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Ask Great Questions: Leadership Skills Of Socrates

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Socrates, this ancient philosopher holds the key to an essential leadership skill: asking great questions. The challenge is that too few leaders, managers and employees ask great questions. This is a big problem. Cultures that embrace a culture of questioning thrive and those that fear it either fail or are doomed to mediocrity.


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God Is.'s curator insight, July 23, 2013 10:39 AM

Have you ever attended any Socrates Cafe groups in your community?

Linda Allen's comment, July 23, 2013 10:49 AM
No I am not familiar; I'm going to look this group up asap. Thank you!
Khai Tran's curator insight, January 8, 2014 2:03 AM

In order to become great Leaders one should always ask questions if something is not clear. Like the saying goes the only dumb question is the one not asked.

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Types of Motivation - Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation

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There are two types of motivation, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. It's important to understand that we are not all the same, thus effectively motivating your employees requires that you....


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IoD Connect » Sir Richard Bransons best leadership advice

IoD Connect » Sir Richard Bransons best leadership advice | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
Sir Richard Branson lends his best leadership advice: http://t.co/LN1nhiSows #business #servicedoffices #landmarkplc
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Trust & High Performing Teams

Trust & High Performing Teams | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
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Trust is the special sauce that High Performing teams use to achieve high results.

 

Creating an enviornment of trust where each person knows that they can make mistakes, because they will be supported is amazing! 

 

It doesn't mean that the goal is to work in your safety zone; however, it does provide incredible confidence in knowing that my team has my back. 

 

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21 Habits Of Supremely Happy People

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Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.
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Thanks Lisa for this article!

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Being the best leader requires work

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Being our best in any role requires constant learning, growing, and hard work. 

 

We have to light our flame every day before we can inspire our teams. 

 

If you want to expand your team's limits, ask this question:  What is currently impossible for us today; however, if we accomplished would be a game-changer?

 

When you and your teams start looking at things as though nothing was impossible, that is when you stop following best practices -- and start making new best practices.

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5 Steps to Keeping Your Top Performers

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High-performing employees are your most important asset--here's how to keep them around for the long term.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 16, 2013 11:43 PM

Good ideas not just for keeping/growing top performers ... but also to grow and develop your leaders.

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Seven Top Tips for Leading through Uncertainty

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The Fear of Public Speaking & 3 Tools to Overcome It - Business 2 Community

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I recommend three things to overcome this natural fear of public speaking. They are in increasing order of difficulty/time commitment.


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The Skill Every Leader Must Master

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You can be smart, ambitious and talented, but until you master this ability you will never rise to the top.

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Thanks Don for this wonderful article!

 

Recognition is important; however, the real test comes when mistakes are made.  That is when the rubber hits the read, and the moment of truth happens.

 

It is a great opportunity to build trust, develop your team, and show them that you have their back!

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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 15, 2013 10:42 AM

Great leaders have many skills and talents ... but few are as important as this one -- being able to forgive mistakes.

 

I particularly like tip #4 ... put another way, giving someone the opportunity to fix their mistake does something profound -- it holds them accountable while turning a negative incident into a positive opportunity (to both fix the problem and to enable the person to grow).

Cruise Line Class's comment, September 15, 2013 11:44 AM
Dear Don, yes....also it builds trust and grows the relationship.
Don Cloud's comment, September 15, 2013 2:38 PM
Thanks Patricia ... something else I like to do ... when the individual fixes the problem/failure, to give them credit and praises for that success, in particular to leaders higher up. A good way to push folks forward who overcome obstacles in a positive manner.
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The key to Employee Engagement

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The question is what can we do so that our employees understand the product and service you provide, what makes your company different, and what success looks like? (Priorites/Goals)

 

Once they know this and understand who their customers are, where the company wants to be....then simply empower them to contribute.  Show them how important they are, listen and involve them, so that they feel like they belong, and are part of something special.

 

They soon will believe, and start acting as though they are owners of the company....like they are the company.

 

Make it a great day...and for our wonderful clients who allow us to mutually learn and grow from them -- thank you for allowing us to be part of your magic!!!

 

Make it a great day!

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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 15, 2013 9:57 AM

Thanks for sharing!

 

I'd also add, "When people believe, then they are committed."  Not a Sinek quote, but consistent with his idea of "starting with why".

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Three Myths About Your Strengths

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One of the most dramatic changes in leadership development in the last decade has been the shift in focus from correcting weaknesses to identifying and expanding on strengths. As this movement continues to catch hold, three myths have emerged that deserve to be dispelled.

 

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1aoDTe9


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Four Areas Where Senior Leaders Should Focus Their Attention

Four Areas Where Senior Leaders Should Focus Their Attention | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
It was getting close to lunch time and the people seated around the table — the CEO and seven of his direct reports — were clearly getting antsy. But it wasn't because they were hungry.
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Excellent article!  Senior leaders removed the ppt deck presentations, and started talking to eachother.  They mutually agreed upon key priorities, and that is when they started focusing their energy, focus, and time on what mattered most.

 

What are some practices that your company does to ensure that the senior leaders stay focused?

 

 

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The Rise of Compassionate Management (Finally)

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Compassion is on the rise in the workplace. Perhaps years of research are finally making a dent. Over and over, it’s been shown that compassion concretely benefits the corporate bottom line.


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Against compassionate management speaks this article I scooped. It says that caring managers must not expect loyalty in return or improved performance. http://www.scoop.it/t/3-world-marketing-mix-executive-consultant-lecturer/p/4007281187/caring-managers-imd
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70% of Organisational Change Efforts Fail. 8 Steps for Leading Change.

70% of Organisational Change Efforts Fail. 8 Steps for Leading Change. | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
70% of organisation change efforts fail. John Kotter has an 8 step process that can reduce the likelihood that your project of organisational change (and all leadership projects mean some form of c...

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David Hain's curator insight, September 20, 2013 3:50 AM

Classic model.

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A big source of failure is starting action before you have put together a solid base of support and understanding before acting.

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13 Rules High Achievers Never Break

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 8, 2013 8:13 PM

After looking at the lives of certain great men, I was able to come up 13 rules that high achievers never break. If you obey these rules, you will become a high achiever too.

1. Don’t compare your life to others and don’t judge them; you have no idea what their journey is all about.

Stop trying to be someone else. We all have our own distinct purposes in life. Be yourself always and become the best version of you. You are original, not a counterfeit.

Mary Ann Charters's curator insight, September 9, 2013 9:02 AM

Some great advice for life!

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The 4 Agreements

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Excellent -- must read book!  4 Principles to live by:)

 

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Great Leadership: What’s the Best Way to Motivate your Employees? Give them Freedom.

Great Leadership: What’s the Best Way to Motivate your Employees? Give them Freedom. | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it

Freedom is a universal, basic human need. America’s founders even declared that it’s a God given right.


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Words are powerful

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Words can build a relationship or tear them apart.

 

We need to think before we speak, and ask ourselves:

 

1.  What is my goal & what do I want to achieve?

2.  How do I want to be perceived?

3.  Who is my audience, and will my words build the relationship or tear it apart? 

 

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10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders - Forbes

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It is simply impossible to become a great leader without being a great communicator. I hope you noticed the previous sentence didn't refer to being a great talker - big difference.

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What Is Leadership?

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Google the word “leadership”- go ahead, I’ll wait… I did as I wrote this post, and my search returned 312 million results. Amazon carries more than 100,000 titles on the topic, with more arriving a...

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John Michel's curator insight, September 17, 2013 7:56 AM

Leadership (like it’s cousinstewardship, for example) isn’t a role but a process – specifically a process of influence; meaning those you choose to lead must also choose to be led — and choose you, in particular, to lead them.

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20 Tenets of Responsive Leadership

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This list is not a recipe, but more a map -- a way of approaching leading as a learner, not from a pedestal or from the stands, but on the ground. If y

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Rescooping.....Excellent list for all leaders!

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Don Cloud's comment, September 15, 2013 2:42 PM
Patricia, I like that one too (the one about avoiding back-to-back meetings). It speaks to understanding and prioritizing meetings, as well as extracting yourself from meetings that you don't need to be in. Sounds simple, but if you're in meetings all day, when will you find time to lead? Sometimes, less is more ... this is the case with meetings (fewer and shorter but more productive meetings ... fewer emails but each email is more pertinent ... leaves more time for thinking and leading).
Don Cloud's comment, September 15, 2013 3:11 PM
Patricia ... here's a good article on cutting down on meetings: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130819190438-36052017-cut-your-meeting-time-by-90?trk=mp-details-rc
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Ahhh Don....thank you so much -- very grateful!!!!!!
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Nice or Tough: Which Approach Engages Employees Most?

Nice or Tough: Which Approach Engages Employees Most? | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it

 During our time in the training and development industry we’ve observed two common — and very different — approaches. On the one hand are leaders we call “drivers”; on the other, those we call “enhancers.”


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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, September 12, 2013 6:11 PM

Very interesting read.  As usual, a balanced combination seems to be the key.

 

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In our view, the lesson then is that those of you who consider yourself to be drivers should not be afraid to be the “nice guy.” And all of you aspiring nice guys should not view that as incompatable with setting demanding goals. The two approaches are like the oars of a boat. Both need to be used with equal force to maximize the engagement of direct reports.

David Hain's curator insight, September 13, 2013 4:09 AM

In my experience, many "nice guys" fail to realise the reservoir of goodwill available to them. People pleasers should focus on respect, not being liked - that will come naturally.

Don Cloud's curator insight, September 15, 2013 9:54 AM

Great article.  I would break it down more simply.

 

Leaders provide their people with what they need to succeed ... not what they want.  Sometimes, what folks need is inspiriation, motivation, and support.  Other times, certain individuals need a kick in the rear.  A true leader understands the difference ... understands what each individual AND what the team as a whole needs ... and provides that.  Like has nothing to do with it.

 

Something else to consider:  If a leader wants their people to succeed but is never tough and honest with someone who has issues that need improvement ... is that person setting their subordinate up for success (to learn) or failure (to get blindsided).  How will that person grow if the leader that they trust can't be trusted to provide honest, tough feedback.  And this even means that sometimes what an individual requires to be successful is to no longer be part of the team/group/organization.  Leaders make the tough calls.

 

The mentors I respect the most told me what I needed to hear and what I needed to do to improve.  Strong leaders who grow other strong leaders always provide their subordinates what they need.

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Delivering Happiness - Zappos

In this keynote address, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh speaks about his best-selling book "Delivering Happiness" and the amazing story behind Zappos' growth.
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Cruise Line Class's curator insight, September 12, 2013 8:36 AM

Outstanding video to watch.  The CEO of Zappos will share his stories, and discuss the journeys he has taken in his companies.

 

You can fast forward 12 1/2 minutes: Hope you enjoy!

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5 Ways to Encourage Your Employees to Lead

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Leadership is about more than the person at the top. Here's how to get all of your employees to take on leadership roles.

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Thanks Don for sharing!

 

It takes a confident and humble leader to encourage their team to lead.  It means that the leader doesn't believe that they need to have all of the answers or the best ideas.  The right collaborative environment is the foundation with teams who are empowered to take decisions, and take the lead. 

 

These type of leaders don't point fingers when mistakes are made...instead they take the bullet.  They give the recognition away, and the team has that spark of excitement, passion, and ownership.  They know that when the goal is achieved...their team did it on their own.

 

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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 11, 2013 7:34 AM

Leaders set the conditions for others to lead ... here are 5 easy steps to promote a culture to grows and develops emerging leaders at every level.

John Michel's curator insight, September 11, 2013 8:32 AM
Some of today’s most effective businesses encourage every one of their employees to take on leadership roles in their organizations. Are you one of them?
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 11, 2013 12:04 PM

Leadership is about influence and setting the right environment. It is not about coercion and micro-managing.