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Best Companies for Leadership | North America | Best Companies for Leadership | Hay Group

Best Companies for Leadership | North America | Best Companies for Leadership | Hay Group | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
Developing leadership talent for mission critical roles sets North America’s top 10 Best Companies for Leadership apart from their peers.

Via Penny Baldwin French
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Every company a familiar name and, save for Southwest, an international brand. Also a strong showing of stock market darlings.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 30, 2013 2:07 AM

How comprehensive was the survey?  I wonder if it covered soem of the smaller, more innovative ones as well as these perennial giants?

 

Denyse Drummond-Dunn's curator insight, October 31, 2013 4:50 AM

Interesting link between this ranking, top brands and sales growth - definitely not a coincidence! Other regions also available on website.

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Why some thrive and others wither under stress

Why some thrive and others wither under stress | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
Scientists look at the personality traits that contribute to resiliency, a quality that can be learned.
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John Michel's curator insight, May 11, 11:55 AM

Great info about how we can position ourselves to flourish and thrive...regardless of our circumstances. 

Christian Burris's curator insight, May 21, 11:24 AM

Good article for #smallbiz owners and #entrepreneurs.  As a #smallbiz owner, I have certainly seen my fair share of stress.

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Five Nelson Mandela tributes that will change how you think

Five Nelson Mandela tributes that will change how you think | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
These five reflections on Mandela go beyond the deluge of celebrity essays and standard-fare obituaries.
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Much can and should be learned from Nelson Mandela's leadership. He needed to and did show leadership along many different dimensions and in many different ways. He knew that it was his role to lead and he did it with magnanimity, modesty and with tremendous cabability.

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Leadership Psychology - Are Great Leaders Made or Born?

Leadership Psychology - Are Great Leaders Made or Born? | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
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What does it mean that a leader is made? Did the made leaders attend school, an MBA maybe. Did they learn it from a series of work and/or life experiences? Were they groomed by mentorship anc coaching?

 

I once interviewed about 18 managers as leaders and the majority believed that they got their managament and leadership skills by being a parent.

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10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People

10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
Creative people are humble and proud. Creative people tend to be both extroverted and introverted. Creative people are rebellious and conservative...
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Leadership should reflect creativity. Vision is about creativity. Leaders who lack creativity will struggle to develop compelling vision for their organizations. I include Winston Churchill, Richard Branson, and Steve Jobs as highly creative leaders.

 

Patricia Pitcher in her 1995 book Artists, Craftsmen, and Technocrats puts the most influential leaders, those who build successful organizations, squarely in the creative class. They are the artists in her rubric of leaders.

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Bad Behavior Gets "Paid Forward" Even More Than Good: Scientific American

Bad Behavior Gets "Paid Forward" Even More Than Good: Scientific American | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
The psychology of chains of greed
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If there is an organizational tendency to pay bad behaviour forward there is a leadership problem.

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Learning from the Experts: Teachers on Data, Part 2 - Huffington Post (blog)

Learning from the Experts: Teachers on Data, Part 2 - Huffington Post (blog) | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
Learning from the Experts: Teachers on Data, Part 2
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Using data strategically can lead to huge gains in student learning and encourages students to take ownership over their progress.
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Leadership Lesson: "Dangerous" Ideas Are The Key To Innovation - Forbes

Leadership Lesson: "Dangerous" Ideas Are The Key To Innovation - Forbes | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
Leadership Lesson: "Dangerous" Ideas Are The Key To Innovation
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However, it can also be the enemy of innovation and, on some levels, even to survival.
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Dangerous ideas, that is, ideas that are are shockingly different than the status quo or mainstream, are probably necessary in some cases as a means of survival in a marketplace undergoing transformational change, or in times of fierce competition. Even if they are necessary some organizations choose not to consider them. I believe that Blackberry is an example of an organization that chose not to consider dangerous ideas until it became too late to make them worthwhile considering.

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How Twitter has changed politics — and political journalism. Leadership.

How Twitter has changed politics — and political journalism. Leadership. | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
Answer: A lot.
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It has also changed, and continues to change, business. Leaders need to understand it (and social media in general) and the implications for the future. Richard Branson gets it. As of today (November 7, 2013) he has 3,632,467 followers* and 'he' has tweeted 4313 times. Say what you will about followers but, by most standards, Mr. Branson is a leader.

 

*Leaders don't create more followers, they create more leaders - Tom Peters.

 

 

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The Artist and The Analyst. The Values Based Leader

At Luck Companies we believe all human beings have extraordinary potential. And as leaders, we believe we have the ability to cultivate that potential in others, and positively impact the lives of those around us.
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The notion of leader as artist reminds me of the book Artists, Craftsmen, and Technocrats: The Dreams, Realities and Illusions of Leadership by Patricia Pitcher.

http://tinyurl.com/kvnkcag.

 

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How To Get More Respect As A Manager - Forbes

How To Get More Respect As A Manager - Forbes | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
How To Get More Respect As A Manager
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Respect is elusive for many managers, though—especially those who lack leadership skills, rule by fear, or aim to please team members versus putting the company's best interests first.
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All very sage words. An article that every new and existing manager should take the time to read. For some it may be not be presenting anything new but it's a very worthy and concise summary of good principles and guidelines.

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Mask: How leaders conceal imperfections and adopt a persona. An artists rendering.

Follow Dr Peter Fuda on Twitter https://twitter.com/PeterFuda or learn more about his research here: http://www.peterfuda.com This animation brings to life t...
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It's about authenticity. How hard is that? Difficult for some, hard for others, necessary all the time.

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Gay rights supporters wage a quiet campaign to push Republicans to the middle - Washington Post

Gay rights supporters wage a quiet campaign to push Republicans to the middle - Washington Post | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
Washington Post Gay rights supporters wage a quiet campaign to push Republicans to the middle Washington Post The behind-the-scenes effort is being led largely by GOP mega-donor Paul Singer, a hedge fund executive whose son is gay, and former...
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Leadership includes the ability to show empathy and Republican leadership strategists are seeing that the Party's empathy gap needs to be closed if it wants to improve its odds of winning more seats than the Democrats in the next Federal election.

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Leadership That Works with Generation iY - Tim Elmore

Leadership That Works with Generation iY - Tim Elmore | Leadership Development | Scoop.it

Via Roy Sheneman, PhD
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An interesting story, a case study, about an approach to leadership that the author says works for the iY generation (kids born since 1990). But is it an approach to leadership or a timeless example of Emotional Intelligence? I think the latter.

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Emotion Regulation As We Get Older

Emotion Regulation As We Get Older | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
In case you were itching to read another recap from the inaugural meeting of the Society for Affective Science, here's the latest installment: emotion regulation and aging (from Dr. Laura Carstense...
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The author of this blog posting doesn't say this but It seems to me that improved emotional regulation as we age supports the argument that people become more capable leaders with age. The author also doesn't mention Emotional Intelligence (Howard Gardner) and given that she is a Clinical Psychologist I'm not sure I would expect anything different, but the science seems to support the theory.

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Overcoming Your Negativity Bias

Overcoming Your Negativity Bias | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
Learning to put your attention where it serves you best requires the same sort of deliberate practice necessary to build any new skill, the author writes.
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This is yet one more instance where simple techniques, such as mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioural therapy, can lead to more efficient and productive cognitive function and better performance on the job, and in day to day life.

 

Controlling our attention to channel away negative feelings and tendencies is a learned cacapility. It's a capability that will be helpful to everyone, especially leaders.

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Coming Soon, a Night Watchman With Wheels?

Coming Soon, a Night Watchman With Wheels? | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
A California company’s mobile robot is intended to serve as a security tool, but some see it as an entry point to a post-privacy world and a threat to take over some low-paying jobs.
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The emergence and growth of robots in the workplace will represent new leadership challenges. The robot described seems innocuous enough but what happens when a future generation is given firearms and is made an enforcement tool? What is the affect on employee engagement when progressively more robots are purchased to replace human jobs (versus tasks)? Leaders will need to be able to navigate the murky and risky waters associated with the use of intelligent machines. Do they require fewer layers of management and oversight? What is the limit of what robots can do and yet be socially acceptable?

 

The technology is emerging faster than government regulation and corporate and public policy. What kinds of leadership mistakes will be made before regulation and policy catch up? 

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License to Ill. Corporate Social Irresponsibility.

License to Ill. Corporate Social Irresponsibility. | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
License to Ill
UC Riverside
Under his leadership, BP ran operational safety training sessions for its employees and encouraged a culture of safety to satisfy its stakeholders, including employees, the community, and the environment.
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It's counter-intuitive that companies would demonstrate social irresponsibility after a period of social responsibility and that it follows a pattern of five rights for every wrong. It's a fascinating research finding that begs more research, particularly on the CEO that's at the helm at the time of the irresponsible behaviour.

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SJSU leadership for new partnership to develop workforce training for emerging energy storage market.

SJSU leadership for new partnership to develop workforce training for emerging energy storage market. | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
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Necessity is the mother of invention (and leadership).

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Mindfulness inhibits implicit learning—the wellspring of bad habits - Medical Xpress

Mindfulness inhibits implicit learning—the wellspring of bad habits - Medical Xpress | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
Science Codex Mindfulness inhibits implicit learning—the wellspring of bad habits Medical Xpress This outcome might be surprising until one considers that behavioral and neuroimaging studies suggest that mindfulness can undercut the automatic...
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This is the first indicator that I've seen that Mindfulness might have a downside. If, in the process of preventing the development of bad habits, mindfulness also prevents the development of good habits, is it still a worthwhile practice?

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6 Lies Professionals Tell Themselves - Business Insider

6 Lies Professionals Tell Themselves - Business Insider | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
Business Insider
6 Lies Professionals Tell Themselves
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However, behavioral economics has shown that's not true. We're not nearly as rational as we'd like to think.
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Humans do indeed tend to pay attention more to information that is most easy to obtain instead of what is most relevant. We go after the low hanging fruit. That flaw explains the why scientists rely on the scientific method of investigation for research. But even science can miss the truth sometimes.

 

It’s an interesting article that reminds us that we are far from perfect beings, as much as we might like it to be otherwise. It’s also a reminder that we should be more cognizant of our intellectual flaws and (like scientists) look for and use methods to validate our thinking, understanding, and perceptions. This is a practice that I believe is particularly important in leadership although we all should do the same.

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Trying to motivate your team? It’s the little things that count

Trying to motivate your team? It’s the little things that count | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
Again and again studies have shown the overwhelming benefits of having an engaged and driven workforce, with everything from your business profits to organisational reputation affected by your ability to motivate your staff.

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Why leadership development fails to produce good leaders - Financial Post

Why leadership development fails to produce good leaders - Financial Post | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
Financial Post Why leadership development fails to produce good leaders Financial Post In a 2012 survey by the National Leadership Index (NLI), released by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School and Merriman River Group, 77% of...
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This supports my own research that most leadership development programs don't do a good job at producing effective leaders. The charactersistics of good leaders can be developed by some but maybe not by others. 

 

I agree that hubris, ego and a lack of emotional intelligence are the weaknesses of many leaders. I also agree that "Good leaders must become masters of themselves before they can be masters of anything else." Elements of this view are echoed in the Hay Group Leadership 2030 whitepaper. http://www.haygroup.com/leadership2030/

 

 

 

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Best Companies for Leadership | North America | Best Companies for Leadership | Hay Group

Best Companies for Leadership | North America | Best Companies for Leadership | Hay Group | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
Developing leadership talent for mission critical roles sets North America’s top 10 Best Companies for Leadership apart from their peers.

Via Penny Baldwin French
Blair Kettle's insight:

Every company a familiar name and, save for Southwest, an international brand. Also a strong showing of stock market darlings.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 30, 2013 2:07 AM

How comprehensive was the survey?  I wonder if it covered soem of the smaller, more innovative ones as well as these perennial giants?

 

Denyse Drummond-Dunn's curator insight, October 31, 2013 4:50 AM

Interesting link between this ranking, top brands and sales growth - definitely not a coincidence! Other regions also available on website.

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7 Steps To Making Better Decisions

7 Steps To Making Better Decisions | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
By Catherine Price (RT @HuffPostOWN: 7 steps to making better decisions http://t.co/m26sC2focq)

Via Philippe Vallat, Les Howard
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Useful as a coaching tool.

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 25, 2013 4:07 AM

The best decision makers let the situation guide them. The more experience you have with a particular type of decision, the safer it is to go with your intuition, since your subconscious has a wealth of reliable information from which to draw. A professional decorator would have a good instinctive sense of which colors work best for a room, for instance, but if you're a novice like me, it's good to think more analytically.

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Leadership is Innate - dNATE.com

Leadership is Innate - dNATE.com | Leadership Development | Scoop.it
Leadership is Innate. Scientists have recently discovered yet another gene variant (the so-called rs4950 variant of the CHRNB3 gene) linked to leadership ability. They outline a number of possibilities for the gene's function.
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If there is a constellation of genes that lend to innate leadership ability it would confirm what many people already believe? Is it possible that a genetic test would ever be used to identify and select leaders? What would be the characteristics of leaders that test identifies? Would such testing lead to eugenics? Would all or most of the theories and models of leadership disappear because they imply capabilities that are learned? Would leadership training and development be required and if so what and to what degree? The implications of having the ability to select leaders, in part or in whole, by genetic testing are profound, and potentially disturbing (i.e., eugenics).

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