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" We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. " - Winston Churchill
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4 Strategies for Leading in Uncertain Times

4 Strategies for Leading in Uncertain Times | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Uncertainty is scary. The unknown is scary. Leaders will always face uncertainty and the future will always be unknown. A company team I worked with recently has some pretty big anticipated hurdles coming up in about a year. The height of the hurdles is not clear, nor if there will be ground to land on…
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Don’t let uncertainty undermine you or your team’s efforts. Stay on course. Focus and finish on what needs to be accomplished now.
 
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Paulette Dotson's curator insight, August 21, 11:18 AM
Good leaders will forge ahead in uncertain times trying not to get derailed.
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Four Hard Truths about Self Leadership

Four Hard Truths about Self Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I can’t get what I need. My boss doesn’t understand me. My organization’s systems don’t work. I don’t have the resources I need. My job doesn’t take advantage of my strengths. No one appreciates me. My boss micromanages me. There’s no room for me to grow. They don’t understand how much I could be contributing if only they’d give me a chance.

If you’re human, I imagine you’ve thought or invoked one of these statements. I know I have.

Even though we may be able to justify these types of statements, they often reflect our own assumed constraints: beliefs that allow us to escape personal accountability and fall victim to circumstances or the actions of others. In the new Self Leadership program I co-created with Ken Blanchard and Laurence Hawkins, we teach that self leadership is about having the mindset and skillset to accept responsibility and take initiative.

While it is wonderful to learn how to ask for the direction and support you need to be successful in your role, it’s also important to remember that when something goes wrong, there’s no one else to blame.


Via Roger Francis
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The responsibility for your success at work falls to you. The good news is that you have a choice. Is developing the mindset and skillset required to be a self leader worth your effort? Yes! A not-so-hard truth: the benefits of self leadership are as good for you as they are for your organization.
 
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Leadership Takes Self-Control. Here’s What We Know About It

Leadership Takes Self-Control. Here’s What We Know About It | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Leadership Takes Self-Control. Here’s What We Know About It

 
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Ultimately, the keys to avoiding self-control failures are to 1) allow the body to rest and restore self-control, 2) reexamine existing organizational policies that might inadvertently reduce employees’ self-control, and 3) create a culture that deters negative behaviors in moments of reduced self-control.
 
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Paulette Dotson's curator insight, August 21, 11:20 AM
Being a successful leader means you need to be in control of yourself!
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5 Questions Leaders Should Be Asking All the Time

5 Questions Leaders Should Be Asking All the Time | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Use them to resolve conflict, challenge old ways of working, and keep things in perspective.
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Leaders should ask these questions both on a daily basis and during critical moments. Of course, these aren’t the only questions to ask; context certainly matters. But I have found these five to be a very practical and useful way to ensure understanding, generate new ideas, inspire progress, encourage responsibility, and remain focused on what is genuinely important.
 
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 26, 12:47 PM
Teaching and leading both depend upon intellectual curiosity. Asking ourselves questions makes a difference. It actually slows things down.
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How to be a thought leader (at the same time as everyone else)

How to be a thought leader (at the same time as everyone else) | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

It’s about being known for your clever thoughts, rather than just being known. When you’re a thought leader, you have earned some genuine respect, and admiration which comes from being innovative and sincere. It’s all very inspirational, isn’t it?

Even more inspirational are the potentially massive business returns. If people admire what you have to say and look to you as an authority in your industry, they will invest in you and trust your brand – no matter if you’re a B2B or B2C organisation.

Now comes the hard part – being the innovative one who stands out over everyone else trying to be a thought leader at the same time. Luckily, we can help with that.

Here’s how to be a thought leader at the same time as everyone else:


Via Roger Francis
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Being known for your well written blog is one thing, but genuinely helping clients with your offering is even more important.
 
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The Best Way to Land Your Next Job Opportunity

The Best Way to Land Your Next Job Opportunity | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
If I told you that almost 80% of LinkedIn members consider professional networking to be important to new job opportunities and career success, you might not be too surprised. But did you know that 70% of people were hired at a company where they had a connection?

Via Anita Windisman
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Whether you’re reconnecting with a former colleague, searching for a job or looking for a potential candidate, you can start an instant conversation from anywhere on LinkedIn. If you need a conversation starter, LinkedIn shows you career milestones such as a job change, connections in common and many other insights to break the ice. Additionally, we now surface people you know within messaging when you’re looking at a job listing or a company page to help you identify where you have an in. What are you waiting for...now is the time to message your network and catch up. You never know who will help you find your way in. #TheWayIn
 
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How to Avoid Your Leadership Gap 

How to Avoid Your Leadership Gap  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
“Learning to recognize your leadership gap is the factor that determines your greatness as a leader.”
 
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The Leadership Gap provides the antidote for leading on autopilot. Daskal provides the insight into our behaviors and beliefs that can if not managed properly can derail even the most talented and successful leaders. Confronting and avoiding our leadership gaps is the key to attaining long-term leadership success.
 
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Jerry Busone's curator insight, June 23, 7:42 AM

happens more than you think... a disconnect between how a leader thinks people are experiencing their style vs.how they actually are experiencing it.

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3 Perspectives of Visionary Leaders

3 Perspectives of Visionary Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A vision is meaningless until other people come to see what you see.

Via Anne Leong, Kevin Watson
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As a visionary leader, you need to be your organization’s oracle, driving its performance down a pioneering path into the future. To be a positive, transformational leader you need a clear vision if your organization is going to survive and thrive. But you and the vision are indistinguishable. Without a clear vision, you won’t last. And without a visionary leader, neither will the vision.
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"A vision is meaningless until other people come to see what you see".
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7 Reasons Leaders Tend to Quit Your Organization 

7 Reasons Leaders Tend to Quit Your Organization  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

If you want to keep leaders – let them lead!

 

Via Kevin Watson
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You can allow leaders to work for the good of the organization or stifle them, discourage them and spend valuable time and effort consistently replacing them. If you want to keep leaders – let them lead!
 
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Goal Setting Made Easy — A Proven Goal Setting Strategy 

Goal Setting Made Easy — A Proven Goal Setting Strategy  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Goals and goal setting can be challenging, so check out my proven goal setting strategy that will help you set AND complete challenging goals.
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To recap, this goal setting process is proven to help you reach your goals. You must first set SMART goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely or time bound. Once you have set SMART goals, follow the five steps to complete your goals. The five steps are: Create an Action Plan Schedule the Goals into Your Life Take Action Review the Goals Regularly Refresh the Goals
 
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10 Thought Leaders You Should Be Following to Be More Successful

10 Thought Leaders You Should Be Following to Be More Successful | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Learning from others is a key part of life. Don't miss learning from these people.
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If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.
 
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The 3 Biggest Leadership Mistakes People Make

The 3 Biggest Leadership Mistakes People Make | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Are you making some of these mistakes in your business?

 
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Are you making some of these mistakes in your business?
 
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5 project management skills every business leader needs

5 project management skills every business leader needs | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Every business leader will have to undertake projects, but what are the skills needed to be a successful project leader?


Via Roger Francis
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Business leaders don’t have to have been practising project managers, trained to the ‘nth’ degree in project leadership competencies. At the very least, they need to be aware that the project world, the world that brings about a positive changed outcome, is different from the ‘business as usual’ world.
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Empathy makes you a more effective leader

Empathy makes you a more effective leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Empathy is one of the most popular topics brought up for discussion by my executive coaching clients. It’s not surprising because empathy is the most important instrument in a leader’s toolbox. Effective leaders make it a priority to take care of their people. In return, their people give everything to protect and advance the mission of the organization. They know how to inspire and motivate by tapping into what their team truly value and want. And, with millennials firmly in the workplace, this will only become more important.
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Empathy is not sympathy, nor is it feeling sorry for others. Instead, it is understanding what others are feeling or thinking. People tend to focus on the touchy-feely aspect of empathy, and it is indeed important to understand where another person is coming from. However, an empathetic leader is also capable of sensing what another person is thinking. This can be extremely helpful in everything from negotiating a salary to planning a social event for the office.
 
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2 Mistakes Leaders Never Make When They Disagree! – Marshall Goldsmith

2 Mistakes Leaders Never Make When They Disagree! – Marshall Goldsmith | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
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There are two mistakes that great leaders never make when they disagree. 

Not listening 

Point out why others are wrong and they are right
 
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Bring your best self to every interaction

Bring your best self to every interaction | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What do you stand for? What is your "servant purpose" on this planet? Who are you serving and “to what end" are you toiling? What are your values, the principles that describe what is “right” in your heart, day to day? Most humans don’t ponder these questions. The answers to these questions can lead one to be their best self daily. Your best self is when you’re living in alignment with your servant purpose and with your values and behaviors. You serve others nimbly, willingly and kindly, all the time.

 
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What are your values? What are the principles that guide you daily? If you hold values like integrity, service, excellence, and respect in high regard, take steps to formalize them - so you know exactly what values you’re aspiring to daily.
 
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Stop Tracking Employees And Start Inspiring Them

Stop Tracking Employees And Start Inspiring Them | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Traditional corporate performance evaluations need to be updated as they are having a negative impact on culture. The focus needs to shift from “managing talent” to creating an optimal culture where talent can thrive.

Via Coloma Canals, Ricard Lloria
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Organizations need to worry less about tracking and rating , and focus more on inspiring employees to stretch their skills which will shift the corporate culture in a positive direction.
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clara noble's curator insight, June 28, 5:52 AM
What are you doing to inspire the people who work with?
Please share :)
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What Employees Want to See Most in Their Bosses Comes Down to a Single Word, Says Research

What Employees Want to See Most in Their Bosses Comes Down to a Single Word, Says Research | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
In a recent study published in the Harvard Business Review, close to 20,000 employees around the world say there's one thing that leaders need to demonstrate. Hint: Aretha Franklin sang about it 50 years ago.
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Lets just get right to the bottom of this: What exactly do employees want in their leaders the most?
 
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4 Steps To Becoming More Inquisitive As Leaders

4 Steps To Becoming More Inquisitive As Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Learn about 4 steps any leader can take to help them become inquisitive in order to bring out the best from those they lead.
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How do we become more inquisitive in our leadership?
 
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 30, 1:29 PM
Asking questions means listening to listen, not answer. Teaching and leading are synomous.
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The Power of Storytelling

The Power of Storytelling | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Stories are an integral part to communicating effectively with your employees. A great story goes a long way, because it’s memorable and creates connections.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Remember, like any good communication, stories should have a purpose and tie directly to the end result you’re trying to achieve.
 
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Want to Get More Done? Try Taking More Breaks 

Want to Get More Done? Try Taking More Breaks  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Should you begin doing less, in order to accomplish more?

 
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Instead of trying to cut out time for breaks or exercise, realize that these activities can actually be used to boost your productivity. Find the combination that suits you, and get more done with less stress.
 
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Andrea Ross's curator insight, June 8, 8:37 PM

""Taking a break every 90 minutes - yes please""

Paulette Dotson's curator insight, June 9, 11:47 AM
Who knew that taking more breaks would lead to more productivity?  It gives us a chance to unwind and come back and see things with a new perspective.
Jerry Busone's curator insight, June 23, 7:43 AM

A lot of truth to this ....

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12 Hard Things a Leader May Need to Say - And 5 Ways to Say Them  

12 Hard Things a Leader May Need to Say - And 5 Ways to Say Them   | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
In any relationship, there comes a time where it’s necessary to say things, which are difficult to say, but needed to keep the relationship strong. And, to hopefully make it better. This is also true in a healthy team environment. All leaders have things they need to say, which are hard sometimes. For me personally, …

Via Kevin Watson
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One of the most difficult times for me is addressing issues like this with a team member I genuinely care about, but I know it’s one of my roles as a leader to address these most difficult issues. But, that’s what we do as leaders – hard things (with grace and truth).
 
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3 Reasons Why Stoics Make Great Leaders  

3 Reasons Why Stoics Make Great Leaders   | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Stoics teach that, before we try to control events, we have to control ourselves first. A stoic attitude prepares leaders for failure and success.
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Do not make failure a stranger. Embrace the stumbles along the way and become smarter because of them. Recovering from failure is a mindset.
 
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Can you actually help people by just asking them questions? 

Can you actually help people by just asking them questions?  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Can you actually help people by just asking them questions?

 
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Finally, I have discovered that the structure or phasing of questions. When someone has made a mess or mistake, I don’t ask – “Why did you do that”? That feels like judgment and they probably hear – “How dumb are you”. Instead I would say something like, “Help me understand the process that led you to that decision”? I may discover something new and they probably will also. Often times when they say it aloud – they see their flaw and I don’t need to say anything else. Hal Mayer -
 
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Help Your Team Stop Over committing by Empowering Them to Say No

Help Your Team Stop Over committing by Empowering Them to Say No | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The culture of saying "yes" to everything is leading to disappointment


Via Roger Francis
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The most important skill any leader — any person, really — can learn is how and when to say “no.” When you’re able to confidently walk away from opportunities that don’t generate value, you have the time and the resources to say “yes” to those that matter. These are the ideas that are going to revolutionize your company and change the world.
 
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