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MAGIC: The 5 Elements of Employee Engagement | DecisionWise Leadership Intelligence Blog

MAGIC: The 5 Elements of Employee Engagement | DecisionWise Leadership Intelligence Blog | New Leadership | Scoop.it

 satisfied employees operate under a transactional relationship—“Because the company gives me X, I am willing to give X worth of effort.”  On the other hand, engaged employees go beyond a transactional exchange and are willing to give discretionary effort.  They bring their hearts, hands, and minds into their jobs.


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Beware the Next Big Thing

Beware the Next Big Thing | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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Are You Ready to Lose Control?

Are You Ready to Lose Control? | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Control: It’s the essence of management. We’re trained to measure inputs, throughputs, and outputs in hopes of increasing efficiency and producing desired results. In a world of linear processes, such as in the factories of the Industrial Age, that made sense. But in today’s knowledge economy, where enterprises are complex, adaptive systems, it’s counterproductive.

 

The real problem is confusion between control and order. Control implies centralized control and hierarchical relationships. The person with control tells others what to do and whether they are successful or not. Order, on the other hand, emerges from self-organization. There may not be anyone telling others what to do, yet things get done—often with great efficiency and effectiveness. People know what is expected of them and what they can expect of others.

 

But how can this be true? Mustn’t an orchestra have a conductor? A dance troupe, a choreographer? A company, a CEO?

 

Not necessarily. Nature abounds with examples of what is known as swarm intelligence. Termites build intricate dwellings without the benefit of set of plans or engineers with advanced degrees. Birds migrate thousands of miles in formations where the lead position rotates to optimize their collective capacity. There are no marching orders or hierarchies dictating who leads. Massive flocks of starlings engage in intricate maneuvers known as murmuration with neither collisions nor confusion. There is order without overarching control. Indeed, our obsession with control helps explain why human-designed organizations fail to achieve such beautiful synchronicity.

 


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, April 22, 5:55 AM

I suggest you also watch this talk by Don Tapscott from the Global Drucker Forum 2013: "Complexity - Looking at the World through Different Lenses."

Steve Bax's comment, April 23, 4:42 AM
This ties with the Belasco and Stayer thinking. Humans tend to seek control. Feeling out of control of ourselves and our lives can cause physiological effects. So passing it to others is tough.
Steve Bax's curator insight, April 23, 4:43 AM

Another stimulating scoop from Kenneth. This ties with the Buffalo and Geese theory from Belasco and Stayer. Passing control to others is not always easy. 

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Are You Too Tentative? Four Ways To Take Smarter Risks, Not Just Safe Ones

Are You Too Tentative? Four Ways To Take Smarter Risks, Not Just Safe Ones | New Leadership | Scoop.it
When weighing a risk, potential losses tend to loom larger than potential gains. That is, we tend to focus more on what might go wrong ? what we might lose or sacrifice ? than what might go right.

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Why Even Bad Strategy is Worth Doing Well

Why Even Bad Strategy is Worth Doing Well | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Good implementation of even a poor strategy can lead to the discovery of better ones

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Danger of Hierarchy in a Fast-Moving World

Danger of Hierarchy in a Fast-Moving World | New Leadership | Scoop.it

The basic strength of hierarchies is that if they are designed well -- the departments/silos make sense in light of your business strategy and your competition, there aren't too many levels, the rules that accompany the hierarchy are smart and sensible -- hierarchies can be an incredibly efficient and reliable way to get work done. In fact nobody has found a more efficient and reliable way.

 

The problem is that hierarchies change slowly to changing conditions, to new rapid-fire strategic challenges, to technological discontinuities. They're not agile, they can't jump to the left or to the right quickly. In today's world you have to be fast and agile, but you also have to be efficient and reliable.

 

So the problem is that a well-designed hierarchy is still needed but it's insufficient. You need two systems, one that can handle speed with agility, and one that gets the work done today with quality and efficiency. And the two have to work together hand in glove.

 


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Danger of Hierarchy in a Fast-Moving World  #fb

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To Create Change, Leadership Is More Important Than Authority

To Create Change, Leadership Is More Important Than Authority | New Leadership | Scoop.it
And you can't rely on the facts to make your case, either.
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3-Signs You’re An Insulated Leader

3-Signs You’re An Insulated Leader | New Leadership | Scoop.it

If you are an insulated leader, you are missing the big picture. As a result, you are making decisions based upon poor—sometimes misleading—information. In today’s climate, you cannot afford to misinterpret the variables that make up your opportunity for a winning equation.  As such, you need to remain aware of the insulation effect, or R-value, of your team by watching for these clues:

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Leadership: Three Small Stories

Leadership: Three Small Stories | New Leadership | Scoop.it
I am sharing 3 small stories which I use in my motivational workshops. Enjoy !

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The Gap Between Knowing and Doing

The Gap Between Knowing and Doing | New Leadership | Scoop.it
It's the gap between knowing and doing that prevents change. Learn more in this post.
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Question: There are four birds sitting on a wire… two decide to fly off.  How many birds are sitting on the wire?


Answer: 4

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No Managers? No Hierarchy? No Way!

No Managers? No Hierarchy? No Way! | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Cries of "no more managers" and "end the hierarchy" are well-intentioned efforts to accelerate the ongoing paradigm shift in management, but they are counterproductive: all organizations are hierarchical and all have managers.

 


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The golden middle...:-)))

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Help Your Employees Find Flow

Help Your Employees Find Flow | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Holacracy. Results-Only Work Environments. These new, more flexible ways of working may be a step too far for many organizations. Still, greater employee freedom can create a better sense of “flow,” which enhances engagement, retention, and performance. This can be achieved by loosening your grip on work practices — but you don’t have to let go completely: remove obstacles, set boundaries and meaningful goals, then let work take its course.

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The 5 Things You Must Give Employees

The 5 Things You Must Give Employees | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Odds are very high that many of your employees are disengaged, but you have the power to change that. Forget about awards and bonuses. Here are the five gifts that keep on giving.

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The Essentialist Leader:

The Essentialist Leader: | New Leadership | Scoop.it

The desire to do something unforgettable, exceptional and remarkable is the fire that burns in the head and hearts of leaders who strive to create a better future; a living, learning, evolving workplace where potential thrives and products and services create value for all constituents and the communities they serve.

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The art of sustainable leadership

The art of sustainable leadership | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Executive coach Kate Lanz looks at how to maximise the brain’s full potential for sustainable leadership.
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People: A Key to Innovation Capability

People: A Key to Innovation Capability | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Top performing companies recognize that successful innovation is inherently complex. No matter how much money a company invests, or how efficient it makes its internal processes, the companies that are the most successful at innovation are those that invest significant time, effort and money in people.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 23, 9:22 PM

The message educators should take out of this is that people teachers and students are important in educating for any innovation. It is not a far off and distant thing, but something immediate and in the classroom setting.

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How Successful Leaders Build Teams That Thrive

How Successful Leaders Build Teams That Thrive | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Learn about 3 tactics successful leaders use to build thriving teams that can adapt to the changing needs of their organization.

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 23, 2:51 PM

When it comes to leading teams and organization’s in today’s fast-changing environment, it can be tempting to focus our attention on those employees who share our point of view; whose opinions and insights help to solidify and support our perspective of what’s important and what needs to be done. It’s also easy to try and limit what information we allow our employees to have access to as a way to exert control and authority over those we’re meant to serve.

 

And yet, if we are to truly tap into the great value of teams – of benefiting from the diversity of experiences, insights and outlooks – we need to demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that everyone in our team or organization has the opportunity to be heard; that we share what we know so that our employees will be willing to share their insights and experiences to help us better identify the challenges and opportunities we’ll face going forward.

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Why the Old Paradigms of Strategy Development Are Out of Date

Why the Old Paradigms of Strategy Development Are Out of Date | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Most of the tools managers use to craft business strategy today were developed in the 20th century. Strategy formulation needs an update.

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The Power of Language in Transformational Leadership

The Power of Language in Transformational Leadership | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Our choices of words have impact on others. We can choose the words we use, however that takes thought and intention to be successful.

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Word are so important and how we speak with others is critical to developing trusting and lasting relationships. 

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Forget the Strategy PowerPoint

Forget the Strategy PowerPoint | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Create a rational, emotionally compelling written statement instead.
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Wise advise from the great John Kotter.

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Traits of a Motivated Leader

Traits of a Motivated Leader | New Leadership | Scoop.it
If there is one trait that virtually all effective leaders have, it is motivation – a variety of self-management whereby we mobilize our positive emotions to drive us toward our goals. Motivated

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John Michel's curator insight, April 21, 3:18 PM

Plenty of people are motivated by external factors, such as a big salary or the status that comes from having an impressive title or being part of a prestigious company. By contrast, those with leadership potential are motivated by a deeply embedded desire to achieve for the sake of achievement.

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12 Actions of 21st Century Servant Leaders

12 Actions of 21st Century Servant Leaders | New Leadership | Scoop.it
21st century leaders need to tap into the actions that unleash the human spirit in our organizations. These are merely 12 ways. Certainly in a list like this
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What maker leaders make

What maker leaders make | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Over the years, I’ve read more than a few books, listened to audiotapes and CDs, watched videos and attended conferences where I’ve had the chance to consider viewpoints on what makes leaders excellent in their work. Leader media take up more than a few linear feet of shelving in bookstores and quite a bit of space on the Internet.

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Like this concept of "making" rather than just "doing".

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Unleashing the improvement potential of front-line employees

Unleashing the improvement potential of front-line employees | New Leadership | Scoop.it

From the time of Alexander the Great to the invention of the steam engine in the 18th century, there was almost no increase in people’s productivity.

 

The speed a soldier in Alexander the Great’s army could travel was limited by the speed of the horse he rode or the beasts pulling his wagon; and weapons they used were all hand forged. The same was true for Napoleon’s troops 2,000 years later. But with the invention of the steam engine, things began to change. Since that time, the nominal annual rate of productivity improvement in developed economies has been between 0.5% and 2%. This is approximately the same natural improvement rate that is found in most traditionally run organizations.

 

But what if you could improve faster, at a rate that outpaced your competitors? And what if you could maintain this rate year-after-year? The result would be a considerable competitive advantage.

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Employee engagement closely tied to health and wellbeing

Employee engagement closely tied to health and wellbeing | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Most employers know that an engaged workforce is more likely to be a more productive one, but less acknowledged is the link between engagement and the health and wellbeing of staff. - See more at: http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/hr/features/1143435/employee-engagement-closely-tied-health-wellbeing#sthash.QKFS1byp.dpuf

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The Key to a Successful Culture of Innovation

The Key to a Successful Culture of Innovation | New Leadership | Scoop.it
In order for companies to develop a culture of innovation, the people involved in innovation (from the practitioners to the executives to the broader employee base) must be able to communicate effectively about innovation — and they aren’t.
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