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Leaders need a Philosophy About How They’ll Lead

Leaders need a Philosophy About How They’ll Lead | Leadership | Scoop.it
Servant leadership is a good place to start.
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Too many times I've seen people put into leadership positions and instead of leading, they become caretakers. The cautious "caretaker" approach is to maintain the status quo of the previous person in the job, not challenge any assumptions, and simply be comfortable just plodding along. Real leadership requires a degree of risk. Leaders can start by developing a philosophy about the approach they'll take in their role. This article suggests that a "servant leader" philosophy is a good place to start. Be bold as a leader and develop a philosophy that works for you, but by all means, don't just be a "caretaker!"

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5 Strategy Questions Every Leader Should Make Time For

5 Strategy Questions Every Leader Should Make Time For | Leadership | Scoop.it
The best leaders don’t let themselves get too busy to reflect.
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First and foremost, ask yourself -- what does not fit? Of the various activities and businesses that you have moved into, do they make sense together? Individually, each of them may seem attractive, but can you explain why they would work well together; why the sum is greater than the parts?

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5 Responsibilities For Leading Elite Teams

5 Responsibilities For Leading Elite Teams | Leadership | Scoop.it

We spend too much time focusing on keeping middle and senior leadership happy and forget about the other emergent leaders and talent within the organization.

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Leaders have responsibilities. Identify influential emergent leaders and place them in the right roles. Create a framework for autonomous decision making while ensuring goals are in line with the vision of the larger organization. Above all, take the time to invest in your team's professional development.

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Create a Culture Where Difficult Conversations Aren’t So Hard

Create a Culture Where Difficult Conversations Aren’t So Hard | Leadership | Scoop.it
Three tips for leaders.
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It's so important for a leader to create a culture where people feel like they can bring up difficult topics (or gasp, even disagree with the Boss) and not be shot. Lead the way by encouraging difficult conversations inside your organization.

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What Companies Can Learn from Military Teams

What Companies Can Learn from Military Teams | Leadership | Scoop.it

The speed of trust!

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"The number one thing I try to do is develop personal relationships with key people in the organization. I try to exhibit trust in small ways. In a briefing, if somebody asks me for a decision, I might turn to a subordinate and ask them to handle it. I don’t ask for specifics, and I’m very overt — almost theatrical — about it. Everybody else sees it. The message is: “I trust you guys to handle this stuff,” and that can grow virally throughout an organization." -- spot on!

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Making Meetings Optional...Or At Least More Efficient

Making Meetings Optional...Or At Least More Efficient | Leadership | Scoop.it
What if you made all meetings optional? Imagine how many useless meetings go away when this rule is applied? It’s happening at a growing number of companies
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Interesting concept. I'm not sure we can completely eliminate meetings, but we can sure cut back on the numbers we do have...a lot! For the ones we do have, here are some ground rules: 30 minutes, max! Standup or even walk during the meeting. Never try to solve problems. Have an agenda and stick to it.

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Great Leaders Can Think Like Each Member of Their Team

Great Leaders Can Think Like Each Member of Their Team | Leadership | Scoop.it

The key is having the ability to think about and empathize with others' points of view...

 

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The best leaders identify directly or vicariously through others with the experiences, mentalities, and skills of a diverse set of people, and fluently broker communication among teammates to guide collaboration.

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What New Team Leaders Should Do First

What New Team Leaders Should Do First | Leadership | Scoop.it

Your agenda for the first few weeks -- when in doubt...over-comminicate!

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Do: Be clear about what goes into your decision making and how you’ll evaluate the team’s progress...Encourage team members to connect — better communication early on will help avoid misunderstandings and poor results later.

 

Don’t: Jump into trying to accomplish the work without building relationships with the team...Assume that new team members understand how you or others work ­— take the time to explain processes and expectations...Be afraid to communicate often early on — you can always pull back when the team is working well

 


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Business Morale | The Rouse

Business Morale | The Rouse | Leadership | Scoop.it

Morale is not just a military thing. "Life’s too short”, in reality your career is even shorter… Enjoy it!

 

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Keep employees feeling their work is more than just a job. Take time to creatively celebrate accomplishments. Grant time off to employees to pursue projects they are passionate about. And don't forget to have some fun!

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10 Ways to Manage Stress

10 Ways to Manage Stress | Leadership | Scoop.it
10 ways to manage stress, plus signs and symptoms related to stress to look out for
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Spending your energy and thoughts on worry won’t help you or your body. Have faith that life has good things in store for you.

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Leading People When They Know More than You Do

Leading People When They Know More than You Do | Leadership | Scoop.it

When you realize that you no longer have to be, or even should be, the expert, it can be lead to the most fulfilling and satisfying moments in your career.

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Some terrific insight on leading when you're not the technical expert in the field you're working in (say for example, a helicopter pilot leading 8,000 really smart people working in missile defense). By focusing on relationships, trusting and enabling people to get great results, seeing the bigger picture, and relying on your “executive presence," you can have a positive impact in an organization where you don't know the all the details. It can also lead to some surprising and exciting career opportunities!

 

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Be a Leader Who Can Admit Mistakes

Be a Leader Who Can Admit Mistakes | Leadership | Scoop.it

It shows you're humble and builds your credibility.

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Being accessible and approachable is critical to effective leadership. This might sound obvious, but if you want to build a more engaged workforce you need to, well, engage. But as powerful as accessibility is—and without it engagement is impossible—I’ve learned that nothing builds engagement more than being accountable to the people in your organization. You simply have to have the confidence to own your mistakes and admit when you’re wrong.

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7 Get-Ahead Career To-Dos -- Summer Edition

7 Get-Ahead Career To-Dos -- Summer Edition | Leadership | Scoop.it
Sure, the beach is calling—but while everyone else is kicking back, you could get ahead by tackling these career-boosting moves.
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Ideas to fuel your career tune-up. Great advice whether you're in the job market or just looking to keep your professional brand "fresh."

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Why Curious People Are Destined for the C-Suite

Why Curious People Are Destined for the C-Suite | Leadership | Scoop.it

Leaders who are always expanding their perspective and what they know—and have that natural curiosity—are the people that are going to be successful.

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Last year I had the privilege of attending a 3 day conference where an organization of very successful CEOs got together to listen to speakers on broad spectrum of topics. I was fortunate to be one of the presenters. The one trait among these leaders that really struck me was their unending curiosity for learning about new things, asking great questions, thinking critically, and being open to different and even opposing points of view. Curiosity is the spark behind the spark!

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11 Things Smart People Won't Say

11 Things Smart People Won't Say | Leadership | Scoop.it
There are some things you simply never want to say at work. These phrases carry special power: they have an uncanny ability to make you look bad even when the words are true. Worst of all, there’s no taking them back once they slip out. I’m not talking about shocking slips of the [...]
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Common sense here, but I still hear people making these mistakes...

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Decoding Tesla's Secret Formula

Decoding Tesla's Secret Formula | Leadership | Scoop.it

Elon Musk has inherited Steve Jobs' mantle as the cult favorite CEO. And his electric car company has grabbed Apple's creative crown. An inside look at the world's most innovative company.

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Plus, they're just flat out cool!

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Please God, No More 'Results-Oriented Professionals'

Please God, No More 'Results-Oriented Professionals' | Leadership | Scoop.it
If your resume and your LinkedIn profile are still written in Corporate Zombie Speak, now is a great time to put a human voice into them!
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Food for thought for all in search of the next great professional adventure!

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Your Team Can’t Read Your Mind

Your Team Can’t Read Your Mind | Leadership | Scoop.it

Communication equates to respect and trust

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Trust and respect your team with as much information as they need to do their work. When leaders don't over communicate, problems will only grow and get worse over time.

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How to Make a Team of Stars Work

How to Make a Team of Stars Work | Leadership | Scoop.it
Balance, energy, openness, resilience, alignment, and efficiency.
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Don’t believe the popular myth that groups of all-stars don’t work. Of course they do, if you structure and lead them properly.

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To Resolve a Conflict, First Decide: Is It Hot or Cold?

To Resolve a Conflict, First Decide: Is It Hot or Cold? | Leadership | Scoop.it
Then change its temperature.
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Your ability to navigate conflict is one of the primary ways that you reveal your character as a leader.

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7 Tips On Building Better Connections With Your Team

A great starting point for developing team connections and building engaged team members even.

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Almost nothing in leadership is more important than building a strong sense of "team." One of my favorite tips from this article is the "team huddle." While the author recommends weekly, it's even better if you can huddle daily, informally and even just for a few minutes. Communication will soar along with the strength of your team!

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Hectic but Healthy: How to Flourish in the Busiest Times of Your Life

Hectic but Healthy: How to Flourish in the Busiest Times of Your Life | Leadership | Scoop.it

Sitting is the new smoking! 

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Just a few minor changes can improve your health, even during the busiest times of your life.

 

 
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2 Simple Actions to Create a Self-Sustaining Positive Culture

2 Simple Actions to Create a Self-Sustaining Positive Culture | Leadership | Scoop.it

As a leader, you go viral everyday...

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As a leader, your attitudes and actions affect not just your employees, but their colleagues and their colleagues’ colleagues. You go viral every day.  Be present in every interaction and when you respond do so with genuine enthusiasm and watch your culture transform.

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Why Steve Jobs' Commencement Speech Still Inspires 10 Years Later

Why Steve Jobs' Commencement Speech Still Inspires 10 Years Later | Leadership | Scoop.it
Steve Jobs' Stanford commencement speech occurred ten years ago but still remains inspirational because it touches the soul.
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Discover "the courage to follow your heart." And always remember to "stay hungry...stay foolish."

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Are the People Who Take Vacations the Ones Who Get Promoted?

Are the People Who Take Vacations the Ones Who Get Promoted? | Leadership | Scoop.it
Research makes a new case for using your paid time off.
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Love the message here -- not only is time off good for you (obviously), it can actually make you more productive! Four out of 10 employees say that they can’t take their vacation because they have too much work to do. But, think about it this way: Whether or not you take a vacation, you’re still going to have a lot of work to do. Life is finite, and work is infinite.

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