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5 Steps to Sharpen Your Leadership Style in 2013

5 Steps to Sharpen Your Leadership Style in 2013 | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Many types of leaders and styles of leadership exist.

 

Becoming intentional about your leadership style can make a big difference in your influence. Two of the most important questions today regarding leadership style may be: Who has God called me to lead? and How can I develop the most effective leadership style to do what God is calling me to do?

 


Via F. Thunus, David Hain
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(Great thought): Lead with your strengths. Knowing what your strengths are and how to best use them may be your greatest leadership asset. More than likely, you will lead with more effectiveness, influence, and success when you are leading with your strengths.

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ThinDifference's curator insight, December 23, 2012 10:16 AM

Great steps to take. Read the complete article to gain these insights:

 

5 steps to sharpen your leadership style.    

 

Be Strengths-Smart

Be Clear About Where You’re Going

Be a Risk-Taker

Be Honoring to Your Followers Be Aware of Your “Unique"

 

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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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4 Great Reasons to Doodle at Work

4 Great Reasons to Doodle at Work | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It depends on the kind of meeting you're having, and the people who are attending it, but under the right circumstances doodling can be a great thing to do at work.

Via Creativity For Life
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(From the Article): Creativity is important for solving problems, coming up with new ideas, and processing information. It's a valuable trait in the workplace, and something many employers value and encourage. One of the main benefits of doodling is that it heightens creativity. Through freeing your mind of common, linear, linguistic-based thinking, information is able to be processed in unique ways and the ability to look at situations from different angles and perspectives is increased.

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How to Coach, According to 5 Great Sports Coaches

How to Coach, According to 5 Great Sports Coaches | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Business is not a sport. But great coaching is just as important to success in the office as on the field. Over the years, HBR has interviewed some of the world’s top athletic coaches. We mined our archives for a few of their best insights that apply to employees and players alike.

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Be prepared and expect the same of your team.Adjust your style to each of your employees’ needs. What works for one person could be detrimental to another. Figure out the best approach for each by watching your employees in action.Choose encouragement over criticism; but when you must criticize, give feedback as soon after the event as possible. Be honest but compassionate, then move on.Have high expectations. Believe in your team.Don’t ignore or sideline underperformers — your team is only as good as your weakest member. Instead, help them improve.Make progress tangible. Set clear goals and milestones, and celebrate when you hit them.
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Leadership Lessons From One Of The First Female Fighter Pilots

Leadership Lessons From One Of The First Female Fighter Pilots | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Carey Lohrenz became one of the first female combat pilots in the Navy by not taking no for an answer.
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(Key Thought): "No matter what barriers or obstacles are in front of you, you go for it anyway. Or somebody else is going to be sitting in your dream job, because you were afraid to step up and try."

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5 Reasons Why Having Persistence Pays Off

5 Reasons Why Having Persistence Pays Off | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Persistence is the foundation of taking anything you can imagine, and then creating it in your life. Here are 5 reasons why having persistence pays off.

Via Barb Jemmott
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(From the article): In conclusion, persistence is an important part of life. It’s separates the complete from the incomplete, the wise from the unwise, and just to recap, here are the 5 reasons why having persistence pays off:

 

Most success people have failed at least oncePeople like to test you on persistenceWhat comes easily normally isn’t worth itKnowledge isn’t gained without persistenceThe more you do something, the better you get at it



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How I Made my Business Meetings More Productive in 3 Simple Steps

How I Made my Business Meetings More Productive in 3 Simple Steps | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I am a small business owner and just like many other people in my situation I struggle with the same everyday problems. One of the worst problems I had to deal with were the business meetings me and my team used to have. I thought that these meetings are essential to an organization so we used to hold them regularly, often without good reason. I’m saying this is one of the worst problems I had to deal with because I didn’t know it was a problem until it was almost too late. Here’s what I did to solve it:

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I guarantee you that if you follow my advice you will be able to improve your business meetings too. If you need some extra help you can also get one of the readily available software solutions such as Pronestor, YaRooms and GetaRoomdeveloped for instance. These will make every aspect of organizing meetings a breeze. 

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(From the article): I guarantee you that if you follow my advice you will be able to improve your business meetings too. If you need some extra help you can also get one of the readily available software solutions such as Pronestor, YaRooms and GetaRoomdeveloped for instance. These will make every aspect of organizing meetings a breeze. 

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An Effective Way To Apologize

An Effective Way To Apologize | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Apologies can be one of the more difficult things to do. That's why I'm going to show you an effective way to apologize. You're going to love it.
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The art of giving an sincere and genuine apology is difficult. Here are some great suggestions on how to do it in an authentic manner.



(From the article): I think this is a very effective way of apologizing and I’m going to begin working towards these steps as I make mistakes and need to apologize to those I lead and serve. While I may not be perfect and I may not succeed every time, I will make progress and that’s why I wanted to share this message today.

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Why Your Company Should Consider Banning Email

Why Your Company Should Consider Banning Email | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Not only does email stress you out, but it's a colossal time suck. Then why not ditch it altogether?
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Some food for thought....

 

(From the article): 

 

The angel investment firm AngelList uses HipChat for team messaging, but founder Babak Nivi strongly believes in face-to-face communication for growing a business.

 

"The biggest companies weren’t built remotely. Families don’t live remotely. Sports teams don’t train remotely," Nivi wrote on his Venture Hacks blog. "Face-to-face is for high-bandwidth communication; sub-communication, such as body language and facial expressions; leaving an impression; new ideas; overhearing other people’s conversations; bonding with your coworkers; whiteboarding; throwing chairs; and everything else you need to say to build a big business."

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How Great Coaches Ask, Listen, and Empathize

How Great Coaches Ask, Listen, and Empathize | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Historically, leaders achieved their position by virtue of experience on the job and in-depth knowledge. They were expected to have answers and to readily provide them when employees were unsure about what to do or how to do it. The leader was the person who knew the most, and that was the basis of their authority.

Leaders today still have to understand their business thoroughly, but it’s unrealistic and ill-advised to expect them to have all the answers. Organizations are simply too complex for leaders to govern on that basis. One way for leaders to adjust to this shift is to adopt a new role: that of coach. By using coaching methods and techniques in the right situations, leaders can still be effective without knowing all the answers and without telling employees what to do.


Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): When you coach as a leader you don’t need to be the expert. You don’t need to be the smartest or most experienced person in the room. And you don’t need to have all the solutions. But you do need to be able to connect with people, to inspire them to do their best, and to help them search inside and discover their own answers.

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4 Stories Great Leaders Tell To Engage Their People

4 Stories Great Leaders Tell To Engage Their People | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What makes a story so engaging that it changes a person’s behavior?

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What makes a story so engaging that it changes a person’s behavior? Leaders need to zero in on the right kind of storytelling in order to engage their teams. 

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Why Emotions Matter In Today's Leadership

Why Emotions Matter In Today's Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Learn what the latest neuroscience studies reveal about the importance of emotions to successful leadership in today's organizations.
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Our emotions not only influence what our brain focuses on, but it can also completely change how we remember details. This is an important key for all leaders to be mindful in their roles.

 

(From the article): Ultimately, what this comes down to and what the various studies from the neuroscience field help us to better appreciate is that our leadership is not defined by us, but through the memories and experiences of those we lead.

And this brings us back to the fundamental truth of succeeding at leadership today – that it’s not about serving our own wants and needs, but about how we can help those under our care to attain that level of success and fulfillment that fuels their drive to do better and to be better going forward.

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These findings also cement the truth of why the command-and-control style of leadership is no longer effective given how we can’t lean on our positional authority to assume our perspective and memories are correct [Share on Twitter].

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3 Business Elements Needed for Excellent Results

3 Business Elements Needed for Excellent Results | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
In the 1980s we were told that profit was king. The whole economy was restructured to put this focus before all else, on the basis that if we did that right then everything else would follow. But the reality is very different. Profit itself follows from putting a sense of wider purpose first, and from looking after people in the way that such a purpose ensures.

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If you want to create something that stands out, something that endures, then first you have to choose your path, not let the market choose it for you.

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Think You Can Lead Without a Vision? Think Again

Think You Can Lead Without a Vision? Think Again | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Think you can lead without a vision? Think again. Leadership is about going somewhere. How do you know where you're going without a clear vision?
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A leader without a vision to serve is in danger of becoming self-serving.

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Leadership Courage: Creating A Culture Where People Feel Safe To Take Risks

Leadership Courage: Creating A Culture Where People Feel Safe To Take Risks | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The human ingenuity within any organisation are it's greatest competitive advantage. Yet according to the latest statistics, over half of todays workers are disengaged . When leaders are committed and actively working to engage, inspire and embolden – they unleash untapped potential and raise the bar not just on productivity, but on the value their organization contributes to all stakeholders.

Via Steven Engravalle, Aki Puustinen
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(From the article): Leading in today’s increasingly competitive, accelerated and uncertain world takes courage.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, Today, 7:53 PM

A substantial issue in many organizations i.e. School is the desire to manage and control the work. There is rhetoric and posturing that suggests something different, but it is rarely followed through on.

 

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If You Want To Nail An Email Introduction To A Busy Person, Here's How

If You Want To Nail An Email Introduction To A Busy Person, Here's How | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

E-mail is broken. E-mail sucks. Most people hate e-mail and complain about it all day long. It’s a problem that we have to find a way to deal with. A lot of people see e-mail as a routine chore. Many people see dealing with their e-mail as an unpleasant, recurring chore without a higher purpose. This is an unfortunate view of work: fortunately, I’ve developed methods that make e-mail more impactful and less burdensome for everyone involved


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Very interesting...and helpful.

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On Leadership, Humility and the Self-Discovered Leader

On Leadership, Humility and the Self-Discovered Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
On Leadership, Humility and the Self-Discovered Leader. The life-long journey to real leadership begins with a personal commitment to self-discovery.

Via Anne Leong, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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(From the article): When it comes to learning true leadership, characteristics like servanthood and followership immediately come to mind.

 

But many other aspects also fall into this category. These are like the ability to:

 

Cultivate wisdomDevelop genuine humilityNurture a heart of gratitudeOr even summon courage when it really counts

And the reason is fairly simple: these are the highly personal aspects of real leadership that only come through a deliberate and life-long commitment to self-discovery.

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, February 27, 8:50 AM

Leadership without emotional energy is useless beyond the academic.  Leadership within the context of emotional energy is priceless and powerful. 

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15 Secrets of Highly Persuasive People

15 Secrets of Highly Persuasive People | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Whether you're convincing your boss to fund your project or your preschooler to wipe his own hiney after using the bathroom, persuasion is a skill that's instrumental to your success in life.

Persuasive people have an uncanny ability to get you leaning toward their way of thinking. Their secret weapon is likeability. They get you to like more than their ideas; they get you to like them.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, Kevin Watson
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(From the article): Persuasive people are adept at reading and responding to other people. They rely heavily on emotional intelligence (EQ) to bring people to their way of thinking. With 90% of top performers high in emotional intelligence, it's no wonder that persuasive people rely on this skill to get ahead. Add these skills to your repertoire, and you're on your way to joining this exclusive group.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, February 26, 4:37 PM

Here are the tricks of the trade that exceptionally persuasive people use to their advantage.

Rhonda Harris's curator insight, February 27, 10:05 AM

I wish I had that ability.  Great scoop

Graeme Reid's curator insight, March 1, 7:09 PM

Some useful tips on how to enhance your influencing skills.

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6 ways to instill a positive corporate culture

6 ways to instill a positive corporate culture | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

6 Ways to Instill a Positive Corporate Culture http://t.co/geJx1J0TKu via http://t.co/uDNqkUgujB #leadership #culture


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What are some of the ways an organization can cultivate a strong corporate culture?

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How to introduce someone

How to introduce someone | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

If you’ve ever been introduced by someone and cringed, you’ve felt first-hand why it’s so important to get introductions right.

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What makes a good introduction? Good introductions are genuine, thoughtful, and considered. They are made with goodwill and intention. When you are on the receiving end of a good introduction, you know it.
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Trust is a Relationship (Not a Commodity)

Trust is a Relationship (Not a Commodity) | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

There is a better way of thinking about trust that leads to more positive leadership outcomes.

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Trust is reciprocal, requiring relationship. It is something that must be built over time for mutual benefit, not just the leader’s benefit.

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Taciana Mello's curator insight, February 21, 7:48 PM

Indeed...and as such, willingness to take risks, reciprocity and transparency are key.

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Leadership Lessons From the Woman Who's Made a Career Turning Companies Around

Leadership Lessons From the Woman Who's Made a Career Turning Companies Around | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A lot of what makes a successful CEO can't be measured, and when your one of the few women CEOs the path is even less clear.
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(From the article): Rowlands looks at leadership development much the way she views her work to transform ReachLocal: an opportunity. "None of us are perfect," she maintains, "The biggest way people grow is through self-examination."

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What You Can Do To Be Productive On A Snow Day

What You Can Do To Be Productive On A Snow Day | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Here are some ideas to be productive on a snow day!

 

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A timely article for those of us who are home-bound due to the brutal winter weather.

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Who Wins The Leadership Battle Of The Sexes?

Who Wins The Leadership Battle Of The Sexes? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

How prevalent is the assumption that one sex can lead better than another at work?


Via Roy Sheneman, PhD
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An interesting article. 

 

(From the article): Obviously, the biggest insight comes from the answers to question #3. Clearly, the best bosses, male or female, are the bosses who recognize their people the most.  In fact, findings from a recent global study by the Cicero Group show that 89% of employees who are recognized reported feeling a greater sense of drive and determination. And 81% felt a greater connection to the company. With this kind of data, maybe it’s time to stop analyzing chromosomes and leadership, and instead focus on measuring activities of leadership.

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, February 19, 8:46 AM

Leadership is about the ability to influence others to accomplish a goal. 

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3 Phrases That Will Instantly Calm Angry or Emotional People

3 Phrases That Will Instantly Calm Angry or Emotional People | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

3 Phrases That Will Instantly Calm Angry or Emotional People : These will save you in those difficult client o...


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Use these. I can share from experience that they work!

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5 Ways to Turn Good Employees Into Great Leaders

5 Ways to Turn Good Employees Into Great Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Try these strategies to boost employee engagement and productivity and keep your best people around.
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Lead by example!

 

(From the article): Last, but certainly not least, lead by example. Model the leadership skills employees need to adopt in order to become great leaders: professionalism, transparency, confidence, commitment and respect. Employees look to their employers for answers, so leaders should aim to continuously model what it is to be a successful, positive model in the workplace. It doesn’t cost a dime and the results are priceless.

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, February 23, 1:56 PM

Great strategies worth considering and applying to your organization.

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The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change

The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Some aspects of organizational culture are visible on the surface, like the tip of an iceberg, while others are implicit and submerged within the organization. Because these ingrained assumptions are tacit and below the surface, they are not easy to see or deal with, although they affect everything the organization does.

 

 


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, Gust MEES
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Changing an organization’s culture is one of the most difficult leadership challenges. That’s because an organization’s culture comprises an interlocking set of goals, roles, processes, values, communications practices, attitudes and assumptions.

The elements fit together as an mutually reinforcing system and combine to prevent any attempt to change it.

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Chinwendu's curator insight, February 15, 5:54 PM

Metaphors of change

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We need to discover the hidden variables that affect the change process in order to fully understand the task before us.

Roselyne Lecuyer's curator insight, February 16, 6:01 AM

Interesting iceberg representation of organisation culture