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How to Become a Better Leader | MIT Sloan Management Review

How to Become a Better Leader | MIT Sloan Management Review | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
To grow as an executive, you need to recognize and manage your strongest tendencies.
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Good long-read on managing yourself, referencing the classic Big Five personality traits. 

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, February 26, 11:02 AM

Finally a bridge between big 5 personality traits and leadership effectiveness. A long article but worth it.

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Being Normal Is Not About Fitting In

Being Normal Is Not About Fitting In | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
Trying to fit in is likely to make you miserable. Accepting your differences as assets and applying them is more effective.
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How Small Group Coaching Can Accelarate Leadership Development | GlobalFocus

How Small Group Coaching Can Accelarate Leadership Development | GlobalFocus | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
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Recent article I co-wrote on small group #coaching and #leadership development

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Organizing for the Unpredictable

Organizing for the Unpredictable - NOBL Collective - Medium

Barraged by lists of predictions, trends, and otherwise guesses. Swaddled in our own strategic plans. Yet, 2015 won’t conform neatly to our organizational goals and expectations — to succeed, we must learn to adapt ourselves and our organizations to the unforeseen events that will undoubtedly shape the year ahead.

 

 

 


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Prof. Hankell's curator insight, February 1, 11:39 PM

We live now in a world that is far more connected, frenetic, and unpredictable than ever before...

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, February 2, 9:52 AM

“The important thing is to be able at any moment to sacrifice
what we are for what we could become”
— Charles Du Bos


"The survival of the fittest is the ageless law of nature, but the fittest are rarely the strong. The fittest are those endowed with the qualifications for adaptation, the ability to accept the inevitable and conform to the unavoidable, to harmonize with existing or changing conditions."
– Dave E. Smalley

Jan Matulewicz's curator insight, February 5, 3:58 AM

If the truly unthinkable is about to materialize anyway, since the certainty of our human ways in the near future is vanishing, one of the prudent strategies is engineering miracles both in personal life and business.  I find strange synergy in what is a joke today http://jahumatulewicz.blogspot.com/2015/02/engineering-miracles.html and what will be sensible tomorrow.

 

 

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3 Things Great Leaders Do With Their Anger

3 Things Great Leaders Do With Their Anger | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
Why great leaders don't blame people, circumstances, or conditions for their anger.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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The last point is a great one.

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Franck Joseph-Maurin's curator insight, February 6, 2:55 AM

La colère, comme toutes les émotions, est une source précieuse d'information et de développement du leadership

donhornsby's curator insight, February 6, 7:41 AM

Learn from those times when you are angry. Great point from this article:

 

(From the article): Average leaders waste their anger by getting embroiled in drama-based debates fueled by blame. They get stuck wanting to prove they're right. Great leaders know this is a massive waste of time and energy. Though it might be fun for the ego to parade around its smarts, nothing of value is accomplished.


Instead of blaming others, great leaders learn from anger and become even better leaders.

 

Once leaders have felt, expressed and owned their anger, they then ask the question, "What is this anger here to teach me and us?" Anger is usually an invitation to set a boundary, stop doing something that is no longer of service, change direction, face what is not being faced or to say no.

 

Yes, it takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master. What worthy skill isn't? The good news is, when you start shifting your relationship with anger, you'll see the results immediately.

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Why diversity matters | McKinsey & Company

Why diversity matters | McKinsey & Company | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
New research makes it increasingly clear that companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially. A McKinsey & Company article.
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Even though the statistics point to better returns, leaders still don't get it. Or is it that they do but we are so " tribal" at our core that we make the irrational choice not to diversify? Either way, those that do not act will have their lunch eaten! 

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Leadership as the Search for Greater Coherence | The European Business Review | Empowering communications globally

Leadership as the Search for Greater Coherence | The European Business Review | Empowering communications globally | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
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Harter nails it in this article. One of the few writers on leadership who seems to have thought about it profoundly. The book sounds fascinating.  

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Turning Who You Are into What You Do

Turning Who You Are into What You Do | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
Around 600 B.C., the first of the Greek sages, Thales of Miletus, made the observation that the most difficult thing in the world was “To...
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Kets De Vries latest on unconscious behaviour and self awareness. 

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Great Leaders Can Double Profits, Research Shows

Great Leaders Can Double Profits, Research Shows | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
To some extent, the connection between leadership and the bottom line has been made. Yet most evidence on this point comes merely from the personal treatises of famous and successful executives. While interesting, the variety of opinions we hear on leadership’s role in profit creation are incomplete and even contradictory. [...]
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Clearly targeted investment in leaders pays a sustainable corporate dividend. What is not stated here but is also true, is when you invest in leaders they stay put. A nice bi-product!

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The Truth With A Whole Lot Of Rhetorical Bullshit Pared Away

The Truth With A Whole Lot Of Rhetorical Bullshit Pared Away | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
David Foster Wallace's gives a commencement speech — this is water.
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Great words of wisdom to rival Steve Jobs excellent Stanford Graduation speech. Also averrable on video.

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Joseph Brodsky Explains Perfectly How to Deal With Critics and Detractors in Your Life | James Clear

Joseph Brodsky Explains Perfectly How to Deal With Critics and Detractors in Your Life | James Clear | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
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Organisational life is hard. As the Indian expression goes: If you wait long enough on the riverbank, the bodies of your enemies will float past. Don't give them undeserved energy. 

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THE DANGERS OF CHASING THE SHILLING – GRAHAM WARD – KETS DE VRIES INSTITUTE

As Dorothy Parker said, “If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at who he gives it to.” Nowadays, in the city of London, he’s not giving too much away.
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Never Check Email Before Noon (And Other Thoughts on Doing Your Best Work) | James Clear

Never Check Email Before Noon (And Other Thoughts on Doing Your Best Work) | James Clear | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
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My Own Life - NYTimes.com

My Own Life - NYTimes.com | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
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Insightful words from the forthcoming death of a brilliant scientist and author. 

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No Time to Think

No Time to Think | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
Nowadays, people can keep negative thoughts at bay with a frenzy of activity.
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More great (scientifically based) reasons to get "off the grid"

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Don’t try to cure anxiety: we need it – Charlie Kurth – Aeon

Don’t try to cure anxiety: we need it – Charlie Kurth – Aeon | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
Since ancient times philosophy has tried to cure us of anxiety. But worry is an important part of being a moral person
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Can developing healthy moral anxiety help us to be better leaders of ourselves and others. The author implies that rather than running from this emotion we should engage it. 

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Championing gender equality in Australia | McKinsey & Company

Championing gender equality in Australia | McKinsey & Company | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
A group of business leaders is redefining the role of men in the promotion of gender equality—and improving the environment for women leaders in their own organizations. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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Good actionable article on how to help women navigate the diversity trap. 

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The Surprising Benefits of Forgiveness

The Surprising Benefits of Forgiveness | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
Making amends with those who trespass against us yields a number of physical and mental benefits. Sometimes even victims of the worst crimes can find solace in letting go.
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Organisations are troubled  places. Holding a grudge may not benefit the organisation but worse still it may damage your psychological health. 

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Becoming irresistible: A new model for employee engagement

Becoming irresistible: A new model for employee engagement | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it

The employee-work contract has changed, compelling business leaders to build organizations that engage employees as sensitive, passionate, creative contributors.

 

The employee-work contract has changed: People are operating more like free agents than in the past. In short, the balance of power has shifted from employer to employee, forcing business leaders to learn how to build an organization that engages employees as sensitive, passionate, creative contributors.


Two years of research and discussions with hundreds of clients suggest five major elements and underlying strategies that work together to make organizations “irresistible.”

 
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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, January 26, 7:22 PM

Deloitte's  research suggests that we need to rethink the problem. There are three issues to address:


  1. Companies need to expand their thinking about what “engagement” means today, giving managers and leaders specific practices they can adopt, and holding line leaders accountable. Here Deloitte suggests 5 elements and 20 specific practices.
  2. Companies need tools and methods that measure and capture employee feedback and sentiment on a real-time, local basis so they can continuously adjust management practices and the work environment at a local level. These tools include employee feedback systems as well as data analytics systems that help identify and predict factors that create low engagement and retention problems.
  3. Leaders in business and HR need to raise employee engagement from an HR program to a core business strategy.
A recommended piece of work by Josh Bersin at Bersin by Deloitte.

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Writing Your Way to Happiness

Writing Your Way to Happiness | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
Some researchers believe that by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health.
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Fascinating article about how writing you personal narrative leads to psychological wellness. 

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Empathy, neurochemistry, and the dramatic arc - Aeon Video

Empathy, neurochemistry, and the dramatic arc - Aeon Video | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
In this 6-minute documentary, a neuroscientist’s study suggests that the classic dramatic arc can change our brains and spur us to action.
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Interesting video insight into how communication affects brain chemistry and how we might leverage our storytelling at work. 

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What Makes Leaders Innovative? New Study Identifies The 10 Keys

What Makes Leaders Innovative? New Study Identifies The 10 Keys | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
“All the money in the world, all the research and development resources in the world aren’t really worth a hoot, without innovative leadership.  Money does not follow ideas; it follows leaders,” said Forbes Contributor Henry Doss in his recent post about innovation. Many organizations would like to create more innovative [...]
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I hate these #1-10 blah-de-blah articles usually, but this study based a 360 feedback instrument focused on innovation puts leaders at the 99th percentile if the 10 steps are in place. Now all you have to do is, well, do it!

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Developing Mindful Leaders for the C-Suite

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The use of meditation, introspection, and journaling are taking hold at successful enterprises.
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20-Year-Old Hunter S. Thompson’s Superb Advice on How to Find Your Purpose and Live a Meaningful Life

20-Year-Old Hunter S. Thompson’s Superb Advice on How to Find Your Purpose and Live a Meaningful Life | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
"It is not necessary to accept the choices handed down to you by life as you know it."

As a hopeless lover of both letters and famous adv
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Are You Psychologically Ready to Retire?

Are You Psychologically Ready to Retire? | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
4 critical questions you need to ask yourself before making this decision.
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