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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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Employee engagement ideas: Cut the BS 

Employee engagement ideas: Cut the BS  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Employee engagement ideas are crucial to driving a business forward, but many executives tend to lip-service them. Let's cut the BS, shall we?
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(From the article):  Every speech and article about employee engagement ideas, give or take, is total buzzword-driven garbage. “We embrace our customer-focused vision and believe employees play a key role in that mission of purpose-driven alignment,” says a CEO on stage at a trade show … and then 2 hours later, he’s holed up in his hotel suite with his top dogs chasing nickels in the couch cushions of their vertical. When I say “cut the bullshit,” here’s what I mean: if you think you might care about employee engagement, move towards it logically. If you don’t care and you absolutely know you don’t care, never bring it up. Because when you bring it up but then are constantly two-faced about it and it clearly doesn’t really matter to you, that also sends a message to employees. And it’s not a good one.
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What Happens When Pride Gets in the Way of Leadership 

What Happens When Pride Gets in the Way of Leadership  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Like many things in life, pride can be either a positive or a negative. It’s a great and appropriate thing to feel when you’ve worked hard to accomplish

Via Anne Leong, Roger Francis
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(From the article): Lead from within. Leading with pride can be a problem when it begins to hurt both our life and our leadership. The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us. That is leadership.
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Where will you do some leadership spring cleaning today?

Where will you do some leadership spring cleaning today? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Every so often, we need to look behind things and give our leadership a thorough cleaning.

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It's a great time to pause and consider some deep spring cleaning in your life and leadership.

(From the article): Our leadership may have become too settled, too routine. It may be time for us to mix things up in a new way. Our leadership can become more interesting, more creative when we clean things out and start fresh. Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to ask ourselves questions which will help clarify things. How many copies do we really need? Why are we keeping these things? When will we ever really use this? Where can we make room to add the leadership skills we want to develop? This may be the perfect opportunity to clear the cobwebs out of the corners of our leadership. We can empty the boxes we are storing and clear away the accumulated dust. There may be someone else who will use what we are merely holding. What we do not need or do not use may help someone else.
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4 Ways To Be A Conscious Leader 

4 Ways To Be A Conscious Leader  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Being a conscious leader, making purposeful choices about why, when, how and where you lead, helps to achieve greater success as a leader and a person.

Via Kevin Watson
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(From the article): To be a conscious leader, start making purposeful choices about why, when, how and where you lead. The ability to be clear about these choices helps you achieve greater success as a leader and as a person.
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Transformational Leadership: Becoming an Inspirational Leader

Transformational Leadership: Becoming an Inspirational Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Transformational leadership is one of the most inspiring leadership styles. Learn how to be a transformational leader.

Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): Transformational leaders inspire great loyalty and trust in their followers. They have high expectations, and they inspire their people to reach their goals. You can become a transformational leader by following these steps: Create an inspiring vision of the future. Motivate people to buy into and deliver the vision. Manage delivery of the vision. Build ever-stronger, trust-based relationships with your people. Keep in mind that, to succeed as a transformational leader, you'll need to work on your own skills, and set aside time and space for personal development.
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Self Development Tips

Self Development Tips | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
As long as you are still alive, you are capable of changing and growing. You can do anything you want to do, be anything you want to be. Listen to some positive thoughts on how to continue your self development and then apply them in your own life.

 

Accept personal responsibility for your own growth; no one can do it for you. What you do today will determine your readiness for tomorrow. Take time every day to do something for yourself. Take classes to stay current in your field of expertise. The world is changing rapidly and you must learn to manage change to avoid obsolescence. The way Will Rogers put this was that "Even if you are on the right track, if you just sit there you will get run over."


Read more: http://bit.ly/IX4FcU


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Leadership Mantra: Noise.

Leadership Mantra: Noise. | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

This noise who changing our life.

 

About what noise are we talking about here? There is talk about the discontinuous noise in our head, which is an integral part of our daily live.

 

Have you ever paid attention, if so, what was his tone? It was a pleasant tone, beautiful, positive or rather, unpleasant, ugly and negative?

 

Here, you can imagine, is the big difference.

 

Why am I talking about this today? Just because our attitude is dictated by this dialogue. If you are in the unpleasant and negative plan, it goes without saying that it will be difficult for you, to have a full and balanced life – which should ultimately be the goal of all of us.

 

Read more: http://martingysler.com/2012/04/11/leadership-mantra-noise/


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Are You Building Leaders for Tomorrow?

Are You Building Leaders for Tomorrow? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Say you've identified an 'A' player on your team. What steps do you take to develop leadership?
Via Richard Andrews, Kevin Watson
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(From the article): That news? Leaders are made, not born. While no one is created with leadership in his or her bones, many people in business are ambitious, strong communicators from the start. So, it’s up to employers to determine who shows the motivation and tendency toward leadership -- and then develop it.
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A Leader’s Hard Conversations 

A Leader’s Hard Conversations  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

 I’ve lost count of the number of occasions where I had to confront a person who I was leading or mentoring. Although it’s a natural part of leading a family, team or organization, I would often try to talk myself out of doing it, thinking that if I just ignored the problem it would go away. That, of course, is rarely true. 


I have never regretted confronting a situation when I did it in a healthy way. In fact, I believe successful confrontation was the most important lesson I learned as young leader. 

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(From the article): We live in an age where people seem more wounded than ever. It is now common to come from a past involving divorce, abuse, dysfunction, incest, neglect, addictive behavior or co-dependent relationships. Needy people are everywhere. So, how does this affect our leadership and mentoring? Do we simply try to avoid these issues? Do we ignore them or pretend they aren’t there? Obviously, we can’t do this if we intend to lead well. Instead, we must recover this practice performed by leaders of old with their people and families. This practice came to be known as “giving the blessing” to others. Because most families don’t practice giving this “blessing” to each other, I believe leaders/mentors must pick up the slack and do it for their followers. It is up to us. - See more at: http://growingleaders.com/blog/leaders-hard-conversations/#sthash.B6YCLsKq.dpuf
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How to Mentally Prepare for a Difficult Conversation

How to Mentally Prepare for a Difficult Conversation | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

How can you mentally prepare for a difficult conversation? You’ll want to think about the logistics (where and when you meet) and your strategy (how will you frame the problem and what you’ll say first). But getting ready emotionally is perhaps the most important work you need to do before you get into the room. Here are a few things you can go do to get ready.

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(From the article): Susan David, a psychologist and coauthor of the Harvard Business Review article Emotional Agility, says that “suppressing your emotions — deciding not to say something when you’re upset—can lead to bad results.” She explains that if you don’t express your emotions, they’re likely to show up elsewhere. Psychologists call this emotional leakage. “Have you ever yelled at your spouse or child after a frustrating day at work—a frustration that had nothing to do with him or her? When you bottle up your feelings, you’re likely to express your emotions in unintended ways instead, either sarcastically or in a completely different context. Suppressing your emotions is associated with poor memory, difficulties in relationships, and physiological costs (such as cardiovascular health problems),” David explains. Prevent your emotions from seeping out — in the conversation or at home — by getting your feelings out ahead of time. That way, you’ll be more centered and calm when you’re having the discussion. You may be wondering, Do I really need to do this for one 10-minute conversation? While it takes some time (though it will get easier the more you do it), there is a huge payoff. You’ll go into the conversation with the right mindset, feeling confident, knowing what you want to achieve.
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12 Bad Habits That Are Making You Less Productive

12 Bad Habits That Are Making You Less Productive | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Are you guilty of these bad habits that are hurting our productivity at work? If so, it's probably time to cut it out.
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(From the article): But it's not just about the amount of sleep -- it's also about quality of sleep. Studies have shown that people who gaze at a backlit screen right before bed actually report having lower-quality sleep -- even when they get just as much sleep as someone who didn't look at their electronics before bed. This is because presence and absence of light tell our brains whether or not they should release the sleep hormone melatonin that makes you tired. Because the LED lighting emitted by the screens on our electronic devices is so similar to daylight, it can trick our brains into thinking it's daytime, causing us to stay awake for longer. 

 The best way to break this habit? Buy an alarm clock that's not your phone, and charge your phone in a separate room so you avoid the temptation of checking it altogether. If you're worried about missing an emergency call, then try sending those last-minute texts 30-60 minutes before you hit the hay. It'll mean you get more sleep and higher quality sleep, leading you to operate at peak productivity the following day. (Read this blog post for tips on getting the most out of your sleep.)
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How To Nail It Every Time 

How To Nail It Every Time  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
No person in the world can do two things equally well at the same time. It’s not possible. As a matter of fact, both tasks will probably suffer.
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(From the article): How To Increase Your Focus And Nail It: 

 1. Daily goals. Decide in advance what your 3 to 5 biggest objectives of the day are going to be. 

 2. Peak Time. Everyone has times during the day where they feel their best, have more energy and are most effective. Plan your most difficult projects during this time. 

 3. No Communication Zones. If possible, establish times of the day you will not take phone calls or answer email. Focus in on your project. 

 4. Mini-Milestones. Establish small targets you must get to before you stop working or take a break. Most experts agree 90 minutes straight through before a break is optimal. 

 5. Batch. Put smaller tasks such as phone calls, e-mails and errands together in one single session. 

 6. Early Bird. If possible, get up at 5am and go straight to work on your most difficult or important task. Most of my clients who do this get more done before 8am than other people get done all day. 

 7. Pick Up Tempo. You must stay focused on the task at hand when you do this but walk faster, talk faster, type faster, read faster. Do it right, nail it and then go home sooner with more accomplished.
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(From the article): How To Increase Your Focus And Nail It: 

 1. Daily goals. Decide in advance what your 3 to 5 biggest objectives of the day are going to be. 

 2. Peak Time. Everyone has times during the day where they feel their best, have more energy and are most effective. Plan your most difficult projects during this time. 

 3. No Communication Zones. If possible, establish times of the day you will not take phone calls or answer email. Focus in on your project. 

 4. Mini-Milestones. Establish small targets you must get to before you stop working or take a break. Most experts agree 90 minutes straight through before a break is optimal. 

 5. Batch. Put smaller tasks such as phone calls, e-mails and errands together in one single session. 

 6. Early Bird. If possible, get up at 5am and go straight to work on your most difficult or important task. Most of my clients who do this get more done before 8am than other people get done all day. 

 7. Pick Up Tempo. You must stay focused on the task at hand when you do this but walk faster, talk faster, type faster, read faster. Do it right, nail it and then go home sooner with more accomplished.
Ricard Lloria's curator insight, March 25, 5:39 AM
(From the article): How To Increase Your Focus And Nail It: 

 1. Daily goals. Decide in advance what your 3 to 5 biggest objectives of the day are going to be. 

 2. Peak Time. Everyone has times during the day where they feel their best, have more energy and are most effective. Plan your most difficult projects during this time. 

 3. No Communication Zones. If possible, establish times of the day you will not take phone calls or answer email. Focus in on your project. 

 4. Mini-Milestones. Establish small targets you must get to before you stop working or take a break. Most experts agree 90 minutes straight through before a break is optimal. 

 5. Batch. Put smaller tasks such as phone calls, e-mails and errands together in one single session. 

 6. Early Bird. If possible, get up at 5am and go straight to work on your most difficult or important task. Most of my clients who do this get more done before 8am than other people get done all day. 

 7. Pick Up Tempo. You must stay focused on the task at hand when you do this but walk faster, talk faster, type faster, read faster. Do it right, nail it and then go home sooner with more accomplished.
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Leadership Mantra: Delegation.

Leadership Mantra: Delegation. | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Delegation, an indication that identifies a real leader!

 

“Following the suggestion of a reader, in my last leadership mantra, I’ll approach with you a topic that is, in my opinion, very often misunderstood and not often enough used to fair value.”

 

What does mean delegation for you?

 

What are the words that come to your mind when you hear or you think to delegation?

 

Before reading further, you could invest a few minutes, to be clear about this issue.

 

What is emerged and to which group you belong to?

 

Here are a few groups:

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/IKMOVE


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