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I strongly believe in a new type of management style. Not the control-and-command style, form which Managers are derived, but working together based on trust, empowerment and cooperation. Leaders in stead of Managers. All part of my philosophy call 'Qualtism'.
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Ugh... I Made a Bad Decision - Great Leaders Serve

Ugh... I Made a Bad Decision - Great Leaders Serve | About leadership | Scoop.it
How often are you wrong as a leader? Let’s not kid ourselves; we’re not perfect. We make a lot of bad decisions over the course of our career. I’m dealing with a situation now in which I made a bad call – it happens.
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Why organisational change can be difficult

Why organisational change can be difficult | About leadership | Scoop.it
Organisational change from a Darwinian perspective

 

Organisational change seems to be far more difficult in some organisations than others – this blog will suggest the reason and a possible solution! But before looking at these concepts, let’s lay out the basics:

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Holacracy – The Title For A Title Less World - #bealeader

Holacracy – The Title For A Title Less World - #bealeader | About leadership | Scoop.it

If you think Holacracy is insane, you should probably think about what the current state of your organization is right now, and really dig into why.

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#Holacracy: it's not the definition but the idea of what makes it possible

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 4, 2014 6:57 PM

This is a way of bringing authentic leadership to the fore.

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The Secret to Focusing on What Matters

The Secret to Focusing on What Matters | About leadership | Scoop.it

Trivialities replace what matters when you’re under the gun. The dark power of time pressure, stress, and urgency is they obscure what's meaningful. 

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Insignificant leaders focus on trivialities

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Hierarchy Is Overrated

Hierarchy Is Overrated | About leadership | Scoop.it
Flat structures work, and work better.

 

Maybe you’ve heard the old cliché – if you’ve got “too many chiefs,” your initiative will fail. Every time I hear it, I wonder, “Why can’t everyone be a chief?”

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It’s time to start reimagining management.  Making everyone a chief is a good place to start.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 27, 2013 1:11 PM

Hierarchies are naturally occuring phenomena. It does not mean they are necessary. Knowing they occur helps us deal with them and flatten the structure.

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Lean Leadership: Listening & Humility

Lean Leadership: Listening & Humility | About leadership | Scoop.it

The holiday season is my favorite time of year for two reasons: the holidays themselves and business planning. Proper business planning requires significant reflection, an activity that Lean Leaders embrace and do regularly and less effective leaders often skip.

While I continually reflect during the year, it’s more intentional and formalized in the last quarter. I spend significant chunks of time reflecting on what’s working and what’s not, what I want to do more of and less of, how I want to grow the business in terms of people and products, which services I want to discontinue offering, etc.  The result of all this reflecting is a hoshin plan (a work plan) for the coming year that provides clear direction about the target conditions we aim to achieve and the work priorities for achieving them. (You can use hoshin planning to achieve personal goals as well; I wrote about this earlier this year.)

 

While much has been written about the technical aspects of hoshin planning (also called strategy deployment), there are two key success factors that haven’t captured as much air time: listening and humility. It’s difficult to create an effective plan that gets you from Point A to Point B if you fail to listen deeply or operate with a hubris-filled heart and mind.


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Karen Martin on Learn Leadership

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Employee Engagement Is A Result Of Leader Engagement | The Leadership Advisor

Employee Engagement Is A Result Of Leader Engagement | The Leadership Advisor | About leadership | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago, Gallup released their State of the Global Workplace Report 2013. The report is a result of an ongoing study of workplaces across 140 countries from 2011 through 2012. According to the report, there is an estimated $140 trillion growth expected globally over the next 30 years. The companies who thrive over the next few decades will be working now to position themselves to take advantage of this anticipated economic growth of potential customers. One of the key areas in which this will be made possible is in how engaged your organization is.


The most stark statistic listed in the study was that global engagement levels are at 13%. Imagine the lost productivity and revenue from having 87% of the global workforce either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged”. The US ticks in a bit higher at 30% engagement levels, but that is still larger than a 2:1 ratio of disengaged to engaged workers. Obviously plenty of work to do in this area.

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Better #leaders result in higher engagement.

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Leadership Is About Emotion

Leadership Is About Emotion | About leadership | Scoop.it

Make a list of the 5 leaders you most admire. They can be from business, social media, politics, technology, the sciences, any field. Now ask yourself why you admire them. The chances are high that your admiration is based on more than their accomplishments. I'll bet everyone on your list reaches you on an emotional level.

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Unlearning is a leadership skill

Unlearning is a leadership skill | About leadership | Scoop.it

Years ago in one of my first leadership roles, I was nervous about taking over a department that was new to me. I was seen as a strong manager but I knew that I had a steep learning curve ahead to understand the ins and outs of the work of the department. At the time I believed that I could not lead effectively if I did not know more about the day-to-day work than anyone else. I pored over reports, data, and manuals, attended endless meetings – and never asked questions of my team out of fear that they would see me as weak. I felt I had to know everything there was to know about our area – and that belief made the transition a lot harder than it needed to be.

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Robyn McLeod - Thoughtful Leaders

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Leading For A Better Tomorrow

Leading For A Better Tomorrow | About leadership | Scoop.it

How can leaders best shape the future of their organizations?

 

Despite all of the competing demands in a leader’s day, it is important to be focused on the future as well as the present. Peter Drucker, who was considered to be the “father of modern management,” did not mince words when he advised managers and leaders about the dangers of complacency and putting off the future. That’s why I believe that it is important to tap into some of his most pointed and provocative advice for creating the best possible futures for our organizations.

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Het wordt tijd voor SMURF-doelen

Het wordt tijd voor SMURF-doelen | About leadership | Scoop.it

Vraag een willekeurige manager wat belangrijk is aan het stellen van doelen en als een Pavlovreactie braakt uw gesprekspartner het woord SMART uit. SMART is het ‘mit-nach-samt-bei-seit-von-zu’ van de doelstellingen. Goedbedoeld en direct paraat, maar achterhaald. De toekomst is aan SMURF-doelen!

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#SMART is uit! Echt! 

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Great Leadership Requires Asking Questions | Rethinking Complexity

Great Leadership Requires Asking Questions | Rethinking Complexity | About leadership | Scoop.it

So often we look to leaders to provide answers to the most challenging problems we face, whether in politics or business. In fact, great leaders are those who instead ask the right questions and engage others to arrive at the best answers together.

The media overly promotes a single businessman, politician or sports star as responsible for overall success. As a result, it’s hard to think of Apple without Steve Jobs, J.P. Morgan Chase without Jamie Dimon, and the current Denver Broncos without Payton Manning.

We tend to therefore associate the success of any group as overly reliant on those who lead them. Leaders are vital, of course, but the best are those who inspire others and share leadership to arrive at the most creative solutions.

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Die ICT'ers / managers begrijpen er niets van! - Feedbek

Die ICT'ers / managers begrijpen er niets van! - Feedbek | About leadership | Scoop.it
Die ICT'ers / managers begrijpen er niets van!

 

Dat is wat je vaak hoort: ICT’ers en managers spreken een andere taal, ze begrijpen elkaar niet, soms kijken ze zelfs op elkaar neer, ze vinden dat de ander niet begrijpt waar het werkelijk om draait. Maar dit probleem kom je overal tegen. Althans, overal waar managers rondlopen.

Neem de gezondheidszorg. In ziekenhuizen is er een constante strijd tussen het bestuurlijke management, en de specialisten en het verplegend personeel, die daadwerkelijk de zorg leveren. Managers zijn er, in hun optiek, veelal alleen maar om te beknibbelen op het werk dat gerealiseerd moet worden.

Ook in de media, het onderwijs en de creatieve industrie kom je dit veel tegen. Recent zijn meerdere kunstopleidingen in opspraak geraakt vanwege het verschil in inzicht over hoe je zo’n kunstopleiding moet benaderen, HBO’s hebben al jaren een slechte reputatie vanwege de heersende gedachte dat besturen megalomaan zijn en in het verleden is het voormalige PCM (tegenwoordig de Persgroep, eigenaar van o.m het AD, Trouw en de Volkskrant) door de eigen redacties voor de rechter gedaagd vanwege wanbeleid.

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Why videoconferencing is critical to business collaboration

Why videoconferencing is critical to business collaboration | About leadership | Scoop.it
Cloud-based videoconferencing that offers high fidelity and the ability to connect seamlessly to any video end point is critical to businesses because it increases employee engagement.
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You can download the full report for free. David Coleman on GigaOM Research.

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Why You Should Spend Less Time Talking - Joseph Lalonde

Why You Should Spend Less Time Talking - Joseph Lalonde | About leadership | Scoop.it
We all want to be heard but we struggle hearing others. Learn why we must be willing to spend less time talking and more time listening.
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I agree.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 10, 2014 3:04 PM

Being present and mindful are important leadership traits.

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The Losada Line

The Losada Line | About leadership | Scoop.it

The Losada ratio is also known as the positivity ratio, Gottman ratio, and Losada line. The Losada ratio is the sum of the positivity in a system divided by the sum of its negativity. A ratio of 3.0 to 6.0 has been found to be highly correlated with high performance.   The theory came from the field research of psychologist of Marcial Losada and relationship analysis of John Gottman.

 

The Losada Line of positive to negative interactions which are necessary to make a team successful is set at a minimum of 2.9013.  I say the word minimum because teams will function higher the more positive experiences they have.  Good environments, in my experience, have always operated highest around a 6 to 1 positive to negative difference.

 
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#Losada ratio explained

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‘Leiders moeten in 2014 niet doorslaan met controle’

‘Leiders moeten in 2014 niet doorslaan met controle’ | About leadership | Scoop.it

‘Niet doorslaan in de illusie van controle’, zegt Janka Stoker, vice-decaan Rijks­universiteit Groningen, in een interview over leiderschap in 2014.

 

“Daar waar het de afgelopen jaren vooral leek te gaan om inspirerend leiderschap, visies, en kernwaarden, hebben we het afgelopen jaar vooral gezien dat goed management belangrijk is. Kijk naar het falende management in de bankensector (Rabobank), maar ook naar de debacles in het onderwijs (Amarantis) en bij de woning­corporaties (Vestia).

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#Vertrouwen. Dat dient de basis te zijn.

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Reflection: An Essential Leadership Practice | Switch and Shift

Reflection: An Essential Leadership Practice | Switch and Shift | About leadership | Scoop.it
Robust reflection is a prerequisite to personal and professional development. To produce meaningful reflection, it takes sufficient time and conscious effort.
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The One Leadership Responsibility You Must Accept - Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

The One Leadership Responsibility You Must Accept - Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie | About leadership | Scoop.it
I remember the first time I really acted like a leader – that is, when I accepted the most important leadership responsibility. It happened in 1977, when I was in high school.  I was the editor-in-chief of our student newspaper.
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7 Characteristics of a Good Leader

7 Characteristics of a Good Leader | About leadership | Scoop.it
Being a manager and being a leader are two completely different things. As a manager, people follow you because they have to. As a leader, people follow you because they want to. If you took a poll...
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DNA Behavior Blog | Behaviorally Smart Advisors Are 40% More Productive

DNA Behavior Blog | Behaviorally Smart Advisors Are 40% More Productive | About leadership | Scoop.it

A behaviorally smart advisor is one who:

Knows their behavior and can adapt to othersNavigates different communication stylesManages their own and others emotions

How does this make an advisor more productive?  

 
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SAPVoice: Leadership Starts With One

SAPVoice: Leadership Starts With One | About leadership | Scoop.it
Great leaders have inspired millions of people throughout history. Likewise, today’s great business leaders at all levels motivate employees to transform their enterprises and help them reach new heights of accomplishment.
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Kaan Turnali (#SAP Business Trends)

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An Independent Spirit

An Independent Spirit | About leadership | Scoop.it

Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.”

 

(Claiming an Education, 1977)”  – Adrienne Rich

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Five quick tips: How to run your data center like a Web-scale IT shop

Web-scale IT -- the massive, highly efficient and automated data centers of Facebook and Google -- can be implemented in enterprise data centers using these five tips.

 

Amazon can commission a virtual machine in seconds. Facebook can assign one system administrator to 24,000 servers. Google can let 1,000 servers fail in a given year without blinking an eye.

 

While the typical enterprise data center cannot operate like this, it is time for IT teams to adopt the Web-scale IT mindset, according to several speakers at the Gartner Data Center Conference here this week.

"The shift is like moving from medieval expert guilds to industrialized manufacturing," said Carl Claunch, vice president and distinguished analyst for Gartner Inc., an IT industry analysis firm based in Stamford, Conn.

Here are some of the tips Gartner analysts offered up to achieve a Web-scale strategy.

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Do the Right Things vs. the Nice Things - Great Leaders Serve

Do the Right Things vs. the Nice Things - Great Leaders Serve | About leadership | Scoop.it
If you’re a regular visitor to this site, you can easily discern a pattern over the last few posts. I’m thinking about next year. It happens every year during the fourth quarter – I want to figure out how to have more impact in the upcoming year.
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John Michel's curator insight, January 2, 2014 7:45 AM

Never an easy choice to do what's right over what's familiar, comfortable or popular.