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Random Acts Of Leadership™ | Kindness and Leadership

Random Acts Of Leadership™ | Kindness and Leadership | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
Jon Mertz shares thoughts on Kindness and Leadership and how Millennials are exemplifying both.
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Kindness needs to be embraced as a leadership principle. It is not about being weak. It is about strength in empathy and in civility. Millennial leaders get this, and we need to learn from them.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 17, 2013 9:11 AM

Reading about leadership this last week, I have come across associations with love, kindness, gratitude and empathy even more than, or as a precursor to, results.  This is a welcome trend and much more than flavour of the month.

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Leadership in a Crisis – How To Be a Leader - Management - WSJ.com

Leading an organization through a crisis is a huge challenge for any manager. Here are seven key lessons for crisis leadership.
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7 great lessons in leading through a crisis.

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Leadership Innovation 2.0

Leadership Innovation 2.0 | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

Economic unrest, changing market conditions and tough competition mean companies have to change their approach to leadership and equip leaders to get by in a new business environment.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 16, 2013 8:46 PM

We need to do more than just get by. That is part of the problem.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, May 17, 2013 4:37 AM
Thanks for your comments, Ivon and John. Best, Kenneth
Peg Gillard's curator insight, May 18, 2013 8:47 AM

As our culture changes, so too must our leadership.

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The Next Generation of Business Leaders

The Next Generation of Business Leaders | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

MBAs–both the degrees and the people who have them–are an obsolete waste of time and money. An irrelevant recipe for failure. At least that’s what all the cool entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are saying. So what’s next? Learning to code and “lean startups.” Accelerators are the new b-school.

 

There’s just one problem though.

 

While creating a product and starting a company have never been easier, building and sustaining a business have never been harder. And lean is not everything. That means business education has never been more important. But first, both b-schools and companies need to learn some new tricks.


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Robin Martin's comment, May 1, 2013 12:40 PM
Wow...will we ever find the real "balance?"
The Learning Factor's comment, May 1, 2013 6:12 PM
Hmm, finding the real "balance"?? The illusive goal!
michaelpohl360's curator insight, May 3, 2013 4:03 AM

Though I don't like statements such as one "must" and companies "have to", I believe that the overall view is correct. The world's changing, business environment is changing as well. New leadership skills are required that were not taught in public schools at all but neither at business schools yet.

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Better Leadership Through Social Media

Better Leadership Through  Social Media | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
Executives should look at specific social media as a personal toolbox for improving their practice of leadership.
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Simple answer is "yes" but this article highlights some great ideas to use.

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 22, 2013 10:17 AM

(From the article): The solution is to stop looking at social media as another platform you have to learn—yet another responsibility—and start seeing it for what it can be instead: a personal toolbox for improving your practice of leadership.

donhornsby's curator insight, March 22, 2013 10:18 AM

The article has some great ideas to implement as leaders on social media.

Robin Martin's curator insight, March 30, 2013 10:25 AM

Keeping up with what's going on around them should definitely be a plus for any leader...convincing them to do this may be easier said than done!  

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Craig Gosselin: It’s a Matter of Trust - General Counsel at PacSun - Forefront Magazine

Craig Gosselin: It’s a Matter of Trust - General Counsel at PacSun - Forefront Magazine | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
Craig Gosselin, General Counsel and Human Resources (HR) leader for iconic American brand Pacific Sunwear, believes that managing legal and HR affairs for a major brand warrants the same outlook as doing so for a smaller company: The emphasis has...
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Purpose and Strategy: Two by Two

Purpose and Strategy: Two by Two | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

Purpose and strategy. They seem to fit like peanut butter and jelly. Purpose is the jelly, sweetening our appetites for the work to be done. Strategy is the peanut butter, making it all stick together as we do the work.

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Purpose is not fluff. It is the content of our strategy’s character. It is what makes organizations strong because it inspires people to engage in their work and achieve meaning in what they do. Purpose defines the personality and story of an organization and, in turn, the policies and processes that flow from it.

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The impact of trust in the workplace

The impact of trust in the workplace | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Trust is defined as: assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.
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Key thoughts on building and sustaining trust in organizations:

1)  Integrity must be embedded; 2)  Treatment of people (create the right culture); 3)  Focus on shared goals; 4)  Do what's right, regardless of personal risk.

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Peg Gillard's curator insight, February 3, 2013 5:45 PM

Trust is one of the essential keystones at the core of any organization or relationship. 

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The Need to Care for Character | Conner Partners

The Need to Care for Character | Conner Partners | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

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David Hain's curator insight, January 25, 2013 2:39 AM

Couldn't agree more!

 

The “character” (our true nature) we bring into client relationships is the heart of who we really are as change practitioners. It is this essence of our uniqueness, not what is in our bag of intervention tricks, which ultimately determines whether we generate meaningful benefits for clients. However, our interior character needs a voice in order to be expressed to the exterior world; the “presence” we convey is that voice. Even though presence is what we use to interface with clients, the path to optimizing our effectiveness is through evolving our character.

donhornsby's curator insight, January 25, 2013 8:34 AM

(From the article): Many people mistakenly think they can develop character in the same way they might attain new knowledge or better their communication skills. They think they can improve it by simply pushing themselves to greater heights.

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10 Simple Behaviors That Diminish Trust

10 Simple Behaviors That Diminish Trust | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
Self-check: are you reducing trust without knowing it?

Via AlGonzalezinfo, Amy Melendez, David Hain
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It is amazing how quickly trust can be lost, so it is essential to pause, breathe, and think. Some behaviors to consider and avoid.

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Angie Mc's curator insight, January 19, 2013 4:40 PM

Spot on! Whether at work or at home, avoiding these behaviors increases trust in all relationships.

Angie Mc's comment, January 19, 2013 4:41 PM
Tools to improve trust in all relationships.
Trumans's curator insight, January 20, 2013 5:47 PM

Trust is the thing that holds all relationships together, be they business or persoanl...

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Leadership Pride – Where Is It Placed?

Leadership Pride – Where Is It Placed? | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
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Pride can be powerful... for the good or bad. Getting it right is an important practice leaders need to embrace, gaining trust and productivity.

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donhornsby's curator insight, January 10, 2013 9:22 AM

(From the article): Although confidence is required in leadership, being overly proud of our abilities leads to downfalls and pitfalls. It is a misplaced pride that gets leaders off track.

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Angela Bisignano » 5 Steps to Sharpen Your Leadership Style in 2013

Angela Bisignano » 5 Steps to Sharpen Your Leadership Style in 2013 | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
5 Steps to Strengthen Your Leadership Skills in 2013 http://t.co/Jyn4JPII

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Great steps to take. Read the complete article to gain these insights:

 

5 steps to sharpen your leadership style.    

 

Be Strengths-Smart

Be Clear About Where You’re Going

Be a Risk-Taker

Be Honoring to Your Followers Be Aware of Your “Unique"

 

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donhornsby's curator insight, December 23, 2012 7:59 AM

(Great thought): Lead with your strengths. Knowing what your strengths are and how to best use them may be your greatest leadership asset. More than likely, you will lead with more effectiveness, influence, and success when you are leading with your strengths.

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The Teen Test for Your Leadership Skills

The Teen Test for Your Leadership Skills | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

Just how good of a leader are you? A quick test may be how well you are “leading” with your teenage son or daughter.

 

Leading as a parent is one of the most challenging, purpose-filled jobs we have. Maybe it is just me, but parenting changes when your child is in the middle of those teen years. When they were younger, we could just tell them what to do, and they acted without too much fuss. When they were younger, they looked up to us almost with admiration.

 

Well, something happens to our child around the age of 16, and we change, too. We shift from an autocratic leadership model to a coaching one.

 

Here’s what I mean. Leading teens becomes about four key things:

 

1. Setting boundaries

2. Upholding accountability

3. Guiding, not telling

4. Inspiring

 

Read the article for insights on each of the four elements, plus the added input from other voices in the comments.

 

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Angie Mc's comment, January 5, 2013 11:34 PM
Excellant guidance to help parents & teens transition into adult relationships. Thank you, Jon!
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If Change Was Easy, We Would All Do It

If Change Was Easy, We Would All Do It | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
Yes. If change was easy, we would all do it. Standing still will not move us forward. Limiting our learning will not create a growth mindset. Change is ...
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The reverse commencement speech to leaders | SmartBlogs

The reverse commencement speech to leaders | SmartBlogs | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
We are entering the time of commencement speeches. Some may go viral while others will evaporate as soon as the words are spoken. It is an important time,
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What might a millennial leader tell an audience of Gen X and Boomer leaders? This commencement address to older leaders may be the way.

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Innovation by Working Together

Innovation by Working Together | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
Most companies continue to assume that innovation comes from individual genius. But most innovations are created through groups of people working in concert.
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Important insights on innovation, collaboration, and leadership. All are necessary components for successful organizations, teams, and individuals.

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Four Traits of Collaborative Leaders

Four Traits of Collaborative Leaders | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

Successful collaboration requires leadership. This excerpt from a book by Cisco executives Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese explains the key behaviors that leaders must exhibit to support and enhance collaboration.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Great traits:

- Focus on authentic leadership and eschew passive aggressiveness

- Relentlessly pursue transparent decision making

- View resources as instruments of action, not as possessions

- Codify the relationship between decision rights, accountability and rewards

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Belinda MJ.B's curator insight, April 23, 2013 9:14 AM

Values and energy based coaching enable individual to authentic leadership.

 

To overcome the limitations you must understand quickly what is at stake, how to build trust in a short period of time to collaborate and innovate in a fast moving globalized world.

 

www.equanimityexecutive.com

 

 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 23, 2013 7:12 PM

I don't see much evidence in education that small groups are disrupting the status quo. It is more entrenched than ever.

 

Rim Riahi's curator insight, April 24, 2013 12:10 AM

Successful collaboration requires leadership. This excerpt from a book by Cisco executives Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese explains the key behaviors that leaders must exhibit to support and enhance collaboration.

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9 Vital Tools for Leaders Facing Long Odds

Warren Buffett, the legendary investor, once remarked that when brilliant managers try their luck in dismal industries, “it’s usually the reputation of the industry that remains intact.
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The nine tools are solid reminders for leaders and, as the article points out, you would not expect this from someone who spent 23-veteran leader in a prison system. Great points!

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Rediscovering Leadership: Service Versus Self-Interest

Rediscovering Leadership: Service Versus Self-Interest | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

 

Whatever happened to leadership? Have all the great leaders gone from the world scene? Are leaders born, or do they emerge in appropriate circumstances?

 

A few years ago the London Sunday Times ran an article with the title “Whatever Happened to Real Leaders?” It read in part: “The foreign secretary was a stuffed shirt. But the prime minister was not even that: ‘he was just a hole in the air.’ The words are George Orwell’s, applied to Lord Halifax and Stanley Baldwin, in the late 1930s. What resonance they have today! . . . What the country needs is leadership, and this is true of the Western world as a whole.”

 

The article continued, “The gap between the desirable and the real has never been as great in this respect. As you open the newspapers or watch the television news, is there a single political leader in the West whose words you would expect to remember? Would you expect to learn anything from them? Do you expect them to do anything inspiring or creative, or even just the right thing? We have reached a real low point in leadership, lower than at any other time in recent history. . . . ‘I sowed dragons, and I reaped fleas,’ said Nietzsche.” It’s a powerful plea for the kind of leadership that can deliver humanity from the grip of its many problems and evils.


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Rim Riahi's curator insight, March 20, 2013 2:59 AM

Whatever happened to leadership? Have all the great leaders gone from the world scene? Are leaders born, or do they emerge in appropriate circumstances?

John Michel's curator insight, March 20, 2013 8:17 PM

True leadership is and always has been a selfless action. It involves taking yourself out of the picture and considering the needs of others. It is a way of thinking that takes other people into account even when your own needs are pressing.

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


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Rediscovering Leadership: Transformation of Thought Leader with Social media / Next Level/.
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If You Aren't Scared, You Aren't Leading - Mills-Scofield LLC - Innovanomics, strategic alignment for innovation

If You Aren't Scared, You Aren't Leading -  Mills-Scofield LLC - Innovanomics, strategic alignment for innovation | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

Do you find leadership daunting?  Even scary?  I do.  Frankly, I think we should.  Leading others carries a huge responsibility.  It is not for the faint of heart, for those afraid of being wrong, for those who want comfort and stability, or for those who need external affirmation.


Via Richard Andrews, Christine Heine
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The importance of asking for help, in addition to answering the "why" and asking the "why not." Leadership is inspiring others to act but also being humble in gathering input and advice from the talented people that surround a leader.

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The Strategic Plan is Dead. Long Live Strategy. (SSIR)

The Strategic Plan is Dead. Long Live Strategy. (SSIR) | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
In today’s fast-changing world, why freeze your strategic thinking in a five-year plan?

Via David Ednie, Cyrille Jansem, David Hain
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Peg Gillard's curator insight, February 2, 2013 10:01 AM

Thinking and planning in this type of growth oriented mind-set could set public education on an entirely different course of growth and innovation.

Maya Mathias's curator insight, February 2, 2013 3:01 PM

Plan, then experiment and be fluid to changing course.  Adaptive strategy is THE way to succeed in the 21st Century economy.  Thoughts?

Renee Stuart's curator insight, February 14, 2013 10:34 PM

Lose the assumptions...  Love it!

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Collaboration Is the Remedy for Polarization

Collaboration Is the Remedy for Polarization | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
Polarization keeps us apart, disconnected, unable to find creative solutions that benefit all. There is only “win-lose” and a perpetual loop of insular thinking
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These three sentences sum it up best:

 

"You have a choice. You can continue the never-ending cycle of polarization. Or you can decide to stop following leaders who are misusing their power and decide it is time to engage in sincere, respectful dialogue."

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Six Paradoxes Women Leaders Face in 2013

Six Paradoxes Women Leaders Face in 2013 | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

The uncomfortable realities women still face, even as they succeed in ever-greater numbers.


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Six Questions to Elevate Leadership in 2013 - Forbes

Six Questions to Elevate Leadership in 2013 - Forbes | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
Will you reach new heights in 2013?(Photo credit: brewbooks) The New Year is a great opportunity to reset your leadership aspirations.  While we step back to think about taking our organizations to higher levels each year, rarely do we step back with...

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Great dimensions - Vision, Purpose, Strategy, Talent, Personal Growth, Renewal - Need to spend the time to think and then answer each.

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Students Elective Course's curator insight, February 20, 2013 3:56 AM

Great simple 6 questions which may change a lot in the way you lead and act at work.

Students Elective Course's curator insight, February 20, 2013 3:56 AM

Great 6 questions, quite simple, that can change your management style.

ratzelster's curator insight, June 24, 2013 1:33 PM

Where do you stand on your New Year's resolutions to do a more effective job of leading?  Check out this January 1st kind of article and see if you need to put more punch into your summer re-tooling plans!

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5 Traits of Leaders Who Are Ready for Social Good - Forbes

5 Traits of Leaders Who Are Ready for Social Good - Forbes | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
‘Tis the season to do good. You might not believe it if you’ve just come from the Mall, but the spirit of good is out there.
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Read more about the 5 traits necessary to be a socially-responsible leader:

 

1) Heightened situational awareness

2) Emotional intelligence

3) Empathy

4) Media savvy

5) Selflessness

 

Read Meghan Biro's excellent Forbes article for complete insights.

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