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Strong Leaders Engage

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What does it take to be a strong leader? Engaging with others, involving others in how a business operates and taking on board their views - that's leadership strength. Continue reading → (Strong Leaders Engage - How strong a leader are you?

Via Wade Mitzel
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So what is strong leadership all about?

Is it being strong to not listen to what others are telling you and simply go along with your own ideas and decisions based on very little information? Is it strong leadership to over-talk everyone at meetings just because the culture you have created means that they have to listen to you because you are the boss? Are you a strong leader if you blame others for not delivering work in the way that you expected them to despite the fact that they were never involved in the development? Well, to some this may be just what strong leadership is all about – taking decisions, having the authority and taking responsibility for outcomes. Maybe. Or is it something else? 

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How To Solve Problems By Doing Nothing - Delivering Happiness

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Delivering Happiness - How To Solve Problems By Doing Nothing delivering happiness, book, happiness, delivering, at work, zappos, Tony Hsieh, business, corporate culture, entrepreneur

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It turns out doing nothing, that is, giving yourself and your brain a vacation is the key to achieving many of our breakthrough Mark Beeham, known as one of the fathers of the neuroscience research into insight, found that we actually solve 60% of complex problems with the ‘aha’ phenomenon. Rock explains in a post on psychologytoday.com why mental vacations help us solve problems:

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A rested mind isn’t stuck on the wrong answers.

A quiet mind notices subtle signals.

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Mediocre Me - Leading in a More Excellent Way

Mediocre Me - Leading in a More Excellent Way | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

"     Have you abandoned taking tangible steps in the direction of your dreams? Have you settled for leading a life far smaller and narrower than you’re capable of living? If you answered no and are currently doing something to stretch your abilities and explore the full extent of your capabilities, congratulations--you are in a small, select group of people who choose to lead their lives in a more excellent way.

     What specifically do I mean by leading your life in a more excellent way?  It’s simple. I’m saying you recognize the quality of your life is determined largely by the quality of your thoughts. Think small, live small. Choose to be average and the one thing that’s virtually guaranteed is that you will achieve your goal every time.

     However, if you chose to expand your view of the potential role you can play in the world, everything changes. Instead of being content taking the path of least resistance and accepting mediocrity as the norm, you are intent to become the best version of yourself possible by leading your life characterized by such terms as relevant, significant, and dare I say, excellent."

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     Remember, if you are content only to see the negative implications instead of positive possibilities of what could be if you risked pursuing your dreams, you won’t get very far in life. But if you are intent on leading your life in a more excellent way, to give your best to whatever you’re doing and caring enough to ensure the value you deliver to your surroundings is greater than others expect, you are well on your way to living the life you’ve always wanted.

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Leadership Success is No Longer Measured by Money or Power - Forbes

Leadership Success is No Longer Measured by Money or Power - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What is leadership success? Is it money, promotions, happiness, raising a family, changing the world, or advancing your industry or community?

Via Flint Consulting
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Your journey to leadership success starts with figuring out what matters most to you and then doing something to advance that goal every day. It’s about focusing on the body of work that you are creating and making sure that it represents your leadership style and the outcomes you seek.

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9 Things That Will Give You A Leadership Edge and Results | Leadership, Sales & Life

9 Things That Will Give You A Leadership Edge and Results | Leadership, Sales & Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Everyone is in the leadership business. Everyone can lead if they choose to. Everyone can develop leadership skills and be a better leader.
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Everyone that chooses to lead can develop leadership skills if you have the passion and desire to do so.  If not, follow.  But you have to lead yourself.  So, no matter what you choose, some aspect of leadership applies.

Leading is about becoming a better person.  Everyday.  Applying yourself regardless of where you came from.  It’s about the relationship between those who lead and those who choose to follow.

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Be a More Gracious Leader: 12 Ways

Be a More Gracious Leader: 12 Ways | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
People follow strong leaders with drive and ambition. But these 12 actions of grace will make you a leader worthy of following.

Via Julie Gauthier
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Here are 12 leadership qualities paired with their gracious counterparts. I'll leave it to you to find the combination that works in your world so others can perceive and respect you as a gracious individual.Today's business environment demands people to step up and be aggressive, strong leaders, in order to get ahead and drive their companies and careers forward. In that powerful march to success sometimes there is so much focus on being strong and assertive, people forget the human side.

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What Social Media Teaches Us About Leadership

What Social Media Teaches Us About Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I am really struck at the moment with how frequently leadership is cried out for in the media.
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Leadership is not about the rhetoric, the eloquent speeches that can be quoted endlessly, the cries to battle that bring tears to the eyes or the charismatic personality. When we cry out for leadership we are looking for someone that we can trust, someone that we can have a relationship with, someone who will listen to us and someone we believe is looking out for us.

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6 Lessons From America's Comeback Kid -- Detroit, MI - Forbes

6 Lessons From America's Comeback Kid -- Detroit, MI - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Rocky Balboa (Photo credit: Wikipedia) If Rocky Balboa taught us anything, it’s that America loves rooting for the underdog.
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If Rocky Balboa punched meat carcasses to get in fighting shape, you can get off the couch and make it happen. Throw punches like the underdog and you might just take a lesson from America’s Comeback Kid – the ever-surprising, chameleon of a city, Detroit.

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Servant First, Leader Second

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More people talk about servant leadership than really understand it--or have the humility to practice it. When is the last time you acted as a servant to your team?
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Servant leaders are not afraid to share the power. They want their teams to make independent decisions and keep moving forward until they feel they need assistance. As leaders, our job is to encourage and support team members in order to help them unleash their full potential. Let them do their jobs. They most likely can do it better than you. That’s why you hired them, right?

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Do You Have 'Executive Presence'? - Forbes

Do You Have 'Executive Presence'? - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A new study by the Center For Talent Innovation finds that having "executive presence" accounts for 26% of what it takes to get promoted into leadership positions.

Via Lauran Star
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According to a new study by theCenter for Talent Innovation, a non-profit research organization in New York, being perceived as leadership material is essential to being promoted into leadership positions. In fact, the 268 senior executives surveyed said “executive presence” counts for 26% of what it takes to get promoted into leadership positions.

So what is executive presence? The ability to project gravitas–confidence, poise under pressure and decisiveness—seems to be its core characteristic, according to more than two-thirds of the executives surveyed. Furthermore, communication—including speaking skills, assertiveness and the ability to read an audience or situation—and appearance contribute to a person’s perceived executive presence.

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over 80% of women polled were unclear as to what Executive Presence is...

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Are women better leaders for modern organizations? - Financial Post

Are women better leaders for modern organizations? - Financial Post | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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When global management consulting firm McKinsey asked business executives around the world what they believe were the most important leadership attributes today, the top four results were intellectual stimulation, inspiration, participatory decision-making and setting expectations/rewards — all attributes more commonly found in women leaders.

More recently Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, authors of The Inspiring Leader: Unlocking the Secrets of How Extraordinary Leaders Activate, writing in the Harvard Business Review Blog Network, argue that in today’s complex demanding world of organizations, women may possess superior leadership capabilities to men.They make that contention based on 30 years of research on what constitutes overall leadership effectiveness culled from 360 degree evaluations of a leader’s peers, bosses and direct reports and a 2011 survey of more than 7,000 leaders from some of the most successful and progressive companies.

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Why You Should Work From a Coffee Shop, Even When You Have an Office

Why You Should Work From a Coffee Shop, Even When You Have an Office | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Here at Lifehacker, we've often encouraged switching up your working environment tospark creativity and prevent burnout. Even taking a few days each month to work in a new place can benefit you greatly. Here, entrepreneur Wesley Verhoeve explains the benefits of his favorite non-office space: the coffee shop.

 

While team Family Records was in between offices in early 2012, we had 6 weeks to bridge until our new space was ready. During that time we were fortunate enough to be taken in as guests by awesome companies for stretches of time, and for the remainder we took over corners of coffee shops all over Brooklyn and Manhattan. The experience of working out of coffee shops was so positive that even after we moved into our new home, I made sure to get in a few "coffee shop days" each month. For carpal tunnel related reasons alone, I would not recommend working out of coffee shops every day, but here are some reasons why it might be great to try it for one or two days every month.


Via Martin Gysler
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I've been working out of coffe shops for years and agree its a great setting...and the perks aren't bad either.

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Robert's comment, January 30, 2013 11:39 AM
In my opinion it very much depends on the coffee place itself how much time you can spend there and what the results will be. It also clearly depends on individual preferences - I know people who need absolute quiet to be able to work, and others - who need constant stimulation and noise.
Martin Gysler's comment, January 30, 2013 11:54 AM
Yes Robert, I totally agree with you. Today, I went to one of my favorite places (a brewery ... I do not like beer in particular, but I like this place for work). But I know, it's not for everyone ... ;-)
Andre Swart's curator insight, January 31, 2013 3:09 AM

Koffie, wat anders ;)

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Time for Some Fearless Leadership - TIME

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On April 28, 1993, the Combat Exclusion Policy that prohibited women from taking combat aircraft assignments was finally lifted by then-Secretary of Defense, Les Aspin.
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Lifting this ban on allowing women to serve in combat is about increasing military effectiveness. If we want the most effective fighting force, we need to recruit and assign the most qualified individuals for the job. 

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3 Steps to a New, Happier You - Delivering Happiness

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Delivering Happiness - 3 Steps to a New, Happier You delivering happiness, book, happiness, delivering, at work, zappos, Tony Hsieh, business, corporate culture, entrepreneur

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For all of us, we must understand our core needs before we can create a life that will make us happy. If you’ve tried switching jobs to be happier, you know it doesn’t work. You have to work on your attitude, habits, and focus. Without this foundation you will never feel the success that you know is possible. The best way to design an amazing life is to have a few rules in place. This article presents three that are worth taking to heart.

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3 Indispensable Tips for Leaders Under 30 - Forbes

3 Indispensable Tips for Leaders Under 30 - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Annmarie Neal, the former Chief Talent Officer of Cisco Systems and author of the forthcoming Leading from the Edge (ASTD Press, 2013), has guided a lot of careers.

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Regardless of your age, everyone would benefit form building a Board of Advisors-- 4-5 people you respect who will hold up a mirror and be provocative and insightful about who you are, what you want, and how you’re going to get it.

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How to Make Sure that Your Conversations Communicate Successfully - Lifehack

How to Make Sure that Your Conversations Communicate Successfully - Lifehack | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
People sure love to talk, but what they don't love so much is to converse; to dialog; to actually communicate successfully.

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Listening without preconditions is a habit that is not instinctual—It must be formed. If you are only listening so as to refute their statements or to redirect the flow, you miss out on a powerful part of conversation.

Like many worthwhile habits, listening might be hard at the beginning. You will likely have to exercise some self-control, and you might have to remind yourself of your objective to interact. Like anything else, however, if you just commit to some consistency in listening, it will become easier and easier until it is natural for you.

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Management may not be everyone's style: Here is how a bad boss is born - The Economic Times

Management may not be everyone's style: Here is how a bad boss is born - The Economic Times | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Poor managers can cause good employees to leave and, ultimately, can seriously reduce productivity in a workplace.

Via Julie Gauthier
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Many newly minted leaders rarely stop to think about the enormous time commitment and learning curve as they transition from successful individual contributor to manager of a group of diverse people. They often fail to consider the demands of an expanding work schedule; the complexities of hiring, training, supervising and firing workers; or the needs to develop a vision and a tactical strategy, to create budgets or to be accountable for others' productivity.

The lesson is this: When offered a management position, talk to your future boss, to the person you'd be replacing, to team members and to anyone else who can tell you what the job entails. Assess your strengths and limitations by scrutinizing your performance reviews and asking your boss, mentors and trusted colleagues for feedback.

Reflect on your motivations, then ask yourself these questions: Do I enjoy working with people, helping them to grow and to become successful? Do I handle uncertainty well, and do I mind making decisions without knowing the entire picture? Do I communicate well, in good times and bad? Do I have the time to take this on? If your answers are yes, then you could well have the makings of a good boss.

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The Power of Validation in Life and Leadership!

The Power of Validation in Life and Leadership! | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There is one aspect of communication that is vitally important in all relationships; marriage, parenting, managing, leading, selling, customer service...you name it. I don't claim to be a relations...
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There is great power in validating other people’s thoughts, feelings and ideas. You can REACH FORWARD to becoming better at life and leadership by learning to validate others in meaningful conversations. Your relationships will be healthier, happier, and more fulfilling.

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The New Way to Win Super Bowls: Leadership Lessons of the NFL's Cutting ... - TIME

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The New Way to Win Super Bowls: Leadership Lessons of the NFL's Cutting ...
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In football, as in life, bonuses and punishments no longer suffice. So how do you get peak performance? How do you get people to play (and work) hard? How do you get people to go to bed before curfew? How do you build the solidarity that wins a game or accomplish any difficult task? As power shifts to individuals, leadership itself must shift with it. As we all embrace our new roles as 21st-century leaders, we can all learn some valuable lessons from the NFL's cutting-edge leaders.

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Michael Useem's Rule for Success: Let Others Lead

Michael Useem's Rule for Success: Let Others Lead | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A Wharton professor discusses the key role of resilience in leadership.
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Leadership is a team sport. You need to build leadership through the ranks, by empowering people to independently make good decisions. You can't do that if you don't make clear what your vision.

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10 Things Extraordinary People Say Every Day

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They're small things, but each has the power to dramatically change someone's day. Including yours. (RT @raehanbobby: #Mustread #leadership article!
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Want to make a huge difference in someone's life? Here are things you should say every day to your employees, colleagues, family members, friends, and everyone you care about.

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Getting Your Team Emotionally Engaged Is Half The Leadership Battle. Here's How To Do It

Getting Your Team Emotionally Engaged Is Half The Leadership Battle. Here's How To Do It | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
One big misconception otherwise promising managers have is the self-limiting belief that they have to choose between results and people.

Via Riaz Khan
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For leaders to be effective, they need to be able to be able to organize, direct, and focus people's efforts toward the goals of the organization.

But that's only half of a leader’s job.

The other half is being able to engage people emotionally in the goals of the company. In studying highly effective organizations, we've found that the best leaders are the ones who can create self-direction and self-motivation in their people.

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Leadership is a Balance of Sound and Silence

Leadership is a Balance of Sound and Silence | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Before I knew what leaders do, I saw them as giving other people answers. People needed direction and guidance, and leaders told them what to do. Leaders were smarter and had more answers than ever...
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Leadership is a balance of listening and talking, contemplation and action, sound and silence. The leaders who make a lasting difference have a deeper balance of sound and silence.


Silence is not empty space. Silence gives us time to breathe, time to listen, time to reflect. We let go of the answers we have accumulated and open ourselves to the deep truths all around us. Our true selves connect with the trues selves of other people, and we become the leaders we can be.


What is your balance of sound and silence?

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Leadership Lives in the Present Moment

Leadership Lives in the Present Moment | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Some people think leadership is all about the future. These people are focused on their own vision for where they are going. They work hard to get themselves, and everyone else, moving in the direc...
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"Fueled by the lessons of the past, the spark of our vision for the future ignites the fireworks of leadership in the present. Leadership lights up the darkness."

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