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Develop the Leaders You've Been Overlooking

Develop the Leaders You've Been Overlooking | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it
The case for training non-managers to lead.

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"Individual contributors are a huge assets for every organization. Yet they typically fail to show up on anyone’s radar screen for development."

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Ken Blanchard: 3 Enduring Truths about Leading Others

Ken Blanchard: 3 Enduring Truths about Leading Others | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it
“Celebrating his 75th birthday this month—and the 35th anniversary of the founding of his leadership development company later this year, Ken Blanchard hopes a couple of simple truths he has championed will prove enduring: —All good performance...”
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Customers Are Key, But Employees Are the Most Important Value Proposition

Customers Are Key, But Employees Are the Most Important Value Proposition | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it
“Everyone talks about building a relationship with your customers. I think you build one with your employees first.” That statement was from Angela Ahrendts, former CEO of Burberrys and …
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"Hire the best talent and treat them like your best customer.”

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Leadership For the Future? It Means Boldly Tackling Challenges Today

Leadership For the Future? It Means Boldly Tackling Challenges Today | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.” — William Shakespeare, British playwright and poet Let’s face it: business life won’t be getting any easier or slower or less complicated (unless human nature and civilization undergo...


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“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.” — William Shakespeare

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Great Leaders Serve - Today’s Challenge: Leading Up

Great Leaders Serve - Today’s Challenge: Leading Up | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it
Today's Challenge: Leading Up.http://t.co/SGiJUzOK via @LeadersServe...

Via The e.MILE Community
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"Embrace the idea that one of your key roles is to make your boss wildly successful."

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Leadership: How to Get From Good to Great

Leadership: How to Get From Good to Great | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it
Focus on a few core components of leadership and you can take your company to new heights.

Via Bobby Dillard, John Michel, Wise Leader™, Roger Francis
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Avoid paralysis by analysis..."Highly effective leaders are decisive when called upon to make tough calls quickly and confidently. Take a moment to assess a difficult situation and then calmly and rationally consider your options. As soon as you have the information you need to make an informed decision, make it. Don't let fear of being wrong prevent you from making what you know is the right call."

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John Michel's curator insight, March 17, 10:02 AM

Company leaders always want to motivate, inspire, and support their people to the absolute fullest. But most go to bed at night suspecting that they're coming up a little short. Maybe more than a little. Take heart: You can become a truly great leader. All it takes is:

Ali Anani's curator insight, March 19, 1:15 AM

Leadership and directions

Miguel Herrera E.'s curator insight, March 22, 9:29 AM

De lo bueno a lo mejor

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Great leaders aren't afraid to take risks

Great leaders aren't afraid to take risks | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it
Do you need to be a risk-taker to be a successful leader? This is a question many young professionals ask me, particularly as they ascend to more senior leadership positions. My answer is simple: yes

Via Roger Francis
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"To me it is the responsibility of a leader to challenge norms and established processes. To take calculated risks and push boundaries so the business does not stagnate or lose relevance."

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 11, 7:25 AM

(From the article): There is not always a chemistry with your boss, but if there is a foundation of mutual respect and trust, then they should back you, lessening the blow if the direction or new idea proves ineffective. At least they know you were doing it with the right intentions.

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Boost in public sector performance dependent on leadership - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Boost in public sector performance dependent on leadership - Scoop.co.nz (press release) | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it
Boost in public sector performance dependent on leadership Scoop.co.nz (press release) The Getting to Great report has found that the best performing agencies value authentic leadership, create alignment between role, purpose, and organisational...
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“Effective and skilled leadership is essential for boosting State sector performance and delivering better public services now and into the future,” Mr Rennie said.

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The Real Thing Holding You Back From Innovation - Fast Company

The Real Thing Holding You Back From Innovation - Fast Company | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it

Not long ago, I spoke to a group of CIOs from large companies on the topic of innovation.


Via Stuart Goode, Gary Bamford, Bobby Dillard, John Michel
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Stuart Goode's curator insight, February 19, 5:38 AM

The articles correct, we all talk about needing innovation but when it comes to it, the innovative idea is never supported

John Michel's curator insight, March 8, 9:30 PM

As frustrating as it can be to have people do something different from what you tell them, it can have an even bigger negative effect on your ability to lead. As people realize that what you tell them is not a good predictor of what they really ought to be doing, they stop listening. Then, you have to put in a lot of effort to reestablish trust.

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The John Maxwell Company

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“A Leader’s Need for Humility http://t.co/1kXD1A6l5C”;
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But I believe humility is a character trait that every leader should value and develop. I define it as an everyday choice to credit God for our blessings and others for our successes. Humble leaders understand their place in light of God and others. It doesn’t mean that they devalue their own strengths, just that they acknowledge the areas where they need help. Rick Warren put it this way: “Humility is not denying your strengths. Humility is being honest about your weaknesses.”
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10 Things You Must Give Up to Be Successful

10 Things You Must Give Up to Be Successful | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living

Via John Michel
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It’s okay if you don’t know how much more you can handle.  It’s fine if you don’t know exactly what to do next.  Eventually you’ll let go of how things ‘should be’ and start to see all the great possibilities in front of you.  This is your life – grab the wheel with both hands and keep steering yourself in the right direction.

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John Michel's curator insight, February 22, 9:58 AM

It’s okay if you don’t know how much more you can handle.  It’s fine if you don’t know exactly what to do next.  Eventually you’ll let go of how things ‘should be’ and start to see all the great possibilities in front of you.  This is your life – grab the wheel with both hands and keep steering yourself in the right direction.

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Breaking Bad Leadership Habits

Breaking Bad Leadership Habits | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it

Leaders have to learn and practice new management techniques to overcome the habits that could be holding them back. In two articles, I examine the obstacles, and later, the factors that can help senior executives overcome them.
 


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"Alvin Toffler became famous by saying that tomorrow's illiterate will not be  the one who can't read; he or she will be the one who has not learned how to  learn."

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Innovation is Inspiration: Lead in your Surroundings | Switch and Shift

Innovation is Inspiration: Lead in your Surroundings | Switch and Shift | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it
As we approach President's day, it seems fitting to honor two wonderful examples of innovation: our first American President, George Washington and our 16th, Abraham Lincoln. Both men were students of their environment--continually examining their surroundings and identifying niches to fill.

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"Some changes need to be explored and adapted to fit evolving circumstances. All ideas contribute, but not every idea will bear fruit right away."
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Chris R Stricklin's curator insight, February 16, 10:11 AM

? Everything: "Leadership through ongoing innovative thought is a key to growth and success in life... Start with a new approach...You don’t need to solve World Peace right now."

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Building A Leadership & Management Must | Switch and Shift

Building A Leadership & Management Must | Switch and Shift | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it
The importance of meaningful work to you success and the success of you people cannot be minimized. Old school: work=profit. New school: purpose=profit. The information is clear, a whole new generation of employees will look for and ultimately demand meaningful work. And, the shift and importance of meaningful work to all people is critical. After our survival needs are met, meaning and purpose are the key drivers of potential, innovation, ideation…successful results.
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The things you love about your work and the things that frustrate you can be used and transformed into personalized tools, simple strategies that help you reset or rewrite default patterns that no longer work. Yes, you can probably have your cake and eat it too!

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10 Timeless Leadership Lessons to Help Expand Your Influence

10 Timeless Leadership Lessons to Help Expand Your Influence | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson, John Michel
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As a leader, you must always have a strategy for change.   Unfortunately, those that don’t are the ones that increase the risk factor for the organization and the people they lead.   Yes, a change management strategy is the ultimate form of leadership accountability, because you must think carefully about every move you make and the required talent, resources and investments it will take.

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Progressive training's curator insight, May 9, 9:21 AM

10 Timeless Leadership Lessons to Help Expand Your Influence

 

#leadership #management #business

donhornsby's curator insight, May 22, 9:14 AM

Leaders must take more time to stop, reflect and assess their own thinking, capabilities and aptitudes. 

 

 

(From the article): As leaders, you must begin to look beyond the obvious and open your eyes to see the opportunities previous unseen.   Leadership requires you to have circular vision and when you begin to grow complacent, you only see the obvious details before you – rather than those they lie around, beneath and beyond what you seek.  In fact, your mindset becomes stagnate because you are not stretching your perspectives enough to see more than you want to.

 

When you fall into this trap, it’s time to reshuffle the deck, and map out the internal and external factors that are influencing your thinking. You must begin to identify areas that can be improved –  such as relationships, workshop culture, networking, how you are investing in yourself (or lack thereof), etc.

 

It’s not experience, but rather opportunity that is the true mother of success.   Be more mindful about how you manage opportunity before it begins to manage you.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 22, 10:41 AM

The first lesson is a good place to begin. We become so busy we do not look up and from side-to-side. Leaders need to be present and aware of what is happening and not happening. They need to be aware of who is best served to take the reins in a given situation.

 

In School, leadership and management should be intertwined. Quite often, I found that the latter was used almost exclusively and leadership did not exist.

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5 Things Super Lucky People Do

5 Things Super Lucky People Do | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it
Do you feel lucky? Here's a clear-cut approach for improving your luck today.
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Luck come to those prepared...
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Innovation Excellence | What’s in Your OODA Loop?

Innovation Excellence | What’s in Your OODA Loop? | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it
The model Colonel John Boyd developed as a fighter pilot, dubbed the OODA Loop for “Observe, Orient, Decide and Act” has become the foundation for agile strategy used for success in environments from legal, to business, and to war.
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Get inside your opponents OODA loop
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Leadership Excellence: Not for the Faint of Heart | Switch and Shift

Leadership Excellence: Not for the Faint of Heart | Switch and Shift | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it
Sadly, I think all of us have encountered people along the way whose fears and insecurities kept them from being the leaders they were capable of

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Chris R Stricklin's curator insight, March 19, 12:42 PM

DynaDynamic Leaders know that inaction is even more dangerous than calculated actions!

Claire Beattie's curator insight, March 19, 8:22 PM

#leadership is vital in business. Overcome your fears and lead the pack

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The Four Keys to Being a Trusted Leader

The Four Keys to Being a Trusted Leader | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it
Self-aggrandizement and even plain old greed has become standard fare in the executive cafeteria. And yet CEOs wonder why their employees and the public exhibit such a high degree of mistrust toward business and business leaders.

Via Richard Andrews, John Michel
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"Real leadership – the kind that inspires people to pull together and collectively achieve something great – can only be exercised when an executive is trusted. And trust arises when someone is seen acting selflessly."

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John Michel's curator insight, March 13, 5:14 AM

Real leadership – the kind that inspires people to pull together and collectively achieve something great – can only be exercised when an executive is trusted. And trust arises when someone is seen acting selflessly.

Claire Beattie's curator insight, March 13, 4:09 PM

#leadership and trust - so important in all workplaces. 

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21st Century leadership: How to meet modern business challenges

21st Century leadership: How to meet modern business challenges | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it

Our view on what makes a great leader and the best leadership approaches to adopt has changed over time, partly as research has come up with new findings, but also (particularly since the beginning of the 21st Century), to meet the demands of the ever-changing global market.


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Even in a local government that is designed for slower decision making, we need to be able to "make fast decisions from complex and sophisticated data."

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The Must-Have Habitudes of Effective 21st Century Leaders | Switch and Shift

The Must-Have Habitudes of Effective 21st Century Leaders | Switch and Shift | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it
The conversation around must-have, 21st century leadership skills has been in full swing for years. From business to education; classroom to community, the
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“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” - General Douglas MacArthur
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Ethical leadership - do things right, do the right thing

Ethical leadership - do things right, do the right thing | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it

Work is all about execution. It’s about getting things done, meeting the deadline, collecting the money, changing the organization. The discipline is there every month in the cash flow: get any part of the execution wrong, and your organization will see it and feel it at the end of the month. But it is also there in the attitudes of colleagues that change over time.


Via Roger Francis
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Management is about doing things right.  But leadership is about doing the right thing – morally, emotionally, tactically - for the organization.

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Servant leadership: A path to high performance

Servant leadership: A path to high performance | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it
“I’ve spent years researching the DNA of high-performing companies, and much to my surprise the leaders at most of those companies did not fit commonly espoused theories of leadership.Many people...”
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"Servant leaders believe that if you create the right values and culture normal people will do extraordinary things...And leadership is hard work because it takes discipline. Servant leaders are vigilant in fighting elitism, arrogance, complacency and hubris daily."
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Leading from the front: Lessons in business leadership from the army

Leading from the front: Lessons in business leadership from the army | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it
After seven years in the British Army, James Petter, managing director of EMC UK&I, offers the lessons he’s learnt from his military experiences into the practicalities of business leadership

Via Roger Francis
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The leader in a business is responsible for everything within his or her organisation – for the development of the proposition; for the success and wellbeing of the staff; for every challenge, trial and tribulation. In order to keep up the respect and motivation of your staff, it’s important to maintain a mindset of responsibility and care for your team at all times.

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7 Unconventional Behaviors Of Inspiring Leaders

7 Unconventional Behaviors Of Inspiring Leaders | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it
Exceptional leaders are not always perfect, and sometimes downright quirky. But they display a set of behaviors that make them admired and loved. Here is a look at seven rare ones.

Via David Ednie, Bobby Dillard, John Michel
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"But exceptional leaders go outside of their comfort zones in recruiting their teams, they intentionally seek diversity of opinions/ages/genders/perspectives/experiences. They don’t want to build an army of “yes” men and women, they want to innovate and evolve."

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Denis Fortier's curator insight, February 23, 2:04 PM

Listening is tough but hearing is even tougher.

Madhav Sharma's curator insight, February 24, 8:49 PM

How many have you come across, I have come across one in Jet Airways, who always asked this question Why ? and How ? made us think and  helped us to win. 

Angela Watkins's curator insight, March 15, 9:15 PM

http://angelawatkins57.blogspot.com - http://pinterest.com/angeladwatkins

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In War and Business, Complacency Isn’t an Option | Switch and Shift

In War and Business, Complacency Isn’t an Option | Switch and Shift | Eating the Elephant | Scoop.it
I’ve said before that business and war have much in common. Entrenched companies keep doing what got them there, just as victors in war tend to fight subsequent battles with the same tried-and-true tactics.
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