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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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The Shifting Workplace - Keeping Managers Out of Control

The Shifting Workplace - Keeping Managers Out of Control | New Leadership | Scoop.it

The industrial mindset that believes employees can easily be replaced with another “body” is dead. It is not easy to find talent today. It’s not simply because talent is tough to find. More talented people are electing to hang their own shingle rather than work for someone else. The result is a talent pool that is smaller than the needs of business. It takes more than savvy managers to navigate this rapidly shifting business issue. CEO David Hassell writes about mindset shifts that can help leaders take a modern, realistic approach to attract and keep talent in today’s dynamic labor market.

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6 Ways Being Mindful Can Make You a Better Leader, by Bruna Martinuzzi

6 Ways Being Mindful Can Make You a Better Leader, by Bruna Martinuzzi | New Leadership | Scoop.it
As Jon Kabat-Zinn puts it, mindfulness "wakes us up to the fact that our lives unfold only in moments." If we're not fully present for those moments, we may miss what's most valuable in our lives, both personally and professionally. Simply put, mindfulness is about not living in your head all the time and is about paying attention to where you are, what you're doing, or who you're talking to so that you are in touch with the right here, right now. Research shows that mindfulness reduces stress and increases concentration and clarity. Read on for five simple ways to practice mindfulness to improve your personal and professional life.
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Manager and machine: The new leadership equation

Manager and machine: The new leadership equation | New Leadership | Scoop.it
As artificial intelligence takes hold, what will it take to be an effective executive? A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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Credibility Is the Foundation Of #Leadership

Credibility Is the Foundation Of #Leadership | New Leadership | Scoop.it

People are exceedingly clear about the qualities they expect leaders to demonstrate before they will enlist in a common cause and freely commit to action.


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(From the article) So what do you have to do to earn and sustain credibility with your constituents? From our analysis of the case studies and empirical data, we identified Six Disciplines of Credibility. 

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5 Questions to Create a Compelling Purpose for Change

5 Questions to Create a Compelling Purpose for Change | New Leadership | Scoop.it

If your change process lacks purpose, you are lost. You won’t know where you are going and you may not even know how to get there. If your purpose lacks meaning, you end up disengaging the very people you need to engage

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Five Trends Shaping the Future of Work - Brian Solis

Five Trends Shaping the Future of Work - Brian Solis | New Leadership | Scoop.it

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The Evolution Of The Employee

The Evolution Of The Employee | New Leadership | Scoop.it

This concept and the visual was taken from my new book which came out today called, The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization.

 

One of the things I have been writing about and have tried to make clear over the past few months is that work as we know it is dead and that the only way forward is to challenge convention around how we work, how we lead, and how we build our companies. Employees which were once thought of expendable cogs are the most valuable asset that any organization has. However, the employee from a decade ago isn’t the same as the employee who we are starting to see today. To help show that I wanted to share an image from my upcoming book which depicts how employees are evolving. It’s an easy way to see the past vs the future.

 


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, Jose Luis Anzizar, Lori Williams, Amy Melendez, Roy Sheneman, PhD, Wise Leader™
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Amber McGuirk's curator insight, September 3, 7:07 PM

After reading this article I will have to agree with the author. The work force is not how it was 20-30 years ago, not even 10 years ago. With all the new technology advances and with the internet rapidly effecting how we do everyday things we have new options how do our jobs. 

Pam Ross's curator insight, September 4, 7:55 AM

Want to stay competitive and attract and retain the best talent? It is time to reinvent work - Great graphic of the change in employee desires.

Tom Hood's curator insight, September 6, 8:27 AM

Nice graphic that captures the essence of how work and the employee is changing / needing to change. It is very close to an exercise we did with our team as we prepared for our move and our "workplace" consultants (Avance') had our entire team map how work was, how it is now, and where they see it going... Here are some of the key areas:

 

From individual work to group work

From hierarchy to flat structure

From Independent group to interdependent group

From internally focused to external (customer/member and brand)

From planned connections to spontaneous connections

From single work point to multiple workpoints

From structured to fluid

 

This also reinforces our approach to what we are calling the "shift change" and how the interplay of technology, workplace, leadership, learning, and culture are all in need of intentional thoughtful planning to get the most out of the new world we are facing...

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Overlook culture at your peril

Overlook culture at your peril | New Leadership | Scoop.it

With General Motor’s culture failings fresh in memory, it’s certainly relevant for everyone to take culture very seriously.

 

As you may know, GM’s CEO was recently called in front of the US congress to answer questions following several deaths and accidents due to faulty car ignitions. The culture was identified as a root cause where people within the organization seem to have been aware of the issues but not done anything about them. After the financial bailout that GM received in 2009, the company had started a culture overhaul programme that does not yet seem to have achieved the desired outcomes. Cultural change does take time though and GM seems to be recognizing the importance of culture, but has not yet come far enough in its efforts.

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3 Negative Thoughts that Point to Your Purpose

3 Negative Thoughts that Point to Your Purpose | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Is it time to reconsider the value of negative thoughts? What part of yourself do you shut out when you turn away from negative thoughts? Could that part be trying to tell you something absolutely essential? Could it be a trusted ally that refuses to let you stray from your true purpose in life?

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A better way to grow

A better way to grow | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Richard Parry describes a framework that any company can utilise to improve their chances of developing, executing and optimising a successful growth strategy.
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Great Leaders Lean In

Great Leaders Lean In | New Leadership | Scoop.it

The horrific events of September 11th will forever be remembered as one of the first, and certainly the largest terrorist attack on American soil our country has ever seen. America has significantly changed, and since then, our country’s leaders have courageously declared how we will not be intimidated by terror, how we refuse to live in fear, and now most recently, how America will continue to respond to acts of terror. But yet, many of usdo live in fear. Spend 5 minutes watching the local news and you can see an anxious tension in our airports, on our streets and for some, even in our homes. We are a nation whose leaders have tried to perpetuate an emotional state of groundedness, belief, strength, and resolve. As individuals, we truly want to believe our country is grounded, secure and strong. In many ways it is, but that tension still resides doesn’t it

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How to Clone Your Best Decision-Makers

How to Clone Your Best Decision-Makers | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Replicate their judgment with predictive analytics.

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What New Team Leaders Should Do First

What New Team Leaders Should Do First | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Your agenda for the first few weeks.
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(From the articles): One of your most important tasks as a team leader is to set ambitious but achievable goals with your team’s input. Make clear what the team is working toward and how you expect it to get there. By setting these goals early on, the group’s decision making will be clearer and more efficient, and you’ll lay the framework of holding team members accountable. Many managers inherit their teams, which often means they aren’t creating new goals, but clarifying existing ones. “It’s actually rare that someone gets to come in and redefine the goals for the group in a profound way,” says Watkins. In those instances, your challenge as a manager is to reorganize roles or rethink strategies to best achieve the goals at hand.

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How to Bring Sustainable Change to Your Organizational Culture

How to Bring Sustainable Change to Your Organizational Culture | New Leadership | Scoop.it

It’s like being lost in the wilderness if you initiate any major change effort in your organization without specifically knowing how cultures effectively evolve or change. It’s one of the greatest leadership challenges, but few truly understand how cultures evolve.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 17, 11:24 AM

Change is a static word. We want the change we create to be sustainable. In our world, we want change which is mastered and manageable. Is that what we really want?

 

I found that School change was often window dressing. The change was simply the latest fad, technique, tool, etc. It did not mean much, but sustained an outdated status quo.

 

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Leadership In The Age Of Complexity: From Hero To Host, by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze

Leadership In The Age Of Complexity: From Hero To Host, by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze | New Leadership | Scoop.it
For too long, too many of us have been entranced by heroes. Perhaps it's our desire to not have to do the hard work, to rely on someone else to figure things out. But perhaps it's time for us to face the truth of our situation -- that we're all in this together, that we all have a voice -- and figure out how to mobilize the hearts and minds of everyone in our workplaces and communities.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 16, 11:10 AM

A great question is posed in the article. Why do we continue to hope for heroes to emerge? I would add, "Why do we settle for managers and false prophets?"

 

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Making decisions with integrity

Making decisions with integrity | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Robbie Steinhouse, author and founder of nlpschool.com, on how to make decisions with integrity
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Why Managers Still Matter

Why Managers Still Matter | New Leadership | Scoop.it

In today’s knowledge-based economy, managerial authority is supposedly in decline. But there is still a strong need for someone to define and implement the organizational rules of the game.

 

 


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Managerial authority is essential when decisions are time-sensitive, knowledge is concentrated and decisions need to be coordinated.

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Tips for managing effectively

Tips for managing effectively | New Leadership | Scoop.it

In today’s highly competitive business environment, being an effective manager requires a diverse set of skills. As such, if you have just been appointed to a managerial position or are currently serving as a manager and want to improve in this capacity, you should read the following from Alice Harrison.

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4 Ways Yoga And Meditation Will Make You a Better Leader

4 Ways Yoga And Meditation Will Make You a Better Leader | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Like most things, practicing mindfulness takes dedication. But if leaders remain persistent, they will reap all the benefits of this practice.

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Successfully managing an ageing workforce

Successfully managing an ageing workforce | New Leadership | Scoop.it

The challenges of managing a workforce within the context of an ageing population are faced by all employers at a time when organisations are struggling to achieve “inter-generational fairness”. Two of the competing priorities are set out in the CIPD’s Manifesto for Work (July 2014): addressing youth unemployment through a variety of measures; and ensuring a pensions framework through which workers can build a sustainable retirement.

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The Essence of Leadership in Five Letters

The Essence of Leadership in Five Letters | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Image source by George Hodan Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller capture, “The Secret," of leadership in five letters, SERVE. The beauty of SERVE is inescapable simplicity and actionable clarity. Serve S...


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“Am I a serving leader or a self-serving leader?”
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How would you answer the question, "Am I a serving leader or a self-serving leader?”


Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, September 15, 6:19 AM

Good guidelines for a continual reinventing journey:-)

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5 Principles of Leadership Presence

5 Principles of Leadership Presence | New Leadership | Scoop.it

The aerial maneuvers and precision coordination of the Thunderbirds show is rehearsed hundreds of times before being viewed by millions of spectators each year. Often overlooked is the abundance of other skills which must be refined and deliberately developed in each and every team member before ‘going on the road.’ In addition to the flight demonstration on a show weekend, the Thunderbird Team accomplishes school visits, media interviews and visits to local social organizations for discussions. It is in these smaller, more personal venues that the persona…the Thunderbird Presence…truly shines. These 5 principles of presence directly carry-over to the leadership world

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Tracking the Enemies of Agility

Tracking the Enemies of Agility | New Leadership | Scoop.it

The failure of big companies to adapt to their changing circumstances is one of the fundamental puzzles in the world of business. Occasionally, a genuinely “disruptive” technology, such as digital imaging, comes along and wipes out an entire industry. But usually the sources of failure are more prosaic and more avoidable.


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, September 12, 6:35 AM

A fine blog post by Julian Birkinshaw from London Business School. 

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A Better Way to do Business

A Better Way to do Business | New Leadership | Scoop.it

For the last few decades we’ve become increasingly trapped in thinking of business as all about profit. That has become the driving purpose of most businesses,  with all other considerations being trampled by concerns for cold hard cash.


But there’s a better way to do business. Better from the human side. Better from the customer side. And as it turns out, better from the profit side as well.

 

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The New Rules of the Social Age

The New Rules of the Social Age | New Leadership | Scoop.it
The Industrial Age has ended. In this guest post, Ted Coine shares 3 rules for leaders to ensure their organization survive, and thrive, in the Social Age.

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donhornsby's curator insight, September 11, 2:19 PM

It’s the Social Age now, and it will be for quite some time to come.

Jacob Froelich's curator insight, September 11, 7:01 PM

The history books will be written about the actions and decisions we make today! Exciting!

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, September 14, 10:46 AM

What used to seem very good leadership practices in the Industrial Age was good, or at least efficient. But the Industrial Age is over. And it’s not coming back. It’s the Social Age now, and it will be for quite some time to come.