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CEOs: Read this Before You Open Your Mouth

CEOs: Read this Before You Open Your Mouth | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Are you a CEO preparing to give a town hall state-of-the-union talk to your employees? Whether you're a new CEO or one who's been sitting in the chair for some time, keep reading.

 

An awful lot of planning, time and resources go into these town halls. They're frequently big productions beamed via satellite to offices around the world. Employees take time away from their jobs to attend. Yet, incredibly, there is so much wasted opportunity.


Take a look at your speech.

 

Have you spent time thinking about what's in it for them? Do you know why you're really giving it — aside from your Communications Director or head of HR telling you to that you're supposed to update the troops and it's another box you have to check off?
Have you asked yourself: What do you want your people to feel, think and do when you are done? (If you've left that part to the speechwriter, don't.)


Have you addressed the elephant in the room? Bad press, layoffs, elimination of benefits, product recall, weak earnings, downgraded rating, takeovers, even widespread perceptions of you that might be less than flattering?


Employees are sick of pep talks that say nothing and do nothing but leave them guessing both about the state of the company and their Chief Executive. When it comes to their leaders, employees want and need a feeling of intimacy — the ability to see into them and to connect with them. They want to know who their leaders are — their background and experience and why they took this job.

 

They want to understand their leaders' style, their values, hot buttons, vulnerabilities, what keeps them up at night, what they plan on doing and what they expect from people. Yes, they want to be motivated and inspired but they can't be either if you're just a talking head.

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Serving and Leadership on Facebook!

Serving and Leadership on Facebook! | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
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 2016.

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Cruise Line Class's comment, August 15, 2013 7:49 AM
Thank you ....just liked the page Don. Love the elephants :)
Joe Boutte's comment, April 5, 2014 7:40 AM
Great page and thank you for creating it!
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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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Is Overcommitment Destroying Your Leadership?

Is Overcommitment Destroying Your Leadership? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
I have watched a very talented leader self-destruct before my very eyes. He wants to do it all, both professionally and personally. He works long hours in his office, always taking on tough
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(From the article): Do you have a sense of not being able to reach an end? 

Does it seem like as soon as you finish one project, there is always another one to be tackled immediately? Is there no finish line in sight? TIP: Celebrate when assignments are completed by taking a walk, getting some treat or just sharing the news with a colleague or friend.
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Embrace Curiosity: 4 Ways Questioning Makes You A Better Leader

Embrace Curiosity: 4 Ways Questioning Makes You A Better Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
While being results driven is important, curiosity ensures you’re on the right track.
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(From the article): Curiosity serves a strong leadership purpose. Asking “how can we do XYZ better?” is no good without first asking, “Why are we doing XYZ in the first place?” While being results driven is important, asking the questions—the right questions—ensures you’re on the right track.
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Are You Leading By Example?

Are You Leading By Example? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
“Lead by example” is a well-worn piece of advice. We all nod our heads in rapt agreement when we hear it, but how many of us actually do it
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(From the article): You have the ability to create a culture that promotes initiative and rewards risk taking. You can have a team of innovators or a team of subordinates. It’s all up to you.
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How To Enlist Other People To Do Your Networking For You

How To Enlist Other People To Do Your Networking For You | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Network franchising is about creating an explicit quid pro quo arrangement with a small handful of champions.

Via Bobby Dillard
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(From the article): CHOOSE YOUR CHAMPIONS WISELY Identify the two to three people with whom you already have an existing authentic relationship and whose skills, networks, or access support your own goals. Ideally these should be people who you would naturally advocate for and vice versa. You might work in the same field in different positions or hold a similar role in different industries. The point is that you'll want enough overlap to be valuable to one another but not so much that your networks are virtually identical already.
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Four Ways To Make Sure Your Culture Is By Design, Not Default

Four Ways To Make Sure Your Culture Is By Design, Not Default | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Most CEOs see culture as their company’s version of an appendix: They don’t think much about it and accept it for what it is withou
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(From the article): Senior leadership must eat, breathe, live, and openly exhibit your core values. Sending out an email listing your values isn’t nearly enough. Employees need to see company culture trickle down from the highest level. If senior leadership can’t or won’t champion your chosen values, then reevaluate your choices.
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How to Manage Employees With Difficult Personalities

How to Manage Employees With Difficult Personalities | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Don't let a bad attitude bring down your organizational culture. Find out how to bring relief to the office by addressing these problem behaviors.

Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): Essentially, when it comes to difficult personalities in the workplace, the name of the game is communication. Take the time to understand where these behaviors are springing from and develop solutions around them. Doing so will not only earn you the respect of your workers, but it will also help you foster a positive work environment where everyone can feel comfortable.
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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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7 Steps to Managing a Remote Team Successfully

7 Steps to Managing a Remote Team Successfully | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Learn how to manage a remote team successfully with helpful tips from Ahna's Snapchat community.
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(From the article): Create in-house atmospheres by personal interactions. Have you ever been on a conference call and everyone is trying to speak while also trying to be polite? Have you been working online for so long that you forget who’s on the other side? Do you find yourself communicating too emotionally? I think the online community suffers from a lack of compassion, and I don’t necessarily think that is our fault. It’s easy to forget we are dealing with legit humans on the other side because our world’s largest mode of operating is via electronic equipment. “Communication is KEY.. and often. Via video and audio conference calls, we held meetings EVERY week, even if there wasn’t anything significant to discuss. Recognition in front of peers works WONDERS! And builds trust, respect, and appreciation for the supervisor,” said Liz (@lovelycreationz). To create an in-house atmosphere, meetings should be conducted via video. Why? Because seeing faces will cultivate emotion among the team for one another, makes everyone stay focused on the meeting, makes it easier to share ideas and information without cutting one another off, and keeps frustration to a minimum. Even though everyone won’t always look nice or have the best background setting, it’s important to find ways to remind one another we are a team, and we’re comprised of real people.
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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 | Scoop.it
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.
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Are Leaders Born or Made? Here’s What’s Coachable — and What’s Definitely Not.
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Stupid debate; of course all #leadership traits can be coached.
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Slaying the Procrastination Demon in Your Organization 

Slaying the Procrastination Demon in Your Organization  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
What Really Lies Behind the Procrastination?
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(From the article): So, how do you slay the procrastination demon in your organization? As a leader, you must help people overcome any fear that may be preventing them from taking action. Teach them to block tasks together, scheduling small chunks of time where they allow for brief periods of distraction before getting back on task without interruption. Clearly communicate direction to your employees, work together to develop a plan that is broken down into milestones, and then hold people accountable for sticking to the plan. Don’t allow important tasks to get buried underneath layers of busy work. Help employees to recognize when procrastination has become a habit. Set clear objectives and timelines to keep employees on task and on target. Educate employees and managers about the symptoms, causes, and consequences of persistent procrastination. Has it become a habit? Get started today and slay the demon.
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There is a need to be attentive and present to the task at hand. In a world filled with distractions, it is easy to become sidetracked.
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5 Habits Of Great Leaders

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The habits of the best leaders are well documented. They’re self-aware. They admit mistakes. They take care of, recognize, and communicate well with their teams.

But what do these inspirational people do on their own time? What goes on behind the scenes that helps them be so effective on a day-to-day basis?

 

"I’ve definitely noticed some things that great leaders tend to do," says Danielle Harlan, founder and CEO of The Center for Advancing Leadership and Human Potential, an organization that helps individuals and organizations maximize their impact. And the things they do behind the scenes make all the difference when it comes to their professional leadership ability, she says. Here are five such common habits.


Via The Learning Factor, Kevin Watson
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(From the Article): Harlan notes that the most effective leaders she works with have personal interests and commitments outside of work. They know what works for them to recharge their batteries, whether it’s hiking and spending time outdoors or reading a good book—and they take the time to do those things to keep themselves sharp, including getting enough sleep, she says. In addition to exercising to stay in shape, the benefits of which are well known, Novak takes time in the morning to write down three things for which he is grateful. This helps him manage his "mood elevator," he says. Novak says we make our worst decisions when we're angry and resentful, but make our best decisions when we're grateful. When he feels his mood elevator going to the wrong places, he knows it’s time to take better care of himself or address what’s bothering him.
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Thats incredible
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What makes a great leader? Leaders have a purpose, they have a sharp focus, they inspire their teams. They show the way for others to follow. They genuinely push each individual to give his/her best. Great leaders share some common traits. Here's five of them. Well written article

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3 Lies that can Shipwreck a Leader 

3 Lies that can Shipwreck a Leader  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Many a ship’s captain has believed that lie, and many of their ships have ended up stranded on a sandbar or dashed against a reef.

 In the same way, there are lies that leaders are tempted to tell themselves every day. And some of these can shipwreck their leadership too.
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(From The Article): No leader ever starts out wanting to abandon their impeccable character. Leadership shipwrecks happen one little lie at a time. So keep your radar on full alert for lies like these. Because if you can identify and resist these kinds of lies, your leadership can sail strong for years to come. What are some other lies leaders are tempted to believe?
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5 Tips For Improving Leadership Communication

5 Tips For Improving Leadership Communication | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Leadership communication is much more than the words we say and how we articulate what we want to team to “hear.” Effective communication is also about emotional intelligence, knowing your audience and active listening.

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(From the article): Stay calm and be positive. Calm is contagious. And so is panic.Smile. Carry yourself with confidence. And try not to wear your emotions on your sleeve. I am not saying to deny our normal human functions but be aware that effective communication is about 7% the words we say. The rest is about body language, tone and delivery.
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How to Choose a Mentor

How to Choose a Mentor | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The benefits of having a mentor are big. A survey of Fortune 500 companies found that 96% of executives credited mentoring as an important development tool and 75% said mentoring played a key role in their career success.

But how do you get a mentor?

Many employees and managers complain about not having a mentor. Such people are usually waiting for the company to assign a mentor to them. Mentoring works much better when the mentee takes responsibility for choosing a mentor.

So, the first place to start is to find one yourself! Below are some characteristics of great mentors:

Via David Hain
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(From the article): The aim of mentoring is to build the capability of you, the mentee. As such, you should always choose a mentor who you feel can respond to your needs in a way that enables you to find your own solutions to problems that you may be dealing with. Ultimately, your mentor should help build you up to eventually have a mentee of your own!
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Everyone needs a mentor! I certainly do. How to find the right one for you...

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10 Ways to Help Others Change Trajectory

10 Ways to Help Others Change Trajectory | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The things you believe about yourself, your circumstances, and others determines your future.

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People tend to remain what they are without intervention, and while leaders cannot force development, they can nudge employees onto new and more productive paths. "Intervention is the only thing that changes someone's trajectory,"
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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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For better collaboration, encourage constructive discontent.

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Are You A Good Listener?

Are You A Good Listener? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

We hear a lot about how to speak well in public, but very little about how to learn the equally important art of listening properly to others. This video describes four steps to becoming a good listener.


Via Ariana Amorim, Bobby Dillard
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There are many books on how to be a good speaker. But there are few lessons in how to become a good listener. This is a helpful look at this important subject.
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20 Questions for Business Leaders

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 The entire history of management ideas can be seen as a series of answers to a few pragmatic queries.


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(From the article): Whether we’re conscious of it or not, every management decision is motivated by a desire to find universal answers to very specific questions. People who succeed in organizations tend to be pragmatic problem solvers. They have to be, because of the myriad challenges they face. How to grow the enterprise. How to get work done. How to find customers. How to be themselves in the workplace. And so on. Because there are no easy answers to these complex problems, they test the answers by starting a company, launching a project, or making a move. As they succeed and fail, the most attentive of them learn from the results. The history of business is thus the story of entrepreneurs, executives, leaders, and employees, lurching from one experimental answer to another. They gain expertise and acumen, and profits and revenues, and, along the way, add to the theory of management.
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There must be some questions here that you should be asking about the complex issues you face! Together, if you are collaborating...

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Three Ways Your Idea Of Career Paths Is Stuck In The Past

Three Ways Your Idea Of Career Paths Is Stuck In The Past | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Here are three ways employers’ ideas of career paths are archaic and how to bring them into the 21st century:

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(From the article): As business leaders, ideas of what great career advancement should look like needs to catch up with the times. More than ever, talent is focused on their career development and expect that you will help them achieve their goals. But that means organizations need to be aware of and prepared to offer solutions for the new challenges employees are facing when it comes to their career paths.
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6 Powerful Traits of the Most Inspiring Business Leaders

6 Powerful Traits of the Most Inspiring Business Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Anyone can be a leader--but if you want to be an inspiring leader you need these powerful six traits.
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Authenticity is key. 

(From the article) If you are looking to be an inspiring leader, it is important to be an authentic leader. Authentic leaders are ethical leaders. They've identified their ethical codes, and they never compromise on what they believe to be right and wrong. Authentic leaders are inspiring because they know who they are and they don't let anyone keep them from making a decision that they know is right. They have integrity and a firm moral code, and they manage to stay sensible and stable even during the most difficult times.
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Consistency Is Your Key to Leadership Success

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To be a true leader, you must be committed, pay attention to detail, and stay focused on your company’s goals. Here's why consistency is the key to success.

Via Roger Francis
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Check Your Mood

(From the article): We all have days when everything goes wrong. Whether you lock your keys in your car, spill hot coffee all over your lap, or get in a fender bender, you need to check yourself as soon as you enter the office. When you show up at work in a bad mood, it negatively affects other people. For me, reading faith-driven leadership lessons before work refreshes me and prepares me to take on the day. Over the years, I have learned I have the opportunity to be the most positive influence on someone each day. And by checking my mood each morning, I’m more consistent in the way I present myself to my employees.
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Moving Beyond The One Man Show - Investing In The Right People

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What should you look for when you’re recruiting people to your side? Here are the five key areas I believe you should focus on:...
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(From the article): I keep a constant eye out for potential leaders no matter where I go, and I encourage you to do the same. Look for men and women with a good attitude who genuinely like others and want to help make their community a better place. Look for people who have the character and discipline to follow through on their word. I promise you, they are out there. But once you discover them, don’t stop there! Have a cup of coffee with them, or spend some time getting to know them. You can’t develop leaders if you’re not willing to invest your time and effort. At first, this might feel like you’re sacrificing “work” time for something lower-priority, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The time you invest in developing other leaders will multiply your efforts. Together, you’ll be able to achieve much more than you could ever do alone. Whether you’re a one-man show looking to expand or an established leader looking to break through to the next level, the truth is you can’t achieve your best without a team to help you. Good leaders deliberately seek out and find potential leaders. Great leaders not only find them; they help them become great leaders in their own right.
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Why Passion Could Be Stopping You From Achieving Your Goals

Why Passion Could Be Stopping You From Achieving Your Goals | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
If you feel passionate about achieving your goals, mostly you are a step ahead because passion can fuel your progress and enthuse others to help you.
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If you feel passionate about achieving your goals, mostly you are a step ahead because passion can fuel your progress and enthuse others to help you. Depending on what drives your passion, you might actually be stuck in a negative emotion which contaminates everything you think, says or does.
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How well do we make time for what we desire and value most deeply?

How well do we make time for what we desire and value most deeply? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Monastic time management is about putting values into practice, practicing what we preach.
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How well do we make time for what we desire and value most deeply? Are we wasting time on being productive when we could be accomplishing something more important?
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We all need to find time for what really matters.

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Don’t worry about being humble, just do it

Don’t worry about being humble, just do it | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Humility is a virtue. You acquire it be acting humble. Here’s how to start.
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(From the article): Here are some quotes on humility that I’ve found helpful. “Humility is the awareness that there’s a lot you don’t know and that a lot of what you think you know is distorted or wrong.” ~ David Brooks “As an internal management value, humility means that you have an accurate self-image. You know your strengths and you know your challenges. You recognize your internal worth and you also recognize and respect the dignity and worth of every human being.” ~ David Dye and Karin Hurt “Humility is the only way to resolve the conflicts and contradictions of leadership. You can avoid excessive pride only if you recognize that you’re human and need the help of others.” ~ James Kouzes and Barry Posner “My own conviction is that every leader should have enough humility to accept, publicly, the responsibility for the mistakes of the subordinates he has himself selected and, likewise, to give them credit, publicly, for their triumphs.” ~ Dwight Eisenhower “I feel that humility is the foundation of servant leadership. It means that you put others first, above yourself on a consistent basis. It means that you remove the status and personal gains from what you do as a leader, and begin to look primarily at what you accomplish in the lives of those you work with.” ~ Mark Deterding - See more at: http://www.threestarleadership.com/leadership/dont-worry-about-becoming-humble-just-do-it#sthash.hHXA7BkD.dpuf
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