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Get Rid of the Performance Review!

Get Rid of the Performance Review! | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Performance reviews supposedly enlighten subordinates about what they should be doing better. But instead, they destroy morale, kill teamwork and hurt the bottom line.

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Wise Leader™
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I don't think I've ever had a performance review that was particularly motivating for me, whether it was glowing or not.

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, June 13, 2013 10:50 AM

How do you handle performance reviews?

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 13, 2013 8:34 PM

Very interesting read.  

Robin Martin's curator insight, June 18, 2013 9:11 PM

Oh how true this is...I have my review tomorrow! Ugh.

Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking
Here are three subjects that continue to fascinate: Leadership (in general), Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking.
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toxic_leadership.pdf

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Although I wrote this from a military perspective, much of the essay applies to other contexts as well.

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5 Signs That You Are A Jerk and How to Fix It

5 Signs That You Are A Jerk and How to Fix It | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
You are a great person. A really nice one, actually. Great! Are you sure about that? You may be an oblivious jerk.
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JERK is not a Myers-Briggs Personality Type, but it does fit all too many as an apt description. 

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Have you ever had a horrible boss? U of L research suggests it's more destructive than you might think - Louisville - Louisville Business First

Have you ever had a horrible boss? U of L research suggests it's more destructive than you might think - Louisville - Louisville Business First | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Study found bad behavior can range from undermining and disresprecting employees to intimidation, threats and physical mistreatment.
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5 Ways to Transform Yourself Into a Leader - TIME

5 Ways to Transform Yourself Into a Leader - TIME | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Successful people are simply willing to do what other people aren’t
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Leadership is not for the faint-hearted. It begins with a choice to take responsibility for the dreams of others. 

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10 Toxic People To Say “No” To

10 Toxic People To Say “No” To | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
You'll never achieve great things in life if you keep saying yes to toxic people. If you want to accomplish big things this year, you have to start saying no
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We often have more power in social situations than we think we do. Finding your voice can be an important exercise in countering toxic people.

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Should Managers Organize "Fun" at Work?

Should Managers Organize "Fun" at Work? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Organized fun won't might not be the best way to keep employees happy.
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There is an important social wage attached to having fun at work. Those who enjoy their jobs tend to stay despite the draw of higher salaries elsewhere. Managers don't have to "make' fun, but they would be well-advised to create an environment with a sense of playful professionalism where it is permissible to have a good time.

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US Army Ambushed By Toxic Leaders

US Army Ambushed By Toxic Leaders | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A National Public Radio news investigation on toxic leadership in the military inspired me to write a commentary on my Forbes.com blog with Jonathan Haidt. Here is how the US Army defines toxic leadership: Toxic leadership is a combination of self-centered attitudes, motivations, and behaviors that have adverse effects on subordinates, the organization, and mission performance. This leader...
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It is good to see toxic leadership being approached from multiple perspectives and included in the studies from many disciplines. In my mind, that is the best way to deal with complex human social systems and their phenomena.

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Toxic Leaders And The Social Environments That Breed Them

Toxic Leaders And The Social Environments That Breed Them | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A National Public Radio news investigation aired this week covers the topic of toxic leadership in the military. It focuses on an anthropology professor named David Matsuda who was working with the army in Iraq to help understand local cultures. A general asked him to investigate the high suicide rate among [...]
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This Forbes article rehashes an NPR broadcast and throws in an evolutionary slant.

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They’re Yours to Lose — The Impact of Good and Bad Bosses

They’re Yours to Lose — The Impact of Good and Bad Bosses | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Last week, while listening to a friend weigh the pros and cons of a potential job offer, I started thinking about what I call the Unholy Work Trinity (UWT) — Relationship with Boss, Job Tasks, and Compensation.
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It is not rational to continue to work at a place where you do not feel adequately compensated, do not appreciate your boss, and do not enjoy the work. 

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Toxic Leadership – How to Win With a Toxic Leader | Finance Lights

Toxic Leadership – How to Win With a Toxic Leader | Finance Lights | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

Via Bay Jordan
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When you read enough explorations of how to survive toxic leadership situations you begin to see a few themes that are apparent in this contribution.

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Bay Jordan's curator insight, February 18, 6:50 AM

A useful reminder for times when things might be overwhelming you. 

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What Makes a Bad Boss? - The Epoch Times

What Makes a Bad Boss? - The Epoch Times | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Some call their bosses weasels. Some call them horrible. Researchers at the University of Louisville call them skunks.
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How Bullies and Barbarians Can Ruin Your Workplace Culture

How Bullies and Barbarians Can Ruin Your Workplace Culture | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A friend and I were sharing “speaker war stories” recently, prompted by his jaw-dropping experience earlier that week.
Here’s what happened…
Just as my friend was about to start his presentation, an audience member took a call on his cell phone.
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The 7 Avoidable Sins of Weak Leaders

The 7 Avoidable Sins of Weak Leaders | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Weak leaders always take the easy way out. Strong leaders cultivate virtues that create long-term success.
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According to Peter Senge, the easy way out often leads back in.

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Horrible Bosses Are Disturbingly Common in the American Workplace - MainStreet

Horrible Bosses Are Disturbingly Common in the American Workplace - MainStreet | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A new study finds that upwards of 36% of employees suffer from supervisors who range from the inept to the manipulative and malicious.
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The good news is that there are plenty of inspirational and exemplary leaders out there as well. So why don't we do a better job of elevating the good ones and filtering out the bad ones?

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Expressing Loyal Dissent: Moral Considerations from Literature on Followership

Expressing Loyal Dissent: Moral Considerations from Literature on Followership | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
(2014). Expressing Loyal Dissent. Public Integrity: Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 5-18.
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This one is just out. An exploration of how we might approach balancing loyalty to supervisors and the need to speak truth to power. 

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Leadership and Systems Thinking

This article examines the role of systems thinking and suggests how it might be of use to those who seek to influence organizations.
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Leadership Matters's curator insight, May 21, 2014 5:54 PM

Good article on systems thinking in leadership.

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Air and Space Power Journal: Toxic Leadership, Unit Climate, and Organizational Effectiveness

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I was asked to write this one for the Air and Space Power Journal. It is good to see some interest from the Air Force. 

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Toxic Leaders Interview conducted by George Reed, of Leadership Studies at the USD - YouTube

Toxic Leaders Interview conducted by George Reed, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, AlGonzalezinfo
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Jean Lipman-Blumen is a wonderful person and a world-class scholar. This interview was part of a graduate course where the students prepared the questions and introductions while I played the host. They read her work before the class. We later turned off the lights and camera and engaged in a wonderful dialogue. 

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 18, 2014 6:16 AM

This a wonderful interview, once you get to it.  The introduction is long  but you can skip ahead around 2:30 to get to the interview.  


I truly admire Dr. Lipman-Blumen and totally agree with her views on what the media causes and her perspective on why toxic leaders get ahead. 


One of my favorite parts is when she asks the audience how many of them have experienced a toxic leader and the majority of the audiences raises the hands. 


Long but worth the time!  

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The Pen and the Sword- JFQ 72

The Pen and the Sword- JFQ 72 | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
An administrator examines the war colleges and the joint professional military education institutions and calls on the schools to employ the optimal mix of military and civilian faculty to encourage the rise of new thinking in vital areas and...
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This was my attempt to provide some additional perspective to the debate about the relevancy and effectiveness of the war colleges. I wanted to share some insights from having been a student and faculty member in the system of professional military education as well as a faculty member and administrator in non-military settings. I hope it provokes some discussion, especially with regard to policies and procedures relating to the faculty.

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Wildland Fire Leadership: Toxic Leadership Will Not be Tolerated

Wildland Fire Leadership: Toxic Leadership Will Not be Tolerated | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
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Here's a nice summary of some of my thoughts on Toxic Leadership by my friend and ace San Diego Fire Chief, Brian Fennessy. I think he knows my work better than I do. I love it when insights like these cross contexts. 

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Toxic Leadership Part Deux

A look at toxic leadership from a military context. (Just uploaded Toxic Leadership Part Deux http://t.co/khe02CtMz3 via @Scribd)
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The One Reason Why People Don't Want to Work For You

The One Reason Why People Don't Want to Work For You | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The higher up the ranks you climb in an organization, the less honest feedback you receive from peers. And one common bit of advice many leaders could benefit from is, ironically, how to effectively deliver feedback to their team.

Via Anne Leong
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I fully concur with the central premise of this posting. Those at the top of the organizational pyramid have to work hard to get frank and honest information.

 

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, February 18, 9:42 AM

A look at what makes an outstanding leader with Daniel Goleman. 

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How to fend off those toxic people

How to fend off those toxic people | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Negative, irrational, difficult people needn’t drag you down – if you know what to do
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There's some good advice in this article, but much of it is easier said than done. 

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Army Takes On Its Own Toxic Leaders

Army Takes On Its Own Toxic Leaders | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Could destructive leadership be contributing to the rise in soldiers who commit suicide?
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I was pleased to contribute to this story. 

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Smart Leaders Are OK with Seeming Uncertain

Smart Leaders Are OK with Seeming Uncertain | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

Though it may be particularly hard for leaders to embrace uncertainty after years of being taught to display confidence, there is a clear business benefit in doing so. Research has shown that over-confident CEOs make overly risky decisions, often at the expense of their shareholders. Leaders who are able to come to terms with uncertainty and communicate it to employees may avoid such bad decisions.

 

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, june holley, Ivon Prefontaine
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For an excellent exploration of this topic, consider Embracing Uncertainty: The Essence of Leadership by Phillip Clampitt and Robert DeKoch.

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David Hain's curator insight, February 12, 7:17 AM

Leaders feel the fear, do it anyway, and better still, share it!

Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, February 12, 8:09 AM

Truth, transparency and vulnerability are the qualities of any great leader today - especially those who want to build trust.

Don Lowe's curator insight, February 15, 5:24 PM

It's amazing how difficult it is for people to use the phrases:"I don't know", "I need help", or "I was wrong".


But who would you rather work with or for...

1. Someone who, faced with a challenge they don't understand, pretends to know the answers (to give you confidence in their leadership)....or...

2. Someone who asks for your help when they  recognise they are in a situation that is beyond their level of competence?


Knowing (and admitting) when you're incompetent - perhaps the most important leadership competence!