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Six Ways to Build Rapport

Six Ways to Build Rapport | Leadership Lite | Scoop.it
Being able to get into rapport with other people isn't just a key for successful influence, it's also one of the most enjoyable skills you can learn.
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First Know Yourself, Then Your Team

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Effective leaders are those who meet the needs of their followers; pay careful attention to group processes; are able to calm anxieties and arouse hopes and know how to liberate and inspire people to positive action. To create or manage an effective organisation we need to understand the complexity of why leaders and followers act the way they do and accept that people are not one dimensional entities but intricate beings with rich and myriad motivational drivers and decision-making patterns.


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, September 12, 7:35 AM

Understanding how an organisation works is not enough. To be truly effective, a leader must understand the unconscious motivations of people around them.

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This column will change your life: habit chaining

This column will change your life: habit chaining | Leadership Lite | Scoop.it
Oliver Burkeman: 'Ready? Here's the tip: just do those things. You know – as opposed to not doing them'
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12 Ways to Become a More Strategic Manager

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Learn 12 ways to become a more strategic manager.

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donhornsby's curator insight, September 10, 5:08 AM

(From the article): Here’s 12 ways to learn how to be more strategic, and just as importantly, to be perceived as strategic:

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The Leadership Playbook: Leaders Deal With Constraints

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There is a reason most organizations don’t produce the results they are capable of producing. This same reason is why companies get stuck, stall, and sometimes even die. And it is the leader’s job ...
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The courage to listen | Aspire-CS

  People want to have your answers to even the most routine of issues. If you notice your reaction when they ask for your advice or thoughts, you might
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Millennials spark creativity in the workplace

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Millennials are representatives of the new American Dream and often come up with new ideas.

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donhornsby's curator insight, September 7, 2:58 PM

(From the article): Senior-level employees are sometimes wary of hiring overly creative or big-idea types. Insecurities creep up as long-term employees are made to feel obsolete or replaceable by the potential new hire. Instead, hire that dreamer and take it as an opportunity to learn from millennials and their “dream big” mentalities. It is refreshing, particularly in a creative environment, to have a steady stream of new ideas. This is something your clients will especially love.

Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, September 9, 8:52 AM

We can learn a lot from our millennials as they have a lot to teach us.

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The 10 Rules You Need to Communicate Effectively

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Frank Luntz has “engineered some of the most potent political and corporate campaigns of the last decade.” His wordsmithing helped Republican Rudy Giuliani get elected twice in New York — a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans 5-to-1.
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donhornsby's curator insight, September 9, 5:49 AM

It’s not what you say, it’s what people hear.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, September 11, 7:04 PM

Good communication is so important in all aspects of life.  As the article points out it is not what you say it is what the other person hears which is critical.

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The 3 Steps To Fearless Leadership via @15Five

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Fearless leadership comes from being transparent, breathing deeply, and reflecting honestly on your past performance.
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5 Ways to be a Leader, Not a Manager

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Have you ever wondered about the difference between a manager and a leader? 


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donhornsby's curator insight, September 5, 7:47 AM

(From the article): “It’s very easy to praise somebody. It’s easy to give somebody a raise or a good review.” It can be much harder, however, to have the tough conversations.

While admitting that this might sound like a harsh thing to say, Jennifer pointed out that not everyone does an outstanding job all the time. “You’ve got to tell them, and then you’ve got to move on,” she acknowledged.

The Takeaway

Her parting words for the group were filled with encouragement to strive to be a leader and not just a manager. “Learn to inspire and motivate as opposed to dictate,” she said in closing. “At the end of the day, good leaders often don’t do the work but they make you feel like they did.”

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 5, 9:36 AM

Having experienced the overwhelming pace in School, I think that we lose our way and it becomes easier to manage than lead.

 

I just spent time listening to person who struggles with processing information. It is hard work to listen carefully, not for answers, but just to listen. This makes leading hard work. I could have managed the situation by finishing sentences, which I occasionally did. Listening to children, employees, co-workers, etc. is hard work when we just listen.

 

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What makes a great question? Four things!

What makes a great question?  Four  things! | Leadership Lite | Scoop.it

To inspire others, managers need to stop directing and start leading. What can managers do differently? It’s simple.  Start by asking great questions. The creative process starts when there’s a void: silence instead of music, a blank canvas, or a great question left hanging in the air. 


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 4, 7:49 AM

Great questions also include more great questions. They do call for reflection. Although opinion is not the right word, we bring our prejudices with us. Gadamer proposed we want to know that in advance and be aware of the influence they have on our questions. After all, we embody cultural and historical ways of thinking.

 

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Anne-Laure Delpech's curator insight, September 4, 9:34 AM

En français, les 4 règles sont : 

1. Une excellente question est une question importante. La personne qui la pose veut vraiment une réponse.

2. Une excellente question est neutre. La réponse n'est pas inclue dans la question

3. Une excellente question provoque des résultats plutôt que des réflexions.

4. Une excellente question ne concerne pas votre personne. 

Ian Berry's curator insight, September 4, 3:56 PM

Excellent 4 tips. Great leaders ask great questions. Poor leaders only have answers.

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Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: Why Reframing is Important to Great Leadership

Leaders need to be able to look at the situations they face from different perspectives. The need to be able to reframe a situation in order to understand what it really going on and deal with it effectively. 

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7 Servant Leadership Ideals | AboutLeaders.com

7 Servant Leadership Ideals | AboutLeaders.com | Leadership Lite | Scoop.it
Civility Projects are attempting to return civility to society. The very nature of Servant Leadership is the most logical leadership philosophy to follow.
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8 Leadership Styles: Which One Are You?

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Which of the leadership styles are you? Do you make sure everyone follows the rules, or are you easy-going and put a lot of trust in your employees?
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The Six Defining Traits Of The Successful 21st Century Organization

The Six Defining Traits Of The Successful 21st Century Organization | Leadership Lite | Scoop.it
For those of you looking to create and grow a successful 21st Century Organization in the face of modern market pressures and uncertainties, the important question continues to be: What do you focus on now to be competitive and leading-edge? The following six pillars provide a useful framework to think about this question.
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Leadership Acceptance: Letting Go Of The Controls

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Acceptance is not about passivity, detachment or being powerless, its about breaking down habitual ways of reacting and having new ways of responding.
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15 Benefits of Executive Coaching from Executives | MyHelps – Spiritual Life and Executive Coaching Blog

15 Benefits of Executive Coaching from Executives | MyHelps – Spiritual Life and Executive Coaching Blog | Leadership Lite | Scoop.it

“The goal of coaching is the goal of good management: to make the most of an organization’s valuable resources.” -  Harvard Business Review Organizations that embrace the culture that their employees and leaders are their most valuable resources, invest in the development of these resources. 

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7 Examples Of Great Leadership - Joseph Lalonde

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Examples of great leadership are all around us. Discover 7 leaders who led in extraordinary ways and what we can learn from their example.
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What VUCA Really Means for You, Getting Prepared and Agile with It

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VUCA, short for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, and a catchall for “Hey, it’s crazy out there!”    It’s also misleading: VUCA conflates four distinct types of challenges that demand four distinct types of responses. That makes it difficult to know how to approach a challenging situation and easy to use VUCA as a crutch, a way to throw off the hard work of strategy and planning—after all, you can’t prepare for a VUCA world, right?
 

Actually, you can. Here is a guide to identifying, getting ready for, and responding to events in each of the four VUCA categories.

Authors:  Nathan Bennett and G. James Lemoine

Related posts by Deb:

      

Three Tenets of Mastering the Unknown, Leadership through Ambiguity

     

6 Steps Beyond Industrial Age Performance Appraisals    Think like an Entrepreneur: Be Anti-Fragile No Matter Where You Work

 

 


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, September 1, 7:52 AM

VUCA is a term from the military, put into popular use by futurist Bob Johansen in 2010, as mentioned in his book, now in a its second edition,  Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World.  The quadrant model depicted, by authors  is handy for thinking through what you can learn and do to be fully prepared and agile enough for this VUCA world.  ~  Deb

Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, September 7, 5:31 AM

The world of work is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. As a result it is time to view surprises as the new normal and steady state as the exception. The difference over the past decade is the increasing speed at which leaders need to address multiple challenges, often at the same time.

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The six stages of the leadership journey

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Understanding the six stages of the leadership journey is vital when navigating the organisational landscape.
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donhornsby's curator insight, September 9, 5:44 AM

(From the article) The role of the leader is to create a climate which will enable others to perform to their full potential.

Three important objectives should be achieved during this stage:

Define what is meant by high performance  Identify what motivates and de-motivates individualsRemove any barriers to high performance that may exist.

The outcomes from each objective should be used to improve the people management skills of leaders and managers. Four key ‘climate’ principles should be built into their day to day interaction with colleagues – achievement, recognition, participation and growth.

Understanding motivation and the link with the climate is vital to sustaining momentum on the journey.

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Denise Kingsmill: 'A great idea is not enough in business'

It takes the right people to make things happen and to create a viable business.
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5 Ways to Communicate More Clearly

When communicating with employees, bosses, customers, or colleagues, you'll be more effective if you follow these simple guidelines.
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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, September 9, 2:24 AM

Always a good reminder!

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3 Reasons Your Employee Engagement Program Isn't Working

3 Reasons Your Employee Engagement Program Isn't Working | Leadership Lite | Scoop.it
In conference rooms all over the world, well-meaning HR types are sitting down with well-meaning managers and possibly a well-meaning consultant or two to talk about how to fix employee engagement....
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What Great Leaders Do and Don't Do

What Great Leaders Do and Don't Do | Leadership Lite | Scoop.it

Leadership is different for everyone. The tie that binds all great leaders is the ability to reach people on an emotional level. Even if you know that leadership is about emotion, you still need to do your best to understand the things that great leaders do and the things they avoid in order to foster the deepest possible emotional connection with their people


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How Do You Check Your Leadership Intentions?

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Intentions are essential. Knowing if our intentions are showing up in the right way is challenging, less so if we take the time to define them and then ...
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