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The Need to Care for Character

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“As professional change facilitators, how can we cultivate our character to increase the impact our presence has with clients?”


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(From the article): Many people mistakenly think they can develop character in the same way they might attain new knowledge or better their communication skills. They think they can improve it by simply pushing themselves to greater heights.

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David Hain's curator insight, January 25, 2013 2:39 AM

Couldn't agree more!

 

The “character” (our true nature) we bring into client relationships is the heart of who we really are as change practitioners. It is this essence of our uniqueness, not what is in our bag of intervention tricks, which ultimately determines whether we generate meaningful benefits for clients. However, our interior character needs a voice in order to be expressed to the exterior world; the “presence” we convey is that voice. Even though presence is what we use to interface with clients, the path to optimizing our effectiveness is through evolving our character.

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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 2017.

 
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Great page and thank you for creating it!
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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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Eliminate Your “Authenticity Filters”

Eliminate Your “Authenticity Filters” | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Break the pattern that’s preventing you from being the best version of yourself in the leadership moments that matter.
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Many of us feel at times as if we are impersonating a leader rather than working out what it means to be ourselves in a position of leadership.
 
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How I’ve Learned To Stop Arrogance From Silently Hurting My Career

How I’ve Learned To Stop Arrogance From Silently Hurting My Career | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Those flare-ups of smug self-righteousness are your mind’s attempt to spare you from feeling vulnerable.
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There’s a reason for arrogance, though, especially when it comes to our work: It’s a self-protection mechanism we set up around things we care about–work we’re really proud of or skills we know we bring to the table. But it also blocks our ability to understand and help others, and there’s no way around it: No matter what you do, collaborating, communicating, and finding common ground is crucial to your own success.
 
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Does your company have a "values operating system"?

Does your company have a "values operating system"? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
I interviewed a key leader in a client organization recently. She was tired. Her six-member team has been running shorthanded over the past year. They have three open positions. “Everyone is running hard. The workload just doesn’t let up,” she told me. “We don’t get any recognition for the extra work everyone is doing,” she said. “We feel like cogs in a wheel. No one is paying any attention to us.”
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Employees are not cogs in a wheel. They are the face of your company and the foundation of your organization’s products and services. Treat them well, daily.
 
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May I Have a Word With You

May I Have a Word With You | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Communication matters. While a few words can make someone feel special, words poorly chosen have the power to kill a relationship or tarnish a reputation.
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If you care about your relationships, it’s imperative to understand that words do matter.
 
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Get Your Reality Checked 

Get Your Reality Checked  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Who can hold you toward implementing the needed steps for change? This article sets out that maybe it’s time to get your reality checked.

Via The People Development Network
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However, what are you doing to make necessary changes? Do you have accurate data on which to base decisions? Do you have an objective someone “in your corner,” who can hold you toward implementing the needed steps for change? Maybe it’s time to get your reality checked.
 
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4 Simple Things Every Team Wants From Their Leader

4 Simple Things Every Team Wants From Their Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

While it can be difficult to become a great leader and to achieve great things, practicing great leadership is actually quite easy. There is a tendency to overcomplicate or overthink what leadership is, but actually, leadership can be very simple. I have worked with teams all over the world, from dozens of cultures, and from different generations, Baby Boomers to Millennials, and I have found that if you provide these four simple things your team will appreciate you, follow you, and achieve great results.


Via The Learning Factor, Kevin Watson
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Leadership is a lot more simple than we think. Don't overcomplicate it.
 
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 16, 6:37 PM

Leadership is simple. Don't overcomplicate it.

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The KISS principle.

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Courage: The Defining Characteristic of Great Leaders

Courage: The Defining Characteristic of Great Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Courageous leaders inspire employees, energize customers, and position their companies on the front lines of societal change. Bill George explains why there aren't more of them.

Via Dr. Deborah Brennan, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Ricard Lloria, Roy Sheneman, PhD, Roger Francis
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Courageous leaders inspire employees, energize customers, and position their companies on the front lines of societal change. Bill George explains why there aren't more of them.
 
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7 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Do Before 7 a.m.

7 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Do Before 7 a.m. | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Success always takes time, which is why the most successful people start early.
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Arguably, the most important habit for an entrepreneur is their morning routine. After all, if you start your day off on the wrong foot, how productive, motivated, and focused are you going to be for the rest of the day? To make sure that you start your day off on the right foot, here are seven things that every entrepreneur should before 7 a.m.
 
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12 TED Talks on how to be a great leader

12 TED Talks on how to be a great leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
What makes a great leader? These TED Talks offer surprising, nuanced approaches on how to inspire and empower others to do their very best.

Via Kevin Watson, Roger Francis
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What makes a great leader? These TED Talks offer surprising, nuanced approaches on how to inspire and empower others to do their very best.
 
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Ian Berry's curator insight, May 18, 2:08 AM
I've watch about half of these so I can say most likely this is a good list of TED talks to watch
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Give your people C.R.A.P. if you want great employee retention

Give your people C.R.A.P. if you want great employee retention | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Early in my career, I worked for an incredible general manager that taught me a lot of C.R.A.P. -- caring, respect, appreciation and praise. He also taught me that giving people C.R.A.P. was at the heart of driving employee loyalty and retention.
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This is simple stuff but it is not easy to do for some reason. It takes time and hard work on the part of a leader to give people C.R.A.P. But, if you do it, your people will be loyal, follow you anywhere and want to stay working for you. Giving your people C.R.A.P. will also give you a feeling of accomplishment and the impact on the organization will be something that goes beyond the bottom line. Remember, C.R.A.P. works!
 
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How compassion helps renew your leadership purpose

How compassion helps renew your leadership purpose | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Years ago, when I was a 23-year-old assistant HR manager at a large department store, one of our sales associates suffered a heart attack and died while at work. At the time, I was out of town, attending my grandfather’s funeral. Upon my return to work, my boss, Mary, told me what had happened and carefully gauged my reaction. She was concerned about me suffering two losses in quick succession. When I assured her I was OK, she asked me to check in with Scott, the department manager of the gentleman who had died.
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All humans experience suffering. We can’t expect the pain to conveniently check itself at the door when employees arrive at work. Compassion isn’t the easiest of emotions to display for some, but demonstrating care for a person who’s suffering elevates a person from “manager” to “leader.” 

Who is suffering today, and how will you care for them? How will you renew yourself through compassion?
 
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How to Improve Your Decision Making Ability

How to Improve Your Decision Making Ability | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Want to know the secret to improving your decision making skills? It's easier than you think. 


Via Daniel Watson, Roger Francis
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The more mental models we can refer to, the more likelihood of us improving our decision making skills. We’ve given you our top 7, and we’d love for you to share any mental models that you’ve used to make better decisions.
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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 13, 8:21 AM

Formulaic thinking can appear simple yet actually doing it relies on discipline and action.  What do you think?

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Leadership IS personal

Leadership IS personal | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
You can’t be a different person outside of work than you are at work – at least not sustainably. Be mindful of the biggest things that can impact how you show up at work:
 
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You can’t separate your ability to lead at your best from your personal life. Leadership IS personal. What’s missing in your personal life will show up in some way in your work life. What do you need to change in order for you to be the leader you want to be and others deserve you to be?
 
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How I Discovered The Values That Led Me To Leadership Success 

How I Discovered The Values That Led Me To Leadership Success  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
My personal story of how I discovered, and then fully absorbed, the values that guided me towards leadership success
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But the big questions were – what are the values we want to express, and how many should there be? I decided to do a little field reconnaissance to help figure it out – and I could think of no better place to start than one of my little “works in progress”, Alamosa, Colorado. It had a lot to offer my brain, heart, and taste buds.
 
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How You Spend The Last 20 Minutes of Your Work Day Today Can Set Your Mood For Tomorrow

How You Spend The Last 20 Minutes of Your Work Day Today Can Set Your Mood For Tomorrow | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Every day, before leaving the office, save a few minutes to process the day. Look at your calendar and compare what you should have done and what actually happened. If you make it a habit to spend a…

Via Bobby Dillard, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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Leave the office on a positive note and your next working day will be incredibly amazing.
 
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9 Super Simple Ways You Can Practice Emotional Intelligence Every Day

9 Super Simple Ways You Can Practice Emotional Intelligence Every Day | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
You'll need it. By the year 2020, expect emotional intelligence to be one of the top 10 job skills.
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How Do You Actually Practice Emotional Intelligence?
 
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Begoña Pabón's curator insight, May 24, 12:38 PM
Una de las competencias mas valoradas en cualquier posicion de cara al 2020 será la Inteligencia Emocional. Descubre 9 simples formas de ponerla en practica diariamente.
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How thinking like a magician can help you get ahead at work

How thinking like a magician can help you get ahead at work | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Getting ready to do something great isn’t always easy, but it is more important than you might realize. Smart leaders, like magicians, know there’s a science to preparation. The process of proactivity starts with envisioning the effect you ultimately want to achieve. A can’t-lose business deal, or the magical illusion that will launch your career? The more important your objective is to you, the more important it is that you load up carefully. For critical events, I actually go to such extremes of preparation that my acts sometimes fool other magicians, who can’t imagine that I’d prepare more than they do.

Consider the goals that matter most in your career and personal life, and ask yourself how you can best prepare to reach those objectives. What do you need to learn to put yourself at the top of your game? What skills will give you the greatest advantage? What could be added to your repertoire to help you jump the gap between your particular audience’s expectations and a triumphal performance?

Via David Hain
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Preparation is the key trick used by magicians — and it can help you conjure big wow moments, too, says David Kwong.
 
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David Hain's curator insight, May 21, 6:39 AM

Leadership meets Harry Houdini - the result is a useful set of insights!

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 21, 8:05 AM

I agree with this concept to a degree but I can also see where companies could try to use this to manipulate. I am all about being observant, proactive, and transparent whereas magic is often more about misdirection or diversion.

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20 Powerful Ways That Will Lead Your Team to Greatness

20 Powerful Ways That Will Lead Your Team to Greatness | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
You achieve greatness when you tap into the potential of your team.
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Building a great team means building a personal relationship with each member of your team. It doesn't have to be a close friendship, but a recognition of people as fully developed human beings and not just team members who get the job done. Make sure you spend some time getting to know them, show them that you genuinely care about them and have their best interests in mind. When you return, you'll have a team that's ready to unleash their greatness.
 
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'The Leading Brain': The Science of Achieving Peak Performance

'The Leading Brain': The Science of Achieving Peak Performance | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A new book combines science with management techniques to offer strategies for peak performance.
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There is one thing that determines the highest performance, and that is psychological safety.
 
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Tom Wojick's curator insight, May 17, 7:32 PM

To achieve to peak performance develop your emotional intelligence.

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What Leaders Can Learn From Farmers

What Leaders Can Learn From Farmers | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
There are lessons for leaders in every part of the farming process. Looking at how to correlate farming and leadership.
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You are not a leader only because of your knowledge or skill. You also have others to bring along with you, so they grow and blossom to support the goals of the organization. Be sure you don’t take for granted what it takes to grow great employees. If necessary, create your own development plan so you will become a superior grower. By the way, farmers who grow seasonal crops don’t take it easy in the autumn and winter. What do you do after the harvest to prepare for the next round?
 
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10 Solutions for Building Trust in Your Team

10 Solutions for Building Trust in Your Team | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Here are the top 10 indicators that your team may not fully trust you yet, and what you can do to address that.

Via Kevin Watson
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Here are the top 10 indicators that your team may not fully trust you yet, and what you can do to address that:
 
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5 'hallelujah!' ideas to renew your leadership

5 'hallelujah!' ideas to renew your leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

It’s been a vintage year for the CMI Management Book of the Year awards, which surface breakthrough thinking. Here are choice extracts of the past year’s most startling ideas


Via Roger Francis, Kevin Watson
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Humility helps you to demonstrate your intention of working with the other party, rather than against them, to create a mutually beneficial relationship. It is your humility that will allow the other party to “win” the argument as they concentrate on the climate and maximising the total value of the deal from their perspective.
 
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Nuevas ideas para mejorar y fortalecer tu liderazgo.
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3 Practices To Become A Great Listener

3 Practices To Become A Great Listener | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Ineffective listening can lead to damaged relationships, inefficient use of time and energy, and silos between key people in an organization. Here's how to improve your listening skills - fast!
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Safety, belonging, and mattering are essential to your brain and your ability to perform at work, at home, and in life overall. In every communication, we are subconsciously reinforcing or reaching out for more safety, belonging, and mattering. So the net-net is to truly be a great listener we attempt to step into what it’s like to be the other person. Try the three above steps and you’ll find your interactions will be more fun and more fulfilling too! 
 
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If You Want to Be Happy at Work, Have a Life Outside of It

If You Want to Be Happy at Work, Have a Life Outside of It | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Having the time and money to afford leisure affects your job satisfaction.
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The bottom line: Satisfaction at work is influenced by factors such as benefits, pay, relationships, and commute length. But all of this boils down to two things being important, regardless of your circumstances: (1) having a life outside of work, and (2) having the money to afford it. If you have a job that grants you both of these, you might be happier than you realize.
 
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 11, 9:15 AM
Happiness is something that flows back and forth through lives. When I was happy at home and school, it meant things flowed for me and others. When I was unhappy, I had to work harder to keep it "bottled up," something that is not healthy.
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9 TED Talks about improving through practice

9 TED Talks about improving through practice | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
These talks drive home the many different ways to get better at what you care about.

Via Ariana Amorim, Kevin Watson
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These talks drive home the many different ways to get better at what you care about.
 
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