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This is How Effective Leaders Move Beyond Blame

This is How Effective Leaders Move Beyond Blame | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Next Big Sound's Head of Engineering Dave Zwieback cautions against the perils of blame — and shares how to circumvent them to build a more resilient company.


The only way to extract a full account of what happened is to remove blame and punishment from our retrospectives.


If we want to make our systems and companies more resilient, we have to not wish away the failure, but learn and improve from it.


Choose reconciliation over retribution when something goes wrong. You’re less likely to lose people and lessons.


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Wow! Excellent article. How to learn from your #failures on an organizational/company level. Must read!

One of the best articles I've read in a while.

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9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Wouldn't it be great if success was simple?

But it isn't.

There's no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, but we will do our best to steer you in the right direction.

Here's a list of helpful habits of some highly successful—and wildly productive—people to get your started.

Read more here: http://www.fastcompany.com/3014736/how-to-be-a-success-at-everything/9-easy-to-steal-habits-of-the-super-successful


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Coaching on How To Ask Powerful Questions

Coaching on How To Ask Powerful Questions | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Here are ten ways asking questions can help us be more effective leaders and create breakthroughs in our impact.

If there were one single tool that would help you inspire greater creativity, drive stronger engagement, and get better results,would you try it?

It’s called a question.

Voltaire said “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers”.

In my executive coaching practice, asking the right questions is the single most important tool I use to help others discover and grow themselves as leaders.

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Questions will start the process of communication, resolving, thinking, etc. Great article.

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 27, 2014 9:21 AM

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Here’s the real challenge to asking good questions. It requires a shift in our own mindset as leaders. We have to let go of three ego needs that hold us back.

Let go of the need to be superior or to prove ourselves (e.g. I’m the smartest person in the room so let me tell you everything I know).Let go of the need to control outcomes (e.g. the best and most efficient way to do this is my way, so let me just help you by telling you what to do).Let go of the need for perfection or need to succeed without any tolerance for failure (we have to do this perfectly because anything less than success will make us or me look bad).

This is where executive coaching really works to uncover limiting beliefs and paradigms we have so we can let our curiosity naturally flow through. Do these apply to you?

 

Michael Binzer's curator insight, June 25, 2014 4:36 AM

Ten good ways to ask difficult questions. Worth reading

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6 Areas a startup CEO must learn to do well

6 Areas a startup CEO must learn to do well | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

A CEO of a startup has many responsibilities. When creating a company for the first time, it is hard to imagine the degree that others depend on the person in charge.


Entrepreneurs are extremely busy identifying technologies, developing business plans & presentations, and trying to run companies on shoestring budgets. Occasionally, the CEO is the only employee in the company for significant periods. After obtaining funding, they now must perform to meet expectations of the investment community.

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This pretty much sums it all up. Good article, and great picture by the way.

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Craig Stark's curator insight, March 17, 2014 9:59 AM

Does your hat rack have "many hats"?

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Six Steps To Transform Your Company Culture

Company culture can’t be rigid and unadaptable, or the company will fail. An outstanding company culture requires outstanding leadership, and changing the company culture requires leaders who recognize the real need for change, and who aren’t afraid of it. Outstanding leadership demonstrates maturity: conviction, diligence, focus, optimism, and the ability to handle uncertainty.

Leaders are able and willing to make positive changes to corporate culture to evolve with the times.

Immature leadership, by contrast, does not bode well for strong corporate culture. Lack of leadership skills, illegal or unethical behavior, or character flaws are common to immature or ineffective leaders. Character and honor are between difficult to impossible to recover once compromised, and the executive leader falls from grace from a particularly dangerous height.

Assuming your company has strong, mature leadership, transforming your company’s culture takes six critical steps. Read more: click image or title.



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And here are some tips on how to build that #CompanyCulture.



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PARKJH's curator insight, February 10, 4:23 PM

6 points intéressants pour la culture d'entreprise

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Traits of Truly Agile Businesses

Traits of Truly Agile Businesses | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Many organizations, in pursuit of growth, understand the need to be agile in every aspect of their business—from faster decision making to more flexible operations to collaborative ventures. Yet, there is often a gap between that awareness and cohesive action. The Accenture study on agility explores the common characteristics of agile businesses.

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Agile explained.

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Claude Emond's curator insight, October 24, 2014 8:30 PM

Leadership diversity is one of the key factors

Miguel Paul Trijaud Calderón's curator insight, December 23, 2014 4:52 PM

Agile, a cool business model 

The Agile Monks's curator insight, January 14, 2015 3:12 PM

The challenge in getting diverse leadership is that too many companies are afraid to hire creative thinkers who have different ideas on how to express their art, than the existing leaders. To much of the same gets you just the same and less over time. Companies need to hire people with a variety of insights and approaches, including ones that are challenging to the existing patterns and approaches. Additionally, they need to create, mentor and support the concept of Self-Organizing Leaders and empower people and their teams through Radical Honesty. Check out more information here in the future as we The Agile Monks talk about Agile, Lean, Honesty, having a Code/Creed to operate under, and show how Radical Honestly get you AGILE and successful far faster than the just practicing agile concepts.

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Five Leadership Lessons From Jean-Luc Picard

Five Leadership Lessons From Jean-Luc Picard | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Like James T. Kirk, Captain Jean-Luc Picard provides valuable insight for leaders in the present - and future.

“He’d ensure the safety of his ship and his crew
And then complete the mission
And make himself a better person
Bring peace to the galaxy
And do it for free
Oh yeah, that’s what Captain Picard would do.”

– from “What Would Captain Picard Do?” by Hank Green

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Leading your team takes courage, wisdom, understanding, and much more. The Jean-Luc Picard example is great, and the article is excellent.

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