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Six Common Misperceptions about Teamwork

Six Common Misperceptions about Teamwork | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Teamwork and collaboration are critical to mission achievement in any organization that has to respond quickly to changing circumstances.

A number of mistaken beliefs about teamwork can sidetrack productive collaboration.


Via Karen Rockhold, Mary Perfitt-Nelson, David Hain, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, Fabrice De Zanet
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(From the article):The hands-on activities of group leaders do make a difference. But the most powerful thing a leader can do to foster effective collaboration is to create conditions that help members competently manage themselves. The second most powerful thing is to launch the team well. And then, third, is the hands-on teaching and coaching that leaders do after the work is underway. Our research suggests that condition-creating accounts for about 60% of the variation in how well a team eventually performs; that the quality of the team launch accounts for another 30%; and that real-time coaching accounts for only about 10%. Leaders are indeed important in collaborative work, but not in the ways we usually think.

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Teamwork is a frustrating as it is rewarding.  Here are a few insights about how to make the most out of collaboration.  

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My favorite quote: "Conflict, when well managed and focused on a team's objectives, can generate more creative solutions than one sees in conflict-free groups."  All too often conflict is avoided maybe because it is poorly managed but if it's focused on team's goal or mission can be most beneficial.

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Serving and Leadership on Facebook!

Serving and Leadership on Facebook! | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Articles and Ideas relating to leadership, serving, and culture.
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I have established a companion page to this curation effort on Facebook.  Could you drop by today and 'like' the page?  

The plans include a new blog debuting in 2015.

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Anne Egros's comment, April 23, 2013 7:55 AM
Done it Don, thanks for sharing great content
Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's comment, August 15, 2013 7:49 AM
Thank you ....just liked the page Don. Love the elephants :)
Joe Boutte's comment, April 5, 2014 7:40 AM
Great page and thank you for creating it!
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5 Simple Ways To Appreciate Employees

5 Simple Ways To Appreciate Employees | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Appreciating your employees is an important part of engagement, because it lets them know that you notice all the hard work they’re doing. You don’t even need to spend any money in order to appre…

Via Stefano Principato, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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(From the article): Create Opportunities For Growth

This is more about showing them that you care about them than anything. If you show a genuine interest in helping them grow as people, that will make them feel appreciated and they’ll work harder for you.

 

If there is a skill that you know interests them, help them learn it, and even have the company subsidize any training lessons if necessary, but chances are you can find a free course online.



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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, January 30, 8:40 AM

Here is a neat way to apply Maslow's theory of motivation to our everyday life...I love it when research can be applied to real life situations. 

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The Key to Living a Longer Life (Hint: It's Not Diet or Exercise!)

The Key to Living a Longer Life (Hint: It's Not Diet or Exercise!) | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Living a longer, healthier life may require a dimension you dont expect.
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Turns out the key to living longer is feeling that your life has purpose and meaning.

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13 Things Successful People Do In The First 10 Minutes Of The Workday

13 Things Successful People Do In The First 10 Minutes Of The Workday | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Those first 10 minutes are more important than you'd think. Here's how to start your workday off right.
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This is a wonderful list to review in order to begin the day on the right foot.

 

(From the article): Taylor says all successful people take advantage of the first few minutes of their workday to get grounded and focused. "Once you've adopted the right mindset and routine for success, the rest of the day flows much more smoothly."


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Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, January 29, 8:32 AM

Centering yourself and being fully present will help make sure you manage the day ahead, rather than allowing it to manage you.

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AVAILABILITY: A Key Leadership Trait

Why is availability a key trait for leaders? 

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To be withdrawn and be unavailable means that they can be a resource to help and add value to others. A key trait.

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Putting leadership under the magnifying glass

Putting leadership under the magnifying glass | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Let's start recognising just how important self-awareness is.
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(from the article): In order to meet this challenge leadership development needs to be focussed more on improving self-awareness and interpersonal skills. Leadership development also needs to filter down through organisations using a common and simple language in order that managers at all levels can develop the personal skills to work effectively together as leaders and help their people to thrive.

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Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, January 27, 9:22 AM

With personal awareness, comes personal leadership.  All other leadership qualities, flow from there.

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Should Mission Statements Be Mission Questions?

Should Mission Statements Be Mission Questions? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Whether or not the mission statement is phrased as a question, it should be subject to constant questioning:

 

Does it still make sense today?


Are we, as a company, still living up to it (if we ever did)?


Is the mission growing and pulling us forward?


And lastly, Are we all on this mission together?

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(From the article): Whether mission questions come from throughout the ranks or are posed by leaders themselves, the point is to keep asking, What are we doing? Why are we doing it? How might we do it better? As Shaich says, “Figuring out what you want to accomplish is a continual search— and questions are the means to the search.” 

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5 Ways to Gauge Commitment Level

5 Ways to Gauge Commitment Level | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Whether it’s a New Years Goal, a business plan or a relationship, when someone makes a commitment there are 5 ways to tell if they’re really all-in.

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(From the article): Whatever it takes....This is a sure sign someone is really all-in committed. They are willing to do whatever it takes and don’t even consider the alternative. They’re willing to take on discomfort, challenges, and even pain if needed to honor their commitment. They just keep moving forward.

 

To what or whom have you made a commitment? Are you all-in? If so, I guarantee you will see the desired results you’re after.

Each day is a culmination of all your yesterdays.

Each day, choose one thing you can do to honor your commitment and stick with it!

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What are your working hours?

What are your working hours? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What are your working hours? When do you work, and when do you rest?

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(From the Article): We live in a time of amazing possibilities. We can work with people around the world, people we would never meet without technology. We can talk, share, and work together across vast distances.

 

As we grasp the benefits that give us more opportunities to work, we lose sight of the benefits of rest.

 

As our capacity to connect grows, we are responsible to protect what seems to be evaporating. What seemed natural in the past now needs to be preserved.

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How to Write a Business Plan

How to Write a Business Plan | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

When preparation of a business plan is at the top of the SBA list of the ten steps to starting a business, it tells you something about how important the experts consider it to be. Planning a business and writing a business plan is more than just having a location picked and a product or service to sell. 


Via Daniel Watson, Roger Francis
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Financing, marketing strategy and future growth all require a well-researched and thought out business plan.

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Bartolomeu Fonseca's curator insight, January 23, 7:21 AM

A wonderful Business plan lesson....Congrats!

Tiffany Crosby's curator insight, January 23, 10:57 AM

Here's a comprehensive but palatable guide to writing a business plan. You will find links to examples and additional information. It's worth a read if you want to start a business. However, I wouldn't recommend developing a business plan in a vacuum, if you've never tried to do one before. Since this is one of the most important foundational steps you can take, it's worth investing the time in a coach that can challenge your thinking.  

Tammy Hunt's curator insight, January 25, 11:02 AM

No business should ever begin without a solid plan as it's foundation.

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7 Powerful Things Successful People Do At The End Of Each Day

7 Powerful Things Successful People Do At The End Of Each Day | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Learn the habits of successful people that made them into the men and women they are today.
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(From the article): There are a lot of habits successful people follow, either naturally or through sheer discipline, that help make them successful. If you use the same tactics, you might be able to reap rewards similar to what they’ve achieved. Here are 7 powerful things successful people do at the end of every day.

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What to expect if you want to reinvent yourself

What to expect if you want to reinvent yourself | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
There’s definitely a science and an art to taking yourself to the next level.
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(From the article): There’s definitely a science and an art to taking yourself to the next level. And while each person and his or her circumstances are different, there are some common elements that everyone could benefit from. So, if you want to reinvent yourself you need to know what to expect and how to deal with it. You need to:...

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. #Top 100 #Leadership #Experts to #Follow on #Twitter

. #Top 100 #Leadership #Experts to #Follow on #Twitter | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
This is a list of the top 100 recommended leadership experts to follow on Twitter for January 2015.

Via Rami Kantari
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What Do Employees Really Want?

What Do Employees Really Want? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. 

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(From the article): Demonstrate genuine interest and concern for your employees as individuals. Show them that you care about them on a personal level, not just as an employee. Make sure they can see that you are looking out for their best interests before your own. Engage them in meaningful work that they find interesting and rewarding. Giving employees what they really want using I.C.E. is a simple step that will provide lasting reward.

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Do You Have a Blah, Blah, Blah Vision or a DRIVING Vision?

Do You Have a Blah, Blah, Blah Vision or a DRIVING Vision? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Is your vision simply decorating the wall? Here are the 7 characteristics of a DRIVING vision - a vision that will steer you in the right direction.
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Key statement: A DRIVING vision is a clearly-articulated, results-oriented picture of a future you intend to create. It is a dream with direction.

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Are You a Manager or a Leader?

Are You a Manager or a Leader? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Contemplate the difference between these two terms. The nuance in meaning points to an important quality for successful enterpreneurs.

Via Adrian Bertolini, Roger Francis
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Do you know the difference between being a manager or being a leader? It's important to know your role in your organization before you can move forward to make a difference.

 

(From the article): Leaders approach things from a different viewpoint, one in which the assumption is that they don't have all the answers and the best way to find the best answers is through collaboration with others on the team.

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, January 29, 6:54 PM

Excellent summary - supports the work we are doing to develop leadership within schools!

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How to Take Your Pitch From Good to Great

How to Take Your Pitch From Good to Great | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It may not be what you say that matters, but how you say it. Here's some advice to help you bridge the gap between success and failure.
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(From the article): So what does this mean for you as an entrepreneur trying to raise money? First, it means that your content must be equal to (or distinct from) that of the best of your competition. Second, it means that before you walk into the room, you need to navel gaze, or do whatever floats your boat, to achieve a positive inner state.

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Clutter is Killing Your Creativity

Clutter is Killing Your Creativity | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Why a messy desk isn’t as artistic as you think
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This process of cleaning up your message is not intuitive for most people. But it is important, an essential discipline for anyone with something to say. And if you don’t know where to begin, start here:

 

Reclaim your inbox. Throw away magazines and newspapers you have no intention of reading. Clean up your email, getting it down to a manageable amount (zero, if you can).Clean up your desk. Again, throw away stuff you haven’t used in months.Find a clean space to create. This is different for everyone, but it needs to not stress you out.Limit distractions. Turn off email, phone, and social media tools. Force yourself to focus on one thing at a time.Start creating clutter-free messages. Remember: less is more. Use restrictions to be more creative.Repeat this for the rest of your life.
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Take Care of the Little Things And The Big Things Will Take Care Of Itself

Take Care of the Little Things And The Big Things Will Take Care Of Itself | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
As leaders if we take care of the small things with excellence then we will have accomplished the big things with success.
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Take care of the little things and the big things will be taken care with ease.

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Five Routines for Growing Leaders

Five Routines for Growing Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

There is comfort in rituals, and rituals provide a framework for stability when you are trying to find answers. – Deborah Norville

 

Insights into the routines of these creative people prompted me to think about the necessary disciplines for growing leaders. Your growth as a leader is not a passive and disengaged process. Not if you want to grow.

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(From the article): Growing leaders are connected leaders. It’s through the growth and development of your personal and professional relationships that you mature. Being connected gives you a sense of community but it also runs deeper. It's when you are able to let your guard down, take your mask off and be vulnerable, that you can truly see growth as a leader. Are you a detached leader? If so, then get connected- your growth depends on it.

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3 ways Steve Jobs made meetings productive

3 ways Steve Jobs made meetings productive | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
With American businesses losing an estimated $37 billion a year due to meeting mistakes, Drake Baer explains how Steve Jobs made his meetings productive.

Via Kevin Watson
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Excellent list to consider!  

 

(From the article): Every Wednesday afternoon, he had an agenda-less meeting with his marketing and advertising team.

 

Slideshows were banned because Jobs wanted his team to debate passionately and think critically, all without leaning on technology.

“I hate the way people use slide presentations instead of thinking,” Jobs told Isaacson. “People would confront a problem by creating a presentation. I wanted them to engage, to hash things out at the table, rather than show a bunch of slides. People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.”

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What makes a good business leader?

What makes a good business leader? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Humility, doubt and the ability to make mistakes.
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(From the article): "Showing vulnerability sometimes as a CEO is not a bad thing, but it's not always easy… CEOs don't like to be vulnerable, and show their weaknesses. Actually for me, it's something I have to really think about and really force myself to do."

 

Establishing exactly how you do that is tricky. It's possible to try too hard.

 

"The worst thing you can do is go on an authenticity course", says Mr Morris.

 

"You need to be consistent with your values, your purpose, with what you want to do and why."

 

Mr Morris says the power of social media means that it's impossible to switch off and dealing with that required much more subtlety than in the past.

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3 Ways to Lose a Job Before You Get It

3 Ways to Lose a Job Before You Get It | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

When it comes to landing a new job or a big promotion, follow up can be almost as important as the interview itself.

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(From the article): Well-written, thoughtful follow up letters and emails show a lot about your character and can put you over the top. The key is not just to write the note, but also to write a GREAT note. Here are three things that can help you avoid an embarrassing situation. Take your time; I’ve seen enough things go wrong when people rush.

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Looking for a job? Ditch the resume tips and open a marketing book

Looking for a job? Ditch the resume tips and open a marketing book | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
To succeed in the job search, consider thinking like a marketer.
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(From the article): Marketing is all about getting to the next round. You have to advance to the interview phase if you want a shot at closing the deal. If you rely on your application materials to win over an employer, you probably won’t impress the companies you’re after. Don’t be a depressing statistic — stop thinking like an applicant, and start thinking like a marketer.

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How Do You Get People to Work Harder? Just Turn Them Loose

How Do You Get People to Work Harder? Just Turn Them Loose | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Here’s a fundamental question: How do you get people to work? Answering fundamentally, you form a contract with them consisting of a set amount of compensation and benefits in return for an equally set amount of work.

 

Less fundamental and more important (or at least more interesting) is this question – How do you get people to work harder on what matters most to you?


Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): As a leader, you do hold unique responsibility for ensuring there are opportunities for such exposure, for those on your team to work closely with others. But then, turn your people loose. Let them explore ways they can contribute differently within their own team and across departments or groups.

 

That’s how you break down silos, but it’s also how you give people the three hallmarks of engagement espoused by Dan Pink in Drive – autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

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Top 8 Ways to Disrupt Your Own Routine

Top 8 Ways to Disrupt Your Own Routine | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Here are some no-cost, easy ways to violently disrupt your daily grind and gently expand your own awareness.
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We all need help to change from destructive habits to new ways of behavior. Here are some nice suggestions on how to do just that...

 

(From the article): Try any of these daily disruptors for a week and see if you can detect any lasting change in your mood or your behavior. Then leave a comment detailing your results.

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