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A Successful Leaders Guide To Getting Lucky

A Successful Leaders Guide To Getting Lucky | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Successful leaders always appear like everything fell into their laps. Understanding that luck is created, is a critical key to long-term success.
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Quote from @toddbnielsen article:

 

Keep at it, keep at it, and sooner or later, you’ll get lucky too, because as Elmer Leterman said, “Luck is what happens when preparation, meets opportunity.”

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The Happiest People Pursue the Most Difficult Problems

The Happiest People Pursue the Most Difficult Problems | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
They're a reminder that mastery, membership, and meaning are the best motivators.

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The Single Daily Choice which will Change Your Life for Good

The Single Daily Choice which will Change Your Life for Good | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Greek playwright, Aeschylus, says: “Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.”
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Great post from Christina Lattimer on the power of choice in breaking self defeating cycles by reframing problems.

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How The Best Managers Balance Hope With Realism - Forbes

How The Best Managers Balance Hope With Realism - Forbes | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The best managers don't believe everybody's bad..but they don't believe everybody's great, either.

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John Michel's curator insight, April 11, 2013 10:31 AM

Sometimes managing others well is a little like Goldilocks and The Three Bears: it’s all about finding that place that’s not too hot/hard/big, and not too cold/soft/small – but just right.

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4 Leadership Qualities That Need Follow-Through

4 Leadership Qualities That Need Follow-Through | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by georgia.kral There are a lot of “qualities” of effective leadership that are discussed, yet important elements are left out that leave these qu...

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John Michel's curator insight, April 11, 2013 12:12 AM

There are a lot of “qualities” of effective leadership that are discussed, yet important elements are left out that leave these qualities lacking.  When I think of what I want to see in leaders, and what I do my best to aspire towards, I try to think of certain qualities and the corresponding actions that make them whole.  Here are a few below.

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10 Leadership Lessons I Wish I Learned In My 20's

10 Leadership Lessons I Wish I Learned In My 20's | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
10 Leadership Lessons I Wish I Learned In My 20's
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The Path to Leadership All of us would do well with a second bite at the apple, another chance to go back and do it all over again.

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How to Create Your Reason

How to Create Your Reason | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
In an economy that's going nowhere, having a "why" is more important than ever.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Right on, Ana!

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, April 10, 2013 1:06 AM

So here's the deal, broski. You and I don't need a reason merely for romantic reasons; to add a celestial veneer of bogus miracle to the dreary predictability of our lives. Each and every one needs a reason for the most pragmatic of reasons: to evoke the best, noblest, and truest in us; and so to persevere in the pursuit of lives well lived. The tiny miracle of life is us — and whom we can choose to become.

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What Coaches Teach Us

What Coaches Teach Us | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
March Madness has arrived, and with it Pete Folan has decided that it's high time we celebrate good coaches.

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, April 8, 2013 9:00 PM

We all belong to the communion of Saints and of sinners. Thank you Peter Folan, SJ @TheJesuitPost for a reminder to look, see & remember the great coaches that we've all experienced. 

Levi Derosby's curator insight, April 9, 2013 10:09 PM

There are some very good insights on how coaches are leaders in this article. It is ever so important especially with how coaches are coaching there athletes these days.

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You're Probably Wrong About How Others Really See You

You're Probably Wrong About How Others Really See You | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

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Karin Sebelin's curator insight, April 9, 2013 1:09 AM

"If three people tell you you're a horse, buy a saddle,"
says angel investor Judy Robinett.

In other words, listen to what the outside world is telling you, because they're probably right. 

It's better to be slapped in the face by the truth than kissed by a lie.

What we should learn:

--> A determined but empathic openness and honesty we may experience through other people must be seen as a gift. When we live in our own false world and have a false picture of us that will only hinder us in life.

--> If people are able to open us the eyes we only profit of this. And that has nothing to do with criticism or attacking the person, people try to help, they care about us.

--> When it comes to our personal brand, to our reputation, it's not about how we view ourselves. What really matters is how the world sees us.

Particularly for high-ranking executives, it can be very hard to recognize how they're really viewed by others. They are often seen as arrogant and narrow-minded by their surroundings. 

GET THE CLEAR VIEW ABOUT YOURSELF ...

EVEN WHEN YOU DON'T LIKE THE RESULT ...

... or even when you have to buy a saddle ツ

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http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/04/youre_probably_wrong_about_how_others_really_see_you.html

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Structured Life, Structured Work, Structured Leadership

Structured Life, Structured Work, Structured Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Structured Life, Structured Work, Structured Leadership discusses the structures that every leaders should focus on when growing their businesses.

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Leadership: Are You Working On Your Game?

Leadership: Are You Working On Your Game? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 8, 2013 7:11 PM

Leaders need to be learning all the time. There are no short cuts and it is what makes excellent leader. It sends a signal of humility.

Rim Riahi's curator insight, April 9, 2013 12:03 AM
Leadership: Are You Working On Your Game? 
Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, April 9, 2013 10:13 AM

Are you always learning?

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9 Ways To Make Leadership Personal - Leadership, Sales & Life

9 Ways To Make Leadership Personal - Leadership, Sales & Life | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Leaders need to make their leadership personal. People want to resonate with the person who leads them. They want to connect and communicate.

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John Michel's curator insight, April 8, 2013 1:03 PM

Make your leadership personal.  It may be as simple as writing a note on the first paycheck of your employee.   It may be getting out of your office and interacting every day.  It certainly is living and modeling the values and principles of the organization.

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Empathy: Leadership Strength Or Weakness?

Empathy: Leadership Strength Or Weakness? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Empathy: Leadership Strength Or Weakness? (RT @Ashoka: “2/3 of people’s motivation is wanting to help. Why do we focus on the 1/3?

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John Michel's curator insight, April 8, 2013 3:53 PM

According to Tom Rath, author of StrengthsFinder 2.0, having empathy doesn’t mean you “. . . share their perspective. You do not necessarily feel pity for each person’s predicament—that would be sympathy, not Empathy. You do not necessarily condone the choices each person makes, but you do understand.”

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How to Run Wildly Unproductive Meetings and Waste Everyone’s Time

How to Run Wildly Unproductive Meetings and Waste Everyone’s Time | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Follow this guide, and your meetings are guaranteed to be as dull, mismanaged and ultimately pointless as everyone expects.

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Meetiungs, bloody meetings - how much time do you waste?

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Jean Claude Le Tellier's curator insight, April 12, 2013 4:54 AM

I had a great laugh! and it had a sense of "deja vu" o;)

John Michel's curator insight, April 12, 2013 10:12 AM

The typical business meeting is a fantastic way to switch off, kick back and ponder important topics, such as what to have for dinner.

But what happens when someone threatens this stress-free ride to a quiet nap? What are you going to do when some eager-beaver manager decides to be efficient and organized?

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 12, 2013 7:33 PM

These types of meetings are common.

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What if you couldn’t fail? | Leadership Principles

What if you couldn’t fail? | Leadership Principles | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

One of the questions my coach Julie Starr often asks is “what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”.

This is a great question, as it really does make you think and open your mind up to possibilities, rather than failure. It also makes dream feel a little bit closer.

It also helps you understand what it is you really want to do.

When I started this blog, I was unsure about it, and I thought “what would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail” and I thought I’d just start, write some posts and see how it went.

When I thought about it, I realised I could do that and to be honest I couldn’t fail – I could write and I could post, there was nothing stopping me from doing that.

Whether the posts attract interest, or whether they be well received, that was something else entirely and to be honest, well thats outside my control really, and worrying about it was stopping me from writing. It was getting in the way.

I’m happy now I started because, for me, failing was actually not writing, it doesn’t really matter whether people read them or not. My goal was to write and I achieved that.

So if you have a goal or a dream that you’re reluctant to begin because your worried about failing, then why not imagine what you would do if you couldn’t fail, and the dive in.

Just start it, and maybe, just maybe you might be successful.


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Top Five Secrets of Great Coaching in Leadership

Top Five Secrets of Great Coaching in Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
True leaders know it's never about them. Leadership is a gift; you are entrusted with the responsibility of fulfilling the higher purpose of the organization, creating a vision of the world when th...
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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, April 12, 2013 2:35 PM

Do you know the secrets?

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Three Essential Facts About Feelings - Six Seconds

Three Essential Facts About Feelings - Six Seconds | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

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EQRocks's curator insight, April 10, 2013 11:59 PM

Here's a nice, short summary of the importance of accepting and understanding our body's natural, message-carrying emotions!

Gloria Inostroza De Celis's curator insight, April 11, 2013 7:34 AM

Tener en cuenta...

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On cultivating curiosity | John Maxwell on Leadership

On cultivating curiosity | John Maxwell on Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

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Karin Sebelin's curator insight, April 9, 2013 4:39 PM

Human beings are born curious; just watch a baby exploring its surroundings. 

But life is routine, we do the same things every day. And we begin to forget to be curious. We have to cultivate curiosity again. 

John C. Maxwell recommends three points for cultivating curiosity:

1. Believe You Can Be Curious
Many people fill their minds with limiting beliefs. Their lack of personal confidence or self-esteem causes them to create barriers for themselves and put limitations on how and what they think. The result? They fail to reach their potential because they are unwilling to expand their beliefs and break new ground. 

2. Have a Beginner’s Mindset
Having a beginner’s mindset means wondering why and asking a lot of questions until you get the ncessary answers. It also means being open and vulnerable. People with such a mindset see life with children's eyes ...with curiosity. They are like the little girl who kept asking her mother question after question. Finally the mother cried, “For heaven’s sake, stop asking so many questions. Curiosity killed the cat.” After two minutes of thinking, the child asked, “So, what did the cat want to know?”

3. Make Why Your Favorite Word
Albert Einstein said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.” The secret to maintaining that “holy curiosity” is to always keep asking why.

We need to encourage our children to be free thinkers.


The American psychologist, Smiley Blanton, stated

“A sense of curiosity is nature’s original school of education.” 


BE CURIOUS ... ON LIFE ... AND ON YOUR SURROUNDINGS!

LEARN TO THINK FREE!

ASK WHY AND EXPLORE THINGS!


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http://johnmaxwellonleadership.com/2013/02/12/on-cultivating-curiosity/

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 10, 2013 7:26 PM

I am not sure about Maxwell's work. I find it quite Covey-like: forumlaic. I am willing to consider on the strength he wants us to be curious. I am curious about what John Maxwell has to offer?

Mary Meduna, PhD's curator insight, April 13, 2013 6:08 PM

Curiosity is the topic of our show this week.  Prime the pump with this read. #energizedleader

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The Deepest Source of Motivation

The Deepest Source of Motivation | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Forget the carrot and stick. Motivation and innovation come from a desire to help.

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John Michel's curator insight, April 9, 2013 9:56 PM

For decades, bosses have assumed that the best way to motivate workers is by promising financial gain and threatening financial loss. With one hand they dangle a carrot of more pay while brandishing in the other, the stick of "get to work or you're fired."

However, according to a recent article in the New York Times, research in organizational psychology strongly suggests that people are more innovative and more successful when motivated by a desire to help other people.

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What I Carry: 10 Tools for Success

What we carry with us in our everyday lives and interactions is just as important for our success as our technical skills and achievements. This is what I carry

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Some great presentations on this theme available on SlideShare!

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Robin Martin's comment, April 8, 2013 8:31 PM
Or...the "quiet" leaders...introverts! ; )
AlGonzalezinfo's comment, April 8, 2013 8:40 PM
Totally agree, sometimes however, we need to brilliance of the quiet nurturing leaders to come through a little louder. :)
John Michel's curator insight, April 9, 2013 9:16 AM

A wonderful summation of what it means to lead swell. Enjoy! 

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Leadership Means Doing Good In the World » Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge

Leadership Means Doing Good In the World » Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

The individual and organizational imperative to DO GOOD in the world is clear. The implicit value of leaders who seek to serve, and organizations focused on creating value for all constituents is the only path to a better future. Companies that do not create true value for their employees, stakeholders, clients and communities will eventually wither and die. The secret to individual and organization success hinges on our ability to do good. Doing good means creating value for others. 

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Passionate call to arms form Irene Becker, @justcoachit!

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7 Reasons You Can't Learn Leadership on Your Own

7 Reasons You Can't Learn Leadership on Your Own | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Very few entrepreneurs, board members, or investors give much thought to leadership development. That's a huge mistake. (7 reasons you can't learn leadership on your own. Agree, or disagree? Let us know your thoughts!

Via Dan Forbes
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The irony about self development is that it can't be done without other people...

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Communications - The language of leaders: Top communication tips

Communications - The language of leaders: Top communication tips | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Kevin Murray conducted a series of interviews with top business and public sector leaders for his book, The Language of Leaders.

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The Psychology of Language: Persuasive words for biz stories

The Psychology of Language: Persuasive words for biz stories | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
What's actually going on in the brain when it processes language? And if words affect the mind in different ways, are some more persuasive than others?

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Victoria Garcia, Serial Entrepreneur's curator insight, April 13, 2013 2:04 PM

Public speaking is persuading, after all. Vic

Victoria Garcia, Serial Entrepreneur's comment, April 13, 2013 2:09 PM
Wow! What an interesting post. I learned long ago as a probation officer in Texas, I could send someone to prison on the same set of facts depending on the language I used. This is one of the best articles I've ever read on the topic.
Karen Dietz's comment, April 16, 2013 12:38 PM
Thanks Vicki! I'm so glad you found it both powerful and helpful. Hope you are doing well :)