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10 Mind-Blowing Experiments That Will Change The Way You Understand Yourself

10 Mind-Blowing Experiments That Will Change The Way You Understand Yourself | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Why do we do the things we do? Despite our best attempts to "know thyself," the truth is that we often know astonishingly little about our own minds, and even less about the way others think.

Via Create Wise Leader, Jose Luis Anzizar, Bobby Dillard
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John Michel's curator insight, October 19, 2013 6:23 PM

Psychologists have long sought insights into how we perceive the world and what motivates our behavior, and they've made enormous strides in lifting that veil of mystery. Aside from providing fodder for stimulating cocktail-party conversations, some of the most famous psychological experiments of the past century reveal universal and often surprising truths about human nature. Here are 10 classic psychological studies that may change the way you understand yourself.


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Leadership...What's Charisma Got To Do With It?

Leadership...What's Charisma Got To Do With It? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

This post, from June, 2012 takes a stab at making a distinction between a transformational leader and a charismatic one.  At first blush, it can be hard to tell the difference.  But there are differences...

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Snapping out of your leadership struggle | SmartBlogs

Snapping out of your leadership struggle | SmartBlogs | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Leadership can be emotionally difficult at times, and that’s natural for any human being who takes their work to heart.
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The Problem with Principles

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In an uncertain, complex world, our only guiding principle should be that principles must be tested against reality.

Via Create Wise Leader
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In the light of recent political battles, which priciples are worth standing on?

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Why Anxiety-Driven Leadership Doesn't Work - BusinessNewsDaily

Why Anxiety-Driven Leadership Doesn't Work - BusinessNewsDaily | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
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Why Anxiety-Driven Leadership Doesn't Work
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The challenges facing today's leaders have changed — but the model of leadership in the United States has not kept pace.

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Sometimes we coerce ourselves into action when we need to be doing the opposite...

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John Michel's curator insight, October 18, 2013 6:55 PM

If there's one quality involved in leadership that's most important, it's self-awareness. We're so action-oriented, we forget that actions are driven by perception. We can have an open mindset or a closed mindset. We can be driven by negative or positive emotions. If we could increase the amount of awareness in our leaders by 1 percent, the return on investment would be astronomical.

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10 Ways To Optimize Your Brain Power

10 Ways To Optimize Your Brain Power | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Just like your muscles will grow weak without exercise, your brain will lose power without stimulation. If you’d like to optimize your brain power for more productive days, here’s 10 ways to do it.1.


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John Michel's curator insight, October 20, 2013 8:36 PM

If you’d like to optimize your brain power for more productive days, here’s 10 ways to do it.

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How to Live in the Present Moment? from @AngGoodeve

http://www.lifecoachingwithang.com SELF EVOLUTION CHANNEL: Angela Goodeve the host of the Path to Joy and Prosperity-TV talks about the importance of being in the present moment.


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Nice channel for those who get their ideas form YouTube.

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Ten Keys to Happier Living - Guidebook

Action for Happiness introduces ten factors that are really important for our well-being and what we can do about them

Via Ariana Amorim
David Hain's insight:

Nicely covered and some realy practical tips that most of us can implement

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Greg Clowminzer's curator insight, October 18, 2013 12:49 PM

If you want more happiness in your life check out the ten keys to happier living. Remember you must take action for happiness.

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Leadership is as Leadership Does—Leadership Lessons Learned from the Recent US-Government Shutdown

Leadership is as Leadership Does—Leadership Lessons Learned from the Recent US-Government Shutdown | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
We shouldn’t assume people are effective leaders just because of their title.

Via Bill Palladino - MLUI
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So many lessons here...

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, October 18, 2013 9:15 AM

Leadership is not a title.  I can appreciate this approach to understanding true leadership in the shadow of our recent government shutdown.

John Michel's curator insight, October 18, 2013 12:13 PM

The most fundamental leadership lesson learned from the shutdown is the ancient reminder that the more we, as individuals, become dependent on leadership, the more it weakens our own personal independence. The United States of America was founded on the core value of personal independence—leadership of self. When leaders of organizations and communities take a top-down approach to solving problems and finding solutions, they undermine the power of the individual to come up with creative and innovative solutions to the challenges at hand.

k12Surfer's curator insight, October 23, 2013 11:08 AM

Another great insight and lesson for all

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How to Avoid Ineffectual Change

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Creating and managing change is at the forefront of what it means to be a leader.  Yet we seem to know so little about it in practice.  Here are my favorite three examples of dangerous myths about change that need to be retired immediately.

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Capacity, communication, heart - 3 great messages on change!

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The Lessons Of Shame

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He sat across from me, clearly nervous and looking ashamed.
David Hain's insight:

Deep and insightful short post from Lolly Daskal.  Recommended!

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Les Howard's curator insight, October 18, 2013 7:24 AM

Hard to see any beneficial aspect to shame. Great post.

donhornsby's curator insight, October 18, 2013 8:25 AM

(From the article): Shame exists within all of us. Do not be ashamed of asking for help; find a safe person to share one of your shameful parts of yourself and lead yourself away from self-defeating attitudes.

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Making Hard Choices

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When you are in a leadership position there will come a time when you have to make a hard decision.  It maybe that you have to fire someone or you must cancel a project or deny someone a promotion....
David Hain's insight:

People respect leaders who are willing to make hard decisions, even when they don't like the decisions.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 18, 2013 8:15 AM

Leadership requires making the tough calls ... this is a duty typically reserved for leaders at every level of the organization.  If the leader isn't willilng to make the tough calls, then who will?  The answer is no one--and the results will be predictable ... the downturn of the organization.  It would be only a matter of time.

John Michel's curator insight, October 18, 2013 12:09 PM

If you embrace your role as a leader and all that it entails you will welcome the chance to make those hard calls.  It doesn’t mean you enjoy firing or denying a promotion to someone.  It means that you are willing to do what is needed to keep your team going forward and growing.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 18, 2013 12:56 PM

Hard choices have to be made. What is the basis they are being made upon is a critical question. We overlook the way decisions are made.

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The Science Of Storytelling: How Narrative Cuts Through Distraction Like Nothing Else

The Science Of Storytelling: How Narrative Cuts Through Distraction Like Nothing Else | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Author Jonathan Gottschall discusses the science of storytelling--not just escapism stories have real power to hold human attention and shape our thinking.

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From the article:

 

"Coke excels because they’ve been clobbering the opposition in the story wars for more than a century"

 

Food for thought for leaders and oragnaisations...

 

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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 18, 2013 8:13 AM

This quote captures the key leaderhip insight:

 

"While the brain watches a story, you’ll find something interesting--the brain doesn’t look like a spectator, it looks more like a participant in the action."

 

Everyone has a story ... and leaders who understand their own story and the stories of their people are able to weave a new story shared by everyone in the organization.  And the importance of this new story is to reinforce shared values and beliefs, but more importantly to help your people *feel* their part and contribution toward the organization's "why" ... towards the "tomorrow" they are trying to create.

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Nice Managers Embrace Conflict, Too

Nice Managers Embrace Conflict, Too | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
It's OK to channel Don Corleone every once in a while.

Via Roger Francis
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But for most people it involves more than putting cotton wool buds in their mouths.  Focus on being respected not liked, say what you think, and both respect and affection will rise.

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 17, 2013 7:55 AM

(From the article): In the short-term, it’s almost always easier to avoid conflict and come across as being a “nice” manager. But more often than not, being a little less nice might be the best thing for your people, your organization, and you.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 17, 2013 12:57 PM

"Recognize employees who question the status quo. When employees take the risk of creating a productive disruption, give them positive reinforcement. If someone pushes back or raises an uncomfortable question in a meeting, back them up rather than shut them down. If possible, use it as a teachable moment to encourage others to do the same.

Set ground rules for conflict. Since everyone struggles with conflict to some degree, develop a few standards for how your team can manage it constructively. For example in one company’s review sessions, participants need to begin with at least two positive comments before anyone is allowed to throw in a criticism. Although it feels a little awkward at times, this practice forces everyone to take a more balanced view of other people’s work, which reduces the tension and allows for more productive discussions. In another firm, every meeting ends with five minutes of what’s called a “plus/delta” critique of the meeting – with quick comments about what was good about it and what should be changed the next time. Again, this more structured practice makes it easy and acceptable to openly and constructively criticize."

 

Not everything can be structured, but the creation of a healthy environment where questions are welcome is essential.

Don Cloud's curator insight, October 17, 2013 9:42 PM

Leadership is about making the right decisions for the right reasons ... and at times, conflict is the right answer.

 

For example, if someone is failing to meet expectations or standards, is the right answer to simply be nice and let it slide (avoiding confrontation) or to be honest and confront the individual to give them the opportunity to improve?

 

If someone violates trust, the values of the organization, or the ethical standards of the profession, have they not initiated the conflict?  In these cases, it is the leaders duty to confront the problem openly and transparently in order to enforce accountability.

 

To quote General Curtis LeMay, "I don't mind being called tough, because in this racket it's tough guys who lead the survivors."

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For Bosses on Boss's Day: Have You Done Enough?

For Bosses on Boss's Day: Have You Done Enough? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Bosses: Are you the good, the bad, or the ugly? Are you inspiring or hindering the people on your team and your organization?
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Great question from Chery Gegelman @GianaConsulting: - Have you done enough to make sure your people know where you are going and to grow them so they can go with you if they want to?  

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2013 Executive Coaching Survey | Stanford Graduate School of Business

2013 Executive Coaching Survey | Stanford Graduate School of Business | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

“It’s lonely at the top” appears to be truer than ever, according to a new study conducted by the Center for Leadership Development and Research at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance, and The Miles Group. Nearly two-thirds of CEOs do not receive coaching or leadership advice from outside consultants or coaches, and almost half of senior executives are not receiving any either, the survey reveals.

David Hain's insight:

We all need someone to talk to, and it can be lonlier at the top than anywhere...

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David Hain's curator insight, October 17, 2013 4:02 AM

From the survey summary:


'Top areas that CEOs use coaching to improve: sharing leadership/delegation, conflict management, team building, and mentoring. Bottom of the list: motivational skills, compassion/empathy, and persuasion skills. 


“A lot of people steer away from coaching some of the less tangible skills because they are uncomfortable with touching on these areas or really don’t have the capability to do it,” says Mr. Miles. “These skills are more nuanced and actually more difficult to coach because many people are more sensitive about these areas. However, when combined with the ‘harder’ skills, improving a CEO’s ability to motivate and inspire can really make a difference."

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Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure

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@driverminnie recommend #Harvard case study on leadership based on http://t.co/G3dtZgUkKb
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Based on a tweet, I looked it up -well worth it.

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10 Habits of Remarkably Charismatic People

10 Habits of Remarkably Charismatic People | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Charisma isn't something you have. It's something you earn. Here's how.
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Key message:-

You don't have to be incredibly successful to be remarkably charismatic. Scratch the shiny surface, and many successful people have all the charisma of a rock.

But you do have to be incredibly genuine to be remarkably charismatic.

 

Follow these genuinely meaningful tips and you can't go wrong!

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How Do You Know What's Good Enough?

How Do You Know What's Good Enough? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Can striving for perfection be freely chosen—not just compulsive behavior?
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"People who choose, selectively, to pursue excellence—to achieve something truly outstanding— typically arrive at a far happier destination."

 

Emphasis here is on making good choices and not being a slave to your psyche.

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Managing people you can’t see– top tips to help managers focus | AWA

Managing people you can’t see– top tips to help managers focus | AWA | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Managing people at a distance has a ‘reputation’ for being tricky, and for being more likely to fail than when managing face-to-face. Yet, we know that managing at a distance is a common, often productive experience in many organisations.

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Also pertinent for the team in front of you in your office...

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The 5 Steps To Master Happiness Through Time

The 5 Steps To Master Happiness Through Time | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

We don't know exactly when, but if there’s one universal truth, it’s that we will all at some stage run out of time. I believe that most of us need to stop and master happiness through time, so we can be fulfilled, productive and truly happy in the time we have left.

David Hain's insight:

Thoughtful and pertinent article with an excellent framework for action that goes well beyond conventional time management.

 

"In an age of growing material abundance, are we in the West thinking about time all wrong?"

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Simplify Your Life - 5 Ways

Simplify Your Life - 5 Ways | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The term simple living tends to conjure up thoughts of simple pleasures and a break from the rush of life. But getting from full capacity to a more simple life is more pragmatic than just slowing down.

Via craig daniels, Bobby Dillard, Carolyn Williams
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Aaaahhh...!

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craig daniels's curator insight, October 15, 2013 5:08 PM

What if someone offered you 5 proven ways to simplify your life, would you stop what your doing and listen to what she has to say? Or would you walk away?


I'm betting you'd take a moment to listen and want to find out how you might simplify your hectic life.


Here are the 5 ways to start you on the path of less tense thoughts and muscles.


1. Declutter and organize your life
2. Unplug from your electronics
3. Control you finances
4. Don't take things personally
5. Share your talents


Yep, that's the list and if you want to know more just click the picture or the title and Cristin Frank will expand on the list with some good common sense.

John Michel's curator insight, October 15, 2013 10:26 PM

Looking to simplify? Here is great read on how to get started. 

AnnC's curator insight, October 17, 2013 9:20 PM

seeking balance?

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A Crisis Of Leadership - What's Next?

A Crisis Of Leadership - What's Next? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

While today’s column could focus solely on the government shutdown or various components thereof, a lack of leadership isn’t just a problem in the United States; it’s a global problem.


Via Create Wise Leader, Kenneth Mikkelsen, Madjid Messaad
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It is a global problem, so it's all or problem.  And if we don't play a part in fixing it, we will pay the price!

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Doris Palomino's curator insight, October 15, 2013 4:42 PM

"Whether we’re talking about executives, politicians, educators, healthcare professionals, or any other class of citizenry, we must stop tolerating those who place self-interest over service beyond self".

k12Surfer's curator insight, October 15, 2013 7:25 PM

Worth reading....

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, October 18, 2013 7:58 AM

Excellent scoop!  Relevant and significant. 

 

From the article:

 

I would submit we find ourselves at a very similar crossroads today. We are still in need of hope and change – we are still in a crisis of leadership.


~Some of the actors may have changed seats, but the cast remains the same.


This is not a democrat versus republican issue or a liberal versus conservative issue. The issue is one that extends beyond parties, philosophies and geographic boarders.


~The issue is simply this; we have forgotten what leadership looks like.

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5 Signs You're Expecting More From Employees Than They Can Give

5 Signs You're Expecting More From Employees Than They Can Give | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Entitled leaders often make the worst managers and bosses. Here are five entitlement traps to avoid when running your own business.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 15, 2013 10:24 PM

In life, you see what you're focused on, find what you're looking for and get back what you give out. Entitlement on the leader's part fuels entitlement on the part of employees. Put out the kind of effort and attitude you expect from others and you'll be far more rewarded at the end of the day.



donhornsby's curator insight, October 16, 2013 10:17 AM

(From the article): In life, you see what you're focused on, find what you're looking for and get back what you give out. Entitlement on the leader's part fuels entitlement on the part of employees. Put out the kind of effort and attitude you expect from others and you'll be far more rewarded at the end of the day.


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Why You Must Lead Differently As Your Team Grows

Why You Must Lead Differently As Your Team Grows | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Leading teams of less than 10 people is different than leading teams of 10-30, and then leading teams of more than 30 presents additional challenges and opportunities.

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Anita's curator insight, October 16, 2013 10:57 AM

Are you prepared to lead larger and larger teams?

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