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8 Ways Using Humor Will Make You a Better Leader

8 Ways Using Humor Will Make You a Better Leader | Leadership | Scoop.it
Looking for a powerful tool to improve your leadership skills? Headlining comedian George Wallace shares how to help people laugh you all the way to the top. (Looking for another powerful tool for your #changemaker toolkit?

Via Susan Bainbridge
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A merry heart doeth good like medicine...learn to have fun at your own expense!

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, December 18, 2013 5:30 PM

There's nothing like have a good laugh.

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, December 24, 2013 1:45 AM

:"We don't stop laughing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop laughing."

Training in Business's curator insight, December 31, 2013 7:07 AM

8 Ways Using Humor Will Make You a Better Leader

 

#management #leadership #business 

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Why an In-depth 360 Degree Feedback Is Crucial for Your Development

Why an In-depth 360 Degree Feedback Is Crucial for Your Development | Leadership | Scoop.it
Why an In-depth 360 Degree Feedback Is Crucial for Your Development - The Huffington Post
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Having recently completed several 360 feedbacks, I can personally attest to how valuable these tools can be.  To maximize their results and become a better "you", however, you have to be humble, open, and willing to listen.  "Hearing others' perspectives on our rough edges can be just what we need to kick-start a period of growth and self-discovery. The seed of your next level may be just beyond your personal awareness. What are your blind spots? What's your learning edge?"

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The One Reason Why We Still Insist on Honesty - General Leadership

The One Reason Why We Still Insist on Honesty - General Leadership | Leadership | Scoop.it
Honesty is not an event— it is saying what we believe to be true and owning it when we fall short. It is a choice that becomes our character.
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Without honesty, it's impossible to lead.  As Gen Brady puts it, "Every society, every government, every business, every military organization, every church and every human relationship can only thrive where there is trust, and honesty is the foundation of that trust."

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Do You Give Yourself Permission to Play?

Do You Give Yourself Permission to Play? | Leadership | Scoop.it
Play is usually discussed as though it were a relief fr…
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Why do we typically only associate play with children?  It's healthy for everyone...have fun today!  @angelamaiers "Play is the most natural thing that children do and yet somewhere along the way, we lose this inclination to play. We get serious. We’ve got more important things to do.  We’ve got to be productive.  We’re supposed to be successful. Meanwhile, we become stressed, anxious, depressed, worried, and exhausted."

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Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid | Leadership | Scoop.it
For all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more.
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Great read!  Regardless of what you call it, mentally tough people have grit, are determined, optimistic, and "an unfailing ability as Forbes contributor David Williams says, to “fail up.”"  Mentally strong people also purposely choose not to do certain things like feeling sorry for themselves, avoiding change, worrying about things they can' control, excessively worrying about pleasing others, dwelling on past mistakes/successes, etc. 

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Bouncing Back from Rejection

Bouncing Back from Rejection | Leadership | Scoop.it
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"There isn’t one of us who hasn’t felt the painful sting of rejection; it’s part of the human condition. Why then must we take it so personally? Scientists at UCLA have demonstrated that the brain response to rejection is the same as its response to actual physical pain. A comparison of MRI scans shows no difference between the two. So the pain of rejection is real. What differentiates people is how they deal with the pain."

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John Michel's curator insight, November 20, 2013 5:39 AM

As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “Into each life some rain must fall.” Even when you are pounded by a hailstorm, carry on. Let that hail bounce right off of you. Act decisively and with enthusiasm at the earliest opportunity.

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5 Signs Your Leadership Style Is Outdated

5 Signs Your Leadership Style Is Outdated | Leadership | Scoop.it
Many leaders in the workplace have lost their competitive edge. They lack the substance that is required to be an effective and sustainable leader.
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"If you were to define your leadership style in one word, what would it be?   Controlling, transparent, collaborative?  Are you projecting a leadership style that is engaging, inspiring and forward-thinking?   Have you made the necessary adjustments and / or improvements in your leadership style that will allow you to remain relevant enough to proactively serve the changing demands of the new marketplace?"

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10 Myths About Creativity You Need to Stop Believing Now

10 Myths About Creativity You Need to Stop Believing Now | Leadership | Scoop.it
There's no such thing as a 'eureka' moment. Creativity isn't in your blood. Most great ideas aren't original. Here are 10 lies about...
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"According to Teresa Amabile, director of research at Harvard, creativity  is really driven by four separate components: domain expertise, a defined  creativity methodology, people willing to engage and company acceptance of new  ideas. Where these components overlap is where real creativity happens."

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John Michel's curator insight, October 31, 2013 9:43 PM

If you believe your startup's success depends on your company being more creativity and innovative than your competitors, don't just blindly following the historic myths. Instead spend the time needed to understand and nurture the components of creativity in your environment. 


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The Leader's Greatest Harvest

The Leader's Greatest Harvest | Leadership | Scoop.it
Seeds are curious things—small, innocuous . . . overloo…
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@fritzmt, "True leadership, the type that succeeds in continually pushing the bounds of individual and organizational potential, is about promoting an environment where individual teammates are encouraged and empowered to grow for the good of the team and the Mission."

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Top 23 Tips on How to Build Business Relationships

Top 23 Tips on How to Build Business Relationships | Leadership | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson
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Life is about relationships, choose to enrich them everyday! "Research shows that even if you have best services or products as well as business operation, it is necessary for you to remain sustainable and lasting relationships to get success in the world market. And, the key to successful relationship is consistency. Consistency can show sincere interest in other people as well as partner and devote time to following up and getting to know them better."
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How To Uncover Your Company's True Culture

How To Uncover Your Company's True Culture | Leadership | Scoop.it
How to Determine Your Company’s True CultureI think a lot about culture. I talk a lot about culture. I write a lot about culture. But most importantly, I worry a lot about culture.Every company has a
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"When you believe something, you don’t need a mission statement to remind you. When you value something, you don’t need a checklist or policy to remind you. You simply respond and in time the people around you respond the same way – and that’s how a company’s true culture is built."

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John Michel's curator insight, October 18, 2013 7:00 AM

The true nature of your company’s culture is determined not by what you declare. Assertions are easy to make. Mission statements are easy to create. Culture, on the other hand, is expressed. In other words, it is a tangible reflection pod your internal bellies...no words required.

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Tactical Serendipity

Tactical Serendipity | Leadership | Scoop.it
Tactical Serendipity - The Huffington Post
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@angelamaiers, "Since I first became fully involved in social media five years ago, I have witnessed the magical powers of serendipity. Some of the most profound moments in this phase of my life have come when I discovered something great while seeking something else."

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John Michel's curator insight, October 15, 2013 10:29 PM

Tremendous post from an amazing, front-line leader. 

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DEF2013

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Check out the blog by Brig Gen John Michel, @johnemichel.  "“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Don’t Be a Fainting Goat

Don’t Be a Fainting Goat | Leadership | Scoop.it
Don’t Be a Fainting Goat.
How leaders can step up in a time of indecision
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Leadership requires action...don't seize up and fall over!  @johnemichel, "Now ask yourself this question. How many times do you find yourself unwittingly acting like a fainting goat? Are you prone to avoiding making decisions? Are your actions, or lack thereof, keeping you from achieving your goals or accomplishing your objectives? Is fear keeping you from being the leader you want to be and others deserve to see?"

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The Power of Affirmation - General Leadership

The Power of Affirmation - General Leadership | Leadership | Scoop.it
Affirmation: Choose to be an encourager and communicate to those around you in word and deed you expect the best from them, you are committed to liberating the best in them, and you have nothing but the highest hopes of success for them.
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Choose to lead in a positive manner and achieve positive results.  @John Michel "The implication of the Law of Positive Expectancy for leaders is massive. It means that the performance of your team depends less on them than it does on you. The performance you get from people is no more or less than what you expect. The greater the expectation you have of those you lead, the better they perform. This phenomenon has been validated in study after study, with researchers consistently finding that leaders who expect the best out of their people get the best and those who expect the worst, get exactly what they expected – the worst."

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Invisible in Plain Sight - General Leadership

Invisible in Plain Sight - General Leadership | Leadership | Scoop.it
Don’t keep such an amazing treasure buried, invisible in plain sight. Resolve today to use your talents, gifts & skills to add unique value to your surroundings.
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Each of us have talents and gifts to contribute to humanity.  Just like we have our own DNA that defines who we are, we have contributions to make that only we can make.  It's up to us to unearth our treasure and choose to share with those around us.

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Tap into Your Talent

Tap into Your Talent | Leadership | Scoop.it
There were once a brother and sister who were each give…
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13 Ways of Looking at a Leader

13 Ways of Looking at a Leader | Leadership | Scoop.it
Want to be a better leader? Or find management inspiration, at least? Here you can learn from a baker's dozen of the most prevalent types.
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Amidst the endless supply of reading material addressing different types of leaders, there emerge thirteen traits that are the most common.  Article provides a brief summary of each trait and also includes reference material and real-world examples.

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For the Weary Leader

For the Weary Leader | Leadership | Scoop.it
You are tired. You are frustrated. You are weary. Weary…
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Great article by @johnemichel, "If we are completely honest with ourselves, it’s likely each of us can think of times when the burden of weariness tugs at us. I’m speaking of those moments in which we find ourselves operating in the present without joy, face an uncertain future with little hope or are seemingly pursuing a path with no discerning purpose."

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To Be a Great Leader You Must be a Great Follower

To Be a Great Leader You Must be a Great Follower | Leadership | Scoop.it
What makes an extraordinary leader? First of all, leadership is about creating a vision of what a true leader means to you. Combine that vision with a steady plan, courage, ambition, persistence, and the end result is a competent, skilled leader.

Via Anne Leong
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To be an effective leader you must have vision but also demostrate submissiveness, humility, and a willingness to follow.  True leadership is relational and inspires people to be the best they can be.  As stated in the article, "Leadership and vision are two things that come naturally to some people, not all. Fortunately, it’s a skill that can be developed in time. It’s not about growing your technical expertise but about learning how to inspire and motivate people."

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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 29, 2013 8:13 AM

Leadership begins with followership.  And it is in these humble beginnings from which the strongest, more insightful, and more inspirational leaders come.

Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, October 29, 2013 8:58 AM

Another great one from Don!

John Michel's curator insight, November 1, 2013 11:38 AM

All great leaders in today’s society had to start somewhere. If you’re trying to become one, just make sure you have what it takes to be a follower first. Learn from the vast experience of your superiors, master their skills, and adapt their styles to your personality. Leadership skills can be learned, and as long as you have a great teacher, chances are you’ll become a great leader yourself someday.

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Marine Corps leaders get ready to get personal

Marine Corps leaders get ready to get personal | Leadership | Scoop.it
A report on a new mentoring and leadership approach represents a big change for the Marines.

Via John Michel
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Signifcant change in leadership approach for Marine Corps is sparking discussion.  "Marine Corps leaders will need to find a way to keep service members engaged after years of the adrenaline rush and the greater decision-making responsibility that the battlefield can produce. And they will need to find a way to instill a new type of discipline without disrespecting the Corps’ traditions or the junior members it stands to lose in the transition. There’s no reason good leaders can’t do both."

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John Michel's curator insight, October 30, 2013 1:27 PM

The Marine Corps is overhauling its approach to mentoring by emphasizing a far more personal, engaged and relational style of leadership. Bravo! 

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Top 20 Essential Public Speaking Tips

Top 20 Essential Public Speaking Tips | Leadership | Scoop.it

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Practical tips to being an effective public speaker. In my opinion, knowing your material, staying positive, relaxing, and mastering the art of storytelling are some of the most important traits.
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Learn to Fail Forward - GeneralLeadership.com

Learn to Fail Forward - GeneralLeadership.com | Leadership | Scoop.it
Take my advice and fail early, fail often and fail forward. You’ll be a better leader and the world will be a better place for it.
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Regardless of how hard we try, failure is an inevitable fact of life.  The key to overcoming it is to choose to recognize it as an opportunity for growth and not let it define you.  Read more at @genleadblog by @johnemichel.  "As John Maxwell reminds us, “the difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.” People who allow failure to define them are prone to make the same mistake over and over. Accept you will make mistakes, but don’t conclude that you’re a failure until you breathe your last breath. Until then, recognize you’re a work in progress and there is still time to turn things around for the better."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 21, 2013 8:13 PM

Failure is part of the creative process if properly used.

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Emotional Intelligence: The Real Performance Indicator

Emotional Intelligence: The Real Performance Indicator | Leadership | Scoop.it
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“In every decision, emotions count,” Ghini said. “Better engagement is key for bottom line, and emotional intelligence is greatly connected to organizational performance.”
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Be Grace-Full

Be Grace-Full | Leadership | Scoop.it
  I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - onl…
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Great article on the importance of leadership and grace by @johnemichel.  "Admittedly, extending grace is not always easy.  In our own lives it means intentionally loving the unlovable, those who seem intent on stretching rules, pushing our buttons, even talking poorly of us and to us.  Extending grace also means we choose to respond contrary to our natural inclinations."

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