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19 Challenging Thoughts About Leadership

19 challenging thoughts about leadership.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Sascha Reimann
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Some excellent challenges in easy to digest format.

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John Michel's curator insight, June 20, 2013 8:05 AM

A quick, insightful read.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 21, 2013 6:58 AM

Another great scoop Kenneth!  #2 is my favorite...  :)

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 21, 2013 9:08 AM

Start by being authentic with words and actions.

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Five Core Theories – Systems Theory – Organisation Development ...

Five Core Theories – Systems Theory – Organisation Development. There are five core theories that provide a solid foundation for the work that OD practitioners do. Good grounding in theory is essential for every OD ...
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How to ... be transparent - The Guardian

How to ... be transparent - The Guardian | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
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How to ... be transparent
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This is a now a cliché, but we still face challenges understanding politics, existing capacity and what are appropriate techniques for capacity development.
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Future Forum Cheat Sheet: Leadership Practice In A World Defined By Change

Future Forum Cheat Sheet: Leadership Practice In A World Defined By Change | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
Tragedies like terrorist attacks, school shootings or natural disasters create indelible bonds between the people affected. Lifelong friendships, based on deep empathy and profound trust, can be forged from a catastrophe.
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“What we focus on determines the state we are in"

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Emotional Intelligence ~ 20 Years On | The Intentional Workplace

Emotional Intelligence ~ 20 Years On | The Intentional Workplace | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
In 1995, Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More than IQ by Daniel Goleman was published. The introduction of Emotional Intelligence (EI) generated a great deal of excitement and hope. Nearly twenty years later, ...
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Writing about the future of EI, Joshua Freedman writes, “The third decade of emotional intelligence is about application. These are the foundational skills for human interaction, so in this third decade we’ll see emotional intelligence woven more deeply and powerfully into the fabric of our institutions and lives. It’s time not just to know, or to value but to practice.”

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John Michel's curator insight, June 19, 2013 5:17 AM

Daniel Goleman has written that the third decade of EI must be about expanding its application. The goals are noble and worthy. But are organizations and their leaders really ready to accept the implications of a workplace that reflects the values of an EI enlightened workforce?

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Mentoring Remote Workers Is More Workable Than You Think

Mentoring Remote Workers Is More Workable Than You Think | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
It's hard enough to manage people you see every day, but a good strategy allows for effective remote mentoring.
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Good Leaders Don't Use Bad Words

Good Leaders Don't Use Bad Words | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
The difference between the right word and the almost-right word.
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We need to communicate  the way our audience wants, not through our own jargon.

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The Secret to Feeling Energized at Work? Autonomy.

The Secret to Feeling Energized at Work? Autonomy. | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
Imagine there was something you could add to your car’s engine, so that after driving a hundred miles, you’d end up with more gas in the tank than you started with. Wouldn’t you use it? OK, that product doesn’t exist, and maybe never will.

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Leadership trends in 2013 - HRmagazine.co.uk

Leadership trends in 2013 - HRmagazine.co.uk | Organisation Development | Scoop.it

Leadership trends in 2013 HRmagazine.co.uk According to CIPD research, 85% of respondents claimed there was a lack of people skills among first-line leaders.


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Honesty: The Secret to Successful Organizations

Honesty: The Secret to Successful Organizations | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
Honest organizations are more successful.
At least that’s the conclusion reached by Halley Bock, CEO and President of Fierce, Inc.
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3 Keys To Making Your Company a Customer Magnet

3 Keys To Making Your Company a Customer Magnet | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
If you really want your company to become a customer-delight machine...it will take more than slogans.

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John Michel's curator insight, June 13, 2013 6:31 AM

If you really want to build an organization where extreme customer satisfaction is on the top of everyone’s list, you can’t mandate it: you have to do the hard but critical organization-wide work of making it easyrewarding and normal for every employee to behave that way every day. And then you can all take a well-earned break to count your embarrassingly large profits.


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How Do We Deal With The Fact That Employee Skill Sets Have a Finite Life?

How Do We Deal With The Fact That Employee Skill Sets Have a Finite Life? | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
This, from Kelly Services, really hits the nail on the head: “The last two decades have radically altered the way skills are acquired and developed.

Via Marylene Delbourg-Delphis
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Chris Morales's curator insight, June 13, 2013 8:59 AM

Good read on how we deal with finite employee skills #recruiting

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What will future jobs look like? Andrew McAfee on TED

Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs -- or at least the kinds of jobs we know now.

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Andrew Spence's curator insight, June 11, 2013 4:34 AM

Are we heading towards a future of "glittering technology in a shabby society" ? 

Some interesting insights with some suggested solutions from McAfee.

These trends are impacting our businesses now and will transform the way we look at traditional human resources and people management.

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Five Core Theories – Complexity Theory – Organisation Development

Five Core Theories – Complexity Theory – Organisation Development | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
Five Core Theories – Complexity Theory – Organisation Development. There are five core theories that provide a solid foundation for the work that OD practitioners do. Good grounding in theory is essential for every OD ...
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Sascha Reimann's curator insight, June 20, 2013 5:28 AM

From the text: Complexity theory therefore promotes the idea of organisations aas complex adaptive systems which need to respond to the external and internal environment by remaining on the edge of chaos whilst at the same time self-organising and continuously re-inventing the organisational.

Key Points

Change can’t be managed in a complex system Change must be supported Leaders must encourage people to learn how to adapt and flex Open Connection between the different parts of the organisation is essential for self-organisation and embracing diversity of thinking, ideas and approaches Feedback loops and Information flow is essential to prevent the organisation from falling into chaos.
Ian Biggs, MAIPM, CPPE's curator insight, July 12, 2013 8:41 PM

Stafford Beer's work in the development of the Viable System's Model (VSM) aims to increase the practitioners ability to steer complex adaptive organsations and other social systems. The focus is on ensuring that the parts of the organisation function properly together to serve the needs of the whole. A key ingredient of a VSM is the development of feedback loops. These, used in conjunction with the 5 key points as seen in this article will greatly assist the understanding of how to predict and control emergent phenomena. 

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The value of organisational development | - CFWI Blog

Chief Operating Officer Greg Allen talks about the importance of a good organisational development plan and the benefits this can have on the workforce. The value of an agreed and relevant organisational development (OD) ...
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Employee Engagement--What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Employee Engagement--What’s Love Got To Do With It? | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
In a recent post for the Harvard Business Review blog, editor Gretchen Gavett reported the latest Gallup research on employee engagement.  In the article, Ten Charts That Show We’ve All Got a Case ...
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Cultural Competence Required

Cultural Competence Required | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
By Linda Fisher Thornton

Openness to learning about other cultures has become a necessary component of leadership. One way to help people respect cultural differences is to build what UNESCO ca...
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Machines Can't Flow: The Difference Between Mechanical and Human Productivity - The Atlantic

Machines Can't Flow: The Difference Between Mechanical and Human Productivity - The Atlantic | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
Machines Can't Flow: The Difference Between Mechanical and Human Productivity
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He's in a flow state.
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"More output, produced faster may be great metrics for machines, but for homo sapiens, the most powerful metric is engagement."

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Emotional intelligence is a huge part of leadership, but how should we measure it? - SmartCompany.com.au

Emotional intelligence is a huge part of leadership, but how should we measure it? - SmartCompany.com.au | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
Emotional intelligence is a huge part of leadership, but how should we measure it?
SmartCompany.com.au
Currently neuroscience has become the dominant theme in emotional intelligence.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 17, 2013 3:16 PM

Great question to ponder.  Your thoughts?

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 17, 2013 6:49 PM

Will we be able to measure it? Or will it be something that we recognize as the quality of organizations improves?

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How to Disengage & Demotivate Members & Employees: a practical guide

How to Disengage & Demotivate Members & Employees:  a practical guide | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
Enough with all this talk about engaging and motivating already! Where does one turn to for tips about how to de-motivate and disengage people if this is their chosen approach to growth? One size d...

Via Maddie Grant
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Australian Small Business Leads Way On Flexible Work

Australian Small Business Leads Way On Flexible Work | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
Australian small business owners and employees are leading the way in flexible working arrangements, according to new research by international technology company Citrix.

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Why Extroverts' Brains Are Different From Introverts'

Why Extroverts' Brains Are Different From Introverts' | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 06/13/2013 05:00 PM EDT on LiveScience Extroverts and introverts differ strongly in how their brains process rewarding experiences, new research suggests.

Via Pat Weber, Ivo Nový, Anne Egros
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Anne Egros's curator insight, June 16, 2013 4:37 AM

 

This study looks interesting and raises some questions:

 

Can we effectively link personality to brain structure and neurochemistry ? 

 

What if you are neither a strong extrovert nor a strong introvert ?

 

I also think there are other factors than extrovertion/introvertion that are impacting the way people behave in various contexts and their "rewarding mechanisms"

 

 

 

Anne Egros's comment, June 16, 2013 1:24 PM
To quote Carl Jung, the psychologist who coined the terms introversion and extraversion*, “there is no such things as a pure extravert or a pure introvert. Such a man would be in the lunatic asylum.”
Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, June 17, 2013 10:07 AM

How are you wired?

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CEO views on engagement: symptomatic of a wider problem?

CEO views on engagement: symptomatic of a wider problem? | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
HR Magazine


This week I attended an Ashridge Business School event, where it unveiled an excellent piece of research on UK CEOs' views on engagement.

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Get Rid of the Performance Review!

Get Rid of the Performance Review! | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
Performance reviews supposedly enlighten subordinates about what they should be doing better. But instead, they destroy morale, kill teamwork and hurt the bottom line.

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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And the 9 box grid - please!!

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 13, 2013 8:34 PM

Very interesting read.  

george_reed's curator insight, June 16, 2013 5:44 PM

I don't think I've ever had a performance review that was particularly motivating for me, whether it was glowing or not.

Robin Martin's curator insight, June 18, 2013 9:11 PM

Oh how true this is...I have my review tomorrow! Ugh.

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The 5 Core Principals for Social-Emotional Learning

The 5 Core Principals for Social-Emotional Learning | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
The 5 Core Principals for Social-Emotional Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/cdOFJhO9bg via @medkh9

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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