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Finding the Leader’s Heart

Finding the Leader’s Heart | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Feelings reveal and express what’s in you not what’s around you.

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Leaders without heart are well manicured cemeteries, pretty to look at but full of dead bones. Everything is cold technique and dead strategy apart from heart.

 

“True meaning” grows hearts. Find purpose; find heart.

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David Hain's curator insight, December 24, 2012 3:00 AM

Heart to heart contact is where it's really at...

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" We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. " - Winston Churchill
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Serving and Leadership on Facebook!

Serving and Leadership on Facebook! | Serving and Leadership | 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 this month. 

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Anne Egros's comment, April 23, 2013 7:55 AM
Done it Don, thanks for sharing great content
Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's comment, August 15, 2013 7:49 AM
Thank you ....just liked the page Don. Love the elephants :)
Joe Boutte's comment, April 5, 7:40 AM
Great page and thank you for creating it!
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The hidden value of organizational health - and how to capture it

The hidden value of organizational health - and how to capture it | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Sustained organizational health is among the most powerful assets a company can build. Healthy companies generate total returns to shareholders three times higher than those of unhealthy ones.

 

New research suggests that the performance payoff from organizational health is unexpectedly large and that companies have four distinct “recipes” for achieving it.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Successful companies match their organizations to their aspirations. Once a company has identified the most appropriate organizational recipe for the chosen strategy, it should align the organization as far as possible with that mix of practices. If its most important day-to-day practices do not support its strategy, or are not consistent with the direction communicated by its leadership, the misalignment can often undermine both overall performance and health.

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Richard Branson on Why Leading Means Listening

Richard Branson on Why Leading Means Listening | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Any organization's best assets are its people so start paying attention to what your employees are saying.

Via Kevin Watson, Les Howard
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This skill will help you throughout your career. Leaders who are great listeners are often terrific at uncovering and putting in place strategies and plans that have a big impact. (A term one of my editors suggested is “force multipliers.”)

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Is your Leadership Team making a positive or negative difference?

Is your Leadership Team making a positive or negative difference? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Is your Leadership Team making a positive or negative difference?
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It seems that leaders often just don’t realize the positive or negative impact of their behaviors and conversations on their environment. They don’t focus on this topic hence they don’t see it, or take responsibility for its consequences.

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How to lead with integrity

How to lead with integrity | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

One of the most important characteristics of leadership is integrity. Integrity means you are true to your word in all you do and people can trust you because you do what you say.

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Live with integrity; lead with integrity.

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15 Ways to Connect with the Boss

15 Ways to Connect with the Boss | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Butting heads with the boss won’t help your career. You’ll be branded as a troublemaker regardless of who’s at fault.

 

"Connect with higher-ups if you expect to move up."

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Good performers, who connect with higher ups, move up faster and further than high performers who don’t. Resist this principle to your own harm.

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5 Ways to Give Your Brain a Break Right Now

5 Ways to Give Your Brain a Break Right Now | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Here are  ways to give your brain a break during your workday.


Via Barb Jemmott
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Brain breaks can make a big difference in your ability to be productive, creative, and innovative. The paradox is that doing less often allows you to do more.

 

What do you do to give your brain a break, and how does your company help you do it?

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Divoux Anne-Laure's curator insight, April 16, 3:12 AM

Ploys for PR?To impress new recruits? Not only... There is solid evidence that fun creativity breaks actually improve employee productivity.

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Good To Great -- Still A Must Read

Good To Great -- Still A Must Read | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Near the top of virtually every list you'll see of the best leadership books, you'll find Good To Great, by Jim Collins.

The book, five years in the making, and published in 2001, addresses the all-important question of: Can a good company become a great company, and if so, how?

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It's still a great read!

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Blind Spots and Valor

Blind Spots and Valor | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

What do blind spots have to do with leading with valor? On paper, these two ideas may not seem to fit together, but I just witnessed an inspiring example of just how congruent they are.

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 Am I hampering progress because of my blind spots?   

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How to make stress your friend

How to make stress your friend | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.


Via Anne Egros
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Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. 

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Anne Egros's curator insight, April 8, 11:01 AM

A positive belief about stress makes your body react  by producing oxytocin, a hormone that encourages your social behavior, either by helping others or seeking help from others.

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6 Habits of Super Successful People

6 Habits of Super Successful People | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Why are some people more successful than others? There’s really no mystery: It’s because they do things differently than people who are less successful. 


Via Susan Bainbridge
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(From the article): Why are some people more successful than others? There’s really no mystery: It’s because they do things differently than people who are less successful. Here are six things that very successful people do every day. Embrace these habits and you can greatly accelerate your own success.

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Reading is different online than off, experts say

Reading is different online than off, experts say | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Our brains, neuroscientists warn, are developing new circuits with a big impact on non-digital reading

Via Anu Ojaranta
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One of the hallmarks of a leader is taking time to read good books on leadership.  I have suspected that the internet is changing the way that we read - and this article in not encouraging.

 

(From the article): “We’re spending so much time touching, pushing, linking, scroll­ing and jumping through text that when we sit down with a novel, your daily habits of jumping, clicking, linking is just ingrained in you,” said Andrew Dillon, a University of Texas professor who studies reading. “We’re in this new era of information behavior, and we’re beginning to see the consequences of that.”

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, April 9, 2:40 AM

This has been clear to many people in education already for years...

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“We’re spending so much time touching, pushing, linking, scroll­ing and jumping through text that when we sit down with a novel, your daily habits of jumping, clicking, linking is just ingrained in you,” said Andrew Dillon, a University of Texas professor who studies reading. “We’re in this new era of information behavior, and we’re beginning to see the consequences of that.”

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10 Steps To Effective Listening

10 Steps To Effective Listening | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

In today’s high-tech, high-speed, high-stress world, communication is more important then ever, yet we seem to devote less and less time to really listening to one another. Genuine listening has become a rare gift—the gift of time. It helps build relationships, solve problems, ensure understanding, resolve conflicts, and improve accuracy. At work, effective listening means fewer errors and less wasted time. At home, it helps develop resourceful, self-reliant kids who can solve their own problems. Listening builds friendships and careers. It saves money and marriages.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, Katherine Bryant, David Hain, Roger Francis
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This is simply an excellent review of the key characteristics of a good listener. 

 

This is a key action item for everyone: 

Listening Skills Exercise: Summarize, Summarize, Summarize!

For at least one week, at the end of every conversation in which information is exchanged, conclude with a summary statement. In conversations that result in agreements about future obligations or activities, summarizing will not only ensure accurate follow-through, it will feel perfectly natural. In conversations that do not include agreements, if summarizing feels awkward just explain that you are doing it as an exercise.

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Cath Daley's curator insight, April 9, 10:32 AM

A key skill for anyone who is involved in coaching is the ability to really listen. here are some tips to help you improve your listebing skills.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 9, 9:18 PM

Greta quote in the cartoon. "nobody hates a listener"

Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 9, 9:19 PM

Great caption in cartoon "Nobody hates a listener"

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One Word... Hope - Great Leaders Serve

One Word... Hope - Great Leaders Serve | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Over the last few months, I’ve written several posts under the banner – One Word. These have included, Vision (A three-part mini series), Data, Diversity and others. Today, let’s explore a word that is critical to our success… Hope. The ability to generate hope is one of the hallmarks of leadership. Napoleon said, “A leader » Read More

Via Amy Melendez
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Hope, and the ability to generate it, is a big part of what we do as leaders. But the truth is, at some point, we must deliver. Hope without progress is unsustainable. It actually fades rather quickly.

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Amy Melendez's curator insight, April 16, 11:59 PM

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Hope, and the ability to generate it, is a big part of what we do as leaders. But the truth is, at some point, we must deliver. Hope without progress is unsustainable. It actually fades rather quickly.

The good news for us as leaders is we are more than dealers in hope; we create the future. That’s what ultimately keeps hope alive!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 17, 7:36 PM

There is a lot of servant-leadership in the article. The interesting thing about competence is it shares a common root with compete rather than collaborate. Collaborate has negative implications based on its etymology. Competing is striving together which takes competency.

Ali Anani's curator insight, Today, 1:57 AM

Insightful words for leaders

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The Obstacle Course of Employee Engagement

The Obstacle Course of Employee Engagement | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
It's hard to keep on top of employee engagement sometimes - people do say it can be an obstacle course.

Via Ian Brownhill, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN
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9 Ways to Turn Your Desk Into the Ideal Workspace (Infographic)

9 Ways to Turn Your Desk Into the Ideal Workspace (Infographic) | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
If your workstation doesn't fit you, you're in trouble. Here's a quick guide to setting up your workspace for optimal health and productivity.

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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It takes courage to say NO to cynicism, resignation and suffering!

It takes courage to say NO to cynicism, resignation and suffering! | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
The true heroes in any organization are those who have the courage to say NO to cynicism, resignation and suffering.
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(From the article): But, the moral of this story is not all bad. Even though I do see too many people at all levels of so many organizations that fit the bill I have described above, I also meet many really brave, committed and powerful leaders, managers and employees in all organizations. People who have taken a bold stand and not buying into the cynicism, resignation, negativism and suffering that surround them. People who have made a decision to always fully express themselves and communicate authentically and effectively at all times. People who will never become victims and always stay true to themselves by making a difference in everything they do.

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6 Needs to Thrive at Work

6 Needs to Thrive at Work | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Are you performing at the top of your game at work?  Consider these six universal human needs and how each is being met, or not, in your job.
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Are you performing at the top of your game at work? Or are you struggling, losing interest, or so stressed that you’d just like to walk away? 

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Leadership: Disappointed To The Core

Leadership: Disappointed To The Core | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

If you meet a leader who’s a loner, who doesn't communicate, who’s not engaged, who seems removed and not trusting, it’s probably not because they enjoy solitude or disengagement. It’s far more likely that they have been disappointed. 


Via Kevin Watson
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Those of us, who have experienced disappointment need to be reminded that in this corridor we have doors to the left and to the right. These are the doors made for our choosing.

 

And as leaders, we must choose to:...

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Leadership: Dealing With Wicked Problems

The Mudd Partnership Presents: Leadership: Dealing With Wicked Problems Read more at www.themuddpartnership.com ([SLIDESHARE] Dealing With Wicked Problems #wickedproblems #honoringemergence#organisationaldevelopment

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Simply and well done: a good, understable overview of dealing with wicked problems / complexity / uncertainty

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, April 14, 7:43 AM

"Think total, act piecemeal..." Like in the PDCA process cycles... what problems are wicked? Page through this presentation...:-))) which are so complex and multifaceted you cannot see it through in one shot... (OK, it's a bit even more complicated...)... what I like also that you should be careful not to use generalised solution managerial methods to everything... the people are different, the situations are different... so, think before act and think in different approaches, in different models...

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Great Leadership: 17 Ways to Teach Managers how to Coach

Great Leadership: 17 Ways to Teach Managers how to Coach | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Wouldn't it be great if we could teach managers how to coach? What one book, website, or other resource would you recommend to a busy yet motivated manager who wants to learn how to be a better coach?

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The following is a collection of their responses. Bookmark it, print it, and share it with others. Pick one resource that you didn’t know about and review it yourself. We can all learn something new when it comes to the art and science of coaching.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 12, 8:39 AM

great list of books on mentoring , coaching etc...

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Want a Better Answer? Ask a Better Question

Want a Better Answer? Ask a Better Question | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

What’s the question that’s creating your future and animating your company, your work, perhaps even your life?

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(From the article): Whether you’re leading a team, a startup, or a public company, your primary occupation must be to discover the future. That’s where value is created. A compelling and even subversive question is an effective tool for navigating uncharted terrain. In this article for the HBR Blog Network, Polly Labarre asserts, “the more disruptive the questions, the greater the chance [that your] organization will create the future, rather than be conquered by it.” Because the future is always unfolding, the imperative to lead with questions rather than answers remains.

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How to Manage Talented People by Not Bossing Them Around

How to Manage Talented People by Not Bossing Them Around | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Getting rid of managers may seem like just another tech trend, but much of the skepticism around going “bossless” or flat is due to misleading terminology.

Via Richard Andrews
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(From the article): Your company doesn’t have to get rid of managers or implement some formal system to adopt practices that will help your employees flourish. You do, however, have to build a foundation of trust and set up ways to guide and enable your employees to be collaborative, peer-managing leaders.

 

Moving towards bosslessness, as with these three approaches, is a process of figuring out a better way for great employees to thrive and develop great companies.

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How Introverts Can Be Great Leaders

How Introverts Can Be Great Leaders | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Are introverts great leaders? Jacob Shriar argues that introverts can use unique abilities to help them exceed.

Via Kevin Watson
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(From the article): What I’ve learned recently is that you don’t need to be an extrovert to be good in a leadership role. In fact, there are a lot of qualities about introverts that make them great leaders.

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17 Things Extraordinary People Do Every Day

17 Things Extraordinary People Do Every Day | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Want to achieve extraordinary goals? Take these easy, proven steps every day.
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(From the article): No matter that you do, you will leave a legacy. The question is whether you'll be remembered for something positive or something negative. So, keep in mind during all interactions, that this might be someone's lasting impression of you. 

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4 Critical Traits of Great Leaders

4 Critical Traits of Great Leaders | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Leaders show positive energy and optimism, showering their people with a can-do attitude.


Via John Michel, Wise Leader™, Aki Puustinen, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN
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Most significant things at work and in life require work, study and most important, practice. Leadership is no different. Understand that no one is born a leader. Rather, they decide to mold themselves into one.

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No one is born a leader. Rather, they decide to mold themselves into one.

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You really have to love your work to display the positive energy a leader needs to motivate and instill that passion in others...

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4 Critical Traits of Great Leaders- Entrepreneur