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The Toxic Handler: Organizational Hero—and Casualty

The Toxic Handler: Organizational Hero—and Casualty | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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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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Tarnished - University of Nebraska Press

Tarnished - University of Nebraska Press | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

Available September 2015

216 pp

$26.50 hardcover 978-1-61234-723-3 Potomac Books.

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I wrote this book to profile the problem of toxic leadership, to provide some solutions, and to provide insights to those who are suffering under destructive superiors. Receive a 25% discount on this book ($19.88 + shipping) when you mention discount code 6AF15.

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Cultural Norms in IT Breed Toxic Employees, Training Exec Says

Cultural Norms in IT Breed Toxic Employees, Training Exec Says | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
CEO of a leadership and training company speaks about points revealed from a survey on toxic employees and adds examples from her own experiences.
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It is an open question whether there is more or less toxicity in different professional contexts. Nurses reportedly experience a high degree of abusive supervision, and there seems to be anecdotal evidence that destructive leadership is fairly common in the financial services sector. There just isn't enough data to say one way or the other at this point. Dissertation subject anyone?

 

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Why Your Bad Boss Is a Blessing (albeit a painful one).

Why Your Bad Boss Is a Blessing (albeit a painful one). | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Why Your Bad Boss Is a Blessing
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There are some long-term benefits to having worked for a human blowtorch. You learn what not to do and you tend to build up some interpersonal calluses. That's not a bad thing, but it is a painful way to learn.

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Betraying Marshall: Air Force Stands Idle Amid Toxic Destruction of Good Leaders

Betraying Marshall: Air Force Stands Idle Amid Toxic Destruction of Good Leaders | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
  The 2014 US Air Force has much going for it. Superb people, strong leaders at the very top, and a nation that continues to admire and support it. But there are problems, some of them signifi...
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I am a huge George Marshall fan and therefore appreciate the use of his example in this blog entry. 

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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 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

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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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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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 People: 12 Things They Do and How to Deal with Them - Hey Sigmund - Karen Young

Toxic People: 12 Things They Do and How to Deal with Them - Hey Sigmund - Karen Young | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
We’ve all had toxic people dust us with their poison. Sometimes it’s more like a drenching. Know these 12 signs to avoid falling under the influence.
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These 12 signs are just the tip of the iceberg.

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#Leadership : 8 Ways Emotionally Intelligent People Deal With Toxic People … Toxic People Poison Those Around Them, & Gain Satisfaction from Creating Disorganization & a Stressful Atmosphere.

#Leadership : 8 Ways Emotionally Intelligent People Deal With Toxic People … Toxic People Poison Those Around Them, & Gain Satisfaction from Creating Disorganization & a Stressful Atmosphere. | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Life is Stressful Enough for Most of Us. Allowing a Toxic Individual(s) to Ravage your Immediate Environment Can Cause Havoc in your Mental Well-Being, Which can Lead to Physical Challenges.
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There will always be some people that push your buttons and flip your switches. The trick is to find ways to keep them from ruining your day.

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3 Dumb Rules That Make Employees Less Productive

3 Dumb Rules That Make Employees Less Productive | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
These rules aren't keeping your team in line; they're making them less productive.
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1 Smart rule that makes employees more productive: Don't do stupid things because of a rule. One of the most valuable things a manager can do for their team is to identify and eliminate or modify stupid rules.

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10 Things Successful Leaders Remember When Things Go Wrong

10 Things Successful Leaders Remember When Things Go Wrong | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
No matter how good your leadership, your team, and your plan, sooner or later you're bound to run into some kind of trouble. When it happens, successful leaders are ready to bring everything back into line.
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When frustrated by the actions of someone who reports to you, it might be helpful to remind yourself that they didn't get up that morning with the intention of ruining your day. 

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The Complete List of Toxic Behaviors that Poison Teams

The Complete List of Toxic Behaviors that Poison Teams | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Toxic behaviors connected to communication: Assume silence is agreement. Overstate teammate’s opinions and question their motives. Sweep difficult topics under the carpet. Speak for others. Begin s...
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This is not a complete list, but it is a start.

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5 Reasons Why Face-to-Face Leadership is Still King

5 Reasons Why Face-to-Face Leadership is Still King | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Despite the convenience of electronic communications like phone calls, conference calls, email, texting, instant messaging, and video conferencing, face-to-face meetings have some unique benefits that are nearly impossible to achieve […] The post 5...
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I admit it. I have sent an email to a colleague who was within speaking distance. There is a case for that under certain circumstances. 

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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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7 Habits of Highly Respected Leaders - Fast Company

7 Habits of Highly Respected Leaders - Fast Company | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Your technical skills might get you a promotion, but it's your people skills that will earn you the respect of your employees.
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A nice twist on Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Successful Leaders. You really should attribute that fastcompany.com. 

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What Kind of Leaders Are Millennials? - US News - U.S. News & World Report (blog)

What Kind of Leaders Are Millennials? - US News - U.S. News & World Report (blog) | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A new survey shows how Generation Y will define the leadership of the future.
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I find some of the research on generational differences unconvincing. It looks good at first glance, but when we aggregate an entire generation we find that the variation with the group of interest is too great to support assertions at the individual level. 

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How to Fix a Toxic Work Culture

How to Fix a Toxic Work Culture | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
High turnover, grumpy employees, low productivity ... these are all symptoms of a toxic work culture. Here are some tips for improving a broken culture.
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Culture often defies planned intervention, but this is a start. 

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Research says your bad boss may be making you sad, lazy and fat - The ... - Washington Post (blog)

Research says your bad boss may be making you sad, lazy and fat - The ... - Washington Post (blog) | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Having a bad boss isn't just unpleasant -- it can also be bad for your health
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Most of us tend to flash red when our dignity is challenged. Our body then produces a cascade of hormones and chemicals in reaction to stress, and chronic stress is correlated with a number of negative health effects.

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Why a bad boss can bring an entire office down: Rudeness in... - Daily Mail - Daily Mail

Why a bad boss can bring an entire office down: Rudeness in... - Daily Mail - Daily Mail | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A University of Florida study shows that rudeness can go viral. 90 graduate students negotiated with one another and rated their interactions. Rudeness was passed on to subsequent interactions.
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A number of interpersonal phenomena appear to be transmittable throughout a group. Contempt breeds contempt.

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Bad bosses: Don't be an ignorant maestro! - Yahoo7 News

CEOs shouldn't be ignorant, tyrannical maestros - that's not how you inspire brilliance in your people, says conductor and consultant Itay Talgam.
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Brilliance in one aspect of a person's life is not an excuse to be uncivil or abusive. Down with ignorant maestro's in all walks of life.

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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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