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6 Ways Business Could Change in 2013

6 Ways Business Could Change in 2013 | New Leadership | Scoop.it
At long last, the fax machine may finally die. Read on for more shifts next year that may change how you do business.
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Why leaders can’t ignore emotional intelligence as a key to corporate success

Why leaders can’t ignore emotional intelligence as a key to corporate success | New Leadership | Scoop.it

While IQ and technical skills will get you on the ladder, it’s emotional intelligence that takes you to the top. Here’s how and why you should develop these essential skills. 

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Synchronise the message: The importance of internal communication

Synchronise the message: The importance of internal communication | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Employees can make or break an organisation. Internal communications need to be more than just an afterthought; engaged employees will accelerate your brand more effectively than a viral marketing campaign.

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Six ways of being an approachable leader

Six ways of being an approachable leader | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Never underestimate how important being approachable is to the work that needs to be done in your organization. When you are approachable, people can connect and relate to you. They understand what is needed for success and are willing to roll up their sleeves to get the work done. When others feel that you are open to hearing what they have to say, they will keep you apprised of the things you need to know.

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The Leader as Coach: 3 Times When Coaching Is Not the Answer

The Leader as Coach: 3 Times When Coaching Is Not the Answer | New Leadership | Scoop.it

In a couple of my recent posts I’ve talked about managers using coach-like skills in their conversations with direct reports. Doing this often makes conversations more impactful and effective.

But there are times when using a coaching style is not appropriate—when, in fact, it can be counterproductive and cause the other person to become frustrated.

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Executive Coaching: The Best Decision You Can Make as a Leader  

Executive Coaching: The Best Decision You Can Make as a Leader   | New Leadership | Scoop.it

There is a lot of debate and conversation surrounding the question of what makes an effective executive. Executives are deeply knowledgeable about all aspects of their business, they work to create value and deliver results. They are subject matter experts, know their industry thoroughly and make difficult business decisions on a regular basis. On top of this, executives need to form trusting relationships with people both inside and outside of their organization. This is a lot of responsibility for one person to take on, and with so few people to shoulder the burden, it’s understandable why so many CEOs feel lonely, overwhelmed, and isolated.

It can certainly be lonely at C-suite, but nobody should get to such a position that they can’t ask for help and guidance. This is why one source has declared that the smartest business move an executive can ever make is to hire an executive coach. In fact, a number of COOs and CEOs have come forward to discuss their use of executive coaches, explaining the advantages it has offered them.

But are executive coaches really worth the money? What benefits do they offer and how can your day-to-day work and home life improve as a result?

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donhornsby's curator insight, Today, 9:38 AM
It can certainly be lonely at C-suite, but nobody should get to such a position that they can’t ask for help and guidance. This is why one source has declared that the smartest business move an executive can ever make is to hire an executive coach. In fact, a number of COOs and CEOs have come forward to discuss their use of executive coaches, explaining the advantages it has offered them. But are executive coaches really worth the money? What benefits do they offer and how can your day-to-day work and home life improve as a result?
 
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What Kind of Leader Are You? The Answer Means Everything to Your Employees

What Kind of Leader Are You? The Answer Means Everything to Your Employees | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Is your executive presence taking away from the talent of those around you?

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Leadership in crisis – the new Growth Business opportunity

Leadership in crisis – the new Growth Business opportunity | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders are scared and struggling in this new era of extraordinary and unexpected disruption.

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donhornsby's curator insight, Today, 9:26 AM
Our findings focus on the enormous potential to change things by modifying culture, mind-set and behaviour. Behaviour and profound lack of understanding of the changing public mood explain a series of leadership failures in the public and private sectors in recent months.
 
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How Honest Apologies Can Help Leaders Bounce Back  

How Honest Apologies Can Help Leaders Bounce Back   | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Business and government leaders will benefit greatly from showing genuine remorse when things go wrong, even if they aren’t personally responsible for a mess, says Arthur D. Collins, Jr., former chairman and CEO of Medtronic. He is now managing partner at Acorn Advisors, which consults with nonprofits on strategy and governance, and also a board director at Boeing, Cargill and U.S. Bancorp. At the same time, Collins adds, leaders who fail to offer timely apologies — or shift blame to others — lose respect and credibility for themselves and their organizations. He detailed the power of an honest apology in an interview on Knowledge@Wharton’s SiriusXM show. (Listen to the complete podcast above.)

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4 Practices That Will Make You a More Powerful & Trusted Leader

4 Practices That Will Make You a More Powerful & Trusted Leader | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Power. The word itself evokes a reaction. What thoughts or feelings do you have when you think of power? Perhaps you picture an organizational chart where the boxes at the top are imbued with more power than those below. Maybe you imagine an iron fist, representative of a person who rules over others with absolute authority. Or perhaps the word power conjures up feelings of nervousness, anxiety, or fear, based on negative experiences you’ve had in the past. On the flip side, maybe the word power emboldens you with excitement, energy, or drive to exert your influence on people and circumstances in your life.

Power is a dynamic present in all of our relationships and it’s one we need to properly manage to help our relationships develop to their fullest potential. In and of itself, power is amoral; it’s neither good or bad. The way we use power is what determines its value.

But what is power? How do we get it? And once we have it, how do we keep it?

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 28, 2:15 PM
The four are empathy, giving, expressing gratitude, and unifying stories. It sounds a lot like servant-leadership.
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The power of perspective-taking  

The power of perspective-taking   | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Successful leadership requires you to navigate your way through all sorts of choppy organisational waters. You have to figure out what drives your customers and employees, negotiate with clients and suppliers, manage diversity and resolve conflicts – all in a day’s work

Learning to see situations from other perspectives can help with all of these challenges, says Gillian Ku, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School (LBS). Her research on perspective-taking – “the active cognitive process of imagining the world from another’s vantage point” – suggests many potential benefits for managers and leaders. 

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9 Strategies Of Uncommon Wisdom For Fuelling Top Performance

9 Strategies Of Uncommon Wisdom For Fuelling Top Performance | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Learn about 9 strategies leaders can employ that are key to driving employee performance in their organization.

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High-performing teams: A timeless leadership topic  

High-performing teams: A timeless leadership topic   | New Leadership | Scoop.it

CEOs and senior executives can employ proven techniques to create top-team performance.

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The Cost of Corporate Speak: How Business Jargon Negatively Impacts Organizations 

The Cost of Corporate Speak: How Business Jargon Negatively Impacts Organizations  | New Leadership | Scoop.it

“Transformation,” “disruption,” and “millennials” topped a 2015 survey of business jargon terms that workers are sick of hearing. Unfortunately, these are just the latest entries in corporate speak, joining “low-hanging fruit,” “touch base,” “bandwidth,” and “innovation.” Business jargon, or specialized language used in the industry, has a long history and is universally disliked.

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Authenticity is key to unlocking leadership success

Authenticity is key to unlocking leadership success | New Leadership | Scoop.it

French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss said: “The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.” Authentic leaders recognise their limitations and accept they don’t have all the answers.

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4 Examples When Strategy Should Drive a Leader’s Decision | Ron Edmondson

4 Examples When Strategy Should Drive a Leader’s Decision | Ron Edmondson | New Leadership | Scoop.it
There are times the “gut call” comes in handy for a leader. Leaders often must make quick and decisive decisions. Past experience and instinct can help a leader make the call when an immediate decision is needed.

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Ask Yourself These 5 Questions Before Deciding On A Leadership Style

Ask Yourself These 5 Questions Before Deciding On A Leadership Style | New Leadership | Scoop.it

First-time managers often ask themselves how to develop a leadership style that suits them: “Who should I model myself after? What kind of leader should I be?” It’s great to think critically about your approach to managing others, particularly when you’re new to it, but these questions won’t exactly help you.

 

That’s because they assume that leadership is something you try on and show off, a “style” that’s curated and intentional. But especially in the beginning, your style will be based far less on mirroring others’ habits and behaviors and far more on instinct and intuition. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 8, 6:58 PM

To develop a leadership style that’s authentic to you, let it take shape organically, not through intentional curation.

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Want People to Try Harder on Work Teams? Focus On These 3 Perceptions

Want People to Try Harder on Work Teams? Focus On These 3 Perceptions | New Leadership | Scoop.it

TYhe nature of teamwork in today’s organizations is evolving. Our research shows that both team leaders and team members have a key role to play in this evolution. As a part of our survey we asked people to identify the conditions that impact the level of effort they put into the teams they work on. (See Figure 1: My Personal Effort Depends On))

When it came to conditions that affect how much personal effort individuals put into their role as a team member, the top three statements respondents most agreed with were:

Whether I trust the other team members


The level of support I get from my team leader


Whether or not team members are allowed to share opposing opinions and disagree with each other

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Leading Effectively When You Inherit a Mess

Leading Effectively When You Inherit a Mess | New Leadership | Scoop.it

An executive I work with recently stepped into the biggest challenge of her career. Recruited from outside the organization, she faced multiple problems: The business was losing money, costs were bloated, customer loyalty was fading, and key talent was defecting. Her predecessor had made a failed attempt at reorganizing before leaving for the competition. Morale was low, while distrust and anxiety were rising.

A 10-year longitudinal study on executive transitions that my organization conducted found that more than 50% of executives who inherit a mess fail within their first 18 months on the job. We also uncovered numerous landmines for leaders in this situation. And, with the best of intentions, my client was about to step on a number of them. When a leader inherits a mess created by others, especially when arriving as an outsider, the situation can feel fragile and knowing where to begin the long journey of change can feel precarious. Based on our research and my experience, there are six things the most effective leaders do to avoid failing in a new role.

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This Three-Word Phrase Is Subtly Undermining Your Authority

This Three-Word Phrase Is Subtly Undermining Your Authority | New Leadership | Scoop.it

You don’t need to be told why it matters to be transparent and honest at work–that much is a given. So is the overall usefulness of expressing yourself clearly, confidently, and with as few filler words as possible. But in the effort to do that, many of us fall back on common expressions that might sound totally fine in social situations but can do some quiet damage in the workplace. One of them is “I’m sorry.” Another is “to be honest.”

 

The latter turn of phrase–and versions of it, like “honestly,” “frankly,” “if I can be honest with you,” or “let me be frank”–is easy to resort to when you want to cut through the crap, come clean, or offer your unvarnished opinion. But these expressions also tend to attach themselves to–and subtly encourage–certain messages that are either better left unsaid or ought to be rephrased. Here are times when “to be honest” can make you sound less authoritative around the office.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 6, 7:07 PM

Sounding confident, transparent, and truthful doesn’t require any prefaces.

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How Becoming A Good Listener Can Make You A Better Leader

How Becoming A Good Listener Can Make You A Better Leader | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Running a business is an inherently emotional experience. Even the most stoic leaders are bound to find themselves becoming invested not only in outcomes, but in people and processes as well.

 

While emotional leadership is often regarded as a liability, lack of personal investment can also bring about negative outcomes.

 

I’ve learned that the best leaders are those who can recognize emotionally-charged situations, rise above the passions of the movement, and maintain a level head. Good leaders are quick to listen and slow to anger.


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leafprovide's comment, July 31, 4:50 AM
Like teaching (educate and pedagogy are etymologically about leading) leading is about listening first. Sometimes asking questions furthers the conversation and understanding of others. They solve their problems.
libertopereda's curator insight, July 31, 4:09 PM

What does it mean to listen? Listening points to four levels: what we can see and hear, the emotions and thoughts, the sensations and what's wanting to emerge (or not). How much of our listening is directed to each of these four levels? Do we really listen when we speak? Do we listen inwards, outwards, both, or neither? Listening comes from the feminine side of us, specially deep listening. What is needed for a deeper listening? What is all this noise telling us?

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Business Leadership Isn't Just About How They Lead the Business

Business Leadership Isn't Just About How They Lead the Business | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Is something fundamentally or inherently wrong, deficient, or even derelict about the people who hold top positions in certain organizations? Or is the ever spreading “leadership crisis” really just a function of how leaders are selected, developed and rewarded? We take the position that it is the latter.

The systems that many organizations use to select, develop, and reward top leaders all are based on their behavior and their business accomplishments. At the same time, these systems overlook the essence of leadership and leaders’ impact on people and the culture of their organizations, which is why they inadvertently promote and reinforce behaviors later deemed as “bad” rather than those that enable organizations to be resilient and effective over the long-term.

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It’s ok for leaders to have a sense of humour

It’s ok for leaders to have a sense of humour | New Leadership | Scoop.it

But only if it's not at the expense of others: It's better for the team if you laugh at yourself, write Kai Chi (Sam) Yam and Jenson Lau

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How to lead through uncertainty

How to lead through uncertainty | New Leadership | Scoop.it

All leaders, regardless of sector, are facing unprecedented levels of disruption and uncertainty about the future

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Turn the Organizational Pyramid Upside Down?

Turn the Organizational Pyramid Upside Down? | New Leadership | Scoop.it

"Too many leaders have been conditioned to think of leadership only in terms of power and control,” says best-selling business author Ken Blanchard in the July/August issue of Chief Learning Officer magazine. “But there is a better way to lead—one that combines equal parts serving and leading. This kind of leadership requires a special kind of leader—a servant leader.”

In this model, leaders have to be prepared to play two different roles in the organization.

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A CEO action plan for workplace automation  

A CEO action plan for workplace automation   | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Senior executives need to understand the tactical as well as strategic opportunities, redesign their organizations, and commit to helping shape the debate about the future of work.

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