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Finding My Greatness Zone | Leading Leaders to Greater Success

Finding My Greatness Zone | Leading Leaders to Greater Success | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it

My Greatness Zone is a result of the passion when I find my unique contribution and live it. It is the place one can change the world for the better in some way. Cindy shares how she has found hers.


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ozziegontang's curator insight, July 20, 2013 8:16 AM

We are interdependent.  We are herd/pack animals euphemistically calling ourselves social animals. It is with the help of others tht we reach our greatness.  That Greatness Zone lays in what Suzanne Livingston calls: My unique contribution. For me that is my passion around servant-leadership and building community.  Cindy shares well how the work as a fellow Vistage/TEC Chair has allowed me to fulfill my passion for the past 27 years.


Cindy talks about being good at what she did. She also mentions "I found I became bored easily"  When I can do something well and it becomes  habit, I can coast.  And you know what they say about coasting.  When you're coasting you're going downhill.


The challenge that Lee Thayer throws down is: How will I be better tomorrow that I was today in living my life and performing better than I was today personally and professionally?


Cindy has found her unique contribution that challenges her daily to be better than yesterday.


Remember, I cannot motivate another person. Motivation comes from within.


Motivation:  the state or condition of being motivated.

Motivate:     Providing motive.

Motive:        Goals or objectives of one's actions.Random House Dictionary


You may be able to inspire me, however it is up to me to achieve the "goals or objectives my one's actions."

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A Simple Way to Embed Your Values with Stories

A Simple Way to Embed Your Values with Stories | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it

How do you keep organizational values alive so people really know what they mean and care about them? Enter stories....


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Nice infographic on how to keep your company's values alive by sharing stories.

Thank you again Kenneth for sharing this!

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Cruise Line Class's comment, August 2, 2013 8:58 AM
Absolutely brilliant...thank you Kenneth!
Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, August 2, 2013 9:38 AM
You're welcome, Patricia. Happy to see you here - I just connected on Twitter with you. Look forward to following you on Scoop.it. Kind regards, Kenneth
Cruise Line Class's comment, August 3, 2013 10:16 PM
Thank you so very much Kenneth!!!
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Make the decision...

Make the decision... | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
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In a world where we are being inundated with data and information, I have noticed that we are losing a bit of our foundational interpersonal skills.

 

Every day I challenge myself to disconnect from technology to genuinely connect with the people who I am with.  Are you with me?  What are your thoughts?

 

Make it a great day!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 1, 2013 7:46 PM

This is incredibly important.

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I agree Ivon....with all the destractions we have -- it certainly takes discipline:)
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Leadership: 4 Situations Where You should use the Power of Silence

Leadership: 4 Situations Where You should use the Power of Silence | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
There is nothing harder, at moments, than talking to someone who has all the power of silence.. My Experiments with Silence.....

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Cruise Line Class's comment, July 31, 2013 2:13 PM
Thank you for sharing this article!
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 1, 2013 7:35 PM

This has some excellent points. Sometimes giving others a chance to process information and respond is powerful.

Cruise Line Class's comment, August 2, 2013 8:25 AM
I can't agree more with you! I am guilty of being a talker:)
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6 Career-Killing Phrases to Quit Using Now

6 Career-Killing Phrases to Quit Using Now | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
Whether you’re making an important presentation to clients or trying to motivate entry-level employees, what you say and how you say it carries weight. Here are 6 things not to say.
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Cruise Line Class's curator insight, July 28, 2013 1:14 PM

OUTSTANDING tips!

Instead of saying....I'll try, why not say Absolutely -- I will do my best!

 

Instead of saying....that won't work, why not say -- interesting idea, could we also consider the lessons we learned the last time a similar idea was implemented to avoid ........

 

I also avoid using Why questions when I am in a potential sensistive situation.  Instead of asking Why are we doing it this way, instead I re-frame into what and how and combine with (we/our statements)

Instead of saying NO.....do your best to provide options, alternatives, etc. of what can be done.

 

Please share with us some of the killer phrases you have eliminated from your vocabulary!

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So true....

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This is a nice reminder....

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When was the last time you did something for the first time as a leader?

When was the last time you did something for the first time as a leader? | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
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Someone asked me many years agao, Trish when was the last time you did something for the first time as a leader?  WOW....that question is so powerful that I constantly ask that question to myself and others.

 

I sincerely believe that if we are not constantly learning, growing, and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones then we as leaders are not reaching our potential.

If we are not reaching our potential it could be that our teams, departments, and organizations aren't either.

Even during Strategic Planning I ask the Executive Teams this question:  What one goal is impossible to achieve ; however, if we achieved would be a gamechanger?

If you constantly push yourself out of your comfort zone to learn then teams start acting as though it were impossible to fail.

Please let me know what questions you ask to keep yourself and your teams reaching higher.

 

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Losing control lately? Have you been more Dr. Jeckyll or Mr. Hyde?

Losing control lately?  Have you been more Dr. Jeckyll or Mr. Hyde? | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
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Have you been seeing more Dr. Jeckyll or Mr. Hyde lately?

 

It is true when our hot buttons get pushed -- sometimes we may react in a way that is not our best self.  It is like we have been hijacked, and we have lost control.  Essentially we are letting someone else take control of our actions and behaviors. 

 

Okay....so when this happens to you, I want you to see this as a learning opportunity, because you are about to grow from the experience! 

 

Instead of reacting negatively...take some time to figure out why, and be honest with what you are going through.  For instance, "I didn't like that my colleague questioned me." Secondly, figure out how you felt  did you feel angry, disrespected, hurt, etc.

 

Once you understand your emotions better all you have to do is come up with strategies to take charge of your emotions so that you can respond with your best you! 

 

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The Problem with Gratitude...

The Problem with Gratitude... | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
A shocking number of people have fallen into a dangerous trap on the road to success… …settling for less than they deserve in the name of gratitude. Could you be one of these people? Rather than taking action and asking for a raise...
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Jack Canfield rocks!

 

 Yes, it is important to be positive, and understanding that aspiring to achieve more is not being greedy....so shoot for the stars.

 

 

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Decision-Making Tools (6 Thinking Hats)

Decision-Making Tools (6 Thinking Hats) | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
This article explains six thinking hats, a decision making tool that helps you improve your decision making by looking at the decision from a range of different perspectives.
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If you want to achieve Extraordinary Results...you have to be willing to give that extra....

212° The Extra Degree, by Sam Parker and Mac Anderson shows you how to see an exponential increase in your business or personal achievements? It's the extra ...
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Thank you for sharing this video Jacob!

 

It is true....if we aspire to achieve Extraordinary Results -- we must committed, determined, and desciplined to always give our Extra. 

 

What separates good from the best?  It is the extra degree of effort.  Anthony Robbings refers to it as the 2mm difference.

 

Please watch this video for inspiration!

 

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Don't ask What's in it for me!

Don't ask What's in it for me! | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
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When we first began in our careres perhaps we asked the What's in it for me question constantly in our personal and work environments.  Fair enough, as teenagers and young adults that was common.

 

As you search for the top most successful leaders you will see that they may have one trait in common...they look for opportunities to help others. These elite leaders care more than they have to about their people.  They get to know them as people -- not just employees.  They take time to build trust, and they prioritize their teams. 

 

Brian Tracy's quote says is beautifully.  Great character is built on adding value and helping people to reach their potentials.

 

 

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Maria Llanso's comment, May 14, 2013 10:07 PM
Great, beautiful, true quote!
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Thank you Maria!!! I apologize for the delay in getting back to you...was at sea for 2 1/2 weeks:)
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How Real Leaders Demonstrate Accountability

How Real Leaders Demonstrate Accountability | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
Everyone wants to be a leader. However, few are prepared to accept the accountability that goes with it. But you can't have one without the other.
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Love this article!!!

 

Taken from the article:  "First and foremost, it means that you accept responsibility for the outcomes expected of you—both good and bad. You don’t blame others. And you don’t blame the external environment. There are always things you could have done—or still can do—to change the outcome.

 

Until you take responsibility, you are a victim. And being a victim is the exact opposite of being a leader."

 

The article gives examples of how to be accountable without making excuses or blaming the exernal environment.  I was told once that true accountability is absent of all excuses...that means that they don't save sorry I was late, BUT, etc. etc.  (I am going to challenge myself this entire week to be more accountable in everything I do -- how about you?  Are you willing to take the challenge with me?

 

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Difference between Boss & Leader

Difference between Boss & Leader | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
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This is great...thank you for sharing!

 

When you are a boss, I think that you use your title to get the job done.  You point, and when others ask why...the boss responds, "Because I said so."  Employees follow their bosses, because they have to. 

 

Leaders don't need to use their titles to get the job done.  They have built their relationships, and are interested in their people not just as employees.  Here, employees follow their leaders not because they have to, however, because they want to. (Listen)

 

What are your thoughts?

 

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Simon Sinek: How Extraordinary Leaders Evolve

Simon Sinek: How Extraordinary Leaders Evolve | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it

Leadership writer and top TED speaker Simon Sinek explains how great leaders create a circle of safety for their teams.


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Great video!

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Cruise Line Class's comment, August 2, 2013 8:54 AM
Thank you Kenneth for sharing this video! I completely agree with John's statement:)
Tom Hood's curator insight, August 2, 2013 9:58 AM

Sinek does it again - from the "golden circle" of "why" to the "circle of safety" for making an extraordinary organziation that can execute your why.

 

The circle of safety is about engagement, empowerment, and protection of your team. Do you just protect the senior team in your organziation or do all of your people feel safe and able to make decisions?

 

Another inspirational talk from Simon Sinek. Worth a reaad and watch.

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Thank you Tom!!!
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How Great Leaders Communicate

How Great Leaders Communicate | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
What you say and write matters, but how you say it, how you relate and genuinely connect with people, is what separates great leaders from the pack.

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Excellent tips! 

 

It seems as though we have more and more technology to share information, and we are connecting less and less.

 

We have to constantly remind ourselves the importance in Disconnecting from our technology to truly and genuinely Connect with our people.

 

What tips do you have to stay connected?

 

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 15, 2013 8:03 AM

(From the article): Be genuine and direct. Be the genuine you. Aspire to be the best version of you, not someone or something you’re not. Don’t over-think or over-process what you know you need to say. Don’t oversell and don’t BS. Also you can be genuine and direct without being a jerk about it. You can be hard on people without insulting them. When it comes to conflict or debate, stick to business; don’t make it personal.


Ajish Kumar's comment, July 22, 2013 4:52 AM
good article. Sometimes, we ignore what other wants to hear. Need to practice more.
Ajish Kumar's curator insight, July 22, 2013 4:53 AM

Good one for those who are looking for leadership role.

 
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Are these the three most powerful words a leader can say?

Are these the three most powerful words a leader can say? | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
When leadership is confused with the need to know everything it can lead to cultures of bluff where people feel it’s more important to give a response (including a wrong one) than acknowledge doubt.
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Great Article!

 

So many powerful 3 words! 

 

Besides what the article has noted....how about this 4 word phraset:

How can I help?

 

Do you have other powerful phrases that we should practice?

 

Make it a great day!

 

 

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5 Steps for Leaders Struggling to Lead Positive Change --Leverage Stories

5 Steps for Leaders Struggling to Lead Positive Change --Leverage Stories | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it

Interestingly, the amount of time leaders spent on the issue had little impact on their success; the correlation was barely significant. But how they spent their time, including the number of sources of influence they applied, had a huge impact.


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Excellent article!  I know you have seen many articles about story telling; however, I am so very passionate about this topic.

I first started tapping into the power of story telling when I was working as a server.  My trainer was so skilled at telling stories that painted such a powerful picture that the words reached minds and pulled some powerful emotional strings.

Please take a moment to read this article....Karen Dietz, thank you again for sharing with us!

Before crafting my stories regardless of the topic or subject matter, I ask myself the same three questions:

1.  Who is my Audience

I work hard at putting myself in their shoes to understand their vantage point.  I think about...What do they know, what objections may they have, why should they listen, what is in it for them to listen, what will they gain, what emotions may they be going through

2.  What do I want to Achieve

I ask myself questions like:  What does success look like?  How will I know that the talk has been successful?  What are the goals that I want to achieve for myself, for the audience?  Now, how do I achieve the goals with the established time?

 3.  How do I want to be perceived (and the company)

For example, Caring, empathetic, etc.

 

These 3 questions I use often....hope this article and the tips provided help you.

Make it a great day! 

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Karen Dietz's comment, July 30, 2013 8:32 PM
You are in a tough situation Carolin and it reminds me of the go-go days of bank mergers when I was consulting in that industry. And yes, silos became stronger because of high degrees of uncertainty. Your instincts are right -- the more people can get to know each other across silos, the walls will start becoming more permeable. Story sharing across groups (one-to-one or in group settings) is really critical here.
Karen Dietz's comment, July 30, 2013 8:32 PM
And thanks for sharing Carolin!
Karen Dietz's comment, July 30, 2013 8:53 PM
And thank you SmartCoach, Kati, and Regine for your comments and additional insights you've shared!
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Are you listening to your teams?

Are you listening to your teams? | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
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As I grow as a leader I am so often reminded of the simple fact that the best leaders are great listeners.  They sincerely listen to understand their teams...they don't listen merely to respond.

 

They also know when to hold their tongues when saying something isn't important, and doesn't add value. 

 

What are your thoughts? I know today I am going to focus on saying less and listening more........how about you?

 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 26, 2013 11:18 AM

Deep listening is the sign of great leadership.

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Thank you Ivon for your contribution!!!
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5 Powerful Ways for Opening a Presentation

5 Powerful Ways for Opening a Presentation | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
We've all been there before: staring at the glow of your blank computer screen with no idea on how to open or start your talk. For starters, you should never be staring at PowerPoint with no clear ...

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These tips are excellent for all levels of leaders!

 

Story telling and quotes are my favorites.  Do you have other suggestions, you would like to add?

 

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Trisha Proud's comment, July 30, 2013 6:45 PM
Patricia - saying something memorable, wearing something memorable and sometimes I bring something memorable! Trisha Proud
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Karen Dietz's comment, July 30, 2013 8:35 PM
Thank you Trisha, Patricia, Peter, Richard, Denyse, Lalita, Karen and Ivon for your comments! I've been enjoying the conversation and thoughts.
Don Breedwell's curator insight, August 1, 2013 7:51 PM

This is a reminder for all of us who are teachers and Ouse power point in the classroom, too. 

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Have you made the workplace more fun?

Have you made the workplace more fun? | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
Want to Change Behaviors for the Better? Make it Fun! This article provides a case study and challenges the reader to lead others by making their tasks more fun.
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5 Qualities That Every Good Boss Should Have - Fast Company

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5 Qualities That Every Good Boss Should Have
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It also doesn't help that most advice about leadership is given by, well, let's be honest, leaders.
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Want better results? Ask better questions!

Want better results?  Ask better questions! | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
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As successful leaders we know how to respond to questions like a champion every day.....we bat out those answers confidently one right after the other.

 

When you start with powerful questions that are framed around what you can do....you will have better solutions.

 

Example:  Don't ask, "Why don't they ever consider me for promotion?"

 

Instead:  "What can I do to get promoted + How can I find out what I need to strengthen or learn to be considered for promotion?

 

By asking better questions....you will get better answers.

 

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You are the thermostat for your team!

You are the thermostat for your team! | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
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As successful leaders, we are being hit with challenges every day...so is it realistic for us to think positively in an enviornment that may not always be positive? 

 

What is the benefit to me, my team, my department, my customres, my organization to think positive, act positively, and talk positively?

 

Well if you are the leader you set the tone for the department.  You become the thermostat for your department and your team. Do you want a team and working enviornment that is positive or stressful?

 

The question is do we have the internal strength and discipline to be positive leaders despite of the environment?

 

Tell me your thoughts and better yet your tips on how you manage to be a positive leader and role-model.

 

Make it a great day! 

 

 

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Do you want to get back an hour each day?

Do you want to get back an hour each day? | Leadership Advice & Tips | Scoop.it
Boosting your productivity may be challenging, but there are a variety of tools available to help you along the way.I don't know about you, but I'm one of those “work-well-under-pressure” (RT @AMAnet: 10 Tools To Add An Extra Hour To Your Day.
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Take a minute to read the article's tips to get the most out of your day.

 

The article has ten different tools to help you! 

 

Besides the tools mentioned:

 

I use Shortkeys!  If you want to automate tedious and repetitive typing, and save alot of time. How it works:  Type a few characters and ShortKeys replaces them with words, phrases  or paragraphs of text. You will be amazed by the amount of time ShortKeys saves.  The software is approximately $25 and is offered for Mac, PC, etc.

 

Please let me know if you have other tools to share with us to save us time!

 

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