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Why I Don’t Want to be CEO | HR Examiner

Why I Don’t Want to be CEO | HR Examiner | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Not many get there. Those 500 CEOs are an elite group of people who have the magic combination of luck, training, pedigree, and connections.

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Technology is Rewiring Your Brain

Technology is Rewiring Your Brain | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Scientists say our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information from e-mail and other interruptions.

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Susan Taylor's curator insight, October 14, 2013 8:55 PM

A few years ago, Kord Campbell missed the email of his life -- for 12 days.  How did this happen?  Through an electronic flood of email, IM, chats and web browers, it simply slipped through the cracks.

 

Campbell managed to save his million dollar deal, "yet continues to struggle with the effects of the deluge of data. Even after he unplugs, he craves the stimulation he gets from his electronic gadgets. He forgets things like dinner plans, and he has trouble focusing on his family."

 

This is our brain in the Digital Age.

 

Generally, our ability to focus is being undermined by never-ending bits of information coming at us 24/7.  Information overload, multitasking, interruptions and constant distraction hampers work and family life.

 

"Nonstop interactivity is  one of the most significant shifts ever in the human environment."  The bottom line?  Technology is rewiring our brains, exposing us "to an environment that asks our brains to do things we weren’t necessarily evolved to do.  We know already there are consequences.”

 

We are at a moment of dramatic change. 

 

The greatest threat?  "Heavy technology use diminishes empathy by limiting how much people engage with one another -- even in the same room.  That empathy is essential to the human condition."

 

In an age that supposedly keeps us more connected, we are in fact becoming more fragmented. The human condition -- the unique features of being human -- is becoming more fragile.

AnnC's curator insight, October 17, 2013 9:27 PM

HOW DO WE CHOOSE TO EVOLVE?

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9 Essential Traits of Great Leaders

9 Essential Traits of Great Leaders | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

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3 Secrets to Sharing Secrets - Let's Grow Leaders

3 Secrets to Sharing Secrets - Let's Grow Leaders | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Don't keep secrets.  Keeping secrets creates short-term advantages and long-term costs.  You gain the edge, but lose the relationship. The world could use less secrets and more sharing.  I wish
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Nice call to action from Karin Hurt!

Ironically we often keep secrets because we want to protect people, failing to realise that they are adults too…

2 double whammy negatives – firstly they lose trust in us, and secondly they now have an additional worry because their mind goes to why we are holding back.

The Germans have a great expression “Put the fish on the table (because we can all smell it anyway)”. Not doing so in my experience always complicates matters further and almost never for the better.

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5 Reasons Why Vision Is Important In Leadership

5 Reasons Why Vision Is Important In Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." ~ Carl Jung Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper because he "lacked imagination and good ideas!

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Nice short piece in praise of developing a vision for ourselves - or maybe it's more about sustaining the vision when the winds threaten to blow out the light...

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The Art of Constructive Self-Criticism

The Art of Constructive Self-Criticism | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
How to learn from your mistakes without beating yourself up.
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What does it take to get out of the trap of self-judgment? Research from the field of social psychology offers some useful perspectives.

 
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The Number One Skill in Life is Not Giving Up

The Number One Skill in Life is Not Giving Up | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
I watched as my nephew tried to stand on his feet at nine months old. He fell down and returned to crawling before trying to stand again.
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Stuff happens, hopefully we learn, then it happens again!  See it as a positive spiral, as @LaRaeQuy reminds us here.

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Leadership Experience: Where Do Theory and Reality Meet?

Leadership Experience: Where Do Theory and Reality Meet? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
I continue to read and learn from various articles, blogs and books on the subject of leadership. There really is an unlimited supply of material for us to read! And reading new content provides th...
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5 models of behaviour for great leadership | HRreview North America

5 models of behaviour for great leadership | HRreview North America | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The blog '5 models of behaviour for great leadership' was featured in #HRreview magazine - Check it out: http://t.co/kQfjdmmdgC, via...
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The Major Attributes Of Leadership: Part VIII

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The best way to help people is to show that you can either do it or have done it in the past.
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Investing In Women's Employment

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This report outlines how investing in women’s employment has led to enhanced business performance and productivity for companies in diverse countries and sectors.
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Mentor or Martyr? Beware the Rescuer Trap

Mentor or Martyr? Beware the Rescuer Trap | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, October 9, 2013 12:05 PM

Well, true... I especially like the  "serial rescuer"...:-))) LOL...

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Leadership: What is The Essence of Building Trust

Leadership: What is The Essence of Building Trust | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Being able to build trust is regarded as a crucial element of successful leadership. Especially in today’s globalized business world with its high rate of change and its cross-cultural challenges. ...
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Nice distinction here between trust and trustworthiness, and the 3 key ingredients needed to build the latter.

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 14, 2013 10:26 AM

(From the article): I observe many leaders who regularly step into the pitfall of emphasizing the importance of building mutual trust, without paying sufficient attention to trustworthiness and how others perceive that.

Now, the question is of course ‘What is trustworthiness?’ How can we define it?

 

I like to use the three ingredients Onora O’Neill uses to define trustworthiness: Reliability, Competence, and Honesty.

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Why Productive People Work Well With Their Opposites

Why Productive People Work Well With Their Opposites | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
If you're a cobra find yourself a mongoose.
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Not easy, but well worth it - ask my wife!

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Melissa St Hill's curator insight, October 14, 2013 6:22 AM

Quite an interesting article - I like it... Might be food for thought - I need someone to keep me grounded as I have quite a fiery nature - a lot of "emotional passion" within the workplace when things aren't going quite right - and the opposite always gets me back on track - Nadia Edwards-Dashti at Harrington Starr being my opposite - works VERY well -so I am in full agreement.

 

Does it work for you? Who is your opposite within the workplace that works well with you and how much more productive do they/can they  make you?

 

Also food for thought for hiring managers to ensure there is a perfect synergy within the team. Opposite always attract…

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The Science of Stage Fright and How to Overcome It

The Science of Stage Fright and How to Overcome It | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Palms sweaty, heart racing, too panicked to even breathe? No, you aren't being stalked by some monster ): you're about to speak in public!

 

While some would claim public speaking is a fate "worse than death," public speaking might actually feel worsethan death: at least you won't feel stage fright in death! If public speaking is so nerve-racking, do genetics cause social anxiety?

 

Stage Fright

 

At some point in your life, you will have to communicate in front of people. Learning what stage fright really is could make you more comfortable doing so. Basically you, as a human, are wired to care about your reputation or what people think of you. So what happens if you get up there and forget a few lines or completely bomb a speech? This fear of being considered an idiot by your peers is a natural instinct called the flight or fight response, a primitive function in your brain that acts to self-protect at all times. The flight or fight response is a very difficult thing to control. Though it's present in all animals, most creatures don't have to get up in front of the entire animal kingdom to make any speeches!


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Happens to us all - some good ideas here.

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Cath Daley's curator insight, October 14, 2013 7:54 AM

There are alternatives to it being a fact of life. Using technqiues that change your physiological and emotional state can eradicate stage fright for ever. You kust need to learn how.

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Mindfulness - Fad or Revolution?

Mindfulness - Fad or Revolution? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

"What is mindfulness, anyway? One definition from the 2005 book Mindfulness and Psychotherapy describes mindfulness as "(1) awareness, (2) of present experience, (3) with acceptance."

 

"While mindfulness will not solve all of our problems, it is a powerful tool with great potential to help us all transform our relationship with our problems when it is not possible, or desirable, to eliminate them."


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My hope?  The latter...

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craig daniels's curator insight, October 12, 2013 11:32 AM

Seems pretty simple right? Become aware of the present moment and accept it for what it is, as opposed to what you want it to be. The formula is simple, the execution not quite so simple.


The post encourages therapists and mental health practitioners to use the practice of mindfulness to become more compassionate, patient and to better handle the ongoing stress that comes with the job. Pretty good advice, don't you think?


Elana Miller concludes by writing."While mindfulness will not solve all of our problems, it is a powerful tool with great potential to help us all transform our relationship with our problems when it is not possible, or desirable, to eliminate them."

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What Multitasking Does To Your Brain

What Multitasking Does To Your Brain | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Having 20 tabs open on your laptop while Snapchatting with your best friend eating a sandwich and listening to Taylor Swift is overwhelming. And makes...

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Six things leaders can learn from orchestra conductors - BRW (subscription)

Six things leaders can learn from orchestra conductors - BRW (subscription) | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Six things leaders can learn from orchestra conductors BRW (subscription) “Underneath all that, the orchestra expects a level of professionalism and a level of musicianship and a level of leadership ability and, if they feel leadership, they relax...
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Leadership Teaches Us the Steps - #bealeader

Leadership Teaches Us the Steps - #bealeader | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Leadership is about learning how to dance. Being a leader is not about making us all be the same. Leaders are not about measuring...
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Let's all learn to dance!

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How to Bring Clarity Through Tuning-Fork Leadership

How to Bring Clarity Through Tuning-Fork Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Take a minute and ask yourself these questions:

Is everyone in the organization clear on our overall direction?Is everyone clear on our highest present priorities?Does everyone see how their contribution fits into the big picture?

 

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Leading a significant life

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Deep within each one of us there is an inner desire to live a life of significance and contribution. Each one of us, is longing for a better future. We ...
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Good work from Tal Shnall.

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Leadership With Simon Sinek: Serving Those Who Serve Others

Jonathan Fields of Good Life Project spent close to an hour in deep conversation with Sinek discussing the impact of leadership, and how we should all be pushing ourselves by asking more questions and demanding that these questions be answered in a much simpler way.


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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 12, 2013 10:10 AM

Kenneth, thanks for sharing! 

 

An insight-packed chat with Simon Sinek!  Worth your time!

Richard Dillard, PMP, SSBB, ABD 7.1's curator insight, October 12, 2013 1:23 PM

"The worst leaders are the ones that think they have to know as much or more than the poeple who work with them." - Simon Sinek

 

Simon may be on to something basic here, in spite of his misplaced reference to evolution, his misunderstanding of the human mind when it comes to self-preservation (the first law of nature), his miscomparison of human beings to animals and the obvious implications of overlooking the moral law giver when it comes to right and wrong (the first law of human nature).  In other words, while there is nothing in evolution that explains the imperative to tell the truth as apposed to telling a lie or accounts for developing an "attitude of giving" or a wllingness to sacrifice for others, we can and should take seriously this idea of accepting that we, as leaders, don't (and can't, by definition, if you accept that teams outperform individuals even when that individual is the team lead) know more than those who work with us and every time we act as if we do, it signals the beginning of a demise and our failure as leaders. 

 

We should also altogether support Simon's rejection of the leadership of Jack Welch (GE) and his veneration of the leadership of Jim Sinegal (COSTCO). 

 

In fact, many of the ideas presented by Simon in this interview are consistent with the things I wrote about in my latest book, but we'd likely differ on the cause (whether the first or most proximate) of a Leadership - Culture - Performance connection in producing the effects being endorsed.  The obvious question now is, does it really matter where we ascribe the cause of right and effective leadership?  I believe it does matter and provide the rationale on pages 96 and 97 of Real Leadership! Are You Ready?

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Three Important Leadership Tips to Manage Your Inner Critics |

Three Important Leadership Tips to Manage Your Inner Critics | | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

“Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been created to a critic.” – Jean Sibelius, Finnish Composer

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Inner critics are not your master. Within you is a calling to lead from within and make the difference you desire. Listen to it and know that “Anything is Possible.”

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Leaders: Begin With the End in Mind

Leaders: Begin With the End in Mind | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

In Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits,” Step #2 says to "begin with the end in mind." I was thinking about this the other day and it occurred to me that many things often do not end well. 

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We Succeed When We Give Recognition

We Succeed When We Give Recognition | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

  Too many people at work don’t feel appreciated for their contributions.

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Become a grand observer of life and the people you associate with each day, and you will begin to see things all around you that merit appreciation and recognition. Get ready to be blown away!

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