Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking
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Systems Thinking Tools: the mind map - John Gerber

Systems Thinking Tools: the mind map - John Gerber | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
My last blog, Learning to Think Like a Mountain, introduced “systems thinking” as a useful means of understanding why “linear thinking” is inadequate when a problem under study: 1) is complex; 2) involves multiple relationships; and/or 3) involves...
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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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Amazon.com: Tarnished: Toxic Leadership in the U.S. Military eBook: George E. Reed: Kindle Store

Tarnished: Toxic Leadership in the U.S. Military - Kindle edition by George E. Reed. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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Available now.

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Mark Bowman's curator insight, September 3, 2015 12:43 PM

I received my copy yesterday.  

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Bad Managers Are Bad for Business: 6 Steps to Curbing Management...

Bad Managers Are Bad for Business: 6 Steps to Curbing Management... | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Being a manager is hard and if you’re in the business world, you are bound to eventually encounter a boss whose management style is less than ideal. Sometimes, however, you find that you have working for you an outright nightmare of a manager.
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Managers would do their companies a favor by identifying and eliminating toxic leaders.
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10 Differences Between A Boss And A Real Leader

10 Differences Between A Boss And A Real Leader | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
No matter what you're boss may think, it takes more than just bossing people around to be a real leader!
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Simplistic, but I do enjoy a good infographic.
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10 Traits Of A Bad Boss

10 Traits Of A Bad Boss | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Make your employees like you. Find out if you have these traits of a bad boss and work on eliminating them - starting now.
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There are many more ways than 10 to be a bad boss. We can learn much from negative examples.
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How to Be the Best Boss During the Worst of Times

How to Be the Best Boss During the Worst of Times | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
What makes you willing to deliver your best in spite of the BS?
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How to Succeed at Work When Your Boss Doesn’t Respect You

How to Succeed at Work When Your Boss Doesn’t Respect You | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
You need to foster a sense of thriving.
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Everyone is entitled to respectful and dignified treatment. Toxic leaders seem to forget that principle.
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The Rise of Toxic Leadership and Toxic Workplaces

The Rise of Toxic Leadership and Toxic Workplaces | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The truth of the matter is that we are hypocrites, and we are witnessing the rise of toxic leaders and workplaces. We tend to choose or follow a very different kind of leader.
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Is the quality of leadership declining, or are our expectations climbing?
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Systems Thinking and the Cobra Effect - Our World

Systems Thinking and the Cobra Effect - Our World | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Using systems thinking, policymakers can avert the 'cobra effect' where simplistic policies come back to bite you with unintended outcomes.
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Unintended consequences and second, third, fourth... order effects require us to pay attention to what is actually happening rather that what we thought should happen. 
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6 Ways to Disagree with Senior Management

6 Ways to Disagree with Senior Management | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Be strategic about it.
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When speaking truth do power, be careful, considerate, and strategic-- but do it anyway. 
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empower dissent from within
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Advice for dealing with bullying behavior (essay)

Advice for dealing with bullying behavior (essay) | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Bullying behavior at your institution can result in lawsuits, high employee turnover costs, productivity declines, low morale and many other problems, writes Raymonda Burgman.
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Colleges and universities sometimes foster bullies under the guise of academic freedom and metrics that value scholarly productivity to the exclusion of all other considerations. 

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8 Types of Toxic Bosses #infographic

8 Types of Toxic Bosses #infographic | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A positive work environment starts from the top down. When a manager is passionate, sets a good example, is connected to their employees, and encourages innovatio
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The taxonomies just keep coming and are of moderate value, but I am a sucker for infographics. 
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Systems Thinking for Curious Managers: With 40 New Management f-Laws | Russel Ackhoff

Systems Thinking for Curious Managers: With 40 New Management f-Laws | Russel Ackhoff | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Quote shared via Kindle: "Effective alignment of objectives is essential if communication is to benefit communicating parties. Such alignment can only occur when performance of the whole organisation is the primary criterion employed in evaluatin

Via Jürgen Kanz, Steve Wilhite
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I am an enthusiastic Russell L. Ackoff fan. May he rest in peace. 
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10 Toxic People You Should Avoid Like the Plague

10 Toxic People You Should Avoid Like the Plague | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Just like toxins in your air, water, or food, toxins in the people around you can cause serious harm--but they don't come with a warning label. Here's a rundown of what to look out for so you can keep yourself safe.
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When you see these coming, the best advice comes from an old Monty Python movie-- run away!
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School of Public Affairs | University of Colorado Colorado Springs

School of Public Affairs | University of Colorado Colorado Springs | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
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Advance your career in public management with a Master's degree in Public Administration at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Fall classes are forming now. 
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Toxic Leadership in Military Review

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This was my first attempt to explain the phenomenon now known as Toxic Leadership. It kind of took off from there. 

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Toxic Leadership Part Deux

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Second in a series of explorations of toxic leadership in military organizations. 

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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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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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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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Reed presents at Pentagon

Reed presents at Pentagon | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
George Reed, dean, School of Public Affairs, delivered “Tarnished: Toxic Leadership in the U.S. Military” Oct. 15 at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
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I should not be allowed to have that much fun. 

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UCCS selects dean for School of Public Affairs | UCCS Press Releases

UCCS selects dean for School of Public Affairs | UCCS Press Releases | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –An associate dean of the School of Leadership and Education at the University of San Diego and former faculty member at the ...
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I am looking forward to serving the good people of the university and Southern Colorado.

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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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Toxic leaders decrease Soldiers' effectiveness - Myguidon

Toxic leaders decrease Soldiers' effectiveness - Myguidon | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Read Toxic leaders decrease Soldiers’ effectiveness
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I thought the author did a fine job with this article. It can be difficult to summarize a presentation that lasts over an hour, but I think this one hit many of the high points of my presentation. 

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Dr. Col George Reed: US Military Toxic Leadership — Pervasive, Known by Name, Ignored, Fatal Cancer

Dr. Col George Reed: US Military Toxic Leadership — Pervasive, Known by Name, Ignored, Fatal Cancer | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Dr. Col George Reed: US Military Toxic Leadership -- Pervasive, Known by Name, Ignored, Fatal Cancer http://t.co/efVeJBfHic via @phibiblog
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It is always gratifying to see work in this area acknowledged. 

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Toxic leaders decrease Soldiers' effectiveness, experts say | Article | The United States Army

Toxic leaders decrease Soldiers' effectiveness, experts say | Article | The United States Army | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Having a toxic boss results in a 48 percent decrease in work effort and 38 percent decrease in work quality, said Dr. George Reed.
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I really enjoyed exploring the topic of Toxic Leadership at the Pentagon. I went at the invitation of the Pentagon Chaplains Office and was pleased to see that the subject has traction with some of our most senior leaders. Most gratifying. 

 

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