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Leaders Must Unplug and Recharge

Leaders Must Unplug and Recharge | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders lead best when they allow themselves the freedom to unplug and recharge.

 

To unplug or not to unplug?


That is the big question.

 

I’ve always been pretty darn good at taking vacations and setting boundaries around them. In the early days of the Blackberry, I didn’t own one so it was easy to disconnect from work–especially since I like to travel to more remote locations. I also stayed away from computers while on holiday, figuring my email could wait until I got home and my friends would still be there.

Isn’t the idea of a holiday to get away, relax, recharge, experience something new, and shift perspectives?

 

If we are on email, our attention is back at home. Why bother leaving? You may think me selfish, but I don’t even send postcards. I want my full attention on my holiday, on my traveling companion and on wherever I am.

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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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Done it Don, thanks for sharing great content
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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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How to be More Productive by Using the “Eisenhower Box”

How to be More Productive by Using the “Eisenhower Box” | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Read this article to learn how to be more productive by using the same strategy that US President Dwight Eisenhower used to master his life and work.
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(From the article): The Eisenhower Method isn’t a perfect strategy, but I have found it to be a useful decision-making tool for increasing my productivity and eliminating the behaviors that take up mental energy, waste time, and rarely move me toward my goals. I hope you’ll find it useful too.

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6 Tips To Overcome The Winter Blues

6 Tips To Overcome The Winter Blues | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Winter is upon us, which means depression is on the rise. Here are 6 tips to overcome the winter blues!
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(From the article): Try something you haven’t tried, or do something you haven’t done in awhile and you may be delightfully surprised that this winter will pass by in a blink of an eye because you are having so much fun.

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What Makes Leaders Innovative? New Study Identifies The 10 Keys

What Makes Leaders Innovative? New Study Identifies The 10 Keys | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
“All the money in the world, all the research and development resources in the world aren’t really worth a hoot, without innovative leadership.  Money does not follow ideas; it follows leaders,” said Forbes Contributor Henry Doss in his recent post...
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(From the article): Culture that magnifies upward communication. These leaders believed that the best and most innovative ideas bubbled up from underneath. They strived to create a culture that uncorked good ideas from the first level of the organization. They were often described as projecting optimism, being full of energy and always receptive to new ideas. Grimness was replaced with kidding and laughter.
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12 leadership books to watch for in 2015

12 leadership books to watch for in 2015 | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Save a spot on next year's reading list for these upcoming books.
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Do you know of any other books to add to this list for 2015?


(From the article): We scanned publishers' lists, looked for compelling titles in the news, and picked the brains of top leadership authors about the most compelling ones scheduled to come out in the year ahead. Here are 12 books we think will be worth reading as we turn the page to 2015.

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Why Great Leaders Have Selective Amnesia, and 3 Ways They Use It.

Why Great Leaders Have Selective Amnesia, and 3 Ways They Use It. | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
When it comes to history, great leaders essentially have selective amnesia. Because not all of what has taken place in the past should be remembered.
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(From the article): Bad outcomes can easily create paralysis, due to the fear they can conjure up when all the grisly details are remembered. But great leaders know how to absorb just the lessons learned while “forgetting” most of those details, so when the time comes and those lessons must be applied, anxiety won’t get in the way.

 

On the other hand, especially good outcomes can create complacency (the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality). Great leaders “remember” past success by looking past the objective results and putting a fresh eye on the people, process and policy that achieved them. Otherwise, it’s hard to raise the bar when history is telling you that you’ve already nailed it.

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16 Tips for Getting 90% of Your Work Done Before Lunch

16 Tips for Getting 90% of Your Work Done Before Lunch | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Don't have enough time in a day? Follow these tips to get majority of your work done in the morning.
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 (From the article): Stick to your schedule.

Don't let yourself veer off the course that you've mapped out. You have a limited amount of time. Don't ruin the schedule.

Take your schedule, allow it guide you, and you'll be able to accomplish more.

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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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Your Life Quest: Peace. Courage. Authenticity.

Your Life Quest: Peace. Courage. Authenticity. | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
What will make your life quest meaningful? Will peace be present? Will you have the courage to be authentic?
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(From the article): What will bring the best within me? The courage to embrace joy as a way to live, lead, and work. The courage to make the tough choices and take the necessary actions to stay true to self. The courage to hold myself accountable to the best person and leader I can be. The courage to smile in the embrace of others while embracing my own dreams.

 

We cannot afford to become cowards in our own life. I cannot.

 

Joy will be the knock on my soul, letting me know when my choices and actions are working right. In joy, there is peace.

Courage will keep me honest and give me backbone strength. In courage, there is authenticity.

 

What will bring you joy and courage in the year ahead? What practices will you engage to keep both?


 

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Building a Culture: You Need to Harness the Value of Core Values

Building a Culture: You Need to Harness the Value of Core Values | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Core values are traits or qualities that represent deeply held beliefs. They reflect what is important to us, and what motivates us.

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Try this simple exercise to give you some insight into your organizational values.

 

If your organization were a group of musicians, what group would you be? What would your music be like, your lyrics? What kind of experience would your fans have? How would the band members interact?

 

And now, what group would you like to be?

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How CEOs crank up their culture of excellence?

How CEOs crank up their culture of excellence? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Who is taking the initiative to shape your company culture? Is it you the leader? Or are you delegating it to Human Resources or middle management?

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(From the article): Many leaders are focusing as they should on performance expectations. But, that’s only half of the equation to creating a great culture! The companies I mentioned earlier got the performance and the culture right! The leaders of these companies model the way and cultivate a healthy culture that creates sustainable business results with employees and customers alike. No one is left out.


Many leaders and managers complain that their people are not performing to their fullest potential. Leaders must remember that a brand culture does not begin on the outside. It does not begin with the customer and vendors. It begins with your employees.

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My top 10 quotes on leadership - Virgin.com

My top 10 quotes on leadership - Virgin.com | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

When I started writing my book on leadership, The Virgin Way, I openly admitted that I’ve never read a leadership advice book. However, I have picked up some useful leadership tips from some brilliant minds along the way. Here are 10 of my favourite quotes on how to be a great leader. 

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A nice list of leadership quotes.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 24, 9:17 PM

Grace Hopper and Lao Tzu on the same list is inspiring.

 

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15 Points To Focus On In 2015

15 Points To Focus On In 2015 | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

What are you going to focus on in 2015? At Wrage/Antwort, we have come up with five main topics to take good care of, and three ways to approach each of these topics. Yes, that’s quite a lot – but we don’t want just an ordinary year, do we?

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Creativity is the basis of innovation. It is the root of strategy. It’s what sets you apart from your competitors, and what gives you an identity. Without creativity you wouldn’t even have a business. So make sure it prospers.

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4 Discoveries In Neuroscience That Redefine Happiness

4 Discoveries In Neuroscience That Redefine Happiness | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Have you ever tried to tell yourself to "just relax and enjoy" an unexpected traffic-filled commute that is sure to make you late? 

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(From the article): Based on these findings, approaches designed to rationally think past stressful feelings aren't always effective. The PFC does not have enough neural strength to simply override stressful feelings with happy thoughts. Fortunately, you can feel and diffuse the stress response in a matter of minutes. Approaches that decrease stress and increase feelings of calm activate the power of your PFC to focus on being happy.

 

According to Richard Hanson, neuroscientist and author of The Buddha's Brain, engaging regularly in relaxing activities can wire your brain for calm. Hanson notes that people who routinely relax have "improved expression of genes that calm down stress reactions, making them more resilient."

 

The options available for us to accomplish this are abundant in our society; examples include meditation, yoga, nature walks, breathing practices, energy psychology, somatic practices and a host of other mind-body approaches.

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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…

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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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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:

Momentum Factor's curator insight, December 16, 1:59 PM

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.