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9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

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

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.

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Traits of Truly Agile Businesses

Traits of Truly Agile Businesses | Competitive Edge |

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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Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Gary Bamford, David Hain, Ivan Berlocher
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Agile explained.

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, 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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10 Awesome Ways to Inspire Others

10 Awesome Ways to Inspire Others | Competitive Edge |

You learn quite a few things going through SEAL training. You learn how to focus. You learn perseverance. You learn the fleeting nature of pain. Most of all, you learn how to summon the last iota of inspiration to carry you through the day.

Effective leaders must choose the right tactic for the right mission, no matter if it’s the boardroom or the battlefield. Inspiring others comes in myriad different forms. Here are 10 leadership guidelines to inspire others:

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Inspiring others is a powerful tool for teamwork and great leaders.

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11 Leadership Lessons Men Can Learn From Women

11 Leadership Lessons Men Can Learn From Women | Competitive Edge |

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

1. Situational Understanding

Males have a “fix-it” mentality when it comes to any situation, issue or problem that arises. While this is a great trait to have, one thing we can learn from women in business is to care about the person and situation at hand. Place a strong focus on that part of the equation. Listen, wait to speak and understand the human emotion that drives an issue before jumping in to fix things.
- Matt Shoup,

2. Initiative

According to a recent article published in Business Insider, building on an ongoing study by leadership consultancy firm Zenger Folkman, women are perceived as more effective leaders particularly in the area of “taking initiative.” If this is a feminine trait, count me in! All effective leaders, regardless of gender, need the ability to see what needs to get done, and just do it.
- David Ehrenberg, Early Growth Financial Services

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Via Daniel Watson
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Nice compilation.

Zian Peak's curator insight, May 6, 2014 10:53 AM

Do men really not have these talents? I can certainly think of a few... however, perhaps on the whole these are female traits.

CEO_University's curator insight, July 18, 2014 5:47 PM

This is a great article.

Dale Roach's curator insight, September 14, 2014 10:52 PM

Some of the best team leadership skills I have ever discovered came when I was willing to listen to a woman's perspective.

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A Rigid Mind Blocks Success. Try These 5 Strategies for Fearless Leadership.

A Rigid Mind Blocks Success. Try These 5 Strategies for Fearless Leadership. | Competitive Edge |
Be ready to set aside methods of the past. Bring vigorous, flowing thinking to conquer today's problems.

Rigid thinking is natural to the human psyche. This rigidity causes people to repeatedly apply the same behaviors over and over to diverse business situations. The reality is that people are the most comfortable doing what they know orhave done in the past.

The challenge that arises is that diverse problems require varied responses, yet human beings are especially prone to doing what they're familiar with because it doesn’t awaken any fear.

Fear leads to rigid thinking and subsequently blocks abundance. This is how people get stuck in self-doubt, confusion and stress and their energy drains away as they dip into despondency and frustration.

These psychological states of mind are the reason many aspiring leaders quit. They cannot move past the fact that the approaches they think should work don’t. And so self-doubt and fear take over and the entrepreneurs feel blocked. Successful leaders wage war on these habituated patterns and this, in turn, leads to their success.

1. Breaking mental patterns.

Successful leaders fight against their habitual tendencies. They force themselves to react to what's happening in the present moment without going back and trying to apply past philosophies.

Great leaders know that in order to be successful they have to be hard-nosed ahd not letting their reactive emotional responses get in the way of a current business opportunity. They are adept at yanking themselves away from using the same tired methods, even when it involves risk and invokes fear. They are clear that everything they want exists on the other side of fear and so they jump.  

2. Creating shock. 

In moving away from rigid and safe decision-making responses, great leaders are aware that while they might sacrifice emotional comfort and security, they will gain the element of surprise.

Because they can be flexible in the present, they are unpredictable. This is powerful for leadership and success as their creating shock doesn’t allow customers, competitors and strategic partners to know what they will do next. This creates further interest and fascination with the entrepreneur and also generates awe and respect. Shock inspires people to pay close attention and want to follow.

3. Using mindfulness.

Successful leaders are clear that being elite in a field is not just about having knowledge.

When a deal is lost, the problem is often not because a person thought of a solution too late. Some individuals will ruminate, “If only I had had more knowledge.”

Successful leaders know this is an incorrect approach. What creates failure   is not being mindful of the present moment. Great leaders refrain from getting lost listening to their own thoughts, reacting to things that happened in the past and habitually applying prior concepts and ideas to the present, which might have little relevance to what the situation is calling for.

They are able to intuit and stay attuned to the demands of a current deal, letting them spontaneously figure out what needs to be accomplished (which may be entirely different from similar prior negotiations). 

4. Embracing the unexpected.

Accomplished leaders dispel the myth of preparation as being the greatest strategy for success. Top leaders know that no amount of thinking in advance can prepare them for the chaos of business or the infinite opportunities of today's deal.

The current negotiation is completely new and full of possibility -- which a fixed mind won't be able to see. The present moment is fresh and always brings uncertainty and great leaders know their minds have to keep up with change and adapt to elements that are unexpected.

In this way, knowledge, experience and theory have limitations and can be deterrents to seizing and keeping up with unexpected changes arisng from the present arrangement.5. Developing a flowing mind.

Successful leaders view the mind through the metaphor of a river. The faster the mind can flow, the better it keeps up with the present and responds to change. The faster it flows, the more it refreshes itself and the greater the momentum.

Fixated thoughts, past experiences (whether successes or failures) and rigid ideas act as boulders in this river, damming it up. When blocked, the river stops moving and stagnation sets in. For this reason, great leaders wage war on their mind so it's open to the flow and keeps up with the creativity of the present opportunity on the line.

To improve leadership skills and become an esteemed leader, a person must shed old traditions and misconceptions. Strategy does not involve learning a series of steps to follow like a recipe because success has no magic formula.

To lead effectively, people must learn to become their own strategists, based on intuition and relying on new and unused tactics. They have to take chances that may not at first seem to make sense.

The greatest leaders, the most creative tacticians stand out not because they have more knowledge but because they are able when necessary to drop their preconceived notions and focus intensely on the present moment and all it has to offer. That is how creativity is sparked and new possibilities in business are seized.

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Coaching on How To Ask Powerful Questions

Coaching on How To Ask Powerful Questions | Competitive Edge |

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.

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

(From the article): 

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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Five Leadership Lessons From Jean-Luc Picard

Five Leadership Lessons From Jean-Luc Picard | Competitive Edge |
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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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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6 Areas a startup CEO must learn to do well

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

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.

Change Impetus's curator insight, March 17, 2014 9:59 AM

Does your hat rack have "many hats"?