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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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What Are Universities For? - TIME

What Are Universities For? - TIME | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
What will it take to redesign and reinvigorate American higher education?
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I'm not sure I agree with all of the recommendations in this article, but at the heart of it is a good question-- just what do we want our institutions of higher education to accomplish? You are likely to get different answers if you ask the board of trustees, administration, faculty members, and students that question. 

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The Narcissist - In Photos: Toxic Workplace Friends

The Narcissist - In Photos: Toxic Workplace Friends | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
65 percent of you say you’ve endured an egomaniac pal.
george_reed's insight:

Some of these are amusing. Taxonomies, however, fail to provide requisite advice and counsel on how to make the organization better. 

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Psychopathy and leadership - Moneyweb

Psychopathy and leadership - Moneyweb | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Should leaders be given brain imaging scans for symptoms of psychopathy?

Via Edwin Rutsch
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Those who feel no remorse or empathy and only work for their own gain to the detriment of others could warrant the title of psychopath. There is a percentage of our population that is: uncaring, shallow, irresponsible, insincere, overconfident, inattentive, selfish and sometimes violent. 

 

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3. Lack of leadership

3. Lack of leadership | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
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Confidence in leadership can be measured and tracked. This report indicates there is a leadership crisis in the world today. 

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Study Reveals 4 Leadership Trends In Dealing With Complexity

Study Reveals 4 Leadership Trends In Dealing With Complexity | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
No longer is it enough to rely upon the leadership and managerial principles instilled upon you after initially arriving at your position years ago.

Via Anne Leong
george_reed's insight:

I admit being a bit bewildered by those who perceive they have "mastered" leadership. Different levels of an organization require different skills and behaviors. Leader development is a lifelong endeavor.

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Gary Bamford's curator insight, April 3, 2015 3:14 AM

Unleash the creative beast!

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Study: The Extreme Cost of Hiring a Toxic Employee

Study: The Extreme Cost of Hiring a Toxic Employee | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Harmful employees might be hiding out in your office. Here's why you should deal with them ASAP.
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The costs associated with toxic leadership are not always captured. Here's some additional evidence.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 1, 2015 11:55 PM

It is even more of a problem when the boss is toxic.

 

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Who are the world's best leaders? - Fortune

Who are the world's best leaders? - Fortune | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The greatest leaders are the ones who run organizations that truly care for their employees’ and customers’ health, happiness, and wellbeing.
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Great leadership is probably a combination of situation and individual contributions. Where, for example, would Lincoln have been without the American Civil War? Does the crucible of the situation make the leader or does the leader transcend the situation? 

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What if you could replace performance evaluations with four simple questions?

What if you could replace performance evaluations with four simple questions? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Deloitte has come up with them (and two only need a 'yes' or 'no' answer).
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The antiquated, yet prevalent, management by objectives approach to personnel evaluation seems to live well beyond its utility. Here is an example of a different approach.

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6 kinds of bad bosses and how to handle them - MarketWatch

6 kinds of bad bosses and how to handle them - MarketWatch | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A bad boss is more than a problem to gripe about to friends and a bartender.
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I do appreciate the use of archetypes as displayed in popular media such as movies and television shows. 

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Leaders – Should Employee Happiness be on Your Agenda?

Leaders – Should Employee Happiness be on Your Agenda? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
In April last year, the United Nations held its first conference on happiness and wellbeing in New York City. The conference introduced the concept of
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Those who enjoy their work are less susceptible to talent raiders from other organizations. There is an important social wage associated with having a good time. 

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The Toxic Boss Syndrome

The Toxic Boss Syndrome | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
How many of us can relate to the movie Office Space and the infamous boss Bill Lumbergh? Most people would say that they can easily point to a boss that they currently have or have had who could have served as a role model for the movie character....
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Office Space is a movie that I use in my repertoire of leadership (or anti-leadership) films. 

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L2L Infographic: The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change

L2L Infographic: The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
L2L Infographic: The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change Infographic courtesy of Torben Rick
The post L2L Infographic: The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
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I am a fan of this sort of information graphic. I suspect most of us that learn visually are.

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TOXIC

TOXIC - Beyond the Objective - Medium
Understanding The Dark Side of Leadership
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A number of scholars tend to identify toxic leadership based on the impact a leader has on the organization rather than using a description of specific behavior. 

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Inside the Mind of a Toxic Employee

Research shows that a single toxic employee can cost an organization upwards of $12,800 due to additional turnover caused by the bad apple. To learn more about…
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Weekly Wrap: No More Managers? It Just Won’t Work, Even at Zappos

Weekly Wrap: No More Managers? It Just Won’t Work, Even at Zappos | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
I like Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, and there are a lot of other people who do, too.
That’s because he’s an innovative business thinker with a ton of interesting ideas, but it doesn’t mean that every idea is golden.
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Holocracy is an idea many of us would love to like, but increasing evidence is mounting that clearly designated systems of supra- and subordination are not just a carryover from the industrial revolution. Clear lines of authority and responsibility are helpful in accomplishing things. 

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7 Habits of Happy Employees

7 Habits of Happy Employees | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Happy employees share certain habits and behaviors, and these habits help them stay happy. Here are 7 of the most important ones.
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I wonder about accepting things you cannot change. Where is the line between can't change, and haven't yet changed because we haven't tried hard enough?

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Home | Navy Times I U.S. Navy news including pay & benefits, careers and more

Home | Navy Times I  U.S. Navy news including pay & benefits, careers and more | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Independent military news and benefits information for Sailors, spouses and veterans.
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How you lead matters. Accomplishing the mission is a non-negotiable requirement, but it is also important to take care of the team along the way. Those who do one but not the other should be moved aside for those who can do both. 

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Do you have a toxic personality?

Do you have a toxic personality? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
 Ian Smith's departure from Orica has put the spotlight back on CEO personality traits.
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Personality is considered relatively unchanging, but just because a person has a particular type or preference, they can, and should, modify their behavior. Self-awareness plus self-regulation is a good formula for successful influence behavior.

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Strong Leaders Ask For Help - Jesse Lyn Stoner

Strong Leaders Ask For Help - Jesse Lyn Stoner | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Servant leaders want to be helpful. But asking for help is important too. Nine reasons why you'll be a better leader if you are willing to ask for help.

Via Don Dea
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We should ask ourselves whether our attempts to be supportive are actually encouraging unhealthy dependency. We tend not to learn when we stay in our comfort zones.

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What sort of bad boss do you have? - New Zealand Herald

What sort of bad boss do you have? - New Zealand Herald | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Working for an unreasonable boss can cause health problems, including increasing employees' risk of heart disease and heart attack. - New Zealand Herald
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There are many types of bad bosses, but here is a list that makes sense. 

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How successful people overcome toxic bosses - Quartz

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How successful people overcome toxic bosses
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Bad bosses contaminate the workplace. Some do so obliviously, while others smugly manipulate their employees, using them as instruments of their own success.
george_reed's insight:

We should remember that we are all part of the systems in which we live. While it may be attractive to blame toxic behavior solely on the boss, we have the opportunity and indeed the responsibility to make it better rather than worse. 

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Top 5 Reasons People Are Unhappy at Work

Top 5 Reasons People Are Unhappy at Work | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Which of these bothers you the most?
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Ron Riggio is an extraordinary leadership scholar and good man. Check out his contributions in Psychology Today. 

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How to Know If You Are a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Boss

How to Know If You Are a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Boss | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Horrible bosses come in all shapes and sizes.
You can probably think of a few previous bosses you’ve had the (dis)pleasure to work for.
george_reed's insight:

I get this question frequently. "How do I know if I am toxic?" Since toxicity is determined by impact on the organization you have to ask your team the right questions. Since reality is in the eye of the beholder, if most of your team perceives you as toxic, you win the toxic leader badge that nobody really wants. 

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What Shelter Dogs Taught Me about Employee Engagement

What Shelter Dogs Taught Me about Employee Engagement | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
One day while volunteering at the animal shelter, my interactions with two of the dogs — Mia and Harper — reminded me of a fundamental truth about employee engagement.
george_reed's insight:

We can learn a great deal from our furry friends if we pay attention. The gist of this contribution is the fact that when it comes to engaging employees, one size does not fit all. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 13, 2015 8:55 PM

I was reading Donna Haraway's Companion Species Manifesto which proposes that many animals, dogs included, can provide insight into working relationships which defy one-size-fits-all.

 

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When an Employee Quits and You Didn’t See It Coming

When an Employee Quits and You Didn’t See It Coming | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
It’s Friday afternoon and one of your employees asks for a private meeting. Before you even close the door, she tells you she’s found another job and is leaving the company. Once you get over the shock, how should you respond?
george_reed's insight:

Do not expect an employee to give you a straight answer during and exit interview. This is a place where it is appropriate to be sensitive to weak signals. Even those who are very disenchanted have a tendency to approach their exit with a sense of "let bygones be bygones."

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