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7 Things Smart Learners Do Differently

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What makes a real difference in reaching your potential is an ability to be a smart learner. See what smart learners do differently and what they can teach us.
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These are some useful characteristics of what differentiates smart learners. One of them, hanging around other smart people, is what a Vistage group is all about. The other, is to always be learning.

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ozziegontang's curator insight, March 4, 2014 4:52 PM

From my early days with Lee Thayer about 20+ years ago, it has always been about being in the learning mode.  Vistage, formerly known as TEC (The Executive Committee), was one of the many organizations that Lee infected with being in the learning mode as opposed to the knowing mode.  Red Scott would always say: You're green and growing (learning mode) or ripe and rotting (knowing mode).  I added that for many of us we turn to rotting and composting so that we can once again become green and growing.  It's not what I know that gets me in trouble. It's what I know that just ain't so...that does.   ozzie MIndfulness.com

ozziegontang's curator insight, March 4, 2014 4:54 PM

From my early days with Lee Thayer about 20+ years ago, it has always been about being in the learning mode.  Vistage, formerly known as TEC (The Executive Committee), was one of the many organizations that Lee infected with being in the learning mode as opposed to the knowing mode.  Red Scott would always say: You're green and growing (learning mode) or ripe and rotting (knowing mode).  I added that for many of us we turn to rotting and composting so that we can once again become green and growing.  It's not what I know that gets me in trouble. It's what I know that just ain't so...that does.   ozzie MIndfulness.com

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Zappos and how to manage a move to self-management

Zappos and how to manage a move to self-management | Leadership Best Practices because Culture Matters | Scoop.it
When I first wrote last year about Zappos’ efforts to introduce a self-managing system called Holacracy, I said that for most companies to adopt such an approach would take “time, a leap of faith and an act of unusual self-effacement by their leaders”. An extraordinary memo from Tony Hsieh, chief executive of the Amazon-owned online shoe retailer, has underlined just how difficult it is. In the memo, published by Quartz this week, Mr Hsieh says that in the face of potential resistance, the compa
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Five New Management Metrics You Need To Know

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After years of leading teams and watching some of the best startup CEOs in the world, I’ve learned that the most important metrics are often ones you never read about on the income statement or in the financial press.
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Positive Peer Pressure More Effective Than Cash Incentives, Study Finds

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Is The Secret To Ultimate Human Performance The F-Word?

Is The Secret To Ultimate Human Performance The F-Word? | Leadership Best Practices because Culture Matters | Scoop.it
Consider how you spend your time. Now imagine being five times more productive. Not 5 percent more productive. 500 percent more productive—meaning you can accomplish on Monday what it used to take all week to do. Sound too magical to be believed? Absolutely. But, as Thomas Pynchon wrote: “Sure this is magic, but not necessarily fantasy.”
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Blog - Latest | High Existence

In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject area) who didn’t read all the time – none, zero.
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You would be amazed at how much Warren Buffet reads. You should read this if you want to succeed.

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60% of Work Teams Fail—Top 10 Reasons Why

60% of Work Teams Fail—Top 10 Reasons Why | Leadership Best Practices because Culture Matters | Scoop.it
About 60 percent of the time, work teams fail to accomplish their goals, according to Dr. Eunice Parisi-Carew, a Founding Associate at The Ken Blanchard Companies. To make matters worse, the experi...
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The Benefits of Belonging to a CEO Group

How joining an executive peer group can help you better manage your businesses.
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Why Great Managers Are So Rare

Why Great Managers Are So Rare | Leadership Best Practices because Culture Matters | Scoop.it
One of the most important decisions companies make is whom they name manager. Yet Gallup research suggests they usually get it wrong -- costing businesses billions of dollars annually.
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We have a serious problem in our workplace; what are you doing to increase your competence as a leader?

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American Entrepreneurship: Dead or Alive?

When businesses are closing faster than they're launching, free enterprise dies -- and America dies with it.
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Are You Feeding Your Employees Motivational Junk Food?

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In a recent online column for Fast Company, motivation expert Susan Fowler uses the metaphor of junk food to describe the shortsighted approach some managers use when motivating their direct report...
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What Maslow’s Hierarchy Won’t Tell You About Motivation - HBR

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Leaders need to focus on three basic psychological needs.
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Science has shown that Maslow's theory does not work--here is what does--purpose, relationship, autonomy, and mastery.

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Codes Of Conduct To Lead By - Lolly Daskal | Leadership and Personal Development

Codes Of Conduct To Lead By - Lolly Daskal | Leadership and Personal Development | Leadership Best Practices because Culture Matters | Scoop.it
The codes of our lives help us conduct ourselves rightly and helps us have the right outlook on life and the best input into our leadership.
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Does your organization have a code of conduct? How would you create culture without it?

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SAPVoice: Why Organizations Without Hierarchy Really Work

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By Dan Wellers, Strategy and Research Lead, Portfolio Marketing, SAP Imagine a huge, complex organization where no one is in charge. Can’t see it? Well, look in the mirror. One example is that thing sitting on top of your shoulders called your head. The human brain has 85 billion nerve cells, with many thousands of interconnected [...]
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Why do we need managers?

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How Well Do You Know Your Business? Take This Quiz - The Great Game of Business

How Well Do You Know Your Business? Take This Quiz - The Great Game of Business | Leadership Best Practices because Culture Matters | Scoop.it
A few years ago, one of my relatives who used to own a lawn-mowing business was telling me a story about how the crew members were perfectionists about the lawns. “After we’re done, we walk across the street into the adjoining neighbors’ yards, etc., to make sure we’ve done a great job trimming,” he said. …
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The Science of Succumbing to Peer Pressure - BrandonGaille.com

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How peer pressure impacts you physically and how your brain responds to the behavior of pressure.
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The Rise of Superman | The Rise of Superman

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Official website of The Rise of Superman, the new book by Steven Kotler, examining how action sports athletes have used flow states to achieve optimal human performance.
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Why Sales Commissions Don't Work (in the Long Run)

Why Sales Commissions Don't Work (in the Long Run) | Leadership Best Practices because Culture Matters | Scoop.it
Six reasons to compensate sales professionals like everyone else in the company.
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What really motivates humans is mastery, purpose, and relatedness.

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How CEO Decision to join a Peer Group Pays Off - IntelliVen

CEO's decision to meet monthly with about a dozen peers in a professionally facilitated session pays off.
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Top Reasons Why You Need To Join A Peer Advisory Group, Right Now - Jay McDonald

There are numerous reasons for engaging in a CEO advisory group. Sadly, as a long time CEO myself, I personally experienced the pitfalls of the “lonely at the top syndrome,” yet never had the opportunity to participate in a CEO group. Truth be told, if I could do it all over again, I would definitely …
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Five Reasons 8 Out Of 10 Businesses Fail

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Breaks my heart. According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months. A whopping 80% crash and burn. But why? What can we learn from the colossal amount of failure with small business that we can apply to our own business aspirations? In my 30 [...]
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Jungian Models applied to global corporations: Kings, warriors, magicians and lover archetypes

Recently I attended yet another team building "Engagement workshop". It occurred to me, while I do understand that this sector in a well performing multinational corporation has rather particular o...
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Decoding leadership: What really matters | McKinsey & Company

Decoding leadership: What really matters | McKinsey & Company | Leadership Best Practices because Culture Matters | Scoop.it
New research suggests that the secret to developing effective leaders is to encourage four types of behavior. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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Culture Eats More Than Strategy: Why "Cultural Fit" is Overblown

Culture Eats More Than Strategy: Why "Cultural Fit" is Overblown | Leadership Best Practices because Culture Matters | Scoop.it
HBO's -- Silicon ValleyThere is a blind spot in organizations who obsess over their culture; specifically when touting how special and unique they are and how hard it is to find candidates who "fit" their particular culture. Organizations nowadays spend more time during the interview process looking for "fit" than in evaluating competencies, looking at character and integrity, and checking references.Fit is it!The old HR adage used to be, "Skills get you hired, behavior gets you fired!" and that worked for awhile, but then somebody realized the genius of Kurt Lew
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Matt's Psychologically Safe Cultures 
1. Favoritism doesn't exist 
2. Deep, not surface, diversity is recognized and celebrated 
3. It is okay to express differences of opinion, especially from senior leadership 
4. Fear of ridicule is not used to manage people 
5. Covert comparison or ranking isn't a part of the culture 
6. People are willing to risk developing new ideas, behaviors, and skills 

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Debunking The Myth Of Why Workers Need Managers

Frederic Laloux's book Reinventing Organizations explores the deep details of how organizations the world over have figured out how to succeed by leaving 'management' to the employees
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Zappos is doing it; AES did it, should you?

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