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Stop Being Comfortable & Start Being Motivated

Stop Being Comfortable & Start Being Motivated | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Like most, you probably don’t like new things that you can’t control.

You prefer to be in your comfort zone.

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(From the article): As we head into the New Year, ask yourself, “Am I too comfortable?”

 

Ask, “What do I want to accomplish?”

 

Then, make a decision to leave your comfort zone.

 

Don’t sit there any longer.

 

Don’t settle anymore.

 

And of course, don’t be comfortable.

 

What do you need to leave your comfort zone to achieve?

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:38 AM

fantastic scoop, thanks Dan!

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, February 5, 2013 6:55 AM

Excellent perspective...time to move and capture our future!

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 5, 2013 4:01 PM

change=growth

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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 4:55 AM
Done it Don, thanks for sharing great content
Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's comment, August 15, 2013 4:49 AM
Thank you ....just liked the page Don. Love the elephants :)
Joe Boutte's comment, April 5, 4:40 AM
Great page and thank you for creating it!
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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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donhornsby's curator insight, September 11, 11:19 AM

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

Jacob Froelich's curator insight, September 11, 4:01 PM

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

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, September 14, 7:46 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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5 Ways to be a Leader, Not a Manager

5 Ways to be a Leader, Not a Manager | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered about the difference between a manager and a leader? 

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(From the article): “It’s very easy to praise somebody. It’s easy to give somebody a raise or a good review.” It can be much harder, however, to have the tough conversations.

While admitting that this might sound like a harsh thing to say, Jennifer pointed out that not everyone does an outstanding job all the time. “You’ve got to tell them, and then you’ve got to move on,” she acknowledged.

The Takeaway

Her parting words for the group were filled with encouragement to strive to be a leader and not just a manager. “Learn to inspire and motivate as opposed to dictate,” she said in closing. “At the end of the day, good leaders often don’t do the work but they make you feel like they did.”

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 5, 9:36 AM

Having experienced the overwhelming pace in School, I think that we lose our way and it becomes easier to manage than lead.

 

I just spent time listening to person who struggles with processing information. It is hard work to listen carefully, not for answers, but just to listen. This makes leading hard work. I could have managed the situation by finishing sentences, which I occasionally did. Listening to children, employees, co-workers, etc. is hard work when we just listen.

 

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Making Better Decisions

Making Better Decisions | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Mark Miller, Chick-Fil-A leader, shows us how we can make better decisions within our lives. Do you want to make better decisions? This is for you!
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(From the article): Learn from the past – Have you ever done an analysis of your decision-making? How’s your batting average? How often do you get it right? How often do you miss the mark? What patterns exist? Do you make better decisions when others are involved? How often do you follow your instincts – your gut? What have others done? What has worked in the past?

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7 Ways to Build Trust When Your New Team is Skeptical

7 Ways to Build Trust When Your New Team is Skeptical | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

You've got a long track record of leading well. You just wish your new team would talk to your last team. 

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(From the article): Prove They Matter

Show them you’ve got their backs. Take a bullet or two. Give them the credit. The team needs to know you care about them and their careers at least as much as you care about your own. First impressions matter, for you and for them. Don’t judge their early skeptical behavior, or assume they’re disengaged or don’t care. If they sense your frustration, that will only increase their defensive stance. Investing deeply at the beginning will create the strong foundation you need for long-term, breakthrough results.

 

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What makes a great question? Four things!

What makes a great question?  Four  things! | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

To inspire others, managers need to stop directing and start leading. What can managers do differently? It’s simple.  Start by asking great questions. The creative process starts when there’s a void: silence instead of music, a blank canvas, or a great question left hanging in the air. 

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What makes a great question?  Four  things:A great question is a question that matters. The person asking truly wants an answer.A great question is neutral. The answer isn’t included in the question.A great question leads to results rather than reflection.A great question is not burdened by opinion or personality.

Ask the right questions, and only the right questions, at the right time. When you do that, you clear the way for your direct report’s self-discovery.

 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 4, 7:49 AM

Great questions also include more great questions. They do call for reflection. Although opinion is not the right word, we bring our prejudices with us. Gadamer proposed we want to know that in advance and be aware of the influence they have on our questions. After all, we embody cultural and historical ways of thinking.

 

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Anne-Laure Delpech's curator insight, September 4, 9:34 AM

En français, les 4 règles sont : 

1. Une excellente question est une question importante. La personne qui la pose veut vraiment une réponse.

2. Une excellente question est neutre. La réponse n'est pas inclue dans la question

3. Une excellente question provoque des résultats plutôt que des réflexions.

4. Une excellente question ne concerne pas votre personne. 

Ian Berry's curator insight, September 4, 3:56 PM

Excellent 4 tips. Great leaders ask great questions. Poor leaders only have answers.

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The Power of Your Network is the "Ask" - Blog

The Power of Your Network is the "Ask" - Blog | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
One of the biggest assets in anyone’s life is a generous network. It is a gift that grows simply by sharing it. Think of it as the Law of Accelerating Returns — the more you share your network, the more people share it in return and the more the rate of sharing accelerates. For me, my network has literally and figuratively been a source of survival. For most of us, networks have played a critical role in our lives, whether we realize it or not.
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(From the article): When we don’t use the “Power of the Ask” we are in essence saying “no” before the question has even been asked — saying no to opportunities that change our businesses, our organizations, ourselves…and actual lives. So even if it feels uncomfortable, look for even just a small way can you use the “Power of the Ask” in your network — for someone you work for, with or manage. Make this your year of the Law of Accelerating Returns.

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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.

Via Roger Francis
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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.


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

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, September 11, 7:04 PM

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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Millennials spark creativity in the workplace

Millennials spark creativity in the workplace | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Millennials are representatives of the new American Dream and often come up with new ideas.

Via Creativity For Life
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(From the article): Senior-level employees are sometimes wary of hiring overly creative or big-idea types. Insecurities creep up as long-term employees are made to feel obsolete or replaceable by the potential new hire. Instead, hire that dreamer and take it as an opportunity to learn from millennials and their “dream big” mentalities. It is refreshing, particularly in a creative environment, to have a steady stream of new ideas. This is something your clients will especially love.

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Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, September 9, 8:52 AM

We can learn a lot from our millennials as they have a lot to teach us.

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Getting Started with Task Management

Getting Started with Task Management | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

It’s easy to get lost on a rabbit trail of new apps. Find apps that meld with your workflow and stick with them. It’s the process that matters, not the tool.

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It’s easy to be overwhelmed with the idea of tracking all of your tasks. Don’t be. It can be really simple. I just make my system really complex because I’m weird and like to spend hours trying to save a click or two. It can be as simple as a few notepads in a kitchen cupboard. Find a system that works for you and you’ll enjoy using.

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Five Ways to Use LinkedIn as an Employee Engagement Tool

Five Ways to Use LinkedIn as an Employee Engagement Tool | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
This post is the first in a series on social media tools and their applicability to employee engagement – an area that many companies are still trying to figure out and one that has tremendous power.

Via Rami Kantari
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When designing a comprehensive employee engagement campaign, think about the following opportunities that LinkedIn presents:

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Achieve a Good Day’s Work with the Rule of 3

Achieve a Good Day’s Work with the Rule of 3 | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

To avoid feeling overwhelmed by your tasks, and subsequently underwhelmed by your perceived lack of progress, J.D. Meier suggests that you only bite off three things you can accomplish each day

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(From the article): Start your day with The Rule of 3. Know the minimum you want for the day – simply identify three results. These are your “tests for success.” It’s your chance to define your success, and you get a clean slate each day…Remember that these three outcomes aren't tasks. You might have lots of tasks that roll up to these three outcomes, but these are three results your want for the day.

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It Takes Great Insight To Choose What Is Right

It Takes Great Insight To Choose What Is Right | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
As leaders we are always choosing. Choose carefully; choose with insight and make it right.
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(From the article): As leaders we are always choosing and the choices we make may come from the idea that we must have the best job, the most prestigious title, the newest technology.

But in reality our deepest pleasures almost always come from the simplest source and life is asking us to choose – to choose with great insight because when we do we make it right.

 

So what do you choose?

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Teaming Up To Become A Thought Leader

Teaming Up To Become A Thought Leader | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

As becoming a thought leader can dramatically, positively transform your practice it might mean you need to team up with another professional to lower the barriers to entry and help make it a reality. 

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(From the article): Becoming a thought leader is an exceptionally powerful way for professionals to build a substantial high-net-worth business. However, the effort and resources required to become a thought leader can be considerable. Consequently, there’s always the option of teaming up. Increasingly professionals in different fields are cooperating with each other in order to become thought leaders focused on the affluent and centers of influence.


This situation neatly exemplifies the benefits of this approach: a property and casualty agent formed a joint venture with a security specialist to provide thought leadership to their communities on the protection of primary and vacation homes. They ran seminars for a number of audiences, such as real estate brokers, who in turn provided them with access to wealthy homeowners. This arrangement proved very successful in garnering new affluent clients for both of them.

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