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How LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter Have Changed the ROI of Leadership - Forbes

How LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter Have Changed the ROI of Leadership - Forbes | If you lead them, they will follow! | Scoop.it

"Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter have changed the ROI on leadership and it’s your responsibility to get in the game."

 

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As a former C-level exec, I was skeptical myself, but now I’m a believer. Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter have changed the ROI on leadership and it’s your responsibility to get in the game.

 

About a year ago, the head of marketing for a healthcare company told me, “our leaders are not paid to write and express their POV outside their immediate roles & responsibilities. Besides, many of them don’t write well and would tarnish their image if they tried.”

 

I responded  ...many of your smaller competitors have invested in activating the voices of their senior executives by training them how to blog and also how to utilize social media to expand their reach and influence.”

 

This prediction recently became a reality and not only has the head of marketing been fired, but the company has had to hire new talent that understands how to implement the power of social media.


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Three ways you learn leadership | Omega HR Solutions

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Petriglieri answers the question in his post called Who Can Teach Leadership? But what if you are not teaching leadership? What if you want to learn it? In this post I give you three ideas on how you can learn leadership.
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Harvard's Cynthia Montgomery Asks: Are You A Strategist?

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You talk about confidence and overconfidence, exposing the “myth of the super-manager.” Would you explain that and its danger? Most managers have a bias for action: They see an opportunity and they want to pursue it; ...
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What Successful Night Owls Get Done Before Bed

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Early birds get all the credit.  ...[Researchers] found...those individuals who preferred to stay up late demonstrated "a higher level of cognitive complexity.”

  

Being a night owl myself, this caught my eye about tuning into your own thinking, doing and sleeping preferences.  It's also what works for my family, all of us tending to be on a late schedule. ~ Deb

  

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Fast Company found a group of dedicated night owls to discuss their strategies for making the wee hours work for them. 

     

Desai says it’s common for him to leave the thinking work for the wee hours. “During the day most of my time is spent in meetings with entrepreneurs, and the only time I can find alone to do work that requires some concentration is when the rest of the household is asleep.”   Keval Desai, a partner at InterWest Partners and a former Google product director     "I adore late night. When my kids were young, I loved having hours of quiet after they went to bed. I had teams all over the world back then so I would do conference calls, respond to email, and catch up on reading,” says Laurie Tucker is the senior vice president for corporate marketing at FedEx who sent her response to Fast Company at 1:45 a.m., also close to her bedtime of 2 am.     Read the full article.
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Transformational leadership, creativity, and organizational … - All About Internet

Transformational leadership, creativity, and organizational … - All About Internet | If you lead them, they will follow! | Scoop.it
This study proposes a model of the impact of transformational leadership both on followers' creativity at the individual level and on innovation Five-factor model of personality and transformational. leadership.

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We are not fearless

Fear paralyzes us if we let it.  Often it's resilient...


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What Is Disrupting Management

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by Jay Deragon

 

“Over the coming decades, these forces will mostly destroy management as we know it.” Gary Hamel

 

Management is in a chaotic state of mind. Demands surround them, markets shift at the click of a mouse, customers expect more, competitors are giving more and employees need more. Managing in the 21st century is about giving more but the management models of the past were designed to control rather than give more.

 

In most organizations 96% of the problems are caused by management’s design of their “system”. The organization’s “systems” represent the flow of work, information, data, interactions and knowledge. If the few (management) are controlling the flow of work, information, data, interactions and knowledge then by default the few are relied on to solve 96% of the problems. Since the attributes of markets in the 21st century are about constant chaotic change it is impossible to expect that the old “management system’s” and the related thinking could solve the majority of today’s problems. If no one is solving repetitive problems then the problems get worse....

 


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Career Lessons From The Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women Rankings - Forbes

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Even if your goal isn’t to make next year’s Forbes list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, there are career lessons to take away for the rest of us.
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Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

TED Talks Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ...

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Growing Women In Leadership Talent Pool Pays Off

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The good news: many companies have begun to make gender diversity a priority. Less good news: few companies have fully realized the goal.

 

In its previous studies McKinsey demonstrated that including women in leadership was highly consistent with excellent, and even outstanding, performance. When women and men share the top spots, there is more intelligence – and diversity of talent – to help solve problems and foster innovation. However, only 14% of women sit on executive committees and only 3% are CEOs of Fortune 500 firms.

 

Through an evaluation of 60 Fortune 500 companies, McKinsey researchers tracked the progress these firms have made and developed four measurements that were predictive of company success at promoting women into leadership:

 


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Creative Leadership and Sense Making

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Interesting interview with Chuck Palus co-author of The Leaders Edge. The book describes leadership as the art of making shared sense of complexity, and talks about six creative leadership competencies that can help when striving to lead innovation initiatives, developing creative organizational cultures or just to get better at being an empowering collaborative leader. 


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Creative Leadership and Sense Making: Interview with Chuck Palus

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I was stoked to be able to interview both Chuck Palus and David Horth for Think Jar Co.


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Learning Leadership: The Power of Words

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A few weeks ago, I discussed the power of the questions we ask and how questions are often indicative of our values. Words are powerful.

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Elite Leadership Tweets and the $1.3 Trillion Price Of Not Tweeting At Work -

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"Recently, the CEO of Oracle, one of the largest and most advanced computer tech corporations in the world, tweeted for the very first time and joined a club that remains surprisingly elite."


DN:  Twitter is peerless in its current, to the moment sensing of what is going on in the world and the ease with which connections happen.  Leadership + social, however, moves slowly, as attested by the CEO of HootSuite.  HootSuite has been my favorite twitter management tool, by the way.  

 

Leader reluctance to fully understand the impact and usefulness of social media may be to their company's detriment, via new findings released by McKinsey as well as learning which big companies are investing in social now.


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Social technologies [can] free up expertise trapped in departmental silos. High-skill workers can now be tapped company-wide

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Among CEOs of the world’s Fortune 500 companies, a mere 20 have Twitter accounts. Larry Ellison, the Oracle CEO, by the way, hasn’t tweeted since.

 

A new report from McKinsey Global Institute, however, makes yet another business case for social media:

  

According to an analysis of 4,200 companies by the business consulting giant, social technologies stand to unlock from $900 billion to $1.3 trillion in value.   At the high end, that approaches Australia’s annual GDP.   Two-thirds of the value ...rests in “improved communications and collaboration within and across enterprises...”     Any human interaction in the workplace can be "socialized"--endowed with the speed, scale, and disruptive economics of the Internet.

 

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In the last year...Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, Adobe and even Oracle, spent about $2.5 billion snatching up social media tools.
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...R&D teams brainstorm products, HR vets applicants, sales fosters leads, and operations ...forecasts and monitors supply chains.

  

Social technologies [can] free up expertise trapped in departmental silos. High-skill workers can now be tapped company-wide.

  

...social sharing translates to a productivity windfall as "enterprise information becomes accessible and searchable, rather than locked up as ‘dark matter’ in inboxes.”

 

In the last year, the world’s largest enterprise software companies--Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, Adobe, and even Ellison’s own Oracle--have spent upward of $2.5 billion snatching up social media tools to add to their enterprise suites.

 

Even Twitter-phobic CEOs may have a hard time ignoring that business case.

 

Read the full article by Author Ryan Holmes, the CEO of HootSuite here.  Hootsuite is a social media management system with 4 million users, including 79 of the Fortune 100 companies.


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Managers, do you encourage innovation? Time to think again. | Chartered Management Institute

Managers, do you encourage innovation? Time to think again. | Chartered Management Institute | If you lead them, they will follow! | Scoop.it
Leaders, do you encourage #innovation? Time to think again.
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The Secret to Staying Sought-After - Forbes

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Key to staying relevant and sought-after in this increasingly complex yet connected world is your connective listening skills that help you bond with diverse others around your strengths.
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There is no such thing as leadership – Peter Drucker classic, Change Leadership?

There is no such thing as leadership – Peter Drucker classic, Change Leadership? | If you lead them, they will follow! | Scoop.it

Wes Balda has written a compelling piece on Peter Drucker and our overwrought attention to defining leadership, which is timely, seeing the new Pew report on negative media and presidental election coverage.

 

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At lunch one day, [Wes] asked Peter to define leadership. He snorted in response, “There is no such thing as leadership.”

 

He defended this by claiming it couldn’t be defined. He stressed that leaders were only labeled thus because they had followers.

 

“At best, leadership may be a dimension of management,” he said, “and leaders could be identified because their actions were predictable, or perhaps trustworthy.”

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Leading could be how we manage, or make knowledge effective through relationships, in powerless environments.
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...Max DePree identified an important concept – the absence of power. Leading could be how we manage, or make knowledge effective through relationships, in powerless environments.


Results are achieved around or beyond the use of power. “Leading without power” may be the only way leadership works. By definition, then, using power in leading is not leading at all.

 

DN:  Perhaps it's just coercion, or intimidation.  From another article excerpted here, from Forbes, note the diagrammed split of leadership and management tools and the placement of "power tools."


So, when Drucker says leaders are only defined by the presence of followers, I believe he means that these followers first exist – and that they are absolutely free from all constraints in choosing to follow.


A well known video on being the first follower helps illustrate this point.

 

Power is absent, and the decision to follow creates the ultimate democracy. (Drucker, incidentally, was even more focused on civil society after Sept. 11, 2001.)


Read the full article here.

 

Photo credit:  by Jeff McNeill, Flickr.com CC


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Victoria Morgia Jamolod-Umbo's comment, September 6, 2012 9:28 AM
In any organization, there will always be leaders and followers. It is true that many people hate the fact that they are just simple followers, the main reason why they often time make nasty comments about these leaders.But, despite all these negative comments, a true leader should never be onion-skinned, and should stand firm on what he believes is right and advantageous for the majority, regardless of any negative opinions.
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, September 10, 2012 9:54 AM
@Victoria, thanks for your comment. It is true that "leaders" must have thick skins. Drucker's point, I believe, is that followers define the leaders, and that leaders may, in many, even most cases be an artifact of management, rather than the magical status we've given them over the years.

Indeed, where would Gandi, Nelson Mandela, Washington and Lincoln be without their first followers and the followings that emerged to turn the tides of public opinion to make significant changes in our histories.

It's a provocative article and I'm glad that people are rescooping it. ~ Deb
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5 paradoxes to unlocking leadership - TODAYonline

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by Mano Ramakrishnan

 

In high-growth Asia, a company's ability to grow its business is closely linked to its ability to grow its leadership pool.

 

It is no wonder then, that many Chief Executive Officers in this region have asked us: "How can we fast-track the development of our leaders?"

 

To answer this question, the Human Capital Leadership Institute embarked on a research collaboration with the Centre for Creative Leadership.

 

We interviewed leaders from five award-winning organisations in Singapore, namely Olam International, Unilever, CapitaLand, the Singapore Prison Service and British American Tobacco.

 

We distilled five key findings from this research,,,,


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Every Leader Is an Artist

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by MICHAEL O'MALLEY

 

The connection between leadership and art has been made many times over, usually as a way to single out certain properties of the arts that carry over to leadership, such as a jazz musician's ability to create through improvisation. These analogies can be compelling, but my point is more ambitious: leadership is an actual art, not metaphorically an art.

 

The same attributes that distinguish great from mediocre artists distinguish exceptional leaders from their ordinary counterparts. The best leaders and artists give us perspective on our social condition (good or bad) and greater appreciation of our world, ourselves, and our choices. Moreover, they challenge, excite, comfort, and motivate. They bring us closer together by providing a forum for shared experiences and by forging a sense of community. Leadership and art both animate social encounters. They can change our lives in ways that are as invigorating and real as being hit by a wave....


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Millennials Are Slackers? No. They're Struggling And Scared, Poll Shows - Forbes

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Millennials, also known as Generation Y, have gotten a very bad rap.  Young adults between the ages of 18 and 29, they have a reputation as entitled, spoiled and discontented.
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6 Delegation Tips That Build Trust and Results

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by JOHN BOSSONG

 

Delegation is powerful. It’s a huge part of growing a business and creating trust. One person can only do so much effectively. To multiply and accomplish more, delegating effectively is vital.Why do people struggle with delegation? Not because they don’t want to delegate, but because they are not taught how to delegate effectively.

 

Many leaders delegate activities rather than results and then micromanage the process. This micromanagement creates a lack of trust....


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Leadership: 3 Ways to Know You've Become a True Leader

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Leadership lessons from a friend who died too young

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"An emotional, true story that reminds us of the importance to lead ourselves and others out of conflict in order to maximize the good we do while on this earth. "  This is a tear jerker but worth the emotion to get to the life lesson at the end.  I wonder...what DO we mean when we say "it is what it is?" Do you really believe it? When do you give up and when do you continue to try?  Questions to ponder to start the week. 

 


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6 Types of People Build Your Mental Toughness - Forbes

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As the saying goes, “It gets lonely at the top.” There are many reasons that one feels isolated and at times lonely when they have reached the pinnacle of success.OR are on their way to success. 


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Transformational Leadership Traits: Don’t Micromanage

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The Transformational Leader Avoids Micromanaging Effective delegation depends on the leader’s ability to fully empower the success if the delegated task by not micromanaging the person or the process delegated.

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