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Do You Have "Lightening Rod" Clarity of Purpose?

Do You Have "Lightening Rod" Clarity of Purpose? | Surviving Leadership Chaos |

Leaders need to be perfectly clear on where the company is headed.

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(From the article): People respond to a lightning rod message that will give meaning to their work.  The clearer the purpose, the better the results will be.

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Employee Retention Doesn’t Just Happen: Five Keys to a Clear Strategy

Employee Retention Doesn’t Just Happen: Five Keys to a Clear Strategy | Surviving Leadership Chaos |
What employee retention strategies do you use to engage and retain employees?

Via The e.MILE Community, AlGonzalezinfo
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(From the article): Though, there are many other employee retention strategies for engaging and retaining employees, these tips should serve as a good start. Be transparent, have a clear employee value proposition, communicate with employees early and often, know what they want and what you want, and what motivates them.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, August 6, 2013 6:48 AM

Excellent post!  


From the article:


Hiring the right managers makes all the difference. Steve Miranda, Managing Director for Cornell University’s Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS), said in an interview that he believed 80 percent of employee turnover resulted from the environment created by a manager as opposed to the company at large.

So it’s critical to work closely to make sure there’s a consistent open line of communication between employees and managers, and that managers are working collaboratively and positively with their employees.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 6, 2013 1:14 PM

Trust is foundational to success.

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Top 10 Differences Between Managers and Leaders

Top 10 Differences Between Managers and Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos |

Via Daniel Watson
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From Daniel Watson: This excellent short video, offers ten clear differentiators between leaders and managers, and suggests that businesses require both leadership and management to be successful.

David Schultz's curator insight, April 3, 2013 3:33 PM

I like the simplicity of this video, and I don't disagree with anything they say fundamentally.  In fact I think they are right on the mark with the exception of their use of the word "follower."  They say that Leaders produce followers, but I believe leaders produce leaders.  They may be front line employees who do not lead anyone else, but instead of following they lead out in their sphere of responsibilities.


So other than a little nuance in semantics this is a great video.

Socius Ars's curator insight, April 10, 2013 12:07 PM

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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 Vicki Kossoff @ 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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Leadership: Will They Weep when you Leave ?

Leadership: Will They Weep when you Leave ? | Surviving Leadership Chaos |
All of us know that people leave their bosses and not the organization. But the reverse is also true. People stay in organizations for their bosses. But these type of bosses are a rare phenomenon.

Via Bobby Dillard, AlGonzalezinfo
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(From the article): And when you leave the organization and your team , see them weep !  Can you give some more behavior traits of such leaders ?
AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 23, 2013 6:40 AM

This is a great question.  Will they weep or have a party?


From the post on what great management leaders do:


They care  : In the corporate world,  sometimes we think that if you are caring and concerned about your team, they will take advantage.  The project manager/leader might be branded as a "soft" manager.  I somehow totally disagree with this. I think the managers who show emotional intelligence and care for their team, win them over for life. 


A smile, a pat of appreciation soars the motivation of the team to the highest level.  


Do you smile often ? 

Do you remember their birthdays?

Do you speak encouragingly when you feel they are trying hard to meet the deadline but are facing some problems ?

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6 Steps to Sustainable Teams: Start with Strengths

6 Steps to Sustainable Teams: Start with Strengths | Surviving Leadership Chaos |
A great leader does what they can to make themselves and people around them succeed and excel to their fullest potential.


A great leader does what they can to make themselves and people around them succeed and excel to their fullest potential. If you as a leader aren’t doing this, then it’s time to focus on becoming a “Maximizer.

Maximizer: People with the “Maximizer Theme” focus on others’ strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence.


They seek to transform something strong into something superb.

Questions to ask yourself:

Are you a Maximizer? Do you know how many people in your team are Maximizers?

Via AlGonzalezinfo
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