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How to React When Someone Says You're Wrong (but You Know You're Right)

How to React When Someone Says You're Wrong (but You Know You're Right) | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
We've all been in the circumstance where we're having a conversation (or argument) with someone and they're convinced you're wrong about something, even though you know you're right.
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(Great Thoughts): "Just because you know you're right it doesn't mean getting into an actual argument is worth it. Sometimes, it's best to just let things go. At the very least, before you set out to prove that you're right, it's good to check your own argument. To those ends, Gil suggests you consider a few points before you even react."

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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 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 - Leadership Strength Coach'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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Slow Down … Open Yourself Up to Inspiration

Slow Down … Open Yourself Up to Inspiration | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
By devoting more attention to the moment itself, you will notice many incredible things. Enjoy the actual experience and see where it takes you..

Via Peter Verschuere
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Great advice of how to be more creative! > Here are a few ideas to break from the grind and find a bit of creative inspiration.

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SageRave's curator insight, April 24, 11:14 AM

Don't undervalue your free time!

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To be a great leader, rethink your default behaviors

To be a great leader, rethink your default behaviors | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Lessons learned from my year working with IDEO’s CEO Tim Brown. Here are of five of Tim’s default behaviors that you might consider adopting.


Via Richard Andrews, Roger Francis
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A great read. Please take the time to read this today...



(From the article): When it comes to leadership, humility is often perceived as weakness. That couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many ways to express humility — you might welcome feedback, admit mistakes, or simply treat others as equals. Your employees will view those as signs of strength, not weakness.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 22, 9:19 PM

I worked for a principal who presented about IDEO as being what we needed for creativity amongst teachers. He rarely acted with humility, if ever. That would be a good starting point for each of us.

 

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Ian Berry's curator insight, April 24, 1:06 AM

a good 5 actions all the great leaders/change champions do

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Regular Exercise Is Part of Your Job

Regular Exercise Is Part of Your Job | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Our mental firepower is directly linked to our physical regimen.
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What are you doing about your physical health?  As a leader, it is important that you are healthy - and considering regular exercise as part of your job is important.

 

(From the article): Instead of viewing exercise as something we do for ourselves—a personal indulgence that takes us away from our work—it’s time we started considering physical activity as part of the work itself. The alternative, which involves processing information more slowly, forgetting more often, and getting easily frustrated, makes us less effective at our jobs and harder to get along with for our colleagues.

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How To Be A Collaborative Leader

How To Be A Collaborative Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

There are seven different, important roles and responsibilities of collaborative leaders when leading teams, and those leaders should select the appropriate style to meet the team's needs.

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Are you a collaborative leader? Here are traits that make an effective collaborative leader. How many do you have in your leadership efforts?

 

(From the article): Within any collaborate workplace, leaders will find themselves fulfilling all seven of these roles at different times, and sometimes fulfilling a combination of the seven styles at the same time, while working with work groups and teams.

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How well does your life work for you?

How well does your life work for you? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

We put a lot of time and attention into making life work for us. Sometimes everything fits, all the pieces work together well. 

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How well does your life work for you? When are you able to live in the present moment?

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Time Management in The Digital Age

Time Management in The Digital Age | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Tomorrow you’ll wish that you’d done it yesterday. Use these time management tips for the digital age to boost productivity.
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(From the article): Clean away your worries; it’s as simple as that. We’re not just talking about stray coffee mugs. Either deal with that paperwork now or put it back in the filing cabinet so you can apply yourself to it later when there are fewer distractions.

 

If you don’t have the time or space to do it right, when will you have the time to do it again?

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What is Simultaneous Leadership?

What is Simultaneous Leadership? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The emerging question of leadership today is then, how do we as a group of leaders, lead each other?
Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Aki Puustinen
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If we all lead and following simultaneously, we can leverage the depth of experience, expertise, and oppositional points of view required to truly innovate and execute. By surfacing what we really think while cultivating humility and curiosity we can create the conditions necessary for group flow.
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Alexandra Salamis's curator insight, April 19, 5:29 PM

Working in harmony means we as leaders need to lead simultaneously amongst leaders, where we as individual leaders move in and out of leading and following roles...  

Claude Emond's curator insight, April 20, 8:15 AM

Can be really be co-leaders? Isn't it just a question of ego if we cannot?

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4 Ways Your Terrible Job is Actually Helpful

4 Ways Your Terrible Job is Actually Helpful | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Terrible jobs provide some of the best learning opportunities that dream jobs just can’t provide. Here are four valuable lessons:

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Are there benefits from having a terrible job?  We have all had jobs that were less than desirable. If we are open to it, we can learn lessons that transcend the 'awfulness' of the role.

 

(From the article): Everyone has a breaking point. Maybe the copy machine was broken for the fifth time this month, or your boss has underestimated your talents yet again. For Selena, her breaking point was when her cubicle-mate took credit for an idea she had for an upcoming campaign.

 

Selena realized that putting in her time and doing tasks she didn’t want to do was an inevitable part of her job, but not being allowed to do the job she was hired for was a different story.

Selena got the motivation she needed to leave her terrible job after her idea a co-worker stole her idea. Once she saw her struggles in the office went beyond what she was willing to tolerate, she decided to make the change to find a better fit for her career.

 

Unfortunately, when you’re in a job you hate, it’s hard to see the positives in something that makes you so unhappy.

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Three Simple Steps to Resolving Conflict

Three Simple Steps to Resolving Conflict | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Is there a way to approach conflicts so they can be negotiated peacefully?

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(From the article): The 3 A’s of Conflict Negotiation go like this:

 

First, Acknowledge. Make them feel heard.


Actually listen to the things that are being said and repeat them back. “What I hear you saying is ______. Is that correct?”

 

Second, Align. Make them feel less alone.


How did the situation make the other person feel? Recognize that feeling and speak from their perspective.

 

Third, Assure. Let them know you have a plan.


With every conflict, there must be a resolution. Sometimes the resolution is immediate, sometimes the next step is acknowledging the situation won’t continue happening. Either way, have a plan and communicate that plan.

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What Can the C-Suite Learn From Thomas Jefferson?

What Can the C-Suite Learn From Thomas Jefferson? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Like many historic leaders, Thomas Jefferson was a man who didn't fit into a specific mold. He was considered to be a visionary, often going against the grain in order to achieve the greater good.

 

It's no wonder I like him.

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There is much to learn from studying the stories of great leaders of history. Thomas Jefferson has been one of my favorite leaders to read about. It seems that I am in good company:

 

(From the article): Knowledge is power. Jefferson knew that. He would often spend evenings in deep conversations around dinner and wine. But it wasn't just about being social. It was about learning from his peers - taking their best ideas and applying it to his situations.


C-suite leaders should do the same. Seek out people who've done it before, and learn from them. And when you're at the top, repay the favor. I get requests every day to help others, and I rarely turn any of them down. You never know how your small act of kindness might help someone succeed and thus, repay you in turn.

 

Jefferson, I think, would agree. Get your Jefferson on!

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How management of limited time can liberate you

How management of limited time can liberate you | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
When you progressively approach work from the quality of output perspective, time melts into the background. You then take leadership of your time.
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I am becoming more convinced that it's impossible to be truly balanced with your time. You need to have priorities.

 

(From the article): Goals, on the other hand, help me to structure my time. From the onset, I can already identify potential pitfalls. It becomes possible to design strategies to deal with them. Any week I forget to set my goals often ends up in complete disarray. Getting back on track becomes a struggle of monumental proportions.

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3 Powerful Questions To Start and End Your Day

3 Powerful Questions To Start and End Your Day | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Your questions determine the quality of your answers. Powerful questions will get you a lot farther than quick answers.
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(From the article): Try these questions, see how they work, and find the questions that work best for you. Consider open-ended questions, rather than questions that have only one right answer or that can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.” The most powerful questions are those that expand your thinking.

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John Michel's curator insight, April 14, 10:50 PM

Try these questions, see how they work, and find the questions that work best for you. Consider open-ended questions, rather than questions that have only one right answer or that can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.” The most powerful questions are those that expand your thinking.

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A Leadership Blog: How a Lean CEO Thinks and Why You Should Too

A Leadership Blog: How a Lean CEO Thinks and Why You Should Too | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Lean organizations outperform non-Lean organizations for two basic reasons. Here's how you can be a Lean leader.

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(From the article): Lean creates the ideal environment for motivating workers. Recognition, variety, autonomy, and the opportunity to learn are all intrinsic to the employee’s role in a culture of continuous improvement. 

Productivity was not about more effort and being more tired at the end of the day. It was about working together to create the conditions to be more productive. 

Leaving a person to sink or swim violates what may be the most important pillar of Lean: respect for people. 

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3 Surprising Ways to Succeed in Self-Leadership

3 Surprising Ways to Succeed in Self-Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It’s ironic that successful self-leadership has more to do with others and less to do with self.
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The truth is that we do need others. It is important to connect with others who can help us be better leaders and persons. Connection makes us healthier, happier and more productive. It helps us grow in competence and character.

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, April 24, 1:30 PM

Interesting pint of view...

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Avoid the Stress of Over-Scheduling with 10 Smart Google Calendar Tips

Avoid the Stress of Over-Scheduling with 10 Smart Google Calendar Tips | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Google Calendar can be a really useful tool in keeping your life organized, but it doesn't do you any good when it fills up and leaves you stressed. Here are 10 tips that help you use Google Calendar to keep your schedule in check.


Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Roger Francis
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I have been using Outlook for many years but feel the need to move to another calendar platform. Here's a great article on how to effectively use Google Calendar. What do you use to schedule your day?

 

(From the article): Reminding yourself to stop and take a breath every once in a while is a great use of Google Calendar. It could be a single reminder to practice being grateful for a few minutes, a short block of time for journalling, a daily meditation slot, or any other sort of relaxation practice, even for just a couple minutes.

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Do you connect with the many generations you share?

Do you connect with the many generations you share? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Do you connect with many generations with what you share? What's the secret of connecting to my generation? How to connect with your multigenerational team!

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It is more important today to connect with the many generations found in the office or workplace. Do you know how to connect with them?  Can you lead them? 

 

(From the article): If you really want to reach an audience across generations, though, follow these rules:

Be friendly but not slangy. Nothing changes faster than slang. Using today’s expressions if they don’t come naturally to you may sound condescending now, dated later. And if you do use an expression like “on fleek,” remember that I might not know what it means!Be tolerant of differences. According to some people, using two spaces between sentences is a mannerism that should have gone out in the trash with the eight-track cassettes. For others, it’s the only way to write. People, can’t we all get along?Don’t assume that your target audience will pick up the same references that you do. Or you may just be talking to your generation.

 

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The Leader You Don’t Like Doesn’t Like You Either

The Leader You Don’t Like Doesn’t Like You Either | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

People don’t leave organizations, they leave people.

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This article hits the nail on the head on the main reason people leave organizations or are forced to leave. People don't leave organizations, they leave people.

 

(From the article): 

Choose to care. We like people who care for us. We don’t like people who don’t like us. It’s a choice to seek another’s best interests.Fixate on strengths more than weaknesses. It’s difficult to like someone when all you think about are their weaknesses.
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Bill Gates Thinks You Should Read These 6 Books This Year

Bill Gates Thinks You Should Read These 6 Books This Year | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The Microsoft founder continues his tradition of offering a suggested reading list to TED attendees.
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Bill Gates has offered an interesting list of essential books to read this year to TED attendees. What books are you reading that are 'must reads'?

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How To Become An Extraordinary Leader

How To Become An Extraordinary Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The leaders I know and love are successful and well-meaning. However, they have the potential to be even more successful if they pay attention to seemingly good behaviors that can have unintended consequences.

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Pay attention, get feedback, and create a plan to become extraordinary.


(From the article): If you’re a successful leader who exhibits one these behaviors, the truth is that you could be even more effective if you are aware of the unintended consequences of your good intentions and adjust your behavior.

 

These nuances in behavior can be so imperceptible that they can be overlooked. When problems occur in your organization, they may often be blamed on something or someone else. These blind spots can unknowingly harm your relationships and sidetrack projects. Deadlines can be missed and poor results result.

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How to Discover Your "Authentic" Self and Live the Life You Really Want

How to Discover Your "Authentic" Self and Live the Life You Really Want | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Being yourself seems self-explanatory: just wake up and do what you want to do, without following the crowds, without fear of judgment. That’s not how the world works, though. We tend to stifle our authentic selves to fit in without even realizing it. And doing so suppresses our creativity, ingenuity, and self-awareness.
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(From the article): In short, to root out your authentic self isn’t just about being honest, it’s also about being self-aware, becoming more humble, and taking feedback from others. It’s a hard, never ending process because your identity is constantly evolving. But the payoff is a happier, more creative self. According to some psychologists, authenticity can also lead to better coping strategies, a stronger sense of self-worth, more confidence, and a higher likelihood to follow through on goals.

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How To Make Friday The Most Productive Day Of The Week

How To Make Friday The Most Productive Day Of The Week | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Handled right, Fridays are a chance to invest in activities that pay dividends the rest of the week.
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(from the article): GO AHEAD AND DO THE BRAINLESS STUFF

Even if you have paced yourself through the week, most people aren’t going to start huge projects at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. So set this time aside for any administrative work that needs to get done. A bonus: this can help lighten your mental load during the week. When you come across such work, you simply add it to the list for Friday. You can tell yourself there’s a time scheduled for all that, and now is not that time.

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SageRave's curator insight, April 17, 10:56 AM

Rushing through the day's tasks doesn't really make your Friday more productive; it just moves the work to Monday! I bet this article has better tips than,"delegate to the lowest man on the totem pole"!

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Leadership lessons from the CIA

Leadership lessons from the CIA | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Longtime analyst Timothy Kilbourn shares the management lessons he learned in his nearly three decades handling crises.
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How did you lead in times of high pressure or crisis? There are few places like the CIA to learn these kinds of leadership lessons.

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10 Ways to be a Mature Leader Even if  You’re Young

10 Ways to be a Mature Leader Even if  You’re Young | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What are the fundamental marks of mature leadership?

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It is always a good day to grow into a mature leader.

 

(From the article): Immature leaders circle the past. Mature leaders always press into the future.

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5 Common Unconscious Biases That Lead To Bad Decisions

5 Common Unconscious Biases That Lead To Bad Decisions | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
These mental shortcuts can unknowingly influence your thinking. Here's how you can avoid bad decisions.
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How can you avoid making bad decisions? Could it be possible that you have built in bias which are sabotaging your thinking? 

 

 

(From the article): The strong desire to make a quick decision can lead to a rush-to-solve bias, but people in a hurry often fail to consider all of the possible data before making their decision. Montague says environmental factors like time and budgetary constraints often put people on a rush to solve.


"If you’re in a hurry, you’re also more likely to fall prey to other biases," she says. Avoid this bias by slowing down decisions whenever possible. "Awareness is the first step to improving quality of judgment," she says.

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Leadership is Helping Things Grow

Leadership is Helping Things Grow | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

It takes hard work and wisdom to help things grow.

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(From the article): The leaders who inspire me are very good at helping things grow. They appreciate the cycle of working and waiting. The leaders who inspire me have insight into what can grow where. They prepare the ground, breaking down resistance. Their leadership plants good seeds, then cares for the plants they produce. They are invested in the results of their efforts, and know the benefits of waiting to see what happens.

 

My friends know they cannot force things to grow. They work hard to help, but cannot control whether growth takes place. They plan well, work hard to do their best, try to make wise choices, and hope for growth. The leaders who inspire me have learned the importance of waiting to see what happens.

 

Each of us leads in ways that affect how we, and other people, grow.

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