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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.


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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 :)
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Great page and thank you for creating it!
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Why Do We Experience Awe?

Why Do We Experience Awe? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Because it moves us to do things for the greater good.
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(From the article): You could make the case that our culture today is awe-deprived. Adults spend more and more time working and commuting and less time outdoors and with other people. Camping trips, picnics and midnight skies are forgone in favor of working weekends and late at night. Attendance at arts events — live music, theater, museums and galleries — has dropped over the years. This goes for children, too: Arts and music programs in schools are being dismantled in lieu of programs better suited to standardized testing; time outdoors and for novel, unbounded exploration are sacrificed for résumé-building activities.

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Why Leaders Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Push Past Surface-Level Interview Questions

Why Leaders Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Push Past Surface-Level Interview Questions | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What if the interview became a personal conversation instead of a casting call? What if the primary focus was on the person, not the résumé?

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(From the article): If your current process is consistently churning out less-than-stellar hires, consider the personal letter interview. You’ll feel more confident that you really know the person you are hiring, and that will positively impact your company in the long run. And at the end of the day, I’ll take the hardworking, sharp, and determined person with a high level of honesty over 20 years of experience.

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Mentors! > Give something back

Mentors! > Give something back | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

It’s fashionable to be mentored and to be coached at the moment, and with good reason. Everything in business is achieved through people and the more you can do to improve performance, the faster you can remove inefficiency and make progress.

As a manager in the public sector, I was immediately given ten days of training. In the practical management of resources and people, training provides a solid grounding in the tools and best practice techniques of management. It explains why people skills are necessary, how to use them and avoid very many pitfalls. Those lessons have also taught me what is important when working with people and have stayed with me over the years.

The secret to being a good line manager is the ability to coach and to mentor. Often those words are used interchangeably and in my opinion, every member of the team needs both. Furthermore, it is very unusual to find one person who can be both.


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(From the article): Being a coach or a mentor is an incredibly important performance lever helping you to unlock staff potential at all levels. The two roles require very different skills and offer different types of support to the individual and while the results may not immediately benefit you personally giving something back in this way can be very rewarding.

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Everyone needs a mentor - but mentors also gain a lot!

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The Right Way to Brag About Yourself

The Right Way to Brag About Yourself | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
And why humblebragging backfires.
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Is there a right way to brag about yourself?

 

(From the article): The results? Over three-quarters of participants responded to the question by humblebragging, according to our assistants. The most common humblebrags included expressed concerns about being a perfectionist, working too hard, being too nice, and being too honest. Moreover, the research assistants determined that the majority of participants answered strategically (rather than honestly) to try to get the hypothetical job. Interestingly, this strategy was not effective: The research assistants indicated that they would be much less likely to hire the humblebraggers than those who seemed honest.


These findings suggest that in job interviews, showing we are self-aware and working on improving our performance may be a more effective strategy than humblebragging. After all, authentic people who are willing to show vulnerability are likely to be the type of candidates interviewers most want to hire.

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Vision Requires Action: 7 Tips to Move and Keep Moving

Vision Requires Action: 7 Tips to Move and Keep Moving | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Creating a shared vision is one of the most important roles of a leader. But vision alone is not enough. Vision requires action.
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What are the 7 things that you can do to keep moving towards your vision. Jesse Lyn Stoner shares her insight.

 

(From the article): At some point you will be thrown off course. Unforeseen events are bound to occur. Instead of getting discouraged and losing your commitment, reframe the event as a challenge or an opportunity on the road to living your vision.

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A psychiatrist says this skill is the best indicator of a person's ability to succeed

A psychiatrist says this skill is the best indicator of a person's ability to succeed | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
How you handle the hurdles is very telling.
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(From the article): "Possessing the skill of handling obstacles well demonstrates a high level of self-reliance, good judgment, and resourcefulness," he says. "The more proactive and resourceful you are, and the better your judgment calls and decision-making are when you're dealing with an obstacle, the greater the trust and confidence others will have in you." And where there's trust, there's success.


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5 Steps to Seriously Improve Your Networking Skills

5 Steps to Seriously Improve Your Networking Skills | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
In a world of take take take, showing that you care about someone as a friend puts you in a whole different category with your connections.
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(From the article): How do you foster a real connection when you speak with someone -- whether it’s on Skype or on the phone or in-person? Personally, I think it boils down to these factors:

Ask insightful questions (to get the other person thinking). You can know a lot about a person by the quality of the questions he or she asks. Tony Robbins often shares that the quality of your questions correlates to the quality of your life.Ask better questions, receive better answers. Peter Thiel challenges us to ask ourselves: “How do we accomplish our 10-year goals in six months?” By asking better questions when you’re speaking with someone, you not only put yourself in a category of someone that thinks differently, but you force the other person to think in a new way that helps him or her grow.Pay attention (as if your life depended on it). This may come naturally for some people, or be extremely difficult for others. In our smartphone era, paying attention is a demanded “skill” many of us lack. How many times have you spoken with someone who is constantly fidgeting, looking around or interrupting your every sentence? By simplying maintaining eye contact, listening attentively and responding with relevant questions, you’re separating yourself from the rest of the pack and are well on your way to fostering a genuine relationship.

Listen. Ask good questions. Repeat.

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The Leaders Who Need The Most Development

The Leaders Who Need The Most Development | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The Leaders Who Need The Most Development Are Often Times The Leaders That Say That Others Need More Development.

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Boom!

 

(From the article): The next time you hear a leader say “so and so” isn’t ready, the deeper question to ask is this “is the leader making the statement ready?”

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5 Things Mad Men Taught Us About Leadership

5 Things Mad Men Taught Us About Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The long-running drama imparts lessons we can use today.
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I'm probably one of the only people in the world who has not seen an episode of Mad Men. However, I am aware of it - and the apparant impact it seems to have had in some parts of our culture. Here are a number of great points to think about when it comes to leadership.

 

(From the article): Don't be afraid to reinvent yourself.


While we don't recommend enrolling in the Don Draper school of identity theft, Don has always been driven by new beginnings, whether he needed one or not. We eventually learn how Don's tenure at Sterling Cooper came to be. In the 50s, the seemingly self-possessed creative was a struggling fur salesman who ran into Roger Sterling while he was looking to buy a gift for office manager Joan Holloway. Don slips Roger his resume and portfolio in the coat package, but it doesn't get him much traction. Later, Don "runs" into Roger again and invites him out for drinks. The following morning, Roger finds Don in the elevator at the agency, and is quite surprised to see him there -- especially since he does not remember hiring the young upstart the night before. 

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A One Minute Approach to Better Feedback

A One Minute Approach to Better Feedback | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Giving performance feedback is a critical job responsibility of any manager, but it can be a daunting task for many people—especially when the feedback is less than positive. Managers don’t want to generate negative emotions, damage relationships, or make a bad situation worse. As a result, managers often delay or avoid giving necessary feedback, allowing poor performance to continue


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(From the article): Blanchard and Johnson like to say, “The best minute I spend is the one I invest in my people.” Feedback is an essential managerial skill. Take an extra minute to improve your skills in this important area.

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When did you last get feedback? Well - what you give is what you get!

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4 Ways To Deal With Stress

4 Ways To Deal With Stress | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Stress is a killer. It robs us of so much yet we don't want to deal with stress. That ends today. Here's 4 ways you can deal with stress.
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(From the article): Now, don’t go using this as an excuse to gossip or blast another party. Your talks should be about the subject at hand and with someone that can help you deal with the problem.

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The Best CMOs Combine 4 Leadership Styles

The Best CMOs Combine 4 Leadership Styles | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Balancing them is the key to success.
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(From the article): While each of these patterns represents models for success, the best CMOs embody bits of each of them. They’ve developed, in a sense, hybrid vigor. This starts with identification of your power center and efforts to build the skills that allow you to flex across each leadership style.

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Five tools to manage a remote team

Five tools to manage a remote team | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Work out of the office? Bostjan Bregar has yet more great advice for remote teams.

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(From the article) Don’t be afraid of remote working, if handled correctly it makes for a happier, more productive team and for would-be employees, your company will be a very appealing place to work. Trust and empowerment are key to getting the best out of people and allowing staff to work from home is a great way to create this kind of culture in your business.

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How Great Leaders Get Employees to Act Like Owners?

How Great Leaders Get Employees to Act Like Owners? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

When employees show up to work, do the minimum, assume no responsibility and then collect their paycheck it’s a waste for the individual and for the organization. In order to fully capitalize on the talents and abilities of people, you need to invest in them and find ways to make them happy.

 

Learn what matters most to them, what they enjoy doing, and what frustrates them from reaching their full potential.


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(From the article): Research shows that there’s a clear link between transparency and employee happiness. When you regularly ask your employees what’s on their minds and start measuring your culture, you’ll improve your culture, build mutually trusting relationships, and gain a competitive advantage. Most people want to make a valuable contribution, and feel great when they make progress toward doing so. So if management wants to attract, engage, and retain its top talent, you’ll invest in understanding what makes them tick. While you might not want to give up your salary or redistribute all your profits, you may want to get honest feedback for what makes employees happy and what areas you need to improve to inspire them to feel like owners.

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Very inspiring tales of sound leadership in action

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7 Habits of Highly Influential People

7 Habits of Highly Influential People | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It may seem that some people are naturally charming, but the art of influencing others can be learned. Here's how.

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(From the article): LOOK FOR THINGS YOU HAVE IN COMMON

Regardless of our differences, if we look long enough, we will find something that we share with virtually everyone. If we find out what that is, we can develop stronger connections with the people that we wish to have a greater influence with. In preparation for meeting with someone, we can learn the latest in the area of common interest so that we both have something to get the conversation off to a positive start and flowing in the right direction.

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, May 26, 8:59 AM

Timeless principles to develop and incorporate into your leadership...

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Women in Leadership: Be Less Super, More Human

Women in Leadership: Be Less Super, More Human | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
“Superhuman is not a compliment,” explained Linda Rottenberg, CEO of Endeavor, “because what it actually means is that you’re unrelatable.” And this is exactly the problem. When you try to hide who you really are because you don’t want to be perceived as “too feminine” or “too different,” what you actually do is distance yourself from people, which ultimately has a negative effect on your career.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 22, 5:19 AM

Who are you when no-one is watching? Where do you put that person at work? Does that feel authentic?

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How to Earn Respect as a Leader

How to Earn Respect as a Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Start by showing passion for your job.
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To make the process easier, here are some tips:

Don’t use phrases like “the boss wants it this way” or rely on hierarchical name dropping. While that may get things done in the short term, it can curtail discussion that’s core to building a meritocracy.Publicly recognize a great effort or contribution. It can be a simple thank-you e-mail in which you copy the whole team.Consider whether your influence comes from your position in the hierarchy (or access to privileged information), or whether it truly comes from respect that you have earned. If it is the former, start working on the latter.Proactively ask for feedback and ideas on a specific topic. You must respond to them all, but implement only the good ones. And don’t just take the best ideas and move on; take every opportunity to reinforce the spirit of meritocracy by giving credit where it’s due.Reward a high-performing member of your team with an interesting assignment, even if it is not in his or her usual area.
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How Can You Get Your Employees Excited to Do Their Work?

How Can You Get Your Employees Excited to Do Their Work? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Sometimes persuasion is better than direction.
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(From the article): Inspiration is not something to be left for the annual company kickoff. There are opportunities every day: when you want to empower a team member to take ownership of a project, when you want your feedback about someone’s performance to stick, when you’re communicating change, etc. Being a leader who persuades others through inspiration starts with connection. Greater empathy and relevance leads to growth, increased motivation, faster action, and real results. Use the Communicator’s Roadmap before your next meeting with your direct report to create an experience that will shift his response from “Sure, I can do that…” to “Count me in!”

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10 Important Qualities For Success That Are Often Overlooked

10 Important Qualities For Success That Are Often Overlooked | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Articles on how to be successful are everywhere. However, they probably overlook these essential traits.
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Intuition, Attention, Aggression, Mentoring, Values, Relationships, Curiosity, Patience, Innovation, .....but the greatest is Excellence....

(From the article): Excellence is qualitative and substantive. Excellence is what breeds success. That is why you see many great minds who spend many years perfecting or developing their craft. Excellence is triggered by changing your mindset and approaching every duty as if your success depended on it. Paying attention to detail and running the extra mile shows that you want more out of everything you do. This is why Aristotle referred to excellence many centuries ago as not an act, but a habit.

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The art of doing nothing - five fast ways to turn work off and turn life on

The art of doing nothing - five fast ways to turn work off and turn life on | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Learning how to turn work off can be as important as turning work on. Learn five fast ways to practice mindfulness and get better results.
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(From the article): We are designed to hunt and hibernate (this is a model I’m borrowing from Younger Next Year authors Crowley and Lodge).


In hunt mode we are “ON”, making decisions, responding to requests, thinking strategy, and fuelled by adrenaline, endorphins, and dopamine. This has a cost. A recent study published in the journal ofPsychosomatic Medicine connected overwork to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes. According to theMayo Clinic  job burnout can lead to: fatigue, insomnia, depression, heart disease, stroke…(need I go on?).

 

When we hibernate our body heals, we are mindful, we allow creative thinking to replace reactive thinking, and we have time for relationships.

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Signs That You’re Being a Pushover

Signs That You’re Being a Pushover | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Persuading others matters as much as getting along with them.
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Is guilt, a desire for being liked, or fear of rocking the boat tugging you away from your own convictions?

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Healthiest Way to Work: Standing vs. Sitting and Everything Between

Healthiest Way to Work: Standing vs. Sitting and Everything Between | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
From standing desk vs. sitting to daily exercise and everything in between, we review the healthiest ways to work at a sedentary job.
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You can lead or serve if you are not taking care of yourself. 

 

(From the article): Interestingly, studies have shown that idle sitting (e.g. sedentary work) is an independent predictor of disease, meaning that daily exercise before or after work does not cancel out a day of sitting in front of the computer.


Of course, daily exercise can help in many other ways and an active couch potato is better off than a regular coach potato. Yet it would appear that a chunk of exercise is not enough to counteract the effects of a sedentary job. Consistent, regular movement is best.

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There is Only One Way to Fail in Life.

There is Only One Way to Fail in Life. | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
So what is failure then?

I’ll tell you. It’s compromising with life.

We have to take life by the horns and wrestle her to the ground and make love to her. Every moment. Every day.

“This is my life,” we have to growl, reminding ourselves again and again that no matter what old programming, no matter how many lies we were told and shown, we simply refuse to believe that we don’t know, in our blood and our bones and our DNA…how to live.

This is my life. I know how to live it. In every moment I know exactly how to live it.

And there are no rules.

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This is my life. I know how to live it. In every moment I know exactly how to live it. And there are no rules.

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Beautiful piece on what really matters! I urge you to read it, I welled up...

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Great piece on making life count...

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This takes metaphor, myth, and poetic language and runs with it.

 

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To Win People Over, Speak to Their Wants and Needs

To Win People Over, Speak to Their Wants and Needs | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Why empathy begets influence.
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(From the article): Empathize with the people you need to persuade to purchase your product or services or to work hard on your behalf. It gives you better ideas, and it makes you worth listening to. And if your stakeholders can empathize with you in return, you’re on your way to building real, lasting relationships with them.

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This Is What Real Leaders Do

This Is What Real Leaders Do | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Real leaders know that the key to bringing out the best in those we lead is by employing this one critical measure through our leadership.
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(From the article): This is why we see a rising interest among leaders to understand how to increase their self-awareness for how they show up in those daily interactions with those they lead. We can’t go into those daily conversations with our employees simply to confirm what we know, to validate our position, or worse, to assert our authority.

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