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A Founder’s Story. A Leadership Lesson. | Thin Difference

A Founder’s Story. A Leadership Lesson. | Thin Difference | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

"It’s all about me! And other founder red flags you should never ignore.

 

Getting pitched by a new startup?  You’re probably face-to-face with the founder. At a local university, at a coffee shop, or perhaps in your own office.

 

What happens when the question 'Who are we and what do we do?' goes unanswered. A founder's challenge...."

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Taking Leadership Cues from Bamboo | Wendy Appel

Taking Leadership Cues from Bamboo | Wendy Appel | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

"Whether you are in a position of leadership or lead from your position, being the bamboo is critical to your ability to influence and effectively lead your team, your organization and your life.

Why? Here is what we know about bamboo and what that has to do with leadership..."

 

Read the article to embrace these important traits.

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Key Leadership Question: Do You Make Yourself Better? | Thin Difference

Key Leadership Question: Do You Make Yourself Better? | Thin Difference | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

"Key question from Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit: Do you make yourself better? It is about self-leadership."

 

"We need to lean in and improve ourselves. It is the greatest challenge we need to address. We need to:

 

- Read to learn, adapt, adopt, and augment.

- Attend conferences to absorb, adjust, and act anew.

- Engage in conversations to be held accountable and grow in understanding.

- Reflect on our actions, our work, our relationships, and our leadership. From self-reflection, ensure we are on the right paths, making the right choices and doing things in the right way. If not, change.

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Leading the New, New Corporate Vacation Policy

Leading the New, New Corporate Vacation Policy | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

"The new reality is we never really, completely, wholeheartedly leave work behind. Work is attached to our hip and safely placed in our carry-on bags."

 

Read more on 4 suggested new corporate vacation policies and 2 leadership challenges. Join the conversation:  How would you change an organization’s vacation policy in this new world? How are you leading this shift?

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It's Not The CEO, It's The Leadership Strategy That Matters. - Forbes

It's Not The CEO, It's The Leadership Strategy That Matters. - Forbes | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

"Let's face it.  CEOs come and go. But leadership, if developed in a comprehensive way, endures."

 

4 insightful findings.... excellent points on leading. 

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What Would You Tell New Leaders? | Thin Difference

What Would You Tell New Leaders? | Thin Difference | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

John Maxwell, in 5 Levels of Leadership, states:

 

“As you think about the way you will define your leadership, take into consideration what kinds of habits and systems you will consistently practice. What will you do to organize yourself? What will you do every day when you arrive at work? What spiritual practices will you maintain to keep yourself on track? How will you treat people? What will be your work ethic? What kind of example will you set?”

 

This is now, that was then. What would I tell my younger leader self now?

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McDonald's Jobs Taught Bezos, Leno And Others 7 Big Lessons - Forbes

McDonald's Jobs Taught Bezos, Leno And Others 7 Big Lessons - Forbes | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
What can you learn from working at McDonald's? A lot, say people like Jay Leno, Jeff Bezos and Andie McDowell -- all of whom once grilled burgers, washed floors or worked the cash register.
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4 Ways Leaders Can Overcome the Fear of Conflict

4 Ways Leaders Can Overcome the Fear of Conflict | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
The thoughtLEADERS Blog covers leadership, communications, strategy and operations. All posts are practical and applicable to help you apply the methods we teach.

 

It’s nauseating to hear – someone soft-shoe dancing around an issue because they’re afraid of hurting someone’s feelings. They do so because they might receive negative feedback in a 360 review that they were abrupt or too direct in delivering feedback on that issue. So rather than going the direct route, they water down their message until it’s a mealy mouthed blathering stream of meaningless crap (yes, I’m fired up as I’m writing this).

 

Let me ask you this – do you want to follow a “leader” who doesn’t speak his or her mind? Someone who is more concerned with how their actions will be perceived rather than saying what they really think? Do you want to follow a leader who is more interested in doing nothing wrong (and hence not doing much of anything) or would you rather follow someone who takes a stand for what they believe in and suffers the consequences as appropriate?

 

MUST READ...

 


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Happy Leadership Interdependence!

Happy Leadership Interdependence! | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

A leader without integrity is an independent, soulless one. Integrity without leaders is just a concept.

For integrity to come alive, leaders need to embrace it. For leaders to lead effectively, integrity needs to be upheld. More than the relationship between leader and integrity is the need for both to be demonstrated actively in our teams, organizations, communities, and families.

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Strong Leaders Establish Trust

Strong Leaders Establish Trust | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

"Trust is a privilege, not a right. It's earned, not assumed. If you pay suppliers late, drive too hard a bargain, over-work and underpay your workforce, then you shouldn't be too confident of anyone's trust. If you treat everyone who connects your business with respect, you stand a far better chance. Think of it as an investment: The more you put in, the more you get back."

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Decisions vs. Choices: Is There a Distinction? | Thin Difference

Decisions vs. Choices: Is There a Distinction? | Thin Difference | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
We can go through our life making decisions on where to live, work, and play, but do we make the choice of how to best live or lead?
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Are We Completely Honest Leaders?

Are We Completely Honest Leaders? | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

"We need to create a floor. Our honesty floor needs to stop us cold from being ignorant, bull-headed, and arrogant. The reasons are straightforward:

 

Situations change. We can choose to adapt as appropriate, or we can choose to be less than honest and become irrelevant.


People change, and people need to change. We can choose to let people stay on a wrong and destructive path, or we can choose to have the honest, respectful conversation.


Personal leadership requires change. We can choose to stand still in our self-discovery and become a roadblock, or we can choose to learn and grow and become empowering leaders..."

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What Type of Wake Are You Cultivating? | Thin Difference

What Type of Wake Are You Cultivating? | Thin Difference | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
What does your wake look like? This is a powerful question to think about. What do I leave behind with my actions and conversations? Leadership is about the paths you cultivate and leave behind.
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Edelman Digital: Five Ways Millennials Can Become More Strategic Thinkers - PSFK

Edelman Digital: Five Ways Millennials Can Become More Strategic Thinkers - PSFK | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

"The younger generation should focus on what they can do to build their digital skills instead of assuming they already have them."

 

Read more and learn about the 5 ways millennials can become more strategic thinkers in the digital space.

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Time for a New Leader in the C-Suite? - Forbes

Time for a New Leader in the C-Suite? - Forbes | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

Interesting thoughts. Having a solid company culture is essential, but does it need a Chief Culture Officer or just good leadership? Great points to consider here:

 

"So is it time for you to create the post of Chief Culture Officer? Emphatic Yes. Do you want your business to survive the next wave of broken and shallow business models? Do you understand that value has multiple meanings? Do you want to build a real business, not a flip-out? Then do it. Get an extra chair for the C-Suite and surround it with a gracious and comfortable space. Make sure there’s another comfortable chair across the desk, too. You’ll spend some time in that one.

 

Is it time to hire a Chief Culture Officer? Or at least dream about the possibilities?"

 

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Career: 25 Incredibly Valuable Things to Be Instead of Leader | Kate Nasser

Career: 25 Incredibly Valuable Things to Be Instead of Leader | Kate Nasser | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

"People who strive for a leadership position are held in higher esteem than those who do not. A second-class message lingers about employees who do not strive to move up the ladder — despite their vast contributions to the end goal.

We can work to replace this misguided culture with communication and action that change the dynamic and truly value the entire team.

The benefits to the organizations and employees abound.

Retention of high performing team members and their knowledge and finely honed teamwork. An abundance mentality rather than a fight for the leadership spots. A flourishing collaboration as people experience true recognition rather than a skew toward those who strive for the title of leader.

This is the zone of true employee engagement. It highlights contributions not just as tests for future leadership slots but also as a celebration of the employee’s continuing value. People can grow and excel at what they do well rather than feign interest in a leadership position to avoid being seen as an underachiever."

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4 Hidden Signs of a Healthy Company

4 Hidden Signs of a Healthy Company | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

"Your balance sheet alone won't tell you if your company is thriving or on the verge of failure. Here's what you really need to look out for."

 

A solid reminder of what makes a company healthy. Read more to gain insights into the 4 signs:

 

- Organic talent

- Constructive conflict

- Outside lives

- Sane pay

 

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How To Think Like Generation Why

How To Think Like Generation Why | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

"Why would you want to learn to think like a Millennial? Perhaps because you don't understand your children?"

 

6 great suggestions on thinking, including:

 

1) Quickly.
2) Creatively.
3) Transparently.
4) Optimistically.
5) Inclusively.
6) Equality.

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Five types of leadership storytelling & when to use each

Five types of leadership storytelling & when to use each | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

Just how many types of stories are there, you ask? The answer is, as usual, it depends who you ask. Various storytelling aficionados categorize stories in different ways, and there are no hard and fast rules.

 

These are overviews of each (read the full article for more details and prompts to help you come up with each type of story):

1. Introducing me

2. Conveying values

3. Teaching

4. Jumpstarting action

5. Inspiring

 

Here's the link to the full article: http://www.internal-monologue.com/2012/07/careful-around-campfire-five-types-of.html ;

 

These 5 broad categories and the examples shared in each are really good and will build a good foundation for leadership storytelling. According to Paul Smith in his forthcoming book on leadership storytelling "Lead With A Story" (August 20112), there are actually 21 different categories/applications for leaders to know about and use.

 

But this article brings clarity to the topic and will definitely get you started!

 

Thank you to fellow curator Gimli Goose for this article!


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How Leaders Become Self-Aware

How Leaders Become Self-Aware | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

"A plethora of people, courses, and self-help guides profess to lead you by the hand to the promised land of business success. The problem is that things are always messier than the how-to's make them out to be. This is why it is often better to consider less the specifics and more the principles and qualities that bring success.

 

In my experience — and in the research my co-authors and I did for our new book, Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck — there is one quality that trumps all, evident in virtually every great entrepreneur, manager, and leader. That quality is self-awareness. The best thing leaders can to improve their effectiveness is to become more aware of what motivates them and their decision-making."

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Leaders: America Needs You To Be Its Batman - Forbes

Leaders: America Needs You To Be Its Batman - Forbes | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

"What does it mean to be a champion of growth? Here’s a short list of attributes I’ve observed in leaders who manage growth-oriented businesses – with my assessment of how those attributes contributed to a strong corporate culture, one tuned for growth and job creation...."

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Rising to the Challenge Before Us – LEADING FORWARD | Jesse Lyn Stoner >>> Seapoint Center

Rising to the Challenge Before Us – LEADING FORWARD | Jesse Lyn Stoner >>> Seapoint Center | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

"Rising to the challenge of 21st Century Leadership starts with recognizing our ability to do GOOD by building GOOD leadership, GOOD business, GOOD communities, GOOD families, GOOD lives."


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The Five Hallmarks of Highly Respected Achievers - Forbes

The Five Hallmarks of Highly Respected Achievers - Forbes | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
I’ve been working on a research project for a few weeks that involves identifying the characteristics that describe highly driven, achievement-oriented people who are also among the most well-respected in any organization.
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How to Get and Keep Respect – 4 Practices | Thin Difference

How to Get and Keep Respect – 4 Practices | Thin Difference | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

"Respect is such a simple thing in concept. In practice, since other people are involved, respect gets more complicated. Self-interests are mixed in, so emotions and actions impact us in unexpected or adverse ways."

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Wake Up Your Character | Thin Difference

Wake Up Your Character | Thin Difference | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

"Our character – our leadership – needs to rise to the situational challenge. It is about ownership and integration. We need to own the good, the bad, and the indifferent. We need to own the problem and resolve it with head-on grace. We need to ensure our character is integrated to support actions in all types of situations."

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