Surviving Leadership Chaos
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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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7 Toxic Thoughts That Are Sabotaging Your Success

7 Toxic Thoughts That Are Sabotaging Your Success | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

All actions result from thought, so it's the thoughts that really matter.

 
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Instead of allowing your thoughts to sabotage you, treat them as you'd treat any powerful force: Use them responsibly for good, keep them out of harmful situations, and let them help serve you so you in turn can serve.
 
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5 keys to unlocking your innate creativity | SmartBrief

5 keys to unlocking your innate creativity | SmartBrief | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A blank canvas. An empty music score. A newly opened Word document or electric circuit simulation. Trying to harness creativity at will haunts artists, scientists, technologists, and even bureaucrats. How can we open our minds and wander into new, innovative territory?
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Let your ideas flow, even if they end up unworkable or off target. Don't disregard that instant when awareness of something out of the ordinary boils up that could be key to a whole new discovery. Absurd ideas in one context may turn out to be pure genius in another.
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How do effective leaders manage their negative thoughts?

How do effective leaders manage their negative thoughts? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
How effective leaders manage their negative thoughts and feelings
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Leaders stumble when they are paying too much attention to their internal chatter and allowing it to sap important cognitive resources that could be put to better use.
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The Value of Grey Thinking - Learn to live with uncertainty

The Value of Grey Thinking - Learn to live with uncertainty | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
One of the most common questions we receive, unsurprisingly, is along the lines of What one piece of advice would you recommend to become a better thinker? The question is kind of cheating. There is, of course, no one thing, and if Farnam Street is a testament to any idea, it’s that you must pull from …
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(From the article): This fundamental truth is easy to grasp in theory and hard to use in practice, every day. It takes a substantial deprogramming to realize that life is all grey, that all reality lies on a continuum. This is why quantitative and scale-based thinking is so important. But most don’t realize that quantitative thinking isn’t really about math; it’s about the idea that The dose makes the poison. The dose/poison idea is the opposite of the slippery slope argument favored by the ideologue. It starts with this, and then the whole thing goes to hell. Well, maybe, but not necessarily and not usually. Nearly all things are OK in some dose but not OK in another dose. That is the way of the world, and why almost everything connected to practical reality must be quantified, at least roughly. This isn’t to say that some things shouldn’t be stamped on hard, and fast. Doing heroin even once is probably a bad idea. But make sure to use the right mental model for the right situation. We can re-frame our slogans above: War is awful but history show it to be occasionally necessary, and a very complex phenomenon. Capitalism is enormously productive but has many limitations. Some socialist institutions actually work well in a capitalist economy, but pure socialism hasn’t tended to work at all. College has its pluses and minuses; it works for some and not for others. Support for soldiers may carry some conditions. And so on.
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It's Important to Live Life Out Loud

It's Important to Live Life Out Loud | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Not long ago, our daughters were home for a visit and we were walking downtown heading to dinner. As we strolled, numerous people stopped to say hi to me or waved from across the street. When we sat down to eat, the girls looked at me with incredulity and said: “Dad, what’s going on, you are actually being social and seem to know people”. I said, “Girls, I have decided to start living out loud.”
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Time To Live Out Loud!

(From the article): I am not sure if it was a midlife crisis or just normal maturation. But, I began to search for clarity in terms of my own sense of purpose. I realized that I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to have a positive impact on my family, my clients and my community. I recognized that I couldn’t do that from the barcalounger in my brain. I was going to have to live out loud.
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Elon Musk and Bill Thurston on the Power of Thinking for Yourself

Elon Musk and Bill Thurston on the Power of Thinking for Yourself | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Self-taught mental models — or, in simple terms, figuring things out for yourself — seem to be a favorite weapon of brilliant minds. (Richard Feynman, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, also relied heavily on personal mental models.) In many cases, it is the unique point-of-view afforded by self-directed learning and deep thought that enables someone to unleash an idea of minor genius.
How can you go about developing a unique view of the world?

Via David Hain
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We often live life by analogy and simply assume that what has been true before must be true in the future. Instead, break your problems down to their first principles and you may see very different solutions emerge.
 
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David Hain's curator insight, December 20, 2016 9:53 AM

A clarion call to get back to first principles to sharpen your thinking - but you'll probably have to unlearn that school rote exam stuff first!

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Make Strategic Thinking Part of Your Job

Make Strategic Thinking Part of Your Job | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

How can we implement strategic thinking if we’re not even sure what it looks like?

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(From the article): Sound strategic thinking doesn’t have to remain an abstract mystery only a few are able to realize. Despite the common complaint, it’s not the result of making time for it. Executives must extract themselves from day-to-day problems and do the work that aligns their job with the company’s strategy. They need to be armed with insights that predict where best to focus resources. And they need to build a coalition of support by inviting those who must execute to disagree with and improve their strategic thinking. Taking these three practical steps will raise the altitude of executives to the appropriate strategic work of the future, freeing those they lead to direct the operational activities of today.
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Why Deep Thinking Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Why Deep Thinking Is Needed Now More Than Ever | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Big issues face us – macro and micro. What I mean, as a society, we face terrorism, mass shootings, government debt and deficits, crumbling infrastructure, and generational shifts impactin
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(From the article): How do we begin to think more deeply? The first step is to hold our leaders accountable for the statements they make and require a deeper answer than just it will be “tremendous.” As humans, we vote. We vote on election day. We vote by staying in our current jobs, trying to change where we are, or moving on to better places. We vote by holding thought-provoking conversations with our spouses, partners, and kids. In each, we need to hold each other accountable. More than accountability, we need to hold each other to higher standards.
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Breakthrough Leadership – A New Way of Thinking

Breakthrough Leadership – A New Way of Thinking | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The exceptional life depends not on working harder, but on different, even opposite actions from habit and the crowd.” This quote was shared by neuroscientist Dr. Robert Cooper at the 2016 YPO Pacific EDGE regional conference in Los Angeles. He used data backed by science and technology to challenge business leaders to achieve their true potential.

“Your brain is not your friend. In terms of you becoming your best possible self, it is a terrible boss. It avoids change, it magnifies the negative, it plays small, it nitpicks; it delays and defers everything that matters most,” he said. “It leans away from possibility.”

Via David Hain
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(From the article): To close, Cooper emphasized that leaders have to make the conscious choice to continue learning and growing. “We are living in a very special moment in history when neuroscience and technology are combining to help us transcend the brain’s limitations and move toward our true potential. This is your time, this is your chance,” he said.
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David Hain's curator insight, May 23, 2016 7:52 AM

For better collaboration, encourage constructive discontent.

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Critical Thinking: A Necessary Skill in the Age of Spin

Critical Thinking: A Necessary Skill in the Age of Spin | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
G. Randy Kasten is an attorney and author of Just Trust Me: Finding the Truth in a World of Spin.

 

   The ability to think critically is one skill separating innovators from followers. Critical thinking reduces the power of advertisers, the unscrupulous and the pretentious, and can neutralize the sway of an unsupported argument. This is a skill most students enjoy learning because they see immediately that it gives them more control.

 

Devastating Consequences


That said, young people -- without significant life experience and anxious to fit in -- are especially vulnerable to surface appeal. Targeted advertising affects their buying and eating habits; choosing friends for the wrong reasons can lead to real heartache. Decisions about joining the military, becoming a parent or choosing a career have indelible effects on a person's life.

 

An inability to think critically at an early age can have devastating consequences.


Via Peter Hoeve, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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