Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking
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Here are three subjects that continue to fascinate: Leadership (in general), Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking.
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Is Your Workplace Tough — or Is It Toxic? - Knowledge@Wharton

Is Your Workplace Tough — or Is It Toxic? - Knowledge@Wharton | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
‘Toxic’ work environments can take a toll on everyone. So how can managers and workers repair the damage?
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It is very gratifying to see schools like Wharton focusing some attention on toxic leadership. 

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25 Leadership Quotes Even The "Dumbest" Leaders Can Learn From - Pulse

25 Leadership Quotes Even The "Dumbest" Leaders Can Learn From - Pulse | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Not everyone is meant for a leadership position. Unfortunately, with this uncertain economy we may be put in one, whether we like it or not.  And when that happens, we have to act and learn fast.
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I'm a sucker for good quotes, especially those that address leadership.

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5 ways 'systems thinking' can jumpstart action

5 ways 'systems thinking' can jumpstart action | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Sustainability requires business leaders to consider their actions in the context of a broader network of systems.
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Systems Thinking has application beyond environmental contexts. 

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 10, 2015 4:30 PM

Systems Thinking has application beyond environmental contexts. 

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Six Things Real Leaders Don't Do (Like Boss People Around) - Forbes

Six Things Real Leaders Don't Do (Like Boss People Around) - Forbes | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Liz Ryan lays out six things that real leaders don't do (although plenty of fake and fearful managers do these things every day). Is your manager a real leader or a fake and fearful one? How about you?
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The best bosses I ever had were those who saw their job as making my job easier and more productive. 

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Toxic Types Hurt Office Morale; Take On Troublemakers

Workers with bad attitudes bring teams down. But managers are often reluctant to face the problem. How a carefully worded encounter can turn them around.
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Toxics thrive when left to their own devices. They will spew their poison only if their supervisors let them. 

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 7, 2015 10:52 PM

Toxics thrive when left to their own devices. They will spew their poison only if their supervisors let them. 

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CEO Offers Tips on How to Deal with Toxic Employees

CEO Offers Tips on How to Deal with Toxic Employees | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The CEO of a leadership development and training company offers tips on confronting and hopefully curbing the volatility with a toxic employee.
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Here's an important insight. In a survey, 80 percent of respondents felt their organizations are somewhat or extremely tolerant of toxic employees. The survey also showed that only 40 percent of managers would get rid of a toxic employee. 

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17 Things Real Leaders Never Say - Task & Purpose

17 Things Real Leaders Never Say - Task & Purpose | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Avoid using these sayings when addressing your teammates in any work environment.
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This is a good list of behaviors that is at the very least in poor form. 

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 6, 2015 11:06 PM

This is a good list of behaviors that is at the very least in poor form. 

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Tarnished: Toxic Leadership in the U.S. Military by George E. Reed

Tarnished: Toxic Leadership in the U.S. Military by George E. Reed | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
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The Toxic Leader Score | Edu-Vision- Educationa...

The Toxic Leader Score | Edu-Vision- Educationa... | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Your Toxic Leader Score* (TLS) is the level of unnecessary irritation you cause others. If you occasionally irritate colleagues by arriving late, you're a 3 on a range from 1 to 10. If you frequent...
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Attempts to provide measures for the notion of toxic leadership are a contribution.
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Are You a Bad Boss? - 10 Signs That You Might Be - CPAPracticeAdvisor.com

Are You a Bad Boss? - 10 Signs That You Might Be - CPAPracticeAdvisor.com | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A Gallup survey from last year found that only one in 10 bosses in America has any native talent for management, and only another two in ten could be good managers with a little training and support.
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Those who are bad bosses frequently are unaware of that fact. Lacking self-awareness and without skills in reading their impact on others, they are characteristically oblivious to their negative impact. 

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 1, 2015 4:21 PM

Those who are bad bosses frequently are unaware of that fact. Lacking self-awareness and without skills in reading their impact on others, they are characteristically oblivious to their negative impact. 

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Systems thinking: a cautionary tale (cats in Borneo) - YouTube

Learn about sustainability for free with short animation videos! Find all sustainability videos and join the community on http://sustainabilityillustrated.co...
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The moral of this story, as is the case in so many, is that simple cause and effect solutions are inadequate for complicated interrelated problems.

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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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Should You Coach a Toxic Leader? - Mark E. Patton

Should You Coach a Toxic Leader? - Mark E. Patton | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
If you're not hiring or brewing toxic leaders, the next question you must answer is, “What do we do with a toxic leader who is already ‘dug in’?”
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Coaching is certainly work a try. We owe it to toxic leaders to at least try to modify their behavior, but don't spend too much time and effort. If they don't respond, move them on to another endeavor. 

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Does Your Culture Brew Toxic Leadership? - Mark E. Patton

Does Your Culture Brew Toxic Leadership? - Mark E. Patton | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
It is vital to the health of an organization that toxic leadership is dealt with. Let's look at some of its causes and how to prevent it.
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Can toxic leadership be perpetuated outside of a toxic organizational culture?

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Working For A 'Bad' Boss! - Fiji Sun Online

Working For A 'Bad' Boss! - Fiji Sun Online | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Working For A ‘Bad’ Boss! | Fiji Sun
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An environment where people want to work and where colleagues care about each other is the gift that keeps on giving. The contrary-- pure misery. 

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What Happens When Leaders Show Humility and Openness to Feedback?

What Happens When Leaders Show Humility and Openness to Feedback? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Whitney is an HR manager. She works for a small IT company.
She found herself facing one of the most challenging conversations an employee can have: confronting her boss about his behavior.
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Humility is most definitely a virtue. 

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On Leadership, Appearance and Being Professional

On Leadership, Appearance and Being Professional | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A really good buddy of mine got me thinking about something he said one day: “Be a professional, this is the key to being a great person and great success.” […] The post On Leadership, Appearance and Being Professional appeared first on Linked 2...
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I am continually amazed by the number of people who do not seem to grasp the importance of dressing professionally. There is a place for your individuality and expression, but if you want a job, clean yourself up and dress the part. 

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 7, 2015 11:01 PM

I am continually amazed by the number of people who do not seem to grasp the importance of dressing professionally. There is a place for your individuality and expression, but if you want a job, clean yourself up and dress the part. 

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How to Handle a Bad Boss - Kellogg Insight

How to Handle a Bad Boss - Kellogg Insight | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
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How to Handle a Bad Boss
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Of all the annoyances the workday can entail—that too-early alarm, rush hour traffic, late nights stuck at your desk on deadline—having a bad boss can be the most insidious.
george_reed's insight:

I find it gratifying when focus turns to what we can do when we are dealt a bad hand in terms of immediate supervisors. You can't always control your boss, but you can control how you react to your boss. 

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 6, 2015 11:06 PM

I find it gratifying when focus turns to what we can do when we are dealt a bad hand in terms of immediate supervisors. You can't always control your boss, but you can control how you react to your boss. 

Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 7, 2015 3:34 PM

I find it gratifying when focus turns to what we can do when we are dealt a bad hand in terms of immediate supervisors. You can't always control your boss, but you can control how you react to your boss. 

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What Companies Can Learn from Military Teams

What Companies Can Learn from Military Teams | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
When Gen. Stanley McCrystal took charge of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Task Force in 2003, he recognized that traditional tactics of warfare were failing in Iraq.
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Learning goes both ways. Companies can learn from the military and the military can learn a great deal from companies. Beware overlaying a military template over nonmilitary organizations. Modification to context is often required. 

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Leadership Letting You Down? Try Becoming an Influencer

Leadership Letting You Down? Try Becoming an Influencer | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
This is the role for people who want to steer the outcome. Do you fit the profile?
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Influencers are unsung heroes in many organizations. They are frequently not attracted to the limelight, but make their teams better through their often subtle activities. 

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Self-Regulation: A Star Leader's Secret Weapon - Pulse

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Self-awareness plus self-regulation are keys to effective leadership and highly productive teams. 

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Self-awareness plus self-regulation are keys to effective leadership and highly productive teams. 

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"Systems Thinking, Complexity Theory and Management" by David C. Aron, M.D., M.S. - YouTube

Weatherhead School of Management Doctor of Management (DM) Program Alumni Residency Weekend Presentation by David C. Aron, M.D., M.S. Associate Chief of Staf...
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I enjoyed this lecture and hope you do as well. 

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, July 30, 2015 11:36 AM

I enjoyed this lecture and hope you do as well. 

Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 2, 2015 4:46 PM

I enjoyed this lecture and hope you do as well. 

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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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