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The Antidote to Ambiguity: Values-Based Leadership

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What is your mission statement? How many people in your organization have read it? Understand it? Remember it? BELIEVE IT? And, how many of those who remain after answering those questions have actually adopted it?

 

Management books universally extol the importance of a mission statement. I have both suffered through mission development exercises as a staff member and been hired to facilitate these sessions. The process goes something like this: a group of senior administrators lock themselves in a room for an extended period of time; they debate, compromise, and craft lofty prose until they finally unveil (white smoke from chimney) their UNIFYING DOCUMENT. Shortly thereafter, they proudly display their statements on websites, placards, and business cards, then sit back and wait for the wisdom to trickle down to the masses. Much to their surprise, little change occurs.

 

Read more: http://www.unconventional-leadership.com/2012/03/15/the-antidote-to-ambiguity-values-based-leadership/


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Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World

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“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

 

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.”

 

“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”

 

Mahatma Gandhi needs no long introduction. Everyone knows about the man who lead the Indian people to independence from British rule in 1947.

So let’s just move on to some of my favourite tips from Mahatma Gandhi.

 

1. Change yourself.

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

 

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”...


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The Mother of All Excuses – I CAN’T

The Mother of All Excuses – I CAN’T | Personal Power | Scoop.it

Making excuses is a bad habit that anyone can slip into. I’ve done it, you’ve done it, and now it’s time to get passed it. Sometimes we make excuses because we are trying to be polite, or at least that’s what we tell ourselves. Maybe somebody invites us to do something that we really don’t want to do. So, we politely say, “I would really like to, but I just can’t today.”

 

Why do we do that? Why not just say, “No thanks”?

 

The funny thing about making excuses is that we can always come up with excuses for why we do it. That’s pathetic when you think about it. If we want other people to be honest with us, shouldn’t we start by respecting others enough to be honest with them?..


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The 7 Golden Rules for Writing and Editing

The 7 Golden Rules for Writing and Editing | Personal Power | Scoop.it

For the longest time, I was too scared to publish anything on my blog.


I had the debilitating fear of making a mistake – a simple error. What if somebody catches my mistake, corrects it and lets the world know? I would agonize over this problem. I thought my credibility as a Business Writer would be shot to pieces.

 

When you write, you constantly feel the pressure of mastering the art of using commas. You are required to understand the difference between a colon and a semi one, the misplaced modifier, and the rules on splitting the infinitive. Really, who has a brain to for that? Not me, for sure...


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Change Your Employees' Minds, Change Your Business

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It's a very interesting approach in this article. Some experiments with monkeys show us how works the brain... I think the human being is not really differtent! [note mg]

 

Many business leaders don't care why employees do anything as long as they follow the company's rules, processes, cultural norms and laws.

 

But we've found that leaders can create and sustain stronger business results if they understand — and manage — how employees approach their work every day. When employees' thoughts, feelings, and beliefs are aligned with their daily work, they do that work better. Leaders, though, can be squeamish about approaching topics many think are better left to psychologists, so they don't even try to create alignment.

 

In the work underlying Beyond Performance, we found a technique we call 'laddering' that even the most hard-nosed business operators can feel comfortable with; the reason is that it closely resembles the "five whys" approach lean organizations use to get to the root causes of performance problems. Laddering mirrors the five whys, applying it to people's mindsets instead of operational problems....

 

Read  more: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/03/change_your_employees_minds_ch.html


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TODAY’S LEADERSHIP MANTRA: Confidence.

TODAY’S LEADERSHIP MANTRA: Confidence. | Personal Power | Scoop.it

Sometimes I hear, "you can not have everything". What does this sentence mean?

We can have everything we want if we really want, yes, this seems very simple!

We must learn to want more – it is not necessarily about money (it is not excluded, of course), this may be, health, happiness, love, etc. – because that is how the most can get into life...

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7 Reasons Why a Lifestyle Business is Better

7 Reasons Why a Lifestyle Business is Better | Personal Power | Scoop.it

I can live anywhere because of my business, although I choose to live in the Alaska of Europe right now, which is weird.

 

I haven’t figured this one out yet.

 

But I think it has something to do with me becoming a father next month, and being close to family is always nice.

 

Ever since I was 18, I’ve always had my goals set on being able to do anything, from anywhere, and at any time.


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