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Six Drucker Questions that Simplify a Complex Age

Six Drucker Questions that Simplify a Complex Age | New Leadership | Scoop.it
They'll help you challenge assumptions and reframe problems.
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donhornsby's curator insight, November 7, 2013 7:33 AM

(From the article): With that in mind, here are six questions—all of them straight out of Drucker’s writing—that I believe he would now pose to any manager trying to cope with, in his words, “the complexities of size, markets, products and technologies.” You should ask the first two from the standpoint of your overall organization. You should ask those who work for you the second two. And the final two you should ask yourself.

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20 Ways to Improve Employee Performance

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, November 25, 2:20 AM


Are your employees engaged to the level that you want to see for the sake of the future of your business?


Would your business benefit from even a small increase in the performance of each of your employees?


Have you run out of ideas for increasing employee engagement levels and improving the performance of some or all of your employees?


Could you implement to good effect, some of the means outlined in this excellent short article, and see the required results?

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A List of Goals Is Not a Strategy

A List of Goals Is Not a Strategy | New Leadership | Scoop.it

If you’ve been struggling to develop strategy and write your strategic plan, what you may have been missing up till now is a method. These steps will help.



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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, November 25, 8:34 PM

Graham Kenny suggests that people should include these three steps in their strategic planning: 


  1. Identify which stakeholders you depend on for success
  2. Recognize what you want from your stakeholders
  3. Recognize what your stakeholders want from you


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How to Create Future-Proof Leaders

How to Create Future-Proof Leaders | New Leadership | Scoop.it

According to Les McKeown, many leadership development programs begin on the basis of asking the wrong question.

 

In this short article he explains what the fundamental is flaw is that apparently occurs much more often than any other. Clue: developing leaders is about preparing fro the future not the present.


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Matthew Farmer's curator insight, November 25, 2:27 AM

This goes to show how some simple base assumptions, when incorrect can be at the root of a lot of problems. The answer to the question, "what skills, behaviours and attitudes do leaders need, in order for this organization to succeed in the future?" could be very different to the question, "what skills, behaviours and attitudes do leaders need, in order for this organization to succeed now?"

David Hain's curator insight, November 25, 2:41 AM

How are you framing leadership development in your organisation? Good question...

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Why Middle Managers Are So Unhappy

Why Middle Managers Are So Unhappy | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Who are the unhappiest among your workers? And what’s driving them crazy? They may not be who you think they are. They aren’t who we would have thought.

To find out, we gathered data from the most unengaged and uncommitted employees from more than 320,000 employees in a variety of organizations. We then identified those employees whose engagement and commitment scores were in the bottom 5% and compared the responses of these 15,729 unhappy souls to the rest.

You might think these would be the people with poor performance ratings or the ones in over their heads – people with inadequate training, education, or experience for the job. Or perhaps they’re the ones who haven’t been on the job long enough to decide they’re a bad fit and move elsewhere.

But when we examined the demographic characteristics of these employees, we found instead that they could best be described as those “stuck in the middle of everything.”

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David Hain's curator insight, November 25, 9:48 AM

Engagement bombshell! 'Unhappiest people at work are good, steady performers' ~ Zenger Folkman research.

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The 10 Principles Of The Future Manager

The 10 Principles Of The Future Manager | New Leadership | Scoop.it

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, November 24, 9:23 AM

It is hard to wear so many hats simultaneously. The wise leader will develop them one at a time and add them to his or her toolbox.  In this way more will be accomplished in a shorter period of time than if we tried to do it all at the same time.  It is better to be excellent at several things acquired over time than to be mediocre at several things tried simultaneously...

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 24, 11:38 AM

Peter Vaill's work focused on the first point. He argued 25 years ago that managing and leading were integrated. This is not new, but it has taken a long time for others to pick up on it.

 

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mBraining: the science of effective decision-making

mBraining: the science of effective decision-making | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Combine your inner wisdon, gut instinct and mental intelligence for effective decision making, says Victor Marino
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Developing culture

Developing culture | New Leadership | Scoop.it
When was the last time you took a positive decision to take a good look at your organisation?  We’re not talking here about changing a job title in response to the latest government missive on pay or restructuring a department in the light of technology developments.  Changes of that nature go on all the time in organisations but they are reactive rather than creative.  What we are thinking of here is deliberately taking time out to have a good hard look at the organisation and its culture.
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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, November 23, 8:35 PM

Every leader has to work on this issue,,,

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Why Great Leadership Fuels Innovation

Bringing new ideas to life requires teamwork that only great leaders can elicit.

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Leaders, Don't Let Knowledge Walk Out the Door

Leaders, Don't Let Knowledge Walk Out the Door | New Leadership | Scoop.it

I visit a local bakery every Friday afternoon to purchase Challa bread, a sweet egg bread that just seems to go well with just about every meal. I've been buying a loaf there, each week, for years. Unfortunately, of late, the quality just hasn't been there. We've noticed the bread is not as it should be — and oddly doughy at the center. It was such a surprise when this began to occur. We realized this was a sign that something was off-track.

 The root of the problem began with a personnel change in the bakery — as a highly experienced baker left quite suddenly. With her, left all of the subtleties of the trade that were so important to continued excellence. Sadly, her legacy was lost.

This is an issue that organizations both large and small, must address. How do we effectively capture all of what our valued employees know — all of the strategies and nuances that set them apart as contributors? How do we ensure that this information can be shared going forward? How do we, as individuals, leave our own mark?


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David Hain's curator insight, November 21, 2:19 AM

The importance of legacy, and good ideas to create it. How solid is your corporate memory?

Dixie Binford's curator insight, November 24, 9:48 AM

This is especially true for the Education industry in the coming years.  We have the Baby Boomers leaving the field with a great deal of expertise.  How can we draw on those experiences and leave the job of education in good shape?  What systems to we have in place to transmit that knowledge to the next generation?

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14 Essentials That Help Today’s Leaders Do Great Work

14 Essentials That Help Today’s Leaders Do Great Work | New Leadership | Scoop.it
YEC (Young Entrepreneur Council) surveyed some folks about one thing they need to do good work. Here are the responses.
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Brilliant list.

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Top tips for leading remote teams

Top tips for leading remote teams | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Martin Baker shares best practice from the Toolkit for Managers. Managing employees in different locations is an increasingly common challenge. These tips will help you support your remote team members.

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How Great Leaders Make a FUSS About What Works

How Great Leaders Make a FUSS About What Works | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Why are we always so focused on what’s NOT right? It’s partly human nature, partly habit, and we are just drawn to solve the biggest breakdowns in the business. The problem is that when we do this, we neglect to focus on what actually is working. And that’s where the real opportunity lies.

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What is host leadership?

What is host leadership? | New Leadership | Scoop.it

A host is someone who receives or entertains guests. This is a position with which we are all familiar, at some level. Think about your experience of hosting people in your home or at a celebration. Hosts sometimes have to act heroically – stepping forward, planning, inviting, introducing, providing. They also act in service: stepping back, encouraging, giving space, joining in. The good host can be seen moving effortlessly between them. Hosting has ancient roots and is found across all cultures. We all know good hosting (and good “guesting”) at an instinctive gut level.

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Understanding Servant Leadership

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The 21st century has brought much in the way of turmoil and change to the world of business. As a consequence, ways of doing business that were once universally accepted now seem outdated and inflexible in an age where knowledge drives economies and socially responsible corporate attitudes influence stakeholders and shareholders alike.



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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, November 25, 3:13 PM

Companies adopting servant leadership within their organisational culture give a lot of attention to developing environments and support structures that foster high levels of employee satisfaction. In addition, the servant leader works toward building a learning organisation where individuals are encouraged to grow and be of unique value.


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25 ways to use employee engagement to improve motivation levels - 1

25 ways to use employee engagement to improve motivation levels - 1 | New Leadership | Scoop.it
In part 1 of this list we give you 12 of our 25 ways, so read on to find out more.
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Some great advice here. Nothing new but good to have it all in one place.

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The New Science of Building Great Teams

The New Science of Building Great Teams | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Just by looking at the sociometric data, we’ve been able to foretell which teams will win a business plan contest.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 25, 2:44 AM

MIT Human Dynamics bring the detail of great teamwork together with precise observations.  Meet the 'charismatic connectors'.

Alexis Assimacopoulos's curator insight, November 25, 7:47 AM

http://www.worldsviewacademy.com/products/purposeful-teams-intervention/279

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Why Belonging Is Key in Today’s Workplace

Why Belonging Is Key in Today’s Workplace | New Leadership | Scoop.it

For our ancestors, belonging to a group that shared the workload and helped protect each other was essential for survival. As a result our brains are hard-wired to motivate us toward connection and belonging. In fact, recent research in neuroscience has indicated that social needs are managed using the same neural networks as used for primary survival needs such as food and water. (Lieberman, Eisenberger, 2008) Belonging can literally feel like a life or death matter.

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Leadership and Change (Part 1) - Huffington Post

Leadership and Change (Part 1) - Huffington Post | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership is about change, but we all know disastrous stories of leaders whose boats cracked up on the rocks of change, either by leading an organization in a direction that constituents could not or would not accept, or by leading a group into...

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, November 23, 8:29 PM

Important thoughts for leaders everywhere...

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When You Give Your Team a Goal, Make It a Range

When You Give Your Team a Goal, Make It a Range | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Goals! Managers love setting them. Employees (hopefully) want to achieve them. And for good reason. A well-constructed and thoughtfully considered goal can be extremely motivating and rewarding. It’s no surprise, then, that they are a staple of any modern day manager’s motivational toolkit. Want to focus your organization on winning new business? Then set the sales team a goal for the number of outbound calls made, business development meetings arranged, and trade show contacts followed up on. Need to increase your company’s customer satisfaction ratings? Then set a target for the time it takes associates to answer calls and for supervisors to resolve complaints, and tally the number of testimonials gained from delighted customers… you get the idea.

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13 Scary Statistics on Employee Engagement

13 Scary Statistics on Employee Engagement | New Leadership | Scoop.it
The infographic that we put together has some pretty shocking statistics in it, but there are a few common themes. Employees feel overworked, overwhelmed, and they don’t like what they do. Companies are noticing it, with 75% of them saying they can’t attract the right talent, and 83% of them feeling that their employer brand isn’t compelling. Companies that want to fix this need to be smart, and patient. This doesn’t happen overnight, but like I mentioned, it’s easy to do. Being patient might be the hardest thing for companies, and I understand how frustrating it can be not to see results right away, but it’s important that you invest in this, because the ROI of employee engagement is huge.

Here are 4 simple (and free) things you can do to get that passion back into employees. These are all based on research from Deloitte.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, November 23, 12:59 AM

The widespread problem of employee management and how small steps can address the same.

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6 Ways to Know You Need a Course Correction

6 Ways to Know You Need a Course Correction | New Leadership | Scoop.it

 

Some people measure success by the wealth they’ve accumulated, the power they’ve attained, or the status they’ve achieved. Yet, even though they’ve reached success beyond their wildest dreams, they still have an empty feeling — something is missing from their life.

 

In order to fill that void and be completely fulfilled in life, their soul may be searching for something more.

 

Here are a few scenarios that describe this emptiness:

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The 3 Beliefs of Human Business

The 3 Beliefs of Human Business | New Leadership | Scoop.it

It’s all too easy to forget the human side of business. We get so bogged down in the processes and procedures, the board meetings and balance sheets, that we forget that business doesn’t exist for its own sake. Business is about human beings. It was invented to serve human beings. It employs human beings. It rewards, develops and sadly sometimes discards human beings. And any business has an impact on the human beings all around it.

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Executive coaching for organisational change

Executive coaching for organisational change | New Leadership | Scoop.it
How can organisations best utilise coaching to adapt to change? Can technology provide answers in the future? Dimitrios Tsivrikos of University College London explains all.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 21, 2:46 AM

Orgs spend >$2bn a year on coaching services, 82% of British orgs use it for leadership devt, ~ CIPD.  Can't all be wrong!

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, November 21, 2:53 AM

Coaching , as being especially helpful, during times of change!

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, November 22, 1:41 AM

"...In fact, Lambert and Barley (2002) conducted a study which found that client readiness accounted for 40% of the variance in coaching effectiveness outcomes...." - how true...


And  let's do not forget those who are "sent" into the coaching process, do not want anything from it, and - somehow, perhaps due to the coach's careful approach and patience and excellent capacity to be able to hear the "inner music" - who are finding something to work on  and also the joy & fun to do so... that's an even more important challenge...    

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From bottom to top: Turning around the top team

From bottom to top: Turning around the top team | New Leadership | Scoop.it
A case study of change at Philips illustrates the importance of the “soft stuff.” A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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A Leadership Rule Every Boss Should Know

Great leaders are role models for building strong relationships. This rule of thumb makes relationship-based leadership easy.

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, November 18, 10:11 AM

Great advice to follow...