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Top 10 Differences Between Managers and Leaders

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I like the simplicity of this video, and I don't disagree with anything they say fundamentally.  In fact I think they are right on the mark with the exception of their use of the word "follower."  They say that Leaders produce followers, but I believe leaders produce leaders.  They may be front line employees who do not lead anyone else, but instead of following they lead out in their sphere of responsibilities.

 

So other than a little nuance in semantics this is a great video.

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Small business owners in particular, often fail to understand the different roles played by leaders and managers, and as a consequence their businesses suffer because of either a lack of leadership or a lack of management.

 

To clearly understand the differing roles played by leaders and managers, a business owner needs firstly to understand, the key differences between managers and leaders.

 

This excellent short video, offers ten clear differentiators between leaders and managers, and suggests that businesses require both leadership and management to be successful.

donhornsby's curator insight, April 2, 2013 7:55 AM

From Daniel Watson: This excellent short video, offers ten clear differentiators between leaders and managers, and suggests that businesses require both leadership and management to be successful.

Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 2, 2013 9:06 AM

Although Leader and Manager behaviors are different they often are and must be performed by the same person, so a critical skill is determining when to manage and when to lead. 

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How to Solve the #1 Problem with Meetings | Leadership Freak

How to Solve the #1 Problem with Meetings | Leadership Freak | Balance: People & Business | Scoop.it
The problem with meetings is bosses run them. No one can .... E.g.
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One of the greatest ways to identify and thus solve problems is collaboration with your team.  When collaboration is healthy and ideas are shared freely then creativity enters the room and problems become yesterday's issues.

 

Possibly one of the greatest barriers to collaboration is how collaboration meetings are held.  This article points out one of the ways these meetings are hindered.

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Cox gives six-step problem-solving process during visit to Ogden - El Estándar

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Cox gives six-step problem-solving process during visit to Ogden
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She told attendees that constant change is not the issue, rather the constant problem.
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Interestingly simple and common sense process from someone who had to adapt their approach to everything.

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How Organizations Should Encourage Learning At Work - LifeHacker India

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How Organizations Should Encourage Learning At Work
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The more organizations focus on the learning and development of their employees, the more they stand to benefit in the long run.
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Creative thinking, innovation and problem solving by Stephen Walker of Motivation Matters

Creative thinking, innovation and problem solving by Stephen Walker of Motivation Matters | Balance: People & Business | Scoop.it
Introduction Creativity, invention and improvement are the essential components of progress. It is mankind’s ability to be innovative, to be creative that marks us apart from the other animals with...
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How to boost your creativity and mental sharpness with a $2 ...

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If you want to be someone who is super sharp and bursting with creative ideas and energy, then here's my advice: Carry a ... The solution is simple and it's insanely cheap – dump your ideas out of your brain and onto paper.
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Leadership and the Brain – A User´s Guide to Empathy - The Slovak Spectator

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Empathic attitudes and behavior can therefore stimulate the very collaboration that is so vital not only for organizational vitality, but for organizational survival.
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I like the way this points out the need to understand the human brain and how it functions in order to understand how to lead people. 

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6 Overlooked Skills That Are More Important Than You Think

6 Overlooked Skills That Are More Important Than You Think | Balance: People & Business | Scoop.it
While you’re focused on learning the latest technical skill to succeed at your job, you may be failing to hone important basic skills.
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If you are surprised by the skills listed in this article you may want to take the day off and do some soul searching...

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Why The Crowd Is The Ultimate Creativity Engine - PSFK

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Why The Crowd Is The Ultimate Creativity Engine
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A challenge for anyone involved in the innovation space is bringing solutions to the market that they know will be readily adopted by consumers.
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What it takes to be a great leader Roselinde Torres - TED Video

We conducted a study of 4,000 companies, and we asked them, let's see the effectiveness of your leadership development programs. Fifty-eight percent of the companies cited significant talent gaps for critical leadership roles.

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Effective leadership practices have to address the challenges of today and tomorrow. The talk highlights the needfor leaders to anticipate change, engage a diverse network of stakeholders, and change current objectives, activities and processes. This means that organizational agility and adaptability, robust stakeholder engagement, broad, strategic alignment (maybe realignment) and innovative, improvng execution would represent the tangible results of leaders decisions and actions.  In other words, the purpose of effective leadership is to help their organizations be more effective.  

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8 Tips For Collaborative Leadership - Forbes

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8 Tips For Collaborative Leadership
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This type of mentality will reduce efficiency in the overall operation, reduce morale, and may contribute to the demise of a productive company culture.
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"Collaboration is not a 'nice to have' organizational philosophy. It is an essential ingredient for organizational survival and success."

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Collaborative Problem Solving | Follow the Crowd

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In our CSCW 2014 paper, Collaborative Problem Solving, we present a series of studies examining the processes through which mathematicians are collaborating to solve problems on a question-answering site, ...
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Toyota corporate culture expert dishes advice to Calgary business crowd - Calgary Herald

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Calgary Herald Toyota corporate culture expert dishes advice to Calgary business crowd Calgary Herald And very customer focused,” said Liker, adding the company has developed explicit models and training “so that their DNA, their corporate culture,...
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Leaders = Teachers of Continuous Improvement

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Develop Strategic Thinkers Throughout Your Organization - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

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Develop Strategic Thinkers Throughout Your Organization
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In study after study, strategic thinkers are found to be among the most highly effective leaders.
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Survival instinct: Navigating the office jungle

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The most important tool for surviving hostile environments? Strategic thinking. Good managers use this strategy to thrive in the wildest workplaces, too.
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A nice comparison on the importance of strategic thinking...

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6 Dimensions of Organizational Culture - Which One is Right for You ...

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Knowing and understanding your company's culture is of critical importance to both your happiness and your success. How to choose which culture is right for you.
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Author on a mission to re-energize corporate zombies

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Zombies aren’t just lurching across movie screens these days
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Just Say Yes: The Benefits of Letting Your People Drive Improvement | HR C-Suite

Just Say Yes: The Benefits of Letting Your People Drive Improvement | HR C-Suite | Balance: People & Business | Scoop.it
How to inspire employees to drive improvement. (How can HR strategy drive organizational improvement initiatives?
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More proof that employees can be more than just a pair of hands and that people are those who actually get the work done, so to listen to them is an important step towards improvement.

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A Learning a Day: Problem finding vs. problem solving - The 200 ...

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Problem finding vs. problem solving - The 200 words project. Here's this week's 200 word idea from To Sell is Human by Dan Pink. In an interesting 20 year study, researchers Jacob Getzels and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi at the ...
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Identifying the right problem is key to finding the right solution.

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Discover what it means to be resourceful - Daily Herald

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Discover what it means to be resourceful
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It requires the ability to be creative and to pursue a solution from more than one direction. Resourcefulness is not a built-in ability, but is learned over time through a variety of experiences.
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Strengthen Your Strategic Thinking Muscles - Liane Davey - Harvard ...

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Have you been told that you need to be more strategic? Whether through 360 feedback or after a failed promotion attempt, being told that you aren't strategic enough really stings. Worse is when you try to clarify what “more ...
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Strategy for everyone

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How to grow your company by focusing on solving problems - L.A. Biz

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You should look at your business as a problem-solving organization. All businesses thrive because they solve problems for consumers — and learn how to profit from it.
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How to Get Your Employees to Think Strategically

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Studies show that strategic thinking is the most important element of leadership. But how do you instill the trait in others at your company?

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Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 18, 12:39 PM

It is true that strategic thinking is an important element of leadership.  But it is a learnable, trainable skill not a trait. As the article implies  you certainly can encourage strategic thinking in others. Even more important is show others how to do strategic analyses. What factors should you consider or not consider?  What are you trying to discern when thinking strategically?  Which stakeholders are most important? And so on....

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How Cross Functional Flowcharts Make Problem Solving Easier

How cross functional flowcharts make problem solving easier with specific examples and how to easily create cross functional flowcharts with use of software.
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Leadership Skills | Organizational Culture | Glenn Pasch

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Glenn Pasch, CEO of PCG Digital Marketing discusses how you can use every opportunity to reinforce your organizations culture.
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▶ TEDxRotterdam - Igor Nikolic - Complex adaptive systems - YouTube

Igor Nikolic graduated in 2009 on his dissertation: co-evolutionary process for modelling large scale socio-technical systems evolution. He received his MSc ...

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Try this creative problem solving exercise!

This is a fun, creative exercise to try next time you're feeling stuck! http://femaleentrepreneurassociation.com/2013/05/a-creative-way-to-solve-your-problems/
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Here is a great exercise to get those creative synapses lighting up when stuck on a problem with no solution in sight.

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