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Nice Managers Embrace Conflict, Too

Nice Managers Embrace Conflict, Too | Leadership Mantra | Scoop.it
It's OK to channel Don Corleone every once in a while.

Via Roger Francis
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donhornsby's curator insight, October 17, 2013 7:55 AM

(From the article): In the short-term, it’s almost always easier to avoid conflict and come across as being a “nice” manager. But more often than not, being a little less nice might be the best thing for your people, your organization, and you.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 17, 2013 12:57 PM

"Recognize employees who question the status quo. When employees take the risk of creating a productive disruption, give them positive reinforcement. If someone pushes back or raises an uncomfortable question in a meeting, back them up rather than shut them down. If possible, use it as a teachable moment to encourage others to do the same.

Set ground rules for conflict. Since everyone struggles with conflict to some degree, develop a few standards for how your team can manage it constructively. For example in one company’s review sessions, participants need to begin with at least two positive comments before anyone is allowed to throw in a criticism. Although it feels a little awkward at times, this practice forces everyone to take a more balanced view of other people’s work, which reduces the tension and allows for more productive discussions. In another firm, every meeting ends with five minutes of what’s called a “plus/delta” critique of the meeting – with quick comments about what was good about it and what should be changed the next time. Again, this more structured practice makes it easy and acceptable to openly and constructively criticize."

 

Not everything can be structured, but the creation of a healthy environment where questions are welcome is essential.

Don Cloud's curator insight, October 17, 2013 9:42 PM

Leadership is about making the right decisions for the right reasons ... and at times, conflict is the right answer.

 

For example, if someone is failing to meet expectations or standards, is the right answer to simply be nice and let it slide (avoiding confrontation) or to be honest and confront the individual to give them the opportunity to improve?

 

If someone violates trust, the values of the organization, or the ethical standards of the profession, have they not initiated the conflict?  In these cases, it is the leaders duty to confront the problem openly and transparently in order to enforce accountability.

 

To quote General Curtis LeMay, "I don't mind being called tough, because in this racket it's tough guys who lead the survivors."

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Leadership: Leadership lessons from Eagles !

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The Eagle, reflects the behaviour and traits of brilliant strategic leaders.
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Leadership: The Bizarre Case of my Defective Geyser

Leadership: The Bizarre Case of my Defective Geyser | Leadership Mantra | Scoop.it
Last month I installed the third geyser in my bathroom . Brand new ones. But somehow the water would just not heat up !
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Leadership: The Factory which Converts Failure into Success

Leadership: The Factory which Converts Failure into Success | Leadership Mantra | Scoop.it
Have you heard of someone who picks up failures or drop-outs and makes a success out of them and in turn mints money for himself as well as for others ?
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Leadership: They look at you first .....

Leadership: They look at you first ..... | Leadership Mantra | Scoop.it
It really does not matter, I thought ... I have worked with them for almost a year now and I have regular phone calls with them, so they will see my mettle and not how I look ....
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"I want an Idea every Tuesday Morning"

"I want an Idea every Tuesday Morning" | Leadership Mantra | Scoop.it
All of us know that creative and innovative ideas are needed for the growth of the organization. No matter how smart we are,  we don't know everything .
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Leadership: 7 Tips for Managing Content of the PPT

Leadership: 7 Tips for Managing Content of the PPT | Leadership Mantra | Scoop.it
Love it or hate it, you have got to use presentations because audiences expect it.
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Leadership: Prioritization & Time Management

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As usual , she had come back about 8-ish in the evening, and after finishing her dinner, she sat with her laptop, working on the power point ppt which she was to present the next day. Meenu wanted to hear her favourite story of the princess with the golden hair.
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Leadership: Love Thy Critics !

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Just like a good tester breaks the system to find flaws so that the software becomes robust and stable, the same way, these people pinpoint where we are going wrong.
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Can you handle the scars of life ?

Can you handle the scars of life ? | Leadership Mantra | Scoop.it
My wounds will be healed , but I will be scarred for ever. My face will never look the same again.... " the king moaned.
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Leadership: Virtually Possible !

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I am a big proponent of flexible timing and telecommuting.

In my two decades of experience, I have seen many failures as well as success stories of centralized as well as decentralized projects.
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Leadership: The most important skill of a Business Manager

Leadership: The most important skill of a Business Manager | Leadership Mantra | Scoop.it
When approached correctly, persuasion is one of the most important skills in the armour of the business manager.
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Leadership: To Be or Not To Be a Lenient Manager

Leadership: To Be or Not To Be a Lenient Manager | Leadership Mantra | Scoop.it
"Ananya, You are too lenient ! Your team is very independent. In the town hall meetings , they always raise some point or the other ..
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Leadership: My Weight Loss Resolution Fiasco

Leadership: My Weight Loss Resolution Fiasco | Leadership Mantra | Scoop.it
Like every New Year, this year too I made resolutions. The top one was to lose weight. As I wrote my resolution in my personal diary, to my dismay , I found the same resolution written dated a year back !
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7 Bold Steps To Timeless Leadership

7 Bold Steps To Timeless Leadership | Leadership Mantra | Scoop.it
These bold moves are just crazy enough to work.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, December 17, 2014 2:06 AM

A compact, easy to follow tutorial on getting out of your rut and doing something to change yourself and ultimately the world around you. The takeaway from this essay:  Leaders dare the universe.  Leaders connect and motivate people.  In a world of tedious mediocrity, these seven steps may just be enough to work a minor miracle in how we view and work with each other.  Anything is better than the excuses we find for leadership these days.  Aloha, Russ.

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Teeny Weeny : The Tree

Teeny Weeny : The Tree | Leadership Mantra | Scoop.it
"I came here everyday to play ... I kept my bicycle here and played cricket ..." He told his wife , pointing towards the huge apartment.
He  had come to Varanasi, where he had spent his adolescent years,  for official work .
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How many times should you try ?

How many times should you try ? | Leadership Mantra | Scoop.it
All of us have read the story of  Robert Bruce and the Spider. 
How the king - Robert Bruce, after being defeated 6 times was lying in the woods when he saw a spider weaving a web.
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Leadership: Shhh ! Your Email is showing !

Leadership: Shhh ! Your Email is showing ! | Leadership Mantra | Scoop.it
Emails reveal your personality.I have worked with many virtual teams in globally distributed models, where I have not met the person with whom I talk several times in a week ! And again, 90% of the conversation is via emails.
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Teeny Weeny : Twinkle-Twinkle

Teeny Weeny : Twinkle-Twinkle | Leadership Mantra | Scoop.it
Twinkle- twinkle little stars,
How I wonder what you are ?
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Miss, I don't know what they are , but I  know who they are ... two of them are not diamonds . 

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Teeny Weeny : Waiting

Teeny Weeny :  Waiting | Leadership Mantra | Scoop.it
" I am late .... ".
As she hurried towards her usual bench,  she grimaced at the small rip near the hem of  her red dress.
His favourite dress.  It needed mending.
He had promised her that he will be there at 8.30 am.
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Leadership: Incredible story of the Mountain Man

Leadership: Incredible story of the Mountain Man | Leadership Mantra | Scoop.it
The next morning, armed with a hammer and chisel, he started off on a task that was to become an obsession. The villagers called Dasrath Majhi a madman ....
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Leadership: The Other Side

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The young woman walked through the gate into her neighbor’s yard, and sure enough, she saw that on the other side of the wall the vine was filled with blooms.
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Can Female Leaders Have it all ?

Can Female Leaders Have it all ? | Leadership Mantra | Scoop.it
In the last few days ,  this contentious topic is doing the rounds in all newspapers, tabloids, websites, TV , twitter , facebook etc..   
In a recent interview,  PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has said  "I don't think Women can have it all .
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The strange problem of an efficient team member

The strange problem of  an efficient team member | Leadership Mantra | Scoop.it
My friend was in a fix. 
"I am facing a strange problem .  I have a person in my team who is very efficient.  If he is available in the shift , I do not have to worry at all .
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