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Seven Weird Habits That Will Change Your Life

Seven Weird Habits That Will Change Your Life | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Some habits will help you live a better life. They’ll help you improve what’s already working or help you fix what’s not working very well.

 

But what about habits that completely change the game entirely? What are the questions that uproot your beliefs, shake them from its roots and move you into a bigger pot?

 

These are seven habits that won’t just improve your game, or help you “level up.” They’ll help you play a different game, one that you completely design yourself.

 

Regularly engage in time travel. Often the best way to solve a problem is to have a conversation with your future self...

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/Kk1L0f


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Martin Gysler's comment, April 30, 2012 10:28 AM
Hi Slavica, thank you for your comment. I'm glad that you like this post. Cheers!
Slavica Bogdanov's comment, April 30, 2012 11:40 AM
Yes loved it! hope lot of people read it and apply it. I actually plan to wakl in my future today and take notes. Will keep you posted. Let me know what you think of this article, if you have the time:) http://www.scoop.it/t/attractitude-finances/p/1696864296/3-time-management-concepts-that-will-change-your-life
Martin Gysler's comment, May 1, 2012 5:12 PM
Hi Slavica, thank you for your comment and the link to your blog post. We could speak about it tomorrow on Skype.
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Serving and Leadership on Facebook!

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Articles and Ideas relating to leadership, serving, and culture.
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I have established a companion page to this curation effort on Facebook.  Could you drop by today and 'like' the page?  

The plans include a new blog debuting in 2015.

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Anne Egros's comment, April 23, 2013 7:55 AM
Done it Don, thanks for sharing great content
Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's comment, August 15, 2013 7:49 AM
Thank you ....just liked the page Don. Love the elephants :)
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Great page and thank you for creating it!
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6 Leadership Habits, from West Point to You

6 Leadership Habits, from West Point to You | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

When I spoke at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point recently, I was the one who walked away inspired, having gained some incredible life insights, which I wrote about in last week’s blog. In addition, I was invited to be a guest lecturer, where I shared with cadets the habits of some great leaders—coaches and executives—I’ve worked with in the past.

 

So, from West Point to you, here are those six leadership lessons:...


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(From the article): If you want to be a leader, you have to learn how to tell your story. The best storytellers always win. I reminded the cadets that less than a hundred miles south of West Point there were men who flew airplanes into buildings a few years ago because someone told them a story of bitterness and blame that they believed, and their choices and ideology were affected as a result. This example was a little graphic, but the cadets immediately understood it. I challenged them to use their own story to inspire others toward positive action and meaningful growth. 

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On Leadership and The Reflections of An Aging Leader

On Leadership and The Reflections of An Aging Leader | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

At my age, I have a realization that I don't really want to contemplate too much in my mind. The brutal fact for me is that I have fewer years to live than I have lived thus far.  Lessons from a older leader to younger ones.

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A older leader passes on lessons to younger ones. What would you share from your experience as a leader?

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How to Get Ahead When Life’s not “Fair”

How to Get Ahead When Life’s not “Fair” | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Have you ever worked with someone who incessantly whined about how unfair things are, how bad, how wrong or how irrational? When people constantly whine and complain, they inhibit any chance they have for impacting the future. Their managers view them as annoying, and their direct reports and co-workers view them as inept.

 

Nobody wins.

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(From the article): Once we make peace with the fact that the people who have the power to make the decisions always make the decisions – and we get over whining because ‘life isn’t fair’ – we can become more effective at influencing others, making a positive difference, and even become the person who makes the decisions!

 

We can fight the battles that are really worth fighting, and quit bugging the world because, “The teacher gave me a C!”

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Working on Tomorrow

Working on Tomorrow | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

In two weeks, we will be in a new week, a new month, a new year. Many of us are working hard to accomplish goals we set for this year before it ends. Some of us are even trying to get a head start on our goals for next year.

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We have 12 tomorrows left this year and 365 new ones next year.

 

What would you like to accomplish tomorrow?

 

Where will what you do today take you tomorrow?

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Great Leadership Stems From Continuous Learning (And Sharing)

Great Leadership Stems From Continuous Learning (And Sharing) | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
According to the recently released Workforce 2020 study, more than half of employees interviewed feel their leader lacks the necessary skills to effectively manage their staff. Leaders at all levels must hold themselves accountable to seek knowledge from new sources, push themselves to learn new skills, and to embrace a broader range of perspectives.
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(From the article): The bottom line: Leaders who make a commitment to their own personal and professional growth (e.g. the intention) and follow through by teaching others (e.g the behavior) are demonstrating to their employees that they value continuous learning – for themselves, for their employees, and for the future of the organization.  

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Employee Maturity: 10 Chances for Leaders to Cultivate It

Employee Maturity: 10 Chances for Leaders to Cultivate It | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

When some leaders hear the phrase employee maturity, they assume that employees naturally mature over time. Not quite. For employees to contribute maturely, they must have a mature understanding of the business and of the collaboration needed to succeed.Leaders play a key role in cultivating this maturity. With everyday behaviors, leaders mentor even the best hires into more mature contributions.

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(From the article): Great leaders both inspire growth and mentor that maturity in others.Regardless of age or experience, employees perform better and contribute when the leaders cultivate maturity in everyone.

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How to Become the Most Compelling Person You Will Ever Know

How to Become the Most Compelling Person You Will Ever Know | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
If you feel like you're just marking time instead of making your mark on the world, here's how to step up your game and start making a memorable difference for those around you.
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(From the article): Leave no room for doubt about your passion for the people, places, and principles that are dear to you. A compelling purpose is a cause worth sharing.

 

Above all, to become the most compelling version of yourself, look within to find the heart of all that matters to you. Then go live it.

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Lead at your best

Lead at your best | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Five simple exercises can help you recognize, and start to shift, the mind-sets that limit your potential as a leader. 

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(From the article): Who wouldn’t want to work in high-performance mode nonstop? A desire for achievement and competitive success urges us on—often past our physical and mental limits. Professional athletes build in time to recover, but executives rarely do. Why not? The limiting beliefs are well accepted: commitment is noticed through hard work and suffering; only slackers take time off during the day. People tell the story of a hospitalized colleague with awe: “He worked so hard he collapsed, in service of the company.” Hero? Not really.

If that young executive had the self-awareness to shift his mind-set from managing time to managing and balancing energy,3 he might have remained in good health. The solution is simple: find ten minutes twice each day (morning and afternoon) to recover, stepping back into a zone of low but positive energy to recharge.

 

Consider all four sources: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual activities can each fuel you. Schedule recovery activities, and stick to them until this is your new normal. Here are some examples we’ve observed:

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7 Lessons I Learned as a Marketer in The Startup Nation

7 Lessons I Learned as a Marketer in The Startup Nation | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
In a few days, I will be returning to the United States after 3.5 years of living in Israel - The Startup Nation. As I prepare for the move, I feel it appropriate to reflect on my journey towards becoming a marketer in Startup Nation.Tel Aviv - the heart of Startup NationThe JourneyMy journey started with a standard undergrad degree, with a major in psychology. When I entered college, like most young people, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. At Boston University, I certainly learned a lot about myself and others, but the experience did not provide me with the skills necessary to
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(From the article): Words don't do justice to the amount of knowledge I gained while living and working in Israel. Most importantly, I began my career - something I was unable to do before. I learned that the secret ingredient to the Startup Nation's success was hutzpa. There really is no synonym for hutzpa in the English language, but think of it as audacity, gall, or a certain anatomical phrase that probably isn't appropriate for a LinkedIn post.

 

Today I begin my journey to the United States, but I wanted to take a moment to reflect back on the last 3.5 years and what I learned along the way.

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Leadership Lessons in Purpose from the Silver Screen

Leadership Lessons in Purpose from the Silver Screen | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Executives faced with the reality of leading change have much to learn from the performing arts. In this article we compare the role of the CEO to that of a film director.

Via Kevin Watson
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The parallels between the role of the film director and that of a CEO in guiding an organization through a change process are clear. True, the time scale in a business may be longer, the organization larger and more complex and the passions of the staff harder to ignite. But the CEO can learn much from watching how a great artistic director balances the “why”, the “how” and the “what” to create an acclaimed production.*

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Sleep deprivation is killing your career

Sleep deprivation is killing your career | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Ten rules to getting the sleep you need.
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(From the article): Beyond the obvious sleep benefits of thinking clearly and staying healthy, the ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart  has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are high in emotional intelligence (EQ). These individuals are skilled at understanding and using emotions to their benefit, and good sleep hygiene is one of the greatest tools at their disposal.

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Why Leadership Should Be Hard

Why Leadership Should Be Hard | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
An examination into the realities of leadership in today's organizations and why it should be hard to lead our teams and organizations.
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(From the article): Leadership can no longer be viewed as another rung up the career ladder, as something that is positionally ascribed because of the role we play in our organization. Instead, we need to view leadership for what it is – a calling to inspire, enable and motivate those around us to believe we can do things better; we can make things better than they are today.

 

We need leaders who recognize that to engage people in the work they do requires the willingness to truly listen and understand the realities of those under their care. Of what it is that would make people feel like they’re making a difference – that what they do matters and is meaningful – and then connecting that to the greater purpose that defines our organization.

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Leadership can no longer be viewed as another rung up the career ladder, as something that is positionally ascribed because of the role we play in our organization. Instead, we need to view leadership for what it is – a calling to inspire, enable and motivate those around us to believe we can do things better; we can make things better than they are today.

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An examination into the realities of leadership in today's organizations and why it should be hard to lead our teams and organizations.


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Set the Stage to Build Performance in 2015

Set the Stage to Build Performance in 2015 | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
There are a few keys to building a development plan that if followed will add to the level of success that you enjoy in the upcoming year.
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(From the article): The third key is that your goals should be driven by your vision for what you want to create in each of the areas of responsibility for your life. They will move you towards your “What!” The areas of responsibility of my life that I want to drive improvement in every year are: Spirituality, Career, Health / Fitness, Family / Relationships. I envision a picture of what I want to create in each of these areas and then create goals to make that vision a reality.

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5 Ways Leaders Think Differently Than The Rest Of Us

5 Ways Leaders Think Differently Than The Rest Of Us | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders have some common traits when it comes to how they approach problems, information, and other people.

Via David Hain
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(From the article): Leaders hunger to learn and, as they do, their opinions are likely to change because they’re more concerned with looking for the best action rather than looking like the smartest person in the room, says leadership expert G. Shawn Hunter, author of Out Think: How Innovative Leaders Drive Exceptional Outcomes. In fact, their quest for information may make them appear like better leaders to those around them.

 

THEY’RE MORE CONCERNED WITH LOOKING FOR THE BEST ACTION RATHER THAN LOOKING LIKE THE SMARTEST PERSON IN THE ROOM.

 

"Even if you’re asking a lot of questions because you have doubt or ambiguity or even a lack of confidence in the direction of where you’re going, the simple act of asking open questions for which you do not know the answer of key advisors or teammates around the table will make you, in their eyes, a stronger leader," Hunter says.

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What Leaders Can Learn From Walt Disney

What Leaders Can Learn From Walt Disney | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
On the anniversary of Walt Disney's death, this article is meant to help all of us who are leaders learn from the man behind the mouse.
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(From the article): A man should never neglect his family for business.


I’d add woman to Walt’s idea. This may not be what you think about when you think of Walt and what he built, making it even more important to share with you. Walt, like all of us, was human, and I’m sure his family/business balance wasn’t always perfect. But if a guy that created and built what he built could focus on family and not just business, I’m sure you can too. How much time and focus have you invested in your family this week?

 

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The Neuroscience Of Being A Good Leader

The Neuroscience Of Being A Good Leader | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Neuroscience has gained so much popularity in the last few years, because of advancements made by scientists in human nature and behavior change. I find neuroscience so interesting, and have been spe…

Via Agnipravo Sengupta, Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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(From the article): In a four-year study, researchers tracked the work habits of employees at the Boston Consulting Group.

 

In one experiment, consultants on a team took a break from work one day a week. In a second experiment, every member of a team scheduled one weekly night of uninterrupted personal time, even though they were accustomed to working from home in the evenings.

Everyone resisted at first, fearing they would only be postponing work. But over time, the consultants learned to love their scheduled time off because it consistently refreshed them, and made them more willing to work, which made them more productive overall.

 

After five months, employees experimenting with deliberate periodic rest were more satisfied with their jobs, more likely to envision a long-term future at the company, more content with their work-life balance and prouder of their accomplishments.



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Two Responsibilities a CEO Should Not Delegate

Two Responsibilities a CEO Should Not Delegate | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
The only way to ensure your company thrives and that you remain sane, is to delegate responsibilities and authorities. If you take on the entire to-do list, you end up doing everything but your job. You agonize over how to get the myriad tasks and projects done. By delegating, you decide who will get them done, and let them go. Just don't let them go with the functions that only you can tackle.

If the company is highly profitable, who benefits most? If you develop the company and sell it, who gains the most? You do. By default, then, you have the responsibility to ensure that you foster your company's growth and value. These are two key elements that companies need in order to compete and succeed. You can delegate everything else in the organization but you cannot hand over the responsibility for growth or value.

Via David Hain
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(From the article): You are responsible for growth and value, and for creating worth within your organization. If it's a task other than the aforementioned, get out and don't let it pull you back in.

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David Hain's curator insight, December 19, 3:15 AM

2 key focal points for CEOs - growth and value. Delegate the rest!

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One Crazy-Simple Productivity Hack You Should Do Immediately

One Crazy-Simple Productivity Hack You Should Do Immediately | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
It's so easy you won't believe it
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(From the article): The act of saving something digitally gives us a sense of reassurance that the information is there when we need it, which psychologically frees up our mind and allows us to focus on the next batch of information we need to learn. Essentially, we’re reallocating our mental resources.

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Five habits for executives to become more digital

Five habits for executives to become more digital | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
For many consumers, being digital is second nature. Activities unknown a few years ago are now commonplace: using a smartphone to compare prices while shopping, or seeking product recommendations using Facebook. Yet an organization’s top table can take a while to catch up to this reality. After all, most of today’s senior executives built their careers in the predigital age and for the past ten years have been too busy hitting their numbers to spend much time following tech trends or posting on social media.

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone: we often hear from leaders we work with that they feel left behind by the digital revolution. So here are a few practical tips that we’ve found help senior executives make the transition from analog to digital:

Via David Hain
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(From the article): Surround yourself with the right people

Find a ‘reverse mentor.’ Get that interesting new hire with the funny haircut to send you snippets to guide you through the digital world. Ask your CIO or CTO to suggest likely candidates, spend ten minutes talking to them, and select whoever gave you most to think about.

Be thoughtful about your team. Get your head of HR and commercial director to identify your top digital talent. Then ask, What are they are doing? Who are we hiring? Do we have the right roles and structures? Do we need a digital officer or an “innovator without portfolio”?

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Want to get with digital?  Seek a geek and learn to think differently!

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So here are a few practical tips that we’ve found help senior executives make the transition from analog to digital:

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Sometimes it's easy to lose track of the things that initially made your company great - innovative ideas, great customer service, and incredible value .  Business is ever-changing - Rest too long and you'll be overtaken by the next wave of start-ups. Here's five habits that will keep your company current.

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Leadership Tips for First Time Managers...

Leadership tips for first time managers #infografia #infographic #leadership

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Change leader, change thyself

Change leader, change thyself | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Anyone who pulls the organization in new directions must look inward as well as outward. .


Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): Learning to lead yourself requires you to question some core assumptions too, about yourself and the way things work. Like Joseph Campbell’s famous “hero’s journey,” that often means leaving your everyday environment, or going outside your comfort zone, to experience trials and adventures.8 One global company sent its senior leaders to places as far afield as the heart of Communist China and the beaches of Normandy with a view to challenging their internal assumptions about the company’s operating model. The fresh perspectives these leaders gained helped shape their internal values and leadership behavior, allowing them to cascade the lessons through the organization upon their return.

 

This integration of looking both inward and outward is the most powerful formula we know for creating long-term, high-impact organizational change.

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Why We Need Fewer Leaders

Why We Need Fewer Leaders | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Title inflation is rampant in corporations, government and academia.

Via Kevin Watson
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(From the article): Today we have an even bigger problem, a cultural problem. We’re more concerned with what we appear to be than what we accomplish. We’re more concerned about what we look like and what we say than what we do. Image matters more than results.

That’s why we’re seeing title inflation across our entire society. We see it in the corporate world, in government and in academia, as well. The result is that our entire culture is becoming more bureaucratic. That’s not a good thing.

 

Is it any wonder that Millennials are more concerned with their personal brands than anything else? Should we be surprised that the vast majority of young people see entrepreneurship as a mindset that has nothing to do with running a company, owning a business or even having a job? Where in the world do you think they get that idea?

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Leadership and Being a Role Model – 20 Ideas

Leadership and Being a Role Model – 20 Ideas | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
At one time or another, we’re all in a position to lead. We’re parents, teachers, coaches, managers and committee leaders.  As such, we know that setting a good example is an important part of lead...

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“You can’t make me be nice. You can’t make me be good. You can’t make me believe.But your example, your kindness, your patience and love will affect me perhaps enough that eventually I may choose to do those things.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

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Albert Schweitzer is a great example of leadership.

 

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5 Things Successful People Do to End Their Days Right

5 Things Successful People Do to End Their Days Right | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
You're probably not at your most energetic toward the end of the day. Here's how the most successful people utilize this time for maximum productivity.
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(From the article): "Successful people never tackle a project or make an important decision that requires a lot of brainpower or focus at the very end of the workday," Kerr adds. "Leave important writing or thinking tasks for the following morning, when your brain is at its peak energy, and instead use this time to focus on clearing off simpler tasks, planning, and reflecting."

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Are You Unknowingly Fighting Collaboration?

Are You Unknowingly Fighting Collaboration? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Beware of five challenges preventing effective collaboration.
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(From the article): Knowing that collaboration has measurable outcomes, some organizations may desire it, but systemic processes, policies and even people can become obstacles to realizing that goal and stunt longer-term success.

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