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Why Is the Soft Stuff So Hard?

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We know that the brain is exquisitely tuned to social relationships, shaped by and shaping our relationships with others from birth onwards. A number of evolutionary psychologists maintain that our brain is proportionately the largest of all mammals because of the need to maintain relationships with large numbers of people. So why should relationship issues be so hard and what can the neurosciences tell us that might help?

 

Article from Developing Leaders - Issue 13 - Autumn 2013. Find it on page 48-51 in the magazine.  


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I've always felt that the labelling of relationship management as 'soft stuff' is wholly inaccurate, as it has never been so and never will be!

 

Managing your relationships as a leader and manager has always been tough, complex and often downright hazardous! So 'soft stuff' is a complete oxymoron! However, here's a useful article to explore why is is so hard just that little bit further!

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As we discuss Relationship Capital, this article can help understanding why the term is so tough to acknowledge.

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Kindle eBook: hustle

Kindle eBook: hustle | Leadership Fundamentals | Scoop.it
A meditation on business and professional success, made-up with a carefully chosen selection of 133 meaningful quotes from a wide-range of leading thinkers, successful business people, creatives and industry experts in key areas: including Napoleon Hill, Marilyn Suttle, Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Edward De Bono, Joe Pulizzi and many, many more.
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Thanks to Simon Larcombe for this suggestion. If you love quotes, this looks a great place to go!

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Don't Fall In To These Leadership Traps In 2014

Don't Fall In To These Leadership Traps In 2014 | Leadership Fundamentals | Scoop.it
I have been a proponent of the importance of leaders developing strengths as a means to improve toward excellence. After all, the best leaders are characterized by the presence of strengths, not the absence of weakness.
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Some great insights on developing your strengths and the traps to avoid in doing so by Scott Erdinger!

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Leadership Termites

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For the first six years after we moved into our current residence, my family enjoyed juicy, yellow loquat fruits from the tree that grew with abundance in our backyard. We would patiently anticipat...
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Mistrust, lack of integrity and disrespect - the three leadership 'termites' that will destroy your leadership of any team or organisation!

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"Rot within the ranks" is no accident.  Leaders at every level create organizational climate ... for better or for worse.  The good news is that any organization can be changed for the better -- and it all starts with the leader choosing to lead the organization towards someplace worth going!

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The Leadership Lesson They Don't Teach In Business School But Should

The Leadership Lesson They Don't Teach In Business School But Should | Leadership Fundamentals | Scoop.it
I’ve always believed leadership exists to disrupt mediocrity, but I’m afraid in recent times many leaders are losing that battle.
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Great post by Mike Myatt unveiling his new book, 'Hacking Leadership' ... and what this means for modern day leaders! Whilst I love what he says, I still believe that defeating mediocrity is a key obligation of every leader! I also agree that many are failing and his book provides key insights for how to overcome this!

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Employees don’t like working for creative managers

Employees don’t like working for creative managers | Leadership Fundamentals | Scoop.it
It’s a commonly held workplace belief that employees who succeed in their current roles should be rewarded with the chance to manage other employees.
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Two interesting myths commented upon by Carl Tsukahara you'd maybe like to challenge?

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This is a fascinating infographic, entitled 'Work is Hell'! What are you doing as a leader to combat most, if not all, of these common workplace issues?

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Why Is the Soft Stuff So Hard?

Why Is the Soft Stuff So Hard? | Leadership Fundamentals | Scoop.it

We know that the brain is exquisitely tuned to social relationships, shaped by and shaping our relationships with others from birth onwards. A number of evolutionary psychologists maintain that our brain is proportionately the largest of all mammals because of the need to maintain relationships with large numbers of people. So why should relationship issues be so hard and what can the neurosciences tell us that might help?

 

Article from Developing Leaders - Issue 13 - Autumn 2013. Find it on page 48-51 in the magazine.  


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's insight:

I've always felt that the labelling of relationship management as 'soft stuff' is wholly inaccurate, as it has never been so and never will be!

 

Managing your relationships as a leader and manager has always been tough, complex and often downright hazardous! So 'soft stuff' is a complete oxymoron! However, here's a useful article to explore why is is so hard just that little bit further!

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, November 30, 2013 2:51 PM

As we discuss Relationship Capital, this article can help understanding why the term is so tough to acknowledge.

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Investing in Leadership

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Investing in Leadership - The Huffington Post
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Jose Costa provides some key lessons on developing leadership.

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17 Gapingvoid Cartoons That Will Change Your Business

This special series of cartoons, with short insights from both Hugh MacLeod and Brian Solis, will help you see things differently. N.B. You'll be asked for your
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I didn't like Slide 2 because I just don't agree with that sentiment! otherwise, a fascinating take on the world of business and the future! Some ofm the slides really made me think! 

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Hierarchy Is Overrated

Hierarchy Is Overrated | Leadership Fundamentals | Scoop.it
Flat structures work, and work better.
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I Scooped this great article by Tim Kastelle as I believe fundamentally in his proposition. Hierarchy is overrate and I believe donwright dangerous in the hands of the weak, the uncertain and the insecure! 

 

I also believe in the adage 'form follows function', so am a passionate advocate, first and foremost, of clear purpose, vision, mission and values. Once these are in place, however an appropriate structure is necessary ... but not always a hierarchy!

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Four Ingredients For A Winning Company Culture

Four Ingredients For A Winning Company Culture | Leadership Fundamentals | Scoop.it
Every business owner believes he has a company people love to work for. But how do you actually create a winning culture?
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From time to time I like to publish things that I don't wholly agree with, as it is good to have some balance in our consideration of what makes for Leadership Fundamentals ... and a cause for debate is, in my view, usually a good thing!

 

So here I totally agree with #1 and #2 ... and there's many an organisation I know that should be fully implementing both of these. They'd be amazed at the benefits it would bring!

 

I'm not sure about #3, although I do agree that you should value your staff ~ my guess is they'd prefer you to pay them better rather than provide a free lunch!

 

#4 maybe applicable to prviate sector organisations and, in reality,should probably equally apply to public sector organisations! My question would be when was the last time you met a public sector worker or manager that felt or described themselves as that closely aligned to their organisation? It's been a long time since I did!

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The Founder Of A Famous Ad Agency Wrote A Fantastic Memo On How To Be A Good Writer

The Founder Of A Famous Ad Agency Wrote A Fantastic Memo On How To Be A Good Writer | Leadership Fundamentals | Scoop.it
David Ogilvy, founder of the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, gives 10 tips for writing like a mad man. Ogilvy says people who think well, write well.
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Want to improve your communication style ~ take a leaf out of the late David Ogilvy's book! Outstanding!

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7 Tips for Transforming Society: Why Leadership of The Future Starts With Silence

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'7 Tips for Transforming Society: Why Leadership of The Future Starts With Silence' blog post by Giles Hutchins.
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I really liked Giles thoughts and especially liked the starting 'S', which is Silence!

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6 Ways to Communicate Better With Employees

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Of all the contributors to business success, the ability to effectively communicate with employees is essential. Organizations that understand the importance of good communication tend to have highly unified workplaces.
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In a world of digital natives, the power of the spoken word is never more needed! Read on to find out why?

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6 Fundamentals That Can Make You A Better Manager In 2014

6 Fundamentals That Can Make You A Better Manager In 2014 | Leadership Fundamentals | Scoop.it
Expect excellence. Set high but not unattainable standards and expect your employees to meet them. If your employees know you demand excellence of yourself, they're more likely to find it in themselves.
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Some great tips here from Victor Lipman!

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How to Overcome The 6 Most Toxic Employee Behaviors

How to Overcome The 6 Most Toxic Employee Behaviors | Leadership Fundamentals | Scoop.it
Identify prevent and get rid of the most toxic of workplace behaviors forever.
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This is an excellent and very descriptive post on the behaviours most leaders wish to overcome, often avoid or condone ... and should be dealing with! I love the word 'toxic' too as it describes beautifully the impact these behaviours have on teams and organisations, if left unchallenged!

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Is leadership born or built?

Is leadership born or built? | Leadership Fundamentals | Scoop.it
I say leadership can be taught. But then, I have a unique definition of leadership.
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This is a fascinating perspective from James G Clawson; one which I have some empathy with! I especially like the start of the closing paragraph - "Find your vision before you die!"

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Changing The Culture Of Rampant Dissatisfaction In The Workplace

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Americans are no strangers to labor and have a culture of few vacations and work rigorous schedules. Vacation, something 23% of the workforce isn’t privy to, is something most people seldom take and this is beginning to take a toll on the work force.
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This is a good post by Drew Hendricks, building on the infographic, and offering some useful tips for changing the culture of rampant dissatisfaction!

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, November 30, 2013 2:41 PM

Great infographic showing various impacts on the workforce and hence engagement.

Darius Douglass's curator insight, November 30, 2013 3:33 PM

This is an example of a quality infographic,  informative, relevant and visual.

donhornsby's curator insight, December 2, 2013 6:57 AM

Interesting infographic.

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Seven Ways To Increase Employee Satisfaction Without Giving A Raise

Seven Ways To Increase Employee Satisfaction Without Giving A Raise | Leadership Fundamentals | Scoop.it
A few years ago when employees became dissatisfied with their organization they would quit and get another job. Today, with placement opportunities very low and unemployment extremely high, very few people opt to quit and leave.
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Really good post by Jospeh Folkman on increasing employee satisfaction ... and engagement! I particularly liked #1 - Consistent Values and #2 - Long Term Focus! Without either of these leadership leads nowhere!

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Eleven Ways To Create Real Employee Engagement From Ground Up

Eleven Ways To Create Real Employee Engagement From Ground Up | Leadership Fundamentals | Scoop.it

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Senior managers often say that it is their people who matter most; then demonstrate the opposite by their behaviour! So here are some helpful tips to make sure you are really engaging your people where it matters!

 

Remember ... work is the thing you do, it is not the place you go to!

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, November 26, 2013 1:58 AM

fantastic advice all throughout!

John Michel's curator insight, November 26, 2013 3:48 AM

We learned early on that our growth and success depended on our employees: how hard they worked, the ideas they had, how committed they were when times got tough, the types of relationships they formed with customers, and so much more. Keeping our employees inspired and happy, and honestly acknowledging how much we appreciated their loyalty and efforts, were some of our top priorities as business owners.


Michael Spurlin's curator insight, November 26, 2013 9:32 AM

11 wasy that we can make an impact at work, no matter where we are in the organization.

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The Signs of a Leader's Empathy Deficit Disorder

The Signs of a Leader's Empathy Deficit Disorder | Leadership Fundamentals | Scoop.it
Think of two people who work in your organization: one a level or two below you, and the other a level above. Now imagine getting an email from each of them. Ask yourself how long it would take you
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Leaders everywhere ... take note!

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10 Secrets to Metrics Driven Coaching

10 secrets to Metrics-Based Coaching
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My good friend David Hain spotted this and, having watched it, there is a lot of learning in here for every team and organisation! Thanks David!

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what comes first: employee engagement or great work?

what comes first: employee engagement or great work? | Leadership Fundamentals | Scoop.it
If you’re managing a team you might wonder what comes first: engaged and personally invested employees or productive, great work? Is an employee doing gre
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I loved Carina Wytiaz's take on this question and the sentence that really leapt off the page at me was this one:

 

"The difference between engaged, productive employees and those who are not, isn’t usually that the first group are part of a company without problems; it’s that their managers have found a way to communicate to their employees they are valued and special, which in turn re-engages the employees in their work."


Now that I definitely concur with!

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The Essentials of Leadership - Part 2 - Vision, Authority, Command

The Essentials of Leadership - Part 2 - Vision, Authority, Command | Leadership Fundamentals | Scoop.it
In 1962 Thomas Kuhn, historian of science, published his seminal work: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. He wrote that: periodically a visionary arises and opens a new field of exploration.
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Some other great thoughts on the key fundamental in leadership ~ vision! Definitely worth reading and reflecting upon!

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Leadership & Contemplative Life: Depth in the Desert- Part 1

Leadership & Contemplative Life: Depth in the Desert- Part 1 | Leadership Fundamentals | Scoop.it

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Here's a re-scoop from my friend Johann Gauhtier, who scooped a remarkable piece by another friend Hoda Maalouf! The reflection is well worth the read!

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Johann Gauthier's curator insight, November 6, 2013 7:35 PM

What a blissful post from my friend Hoda @MaaHoda!  I LOVE Antoine de Saint-Exupery ;)  The flow in your post Hoda is simply remarkable and magical, at peace just now!