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Make Hope a Habit - General Leadership

Make Hope a Habit - General Leadership | Tao of Leadership and Customer Satisfaction | Scoop.it
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence!

Helen Keller
 
A famous 50-year-long study of nuns produced a remarkable finding.

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Hope is what keeps our flame burning

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John Michel's curator insight, November 15, 2013 6:16 AM

It’s been said that hope is the first of our “emergency” virtues. Specifically, hope is a virtue that keeps us going through difficulties. It is a life raft we cling to when all seems lost.


AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, November 15, 2013 10:09 AM

Thanks for a great article John Michel on an incredibly relevant and often overlooked area, HOPE.  

 

Here is one of my favorite sections of the post on what HOPE is:

 

Of course, this does not imply hope is a denial of reality. Nor is it an elixir to cure all of our ills. We can, after all, hope for a job, for success for our family, for recovery from illness, for a better, safer world. But hope certainly comes with no guarantees.


Rather, hope is, in the words of author and activist Joan Chittister,


“…a series of small actions that transforms darkness into light. It is putting one foot in front of the other when we can find no reason to do so at all.”


Hope then, is what we have when we have no sure answers but still expect a better end.


It is hope which allows us to overcome hurdles we could not otherwise endure and, in doing so, moves us into a space where healing and growth can begin to occur.


John Michel's curator insight, November 15, 2013 10:57 AM

It’s been said that hope is the first of our “emergency” virtues. Specifically, hope is a virtue that keeps us going through difficulties. It is a life raft we cling to when all seems lost.


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How To Deal With 5 Common Awkward Conversational Moments

How To Deal With 5 Common Awkward Conversational Moments | Tao of Leadership and Customer Satisfaction | Scoop.it
Always find yourself stuck in awkward moments? Don't get discouragedhere's how to get through them, dignity intact.
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Awkward moments are inevitable but these tips to smoothen them works wonders.
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7 Things Warren Buffett Can Teach You About Leadership

Warren Buffett shares words of wisdom from decades of experience, success, and failure.
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Always liked Warren's wit.

 

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Customers Are Better Strategists Than Managers

Customers Are Better Strategists Than Managers | Tao of Leadership and Customer Satisfaction | Scoop.it
Perspective is everything.
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Listening to your key stakeholders helps u establish strong position.l.

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How To Get Over Your Self-Doubt

How To Get Over Your Self-Doubt | Tao of Leadership and Customer Satisfaction | Scoop.it
For some, self-doubt and confidence issues color a whole lifetime. How can you break out of that shell to reach your full potential?
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Realizing that u were great a along is key to overcome self doubt.
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3 Reasons Why Nonprofits Don’t Do Storytelling - And My Solutions | JCSM

3 Reasons Why Nonprofits Don’t Do Storytelling - And My Solutions | JCSM | Tao of Leadership and Customer Satisfaction | Scoop.it

"As a savvy nonprofit professional, you understand that effective storytelling is one of the most important ways to raise money and grow support for your cause.

 

However, there are certain challenges that some nonprofits face when collecting and disseminating stories about their organization."

 

Read the full article to find out more about the three most common challenges that nonprofits face in storytelling, along with suggested solutions to these challenges:

Our organization has never told stories before.Our clients’ identities need to be kept confidential.Our clients don’t want to share their stories.
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Stories are impactful. Yet it still doesn't seem to fit into the lobby arsenal of lots of non-profit organisation.

After accepting social media, this might be the next obstacle to make non-profits stronger in their lobby.

 

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Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, May 2, 1:56 AM

The solutions offered in the article are great!  My take-away is you need to get creative.  Stop focusing on the challenges that are holding you back from finding and telling your stories, and start thinking of ways to accomplish your end goal.

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Richard Branson Reveals His Customer Service Secrets - YouTube

Forbes.com contributor and communications coach, Carmine Gallo, learned 7 valuable customer service lessons in a day with Richard Branson and the Virgin Amer...
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Classic insights... that can always be reshared. Branson on Customer Service.

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What did Harvard Business School learn studying people who wear sweatpants in public?

What did Harvard Business School learn studying people who wear sweatpants in public? | Tao of Leadership and Customer Satisfaction | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered subtle cues that help nonconformists break from the pack and thrive.

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Wearing sweatpants will perserve your place in any group ;)

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Lead at your best - "..unwire and rewire from the inside.." | McKinsey & Company

Lead at your best - "..unwire and rewire from the inside.." | McKinsey & Company | Tao of Leadership and Customer Satisfaction | Scoop.it
Five simple exercises can help you recognize, and start to shift, the mind-sets that limit your potential as a leader. A McKinsey Quarterly article.

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mindsets that shifts your leadership output

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 6, 8:12 PM

These are five simple exercises, but can be very difficult to perform - as with anything you want to improve you need to practise.

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Helping the Passive-Aggressive Executive

Helping the Passive-Aggressive Executive | Tao of Leadership and Customer Satisfaction | Scoop.it

Business schools prepare us to become better at strategizing, inspiring, mentoring, team building, delegating, and so on. But do they prepare us for dealing with executives who are resistant to motivating, influencing, and coaching interventions?

 


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Nice insight on dealing with passive agressive people at work.

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donhornsby's curator insight, February 22, 10:53 PM

Why would you want to go through such a rigmarole to keep a passive-aggressive on track?  The answer is that these people are often highly expert at what they do, despite being poor at teamwork. In an effort to carve out an identity for themselves, they often make themselves highly expert in a narrow field in which their parents have little authority and can’t challenge them. That’s obviously fine until they get a job with people who do have relevant expertise and can challenge them.

Sabine Henrichfreise's curator insight, February 23, 8:42 AM

Leaders have to develop their affective skills if they want to create a positive emotional atmosphere. Positive emotions create positive relationships. Positive relationships are key for a successful and a joyful business life. 

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The role of a leader in an adaptive organisation

There has been a lot of talk in the past week or so about leadership and whether it is in fact a redundant profession.  The discussions were sparked by the news that Zappos are throwing their lot i...

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Again, vision seems the key ingredient in a changing company.

 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 24, 1:51 PM

I wonder if we will ever get there in education? I mean a managerless work place.

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Leadership Inspires Us To Become Greater

Leadership Inspires Us To Become Greater | Tao of Leadership and Customer Satisfaction | Scoop.it
I have worked with people who had a strong vision of where they wanted to go. They lead by taking measurable steps to put...

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Inspiring readings about inspiring leadership

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Want to Improve Your Customer Experience? Start With Your Employees

Want to Improve Your Customer Experience? Start With Your Employees | Tao of Leadership and Customer Satisfaction | Scoop.it
In order to create a customer experience that makes doing business with your company a pleasure, we all need employees who are willing to go the extra mile for customers.

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Great customer experience starts with great company culture

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Five Tips on Using Storytelling for Community Management | The Community Manager

Five Tips on Using Storytelling for Community Management | The Community Manager | Tao of Leadership and Customer Satisfaction | Scoop.it

"Compelling storytelling is the foundation for building strong social relationships and brand advocacy. Persuasive, shareable, and detailed, your brand’s story will create deep consumer connections."

 

Read the full article to find out more about these five tips on using storytelling for community management:

Incorporate human interest.Show, don't tell.Let the story communicate what your brand, product or community is all about.Interview your community members and quote them.Invite members to share their own stories.
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Handy insight... Today I saw people putting this is practice, and they create really inspiring stories

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How to Handle Loneliness in Leadership

How to Handle Loneliness in Leadership | Tao of Leadership and Customer Satisfaction | Scoop.it
If you've ever felt loneliness in leadership, welcome to the club. Here's why it's not always a problem you need to solve.

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Harvard - Psychology of Leadership - 21. Positive Psychology (James Pawelski) - YouTube

How can leaders-in the business sector, politics, or education-create an environment that facilitates growth? Topics include transformational leadership, per...

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Positive psychology enables leaders to help others to reconize and evolve their own strength.
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10 Traits Of Great Business Leaders

10 Traits Of Great Business Leaders | Tao of Leadership and Customer Satisfaction | Scoop.it
Whether you’re a freelancer, small-business owner, or full-timer, to climb the ladder, you must know how to lead the pack. Are you destined to be the big boss or be bossed around? To find out, take a look at these 10 characteristics shared by great business leaders: 1. Persistence, Persistence, Persistence In [...]

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What traits enables greatness?

 

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Does Your Customer Service Style Sabotage Your Customer Experience?

Does Your Customer Service Style Sabotage Your Customer Experience? | Tao of Leadership and Customer Satisfaction | Scoop.it
How to be, in a sense, your own customer experience consultant, and take the initiative required to to rescue your customer experience from an inappropriate, accidental, default customer service style, and instead create a distinctive service style...
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Service doesn't always equals experience
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The Top 10 Leadership Competencies

The Top 10 Leadership Competencies | Tao of Leadership and Customer Satisfaction | Scoop.it
What are the most important leadership skills? How many do you possess?

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I like this article, 'cause next to naming the 10 compentencies it actually gives you tips how to develop the compentency.

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Understanding the Kano Model - A Tool for Sophisticated Designers

Understanding the Kano Model - A Tool for Sophisticated Designers | Tao of Leadership and Customer Satisfaction | Scoop.it
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Revisiting the Kano Model....  how to "wow" your customers.

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10 Steps To Effective Listening

10 Steps To Effective Listening | Tao of Leadership and Customer Satisfaction | Scoop.it

Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, Katherine Bryant, David Hain, Robin Brothers, AlGonzalezinfo
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nobody hates a listener

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 9, 9:18 PM

Greta quote in the cartoon. "nobody hates a listener"

Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 9, 9:19 PM

Great caption in cartoon "Nobody hates a listener"

Stefano Principato's curator insight, April 25, 6:13 AM
  1. Face the speaker and maintain eye contact.
  2. Be attentive, but relaxed.
  3. Keep an open mind.
  4. Listen to the words and try to picture what the speaker is saying.
  5. Don’t interrupt and don’t impose your “solutions.
  6. Wait for the speaker to pause to ask clarifying questions.
  7. Ask questions only to ensure understanding.
  8. Try to feel what the speaker is feeling.
  9. Give the speaker regular feedback.
  10. Pay attention to what isn’t said—to nonverbal cues.









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How To Be A Better Leader By Rewiring Your Brain - Inc.com

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How To Be A Better Leader By Rewiring Your Brain
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Controlling the way your brain responds to emotions isn't as complicated as it sounds. A psychologist explains the steps that will change your behavior.

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Being able to use your sense is a great achievement, but choosing your reactions to your stimuli differentiates us from animals.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, March 9, 7:32 PM

Or put more simplistically - Think before you act.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, March 10, 8:43 AM

Better Leader...Great one

Nacho Vega's curator insight, March 10, 4:12 PM

"Emotional Intelligence (EQ), the ability to recognize, understand, and control your own and others' emotions." Do you want to know more... just follow this link!

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What Aristotle and Joshua Bell can teach us about persuasion - Conor Neill - YouTube

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-aristotle-and-joshua-bell-can-teach-us-about-persuasion-conor-neill Imagine you are one of the world's great...
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A beautiful story about persuasion by Conor Neill

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Developing leaders: It's your job

It’s not part of your job description. Nobody has told you that you need to spend time and effort developing others in your organization. You have too many

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I believe that no matter in what position or situation we are, we have the duty to empower and inspire others in order for them to shine bright in their very own way.

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buket's curator insight, January 4, 1:20 AM

"Your leadership and your organization can reach great heights when you put the effort and time into developing leaders."

Leadership development requires consistent and persistent engagement from all its board members. If all the members are responsible for making leadership development an everyday busiess, 

you can implement a systematic improvement in the process of 

developing leaders in your workplace.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 4, 11:52 AM

It is. This is servant-leadership

Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, January 6, 5:34 PM

Que no se nos olvide el objetivo final.

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Leadership Is About Emotion

Leadership Is About Emotion | Tao of Leadership and Customer Satisfaction | Scoop.it
Make a list of the 5 leaders you most admire. They can be from business, social media, politics, technology, the sciences, any field. Now ask yourself why you admire them.

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I like this article. The way it's written makes us realise why emotional intelligence is important to us.

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Why Simplicity Is So Complex

Why Simplicity Is So Complex | Tao of Leadership and Customer Satisfaction | Scoop.it
The key to solving complex problems may be to simplify as much as possible and approach them with a beginner's mind.

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Gustaaf (Vocking) is close to coining the phrase: "It's simple but hard". When I read this I realise it was my calling to scoop this!

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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, December 11, 2013 6:50 AM

Use the Slow is Fast Method!

 

If you really want to be more efficient in the way that you communicate, delegate, and ensure understanding...use the Slow is Fast Concept.   It takes just a bit more time to think things through. 

 

If you want to speak clearly you need to think clearly.  Taking the time for reflection will help communicating in a concise and simple manner.

 

What are some of the methods you use to make things more simple?  Would love to hear from you.

 

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