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Ten Hats All Leaders Wear

Ten Hats All Leaders Wear | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
As a leader, all day long you are wearing a hat. Not the kind that people might laugh at or that might smoosh your hair, but a hat nonetheless. For the next few minutes I want you to think of the v...

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What hat are you wearing today?

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Nice scoop by Anne...

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Hadn't noticed the accompanying photo the first time I read the article. PS. I believe myself to be more a coach and need to develop most my listening / observing capabilities..

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And teachers..

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Correcting Leadership Communication Mishaps

Correcting Leadership Communication Mishaps | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
Everyone makes mistakes but when you're the one in the corner office, many people will hear about that inadvertent remark or slipup. Here's how to fix it.
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"Repetition is critical to correct a misstatement by leadership."

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5 Tips for Becoming a Better Listener

5 Tips for Becoming a Better Listener | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
Successful entrepreneurs can profit as much from effective listening as speaking. “We use listening to gain understanding, to obtain infor
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There's much to learn by listening actively . . . and practice makes perfect.

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7 Ways to Maximize Quiet Leaders

7 Ways to Maximize Quiet Leaders | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
Quiet, slow-movers frustrate talkative, quick movers. Those who think, speak, and commit quickly, often believe they’re superior to leaders who need time. One of the worst things leaders do is over...
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A good reminder that it takes all kinds to move the world!

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Are you approachable? | SmartBlogs

Are you approachable? | SmartBlogs | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
When I interview the stakeholders on the strengths and gaps of the leaders I work with, it’s not unusual for me to hear that the peers and direct reports m
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Reaching out to others and creating a culture that you care will lead to greater success.

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Managing Millennials: Maybe the Problem Is You, Not Them

In the debate over how to manage Millennials, one important point gets lost: Developing younger employees takes work--and that's your job.
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Yes, let's work to provide a good example through our own actions!

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7 Ways to Get People to Take You Seriously

7 Ways to Get People to Take You Seriously | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
If you're going to get anything done in business, you need people to respect you. Here are some tips.
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A good reminder of how to strengthen personal connections.

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Give Yourself An A!

Give Yourself An A! | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it

Keeping track of your achievements, contributions and forward progress builds your personal momentum and drives your own asset-based improvements. But what is more, you get valuable practice in seeing the assets that are working for you and your team!" - See more at: http://www.drkathycramer.com/abt-tools-tips/give-yourself-an-a#sthash.R7mEwPyz.dpuf

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Remember, Persistence Pays Off. Stay Motivated With These 5 Tips.

Remember, Persistence Pays Off. Stay Motivated With These 5 Tips. | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
You may feel like quitting, but focusing on the big picture will help you avoid giving up.
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Great advice for everyone!

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Employee Engagement Is A Leadership Commitment

Employee Engagement Is A Leadership Commitment | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
Secret behind employee engagement is not really a secret. It requires emotional commitment from leaders, a great culture, and constant maintenance.
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I concur with Meghan's bottom-line . . . "It requires emotional commitment on the part of leaders, a great culture, and constant maintenance."

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Turn Your Next Interruption into an Opportunity

Turn Your Next Interruption into an Opportunity | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
Often, these touchpoints aren't distractions from the work. They are the work.
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Daily touchpoints with purpose and urgency = success!

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4 Behaviors You Never Want to See in a Leader

4 Behaviors You Never Want to See in a Leader | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
We might not agree what makes a good leader, but we can agree what might make a bad one.
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John Spence: A Simple Formula for Business Success

John Spence: A Simple Formula for Business Success | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
Business strategist John Spence laid out several cutting-edge ideas to take your organization from good to great at ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference.
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A good reminder of the basics and what our daily focus should be.

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The One Behavior That Guarantees Failure

The One Behavior That Guarantees Failure | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
Letting fear of failure stop you from asking for what you want ensures you won't get it.
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Believe in "yes."

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3 Surprising Benefits of Training a New Employee

3 Surprising Benefits of Training a New Employee | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
The hiring, onboarding, and training process doesn't have to be all pain.
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A timely article as I live through it . . . use your new hire's enthusiasm and quest for knowledge to review key processes and systems and as a team building moment.

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Great bosses make feedback a constant experience

Great bosses make feedback a constant experience | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
You look at your calendar and realize it's performance appraisal time. Dread sinks like a rock into the pit of your stomach. It’s a tossup as to who hates
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Each day we have a chance to coach and cultivate a culture of continuous improvement.

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.@LetsGrowLeaders: Why your team thinks you're a bad boss | SmartBlogs

.@LetsGrowLeaders: Why your team thinks you're a bad boss | SmartBlogs | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
No matter how great a boss you are, the odds are against you that your team holds the same opinion. According to recent studies, 31% of employees say th
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A great leadership lesson:  It's not about you, it's about them.

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Avoid these three traps and become a more decisive leader

Avoid these three traps and become a more decisive leader | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
I recently oversaw a study designed to clarify the relationship between pivotal decisions and leadership.  Based on our nationwide survey of 500 college-educated adults in professional careers, representative of 16% of adults in the United States, we uncovered four distinct decision-making styles, all defined by the level of accountability and ingenuity employed. A leader continually...
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Here's to avoiding complacency, busy-ness and playing it safe!

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Happiness Won't Stop Employees From Job Hunting

Your employees are happy? Great, but that won't keep them loyal, according to a new survey.
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As leaders its up to us to ensure our teams are valued in a variety of ways.

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9 Ways to Get Stuff Off Your Plate

9 Ways to Get Stuff Off Your Plate | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
Stop assigning tasks to yourself. Successful leaders leave meetings with fewer tasks, not more. Delegating is taking stuff off your plate and putting it on someone else's. But, if you’re always fil...
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I love the important leadership reminder that it's our job to help others to do their job!

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How gender affects the decision-making process | SmartBlogs

How gender affects the decision-making process | SmartBlogs | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it

Men and women often find themselves polarized in the workplace, divided by their differences in decision-making styles. It’s a natural and highly valuable inclination on the part of men to narrow down solutions and attempt to implement solutions as quickly as possible. It gets the problem solved. Conversely, it’s a powerful instinct on the part of women to collaborate, to see to it that all voices are heard in order to get all the ideas out on the table before making a decision. This process allows space for the more innovative approach or a more creative or longer-term solution.

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Strength through differences and structuring a blended approach to decision-making certainly makes great sense.

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How Successful Leaders Build Teams That Thrive

How Successful Leaders Build Teams That Thrive | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
Learn about 3 tactics successful leaders use to build thriving teams that can adapt to the changing needs of their organization.
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Leaders must adapt, welcome different points of view and recognize that doing right is much more important than being right.

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You Need a Real Vacation (And So Do Your Employees)

You Need a Real Vacation (And So Do Your Employees) | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
A recent survey shows that, as a nation, we're pretty bad at unplugging. Here are five reasons you should.
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Everyone needs a break . . . when was the last one you took?

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“To Do” List | Management Excellence by Art Petty

“To Do” List | Management Excellence by Art Petty | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it

 typical day in most workplaces is one unending series of large and small distractions that combine to keep most of us from making much forward progress on our one or two real priorities that matter.I can’t count how many times I’ve heard people mutter around 5:15 p.m. that they are finally getting to the task they had started the day intending to complete.

Sadly, the workplace environment may be the single biggest inhibitor of effective workplace productivity.

5 Radical Ideas to Help You Find More Focus:

Health warning. Applying these ideas without a bit of common-sense and discretion may be harmful to your boss’s view of you. On the other hand, you might just make enough progress on your priorities to earn the boss’s undying gratitude.

1. Ignore Your Outlook Calendar. Yeah, I know…you would rather not wear underwear to work than go an hour without your precious calendar. This marvel of software engineering may be the greatest tool on the planet for organizing and systematizing distractions in the form of useless updates, never-ending status check-ins and meetings with no particular purpose that anyone can discern. Unless it involves a boss, the boss’s boss or a real boss in the form of a customer, try ignoring the rest of the filler in your schedule and use the time wisely on something that matters.

2. Say “No” to People Who Just Want to Talk. These human time-sinks (the analog equivalent of heat sinks in electronics that suck the heat out of the environment) amble into your assigned work space, plop their rear-ends down and regale you with tales of irrelevant crap. Before you know it, you’ve been lulled into a catatonic trance by the drone of their voice and you only snap out of it when mercifully, your Outlook meeting alarm goes off, offering you an excuse to trade this waste of time for another. Learn to politely shut these people down in the interest of getting your work done. Do this consistently and you’ll train them to stay away. Steel yourself for the sad puppy dog looks you get when you politely nudge them the hell out of your office.

3. Quit Deleting Things from Your E-Mail In-Box. Much like my Outlook comment above, I feel a ripple in the force for this one. Efficiency experts everywhere, you have permission to be outraged by this idea! In reality, there’s not a damned thing you’ll do better if your e-mail in-box is pristine. It might satisfy some goofy psychological need, but here’s a dirty little secret for most of us: the search function makes your in-box the greatest digital filing cabinet you’ll ever not own. The 1.2 million e-mails in my g-mail in-box (OK, it’s only 67,000 and I have to pay google $5 a year for storage space) are happily searchable at light speed and I know where everything is. And face it. At the end of your life, if you could have back the hours you invested over a career in cleaning up your in-box, I bet you would like that time back.

4. “Just Say No” to Powerpoint.  Seriously…one more flipping trip through a death-march of serial boredom perpetrated on me by individuals who missed the memo on bullets, font-size and pixels on screen, and I might lose it. What started out as a cool way to share ideas has turned into the single biggest inhibitor of effective dialog ever invented. Turn off the projector and the computer, stare at your colleagues and start talking. If you need a picture, go to a white-board. You’ll be amazed at the quality of the conversations when people are freed from the tyranny at staring at a screen until they start drooling.

5. Let the Little Things Age On Your To-Do List. This isn’t a game of volume, it’s a game of quality. If you’re a chronic “To-Do” list maker, make certain to focus on the one (or at most two) major issues on your list. While you might feel like you’re making progress by knocking out a bunch of the little items, it’s a never-ending trap that guarantees you’ll never make it to the big items. Somehow those pesky mosquito-like tasks multiply and just when you swat a bunch out of the way, the new ones return. Let the buzzing continue, because there are dragons that need slaying.

The Bottom-Line for Now:

Time is our most precious asset. It’s irreplaceable, and the top performing professionals I know are remarkable at focusing on what matters and pushing the other items out of sight and out of mind. It’s easy for us to be lulled into the rhythm of the daily workplace and all its inherent distractions. It’s essential for us, for our teams and for our organizations to fight the distractions and find the time to focus on the issues that matter. If you cannot connect an activity to serving a customer, serving an employee or team member or helping the company beat a competitor or achieve key goals, it’s not an activity worth pursuing.

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So true . . . "If you cannot connect an activity to serving a customer, serving an employee or team member or helping the company beat a competitor or achieve key goals. . ." why bother.

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How Much Time Do Your Employees Really Waste at Work?

How Much Time Do Your Employees Really Waste at Work? | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
We all do it from time to time. We get bogged down by busywork in the office, open up a private browser and check up on local sports news. Or we’re called into a meeting that is
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What can we do as leaders to improve impact and efficiency?

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Leadership: we're in it together

Leadership: we're in it together | Leadership in Action | Scoop.it
Outstanding leaders lead by example. They naturally express a sense that 'we're all in it together' because they make deliberate efforts to communicate the sense that everyone shares the same goals and aspirations and that these ambitions can be achieved as one.
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Collaboration needs to be valued, practiced and rewarded.

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