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7 Simple Ways to Be a Positive Influence As a Leader

7 Simple Ways to Be a Positive Influence As a Leader | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Do you ever wonder what other people think of you?  One of my greatest sayings is “People tell you who they are”  This is so true in day to day interactions.  If you are irritated, impatient, or just downright fed up, you are telling people who you are because as you remain in that state you radiate it out to the world, whether you are aware of it or not.  


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(From the article): Being glad for others for most of us is quite easy.  It’s great to see people doing well.  Showing you’re glad means actively helping them to celebrate their successes.  When someone gets that qualification or loses that 6lb, find a way to help them celebrate.  Buy a bunch of flowers or send that card, or take the time to drop an email, pop your head round the door and tell them “Well done”.  Too often in our fast paced lives, even though we may be glad for others, we fall short of showing we are.

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If you want to lead people in the right direction, here are 7 uncommon ways you can be a positive influence on yourself and others

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com

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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 :)
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Great page and thank you for creating it!
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Coaching an Employee Who Doesn’t Want Help

Coaching an Employee Who Doesn’t Want Help | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Even star performers can shy away from advice.
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(From the article): It’s easy to assume the resistor is simply irrational or difficult. But “there is typically a logical, perfectly reasonable explanation for how the person is behaving,” says Batista. Perhaps, he doesn’t trust you well enough or feels like you don’t appreciate him. “Often coaching can take on a tone of ‘you’re not good enough,’” Su says. It could also be that the employee hasn’t had a good experience with coaching in the past. “She may be thinking: ‘Why bother? I still didn’t get a promotion after trying last time.’ Or ‘it’s never really stopped me before. I’m going to get promoted anyway,’” says Su. You might also see resistance if the person hasn’t bought into the process: “You have to agree on what the blind spot or development opportunity is,” says Su. Batista suggests you ask yourself: Could my actions be contributing to the problem?

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10 Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Lessons

10 Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Lessons | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
10 Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Lessons. 21st century leaders can learn from TR's enduring example of service and leadership to his nation and his family.
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(From the article): Theodore Roosevelt had a consistent bias for action. He believed in the initiative. He was never comfortable or effective on defense, responding to a state of affairs set by others.

 

Whether it was the construction of the Panama Canal, taking on J.P. Morgan, or any number of other memorable challenges, TR took the risks of action, over the greater (if sometimes less evident) risks of inaction or delay.

 

Whatever I think is right for me to do, I do. I do the things that I believe ought to be done. And when I make up my mind to do a thing, I act.

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Why Every CEO Needs To Pay Attention To Brand

Why Every CEO Needs To Pay Attention To Brand | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

What’s on a typical CEO’s to-do list?

 

Things like long-term planning, personnel decisions, financial performance and personal attention to important clients and prospects might make the short list.

 

What about building and protecting the company’s brand?

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The real key to success is to build a brand and follow through with your brand promise – throughout the company. CEOs that embrace this approach think about their brand at every step of the business.

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LinkedIn Is the New Letter of Recommendation

LinkedIn Is the New Letter of Recommendation | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Due to the universal acceptance of LinkedIn in all matters employment the traditional reference letter has been relegated to the analog dust bin.

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(From the article): The LinkedIn recommendation IS the new reference letter. After a recruiter determines that your resume meets fundamental requirements the next step they take 99.9 percent of the time is to check out your LinkedIn profile. This is a good thing — assuming you have spent quality time on your profile.

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(From the article): The LinkedIn recommendation IS the new reference letter. After a recruiter determines that your resume meets fundamental requirements the next step they take 99.9 percent of the time is to check out your LinkedIn profile. This is a good thing — assuming you have spent quality time on your profile.
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Should Strong Leaders Also Be Great Teachers?

Should Strong Leaders Also Be Great Teachers? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Jack Welch once said: "As a leader, you have to have a teachable point of view." How teaching separates great leaders from good ones.
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(From the article): But you can bring in an experienced teacher to design a curriculum, or coach your managers on how to present material. This is also about reframing what management is. It is ultimately about achieving great things by bringing out the best in other people. Viewed that way, teaching isn’t just a distraction from a manager’s main job. It’s what the job is all about, and is probably worth the time.

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6 Tips to Keep in Mind When Hiring the First Employees

6 Tips to Keep in Mind When Hiring the First Employees | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Beyond running through the usual interview questions, pick up on these clues to find the ideal candidates for the job.
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(From the article): Be clear about what you want. Know the characteristics that you're looking for and detail that in the job requirements. Understand the difference between what you think you want and what the job really needs. The two may not always be synonymous. As an entrepreneur who's hiring employees, put the needs of the job and business ahead of your own personal likes.

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Credibility Is the Foundation Of #Leadership

Credibility Is the Foundation Of #Leadership | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

People are exceedingly clear about the qualities they expect leaders to demonstrate before they will enlist in a common cause and freely commit to action.


Via Fernanda Grimaldi, Ricard Lloria
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(From the article) So what do you have to do to earn and sustain credibility with your constituents? From our analysis of the case studies and empirical data, we identified Six Disciplines of Credibility. 

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Who Are Your Coaches?

Who Are Your Coaches? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

What we often fail to realize is that Coaches can come in all shapes and sizes.

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However, what we often fail to realize is that Coaches can come in all shapes and sizes. From your manager at work to your next door neighbor, the person on the train to your children and family. These are the natural coaches who want nothing more than to see you succeed and do well. They are there to push you when you’re dragging your heels, give you words of encouragement and celebrate your successes. Above all they share your vision and have the belief that you’ll get there. They are the people around you that radiate positive energy and rather than telling you it can’t be done, or just not to try, they spur you on until you've finished.

 

These are the people to have around you – time to start looking for yours.

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What New Team Leaders Should Do First

What New Team Leaders Should Do First | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Your agenda for the first few weeks.

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(From the articles): One of your most important tasks as a team leader is to set ambitious but achievable goals with your team’s input. Make clear what the team is working toward and how you expect it to get there. By setting these goals early on, the group’s decision making will be clearer and more efficient, and you’ll lay the framework of holding team members accountable. Many managers inherit their teams, which often means they aren’t creating new goals, but clarifying existing ones. “It’s actually rare that someone gets to come in and redefine the goals for the group in a profound way,” says Watkins. In those instances, your challenge as a manager is to reorganize roles or rethink strategies to best achieve the goals at hand.

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7 Things You Need to Start Saying No to Today

7 Things You Need to Start Saying No to Today | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Want to be richer, happier and healthier? Start saying no to these things right now, suggests a new book.
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(From the article): Think being being 'me first' is essential to success? Not at all. The genuinely accomplished are almost always motivated by a desire to be of service. So stop thinking ruthlessness underpins success and start saying no to selfishness. Try this trick, Altucher suggests. It might sound morbid, but try to make it your intention for everyday interactions "to treat people as if it were their last day" and see what happens.

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6 Things the Most Productive People Do Every Day

6 Things the Most Productive People Do Every Day | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Don't check email in the morning.
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(From the article): So think a little less about managing the work and a little more about managing your moods.

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The 10 Rules You Need to Communicate Effectively

The 10 Rules You Need to Communicate Effectively | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

In Words That Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear Luntz breaks down the ten main lessons he’s learned from years of crafting political messages; lessons we can all learn from.


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It’s not what you say, it’s what people hear.

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Good communication is so important in all aspects of life.  As the article points out it is not what you say it is what the other person hears which is critical.

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The Importance of TRAINING (John Maxwell)

John C. Maxwell talks about the importance of training for a leader and their team.

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John Maxwell asks a great series of questions to think about today. 

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Why Millennials Are Not Ready to Lead

Why Millennials Are Not Ready to Lead | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Many Millennials are being thrust into Leadership Roles before they're prepared. But Sean Graber & his company Virtuali want to fix that.
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(From the article): Graber shrugs off the idea of cross-generational compatibility issues on his team. He explains, “Our society makes a big deal about generational differences, and certainly there is truth to the fact that generations are different, but what it comes down to more than anything is mindset.” He believes if you’re open, willing to learn, and willing to put yourself in the shoes of someone else it doesn’t matter what generation you’re from, you’re going to be able to work across generational lines. Continuing he says, “I don’t think it’s a question of when you’re born or what experience you have; but rather are you willing to be flexible and empathetic. It’s those skills that allow you to work through any boundary – generational, cultural, linguistic or whatever the case may be.” 

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One question to revolutionize your one-on-one meetings

One question to revolutionize your one-on-one meetings | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
The one-on-one meeting is not always the meeting on the schedule either the leader or the staff member looks forward to most.
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A great question! 

 

(From the article): We define Personal Brilliance this way: “When you’re faced with a situation where you have to come up with, and implement, a great idea…and you can — that’s personal brilliance.”


A little improvement; a huge benefit; implemented by a single individual or a small team — that’s personal brilliance! In other words, innovation is the practical application of creativity into something that makes a difference.

 

With this definition of innovation, the size of the impact of the innovation doesn’t matter. The power of this type of innovation is that it happens habitually — it’s the habit of innovation that matters most.

 

What is the dynamic to the innovative one-on-one meeting?

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Involve Others in Your Personal Evolution

Involve Others in Your Personal Evolution | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
The best way to change how others perceive you is to recruit their help in your improvement
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(From the article): This is a tough one, because it's a lot harder to change people's perceptions of your behavior than it is to change your behavior. That's because people view you in accordance with their existing stereotype. For example, if you think I'm an arrogant jerk, then everything you do, think, or feel about me, will be filtered through that perception. Within this framework, it's almost impossible for me to be perceived by you as improving, no matter how hard I try.

 

But (and this is the case of "But" being a  good word to use, despite me warning you not to use it in a previous column), your odds of being perceived as getting better greatly improve if you tell people you are going to try to change. Suddenly your efforts are on their radar screens.

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5 Essentials To Make Mentoring Worthwhile

5 Essentials To Make Mentoring Worthwhile | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
A good mentor is hard to find. Before trusting someone with your personal and professional goals, consider these characteristics.
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(From the article): Effective mentors are people who have a record of service to their community, organizations or groups they belong to. They see beyond their own needs and have a desire to make their community and the world a better place to live. While others recognize them for their success, they don’t bring this up, and if asked about it, will give credit to others. Others will know them for their unselfishness and desire to give back.

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A checklist for finishing the year strong

A checklist for finishing the year strong | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

It's a good time of year for leaders to refocus on core goals and to seek to reinvigorate employees. How can you finish the year on a strong note?

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A great list to use this week:

 

(From the article): Don’t stop once you’ve worked through these tips. Use them on a quarterly basis to keep on track and provide a regular forum for surfacing issues and initiating incremental improvements. You’ll find that over time the process will become second nature to you and employees.

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Is Being An Accountable Leader Just Common Sense?

Is Being An Accountable Leader Just Common Sense? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Isn’t being accountable just plain common sense?

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(From the article): Being accountable is an important leadership skill, yet one that is often forgotten about or not discussed. Whether we are a team leader, an active team participant or a solo entrepreneur, thinking about what accountability means can redefine how we solve problems and tackle challenges. 

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Why is #Leadership Important? -

Why is #Leadership Important? - | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
We spend a lot of energy and time thinking about leadership. We try to understand it, to put it to work for ourselves. We wonder how people become leaders, whether they are born leaders or are made along the way.

Via Fernanda Grimaldi, Ricard Lloria
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(From the article): Many people believe that the world is divided into those who are leaders and those who are not. I disagree. I believe each of us has the potential to be our own kind of leader. I believe we become leaders by exploring our core values and putting them into practice every day.

 

Leadership is essential to me because it is both personal and practical.

 

Why is leadership important to you?

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The New Rules of the Social Age

The New Rules of the Social Age | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
The Industrial Age has ended. In this guest post, Ted Coine shares 3 rules for leaders to ensure their organization survive, and thrive, in the Social Age.
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(From the article) In the Social Age, it’s all about trust.

Like empowerment, most leaders get this exactly wrong. The trust imperative isn’t about getting others to trust you as a leader: it’s all about trusting your people to show up at work like the mature, responsible adults you hired them to be.

This means tearing up rulebooks, discarding policy manuals, and backing off the stifling metrics Industrial Age management used to make sure no one was stepping out of line.

In the Social Age, there is no line to step out of. In this economy, only the inventive will survive – and only trusted employees have the room they need to invent your future.

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It’s the Social Age now, and it will be for quite some time to come.

Jacob Froelich's curator insight, September 11, 7:01 PM

The history books will be written about the actions and decisions we make today! Exciting!

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, September 14, 10:46 AM

What used to seem very good leadership practices in the Industrial Age was good, or at least efficient. But the Industrial Age is over. And it’s not coming back. It’s the Social Age now, and it will be for quite some time to come.

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12 Ways to Become a More Strategic Manager

12 Ways to Become a More Strategic Manager | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Learn 12 ways to become a more strategic manager.
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(From the article): Here’s 12 ways to learn how to be more strategic, and just as importantly, to be perceived as strategic:

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Do You Have "Lightening Rod" Clarity of Purpose?

Do You Have "Lightening Rod" Clarity of Purpose? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Leaders need to be perfectly clear on where the company is headed.

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(From the article): People respond to a lightning rod message that will give meaning to their work.  The clearer the purpose, the better the results will be.

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Eight Things You Should Do On LinkedIn As Soon As You Get Laid Off

Eight Things You Should Do On LinkedIn As Soon As You Get Laid Off | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

What should you do on LinkedIn after you are laid off. Eight great suggestions!


Via Anita Windisman
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(From the article): Recruiters overwhelmingly say they use LinkedIn. A survey last week from staffing software company Bullhorn, based on information from 260,000 worldwide recruiters, showed that 97% use LinkedIn. But if I’m any gage, I’ve only ever gotten one job inquiry from a hiring manager who found me on LinkedIn and I’ve heard from zero recruiters. I also don’t think the best way to find jobs is through recruiters. It’s through people you know. LinkedIn can help you do that if you use it wisely.

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The six stages of the leadership journey

The six stages of the leadership journey | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Understanding the six stages of the leadership journey is vital when navigating the organisational landscape.

Via Kevin Watson
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(From the article) The role of the leader is to create a climate which will enable others to perform to their full potential.

Three important objectives should be achieved during this stage:

Define what is meant by high performance  Identify what motivates and de-motivates individualsRemove any barriers to high performance that may exist.

The outcomes from each objective should be used to improve the people management skills of leaders and managers. Four key ‘climate’ principles should be built into their day to day interaction with colleagues – achievement, recognition, participation and growth.

Understanding motivation and the link with the climate is vital to sustaining momentum on the journey.

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