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Why We Need More (Women) Leaders

Why We Need More (Women) Leaders | Insight, Motivation & Leadership In Business | Scoop.it
Because we need more leaders, full stop.

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Why Are 70% Of Employees Disengaged, And What Can You Do About It?

Why Are 70% Of Employees Disengaged,  And What Can You Do About It? | Insight, Motivation & Leadership In Business | Scoop.it
According to the late comedian George Carlin, “Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.” I have shared this statement with thousands of employees in many different companies and industries in...

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Interesting article - how can you make sure your employees are engaged and are working hnarder than just enough to be pulled up on laziness? 

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Women Don't Need to Lead Better Than Men. They Need to Lead Differently.

Women Don't Need to Lead Better Than Men. They Need to Lead Differently. | Insight, Motivation & Leadership In Business | Scoop.it
It's time to approach diversity as more than an abstract theory.

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Why You Need To Brag More (And How To Do It)

Why You Need To Brag More (And How To Do It) | Insight, Motivation & Leadership In Business | Scoop.it
Think hard: When’s the last time you took credit—really took credit—for a job well done? Without giving props to others, shying away from praise, or otherwise shifting the recognition to anyone but yourself?
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A rather debatable article right here. Is this really the general case? Do women in a mixed work environment tend to take less credit than is due to themselves? Why so?

 

Either way, there is no harm to take the credit...gracefully ... if you deserve it. Good read.

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Workplace revolution: What does dressed for success mean in 2013?

Workplace revolution: What does dressed for success mean in 2013? | Insight, Motivation & Leadership In Business | Scoop.it
Workplace attire is undergoing a revolution of sorts. In some workplaces, what use to be “casual Friday” has become “business normal.”
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Dressing for success - Every workplace has differing views on what is required for the work environment - from strict prim and proper business attire right through to casual Friday every day - is it really about how we dress that determines our success in the workplace or have some organisations identified that is is more about "work" that determines success? -

 

Dressing for success can be more of an element of "mental preparation" also - what works for you and your organisation?

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It Pays To Have Hope...

It Pays To Have Hope... | Insight, Motivation & Leadership In Business | Scoop.it
Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world.
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Great infographic on having hope - it pays to have hope...

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The Art of Public Speaking, 11th Edition - Free eBook Share

The Art of Public Speaking, 11th Edition - Free eBook Share | Insight, Motivation & Leadership In Business | Scoop.it
eBook Free Download: The Art of Public Speaking, 11th Edition | PDF, EPUB | ISBN: 0073406732 | 2011-10-04 | English | PutLocker

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Download this free e-book which looks into the art of public speaking for those inspired to become public speaking gurus - or just if you wish to improve your public speaking generally

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Eryn Russell's curator insight, January 15, 2014 1:36 PM

Free textbook!

Talberly House's curator insight, January 16, 2014 8:57 AM

public speaking

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speech !

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The Big Difference Between Leaders and Managers

The Big Difference Between Leaders and Managers | Insight, Motivation & Leadership In Business | Scoop.it

Leaders are a causal force — they cause things to happen that were not going to happen without their influence.

 

They are future oriented and they envision possibilities that are often discontinuous with the past. They are adept at innovating, articulating a vision, architecting strategies, and inspiring growth and development in others on behalf of the vision.

 

Leaders are rich in determination and unwavering in resourcefulness. Thus, every person in every role has the opportunity and responsibility to demonstrate leadership — to be fully engaged and to perform beyond their day-to-day management responsibilities.


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A nice take on the difference between leadership and management... take a step and look at which is more important for you, in order to get it right...

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Nadia Edwards-Dashti's curator insight, October 2, 2013 11:57 AM

What a great quote - "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things"

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Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset: How Your Beliefs Change Your Behavior

Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset: How Your Beliefs Change Your Behavior | Insight, Motivation & Leadership In Business | Scoop.it

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"We are our own worst enemies" ... Limiting beliefs will limit your actions. Take note of the layers of behaviour change - something that is definitely worth having a look at.

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Karin Sebelin's curator insight, June 25, 2013 5:36 AM

So many people are their own obstacle for success and personal happiness. They have a fixed mindset instead of a growth mindset. 

Carol Dweck, a researcher at Stanford University, well–known for her work on “the fixed mindset vs. the growth mindset.” describes the difference between these two mindsets and how they impact our performance:

"In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it." 
— Carol Dweck, researcher at Stanford University

People who have a growth mindset are more likely to maximize their potential. They tend to learn from criticism rather than ignoring it, to overcome challenges rather than avoiding them, and to find inspiration in the success of others rather than feeling threatened.

If you believe things about yourself like …

- I am not a natural athlete
- I am not a math person
- I am not creative
- It's hard for me to lose weight

you have a fixed mindset and don't trust yourself. 
You are afraid to fail.
And in the long run your fixed mindset hinders your ability to learn, grow and develop new skills. 

How may we change our mindset?

So easy - through the right thinking. Never let results define you - your talent, your scores, your weight, your job, your performance, your appearance - you only become the victim of a fixed mindset. When you dedicate yourself to showing up each day and focusing on the habits that perform a better identity, that's when you learn and develop. It's your daily actions that will change what you believe about yourself. It's about setting a schedule and sticking to it. Not results matter, building the right identity matters.

DON'T TRY TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP ...
DON'T TRY TO WRITE A BESTSELLER ...
DON'T TRY TO GETTING SIX PACK ABS ...

... train, write and be active on a consistent basis and develop the right thinking and identity behind!

Read the article: http://jamesclear.com/fixed-mindset-vs-growth-mindset

(Graphic by James Clear)

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13 Ways to Beat Distractions and Stay Focused at Work

13 Ways to Beat Distractions and Stay Focused at Work | Insight, Motivation & Leadership In Business | Scoop.it
Find your mind wandering at your desk? Here's how to maintain focus, get your work done and get out of the office faster
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Great read to help with focusing in the workplace, and becoming more productive

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LEADERSHIP - John Maxwell: How to be a Dealer in Hope

LEADERSHIP - John Maxwell: How to be a Dealer in Hope | Insight, Motivation & Leadership In Business | Scoop.it

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This article makes a VERY good read

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Karin Sebelin's comment, June 18, 2013 5:44 AM
TY John :-)
Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, June 18, 2013 11:11 AM

Are you a dealer...in hope?

Kimberly (Pope) Kindred's curator insight, July 10, 2013 10:48 PM

"Hope brings the victory when no one is winning".

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Become a Master Networker: 5 Quick Tips [VIDEO]

Become a Master Networker: 5 Quick Tips [VIDEO] | Insight, Motivation & Leadership In Business | Scoop.it
Networking advice from Dave Kerpen, CEO of Likeable Media, and Scott Gerber, founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.

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Great video - definitely worth a watch

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The Sound Of Your Leadership

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“Great leadership is like great music…it draws you in…stays with you.  Leaving an imprint that lingers on…”

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Great motivation for the morning
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donhornsby's curator insight, June 11, 2013 11:37 PM

(From the article): No matter how much you learn…leadership will always remain a journey.  A journey of becoming…learning and leading.  A never ending cycle.  Learn and lead.  Learn and lead.  Learn and lead.  Constantly working to master your craft…

John Michel's curator insight, June 12, 2013 6:19 AM

No matter how much you learn…leadership will always remain a journey.  A journey of becoming…learning and leading.  A never ending cycle.  Learn and lead.  Learn and lead.  Learn and lead.  Constantly working to master your craft…

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Why Is Positive Reinforcement Important in the Workplace?

Why Is Positive Reinforcement Important in the Workplace? | Insight, Motivation & Leadership In Business | Scoop.it
Positive reinforcement is the process of recognizing and rewarding a desired behavior in an effort to encourage its continuance. Positive reinforcement can consist of praise, offering incentives to ...
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Wise Leadership

Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka, authors of the HBR article "The Wise Leader," explain how the best executives strive for the common good.


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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, August 30, 2013 1:52 PM

Excellent scoop Kenneth!  I love their definition of Phronesis:

The habit of making the right decisions and taking the right actions in context, and relentless pursuit of excellence for the common good.

 

Very good to see intellectual leaders stress the value of the common good and our moral compass.

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Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? | Insight, Motivation & Leadership In Business | Scoop.it
The real gender issue isn't a lack of qualified women, but a surplus of unqualified men.

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An interesting article - it may cause a few sparks however it is a question worth asking and that should be addressed.

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Tom Wilson's comment, September 15, 2013 4:28 PM
At this moment, America politicians and journalists are nurturing a number of dangerous perceptions about Russia and the world that President Putin was brushing up against in his comments about "AMerica exceptionalism". Basically, America is the most dangerous nation in the world because nobody can really challenge us and we think out shit doesn;t stink. Iraq is one consequence, but the attitudes of most of Washington is totally Cold War and everyone pretty well holds the Conservative position that we vanquished Russia in a war and we are entitled to the fruits of the conquerer, when the fact is Gorbachev pulled the plug on a bad idea and joined our side. But my point is that this is a another example of a shared reality based on perceptions that are unchallenged. I believe Obama, who is as prone to this point of view as any American, has the moral courage to reconsider this reality and, as I say, I think Syria will validate him and Putin before either man leaves office while Bush is hoping History will vindicate Dick Cheney in 50 years or so.
Tom Wilson's comment, September 15, 2013 4:44 PM
As far as the connection between "likability" and "hassles" is that the perceived need to be likable and the need for mission focus are not entirely collateral agendas: likability is not on the critical path, but there is always an element in a population for whom likability is the essential competence. Very often, there is a covert agenda attached to this requirement, which is to say, the people who want you to be more likable want to exercise a controlling variety over your behavior by limiting your variety. That is where the hassle comes in,
Tom Wilson's comment, September 15, 2013 5:17 PM
I just read the Likable versus leadership article and it is a useful discussion. I agree with much of it. In the military context, one of your tasks is to create player subordinates who can take your place if you are killed. I know that seems extreme, but that dimension should always be an element of command. This article brushes up against this issue in its statement that the object is to get people committed to the mission and not to the personalty of the leader. But the little preamble to the article presents an issue that defines the whole issue: leadership is not a popularity contest. Now, for my money, Steve Jobs was just a bully and he reflected a subculture in the business embraced of the winning through intimidation ethos of the Corleone family. It is very popular among MBA's, generally, the Donald Trump Kick Ass and Take Names You;re fired management style. The fact is, management by fear is the dominant management philosophy in the American corporate culture, so it is hard to narrow the phenomena down to a specific coalition. As a Ranger, I was something of a kick ass and take names kind of guy in the military, but the military is a different culture and it never lasted very long.You got to get everyone's attention and change of command is always hard on everyone. But in the day intercourse of work, it is hard to be the simple courtesies and conventions of polite society to buffer whatever rough edges your circumstances may require. My dad, who was a colonel, never failed to thank his drivers and other orderlies he might be assigned during his travels when it was not at all required by protocol. My dad was likable, but he could bring both privates and generals up short when he felt the need to do it. But he was always a model of courtesy. George C. Marshall went out of his way to avoid any appeal to flattery or off-task sociability: he called Eisenhower "Eisenhower" after he became president and he refused to allow FDR to call him anything but Marshall or General. He was one of the greatest of the greatest generation. But he was never popular, in the Access Hollywood sense of the word. On the other hand,George W. Bush's role as president of the Texas Rangers was almost entirely defined by likability. Of course, he was surrounded by people who did all the heavy lifting. Nevertheless, he was a very effective element of the Texas Ranger's business plan.
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30 Motivational Quotes For Job Seekers

30 Motivational Quotes For Job Seekers | Insight, Motivation & Leadership In Business | Scoop.it
Are you a tired and frustrated job seeker who could use little encouragement? Here are 30 motivational quotes that may help.
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Keep your head up - plough through the searching and the interviews - keep going... Some good quotes here...

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How to Sell Yourself as the Best Candidate in an Interview

Being the best candidate for the job often means being the person who performs better than all the other applicants in a job interview. If you have the qualifications and work background an employer ...
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Interview preparation is absolutely crucial if you are serious about being seen as the right person for the job. Always keep the interview on a positive note and preparation is always key. 

 

Keep it relevant and listen to what you are being asked in order to identify what and how you need to answer in order to impress.

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7 Simple Ways to Boost Your Productivity

7 Simple Ways to Boost Your Productivity | Insight, Motivation & Leadership In Business | Scoop.it
Feeling overworked, overwhelmed and overloaded? You have way more control over your time and productivity than you realize.
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Great article on increasing productivity and making the most of your day...

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Helping Values To Grow

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Values and ethics have become an important part of company culture, but how effective they are depends on a variety of factors. Sue Weekes asks how you can get your values embedded into an organisation.


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John Michel's curator insight, July 4, 2013 1:54 PM

A raft of high-profile scandals has led to a growing culture of accountability. Consumers who feel let down by major brands, or indeed public sector organisations, because of their behaviour are far more likely to take a negative view towards them today and in the future. For instance, when coffee chain Starbucks was accused of tax avoidance last year, it saw a significant drop in its YouGov BrandIndex rating, a daily measure of brand perception among the public.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, July 4, 2013 2:17 PM
Thank you for sharing, Roger.
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The Six Best Ways To Find Your Next Job

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Whether you recently lost your job or are ready to jump ship from your current one, the chances of your getting a new position through the want ads is next to nil. A headhunter offers advice about other avenues to pursue.
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These are some very valid tips for job seekers that should definitely be taken note of. The aim is to be as pro-active as possible and not just reactive. The more things you do on this list - the greater chance for a more positive result in your job search.

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Homeless Man Turned Millionaire Offers The Best Advice I Ever Got

Homeless Man Turned Millionaire Offers The Best Advice I Ever Got | Insight, Motivation & Leadership In Business | Scoop.it
The interview and simple advice that changed my life.

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An amazing and truly inspirational read.

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, June 19, 2013 3:32 AM

The same kind of advice Albert Eistein gave to his son... Do what you do with passion!

David Hain's curator insight, June 21, 2013 4:12 AM

Awesome story!

LuAnne Holder's curator insight, June 21, 2013 8:14 AM

Find what you love to do so much that you cannot wait for the sun to rise so you can do it again.

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What motivates you?

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There are basically two types of people in the workplace—those motivated to do well by prevention and those motivated by promotion, writes Heidi Grant Halvorson, associate director of Columbia Uni­­ver­­sity’s Motivation Science Center.
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This makes for an interesting article. Promotion or prevention - which is it that motivates you? Is it really that clear cut, or could you be both types of person? 

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The Ten Virtues of Outstanding Leaders

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Leadership and character are inseparable. In the Ten Virtues of Outstanding Leaders, philosophers Al Gini and Ronald Green, ask what is good leadership?

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How do you build a culture of innovation?

How do you build a culture of innovation? | Insight, Motivation & Leadership In Business | Scoop.it

How does a successful company maintain a climate in which new ideas and risk-taking are encouraged? In this video from Yale Insights Tim Brown, CEO of the design consultancy IDEO, describes how he thinks about innovation and why empathy is an important part of the equation.  


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This is a great video on innovation and remaining consistent in growing an organisation with a culture that is highly innovative

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, June 13, 2013 4:00 AM

Creativity as an important factor to further innovation. Cultivating a mindful organization will further creativity... no surprise!

Christopher Yeh's curator insight, June 13, 2013 12:23 PM

"Building blocks" for an innovative culture  includes hard-to-measure characteristics such as values, behavior, and climate. "An innovative climate," the authors write, "cultivates engagement and enthusiasm, challenges people to take risks within a safe environment, fosters learning, and encourages independent thinking."

John Michel's curator insight, June 16, 2013 9:17 PM

In markets characterized by rapid change and a ceaseless quest for the faster, better way to operate, one of the most prized corporate attributes is innovation. But many of the natural byproducts of corporate success—hierarchy, routinization, the elimination of risk—can stifle innovation.