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Why Employees Leave Their Jobs (Infographic)

Why Employees Leave Their Jobs (Infographic) | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Here's what employees consider before walking out the door. (From data and anecdotes, this is so very true.)


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It's easy to guess why gainfully employed people decide to up and leave their jobs. However, discovering the real reasons why individuals quit can be a little bit more difficult. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 4, 9:38 AM

The rate of teacher turnover is about 50% within the first 7 years. This is costly in many ways and certainly impacts student learning

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How To Save Face After A Major Screw-Up

How To Save Face After A Major Screw-Up | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

When you make a mistake, it's natural to panic, apologize profusely, or get defensive--and aggravate the situation more. Here's how to fail gracefully.


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(From the article): Recovering from a mistake is not easy and can be (initially) very uncomfortable. Do it right and you will feel empowered at the end. Think of making a mistake as an opportunity to learn and prove your worth. Remember, it is not what you do but how you recover that matters most to the integrity of your career.

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40 Little Ways to Find Happiness in What You Already Have

40 Little Ways to Find Happiness in What You Already Have | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Happiness is an attitude we act upon.  We either make ourselves miserable, or happier and stronger.  The amount of work is the same.


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A nice list to review and ponder today...

 

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Stop looking for external validation. – You don’t have control over what others think about you, but you do have control over how you decide to internalize their opinions.  Leave them to their own judgments.  Don’t feel threatened and don’t conform just to please them.  Let others love you for who you are, and not for who they want you to be.
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Using silence as your strategic edge

Using silence as your strategic edge | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Nature teaches us how silence allows all voices to come forth naturally and in their own time. If you’ve ever walked in a wooded area that isn’t tainted by the everyday sounds of voices, cars, booming music, and machinery, you might hear what I mean. 


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If you’ve noticed that your words aren’t landing and your voice isn’t being heard, begin to use silence in these ways.

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F. Thunus's curator insight, July 2, 2013 9:58 PM

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David Hain's curator insight, July 3, 2013 12:07 AM

The power of silence is immense.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 3, 2013 8:15 AM

I attended Wisdom 2.0 which is an unconference and this was a key message for leadership. It is part of every wisdom tradition.

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How I Quit Being Negative & Got Happy

How I Quit Being Negative & Got Happy | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

 How I Quit Being Negative & Got Happy 


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Nice series of steps:

 

1. I started by making a gratitude list and writing down three things I was thankful for every day. 


2. I stopped complaining. 


3. I started complimenting someone every day.


4. In my business, I stopped reacting from a fear-based place and started getting involved in community and sharing. 


5. Finally, I just plain tried to stop being negative. 


How about you?

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How to hear what you don't want to hear

How to hear what you don't want to hear | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Recently, I received some less than stellar information about a research project that I am involved in. I felt frustrated - unhappily contemplating what might happen next. My mind seem to be racing into negative oblivion, and I had to intervene quickly to stop the process.


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(From the article): Interestingly, our brains may be wired to selectively pay more attention to negative information. As a result, over-reaction and panic can often occur. However, utilizing "bad" news wisely - can become a clear contributor to future success and survival. Predictably, most of us need a plan, to wade through the emotional "muck" and reach the safe shore on the other side.

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F. Thunus's curator insight, December 23, 2012 10:02 AM

Mostly common sense, but so true !

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5 Steps to Sharpen Your Leadership Style in 2013

5 Steps to Sharpen Your Leadership Style in 2013 | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Many types of leaders and styles of leadership exist.

 

Becoming intentional about your leadership style can make a big difference in your influence. Two of the most important questions today regarding leadership style may be: Who has God called me to lead? and How can I develop the most effective leadership style to do what God is calling me to do?

 


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(Great thought): Lead with your strengths. Knowing what your strengths are and how to best use them may be your greatest leadership asset. More than likely, you will lead with more effectiveness, influence, and success when you are leading with your strengths.

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ThinDifference's curator insight, December 23, 2012 7:16 AM

Great steps to take. Read the complete article to gain these insights:

 

5 steps to sharpen your leadership style.    

 

Be Strengths-Smart

Be Clear About Where You’re Going

Be a Risk-Taker

Be Honoring to Your Followers Be Aware of Your “Unique"

 

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Why Listening Is So Much More Than Hearing

Why Listening Is So Much More Than Hearing | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Hearing, for the most part, is a no-brainer. When we listen, that’s when the neurons really fire.

 

HERE’S a trick question. What do you hear right now?

 

If your home is like mine, you hear the humming sound of a printer, the low throbbing of traffic from the nearby highway and the clatter of plastic followed by the muffled impact of paws landing on linoleum — meaning that the cat has once again tried to open the catnip container atop the fridge and succeeded only in knocking it to the kitchen floor.

 

The slight trick in the question is that, by asking you what you were hearing, I prompted your brain to take control of the sensory experience — and made you listen rather than just hear. That, in effect, is what happens when an event jumps out of the background enough to be perceived consciously rather than just being part of your auditory surroundings. The difference between the sense of hearing and the skill of listening is attention.


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Stop Micromanaging and Learn to Delegate

Stop Micromanaging and Learn to Delegate | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Chronic problems with delegation can cripple your team's productivity and create a major impediment to your own career success..

 

You've gotten feedback from your manager as well as word of rumblings within your team: You're seen as a micromanager who tends to get into the weeds — and stay there. You produce great results but senior management sees you as an operational manager and questions your ability to let go and operate at a strategic level. Wait a minute, you think. Who are they trying to kid?

 

Delegation sounds great on paper, but you're responsible for some major projects, and management expects flawless execution. How can they have it both ways?

 

Managers prone to micromanagement fall prey to several misconceptions about delegating to staff. The first is the assumption that delegation has an on and off switch. That is, that they either delegate totally to all direct reports in all situations or not at all. They fail to assess each subordinate's ability to operate independently and don't put in place the "eyehooks" of implementation — the check-ins, milestones, and metrics — that promote predictable execution.

 

And they forget that there are times when they need to get directly involved to get a major initiative back on course.


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6 Exercises To Strengthen Compassionate Leadership

6 Exercises To Strengthen Compassionate Leadership | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Want loyal, dedicated, and passionate employees? Be a loyal, dedicated, and passionate boss. Here are some tools to develop well-being in your workplace through better communication.

 

When you use compassionate communication in your conversations, something quite surprising occurs: both your brain and the brain of the person you're talking to begin to align themselves with each other. This special bond is a phenomenon referred to as "neural resonance," and in this enhanced state of mutual attunement, two people can accomplish remarkable things together. Why? Because it eliminates the natural defensiveness that normally exists when people casually converse.


The capacity to deeply relate to others is a key to all forms of relational success--at work and at home. If you find yourself in the position of overseeing others--be they your employees or your children--remember this: leaders who give the least amount of positive guidance to their subordinates are less successful in achieving their organizations' goals, and the employees are unhappier with their work. Indeed, by not taking an active role in dialogue and teamwork building, they generate more interpersonal conflicts within their groups.

 

Here are 6 steps to work on to become a more compassionate leader.


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6 Habits of Truly Memorable People

6 Habits of Truly Memorable People | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

In order to succeed, almost everyone—whether business owner or employee—must be memorable.

 

While you don't have to be The Most Interesting Man in the World, being known is one of the main goals of marketing, advertising, and personal branding.

 

Out of sight is out of mind, and out of mind is out of business.

 

But if your only goal is to be known for professional reasons, you're missing out. People who are memorable for the right reasons also live a richer, fuller, and more satisfying life. Win-win!

 

So forget the flashy business cards and personal value propositions and idiosyncratic clothing choices.

 

Here's how to be more memorable—and have a lot more fun.


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5 Steps to Design Your Life

5 Steps to Design Your Life | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
I found by designing my life through a vision statement, it has been a tool for providing more direction. Click here to read 5 steps to creating yours.

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(From the article): What have you envisioned for your life? If you already have a vision statement, or are in the process of creating one, what have you designed thus far?

 

What part of your vision statement drives you to move toward it?

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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, July 3, 6:28 AM

You make think that I am silly; however I believe when it comes to designing our lives, we have the pen in our hands and are writing out what this chapter "2014 year" will be and beyond.

 

During a talk I was speaking at last week one person said to me...."Wow, it is like having our own Career GPS to keep us on track." 

The power comes when you realize that it goes beyond a career -- when you design your life -- what you do for a living isn't work -- it is your life.

 

So take a moment to read this article and follow the 5 steps, and if it is not too much trouble....please share with us. 

 

Until next time...PS - Live on Purpose!

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My Mentor Is 30 Years Younger Than Me (and Taught Me 5 Incredible Lessons)

My Mentor Is 30 Years Younger Than Me (and Taught Me 5 Incredible Lessons) | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Valuable lessons sometimes come from unexpected sources. Learn to listen to those around you and take a break from technology addiction.

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(From the article): Be conscious of continually making sure you focus and spend time executing the things which will drive you toward success.

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Leadership: Why do we Fail ? | Authentic Leader...

Leadership: Why do we Fail ? | Authentic Leader... | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Whether we admit it or not, all of us have failed in our lives sometime or the other.Successful people take failure as a learning step in the right direction. In fact, it is good to fail sometimes, but why do we fail ?

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(From the article): Whatever problems we might be facing, we have to believe in ourselves and have trust on ourselves. We have to remember that as long as we are alive, we have the ability to try and solve it .   To overcome failure and succeed, we have to keep on moving. 
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10 Tips For Reducing Employee Turnover

10 Tips For Reducing Employee Turnover | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Many people agree turnover is a growing issue, particularly as hiring picks up.

 

But what are most organizations doing about it, aside from implementing some short-term solutions when they discover it’s a problem?


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(From the article): Make cultural fit top experience when hiring. Increasing employee retention will mean improving hiring efforts. Employers should focus their efforts on acquiring candidates who are not just skilled for the position, but are also a strong cultural fit for the company. Behavior-based screening and interviewing will help to make best long-term hires. – Nathan Parcells, InternMatch

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A happy and engaged workforce brings a positive return on investment for organisations and individuals. Shawn Achor, author of the Happiness Advantage, pulls together decades of research to show the positive impact of happiness on organisations. He notes that happiness at work increases sales, productivity and accuracy. Research also demonstrates that happiness has a positive effect on the health of employees, career success and perceptions about quality of life.

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Three Steps for Overcoming Passive Resistance

Three Steps for Overcoming Passive Resistance | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Since people tend to avoid confrontation, especially with authority figures, passive resistance is more common in organizations than most of us realize.

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(From the article): Since people tend to avoid confrontation, especially with authority figures, passive resistance is more common in organizations than most of us realize. And sometimes it’s actually a good thing — it causes managers to avoid impulsive actions, think through implications of change, get people on board, and deal with emotional issues. Most of the time, however, passive resistance undermines a leader’s ability to get things done quickly and effectively. In fact it often puts leaders in the untenable position of confidently charging ahead — only to later discover that the team was not fully on-board.

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Handle Change Like a Yoga Master

Handle Change Like a Yoga Master | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Change is inevitable. Some choose to battle it unnecessarily. Here are five tips sure to help you embrace change with serenity.

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(Great Thought) Most people work hard to create stability in their lives only to find that much is out of their control. No need to beat yourself up about it. As the old Yiddish proverb says: Man plans, God laughs. Business is at its best when it is progressive and disruptive. Why not welcome the disruption? Following these tips will allow you to incorporate change management as a stable shelter in the chaos of today's world. Then you can effectively capitalize on the new opportunities brought on by steady change.

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The 7 Habits of Purposeful Managers

The 7 Habits of Purposeful Managers | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leading and managing in VUCA times requires the development of a set of productive habits that will hold us in good standing an provide a solid foundation.

 

Leading and managing in VUCA times requires the development of a set of productive habits that will hold us in good standing an provide a solid foundation. Without a foundation of productive habits we become easily distracted and although we may find ourselves busy we fail to make any meaningful progress.

 

Research by Heike Bruch and Sumantra Ghoshal described in the Harvard Business Review article “Beware the Busy Manager” found that:

 

“Our findings on managerial behavior should frighten you: Fully 90 percent of managers squander their time in all sort of ineffective activities. In other words, a mere 10 percent of managers spend their time in a committed, purposeful, and reflective manner.”


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Best Ideas? They Can Come From Anyone – IF You’re Willing to Listen

Best Ideas? They Can Come From Anyone – IF You’re Willing to Listen | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
“Don’t credit me with that success. That idea came from a janitor at the NFL Films production facility.

 

That statement was from Steve Sabol, the late co-founder (with his father, Ed) of NFL Films. NFL Films was started by accident by his father from his love for home movies. Steve recently passed away from cancer, but his thoughts were captured in a documentary on how they built their organization

 

Have you ever seen the segment where all the fumbles and hits are compiled into a popular show of its own?

 

As a matter of fact, it has become a brand itself within the company franchise.

 

And, that idea came from possibly the lowest person on the org chart.


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Why You Didn't Get the Job

Why You Didn't Get the Job | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Over the course of his career, Dave Fecak has scheduled thousands of interviews at a wide array of companies and organizations.

 

Over the course of his career, Dave Fecak has scheduled thousands of interviews at a wide array of companies and organizations. In that time, he has learned that while no two managers look for the exact same set of skills or behaviors, recognizable patterns emerge when a candidate isn't offered the job.


The examples of feedback below are things I have heard repeatedly over the years, and tend to be the leading causes of failed interviews across industries.

 

Candidate has wide breadth but little depth...


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Time: The Currency of Life

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Time: The Currency of Life...

 

Which is more scarce: time or money?

 

Or let me put this another way. Which one runs your life?

 

For most people, the obvious answer is money. Almost everyone I know seems to struggle to make as much as possible and spend as little as they can manage to. They view dollars as life’s most valuable commodity and worth working themselves to death over. And still, they just barely seem to manage to make ends meet and maintain a balanced personal budget.

 

Someone who has really learned to value their own existence holds time as their unwavering master. Anyone can through proper diet and lifestyle attempt to extend the total amount of years in their lifetime. But no matter what you do, you cannot change the amount of time in a day.

 

We are all given the same number of minutes in every hour to spend as frivolously or as finickly as we desire.


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Sakis Koukouvis's comment, June 13, 2012 11:19 PM
Thanks. A really good article about the time