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Leadership trends, innovations, team-building, management versus leadership, leadership insights and intrinsic values
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The Real Truth About Authority, Power, and Position

The Real Truth About Authority, Power, and Position | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
You don’t need authority, power, or position to lead. Sometimes they get in the way. Leading is serving, nothing more, nothing else, nothing less. Become a leader by serving. The trappings of leade...
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13 Things You Don’t Need to Lead

13 Things You Don’t Need to Lead | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Pressure based on unrealistic expectation; frustrates, defeats, even crushes. Self-imposed pressure drains joy, prevents progress, and invites leaders to become isolated and self-protective. Leader...
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How Positive Thinking Really Works

How Positive Thinking Really Works | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
I start feeling negative when I hear, “Stop thinking negative thoughts.” Positive thinking is important. Successful leaders are optimistic about success. But, positive thinking that results in fant...
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Your Data or Your Life

Your Data or Your Life | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Today's amalgamation and synthesis of digital services and hardware is designed to make our lives easier, and there is no doubt that it has. But have we stopped asking fundamental questions, both of ourselves and of the companies we entrust to do all of these things?
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"..Privacy is only one part of a larger discussion around data ownership and data monopoly, security, and competition. It is also about control and destiny. It is about choice and proactively deciding how people’s data are used and how people use their own data…"

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Courage to Take a Different Path

Courage to Take a Different Path | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
The most frightening thing in life is reaching for what lies deepest in your heart. You won’t get there alone. Mentors ignite courage and fuel progress. This post is based on my conversation with L...
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The Power and Freedom of Focus

The Power and Freedom of Focus | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Life without focus is thin. Unfocused leaders drive everyone crazy including themselves. Chasing shiny objects frees at first, but loses it’s luster with the passage of time. Exhaustion and frustra...
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The Top 4 Qualities of Great Mentors

The Top 4 Qualities of Great Mentors | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Mentoring ignites boldness by answering doubt with relational learning.  4 qualities of great mentors: #1. Humility: The guide isn’t the star of the show. Fight the urge toward self-importance.  Fe...
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Everything You Need to Know About Time Management

Everything You Need to Know About Time Management | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know about time management is captured in three words. Eliminate - stop unnecessary or low priority tasks. Prioritize. Delegate - put stuff on someone else’s plate. Accelerat...
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A Surprising Way to Connect with Your Team

A Surprising Way to Connect with Your Team | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Feeling alone is the result of isolation. Those who feel misunderstood live behind self-protective barriers that keep others out. Once a month I meet with a group of leaders to strengthen connectio...
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5 Things Successful Leaders Judge

5 Things Successful Leaders Judge | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Judging feels awkward, mostly because we don’t like being judged. But, leaders who don’t judge follow the path of least resistance.To neglect judging is to embrace mediocrity.You judge all the time...
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To neglect judging is to embrace mediocrity

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Pipeline Tycoon Rich Kinder Forges $70B Mega-Deal. Why Now?

Consolidating his pipeline empire, the billionaire could be setting the stage for more oil drilling.
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3 Ways to be the One Others Love on their Team

3 Ways to be the One Others Love on their Team | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Frustration with people must be the number one frustration in organizational life. Wrong teammates distract, drain, and hobble. People, not work, make organizational life misery or joy. Success on ...
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People not work create the environment...so when engagement suffers look at the people who control that...

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The Secret of Effective Motivation

The Secret of Effective Motivation | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Encourage people to do something for its own sake, not for its benefits.
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"..study suggests that efforts should be made to structure activities so that instrumental consequences do not become motives. Helping people focus on the meaning and impact of their work, rather than on, say, the financial returns it will bring, may be the best way to improve not only the quality of their work but also — counterintuitive though it may seem — their financial success..."

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Great post on motivat

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10 Invitations to Transformation

10 Invitations to Transformation | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Ask people to talk about what they’re good at and their eyes light up. For some, the topic of their strength is so awkward that it takes them time to get their bearings. Eventually, everyone smiles...
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Why Poor Performers Don't Get It

Why Poor Performers Don't Get It | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
The unskilled often feel they’re doing better than they are. Poor performers, who lack skill, don’t realize their performance is poor. They think they’re fine. You think they’re failing. Poor perfo...
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"Skill enables perception"… 

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How to Prevent Unnecessary Conflict

How to Prevent Unnecessary Conflict | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
The worst fight is the one that’s unnecessary. People collide over small issues and completely miss the big stuff. Agree on deeper purpose before solving surface problems. Every problem you repeate...
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John Maxwell on the Three Phases of His Journey Pt. 1

John Maxwell on the Three Phases of His Journey Pt. 1 | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
John Maxwell told me there have been three phases to his leadership journey. The first is having followers. Follower phase: A leader without followers is delusional. 5 top ways to earn followers: H...
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Women Make Better Leaders Than Men

Women Make Better Leaders Than Men | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
“… women are rated higher in fully 12 of the 16 competencies that go into outstanding leadership. And two of the traits where women outscored men to the highest degree — taking initiative and driving for results — have long been thought of as particularly male strengths.”
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“… women are rated higher in fully 12 of the 16 competencies that go into outstanding leadership. And two of the traits where women outscored men to the highest degree — taking initiative and driving for results — have long been thought of as particularly male strengths.” HBR

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12 Powerful Ways to Make People Feel Powerful

12 Powerful Ways to Make People Feel Powerful | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Lousy leaders feel powerful by making others feel powerless. You can’t grasp power and give it at the same time. Leaders who fear losing power are afraid to make others feel powerful. 3 things powe...
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12 Ways to End Fear and Inspire Boldness

12 Ways to End Fear and Inspire Boldness | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
You just walked out of your boss’s office and you feel small and anxious. You work for a small boss. Small, fearful leaders make others feel small and afraid.   You’re smaller than the person ...
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How to Change Lives with Two Words

How to Change Lives with Two Words | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Tell people they’re inadequate long enough and they’ll believe it. Undermine their confidence with constant correction, tweaking, and complaints and they'll pull back. Fill people with confidence a...
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Fill people with confidence and they'll act with boldness.

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30 Ways to Be a Powerful Leader

30 Ways to Be a Powerful Leader | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Powerful leaders: Fully align with organizational values, mission, and vision. Power comes to those who live under authority. Use your strengths to help powerful people reach their goals and weak p...
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Would Someone Please Make a Decision

Would Someone Please Make a Decision | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
The dictionary for leaders series landed on "D" this morning. Leaders make decisions. Frustrated readers complain about leaders who won't make decisions. Effective decisions are tipping points wher...
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How to Let Go and Hang On

How to Let Go and Hang On | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
“When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” Maybe not! What if it's time to let go? It takes more wisdom to let go than hang on. Desperation makes you hang on. Distress persists....
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Authenticity: 7 Ways to Navigate Self-Doubt

Authenticity: 7 Ways to Navigate Self-Doubt | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Developing skills - when you’re empty on the inside - destroys you, especially if you succeed. Empty leaders lose themselves to skills, methods, and strategies. Teach how to be, before teaching wha...
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