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To Do Things Better, Stop Doing So Much

To Do Things Better, Stop Doing So Much | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, on the importance of being “absurdly selective” in how we use our time.Download this podcast
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Perceived Scarcity in a World of Outrageous Abundance

Perceived Scarcity in a World of Outrageous Abundance | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Our culture pushes us to perceive scarcity instead of appreciate abundance. Here are three disciplines to foster gratitude in the face of outrageous abundance.
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Interviewed: Aaron Hurst on the Purpose Economy

Interviewed: Aaron Hurst on the Purpose Economy | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Aaron Hurst, the founder of the San Francisco-based Taproot Foundation -- the flash point for the pro bono movement -- is a busy man. He’s relocated to New York, launched Imperative, “a social benefit corporation with a mission to connect people to purpose on a massive scale,” published The Purpose Economy, and travels constantly for speaking gigs. I caught up with him on a recent visit to Berkeley, at my business partner Whitney Vosburgh's flat, for a quiet place to talk. For a renowned thought leader, Aaron is a friendly and unassuming man, at home amongst the Buddhas and other cultural iconography surrounding us.

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"My purpose is to help communities reach their potential." ~ Aaron Hurst.  Wish I'd thought of that line...

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You Can’t Be a Great Manager If You’re Not a Good Coach

You Can’t Be a Great Manager If You’re Not a Good Coach | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

If you have room in your head for only one nugget of leadership wisdom, make it this one: the most powerfully motivating condition people experience at work is making progress at something that is personally meaningful.


Via Riaz Khan, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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In the end, coaching is a philosophy about people and potential.  Your intentions will be clear, even if your skills need brushing up!

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Acquiring Political Intelligence

Acquiring Political Intelligence | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Executives are smart people, but they can often be remarkably stupid. Too often they assume problems can be solved with superior analytical abilities. This means they spend their time trying to come up with the most rational solution. This might create the best technical solution. However, these technically perfect results often run into stiff opposition and eventually get dropped - so often in favour of an inferior solution. This can be disastrous. It can mean good ideas get shelved, talented managers become frustrated and unmotivated, and organisations get weighed down. Why does this happen? 

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Practical insights for practising managers who are seeking to strengthen their political intellingence ~ Cass, via @drrichardwaters

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6 powerful ways to connect with really Important People

6 powerful ways to connect with really Important People | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
You can build stronger business relationships by making better connections with customers, employees, and others. Your bottom line will thank you.

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6 simple, practical and high leverage ways to connect with others. #RelationshipCapital @RobPeters 

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The Most Powerful People in Your Network Who You're Not Tapping

Wharton business professor Adam Grant explains the best strategy for getting the most out of your network.


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This Ain't No Stinkin' Mid-life Crisis

This Ain't No Stinkin' Mid-life Crisis | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

The phrase typically conjures up new hairstyles, fast cars, tennis pros, a new job or younger spouse, possibly collateral damage, broken dreams and dead ends. Mid-life can be a crisis, it can also be an opportunity. The fiction is that forty is past your prime. The fact is it can be the beginning of your most productive era.

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 40 Women To Watch Over 40. - great initiative, inspiring stories!

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How Do You Build Trust In A Trust-Deficient World?

How Do You Build Trust In A Trust-Deficient World? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Trust is the operating system of every organization and every relationship. Think about that metaphor. If the operating system on your computer is flaky, nothing seems to work right. Even if you have the best software programs, an unreliable operating system will cause you constant grief. 

The issue of trust has become so front-and-center that bestselling books are being written about it and groups are being established to champion the cause. One such group is Trust Across America. In a nutshell, its mission is to help organizations build trust.

David Hain's insight:

Check out Trust Across America's new trust framework, available within this article.

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Richard Branson And Tony Hsieh On Business Lives, Leadership And Legacies - Forbes

Richard Branson And Tony Hsieh On Business Lives, Leadership And Legacies - Forbes | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it


Branson: “The biggest tests of my leadership came when I had to choose between selling our record company and saving our airline.


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Dan Forbes's curator insight, July 14, 3:35 AM

A good read...

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Three Ways Leaders Can Listen with More Empathy

Three Ways Leaders Can Listen with More Empathy | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Study after study has shown that listening is critical to leadership effectiveness. So, why are so few leaders good at it? Too often, leaders seek to take command, direct conversations, talk too much, or worry about what they will say next in defense or rebuttal.  Additionally, leaders can react quickly, get distracted during a conversation, or fail to make the time to listen to others.  Finally, leaders can be ineffective at listening if they are competitive, if they multitask such as reading emails or text messages, or if they let their egos get in the way of listening to what others have to say.


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Five brainstorming fails

Five brainstorming fails | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Brainstorming can be productive and inspiring if you avoid these mistakes. (Kennen wir => Five brainstorming fails http://t.co/EoVxsC7wID)

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In Praise of the Invisible Leader

In Praise of the Invisible Leader | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

 David Zweig, a lecturer and journalist who has written for the Atlantic, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, lovingly calls these people “Invisibles”—and in his fascinating new book, Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion (Portfolio Hardcover, 2014), he lays out a strong case for their importance in making the world go around.

Zweig recently spoke with strategy+business about the nature of the Invisibles, and why, despite their personal modesty, even shyness, they so often make such effective leaders.

David Hain's insight:

Author David Zweig discusses the true power of modesty in management.

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Les McKeown: The 20 Most Powerful Words in Leadership

Build leaders by teaching this concept: When I am in a group or team environment, I place the interests of the enterprise ahead of my own.
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Tweet from @karinsebelin

Tweet from @karinsebelin | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The Monty Python Way of #Brand Advocacy#branding #leadership https://t.co/x4SB5nBcTp - http://t.co/ZDbdgQhooD
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Remembering James MacGregor Burns and his leadership wisdom - Washington Post (blog)

Remembering James MacGregor Burns and his leadership wisdom - Washington Post (blog) | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
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Remembering James MacGregor Burns and his leadership wisdom
Washington Post (blog)
The leadership world lost a giant this week when James MacGregor Burns died at his home in Williamstown, Mass.

Via Joe Boutte
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RIP James McGregor Burns!   A life well led...

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Distinctive Strategy and Gratuities

Distinctive Strategy and Gratuities | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Distinctive strategy is a “must have” for any organization that wants to begin the high performance journey.What makes strategy distinctive? It is not a version of catch up to your closest
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"Distinctive strategy needs to be consistent throughout all stakeholders" ~ @CharleeHanna

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7 Principles for Successful Sales Leadership

7 Principles for Successful Sales Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

One of the perks of my job is the interaction I am privileged to have with so many really great sales leaders around the world. In a recent tour of some of our great customers, I was struck by some common principles that are applied by those sales leaders who are at the top of their game.

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How Rational People Have Irrational Thoughts

How Rational People Have Irrational Thoughts | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

It happens to the best of us, even when we know better—we have thoughts that are irrational even though we are rational people. See if any of these sound familiar to you: 

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Common signs of faulty thinking that you need top challenge in self and others, via @Lolly Daskal. Must read, we all have some of these!

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Looking For Work-Life Balance? These 15 Entrepreneurs Share Their Secrets

Looking For Work-Life Balance? These 15 Entrepreneurs Share Their Secrets | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Work-life balance is extremely important, and yet it’s become harder and harder to keep the professional from encroaching on the personal. The 2013 OECD Better Life Indexfound the United States scored close to the bottom of developed countries when it comes to work-life balance. We’re working harder, working longer, and having a more difficult time pulling the plug at the end of the day.

In fact, a study by Accenture found professional men and women ranked work-life balance as the number one factor determining whether they have a successful career. This ranks ahead of salary and recognition, showing the struggle for balance is nearly universal from head honchos to entry level workers.

Whether you’re the boss or an employee, ignoring work-life balance is likely to lead to burnout, not achievement. 

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Work-life balance challenges?  Tips from 15 entrepreneurs for juggling the demands of the personal and professional.

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The Alliance: A Manifesto for 21st Century Management

The Alliance: A Manifesto for 21st Century Management | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
I probably read more than one hundred human resources, leadership, and business books a year (the Kindle is an amazing tool) and I rarely have time to review them. Most are great books in many ways


In this article, however, I'd like to discuss an important new book which is well worth a read: "The Alliance" by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and Chris Yeh.

While the book is not really a "how to" manual, the notoriety of the author and the clarity of its concepts create a manifesto for management I think is badly needed.

David Hain's insight:

Great book from Reid Hoffman and colleagues, with a bonus in the article from Bersin by Deloitte.   Two for one!!

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Leaders, 5 Times When Logic Will Fail You | #Leadership

Leaders, 5 Times When Logic Will Fail You | #Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
by Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™


Logic is a tremendous asset. It brings order out of chaos. It diagnoses and solves problems. Yet like any asset, it can become a liability when misapplied or skewed.

David Hain's insight:

"Logic will get you from A-B. Imagination will take you everywhere." ~ Albert Einstein, via @KateNasser

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 15, 3:07 AM

Great post here by  [url=/u/522681 x-already-notified=1]Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™[/url].  


As a communication professional, I could not agree more with the following:


5. When you use it as a reason not to communicate. After a mishap have you ever said, "Didn't they know that already? It's just common sense. It's logical."


Not only does common sense not actually exist, logic has little value if not communicated.


Great leaders communicate with their teams. They don't label their assumptions as logic that everyone should know.

John Michel's curator insight, July 15, 4:59 AM

In the early stages of creativity, logic limits the panorama and possibilities. Logic is a filter. If you filter too soon, novel ideas will not make it onto the canvas. Great leaders don't fear the chaos of creativity. They filter later.

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Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs

Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs |New Media. Top blogs, new media for leadership, management, communication, social media, sales & marketing, life & work.


Via Wellenwide, Ivon Prefontaine
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Get great ideas with the people on this list.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 13, 5:41 PM

There are impressive names on the list including leadership, learning, social justice work, etc. It would be helpful for teachers, professors and their students.

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How I beat stage fright

How I beat stage fright | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Humanity's fine-tuned sense of fear served us well as a young species, giving us laser focus to avoid being eaten by competing beasts. But it's less wonderful when that same visceral, body-hijacking sense of fear kicks in in front of 20 folk-music fans at a Tuesday night open-mic. Palms sweat, hands shake, vision blurs, and the brain says RUN: it's stage fright. In this charming, tuneful little talk, Joe Kowan talks about how he conquered it.

Via Bobby Dillard
David Hain's insight:

Good advice on a challenge that most of us have to deal with at some point.

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Richard Lock's curator insight, July 14, 1:28 AM

There are two types of presenters; those who are nervous, and liars. Mark Twain.

We all get nervous when speaking or performing in public. How you manage those nerves is what matters. Here is an interesting insight into one mans approach.

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Are You Prepared To Lead?

Are You Prepared To Lead? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Be Prepared’

That is a phrase that is ingrained in us from a very early age: but is it the best way to be?

What if we instilled the mindset, ‘Be ready for an Opportunity?’

When Leadership knocks are you ready to answer? Maybe in the past you have knocked on Leadership’s door because you were ready to engage? On many occasions when we are ready, Leadership is not at home when we call.

When Leadership calls you, you have to be confident that Leadership is knocking on the correct door. But, how do you prepare?


David Hain's insight:

Join @mooreconsortium and @DanVForbes in the #LeadWithGiants Tweetchat on Monday, July 14th at 7:00pm EDT as we discuss Preparing To Lead. 

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