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4 Ways Leaders Can Create a Candid Culture

4 Ways Leaders Can Create a Candid Culture | Motivational Leadership | Scoop.it
When leaders want to create an open culture where people are willing to speak up and challenge one another, they often start by listening. This is a good instinct. But listening with your ears will only take you so far. You also need to demonstrate with words that you truly want people to raise risky issues.
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Listening is the start of the change process - you then have to match your actions with your words.

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, July 9, 6:41 AM
When people don’t feel safe speaking up, leaders can show that it is safe by saying the hard things themselves.
John Michel's curator insight, July 9, 10:15 AM

Listening matters. But sometimes you’ve got to open your mouth too and make positive statements to generate the safety people need.

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Leading from the Shadows

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When is coming in second better than first? Richard Hytner explains why the No. 1 position may not be ideal and how No. 2 often is the key to success.

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You can be enormously successful, on your own terms, leading from positions other than the overall No. 1.

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6 Ways Leaders Can Earn and Keep Trust

6 Ways Leaders Can Earn and Keep Trust | Motivational Leadership | Scoop.it

“Just trust me.” “Why don’t you trust me on this?” “Trust that it will all work out.” These are sentiments any person in business today has heard at one point or another. It could be the boss telling you to trust you will be treated right, a colleague telling you to trust they will deliver their portion of the project or a vendor asking you to trust they will apply the credit for your company correctly


Via Roger Francis, Richard Andrews, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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Some thoughts on how to build trust.

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5 Steps For Leading Through Adaptive Change

5 Steps For Leading Through Adaptive Change | Motivational Leadership | Scoop.it

Leadership and management are two distinctly different but complimentary skill sets that all companies need. Leaders make sure the organization is doing the right things, while managers make sure they do those things right. Leadership is about coping with change while management is about coping with complex issues. Both are qualities that can be learned and both require constant focus on improvement. Especially when the organization is facing potential adaptive challenges.


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Josie Gibson's curator insight, August 12, 3:20 PM

Thanks to @LeadershipABC for highlighting this article.

Eric Chan Wei Chiang's curator insight, August 12, 8:25 PM

These five steps may seem very simple but they are often taken for granted. To give direction a leader must take ownership and have a vision. Managing conflict and providing protection are often not pleasant and require great maturity from leaders. Shaping the norms and clarifying roles is often not given a very high priority as it involves intangible people skills.

 

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Jay Roth's curator insight, August 17, 1:33 PM

Perfect article to suggest (in schools) WHY the trainings of Cognitive Coaching, Adaptive Schools, and Polarity Thinking is necessary!

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The Paradox of Trust, Vulnerability and Leadership

The Paradox of Trust, Vulnerability and Leadership | Motivational Leadership | Scoop.it

Humans tend to model the behavior they see. When leaders appear to be in control, know everything, never doubt, or never ask for help or input, employees think they have to do the same.  The behavior they see and deem as acceptable is to be strong, not question, never be wrong, and always know.  The opposite behavior is a sign of weakness and is unacceptable


Via Roger Francis, Wise Leader™, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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Leadership is a fine line between the confidence and competence to earn and keep trust.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 11, 8:16 PM

Articles such as this one should be part of the conversation about School leadership which tends away from trust, paradox, and leadership and tends towards managing.

 

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David Jardin's curator insight, August 15, 5:13 PM

Great definition: Leadership is a fine line between the confidence and competence to earn and keep trust and the hubris and perfection that loses trust.

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Simon Sinek on Leadership - TED2014 - YouTube

We would never fire our children or suspend our parents—so why do we readily adopt that practice when it comes to managing employees in the business sector? ...
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More interesting thoughts from Simon Sinek.

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Five Simple Ways To Bring Out The Best In Others

Five Simple Ways To Bring Out The Best In Others | Motivational Leadership | Scoop.it
Do your best, and you might have a nice little career. Bring out the best in others, and you can change the world. Do the math - to accomplish anything significant, you have to involve other people.

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Bring out the best in others, and you can change the world.

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Marianne Cloeren's curator insight, August 5, 5:22 AM

This line caught my interest - is there a way to communicate this to injured employees who are getting stuck in disability thinking? "With persistence, you can communicate two critical lessons: you have talent burning inside you, and you can bring it out if you are willing to put in sufficient effort."  How do we help patients see the way out of bad situations, especially when it seems the systems conspire to keep them stuck?

Helen Teague's curator insight, August 5, 9:14 AM

Smiling while I read this post...thanks Barb for the original scoop!

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Performance Management: We Won’t Fix the Problem by Ignoring It

Performance Management: We Won’t Fix the Problem by Ignoring It | Motivational Leadership | Scoop.it

To meet this goal, a performance management system must provide some way to determine how employees are performing relative to their co-workers. Yet there is currently a trend in HR to “fix” performance management by eliminating the use of methods that compare employees based on performance.


This makes no sense since this is the very thing senior business leaders want from performance management!

The 2 performance management methods:
Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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If we want to fix performance management, we must create methods that accurately classify employees based on past performance in a way that maximizes their future performance and retention.  Rating employees to fit a bell-curve distribution is nonsensical, but identifying your top 10% of performers makes a lot of sense.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 5, 4:49 PM

When I ask business leaders in large companies what they want from performance management systems, the answer usually includes “identify the top performers in the company.”

Ian Berry's curator insight, August 6, 10:47 PM

Performance management like people management is dead. The question to ask of all performance systems Does our system inspire and make it simple for people to bring their best to their work? Any answer other than a resounding yes means system must be improved.

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Climbing the leadership ladder, one mistake at a time

Climbing the leadership ladder, one mistake at a time | Motivational Leadership | Scoop.it
There’s nothing like revisiting your greatest failures to drive home what you should be doing instead

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Dialogue's curator insight, August 4, 8:05 AM

Interesting words on compromising yourself as leader.

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Leaders who inspire: A 21st-century approach to developing your talent

Most companies' leadership models are missing a key element: inspiration. 


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Respond: Leadership Is a Contact Sport | Marshall Goldsmith Personal Blog

Respond: Leadership Is a Contact Sport | Marshall Goldsmith Personal Blog | Motivational Leadership | Scoop.it
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When responding to feedback you want your response to be positive, simple, focused, and fast.

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Leadership EQ - Don't Try to Read Your Employees' Minds

Leadership EQ - Don't Try to Read Your Employees' Minds | Motivational Leadership | Scoop.it
Your emotional intelligence might not be as good as you think.

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Beware of your biases when giving feedback.

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Promises: The Psychology of Making, Breaking or Exceeding Them — PsyBlog

Promises: The Psychology of Making, Breaking or Exceeding Them — PsyBlog | Motivational Leadership | Scoop.it
What our attitudes to promises reveal about a fair society.

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Do what you promise you’ll do, and people are grateful.  Don't promise things that you have no intention of doing - you lose credibility and trust.

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Tony Phillips's curator insight, July 24, 4:23 PM

Some REALLY interesting research for anyone who works with a customer focus and aims to please.

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How To Re-Discover Your Motivation

How To Re-Discover Your Motivation | Motivational Leadership | Scoop.it

Companies spend a lot of time and money trying to motivate their employees.

 

But when was the last time a mug with your company’s logo or a coffee shop gift card made you truly excited? Real motivation doesn’t come from external rewards--it comes from making some shifts in how you think about your situation, says San Diego, California-based personal empowerment expert Susan Fowler. 


“Give a whale a fish and it’ll jump as high as you want. Give a pigeon a pellet and it’ll turn 360 degrees. That whole animal behavior theory is what the workplace is built on. We’ve got to get away from that because we’re not pigeons and we’re not whales,” she says.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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Once you make the connection between what you’re doing and how it relates to something that matters to you, you’re going to be more motivated.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, July 22, 3:45 PM

Changing the way you think and adding a few key habits can help you get back the motivation that you lost somewhere along the way.

Birkbeck Careers & Employability's curator insight, July 23, 8:41 AM

An interesting take on employee motivation - do you agree?

 

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The Business of Behavioral Economics

The Business of Behavioral Economics | Motivational Leadership | Scoop.it

You've done everything—endured diets, purged your freezer of Ben & Jerry's, and educated yourself on fat, sugar, and calories. Yet, you can't manage to lose weight.

 

What's wrong with you? According to standard economic theory, which gives humans (perhaps too much) credit for making rational choices, those efforts should be enough to change your behavior. If you know the consequences but still get fat, you must want to be overweight.

 

“Losing $100 is more painful than gaining $100 is pleasurable”


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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Interesting article on how behavioural economics can lead to behaviour change.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 13, 3:46 PM

Leslie John and Michael Norton explore how behavioral economics can help people overcome bad habits and change for the better.

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How Single-Tasking Boosts Your Productivity

How Single-Tasking Boosts Your Productivity | Motivational Leadership | Scoop.it

While writing this post, I had 18 tabs open. I’d like to say they were all for research, although I’m pretty sure one or two slipped down a YouTube wormhole.


Does this sound familiar?


It seems like my multi-tab madness is right in line with the status quo. We all love to have multiple tabs open at once, adding more and more as we find new articles to click and sites to visit. Pretty soon, it’s likely we’ve forgotten what we were online for in the first place.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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Thank goodness - the death knell on multi-tasking. Focus is the key to being effective.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 12, 2:20 AM

Overwhelmed and in need of an attention-overhaul? Might be time to approach your workflow in a new way.

Michelle Bish's curator insight, August 13, 10:09 AM

I have 17 tabs open, 3 Excel, 2 Word and 2 ppt files open. And a second browser. I need some single tasking!

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Why Didn’t You Get Better? You Didn’t Follow-up! | Marshall Goldsmith Personal Blog

Why Didn’t You Get Better? You Didn’t Follow-up! | Marshall Goldsmith Personal Blog | Motivational Leadership | Scoop.it
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Regular follow up is essential to embed any behaviour change.

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7 Lessons from Leadership Guru Warren Bennis

The renowned leadership expert died last week at 89. Here is a selection of his most trenchant quotes.


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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, August 4, 5:21 PM
He will be missed, however the will be new guru's! If not then we have a problem.
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How to Get Your Employees to Go Beyond the Call of Duty

Being humble is not just a virtue, it's an important leadership practice. If you're overly self-promotional and rule your team with an I'm-always-right attitude, chances are your employees will feel alienated, resentful, and unwilling to go the extra mile for you.


A recent study shows that employees who work for humble leaders are more likely to work harder and come up with better ideas.



Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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How you can make your leadership style more selfless and humble?

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Vittorio Grieco's curator insight, May 26, 8:49 AM

Work with them not against them.

Stephanie Golden's curator insight, June 23, 8:22 PM

AWESOME ARTICLE! I truly believe in remaining humble and treating people right...having selfless leadership! 

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, July 9, 6:12 AM

A plea for more Humble and Selfless Leadership to make your employees go the Extra Mile!

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Why You Need To Feed Your Brain Different Experiences

Why You Need To Feed Your Brain Different Experiences | Motivational Leadership | Scoop.it
You wouldn't eat one food all the time, so why do you spend all of your workday in front of a screen?

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Encapsulated in the phrase - ''Variety is the spice of life".

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Leslie Kelsey's curator insight, August 6, 10:13 AM

Cognitive Diversity - we all need it! 

Judih Weinstein Haggai's curator insight, August 6, 9:15 PM

Good ideas - cognitive diversity to keep  our brain in shape

54321ignition's curator insight, August 7, 4:39 AM

Yes, I'd recommend parachuting to everyone afraid of heights! It cured mine.

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Improving Your Odds for Change | Marshall Goldsmith Personal Blog

Improving Your Odds for Change | Marshall Goldsmith Personal Blog | Motivational Leadership | Scoop.it
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If you want to change anything about yourself, the best time to start is now.

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Schumpeter: Decluttering the company

Schumpeter: Decluttering the company | Motivational Leadership | Scoop.it

PETER DRUCKER once observed that, “Much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work.” Nine years after the management guru’s death, his remark is truer than ever: employees often have to negotiate a mass of clutter—from bulging inboxes to endless meetings and long lists of objectives to box-tick—before they can focus on their real work. For the past 50 years manufacturers have battled successfully to streamline their factory floors and make them “lean”.


Today, businesses of all types need to do the same in their offices.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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There is a lot of decluttering to do in most organisations.

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Tania Tytherleigh's curator insight, August 3, 3:57 AM

Organisations are filled with 'clutter'. From tiers of management, to increasingly complex corporate objectives, meetings and emails. Clutter takes a toll on morale and productivity. Organisations must set time aside to 'spring clean' the clutter - when will you do yours?

Michael Binzer's curator insight, August 4, 12:36 AM

So true. Too much cluttering - how can we remove it? Read XL R8 by John Kotter. One option?

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Leadership Is About Enabling The Full Potential In Others

The 21st century leader must have the ability to make the most out of every situation. They are courageous and not afraid to challenge the status quo and push the boundaries to make things better. Because of these qualities and many others, the best leaders know how to get the most out of people; they enable the full potential in others.

An employee’s success, the lens they see through, the decisions they make and how they navigate their careers are all heavily influenced by the types of leaders they are able to observe and learn from. This is why you will find that many of today’s best leaders were mentored by great leaders themselves (see examples of successful technology leaders and their mentors). Success as a leader is a by-product of the leaders and mentors we associate with throughout our careers.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, August 6, 3:16 AM

One of your primary role as a leader is to ensure the blooming of your team members and co-workers.

Gust MEES's curator insight, August 12, 3:53 PM
The 21st century leader must have the ability to make the most out of every situation. They are courageous and not afraid to challenge the status quo and push the boundaries to make things better. Because of these qualities and many others, the best leaders know how to get the most out of people; they enable the full potential in others. 

An employee’s success, the lens they see through, the decisions they make and how they navigate their careers are all heavily influenced by the types of leaders they are able to observe and learn from. This is why you will find that many of today’s best leaders were mentored by great leaders themselves (see examples of successful technology leaders and their mentors). Success as a leader is a by-product of the leaders and mentors we associate with throughout our careers.


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=LeaderShip


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/


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Five myths to beat before they beat you | Flying Solo

Five myths to beat before they beat you | Flying Solo | Motivational Leadership | Scoop.it
Soloists can believe some long-held myths are actually true. Unfortunately, if they’re not debunked, these myths can drive small business into the ground.
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These myths don't only apply to small businesses.

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5 Signs It's Time for You to Change Careers

Many people hate change; contemplating the unknown is scary. So many stick with familiar things even though they no longer fit. This is especially true of careers. Sometimes people get stuck in a career direction or work environment that makes them terribly unhappy, and they stay there because it's tough to change careers once you have gained experience, power, and good compensation.


People often end up in the wrong careers by accident. They start out with a job and become proficient, so they advance and make a good living. They may even start a company in that field. They get so focused on growth, meeting objectives, or making the money to support their lifestyle, they don't realize how toxic their life has become.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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If you recognise these signs then it may be time to consider a career change.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, July 27, 11:20 PM

Sometimes you just end up following the wrong career path and it takes someone else to objectively point it out. Here are 5 signs you can identify on your own.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 28, 4:02 PM

I left School before any of these became too engrained. I look back in incredible experiences with students and some colleagues with considerable fondness. Other colleagues and bosses less so.

 

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James Cracknell's curator insight, July 29, 1:24 AM

Recognise any of these? - I felt many of them in my career but one that is not mentioned is guilt. Guilt that you are doing a job that many would crave for; guilt that you feel this way at all; guilt that you constantly keep asking that there must be more to life yet how would others that you love feel about a sudden urge to change?

 

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L.E.A.D with Emotional Intelligence

L.E.A.D with Emotional Intelligence | Motivational Leadership | Scoop.it

Truly effective leaders demonstrate the ability not only to have a compelling vision, strategic mindset and determination but also have a high degree of emotional connection with their followers. Emotions do matter.Emotions and leadership are not separate ideas.  Positive leaders can uplift and energize teams to a new level of performance. Some people call emotions “soft” and un-business like. We all know the...


Via Anne Leong
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Truly effective leaders have a high degree of emotional connection with their followers. Emotions do matter.

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Miguel A. de Jesus's curator insight, July 24, 11:22 AM

I absolutely agree with the lessons and perspectives learned through mastery of emotional intelligence.