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Surviving Leadership Chaos
" We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. " - Winston Churchill
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The Traits of Leaders Who Do Things Fast and Well

The Traits of Leaders Who Do Things Fast and Well | Surviving Leadership Chaos |
For one, they provide clear strategic perspective.
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Set stretch goals and maintain high standards. 

Stretch goals have a natural tendency to increase speed. People will stay busy without stretch goals but will not accomplish as much. Stretch goals can increase our effort. To ensure quality these leaders also set high standards so that others knew exactly what high quality work looked like.
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Are Leaders Born or Made? Here’s What’s Coachable — and What’s Definitely Not.

Are Leaders Born or Made? Here’s What’s Coachable — and What’s Definitely Not. | Surviving Leadership Chaos |
For some people, the question of whether leaders are born or made is truly intellectual – fodder for a good classroom or dinner party debate. But for people in front-line positions to hire, promote, and fire, the question, “Who has the right stuff to lead?” definitely has more urgency. Getting the answer right can drive an organization’s culture and performance to new levels. Getting it wrong can too — downwards.

So what’s the answer? Of course, since we’re talking about real life here, it isn’t neat or simple. The facts are, some leadership traits are inborn, and they’re big whoppers. They matter a lot. On the other hand, two key leadership traits can be developed with training and experience – in fact, they need to be.

Via David Hain, Jose Luis Yañez
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(From the article): So are leaders born or made? The answer (perhaps not surprisingly) is both. Your best strategy, then, is to hire for energy, the ability to energize, and passion. Go full force in training and developing edge and execution. Promote the people who have a good dose of all five traits. Always remember, though, that not everyone was meant to be a leader. But as long as you are one yourself – it’s your job to find and build those who were.
Jose Luis Yañez's curator insight, May 13, 2016 2:20 AM
Are Leaders Born or Made? Here’s What’s Coachable — and What’s Definitely Not.
Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, May 13, 2016 11:35 PM
Stupid debate; of course all #leadership traits can be coached.
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5 Ways Leaders Start Movements

5 Ways Leaders Start Movements | Surviving Leadership Chaos |
Learn how leaders start movements in these 5 simple steps, demonstrated perfectly in this 3-minute video.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Aki Puustinen
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(From the article): With the power of social media, it’s easy for leaders to shine a light on the movement. Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? Who started it? No one remembers, but that person is a true leader. Once you have a movement, share it with colleagues, friends, family and with the world. Remember, as Sivers explains, when the movement begins, others will join willingly, because most people will fear being left alone, if they fail to join the crowd. Again, consider the Ice Bucket Challenge. You had to join or risk being left out of one of the most powerful movements to come along in many years.

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, June 28, 2015 5:21 PM
Leaders take risks and innovate--be brave!
Luc E. Morisset's curator insight, July 3, 2015 9:07 AM

As simple as that...

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7 #Leadership Lessons from Game of Thrones

7 #Leadership Lessons from Game of Thrones | Surviving Leadership Chaos |

Sex, murder, dragons, warring leaders, and a wall impossible to scale. Does this sound like any corporations you know today? Perhaps, but I am talking about Targaryens, Lannisters, Starks, and Baratheons in Game of Thrones.


Game of Thrones is set in a medieval world of knights, dragons, and magic, characterized by long, cold seasons, and populated with White Walkers. This most amazing and compelling TV series has captured the hearts and minds of people around the world. In the history of mankind, never has a TV series been so downloaded and watched, so are there leadership lessons we can take from this series?

Via The Learning Factor, Ricard Lloria
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(From the article): The fact is there have been many leaders in the Game of Thrones, but very few of them are good leaders. Is this true about corporations? Are good leaders hard to find? The fact is that there are few good leaders throughout history, and in corporations today. What can we do about that? “The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.” — John C Maxwell

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, June 22, 2014 10:12 PM

Games can surely be  a good medium for teaching important life skills. In fact the use of, games and simulations are being researched as important tools in teaching across grades. One of the reasons why games and simulations can be effective pedagogical tools is that they provide for  experiential learning. Teaching Life Skills often proves to be a challenge especially since  the subject area is rather vast, and subjective in nature. It is as if you were trying to re-engineer the mindset of the learner. So, then how do you motivate a rather introverted learner to change? I guess role play, simulation and games might provide intrinsic motivation such that can never be provided through regular class room teaching which makes use of lectures, discussions and note taking. You need to feel the desire to lead from inside, and it is not about being told to lead!

Birgit Plange's curator insight, June 25, 2014 5:37 AM

Well, even Game of Thrones can teach us something....

Tania Tytherleigh's curator insight, June 28, 2014 8:46 PM

I'm sure there are many more but here's a good start!

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12 Neglected Questions Successful Leaders Keep Asking

12 Neglected Questions Successful Leaders Keep Asking | Surviving Leadership Chaos |
Wrong questions turn people’s attention to distracting issues. You hinder progress when you distract your team.

Distractions cause damage.

Via David Hain, Roger Francis
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Wrong questions turn people’s attention to distracting issues. You hinder progress when you distract your team.
David Hain's curator insight, May 25, 2016 4:38 AM

5 minutes. 12 questions. A lifetime of exploration! Great coaching input from @Leadershipfreak!

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The habit that will consistently make you more powerful at work

The habit that will consistently make you more powerful at work | Surviving Leadership Chaos |

When we try to do things in a rush, we are usually destined to fail from the start — something I learned from my own mistakes. Faster doesn’t necessarily mean better.

Via David Hain, Bobby Dillard, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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(From the article): Being a patient listener allows us to absorb the full message, both spoken and unspoken. Being patiently mindful of the speaker’s every gesture, facial expression, and change in tone allows for a fuller understanding of the underlying issues.


The best ideas seldom come to mind immediately. The longer we take to ponder a problem, the easier our brains may find it to fit everything into place. It is often in the quiet moments when inspiration strikes, and it hardly ever happens when we are desperate to make a decision. An attitude of patience helps us to smooth over those inevitable bumps in the road, and we usually reach the best path in our own time.


Any decision can be made quickly, but the consequences of those choices live for much longer. We live in a world where split-second decisions and decisive actions are constantly encouraged at our workplaces. How much smoother would things be if we all took the time to make the right decision the first time? It is all too easy to be hijacked by pressures and emotions and rushed into a hasty mistake.

David Hain's curator insight, February 1, 2016 6:26 AM

“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience" ~ Tolstoy, HT @faisal_hoque

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 11, 2016 5:07 PM

Patience allows us to pause and listen closely to others, the world, and ourselves.

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Most Important Leadership Lessons from The Top CEOs of the World

Most Important Leadership Lessons from The Top CEOs of the World | Surviving Leadership Chaos |
Most Important Leadership Lessons from The Top CEOs of the World

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Roger Francis
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(From the article): For many CEOs, the pressure means that they can often disconnect from family and friends. In the limited time that they do try to devote to life outside work, they are often not fully present, and are more focused on using the time to recharge for next week in the office.


Crucially, leaders must take responsibility for own work/life balance and their own happiness, so that in the final analysis, they have no regrets. The cautionary tale here is that of Sam Walton, founder of Walmart and by any standards one of America’s successful entrepreneurs. However, on his death bed , he admitted that he was never there as a father, husband and friend. He had the wealthiest pockets, but the poorest soul. Walton’s final words? “I blew it.”

Francisco Marin's curator insight, January 1, 2015 12:17 PM

Very interesting article. It suggests a lot of questions to be answered by any leader about: priorities, motivation, dreams, change, micromanagement, values, passion, competences, team, challenges, corporate culture, and work/life balance.

M.C. Bohley's curator insight, January 5, 2015 2:15 PM

I like the idea of avoiding the "Crazy Eight"

Lauran Star's curator insight, January 12, 2015 3:38 PM

Love this