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Why Mission Statements Are BS

Why Mission Statements Are BS | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Most companies have these statements--and usually they say more or less the same thing. See the problem?
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There's nothing wrong with making aspirational and inspirational statements, but when the rhetoric strays too far from actual experience the result can be detrimental to the organization. The resulting cynicism and sense of betrayal can present a problem.

 

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Mission statements are worked on and then stored on a shelf or in a filing cabinet somewhere collecting dust. They need to connect intimately with the people doing the work.

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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The 4 Most Effective Leadership Skills

The 4 Most Effective Leadership Skills | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
According to a joint report from The Conference Board and McKinsey & Company, over 90% of CEOs see leadership development as the single most important human capital issue their organizations face.
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Supporting others seems to be the category that most frequently falls off the table.
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You Almost Certainly Have This Toxic Leadership Habit

You Almost Certainly Have This Toxic Leadership Habit | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Leaders say this
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I get it. You are under great stress to produce and that can be overwhelming. That doesn't excuse bad behavior.
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12 Leadership Techniques That Don't Work

12 Leadership Techniques That Don't Work | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Learn from others' mistakes and fix the problem before it damages your business further.
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Do you want to be viewed as toxic? This list of 12 leadership techniques that don't work will put you on the path.
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5 Ways Wells Fargo Showed 'Gutless Leadership'

5 Ways Wells Fargo Showed 'Gutless Leadership' | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Senator Elizabeth Warren's attack on Well Fargo's CEO John Stumpf (and big finance) is long overdue.
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Many ethical transgressions happen not because people are bad, but because they set up systems of incentives that drive bad behavior.
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Mark Bowman's curator insight, September 26, 8:01 PM
Leaders hold onto the buck.
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Do People Think You're a Jerk? These 3 Questions Reveal the Truth

Do People Think You're a Jerk? These 3 Questions Reveal the Truth | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A simple way to measure your own level of jerkitude.
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Most toxic leaders do not see themselves as toxic. They are often deeply committed to organizational goals and work very hard. They just do not see the negative impact of their behavior on others. 
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Bad Leadership and Followership – at Volkswagen and Wells Fargo

If anyone out there resembles me – has as much of an in […]
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Here are two cases where systems performed as they were designed to. Incentive structures drove otherwise good people to bad behavior. It is not enough to punish, the drivers of human behavior should be examined as well. 
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Don't Give High Performers A Free Pass to Be Bad

Don't Give High Performers A Free Pass to Be Bad | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Recognize This! – Failing to address disruptive behavior by high-performers can actually hurt overall productivity. Leaders should focus on creating a culture that encourages everyone to contribute instead.
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Sub-optimizing by fostering superstars at the expense of the overall enterprise can be very counterproductive. If their Myers-Briggs Type is JERK, move on.
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Managing Police Departments Post-Ferguson

Officers want fairness and transparency from their bosses.
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All people want to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect.
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5 Cringe-Worthy Behaviors That Signal a Lack of Confidence

5 Cringe-Worthy Behaviors That Signal a Lack of Confidence | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
If you are using one of these behaviors to overcompensate for your lack of confidence, think twice; it will backfire.
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I am convinced that a great deal of toxic leadership stems from an underlying acute lack of confidence. 
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On Receiving (and Truly Hearing) Radical Candor

On Receiving (and Truly Hearing) Radical Candor | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Candor Inc. co-founders Kim Scott and Russ Laraway have both written and spoken often on how to give radical candor to colleagues. Here they turn the tables and focus on how to receive it.
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I found this contribution helpful. Candor can be threatening, and difficult to encourage, but I suspect the advantages far outweigh the possibility of a bruised ego. 
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The Science of Making Good Decisions

The Science of Making Good Decisions | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
An in-depth analysis of the psychology behind decision-making and a summary of different techniques for improving our judgment in diverse situations.

An in-depth analysis of the psychology behind decision-making and a summary of different techniques for improving our judgment in diverse situations.

 
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To some, leadership is merely good decision-making. I see it as an essential subcomponent of leadership. Necessary, but not sufficient because we want more from our leaders than a history of good decisions. 
 
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Management vs. Leadership

Management vs. Leadership | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Post by David Mead There's a difference between management and leadership. Management is about doing stuff - the day to day operations needed for the tactical things to get done. Leadership, on the other hand, is about people.
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It may be a good thought exercise to think about management and leadership as two different things, but in practice do we really want mangers who do not lead or leaders who do not manage?
 
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10 Toxic People You Should Avoid At All Costs

10 Toxic People You Should Avoid At All Costs | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons.

As important as it is to learn how to deal with different kinds of people, truly toxic pe
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Keep away if you can, but that's not always possible.
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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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Leadership Matters's curator insight, May 21, 2014 5:54 PM

Good article on systems thinking in leadership.

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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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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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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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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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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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UCCS dean to share secrets of working with a bad boss

UCCS dean to share secrets of working with a bad boss | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
COLORADO SPRINGS – Having a boss who bullies and belittles does more than make for a long day. A bad boss can result in unhealthy personal stress levels as well as decreases in both work effort and…
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Just doing my part to help get the word out.
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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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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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