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10 Complacency Traps for Business Owners

10 Complacency Traps for Business Owners | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Given the known failure rate of start-up businesses, all business owners who go down this path, need to be well aware of the traps that lie in wait for them.

 

Complacency and lack of foresight are common features in the make up of business owners, who did not succeed to make a good go of their start-up ventures, and addressing these two areas will help any new business owner avoid failure.

 

This excellent article, suggests that forewarned is forearmed, and it suggests 10 mistakes that every start-up should avoid making if they want to build a successful business.


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Daniel Watson's curator insight, November 29, 2012 6:37 PM


Given the known failure rate of start-up businesses, all business owners who go down this path, need to be well aware of the traps that lie in wait for them.


Complacency and lack of foresight are common features in the make up of business owners, who did not succeed to make a good go of their start-up ventures, and addressing these two areas will help any new business owner avoid failure.


This excellent article, suggests that forewarned is forearmed, and it suggests 10 mistakes that every start-up should avoid making if they want to build a successful business.


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Some Amazing TED Talks on How to Be A Leader - EdTech & MLearning

Some Amazing TED Talks on How to Be A Leader - EdTech & MLearning | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership comes with hard work but successful leadership entails more than just laboriousness, it calls for special traits that only a select few possess. Whether these traits are skills that can be developed or are a matter of biological endowment is something which still needs scientific back-up. Generally speaking, successful leaders do have something in common. They share a set of common characteristics such as : confidence, focus, trust, far-sightedness, accountability, enthusiasm, persistence, communication, determination, love of their work, and patience. Also, successful leaders are a joy to be around. They listen empathically and are a source of inspiration and zeal to the people around them.

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4 Ways To Tell If You're Really Leading By Example

4 Ways To Tell If You're Really Leading By Example | New Leadership | Scoop.it
In theory, you know the best way to lead is by example. But when you get busy and things don't go your way, do you practice what you preach?

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, March 27, 4:22 PM

Are you leading by example?  

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The 5 Words Leaders Use That Do More Damage Than Good

The 5 Words Leaders Use That Do More Damage Than Good | New Leadership | Scoop.it

 

The most misunderstood phrase in corporate speak is “People are our greatest asset.” Those five words do more damage than good.

 

That was the hook as I began my speech this week at the Great Place to Work list announcement in Dubai .

 

I have gotten so that when I hear that phrase, to me it is a signal that whoever said it is not really connected about those assets. If you have to say it, you probably do not believe it yourself

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7 Ways to Improve Employee Reviews

7 Ways to Improve Employee Reviews | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Traditional, annual performance review practices are dying. Instead, organizations are teaching managers better ways to communicate and connect with their employees more often.
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3 Leadership Lessons from the Dinner Table

3 Leadership Lessons from the Dinner Table | New Leadership | Scoop.it
As leaders, we continually search for ways to improve, refine and hone our skills, abilities and demeanor. In this quest, we are consistently met with one immovable hurdle that limits our achievements…time. No matter how we adjust our schedules, there are consistently 24 hours in a day. We try to cheat Mother Nature and gain more usable time by sleeping less. This only works as a surge technique and not sustainable as less sleep over time loosens our focus and reminds us to remain mentally sharp, we must take proper care of our brain housing and sustainment system, also known as our bodies. For me, this means two things: Exercise and Eating. The first part is easy. Exercise is my time. It is time to clear my mind and lose myself in thought while achieving that Runner’s High to which many of us are so addicted. The second part is what I would like you to think about today. Are you eating properly? Are you being efficiently effective with this time, or are you wasting it merely obtaining sustenance for your body?
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Why Successful Leaders Focus On Giving Over Getting

Why Successful Leaders Focus On Giving Over Getting | New Leadership | Scoop.it

One of the wonderful benefits of our digital age is not only how we’re able to discover the talent and artistry of people we might have otherwise overlooked, but also how we’re now able to peek behind the curtain to learn what inspires them; to discover and understand what guides them to create these moments of engaging insights that linger in our mind’s eye.

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10 Most Important Leadership Skills for Team Success

10 Most Important Leadership Skills for Team Success | New Leadership | Scoop.it
What does it take to be a really great leader? Here’s our personally-curated list of the most important qualities.

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, March 26, 2:44 PM

Good list to consider....

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Delighting in the possible

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In an unpredictable world, executives should stretch beyond managing the probable. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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If Mother Nature Was Your CEO

If Mother Nature Was Your CEO | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Nature is the world’s most effective designer” according to Frank Stephenson, Design Director at McLaren Automotive. Looking at what nature has created over millions of years of evolution to get to the ‘perfect shape’, the designers at McLaren Automotive get their inspiration from animal anatomy, tree branches, blood vessels and river deltas to create some of the most sophisticated and efficient design solutions. If McLaren Automotive manages to create better designs by stealing from nature, surely nature must contain lessons that apply to business and leadership as well.
Here are 4 laws of nature that can inspire you to become a better leader:
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5 Daily Habits of Great Leaders

5 Daily Habits of Great Leaders | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Great leaders separate themselves from the pack in distinct ways. Here are five of them!

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Chinni Kumar's comment, March 25, 4:44 AM
thanks for the article
Chantal M. Simonelli's curator insight, March 25, 12:20 PM

I would add that they maintain their cool and are gracious under pressure, are good communicators, have integrity and are compassionate! 

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10 Principles of Organization Design

10 Principles of Organization Design | New Leadership | Scoop.it

 In the 18th annual PwC survey of chief executive officers, conducted in 2014, many CEOs anticipated significant disruptions to their businesses during the next five years as a result of external worldwide trends. One such trend, cited by 61 percent of the respondents, was an increasing number of competitors. The same number of respondents foresaw changes in customer behavior creating disruption. Fifty percent said they expected changes in distribution channels. As CEOs look to stay ahead of these trends, they recognize the need to change the organization’s design. But for that redesign to be successful, a company must make its changes as effectively and painlessly as possible, in a way that aligns with its strategy, invigorates employees, builds distinctive new capabilities, and makes it easier to attract customers.

 


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, March 23, 9:33 PM

These fundamental guidelines, drawn from experience, can help you reshape your organization to fit your business strategy.


Steve Bax's curator insight, March 24, 6:00 AM

This is a very topical, well written piece on the ongoing issues of organisational structure design. The principles are sound and resonate with previous theorists such as Lewin, Deal and Kennedy. There are some good examples and strong recommendations for what NOT to do too. The comments on benchmarking are particularly relevant for many organisations seeking to establish their own position in the marketplace. Another key message is to let go of the past. Leaders need to build on strengths - formal or informal - and look ahead.

Karen Silins's curator insight, March 25, 11:53 AM

Nice list of elements in organizational design.

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The four traits of collaborative leadership - Virgin.com

The four traits of collaborative leadership - Virgin.com | New Leadership | Scoop.it
In the latest in our series about The Future of Work, Katie McCrory explores the changing nature of leadership. Some say being a CEO is the loneliest job in the world. Perched right at the top of that org chart, responsible for every tough business decision, knowing you can never forge true friendsh...

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Three ways to thrive in restrictions

Three ways to thrive in restrictions | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Adam Morgan and Mark Barden explore the ways leaders make their organisation’s constraints beautiful
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Labeled leadership - what does it add?

Labeled leadership - what does it add? | New Leadership | Scoop.it

There are more than 20 different styles for just naming ‘different’ leadership approaches.


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David Hain's curator insight, March 27, 2:04 PM

A nice debunking of the 'leadership style' myth.  we love titles, and they help to sell books, don't they?

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10 Classic and Enduring Rules of Great Leadership

10 Classic and Enduring Rules of Great Leadership | New Leadership | Scoop.it

The special qualities of remarkable leaders are complex and rare.


Leadership requires the courage to fashion a code of conduct governed by principled conviction, so reviewing the writings of Classical philosophers is a good place to begin our journey towards becoming more effective leaders.


Michael Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas did just that for their book, The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership, and discovered the ancient philosophies remain relevant today.

Here are the 10 Golden Rules of Leadership:

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Team Building Without Time Wasting

Team Building Without Time Wasting | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership expert Marshall Goldsmith explains how to efficiently help your team work better together.

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 26, 8:32 AM

How can you help your team work better together? A great video discussing this important subject.

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How high is your leadership likeability?

How high is your leadership likeability? | New Leadership | Scoop.it
As a leader does it really matter if people like you at work? After all it’s not a popularity contest. Or is it? Tom Bruno-Magdich of 4D Human Being argues that being likeable actually goes a long way to being a successful leader
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9 of the most inspiring acts of leadership

9 of the most inspiring acts of leadership | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Fortune asked America’s top executives to share their thoughts, and here's what they had to say.

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Inspiring those that will lead in the future

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9 of the most inspiring acts of leadership via @TDOttawa http://sco.lt/6NkxRB

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Are you working for a passive aggressive boss? How to spot the signs

Are you working for a passive aggressive boss? How to spot the signs | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Georgina Fuller on how to tell if you are working for a passive aggressive boss and what to do about it
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donhornsby's curator insight, March 25, 4:58 PM

(From the article): “Don’t join in their passive aggressive games,” advises Meager. “Avoid colliding with them in gossip or putting others down, it will only come back on you and you may end up with the blame in the ‘he said, she said game.”

Professor Jill Jameson's curator insight, March 26, 6:05 AM

Interesting article: these kinds of managers are difficult to trust and best not confronted directly.

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Learning from the Persuasive Genius of Great Leaders

Learning from the Persuasive Genius of Great Leaders | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Great leaders look for empowering frames and communicate them explicitly, to ensure others understand their intent and interpret their actions through the new lens, rather than old frames.



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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, March 23, 9:42 PM

The art of framing is an essential skill for executives who want to motivate and inspire.

donhornsby's curator insight, March 24, 9:35 AM

(From the article): Every conversation, every communication, and every decision begins with a frame. When we provide a context that expands our thinking, includes others, and gives meaning to our efforts, we help spark creativity and insight in ourselves, our peers, and our leaders. Perhaps that explains the old Disney company joke encouraging its animators and designers to challenge a limiting frame:

 

“How many Imagineers does it take to change a lightbulb?”

 

“Does it have to be a lightbulb?” 

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Finding the Hidden Talent in Your Organization

Finding the Hidden Talent in Your Organization | New Leadership | Scoop.it
It is often said that the sign of a great leader is the ability to produce new leaders. In many instances, leadership abilities need to be cultivated and developed. It is the duty of current leaders…

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5 Timeless Leadership Roles To Help Navigate Change

Organizations don't change, they adapt. They do so because of the timeless principles leaders (ideally) personify during change...

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Are You An Analog or Digital Leader?

Are You An Analog or Digital Leader? | New Leadership | Scoop.it
By Abhijit Bhaduri and Bill Fischer Changing mindsets begins with you! The only mind you can be sure of changing is your own, and the only way that you can demonstrate this mindset change is through your behaviors. If you aspire for your organization to be faster, more innovative, less afraid [...]

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John Rudkin's curator insight, March 23, 4:49 AM

Digital Leader!  Yes.

Sonia Santoveña's curator insight, March 23, 5:09 AM

añada su visión ...

Carol Rine's curator insight, March 27, 11:05 AM

Excellent comparison. I am challenged by some of these! #AlwaysGrowing