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Lost in Translation: How Being Uncomfortable Can Improve Your Communication

Lost in Translation: How Being Uncomfortable Can Improve Your Communication | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Picture yourself exploring a foreign land when a hotel employee runs to you with a worried look on his face and explains something rapidly in his native tongue that you are nor presently comprehend...

Via Anne Egros, donhornsby
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Establishing relationships based on trust — even if few words are exchanged — is vital to building communication skills. If you can relay your message across language barriers, then you will be a leader who understands how to bring together a team under one vision.

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Giving Constructive Criticism—That Won't Make Anyone Cringe | The Daily Muse

Giving Constructive Criticism—That Won't Make Anyone Cringe | The Daily Muse | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Doling out criticism, even if it is "constructive," is never easy. But, with a bit of preparation, you can make yours more constructive and less cringe-worthy.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Being a manager can be incredibly fulfilling, and working through challenges—whether that’s telling your least-favorite team member how her horrible fashion sense is killing the mood at conferences, or that her combative attitude with clients is making everyone’s life difficult—will help you both take your careers to the next level.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 7, 2013 1:30 PM

Rescooping.

 

An insight from the article that I'd like to footstomp -- that is that as the leader YOU are responsible for setting your people up for success ... and one way you do that is by providing honest feedback.

 

I don't know how many times I've provided folks negative (yet honest and constructive) feedback to then learn that NO ONE had ever given them this type of feedback before in their careers.  IMHO, leaders who do not offer honest feedback, despite how tough it might be, are not leaders.

 

Consider this.  If we can all agree that learning from failure is CRITICAL to success and growth, arent' leaders who fail to provide constructive criticism thereby choosing to set that person up to fail?  Is that leadership?

 

Moreover, the leaders and mentors whom I respect the most are the ones who not only pushed me out of my comfort zone to grow, but also were the ones who told me when I was messing up -- and I am the better for it.  Following their example, I "regift" this leadership lesson by providing the same honest feedback to my subordinates AND expecting other leaders in the unit to do the same at every level.

 

Finally, consider this, the majority of folks will improve in response to constructive and then will pass on that lesson.  Just imagine the momentum that can be built one person and one small improvement at a time -- the whole ends up being greater than the sum of the parts.

Amy Melendez's curator insight, September 11, 2013 6:32 PM

Great article.

 

From the article: "The fact that she had the stones to ask for a raise got me thinking the problems with her performance weren’t just her fault—I was her manager, after all. It was my job to guide and support her until she earned that raise, and if I wasn’t happy with her performance, I owed it to both of us to tell her.

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3 Things a Great Leader Would Never Say

3 Things a Great Leader Would Never Say | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it

Great leadership is hard. Very occasionally, it's pretty simple-- like just not saying dumb things.

 

In the spirit of simple leadership, I give you my personal top three dumb things leaders shouldn't say. No doubt your mileage will vary:


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Simple ways to keep yourself from saying something you'll one day regret.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 1, 2013 9:29 PM

Are these three phases in your leadership lexicon? 

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Looking to Genes for the Secret to Happiness

Looking to Genes for the Secret to Happiness | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
People whose happiness was based on a sense of higher purpose and service to others had gene markers indicating possible better long-term health. (Want to be healthier? Practice #compassion, #kindness, #generosity, and putting others first.
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Our genes may have a more elevated moral sense than our minds do, according to a new study of the genetic effects of happiness. They can, it seems, reward us with healthy gene activity when we’re unselfish — and chastise us, at a microscopic level, when we put our own needs and desires first.

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Leading Colorblind – The Strength of Belief

Leading Colorblind – The Strength of Belief | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Leading people when you have "belief" as one of your top strengths makes you stand out in any environment. It is a characteristic that brings one's core values to the surface time after time in an ...

Via Don Dea
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Belief makes you a reliable leader with clear standards, which is great to have when you’re the boss. Just remember, some people need to operate in the gray to play to their strengths – it doesn’t make them wrong, just different. Use your value filter wisely and you’ll find an abundance of success!

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Don Dea's curator insight, September 3, 2013 12:20 AM

As a leader, what are the advantages of being strong in Belief? Some of the pitfalls? Have you ever been lead by someone with Belief? What did you like most about their leadership style? Least? If anyone on your team has Belief, are you always clear on where they stand? Do you find them reliable and easy to trust?

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Positive Influence—Be It If You Want to See It

Positive Influence—Be It If You Want to See It | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
If you have a choice to be happy or angry, which would you choose?
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When we react to a situation that is negative, it only grows and festers in our minds and hearts. So what can we do?
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Inspirational Words of Wisdom From Great Minds in History

Inspirational Words of Wisdom From Great Minds in History | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
The greatest minds in history earned that title for a reason -- their inspirational words of wisdom are some of the most profound pieces of advice ever given (RT @HealersJournal: #Inspirational #Words of #Wisdom on #Happiness and Purpose From the ...
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American psychologist and philosopher William James coined the term “will to believe” to refer to way that we are able to choose our attitudes and beliefs — and in doing so, change our lives.

“Be not afraid of life,” James wrote. “Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”


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Slowing the work treadmill

Slowing the work treadmill | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it

Harvard Business School Professor Teresa Amabile compares much of work life to running on a treadmill.


Via Jenny Ebermann
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The single most important thing managers can do to enhance workplace creativity is protecting at least 30 to 60 minutes each day for yourself and your people that’s devoted to quiet reflection.

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, August 28, 2013 4:36 PM
Exactly what I have been writing about on my blog. Seems we are on the right path!
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Want To Conquer A New Skill? Do It Every Day

Want To Conquer A New Skill? Do It Every Day | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it

At the intersection of psychology and productivity lies a simple truth: To do something well, you must embrace quantity. 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Bobby Dillard
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When you're learning a new skill--whether developing dance moves or websites--quantity is way more important than quality.

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Ariana Amorim's curator insight, August 30, 2013 2:28 PM

I found the story of Karen X. Cheng truly inspiring. Here's a glimpse of what she writes about her experience (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daC2EPUh22w) :


"This isn't a story about dancing, though. It's about having a dream and not knowing how to get there — but starting anyway. Maybe you're a musician dreaming of writing an original song. You're an entrepreneur dying to start your first venture. You're an athlete but you just haven't left the chair yet.


When you watch someone perform, you're seeing them at the top of their game. When they score the winning point or sell their company for millions — you're seeing them in their moment of glory. What you don't see is the thousands of hours of preparation. You don't see the self doubt, the lost sleep, the lonely nights spent working. You don't see the moment they started. The moment they were just like you, wondering how they could ever be good."

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Generosity As a Strategy | UGC list creation, content curation ... - Listly

Generosity As a Strategy | UGC list creation, content curation ... - Listly | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Helping your fellow man is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Unlike traditional monetary exchanges, both parties leave the transaction richer. A Win Win.
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Generosity is cultural. We mirror the behaviour of those around us. Generous acts are contagious. Generosity is infectious. Kindness begets more kindness.

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The Genius of Dogs: A Dimensional Definition of Human Intelligence

The Genius of Dogs: A Dimensional Definition of Human Intelligence | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
"Genius means that someone can be gifted with one type of cognition while being average or below average in another." For much of modern hi (The genius of dogs and what it teaches us about the need for a more dimensional definition of human intelligence...
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“Genius means that someone can be gifted with one type of cognition while being average or below average in another.”


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Courage on two fronts - New York Daily News

Courage on two fronts - New York Daily News | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
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Courage on two fronts
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The valor displayed on a hellacious battlefield by Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt.
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The valor displayed on a hellacious battlefield by Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Ty Carter is incalculable, and the honesty he has shown in discussing warfare’s toll in the ebb of combat is invaluable.




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Don Cloud's curator insight, August 27, 2013 11:38 PM

His actions and character speak louder than any words

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The Paradox of Generosity | Entrepreneur Magazine

The Paradox of Generosity | Entrepreneur Magazine | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
How giving stuff away for free can lead to success. (When you give, you will receive. Maybe not today or tomorrow....it takes time.
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Wise words to live by if you want to add value to your surroundings. 

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How to Apply Transformational Leadership at Your Company

How to Apply Transformational Leadership at Your Company | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Transformational leadership is only one style of management, but it has the potential to empower your workforce to do more than you thought possible.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Some people are just born with leaderships skills and the rest of us have to work at it. You've seen them before--the charismatic leaders who have a way of motivating the people around them. They instill a feeling that we are all accountable and that if one of us fails, we all fail.

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The 10 Most Horrifying Team Building Exercises

The 10 Most Horrifying Team Building Exercises | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Whether it’s being made to sing on a stage in front of your colleagues to build team spirit, or doing trust falls to improve rapport, most people dread workplace team-building events like little else.  I recently asked readers to tell …Read »...

Via Elysian Training, Bobby Dillard
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So if you’re planning a team-building event for your office, how can you avoid having it become an event that people dread and complain about? Ttip these simple tips:


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Leading Change: 3 Reasons Why Great Leaders Are Reluctant to Compromise

Leading Change: 3 Reasons Why Great Leaders Are Reluctant to Compromise | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
The other day I watched a political leader proclaim with great pride what a huge success this compromise was. How they had reached it after long and exhausting negotiations. This was truly a great ...

Via Anne Leong, Mirjam Rolfe, David Hain, Bobby Dillard
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When you are leading change you will sometimes find yourself in a situation where you have to deal with compromise. Nothing wrong with that. The point is: we tend to overrate the value of compromise, and by doing so we reduce the chance of achieving successful and lasting change. Change that is really inspiring people and is based on true commitment.  


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4 Essentials of Strength-Based Leadership

4 Essentials of Strength-Based Leadership | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it

The simple truth is that if we stop trying to “fix” our employees and rather focus on their strengths and their passions, we can create a fervent army of brand evangelists who, when empowered, could take our brand and our products to a whole new...


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Strength-based leadership is often overlooked. Mostly because “we’ve always done it this way” syndrome. We understood the value of improvement and fierce competition, so it stood reason that we have always tried to change who we are to become, well, “better”. However, if we want to breed more leaders, not more mediocre managers, we need to revisit how we hire people, build and manage teams, and, at times, fire as well.

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Have the Courage to Stand Out - General Leadership

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Have the Courage to Stand Out
“Anyone can achieve their full potential…but the path we follow is always of our own choosing.”
Martin Heidegger
One of my favorite stories as a child is the story of David and Goliath.
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A fresh look at a classic story. Enjoy! 

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John Michel's curator insight, September 1, 2013 9:46 PM

An interesting twist on a timeless tale...enjoy. 

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Rescooping ... thanks for sharing!

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How Do You Become More Courageous? by Matt Bird | Relationology

How Do You Become More Courageous? by Matt Bird | Relationology | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Matt Bird explores how you become more courageous - exercising your courage muscles!
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Remember what you feed grows so feed your courage today by doing something bold and brave in a relationship.
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How To Identify Your Workplace Strengths - Forbes

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How To Identify Your Workplace Strengths
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At some point in your career, you'll likely be asked: What are some of your greatest workplace strengths?
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When others ask for your competency or praise you, that’s usually a good sign that you have identified a workplace strength.

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5 Reasons Why Recognition Is Your Most Valuable Leadership Tool - Maritz

5 Reasons Why Recognition Is Your Most Valuable Leadership Tool - Maritz | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
If you search up a definition of the word leadership, sources say it is about guiding, influencing or directing people.

Via David Hain
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True, authentic, well-constructed and well-delivered recognition is the most powerful tool you have to lead and develop others. Here are 5 reasons why I believe this to be true.


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Mike Doherty's curator insight, August 31, 2013 4:13 AM

True, authentic, well-constructed and well-delivered recognition is the most powerful tool you have to lead and develop others. Here are 5 reasons why I believe this to be true.

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Four Reasons You're an Epic Failure in Building Trust

Four Reasons You're an Epic Failure in Building Trust | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Ryan Braun experienced an epic failure this week. The All Star outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, and former American League MVP, was suspended by Major League Baseball for the remaining 65 game...

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Here’s four reasons why we…leaders…YOU…tend to experience epic failure in building trust:

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Seth's Blog: Part of a community...

Seth's Blog: Part of a community... | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
or apart from a community? We can choose to "give back," or we can choose to give. Viewing the web as a platform for generosity is very different than seeing an opportunity to turn it into an ATM machine.
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"What can I contribute today," might be the very best way to become part of a community. Relentless generosity brings us closer together.

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David Hain's curator insight, August 28, 2013 12:57 PM

I have found the web to be incredibly generous - the more I give, the more I get!

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5 Steps to Creating Good Company Culture

5 Steps to Creating Good Company Culture | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
If you're looking to improve employee engagement, increase loyalty and cut down on hiring costs, start with building a good company culture. Here's how.
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Creating a positive company culture takes more than just writing a nice sounding mission statement. Here are five steps you can take toward creating a more positive company culture:

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Rediscovering the Genius in Each of Us

Rediscovering the Genius in Each of Us | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
This post was written jointly with Brigadier General Jo…
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You are a genius and the world needs your contribution.

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John Michel's curator insight, August 25, 2013 10:22 PM

There was a time in your life when you lived up to and into your genius. A time where you cherished your uniqueness and celebrated your abilities to do what no other person on the playground could do.

David Hain's curator insight, August 26, 2013 5:17 AM

Look forward to the new site - great questions here!