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7 Leadership Lessons from Game of Thrones

7 Leadership Lessons from Game of Thrones | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it

Sex, murder, dragons, warring leaders, and a wall impossible to scale. Does this sound like any corporations you know today? Perhaps, but I am talking about Targaryens, Lannisters, Starks, and Baratheons in Game of Thrones.

 

Game of Thrones is set in a medieval world of knights, dragons, and magic, characterized by long, cold seasons, and populated with White Walkers. This most amazing and compelling TV series has captured the hearts and minds of people around the world. In the history of mankind, never has a TV series been so downloaded and watched, so are there leadership lessons we can take from this series?


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I'm sure there are many more but here's a good start!

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 24, 8:58 AM

(From the article): The fact is there have been many leaders in the Game of Thrones, but very few of them are good leaders. Is this true about corporations? Are good leaders hard to find? The fact is that there are few good leaders throughout history, and in corporations today. What can we do about that? “The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.” — John C Maxwell

Chris Enstrom's curator insight, June 24, 10:34 AM

Context is everything!

Birgit Plange's curator insight, June 25, 5:37 AM

Well, even Game of Thrones can teach us something....

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The ten things the best leaders never say

The ten things the best leaders never say | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it
"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter -- 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning," wrote Mark Twain.
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Unfortunately some of these people still exist in organisations. Make sure you're not one of them.

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7 Reasons Introverts Make Great Leaders

7 Reasons Introverts Make Great Leaders | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it
Don't be fooled by stereotypes of brash, social executives. Quiet, retiring types can make great leaders too. Here's why.

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Celebrating the introverts - often overlooked for what they bring to a workplace.

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Anita's curator insight, September 17, 2:51 PM

Clearly there is not one type of leader. Make the most of who you truly are to lead.

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This is your brain on long meetings...

This is your brain on long meetings... | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it
Linda Ray, the co-founder and co-director of neuresource group, coined the term “attentional intelligence” in 2012. In this post, she looks at the reasons long meetings get in the way of productivi...

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Top #Leadership Skills at Every Level

Top #Leadership Skills at Every Level | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it

Are some skills less important for leaders at certain levels of the organization? Or is there a set of skills fundamental to every level?

 


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Jerry Busone's curator insight, August 2, 7:18 AM

Core skills every leader needs

Jacob M Engel's curator insight, August 3, 7:31 AM

These skills are critical on every level and a great predictor of success!

Miss Write's curator insight, August 19, 10:35 AM

These seem to be common sense so why are so many companies getting it so wrong with their managerial placements

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Schumpeter: Decluttering the company

Schumpeter: Decluttering the company | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it

PETER DRUCKER once observed that, “Much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work.” Nine years after the management guru’s death, his remark is truer than ever: employees often have to negotiate a mass of clutter—from bulging inboxes to endless meetings and long lists of objectives to box-tick—before they can focus on their real work. For the past 50 years manufacturers have battled successfully to streamline their factory floors and make them “lean”.


Today, businesses of all types need to do the same in their offices.


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Organisations are filled with 'clutter'. From tiers of management, to increasingly complex corporate objectives, meetings and emails. Clutter takes a toll on morale and productivity. Organisations must set time aside to 'spring clean' the clutter - when will you do yours?

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Michael Binzer's curator insight, August 4, 3:36 AM

So true. Too much cluttering - how can we remove it? Read XL R8 by John Kotter. One option?

Graeme Reid's curator insight, August 5, 1:57 AM

There is a lot of decluttering to do in most organisations.

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What Neuroscience Teaches About Creativity, Stress and Getting Promoted - Business 2 Community

What Neuroscience Teaches About Creativity, Stress and Getting Promoted - Business 2 Community | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it
Business 2 Community What Neuroscience Teaches About Creativity, Stress and Getting Promoted Business 2 Community David Rock, author of Your Brain at Work and the co-founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute, studies the intricate mechanics of the...

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Leadership: Tips for Motivating Employees by Personality Type

Leadership: Tips for Motivating Employees by Personality Type | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it

Even the most confident leader can find it difficult to manage and motivate a diverse team of individuals with an array of personality types and idiosyncrasies.


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4 Things You Thought Were True About Managing Millennials

4 Things You Thought Were True About Managing Millennials | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it

There seems to be an endless fascination with Millennials at work. There are studies, books, articles, blog posts, and white papers — all about what makes them so different from the generations that came before. And as they continue to enter and occupy the workforce, more and more is written about how they behave (or misbehave) at the office.

 

But are these cries actually true? Is managing them all that different from managing Gen Xers or Baby Boomers? Let’s look at some of the most common claims about Millennials.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, July 14, 5:22 PM

It is important to know how to manage people who are all different ages.

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Why Asking the Right Questions Trumps Having the Right Answers

You want good, useful information from your people. To get it, perfect the art of asking the right questions.

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Asking questions the wrong way can send our brains into amygdala hijack - we get defensive, our stress levels rise and we are incapable of rational, logical and coherent thought. Remember to use language that expands possibilities rather than limits them.

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Anita's curator insight, July 16, 7:03 PM

Asking the right questions can lead to greater success and happiness. What a concept!

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Leadership Lessons From A War Zone - Fast Company

Leadership Lessons From A War Zone - Fast Company | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it
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Building a billion-dollar enterprise and training the people to sustain it would be tough enough under ideal conditions.

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10 Principles of Leading Change Management

10 Principles of Leading Change Management | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it
These time-honored tools and techniques can help companies transform quickly.
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I think we need to stop calling it 'change' management. The very word itself - change - sends us into amygdala hijack. Other than that, an interesting article.

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Your IQ Drops 10 Points And Other Scary Side Effects Of Frequently Checking Email

Your IQ Drops 10 Points And Other Scary Side Effects Of Frequently Checking Email | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it

We spend 13 hours a week on email and unlock our phones 110 times a day.  What is that doing to our brains? The short answer is it's making them worse, according to the Harvard Business Review and other sources.  Here's the science:


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I have long advocated turning off email and only checking it at scheduled times during the day. Now the science proves why!

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10 Tricks That Will Help You Appear Smart During Meetings

Like everyone, appearing smart during meetings is my top priority. Sometimes this can be difficult if you start daydreaming about your next vacation, your next nap, or bacon. When this happens, it’s good to have some fallback tricks to fall back on. Here are my ten favorite tricks for quickly appearing smart during meetings.
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I laughed while I read this - until I realised how tragically true this is!

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Richard Branson's 10 Rules For Being A Great Leader

Richard Branson's 10 Rules For Being A Great Leader | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it
The billionaire chair of the Virgin Group explains the principles that have gotten him to where he is today.
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Success leaves clues... great list of tips for becoming a great leader.

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3 Valuable Insights Leaders Can Learn From Neuroscience

3 Valuable Insights Leaders Can Learn From Neuroscience | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it
Learn about 3 key findings from neuroscience field on how leaders can create high performance culture in their organization.

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Two nerdy obsessions meet -- and it's magic

Two nerdy obsessions meet -- and it's magic | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it
David Kwong is a magician who makes crossword puzzles -- in other words, a pretty nerdy guy. And for his next trick ...
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ever wondered about how easily we can influence others? watch this entertaining (and disturbing!) ted talk about the power of suggestion.

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Can You Read People's Emotions?

Can You Read People's Emotions? | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it

Are you tuned in to the emotions of others? Or have you been accused of being insensitive?

 

If you are among those people who are mystified by moods, new research offers hope. A new study shows that certain types of reading can actually help us improve our sensitivity IQ. To find out how well you read the emotions of others, take the Well quiz, which is based on an assessment tool developed by University of Cambridge professor Simon Baron-Cohen.


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Do the test to see how good you are at reading the emotion in others.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, July 31, 6:41 PM

The “Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test” measures a person’s ability to understand others’ emotional states.

Jill L Nelson's curator insight, August 3, 3:33 PM

emotional intelligence can be developed.

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Performance management, forced ranking should be ditched

Performance management, forced ranking should be ditched | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it
Neuroleadership expert David Rock argues that workplace performance ranking makes employees insecure and unhappy.
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The Science Behind Storytelling Infographic - #Leaders

The Science Behind Storytelling Infographic - #Leaders | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it
Brands use social for storytelling 88 percent of the time.

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Storytelling is also a powerful leadership tool we can use to really connect with our staff. 

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, July 8, 12:18 PM

Here's some eye-candy for us biz storytellers -- a handy infographic capturing salient content about why storytelling works and application for business.


Keep this around for presentations, blog posts, etc. As a piece of storytelling shorthand, it could be useful.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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7 Leadership Qualities You May Not Know You Have

7 Leadership Qualities You May Not Know You Have | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it

What does it take to be a great leader?

 

Once upon a time, birth order and socioeconomic status were considered powerful determinants in who would successfully climb the ladder.

 

Lately, though, the focus has shifted to personal qualities.

Guiding vision, passion, and integrity are well known leadership traits. But there are lesser known leadership traits, as well--in fact, some historically have been perceived as weaknesses.

 

These hidden traits can be developed and nurtured to help further your career and your role as a leader, at work, in your community, or in life in general.

 

See if you just might have some or all of these personal qualities that lend well to leadership:


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FRANK FEATHER ~ Business Futurist's curator insight, July 8, 7:14 AM

Hidden traits you can develop and nurture to advance your career and your role as leader.

Dian J Harrison, MSW, MPA's curator insight, July 8, 8:03 PM

Some of the best leaders I've met are those that are at the community level....no formal education or training and called informal leaders.   But they are knowledgeable about community issues, are passionate, have loads of integrity and are very humble!  Good share Dyana! I couldn't agree with you more.


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Why Businesses Must Stand Up for What They Believe

Why Businesses Must Stand Up for What They Believe | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it

According to business owner, designer and author Brian Sooy, a business must know what it stands for to make a difference. In this episode of Work That Matters, Brian Sooy explains what the elements are to be a business that is clear on what it stands for - what it’s cause is.


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Interview Topics:

  • Communicating your cause to create alignment
  • Aligning your communications to your business’s calling
  • Reconnecting with your business’s mission
  • The four personalities of a cause


Additional Resources

  • The 2014 Deloitte Core Beliefs & Culture survey also found that focusing on purpose rather than profits builds business confidence and drives investment. You can read more about the survey here
  • In the May 2014 edition of Harvard Business Review Nick Craig and Scott Snook wrote this brilliant article: From Purpose to Impact.
  • In the spring edition 2014 of MIT Sloan Management Review Julian Birkinshaw, Nicolai J. Foss and Siegwart Lindenberg wrote this excellent article: Combining Purpose With Profits.
  • In the January 2011 edition of Harvard Business Review Michael Porter and Mark Kramer wrote this important article: Creating shared value


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Why Managers Should Spend Exactly 6 Hours A Week With Each Employee

Why Managers Should Spend Exactly 6 Hours A Week With Each Employee | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it
Too little and you're disengaged--too much and you're micromanaging. Turns out there's a sweet spot for time spent with your team.
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Strategic Thinking Exercises - 13 Point Strategic Change Management Checklist | The Brainzooming Group

Strategic Thinking Exercises - 13 Point Strategic Change Management Checklist | The Brainzooming Group | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it
strategic thinking exercises to share.We spotted a recent "Inside the Executive Suite" feature from the Armada Executive Intelligence Briefing featuring a (Strategic Thinking Exercises - 13 Point Strategic Change Management Checklist
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6 Steps For Creating A Better Company Culture Through Play

6 Steps For Creating A Better Company Culture Through Play | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it
To survive, leaders need to engage their employees in the creation of an “adaptive culture.” According to Gene Jones, creator of the Triviation program for corporate training and an expert on breakthrough thinking, one of the greatest answers to this growing challenge is play.
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We've become far too serious. There is merit and value in play. Let's have some fun!

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LinkedIn's New App Predicts What You Need To Know Before A Meeting

LinkedIn's New App Predicts What You Need To Know Before A Meeting | Leading Ideas | Scoop.it
The professional network is using ‘anticipatory computing’ techniques and a smart calendar integration to save us having to think. Could Facebook do the same thing?
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Taking the work out of networking...Linked In's new app is like our own personal assistant - reminding us of vital details whenever we need them...

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