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The Four Questions Great Leaders Ask

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The Four Questions Great Leaders AskThe wisest leaders ask the best questions“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” —Voltaire

 

Ever notice how great leaders ask the best questions?


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Peg Gillard's curator insight, June 16, 2013 11:13 AM

I used this to come up with questions that I could ask myself and others as an educational leader. 

John Michel's curator insight, January 23, 2014 1:34 PM

Great leaders humbly share their biggest challenges with their teams and ask them to help solve them.

Don Cloud's curator insight, January 25, 2014 1:13 PM

Answers constrain thinking, while questions have the power to open up the promise of what might be possible.

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5 Ways to Create a Winning Culture

5 Ways to Create a Winning Culture | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
A strong culture isn't something you wish into place, or even will into place. It's something you build. Here's how.

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Scott Span, MSOD's comment, May 15, 2013 10:53 AM
All great points... particularly # 3. Without trust, not much else can happen.
AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, May 15, 2013 1:17 PM

Tpotally agree with Don on item #5.  I also like #3.

 

Create an environment of trust.

Many organizations believe internal trust is nice to have but not a key factor for bottom line profitability. That simply isn’t true. Trust directly affects speed and cost. When trust diminishes, speed goes down and costs go up. These economic factors are usually disguised as other things, but when there isn’t trust between team members, or between the company and its customers, it is impossible to achieve real success. The myths are that trust is built solely on integrity, that you either have it or you don’t, that if lost it can’t be restored, and that it can’t be taught. The realities are that trust is a function of both character and competency, it can be both created and destroyed, it can be restored (in most cases), and be taught and developed into a measurable strategic advantage.

Mark Gregory , Programme Innovator @Transformation Coach's curator insight, May 24, 2013 6:47 AM

5 steps to defining your winning culture explained succinctly for any leader looking to change their own organisational culture.

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Millennial Leaders: Welcome to the Arena - Thin Difference

Millennial Leaders: Welcome to the Arena - Thin Difference | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
Millennial leaders or Gen Y leaders have received a lot of attention, good and bad. The important lesson is to lead from within the arena and lead well.
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As a Millennial leader, the arena is yours, the good stuff and the challenging stuff. What you do while in it is up to you. You can let the critics distract you or you can lead with the purpose instilled within you. You can embrace the characteristics seemingly given to you or you can reach out to other generations and engage in meaningful conversations.

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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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Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog

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"We must be able to experience ourselves in relation to other people if we are to have a genuine understanding of who we are and why we do what we do."

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Eric Vanetti's curator insight, May 17, 2013 9:50 AM

Highlights the impact of feedback on our self-awareness - a key characteristic of effective leaders.

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Leadership Innovation 2.0

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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 Leader's Intellectual Health

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Intellectual health flows from deep curiosity, an adaptive mindset & paradoxical thinking, helping leaders to create dialogue & insight for intelligent change.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 21, 2013 9:58 AM

Health is holistic.

Luís Cochofel's curator insight, June 22, 2013 12:35 PM

Stay curious; LEAD YOURSELF first!; your ability to be a Leader lies on your attitude.

 

Don Cloud's curator insight, March 2, 2014 11:38 AM

Intellectual growth stems from lifelong learning seated in deep curiousity, and adaptive/growth mindset, and paradoxical thinking.

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How positive psychology is transforming the way we think about leadership

How positive psychology is transforming the way we think about leadership | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
Guest blogger: Bridget Grenville-Cleave, Open University Business School MBA Alumna, MAPP graduate of the University of East London, is a UK-based positive psychology consultant, trainer and writer...

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Innovation by Working Together

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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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Core Principles of Acceptance & Commitment Training (ACT)

Core Principles of Acceptance & Commitment Training (ACT) | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
Overcome Negative Thinking & Emotional Barriers to Life Success

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Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, May 2, 2013 12:03 AM

Tips and Tools to Help You Accept What You Can't Change and Commit to Changing What You Can't Accept

David Hain's curator insight, May 2, 2013 1:30 AM

Very timely for me just now, and excellent advice!

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How to Really Understand Someone Else's Point of View

How to Really Understand Someone Else's Point of View | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
It's a necessary prerequisite for persuasion. (Good post on how to understand another's point of view.

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SooJin-Stella Lee's comment, April 30, 2013 7:08 AM
Thank you ^^ I definitely need these sort of information. And I learend lots of things from your strategies to do well in scoop.it.
Karen Dietz's comment, April 30, 2013 11:47 AM
My pleasure Soo-Jin. Keep up the good work!
Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, May 2, 2013 4:24 PM

Put yourself in the other person's shoes.

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Servant Leadership: Authenticity and the Spiritual Journey

Servant Leadership: Authenticity and the Spiritual Journey | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
Leading with a Noble Purpose and pursuing a life of service to others only becomes authentic, dynamic and revitalizing when your spiritual practice evolves to the higher stages.

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4 Things That Are Stopping You from Collaborating

4 Things That Are Stopping You from Collaborating | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
If collaboration was a natural and thriving endeavour, then it seems unlikely that there would be such a clamour from organisations to do it better.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 21, 2013 7:31 AM

Thought provoking read.  I find a similar issue working as a communication consultant, I usually find people feel the organization needs to communicate better but when it comes time to apply tools that will help communication, many people resist using them.  These barriers are true for communication as well as collaboration.  

 

 From the article:

 

Collaboration Barrier #1 – Hoarders

Collaboration Barrier #2 – Hidden knowledge

Collaboration Barrier #3 – Not invented here syndrome

Collaboration Barrier #4 – Transferring hard to encode information

donhornsby's curator insight, April 21, 2013 8:00 AM

(From the article): Collaboration Barrier #3 – Not invented here syndrome


Siloes are a common feature of many workplaces. They could exist around functions or regions or even hierachies. It’s also increasingly common that these siloes are given a large degree of autonomy as to how they operate. Whether these barriers are physical or merely mental they are often extremely damaging to collaboration. For instance, do your senior managers accept ideas from those beneath them in the hierachy or is there a culture whereby only those on the same level can collaborate? Is there a culture where asking others for help is seen as an admission of failure or ignorance?

donhornsby's curator insight, April 21, 2013 8:01 AM

(From the article): Collaboration Barrier #3 – Not invented here syndrome

 

Siloes are a common feature of many workplaces. They could exist around functions or regions or even hierachies. It’s also increasingly common that these siloes are given a large degree of autonomy as to how they operate. Whether these barriers are physical or merely mental they are often extremely damaging to collaboration. For instance, do your senior managers accept ideas from those beneath them in the hierachy or is there a culture whereby only those on the same level can collaborate? Is there a culture where asking others for help is seen as an admission of failure or ignorance?

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When Stress Strikes: 10 Questions To Help You Take Better Care of Yourself

When Stress Strikes: 10 Questions To Help You Take Better Care of Yourself | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
Self-care is the basis for our well-being. And when stress strikes, we especially need to attend to our emotional, physical and spiritual needs and practice nourishing, healthy habits.
But, for many of us, that’s exactly when our self-care dips.

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John Michel's curator insight, June 13, 2013 11:53 AM

When you’re facing a difficult situation or any kind of stressor, it helps to know exactly what and who will bring you the most comfort and let you express your feelings healthfully and safely.

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Teaching is Leading

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In the Lead Change Google+ community, we host a Question of the Week. It is a time for people to stop, think, write, and exchange ideas and insights. It...
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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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Is Transparency Situational?

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One of the buzzwords for Organizational Development these days is "transparency." The concept is that organizations can gain higher trust with all stakeholders if they are more open and less secret...
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12 Signs of Cowardly Leadership - Forbes

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Courageous leadership. You hear that term a lot these days. It is a call to commit and act; to make hard choices and take risks; and to do what’s unpopular and right. Language can be a funny thing though.

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Esther Turón Perez 's comment, May 15, 2013 11:48 AM
Scott for who is the question?
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 16, 2013 8:58 PM

We need courageous leadership, but lack it.

Richard Dillard, PMP, SSBB, ABD 7.1's curator insight, June 25, 2013 8:07 PM

Begs the question...can we even call those who exhibit these characteristics and behaviors a leader?  They are doing something for sure.  I'm convinced leading is not one of them.  I have a particular person in mind at the moment.  Fits the 12 signs to a tee.  I've never considered this individual a leader.  Come to think of it...neither has anyone else.  Probably best to remember that "leader" is a title given to us by those who choose to follow our lead.  People just don't choose to follow cowards.  Real leaders, in contrast, are courageous.  To learn more, put a reminder on your August calendar to look for my new book: Real Leadership! Are You Ready?

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Compassion: An Invaluable Leadership Attribute - General Leadership

Compassion: An Invaluable Leadership Attribute - General Leadership | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

Recent research confirms that leaders who exercise compassion produce loyal, dedicated, and passionate employees.


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John Michel's curator insight, May 3, 2013 5:30 PM

Recent research confirms that leaders who exercise compassion produce loyal, dedicated, and passionate employees. In fact, numerous studies have found that workplaces led by compassionate bosses enjoy increased rates of employee satisfaction, greater employee engagement, lower levels of overall stress and fewer reported sick days.

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Letting Go with Grace

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It’s been a tough week. Our son - the most remarkable, capable, smart, fun, likable, insightful young man I know (a completely unbiased assessment) -  m...
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The Next Generation of Business Leaders

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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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Shape Your Identity Or It Will Shape You

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“Keep your identity small.” — Paul Graham“Identity” has become somewhat of a dirty word, especially in Silicon Valley circles. In many minds, the word “identity

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Wise Leader™'s curator insight, April 15, 2013 11:28 AM

Have an identity and hold it loosely, but don't let your identity have you!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 15, 2013 4:51 PM

I prefer the word 'mindful' rather than 'thoughtful'. It is a big difference. I see thoughtful as being part of mindful. The author makes a good point about networks and communities being different. This means we can behave and act differently. Networks may or may not be able to hold people to account whereas a community might be able to.

Rim Riahi's curator insight, April 15, 2013 11:54 PM

“Keep your identity small.” — Paul Graham“Identity” has become somewhat of a dirty word, especially in Silicon Valley circles. In many minds, the word “identity

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A new view of Leadership

A new view of Leadership | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
For every Winston Churchill, there is a Fred Goodwin. What makes some leaders soaraway successes, while others crash and burn?
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Four Traits of Collaborative Leaders

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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.