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Four Ways to Avoid the “Leadership Cliff” in 2013

Four Ways to Avoid the “Leadership Cliff” in 2013 | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

With just four days left in the year, Americans are eagerly watching and waiting for governmental leaders to reach a budget agreement to avoid the “fiscal cliff” – a series of tax increases and spending reductions that will be triggered in 2013. A failure to find a solution will not just send the U.S. economy off a fiscal cliff, it will represent our political leaders falling off a “leadership cliff” as well.


Via Sparktheaction
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(From the article): From my perspective, the most damaging leadership cliff from which leaders fall is that of breaking trust with their followers.Repairing broken trust can be a long and arduous process, and the best way to build trust with others is to not break it in the first place. But how does a leader go aboutintentionally building trust? There are four ways:

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(From the article):From my perspective, the most damaging leadership cliff from which leaders fall is that of breaking trust with their followers.Repairing broken trust can be a long and arduous process, and the best way to build trust with others is to not break it in the first place. But how does a leader go aboutintentionally building trust? There are four ways:

David Hain's curator insight, December 29, 2012 3:51 AM

Let's pray they take one - wish I was confident they have the breadth of vision to think about the environment and the people rather than the politics

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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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5 Daily Habits of Great Leaders

5 Daily Habits of Great Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Great leaders separate themselves from the pack in distinct ways. Here are five of them!
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Even though there are no shortcuts to leadership, there are a handful of daily habits that all great leaders share, and adopting those habits can get you closer to your ultimate goals.

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Joe Boutte's curator insight, March 26, 9:25 AM

Always learn something new, everyday!  A new thing helps to change an old problem and creates better ways to get the job done.  Good leaders recognize that the "new thing" comes from their team and staying connected with them is the best way to learn and lead everyday.   Try it and see what you learn and share it!

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If Mother Nature Was Your CEO

If Mother Nature Was Your CEO | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Looking at what nature has created over millions of years of evolution to get to the ‘perfect shape’, the designers at McLaren Automotive get their inspiration from animal anatomy, tree branches, blood vessels and river deltas to create some of [...]
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(From the article): Competition is now coming from so many different and unexpected corners that businesses need to explore various business models at the same time while staying true to their overall reason of existence.

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Introverts at Work: Why You Withdraw and One Way to Cope

Introverts at Work: Why You Withdraw and One Way to Cope | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Understanding how companies can spark introversion can help create conversations that move from protection to innovation.

Via Barb Jemmott
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(From the article): To foster sharing, it’s important to foster connections with others and remind one another that we’re more alike than we think. To do just that, try to find five things in common with co-workers, people you disagree with or even people you’re meeting for the first time. You can do this formally, in small groups to ‘break the ice,’ or on your own, when your courage to connect is low. Go beyond the obvious – things people can see, such as hair color or eye color. But instead look for answers for something beyond the surface, likes and dislikes you both might share.

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Leadership Inspiration - Purchasing the Future

Leadership Inspiration - Purchasing the Future | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

“The future is purchased by the present.” Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784) 

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Learning from the Persuasive Genius of Great Leaders

Learning from the Persuasive Genius of Great Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Great leaders look for empowering frames and communicate them explicitly, to ensure others understand their intent and interpret their actions through the new lens, rather than old frames.

 


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(From the article): Every conversation, every communication, and every decision begins with a frame. When we provide a context that expands our thinking, includes others, and gives meaning to our efforts, we help spark creativity and insight in ourselves, our peers, and our leaders. Perhaps that explains the old Disney company joke encouraging its animators and designers to challenge a limiting frame:

 

“How many Imagineers does it take to change a lightbulb?”

 

“Does it have to be a lightbulb?” 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, March 23, 9:42 PM

The art of framing is an essential skill for executives who want to motivate and inspire.

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How to Tell if a CEO Is Lying

How to Tell if a CEO Is Lying | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A new approach to financial analysis measures executive evasion and candor to gauge a company’s outlook.

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Fascinating article suggesting the way things are said can tip off to the hearer that they are being lied to. 

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My New Habit for Tackling Nagging Tasks: Power Hour.

My New Habit for Tackling Nagging Tasks: Power Hour. | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What are the issues in my life that bug me, and how can I tackle them through habits?

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(from the article): Power Hour is enormously satisfying, because I’ve managed to chip away at tasks that were draining me. The joy of Power Hour reminds of another great habit that helps me manage the chaos: my one-minute rule. If I can do something in less than one minute, I don’t let myself procrastinate. I hang up my coat, put newspapers in the recycling, scan and toss a letter. Ever since I wrote about this rule in The Happiness Project, I’ve been amazed by how many people have told me that it has made a huge difference in their lives.

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Thought Leadership – How it works?

Thought Leadership – How it works? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

You may have heard the term “Thought Leadership” being used and probably wondered what is actually meant by this and why it even matters. Why does "Thought Leadership" matter?

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(From the article): We need more thought leaders, we need ‘thought leaders’ that are experts, but we also need the ChangeMakers that regardless of how much they know are willing to challenge the norms and ask the questions that become catalysts in getting ‘thought leaders’ that have not yet emerged to become in involved in the conversations.

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The Power Of Parting: 7 Things You Need to Stop Doing

The Power Of Parting: 7 Things You Need to Stop Doing | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Sometimes the power of parting comes in the willingness to let go of the life we’ve planned so we can have the life that is waiting for us.
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The power of great leadership comes from the power of parting.

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11 questions hiring managers never want to hear

11 questions hiring managers never want to hear | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

"What are the worst things a candidate can ask in a job interview?"

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The "if I keep talking and say hip things, then nobody will realize that this isn't a question" question

My main focus has been [insert theoretical concept], and with the [insert word that doesn't make sense], and [buzzword] that is prevalent in [insert large geographical area, large industry segment or big numbers], what would my options be for [buzzword] in [buzzword] and for [insert flashy conference that the company has no intention of this role attending], will this role allow me to [insert pretentious claim]?

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What Everyone Needs to Know About Running Productive Meetings

What Everyone Needs to Know About Running Productive Meetings | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What can we do about the seemingly endless cycle of meetings that we’re all caught up in? 

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(From the article): If you truly can’t attend fewer meetings, try to at least reduce their length — instead of 60 minutes, start with 30, or even 15, and set a goal to finish early. Or, try to schedule your part of the discussion for the beginning of the allotted time, then excuse yourself from the rest of the meeting. This is especially important for conference calls — there is no reason that all attendees should be on the call from start to finish. All it takes is a little advance planning around which topics will be discussed when. When you consider what people are actually doing on conference calls, it’s worth the upfront time and effort:

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How To Ask Better Questions

How To Ask Better Questions | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

“Hitting a creative wall, or getting nowhere with a colleague? Think differently about how you ask questions.”


Via Shelly Lansford, Kevin Watson
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(From the article): "As organizations think about what they need to do to make changes, they need to look for the questions that will make the big difference," says Brookman. "The right questions will empower everyone to think in new ways."

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Claudia Crescenzi's curator insight, March 17, 5:21 AM

"Effective leaders ask questions instead of giving orders,"

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Everything starts with a good question...

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What Does Stress Do To Your Body? 

What Does Stress Do To Your Body?  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
What exactly does stress do to your body, and what are the long-term effects?

Via Barb Jemmott
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If you feel like you're under constant stress, a recent study published in Social & Personality Psychology Compass found supportive, close relationships can decrease stress levels. Other studies have shown that mindfulness-based training-like yoga and meditation-can cause major decreases in stress.

 

What do you find yourself getting stressed about? How do you deal with it?

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Team Building Without Time Wasting

Team Building Without Time Wasting | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Leadership expert Marshall Goldsmith explains how to efficiently help your team work better together.

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How can you help your team work better together? A great video discussing this important subject.

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Are you working for a passive aggressive boss? How to spot the signs

Are you working for a passive aggressive boss? How to spot the signs | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Georgina Fuller on how to tell if you are working for a passive aggressive boss and what to do about it

Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): “Don’t join in their passive aggressive games,” advises Meager. “Avoid colliding with them in gossip or putting others down, it will only come back on you and you may end up with the blame in the ‘he said, she said game.”

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Professor Jill Jameson's curator insight, March 26, 6:05 AM

Interesting article: these kinds of managers are difficult to trust and best not confronted directly.

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How to Be a Genius in Seven Questions

How to Be a Genius in Seven Questions | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Become a genius by trusting the genius of others.
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(From the article): Develop an organizational culture that views all solutions as imperfect.

Build in evaluation. In 30 days ask, “How is our solutions working?”In 30 days ask, “How might we make this solution better?”Use “we” instead of “me.”Ask, “What are we learning?”Repeat over and over, “All solutions are imperfect.”
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Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here's How to Know for Sure

Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here's How to Know for Sure | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Emotional intelligence is a huge driver of success. Here's how to know if you have it.
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Emotional intelligence is a huge driver of success. Here's how to know if you have it.

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Being Tired Can Make You More Creative

Being Tired Can Make You More Creative | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Most of the time, we do better on tasks when we're most awake. But some problems require a mind that's just a bit tired—or otherwise impaired.

Via Peter Verschuere
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(From the article): The time of day had no impact on the subjects’ ability to solve the analytical problem. But when it came to the insight problem, the participants did better at the time of day when they were less awake. The night owls solved more riddles at 8 a.m., and vice-versa. Having to perform when they were more tired, in other words, gave the subjects about a 20 percent boost.

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12 Habits of Exceptional Leaders

12 Habits of Exceptional Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Great leadership is indeed a difficult thing to pin down and understand. You know a great leader when you’re working for one, but even they can have a hard time explaining the specifics of what they do that makes their leadership so effective. Great leadership is dynamic; it melds a variety of unique skills into an integrated whole.


Via Maite Finch, Ricard Lloria
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It's possible to be a better leader to your team today. All it will take will be the courage to step out and take the first step.

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Positive Teams Are More Productive

Positive Teams Are More Productive | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

How do you implement positive practices in your company?


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(From the article): Cameron and his colleagues explain that there are three reasons these practices benefit the company. Positive practices:

Increase positive emotions which broaden employees’ resources and abilities by improving people’s relationships with each other and amplifying their creativity and ability to think creatively.Buffer against negative events like stress, improving employees ability to bounce back from challenges and difficulties.Attract and bolster employees, making them more loyal and bringing out the best in them.

There are bottom-line benefits as well. Summarizing the findings, Cameron explains that: “When organizations institute positive, virtuous practices they achieve significantly higher levels of organizational effectiveness — including financial performance, customer satisfaction, and productivity … The more the virtuousness, the higher the performance in profitability, productivity, customer satisfaction, and employee engagement.”

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3 Communication Mistakes Screwing Up Teamwork

3 Communication Mistakes Screwing Up Teamwork | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Some teams spend more time second guessing the intent behind poor communication than working to improve it. 

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Communicating well builds the most important ingredient of any successful team–trust. 

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Want To Move Up? Want To Grow? Start Thinking BIG.

Want To Move Up? Want To Grow? Start Thinking BIG. | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
This is a great exercise for you to start thinking about YOUR abilities — how far you can push yourself.
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(From the article): This is a great practice to get you out of your safe, fuzzy and warm bubble and to start thinking BIG.  Don’t think of your current self or your current situation. Begin to think of an alternate universe where your ‘best self’ lives — what would they be doing right now? What is their position? What projects would they be working on? Who would they be talking to, accessing, and leveraging to get things done.

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9 Things Successful People Refuse To Do

9 Things Successful People Refuse To Do | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Here are 9 things successful people refuse to do on their journey to success!

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Successful people know that failure is not fatal. They know that the only way to truly fail is to give up.

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, March 18, 10:46 PM

Are we refusing to do these things?

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When we fail to get up, that's when we fail.

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7 Proven Ways to Get Ahead at Work

7 Proven Ways to Get Ahead at Work | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Everyone wants to be recognized for doing a good job, to be able to earn promotions and raises and to move up the organization. However, the path isn't always clear, and sometimes we are our own worst enemies--standing in the way of our own success.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, Ricard Lloria
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Give these 7 proven ways of getting ahead at work a try, and watch your career skyrocket.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, March 16, 6:50 PM

A good list of ways to ensure that you get the recognition that you deserve.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, March 17, 3:06 AM

These seven proven ways are important for us because few of us are ready to speak out in meetings, few of us are ready to take up challenging work, few of us believe about showcasing our achievments and some of us don't take credit for exemplary work. In a world of cut throat competition, one has to speak out for oneself, and one has to step in before a totally unrelated person takes credit to a job done well!

Elías Manuel Sánchez Castañeda's curator insight, March 17, 4:40 PM
The seven tips to share with us Peter Economy to achieve promotion at work I find very valuable. However I will complementary, and that promotions in real world does not always achieved only with good practice, consider the "dark side (the hidden chart) organizations", then I completed 7 with the following tips: + Identify as measured and rewards people in the organization, in some it is not done a good job but: to be "loyal and obedient" to the boss, being a lame boots, paid to cover up or participate in matters little ethical, strike up a relationship. If you find that your company is rewarded (promoted) for some (or all) of the above reasons, you have to make a decision, quit and find an organization that applies meritocracy, or stick to change the satuo quo or to adapt and use it, IS YOUR DECISION, ARE YOUR VALUES!
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Working Out Our Differences

Working Out Our Differences | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Our differences matter, and so does how we work out those differences.

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How do you work out your own differences with other people?

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