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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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Do I need to be a "jerk" to succeed at a startup?

Do I need to be a "jerk" to succeed at a startup? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Founders and executives at growing startups often ask this question for a few reasons: * A new generation of Silicon Valley critics (I'm looking at you, Valleywag) is slapping the labels "jerk," "asshole," and "psychopath" on any startup leader...
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11 Tough Truths About Leadership That No One Talks About

11 Tough Truths About Leadership That No One Talks About | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The truth is, these highly successful people do stumble, worry, and doubt themselves, but they've also mastered reputation management and the way they're perceived.
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We Don't Hire Jerks. Period.

We Don't Hire Jerks. Period. | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Would your company benefit from a strict "No Jerks" policy? Henry Albrecht's has.
Limeade CEO Henry Albrecht has a very strict hiring rule: No Jerks. None. Ever.
Hopefully that's clear enough.
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Toxic Leaders and bureacracy are killing US Army Soldiers | Rolling ...

Toxic Leaders and bureacracy are killing US Army Soldiers | Rolling ... | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
In my relatively short Army career, I have seen more toxic leaders than in all my other jobs put together. The problem has now reached a catastrophic level, with a new report, conducted by the US Army, stating that as many as ...
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Making Systems Thinking More Than a Slogan

Making Systems Thinking More Than a Slogan | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
From climate change and deforestation to collapsing fisheries, species extinction and poisons in our food and water, our society is unsustainable and it is getting worse fast.
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Why Manager Engagement, Leadership Style Is Critical for Team Success

Why Manager Engagement, Leadership Style Is Critical for Team Success | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Here’s a bit of a round-up of recent research and commentary on the role of the leader in employee engagement. Combined, they tell a quite interesting story.
1. Naming the wrong person manager cannot be balanced through other benefits.
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Here's a valuable truism from this contribution: "Naming the wrong person manager cannot be balanced through other benefits." 

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Why We Love Narcissists

Why We Love Narcissists | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered why selfish, arrogant, and entitled individuals are so charming? These narcissistic people have parasitic effects on society. When in charge of companies they commit fraud, demoralize employees, and devalue stock.
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Michael Maccoby wrote a good book on this topic that is worthy of consideration if you are interested in the dual-edged sword of narcissism. Narcissistic Leaders: Whoo Succeeds and Who Fails. http://www.amazon.com/Narcissistic-Leaders-Who-Succeeds-Fails/dp/1422104141.

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The Hidden Advantages of Quiet Bosses

The Hidden Advantages of Quiet Bosses http://t.co/NocjB5aAgA #leadership #management #business #extrovert #introvert #psychology
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I like to say that just because extroverts are overrepresented in leadership positions, that doesn't necessarily mean that they are good at it. 

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UncleBob's Treehouse: Toxic Leaders

UncleBob's Treehouse: Toxic Leaders | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
"Toxic leadership is a combination of self-centered attitudes, motivations, and behaviors that have adverse effects on subordinates, the organization, and mission performance. This leader lacks concern for others and the ...
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16 Signs You're A Little (Or A Lot) Type A

16 Signs You're A Little (Or A Lot) Type A | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
"She's just really... Type A."
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Along with every bright facet of our personalities comes some shadows that we would do well to consider. 

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Systems Thinking: Understanding the Complexity of Our World

Systems Thinking: Understanding the Complexity of Our World | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

Systems Thinking is based on the field of system dynamics, founded by MIT professor Jay Forrester in 1956. The idea behind systems thinking is to be used when analyzing change, interventions and s...


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When Rudeness Dominates Your Work Culture, Everyone Pays the Price

When Rudeness Dominates Your Work Culture, Everyone Pays the Price | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: Sometimes readers ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday. 
You’re rude because your boss is rude.
WOW! That was an article in my feed from the Harvard Business Review.
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Toxic Leaders And The Social Environments That Breed Them

Toxic Leaders And The Social Environments That Breed Them | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A National Public Radio news investigation aired this week covers the topic of toxic leadership in the military. It focuses on an anthropology professor named David Matsuda who was working with the army in Iraq to help understand local cultures.
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How To Handle A Bad Boss: 7 Strategies For "Managing Up" - Forbes

How To Handle A Bad Boss: 7 Strategies For "Managing Up" - Forbes | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
How To Handle A Bad Boss: 7 Strategies For "Managing Up" Forbes Having worked with numerous not-so-inspiring bosses in my corporate career, I've learned they provide invaluable opportunities for developing executive leadership skills and learning...
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Toxic Leadership – A US Army Perspective

Toxic Leadership – A US Army Perspective | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Toxic Leadership – A US Army Perspective - IEDP (blog): Toxic Leadership – A US Army PerspectiveIEDP ... http://t.co/GiPyjcvTX2 @TeamLOA
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How to Identify the Signs of Toxic Leadership | NY Report

How to Identify the Signs of Toxic Leadership | NY Report | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
NY Report | (How to Identify the Signs of Toxic Leadership | NY Report http://t.co/pXZf7Gdzdy)
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Your Moderately Narcissistic Boss Might Be a Great Leader - Pacific Standard

Your Moderately Narcissistic Boss Might Be a Great Leader - Pacific Standard | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
PsychCentral.com Your Moderately Narcissistic Boss Might Be a Great Leader Pacific Standard A newly completed meta-analysis of previous studies, set to appear in Personnel Psychology, suggests that “there exists an optimal, midrange level of leader...
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For Senior Leaders, Fit Matters More than Skill

For Senior Leaders, Fit Matters More than Skill | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A recent CEB survey of C-suite executives indicates that organizations will require significantly higher performance—23% improvement, on average, in performance ratings— from their executive-level direct reports in the new year.
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If it is true that fit is more important than skill for senior positions, I suspect we mess this one up on a regular basis.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 17, 1:14 PM

We see this in education as administrators are changed regularly. Each new one brings in their personal fads that they want to implement. Most teachers shrug and go back to their classrooms and continue doing what they have always done.

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How to deal with toxic employees without negatively affecting everyone else - Orlando Business Journal

How to deal with toxic employees without negatively affecting everyone else - Orlando Business Journal | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Sometimes managers avoid dealing with employee performance issues out of a conce...
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Why Respect Is Crucial To Management Success - Forbes

Why Respect Is Crucial To Management Success - Forbes | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Why Respect Is Crucial To Management Success
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I recently wrote a piece, 6 Fundamentals That Can Make You A Better Manager In 2014, that led to some thoughtful dialogue among Forbes readers.
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Harmful if Followed! How to Spot Toxic Leaders | CustomerThink

Harmful if Followed! How to Spot Toxic Leaders | CustomerThink | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Harmful if Followed! How to Spot Toxic #Leaders | CustomerThink http://t.co/RHQTfd8aTD via @customerthink #b2b #leadership
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Why New CEOs Sometimes Bring New Problems

Why New CEOs Sometimes Bring New Problems | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Leadership transitions are ripe with opportunity--and fraught with peril.
    
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Is Blowing the Whistle Blowing Your Career?

Is Blowing the Whistle Blowing Your Career? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The more often people choose to stay silent, the more likely it is that ethics will decline and companies will suffer severe consequence, an expert said.
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We believe that the actions of peers are actually more powerful than admonitions from supervisors when it comes to influencing ethical behavior.

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New provost Donald Pope-Davis resigns after six months on the job - The Depaulia

New provost Donald Pope-Davis resigns after six months on the job - The Depaulia | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
New provost Donald Pope-Davis resigns after six months on the job
The Depaulia
Following his six-month academic leave, Pope-Davis will return as a professor in the psychology department with a tenured track.
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This is not that uncommon in higher education, especially for Provosts. It sometimes amazes me that professors, who have deep knowledge of the culture, so often fail when moving into administrative positions. In many cases they become too aggressive and autocratic thereby alienating the faculty. That is just not a recipe for success in the context of colleges and universities. 

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Stop Basing Pay on Performance Reviews

Stop Basing Pay on Performance Reviews | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
If your company is like most, it tries to drive high performance by dangling money in front of employees’ noses.
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