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Professional Intimacy: The Secret of Sustainable Leaders | Brain based leadership training, consulting, executive coaching & presentations for Sustainable Leaders

Professional Intimacy: The Secret of Sustainable Leaders | Brain based leadership training, consulting, executive coaching & presentations for Sustainable Leaders | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

The truth is this:  We learn and grow in relationship, not in isolation. Following the old rule and disregarding the complex and dynamic relationship systems we create through all of our relationships, however brief, is ridiculous.

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Great point, and story, by Christina Haxton. How important is professional intimacy to you?  To me, it is essential

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10 Traits of Emotionally Resilient People

10 Traits of Emotionally Resilient People | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Part 1 of 2 in this blog series, “Cultivating Resilience for Total Well-Being"
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"Those who master resilience tend to be skilled in preparing for emotional emergencies and adept at accepting what comes at them with flexibility rather than rigidity--times are tough but I know they will get better. The old metaphor applies: resilient people are like bamboo in a hurricane--they bend rather than break. Or, even if they feel like they’re broken for a time, there’s still a part of them deep inside that knows they won’t be broken forever. Here's how they do it..."


Good insights here.

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Escape: How To Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Escape: How To Get Out of Your Comfort Zone | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Watching Steve McQueen jump over a high wood fence on a motorcycle in the 1963 classic film The Great Escape is one of my favorite movie scenes. We all watch in anticipation, asking ourselves this ...
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I've spent years trying to extend my comfort zone, this article puts into words why I keep trying...

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PowerPoint & Keynote Solutions from Chillibreeze's comment, June 21, 2013 2:47 AM
There's a saying which goes like "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone".
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Leading Change: Why Do Many Leaders Struggle to Create a Vision

Leading Change: Why Do Many Leaders Struggle to Create a Vision | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
In today’s business reality the level of complexity and the increased rate of change cause challenges for many leaders. Motivating people to change direction, building new strategies, transforming ...

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The vision thing is hot today!!

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Stevemcfarland's curator insight, June 20, 2013 10:29 AM

Yersterday at a conference I heard the following defintion of leadership:  "The ability to communicate a compelling state of affairs in a way that produces followers."  i.e.  Cast a vision that people are excited about, believe in, want to get on board with, help make happen, etc. 

 

The other definition I was challenged by was the definition of a "stronghold.":  "A mindset, value system or thought process that hinders your growth."

 

This is an interesting article about leadership and what the author contends get in the way of a leaders setting vision.

 

 

Our goal in our Vistage groups should be, is supposed to be an environment where our answers get questioned.  Where we remove stumbling blocks, blinders, and strongholds.  We can't cast a compelling vision until we can see it ourselves.  Think about it.

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Are Women Really More Compassionate?

Are Women Really More Compassionate? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Some people argue that women are kinder but what does the data really show?

 

Yesterday, journalists at Huffington Post Live asked me to comment on whether women are more compassionate than men. Scientists in general tend to cringe at any strong black-and-white statements of this kind since we know there is no data to support such strong claims. If you ask a neuroscientist to distinguish a male from a female brain, for example, s/he would have a difficult time doing so.

 

Although differences have been detected (for example, women appear to make greater use of both hemispheres of the brain and therefore have a slightly thicker corpus callosum - the part of the brain that bridges the two hemispheres), the differences are subtle and there is no single area of the brain that we can say clearly distinguishes a male brain from a female brain.

 

by Emma M. Seppala, 


Via Edwin Rutsch
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Great discursive article including research - and a great conclusion - quote:

 

"Generalizations are generally never accurate. We often all engage in both nurturing and fierce expressions of compassion. Think of a mother who yells and roughly pulls her child away from oncoming traffic (fierce compassion) or military service-members who hold each other in grief after the loss of a friend. Love, compassion, kindness are natural to all of us in their varied forms of expression.

 

Rather than asking whether men or women are kinder or compassionate, the question should rather be: What are the myriad beautiful forms in which compassion expresses itself?"

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3 Reasons Vision is Important and How to Create One | Dave Bratcher - Leadership: ENGAGED

3 Reasons Vision is Important and How to Create One | Dave Bratcher - Leadership: ENGAGED | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Via John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA
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More on vision - good stuff!

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John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, June 20, 2013 11:47 AM

This is my number one leadership fundamental ... and my #LeadWithGiants colleague Dave Bratcher explains three reasons why! What's your take on vision ... and how it is utilised and refreshed in your organisation?

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Culture and the Chief Executive

Culture and the Chief Executive | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
CEOs are stepping up to a new role, as leaders of their company’s thinking and behavior.
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Recognizing the importance of culture in business is not the same thing as being an effective cultural chief executive.


Great article from one of the authors of another great read, "The Wisdom of Teams"

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Note to Managers: Positivity Matters

Note to Managers: Positivity Matters | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Those who lead or manage others have the unique potential to serve as an energizing force within organizations today. With their position and collected experience, they have the ability to influence
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Great article about how to be a HERO (read it to find out how...)!

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Nine Essential Qualities of Mindfulness

Nine Essential Qualities of Mindfulness | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Learn how to say "yes" to the present moment.
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Stressed, time poor - read this!


'Most people these days are stressed out by the fast pace of life, economy, and worries about the future. In a recent survey, conducted in the UK, a whopping 86 percent agreed that "people would be much happier and healthier if they knew how to slow down and live in the moment" (Mental Health Foundation, 2010).  It is no wonder that mindfulness has rapidly gained attention in the popular press and is one of the few complementary medicine techniques to be offered in  hospitals and clinics worldwide. But what exactly is mindfulness?'


Excellent short introduction to mindfulness by Dr Melanie Greenberg.

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4 Essential Skills for Millennial Leaders

4 Essential Skills for Millennial Leaders | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Let’s first be clear that leaders don’t have to be mana…

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John Michel's curator insight, June 19, 2013 11:55 PM

Millennial managers have to help lead the way to transform our work environments to places where employees derive joy from their work. Millennial managers need to help lead the way to create optimism in our workplaces.

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How Helping Others Develop Great Leadership Skills Can Help Your Business - TanveerNaseer.com

How Helping Others Develop Great Leadership Skills Can Help Your Business - TanveerNaseer.com | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Find out what 3 leadership skills small business owners should develop to help their employees and their business succeed and grow.

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Integrity, dedication and humbleness ~ three leadership fundamentals for all of those interested in developing great leaders in their businesses, organisations and communities! From my #LeadWithGiants colleague Tanveer Naseer - check out his website for a great deal of other related content!

WorldsView Academy's comment, June 20, 2013 8:04 AM
Humility underpinned by integrity, competency and tenacity, blended with foresight,strategic intelligence, from an open mind and heart!
John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's comment, June 20, 2013 8:27 AM
Great comment ~ thank you for sharing!
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Lead with integrity, even when you don’t want to, have to, or need to.

Your example of integrity is the best teacher for those who are watching – and believe me, your followers are watching.  They may hear every word of advice you give, but unless they see you living out your own advice it won’t stick.
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How to Overcome Maybe the Most Common Problem People Have with Personal Development

How to Overcome Maybe the Most Common Problem People Have with Personal Development | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Image by yopuz (license). “The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.” Madame Marie du Deffand Maybe the most common issue people have with personal development is that it stays a daydream.

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The Big Night: 5 Ways to Cultivate Patience

The Big Night: 5 Ways to Cultivate Patience | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Remember that many of life's miracles often do not happen quickly; they require patience. Illnesses and wounds heal best with patience. Life often reveals its mysteries with patience. Difficult problems sometimes solve themselves with patience.
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Apart from a good joke at the start, this article offered me a number of good tips to become more patient.

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How Peter Drucker Mentored

How Peter Drucker Mentored | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
A life of influence is always a choice never an accident. Bob Buford, founder of Halftime, was mentored by Peter Drucker for over twenty years. Yesterday, Bob told me the four contributions Drucker...
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An article that builds on Dan Forbes scoop featured earlier on Coacching Leaders - use the Socratic method.

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Rejected Again: How to Handle Rejection - Let's Grow Leaders

Rejected Again: How to Handle Rejection - Let's Grow Leaders | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

The game of life involves more rejections than selections.  If you're always getting chosen, you're not shooting high enough.  You get it.  But, rejection still sucks.


Via AlGonzalezinfo
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Happens to us all - how we deal with it is the issue, and there are some good tips here.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 19, 2013 8:16 AM

Excellent post from Let'sGrowLeaders!

 

From the article:

 

 

4 Ways To Handle Rejected:

 

1. Stop The Negative Self-Talk

 

The harshest words won’t come from the person doing the rejecting.  They’ll likely come from you.  Don’t over interpret the “rejection.”

 

~“I’m never going to get promoted”

~“I will never be successful at this company”

~“I don’t have what it takes”

~“I don’t know how to play the game”

~“Maybe I’m not that smart”

~“It’s too late”

~“I’m not cut out for this”

John Michel's curator insight, June 19, 2013 12:27 PM

The game of life involves more rejections than selections.  If you’re always getting chosen, you’re not shooting high enough.  You get it.  But, rejection still sucks.

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Ask Great Questions: Leadership Skills of Socrates - Forbes

Ask Great Questions: Leadership Skills of Socrates - Forbes | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Ask Great Questions: Leadership Skills of Socrates
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Building a successful venture means consistently making good decisions. The question is how to become great at making good decisions. The answer is to look to Socrates.

Via Dan Forbes
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Nice scoop Dan!

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Strategy Is One of the Most Misused Words in Business

Strategy Is One of the Most Misused Words in Business | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Even those leaders who understand strategy and its virtues are struggling to implement. Booz & Company’s survey of 3,500 global leaders, including 550 CEOs and 325 other C-suite executives, reports a serious lack of cohesion within organizations.

Consider these staggering statistics: 54% of respondents didn’t believe their company’s strategy will lead to success. 53% couldn’t say whether their employees understood the strategy. Only a third believe the company’s core capabilities fully support the corporate strategy. Ouch!

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Scary statistics - is  the pace of change just too great and companies have settled for respondng rather than making things happen?

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The Attributes of Great Leaders, Tom Peters.

Tom Peters, well known for known for "In Search of Excellence" (co-authored with Robert H. Waterman, Jr), speaks on what attributes great leaders require.


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Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's curator insight, June 19, 2013 12:12 AM

Re imagine !

Heather Bunney's curator insight, June 19, 2013 4:41 AM

Developing people comes first. It is the "That without which there is nothing ..."

The leader's job?

Leaders "do" people.*

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Take A Risk: The Odds Are Better Than You Think

Take A Risk: The Odds Are Better Than You Think | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
When weighing up whether to take an action that could leave us vulnerable to failing or some other form or loss (of reputation, money, social standing, pride etc), science has shown that we have an innate tendency to misjudge four core elements in...

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John Michel's curator insight, June 19, 2013 2:55 AM

Often we know what it is we want to do, but we still don’t do it. Why? Because we are innately risk averse and afraid of putting our vulnerability on the line. The status quo, while not particularly fulfilling, can seem like an easier, softer, less scary, option.  Indeed, advances in brain imaging technology can now verify that we human beings are wired to be risk averse. In other words, we find it much easier to settle with the status quo, keep our mouths closed and our heads down rather than make a change, take a chance,  or speak up and engage in what I call a “courageous conversation.”


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Smart Leaders Engage Tomorrow's Workforce

Smart Leaders Engage Tomorrow's Workforce | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

What is the key to first hiring and then unleashing the full potential of Millennials and thus building your future workforce? And what exactly are we doing about The Class of 2012, 2013?


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How to Be a Better Boss - Scientific American

Scientific American How to Be a Better Boss Scientific American A group of organizational psychologists at Michigan State University and the University of Akron became interested in workplace arrogance during the global banking implosion, back when...
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Emotionally savvy leadership - CIO Magazine

Emotionally savvy leadership - CIO Magazine | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Emotionally savvy leadership CIO Magazine Let's look at five practices of leaders who genuinely use emotional intelligence to develop nimble teams and organisations that can address the challenges of ambiguity, wicked problems and resource...
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Some nice tips about good leadership practice here.

 

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How Renaissance People Think - Scientific American (blog)

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How Renaissance People Think
Scientific American (blog)
According to psychologist Seymour Epstein's cognitive-experiential self-theory, humans have two parallel but interacting modes of information processing.
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Are you an intuitive or rational thinker?

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Failure: The Competitive Advantage

Failure: The Competitive Advantage | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
In recent months I’ve talked at different times with two leaders, each facing the loss of his job because of a corporate merger or acquisition. Although their situations were the same, their responses could not have been more different.
David Hain's insight:

Yet another great post about dealing with and learning from failure.  There really has to be something in this idea...Fail forward!!

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John Michel's curator insight, June 18, 2013 3:04 PM

Each time we take a risk and it fails we have another opportunity to begin again.

Each time we face a difficulty we can stand up and try again.

Each time we plan and fail and try again, we are building inner resources.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 18, 2013 7:27 PM

Failure is a part of success.

Dick Cheuk's curator insight, June 18, 2013 10:34 PM

Yes, failure is part of success only when we learn the lesson and change ourselves. However, too many organisations either punish failure instead of learning from it, or they "learnt" from it but fall short of making changes.

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