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The Most Overlooked Leadership Skill - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

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The Most Overlooked Leadership Skill
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Even before I released the disc, I knew it was a long shot. And, unfortunately, it was a clumsy one too. We were playing Ultimate Frisbee, a game similar to U.S.
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Typically, we choose our leaders for their skill at conveying messages clearly and powerfully. But, in my experience, it's their ability to receive messages that distinguishes the best leaders from the rest.

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Linda Allen's comment, May 27, 2013 10:14 AM
John--I am in totally agreement--listening is a skill that seems simple enough!
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Everyday Leadership Starts With 'Hello'

Everyday Leadership Starts With 'Hello' | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

“ Understand that people do better work for people they like than for people they don't.”


Via Anne Leong, Josée Lafontaine, Bobby Dillard
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There are many leaders who believe that they should focus only on business. That employee relationships are meant to be professional not personal. That there is too little time in the day to waste it on small talk. That employees are hired to do a job and they should get down to it.  

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How the Navy SEALs Train for Leadership Excellence

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If your organization cares about innovation or transforming customer service or being data-driven, how do you lead by example? In Laszlo Bock’s otherwise superb Google-based book on performance analytics—Work Rules!—the phrase “lead by example” is nowhere to be found. That’s both a pity and opportunity missed because, as Webb stresses, leading by example is what truly empowers small teams and teamwork.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 29, 3:14 AM

How Navy SEALS get better at getting  better - and lessons for the business world.

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 29, 12:00 PM

While I totally believe there are elements of Seal training that can be applied to business, however the big difference is, that in business our lives are not directly and physically at risk so we tend to minimize the role. It boils down to attitude.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, May 30, 8:40 AM

Seal Motto: "You rise to the level of your training "

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Neuroscience and organizational change – providing the evidence

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In Hilary Scarlett’s Melcrum article of February 2013, Neuroscience – helping employees through change, she described some of the insights neuroscience is bringing to why people find organizational change difficult, and more usefully, what we c

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Neuroscience, the study of the nervous system including the brain, is set to transform our understanding of how people respond to the world of work. If we can understand the brain better, then we can help organizations, leaders, and all employees work more efficiently and effectively. 

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David Hain's curator insight, May 23, 5:40 AM

Understanding of how our brains are wired offers huge possibilities for transformation - but only if transformation leaders inform themselves!

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5 Signs That Your Workplace May Be Toxic

5 Signs That Your Workplace May Be Toxic | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
From negative communication patterns to low morale, five indicators that your workplace is sapping your energy and mental health.

Via george_reed
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All workplaces have some challenges and negative characteristics, so it can be difficult to determine if your workplace has a normal amount of challenges, is seriously dysfunctional, or possibly really toxic. Here are five signs that will help you determine the degree to which your work environment may be dangerous to your mental health.

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george_reed's curator insight, May 7, 6:41 PM

A workplace is toxic when the behavior of its members drives down the organizational climate. It is the negative impact that tells the tale.

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6 Toxic Beliefs That Can Ruin Your Career

6 Toxic Beliefs That Can Ruin Your Career | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Be mindful of your tendencies to succumb to these beliefs, so that they don't derail your career.

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Negative self-talk is unrealistic, unnecessary and self-defeating. It sends you into a downward emotional spiral that is difficult to pull out of.

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george_reed's curator insight, April 14, 12:18 PM

Self-awareness leads to a knowledge of preferences and dispositions that may, or may not, be appropriate to the needs of a given situation. 

Simon Awuyo's curator insight, May 12, 6:07 AM

Shedding off excess baggage will lighten you and make you advance faster to your destination.

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Good Leaders Aren’t Afraid to Be Nice

Good Leaders Aren’t Afraid to Be Nice | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There’s no advantage to being mean.

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In a world filled with agencies, most of which offer the same services at roughly the same prices, the ultimate difference between success and failure is whether people want to work with your teams or not. It’s the same on the inside.

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 11, 8:23 AM

(From the article): Keep it simple. Life is complicated enough. Clients and colleagues expect us to be expert enough to keep things simple and easy to follow. It’s a constant struggle to focus more on the story you’re trying to tell than on the slides. But by reminding myself and my team that we’re sitting down with a client to have a nice conversation, we might be able to avoid coming across as the type of people who overly complicate things or act in a way that’s self-important.

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How to Make Leadership Bloom

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Spring reminds us how to make leadership bloom. Soul Sparks are essential to tap into the beauty of leadership within ourselves and others.

Via Anne Leong
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In leadership, we wish all was beautiful in what we do and what others do yet no one said what is worthwhile would be easy. Beauty comes through in what we do from within and from what we tap within others. Leadership is about blooming.

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What Makes a Lousy Leader?

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Via Steve Krogull, Bobby Dillard
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What makes a lousy leader? That is easy, they do the opposite of what great leaders do. Not so fast. Our biases forget the differences between leadership we agree with, and leadership from people we do not like.

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JASON CAVNESS's curator insight, April 5, 3:48 PM

To me it is simple. Great leaders treat everyone with dignity and respect. Lousy leaders treat do not treat everyone with dignity and respect.

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The Most Productive Way to Develop as a Leader

The Most Productive Way to Develop as a Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Roger Francis, donhornsby
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Much research shows how play fosters creativity and innovation. I’ve found that the same benefits apply when you are playful with your self-concept. Playing with your own notion of yourself is akin to flirting with future possibilities.

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 29, 9:26 AM

(From the article): Playfulness changes your mind-set from a performance focus to a learning orientation. One of the biggest reasons we don’t stretch beyond our current selves is that we are afraid to suffer a hit to our performance. A playful posture might help John feel less defensive about his old identity — after all, he’s not forever giving up his “secret sauce” and fountain of past success, he’s just practicing his bad swing.

Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, March 30, 9:39 AM

Self-improvement requires a commitment to being the best person and leader you can be. 

www.whatawaist.ca's curator insight, April 19, 12:06 PM

Very True

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Culture: Why It's The Hottest Topic In Business Today

Culture: Why It's The Hottest Topic In Business Today | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Culture is the new black. Why is it such an important new topic in business and how do we define it?

Via Anne Leong
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No matter if you’re a CEO, HR executive, manager, or team leader –  culture really matters. Consider it one of your most powerful tools for business success.

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Oliver Durrer's curator insight, March 15, 10:50 AM

Culture still eats strategy for breakfast. 

Graeme Reid's curator insight, March 16, 1:31 AM

 Culture lets you focus on your purpose and mission.

JASON CAVNESS's curator insight, March 16, 6:44 PM

How does a company measure culture and the impact it has on the bottom line?

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3 Ways to Stay Motivated to Lead Your Business

3 Ways to Stay Motivated to Lead Your Business | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Being a business owner has its indisputable benefits, but it is a grind and you constantly need to remind yourself why you decided to become an entrepreneur.

Via The Fish Firm
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If you are running a startup and your goal is to make a million dollars this year, then you might be setting yourself up for disappointment. Instead, set several smaller, measurable milestones so that you can track your progress.

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David Bembry's curator insight, March 11, 10:39 AM

What keeps me going is that I have an inherent need to have challenges and problems to solve. The money is an added bonus. The most important thing I think is to honestly just enjoy what you do or don't do it!

Donna Bryan's curator insight, March 12, 4:01 PM

Good reminder :)

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10 Things To Remember If You Want To Make Lasting, Positive Change

10 Things To Remember If You Want To Make Lasting, Positive Change | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You'll have more freedom when you live less from habit and more from intent.

Via Kasia Hein-Peters
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Instead of trying to do, be and have more, simplify your life and remember these powerful ideas.

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Kasia Hein-Peters's curator insight, March 8, 7:38 AM

Point 7 resonates with me the most: "You'll have more freedom when you live less from habit and more from intent."

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4 Tips for Young Leaders

4 Tips for Young Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Aaron Armour shares helpful tips for young leaders that he's learned during his fifteen years managing teams.

Via Anne Leong
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As Millennials advance into leadership positions they will experience the same conundrum I did: How can you build a team when facing resistance and criticism? 

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, March 5, 9:09 AM

Communicate and Listen two of the 4

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Evil but Effective: Leadership Lessons From FIFA's Ex-Boss

Evil but Effective: Leadership Lessons From FIFA's Ex-Boss | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Sepp Blatter may have been corrupt, sexist, amoral, and egotistical, but he proved again that you don't have to be popular to be in charge.

Via Kevin Watson
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Blatter has something in common with everyone from Syria's Bashar al-Assad to any number of the world's current and past despots. Killing the king is risky, and nobody is eager to volunteer. It's the reason why bad managers tend to hang around too.

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Three Steps to Great Leadership

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Small managers need to feel big. Egotistical managers walk around like they run the place. But, no one enjoys an insecure, heavy handed, meddlesome, leader. Small managers: Throw their weight aroun...
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Who helps you raise the bar on your leadership potential? 

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7 Smart Habits of Great Innovators

7 Smart Habits of Great Innovators | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Great innovators have the habit of combining surprising things. Creativity happens when two things collide to create a whole new idea, and insight requires that we solve challenges with new perspective. That happens best when you work with those outside your industry or field.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 22, 5:08 AM

How do you do on this innovation check list?

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10 Things Trustworthy People Don’t Do

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Trust is vital for your relationships. To become a close friend who can be counted on, watch out for these ten things trustworthy people don't do.

Via Barb Jemmott, donhornsby
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Trustworthy people aim to establish meaningful relationships with their friends, clients, and co-workers. If you can’t demonstrate compassion for others, then why should anyone care about about you? To become a person who can be counted on, watch out for these ten things trustworthy people don’t do.

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 6, 7:38 AM

(From the article): Trustworthy people express gratitude for the people who help them. They are confident in their abilities, but they also accept the fact that they would be nothing without the support of those who made their success possible.

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3 Powerful Questions To Start and End Your Day

3 Powerful Questions To Start and End Your Day | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Your questions determine the quality of your answers. Powerful questions will get you a lot farther than quick answers.

Via donhornsby, Roger Francis, Aki Puustinen
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Try these questions, see how they work, and find the questions that work best for you. Consider open-ended questions, rather than questions that have only one right answer or that can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.” The most powerful questions are those that expand your thinking.

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 14, 9:21 AM

(From the article): Try these questions, see how they work, and find the questions that work best for you. Consider open-ended questions, rather than questions that have only one right answer or that can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.” The most powerful questions are those that expand your thinking.

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Measuring the Return on Character

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CEOs who are rated high on four moral principles deliver better financial results than those who aren’t.

Via T Renee Smith, Jaro Berce, Roger Francis
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When we hear about unethical executives whose careers and companies have gone down in flames, it’s sadly unsurprising. Hubris and greed have a way of catching up with people, who then lose the power and wealth they’ve so fervently pursued. But is the opposite also true? Do highly principled leaders and their organizations perform especially well?

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Great Leaders Serve - Investing in People

Great Leaders Serve - Investing in People | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Anne Leong, Bobby Dillard
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In challenging economic times, one of the easiest items to cut from the budget is training and development. The rationale is understandable. Rarely will any organization see immediate negative consequences when training is discontinued. It looks like found money in the budgeting process. don't fall in that trap. 

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Why Real Leaders Don't Care About Titles Or Formalities

Why Real Leaders Don't Care About Titles Or Formalities | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Real leaders can inspire diverse teams to face reality, problem-solve, and contribute innovative solutions, no matter what. Here's how.


Via Mike Klintworth
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The outdated leadership modal emphasizes operating within boundaries—these leaders protect and manage boundaries. But global change agents, true leaders, aren’t afraid to cross boundaries, bust boundaries, transcend boundaries, and build bridges.

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5 Habits That Are Destroying Your Ability to Lead

5 Habits That Are Destroying Your Ability to Lead | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Your leadership skills will ultimately determine your professional success or failure.


Via Mike Klintworth
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All too often, bad habits get in the way of effective leadership. We succumb to the effects of our routines, and lose ground as examples for our workforce. These are some of the worst habits that can compromise your ability to lead:

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Leadership Playbook: 3 Ways to Coach, Not Criticize, Employees

Leadership Playbook: 3 Ways to Coach, Not Criticize, Employees | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Giving employees consistent honest feedback is important if you want them performing at their absolute best. Here are three ways to take a coaching approach to feedback.

Via Anne Leong
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Here are three steps to help you turn cricitism into coaching so that employees welcome your feedback:

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Tania mansfield's curator insight, March 29, 12:04 PM

Coaching our team of teachers.

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Great Leaders Serve With Great Returns

Great Leaders Serve With Great Returns | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The great leaders know that the more they serve, the greater the return.


Via Matthew Fritz
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Great leaders serve with mentorship. There are many ways to pass on wisdom and skills, and help others learn how to be better in their lives. When we are lighting the heart of someone else, in return the our own flame is extended. 

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Sun Tzu's 33 Best Pieces Of Leadership Advice - Forbes

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“Sun Tzu's 33 Best Pieces Of Leadership AdviceForbesThere was no greater war leader and strategist than Chinese military general Sun Tzu.”


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There was no greater war leader and strategist than Chinese military general Sun Tzu.  His philosophy on how to be a great leader and ensure you win in work, management, and life is summed up in these 33 pieces of advice.  They can all be applied by you in your job when you go back to work next week:

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 7, 5:45 PM

It is interesting how after 2500 years many of the ideas presented by Sun Tzu still apply.

 

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Darrington Lee's curator insight, March 7, 10:38 PM

I think that leadership is important. One evidence is already in this news, where is it shown that leadership is taught so long time ago just because of its importance. In my opinion learning leadership is important as it prepare us for our adulthood, where more responsibility had to be taken with initiative. Leadership is also a gauge on how much have you grown intellectually, as showen from Sun Tzi's advices.

Choong Soo Mei's curator insight, March 7, 11:57 PM

Good techniques for surviving life's evil challenges...