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6 Habits of Extraordinary Bosses

6 Habits of Extraordinary Bosses | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it
These daily behaviors separate truly brilliant managers from their not-so-brilliant peers.
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How To Ask [for stories]--And Listen [to stories]--Like You Mean It

How To Ask [for stories]--And Listen [to stories]--Like You Mean It | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it

Questions are the expressive, probing language for growing others; listening is the receptive, facilitating language for growing others. These two complementary approaches form a continuous growth conversation loop.

 

Leaders who are helping others to grow and innovate are always trying to craft the best questions to make a difference. Here's how to ask the questions that will propel your team and your organization forward.

 

Listening -- I mean listening really well -- is sometimes hard to do. Here's a great article by Kevin Cashman, author of The Pause Principle, reminding us that the more deeply and authentically we can listen to another, the deeper our questions go, and the deeper our understanding becomes.

 

Listening deeply is the first storytelling skill to build -- so you know which story to share or ask for. And then so you can dig more deeply into the story to understand what it really means.

 

For leaders, this is essential. For anyone wanting to master business storytelling, it is critical. Many marketing and branding folks have still not caught on to listening as being a vital component when using stories.

 

Sooooo -- here's a reminder that also contains some great insights, a list of what not to do, and a nice section on the power of authentic questions.

 

Now I'll go on a hunt and see if I can find an article for you just on the Art of the Question. For as they say in Appreciative Inquiry, the question is the intervention -- so knowing how to craft and ask the question is key.

 

In the meantime, enjoy this article.

 

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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How To Ask--And Listen--Like You Mean It - The Power of Authentic Questions

How To Ask--And Listen--Like You Mean It - The Power of Authentic Questions | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it

Questions are the expressive, probing language for growing others; listening is the receptive, facilitating language for growing others. These two complementary approaches form a continuous growth conversation loop. The deeper the questions, the deeper the listening; the deeper the listening, the deeper the next question. As we dig together with each tool, we mutually excavate new discoveries. As a result, the learning is never one-sided; it is a co-created process that engenders empathy, trust, and collaboration.

 

The Power Of Authentic Questions

 

Innovators working on solving problems and coming up with creative solutions rely on crafting the right questions. Leaders who are helping others to grow and innovate are always trying to craft the best questions to make a difference. Not only do innovators make asking questions an integral part of their lives, and ask more questions than non-innovators, they also ask more provocative ones--questions that provoke deep insight and understanding. Developing other leaders through questioning not only helps them grow, but it forces them to own their unique learning experiences.


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Radically Changing the Cost of Higher Education with Technology | SiliconANGLE

Radically Changing the Cost of Higher Education with Technology | SiliconANGLE | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it

You’d have to be living under a rock to not be aware that technology has changed our lives in every possible area.  Hospitals now use iPads and tablets to hold patient records; sports arenas now have HD jumbo-trons; most every person has, if not a smart phone, a cell phone; and cars are increasingly more reliant on tech with Bluetooth, rear-view cameras, and alarm.


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Olga Kiss's comment, March 9, 2013 7:29 PM
very interesting post, and the TED lecture it refers to is amazing: http://www.ted.com/talks/daphne_koller_what_we_re_learning_from_online_education.html Thank you, Luis!
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Motivation and #Games: Motivational Theories for Instructional Games | Kapp Notes

Motivation and #Games: Motivational Theories for Instructional Games | Kapp Notes | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it
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Coaching Model:DEVELOP Model for Executive Coaching

Coaching Model:DEVELOP Model for Executive Coaching | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it

This coaching model is developed specifically for executive coaching though with some suitable modifications it can be applied for other niche of coaching also.


More and more organisations are now accepting executive coaching is an impactful intervention for leadership development.
In executive coaching, there are usually 3 stakeholders: The organisation, the coach and the executive. For a coach one of the unique challenges, compared to other niches of coaching, is the client who pays the fees is the organisation – usually the HR department of the organisation. But the....


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Create Your Own Happiness

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A technique to help you foster a more happy mood.

THE VELTEN PROCEDURE

Psychologist Theodore Velten created a mood induction procedure that psychologists have used for over 40 years to induce a positive mindset, especially in psychology experiments.

It's a simple approach that involves reading, reflecting on and trying to feel the effects of some 58 positive affirmations as they wash over you. The statements start out being fairly neutral and become progressively more positive. The statements are specifically designed to produce a euphoric, elated state of mind.


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How To Tell A Story—Right Now—From A Master Of Improv

How To Tell A Story—Right Now—From A Master Of Improv | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it
What we say matters a great deal, but so does what we don’t say. There are times when you just can’t afford to clam up when called upon to contribute.

 

I love that this article is approaching storytelling skills from the field of improv -- because we receive a couple of good (maybe new) insights.

 

Like "whatever makes a memory a memory makes it interesting" and "know when to hold back."

 

Many of these are good common sense rules that can often be forgotten. And I just like that even though when you read closely, a lot of this material sounds familiar, the voice from the improv world makes me think about some of these tips in different ways. That is always a good thing!

 

Oh, and BTW  -- it is hard to find good articles on story TELLING skills. There is always tons of stuff on story structure and story crafting. But live storytelling skills -- not so much. Another reason I doubly appreciate this article!


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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In Practice: Three Ways to Rev Up Reverse Mentoring - Chief Learning Officer, Solutions for Enterprise Productivity

In Practice: Three Ways to Rev Up Reverse Mentoring - Chief Learning Officer, Solutions for Enterprise Productivity | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it

The following three tips can help counter potential roadblocks and build a collaborative reverse mentoring relationship.

 


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Are you in the driver’s seat? – Committed to mentoring excellence

Are you in the driver’s seat? – Committed to mentoring excellence | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it

Mentees.. take the initiative and get back in the drivers seat. Don't let your mentoring relationship suffer.

 

Tips for asking for what you need.

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Setting Organizational Attitude and Tone

Setting Organizational Attitude and Tone | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it
Circumstances don’t determine the atmosphere and tone of organizations, leaders do.

 

Look around your office or leadership team. Is the tone positive or negative? Now, look at yourself. How are you perceived?

 

Organizations reflect leadership.


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How Children Build the Grit They Need to Succeed in Life

How Children Build the Grit They Need to Succeed in Life | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it

The articles in this section often reference how you interview for "grit" and how to hire people who can learn from failure. but this fascinating article takes it back a step.

 

How do you build grit in children?

 

"The most valuable thing that parents can do to help their children develop character—may be to do nothing. To back off a bit. To let our children face some adversity on their own, to fall down and not be helped back up."

 

"What matters most in a child's development ... is not how much information we can stuff into her brain in the first few years of life. What matters, instead, is whether we are able to help her develop a very different set of qualities, a list that includes persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit and self-confidence. Economists refer to these as noncognitive skills, psychologists call them personality traits, and the rest of us often think of them as character"

 

 

This is one of the life lessons I look to teach the girls on my HS basketball team. Grit is a great word that describes the ability to get knocked off the horse and get right back in the saddle. It's the ability to deal with adversity, disappointment, setbacks, and all the other traits the author mentions. Years from now my girls will never remember the actual experience of playing basketball = what they will remember is how much this HS sport - their coach - and their teammates taught them about how to deal with all the things life keeps throwing at you and testing your grit.

 

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Leadership Challenges: Embrace paradoxes to move forward

Leadership Challenges: Embrace paradoxes to move forward | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it

"This provocative post highlights current business paradoxes challenging leaders:  change or remain stable, complexity versus simplicity, growth and sustainability and more."

 

After seeing evidence of our increasingly VUCA world, one that is growing in its Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous characteristics, this useful list of paradoxes resonates.  Does it resonate to your experience?

 

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Leaders must find ways to deal with this complexity and embrace and manage it to achieve simplicity.

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Excerpted:

  

Paradox 1: growth versus sustainability

Growth as it is currently defined tends to result in an unquestioned and unchecked consumption of resources. Sustainability considerations are generally considered to put a major strain on growth ambitions.

 

The way forward is innovation, but another paradox present itself:

  

Paradox 2: innovating versus operating

Innovation is increasingly about service, process, business model and social innovation.

However, focusing on innovation does not mean ignoring operations. The trick is that what allows operations to thrive can seriously get in the way of innovation and vice versa.

  

Paradox 3:  change versus continuity

If you try to innovate too many things at once you will end up with chaos, if you do not change at all your organisation will decline. What is the right balance?

  

Paradox 4: collaboration versus competition

Business is inherently competitive yet today, collaboration is common, with most companies having collaborated with their suppliers and their customers. Leading companies are promoting collaboration through crowdsourcing or with competitors.

  

Paradox 5: complexity versus simplicity

Demands on leaders result in increasing levels of complexity, arising from the number of possible, unpredictable interactions between collaborate, compete; change, remain stable; innovation or operational excellence; growth or sustainability. Leaders must find ways to deal with this complexity and embrace and manage it to achieve simplicity.

  

Paradox 6: Heart versus mind

Decisions need to be made in the face of incomplete analysis, unpredictable outcomes and changing circumstances. The foundations for analysis and factual arguments differ from emotional and visionary engagement; people who excel at one are not necessarily particularly good at the other and yet both are needed.

  

Read the full article by Dr Bettina von Stamm here.


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Just Story It - Scoops

Just Story It - Scoops | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it

Here are the best articles from across the web that I can find on using stories and storytelling in business.

I've chosen them because they actually make a contribution to our knowledge and wisdom about stories, show us how to apply stories to growing our businesses, or give valuable how-to tips.

 

I weed out all the junk. And besides, who needs another post in why storytelling is important?? Where's the beef?? We want the meat!

 

I've written reviews of each article to share what I like best, what you can get from reading the article, or what may be missing in the article.

 

How To Find A Topic: Click on the Filter tab above, and type in a keyword. All the articles with that keyword will appear.

 

I may occassionally review an article that I think is problematic as a way to educate us all, although most I will simply pass over.  If you wonder if I've seen an article that is not included here, send me a message and I'll respond.

After doing biz story work for over a decade (and with a PhD in Folklore) I hope you find many great insights and tips here. Many thanks for visiting and enjoy the articles!

 

And I hope you will also visit my website for more tips and tools, & take the free Story IQ assessment so you can see how well developed your storytelling skills and knowledge is: http://www.juststoryit.com/storyiq  ;

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Karen Dietz's comment, August 14, 2013 5:18 PM
Hey Bart! Thanks for letting me know about the broken link. I'll let the tech folks at Scoop.it know. In the meantime, here's the correct link: www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it
ManufacturingStories's curator insight, September 7, 2013 8:15 AM

Karen is dedicated to the art of Storytelling as a key tool in running a business or any other type of endeavor.  Here at ManufacturingStories.com we fully support this art form as the best way to generate positive and effective change.  Thanks Karen for all of your dedicated and tireless work! It's a tood Story!!

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Say “Thank You” to Build Relationships in Business

Say “Thank You” to Build Relationships in Business | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it

Business relationships don't have to be very difficult. Sometimes it is the little things that count the most. Like saying “Thank You” and letting your vendors and customers know that they matter. Everyone wants to know they are ...


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Your Reputation is Your Most Valuable Asset

Your reputation is your most valuable asset, you are creating a trail in every area of your life about your integrity, performance, expertise and is becoming the backbone of Social Business.

 

Rachel Botsman gives a powerful talk on TED  about the currency of the new economy, which is trust. Rachel is the author of Collaborative Consumption. If you haven't read it, you should because it is an amazing book about a movement that is underway and the wave of the future.

 

It's empowering on so many levels. It has everything to do with the Trust Economy where technology has enabled trust between strangers to create all kinds of new marketplaces, relationships, possibilities. 

 

This is one of those talks that you have to listen to more than once, it's that important!

 

Here are some highlights to Rachel's talk

 

**In the 21st Century, the reputation economy will create new ways we look at wealth, it is as powerful as the industrial revolution, listening to this talk is a must!

 

**Empowering people to create new marketplaces that are built on reputation and trust

 

**We have wired our world to share, swap, trade or barter - match what we have in more democratic ways

 

**part of a massive value shift underway - instead of keeping up with the Jones, we're connecting, collaborating and buying to get to know the Jones

 

**Your reputation and new ways of measuring this is crucial. This is not like Klout, where they measure influence, this is about service networking. She refers to this as lemonade stands on steroids

 

**Think of all the possibilities - over the past 20 years, we've evolved trusting strangres

 

**Reputation economy - everything we do leaves a trail online about how well we perform, behave towards others - capturing all of this is a massive challenge

 

**Shouldn't we own our reputation data? It's contextual, the big challenge, is figuring out what data is important to pull, but it's a matter of time we will be able to see a real-time stream of how you have acted, performed in different areas of your life. What you're good at, your integrity and performance rating. This is fascinating.

 

**Reputation Capital - The worth of your reputation - how you can aggregate, monitor and use your online reputation (she says this sounds like Big Brother) however, she has a point, she says we would have more control over our reputation if we own it. More on this in the talk.

 

**Reputation Capital will create a massive disruption in the marketplace - your credit score will no longer limit what you can do in the world - your reputation will be the currency that you can be trusted

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

Hear complete talk here: [http://bit.ly/Ps0Fnp]


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Daniel Depaz's comment, September 30, 2012 11:05 AM
Ta be seen... Thanks
Olga Kiss's comment, March 4, 2013 6:06 AM
Thank you, Luis, it's a great presentation. I've shared it on our Hungarian EMCC facebook page with a small Hungarian summary:
Luís Cochofel's comment, March 4, 2013 12:07 PM
Glad you liked it, dear Olga! Thanks for re-sharing, as i really think it worths being seen attentively.
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Excerpts from Dr. Randy Pausch's Last Lecture: “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”

Excerpts from Dr. Randy Pausch's Last Lecture: “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it
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Seth's Blog: Hurrying almost always makes it take longer

If you don't have time to do it right, how will you find time to do it over? (In Swahili: Haraka Haraka haina Baraka….) PS stalling is even worse than hurrying.

 

I try to teach this life lesson to my HS girls basketball team  that Seth talks about on his blog.

 

So many kids try to get through drills in practice by giving it a minimum, sloppy, careless approach. And we keep doing it over and over until they can do it with a high degree of precision and flawless execution - so much of basketball success is in the details - proper shooting mechanics, footwork, proper positioning for defensive slides.

 

Two camps - those who want to get better and those who couldn't give a darn.

 

I teach the girls  - why bother doing the drils unless you're going to try to do it perfectly. We're not doing drills for my sake as a coach or to fill up time. We're doing it so you can become great.

 

 

 

 


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10 Ways to Enhance Your Team Collaboration Skills

10 Ways to Enhance Your Team Collaboration Skills | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it

It takes a great entrepreneur with a great vision to start a business, but it takes a collaboration of many people to make it a success. That's where leadership comes in as a key ingredient, to drive the collaborative process to make the whole team better than the sum of the parts.


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Is Poor Collaboration Killing Your Company? [Infographic] | Work.com blog

Is Poor Collaboration Killing Your Company? [Infographic] | Work.com blog | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it
A new study found an overwhelming number of employees blame poor collaboration for workplace failure. Here's an infographic that explores where these collaboration breakdowns happen — and how to prevent them.

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Be an Inspired Leader | Entrepreneur Magazine

Leadership can be learnt – as long as your business goals align with your highest values.

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What Ever Happened to Accountability?

What Ever Happened to Accountability? | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it
Today's must-read: What Ever Happened to Accountability? Case in point: the U.S.

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Starbucks Is Hiring, But Its Jobs Are Overrated (SBUX)

Starbucks Is Hiring, But Its Jobs Are Overrated (SBUX) | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it
One of the disadvantages to most part-time jobs is the lack of benefits. But Starbucks Corp. doesn't discriminate, providing the ubiquitous coffee chain's 95,000 part-timers with full health insurance benefits.
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The (online) teacher’s body

The (online) teacher’s body | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it

In July, I met a kindred spirit named Jen Ross, lecturer and academic program director for the MSc in E-Learning program at the University of Edinburgh. 


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5 Ways to Go From a Manager to a Leader

5 Ways to Go From a Manager to a Leader | Mentoring & Coaching | Scoop.it
Taking an upward step on a career pathway is the ultimate goal within any job.

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