling in leadership

Once upon a time: The importance of storytelling in leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Stories work for leaders as a successful communication technique for several reasons. Storytelling translates dry and abstract numbers into compelling pictures of a leader’s goals. Stories convey emotion effectively, and emotion united with a strong idea is persuasive. We remember what we feel and our emotions inspire us to take action. Charts can leave listeners bemused; documents remain unread and dialogue is just too laborious and slow. Although good business cases are developed through the use of numbers, when faced with the task of persuading others to get enthusiastic about a major change, storytelling is the only thing that works. Stories are memorable: research claims that we are up to 22 times more likely to remember a story than a set of disconnected facts.


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The Role of Values in Leadership: How Leaders’ Values Shape Value Creation

The Role of Values in Leadership: How Leaders’ Values Shape Value Creation | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

The Pharaohs leading the cadres managing the work teams that built the pyramids understood leadership.

 

The Imperial Emperors knew how to lead the Chinese civil service that held China together for thousands of years.

 

The Moguls of India and their administrators understood how to lead.

 

The Holy Roman Empire needed no leadership books or journal articles.

 

Leadership as practised by the Egyptian Pharaohs and Chinese emperors still lives with us in our language today: “stepping out of line” and “getting the chop” referring to the soldier of the emperor and Pharaohs with a sabre on horseback that would chop off the head of anyone who literally stepped out of the single file line of workers.

 

 

We’ve Been Practicing Leadership for Over 6,000 Years; What Else Do We Need to Know?


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The Practice of Empathy

The Practice of Empathy | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

A client of mine is totally fed up with his boss. He has recently undergone quite a difficult, uncomfortable operation – the second in a series. Since then, there have been several interactions with his boss. Not once has he been asked how he is; worse, the task heat is full-on with a series of late night conference calls, led by the boss who always requires my client’s attendance. Amazed by the complete lack of empathy shown by his boss, my client is fast losing trust in him.

 

Empathy is right at the core of trusted relationships. If someone is genuinely on our side, interested in what we are thinking and feeling, and intent on helping us out – then we feel safer with them, readier to talk about what is uncomfortable and challenging for us, and more prepared to give them our trust.


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Conversations as the process of leadership — OneThirdMore

Conversations as the process of leadership — OneThirdMore | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

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5 Ways to Go From a Manager to a Leader

5 Ways to Go From a Manager to a Leader | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Taking an upward step on a career pathway is the ultimate goal within any job.

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