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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.  

Rachelle Wooten's curator insight, February 5, 2013 10:07 AM

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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How Leadership Styles Dictate Potential Success

How Leadership Styles Dictate Potential Success | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
When your boss is worse than an Egyptian slave master, how do you respond? Will he/she be successful? Read here for more information on leadership.
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Does the authoritarian type of leadership work for you and your team now?  Maybe.


But is it sustainable for any length of time? Absolutely not!

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5 Habits Of People Who Always Get Promoted

5 Habits Of People Who Always Get Promoted | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Some employees just seem to be ahead of the curve and reap the rewards. Here's how to be that person.
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(From the article): THEY MAKE SPACE FOR BIGGER THINKING

Keeping some open time in the day, such as scheduling time between meetings and blocks of time for simply thinking or working on projects that require concentration, can also supercharge performance, Halpin says. Super-employees are vigilant about scheduling everything from daily meetings to big projects to ensure that they have the best possible chance at a successful outcome.

 

"Sometimes, it’s just very practical actions—getting to places early, not rushing from meeting to meeting if you can help it—to give yourself time to do what you need to do. That may be thinking about the purpose of your next meeting, or getting a snack or drink so you’re not hungry or thirsty," she says. Being harried, distracted, hungry, or otherwise uncomfortable because you’re too rushed is not going to allow you to do your best work and be most insightful, she adds.

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5 Ways to Ignite Your Summer Leadership Fitness

5 Ways to Ignite Your Summer Leadership Fitness | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
If you're like me, you think more about getting fit when the days start to require less clothes. What if you also used summertime as a time to pay a bit more attention to your leadership fitness? S...
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(From the article): How many times have you seen someone go to a leadership training, come back all fired up, and then go right back to their old habits a few days later? Pick one or two leadership behaviors you want to improve, and practice them consistently every day. This could be something as simple as “I’m going to ask more strategic questions to get my team thinking.” Or, “I’m going to wait until others have had a chance to speak in meetings until I chime in.” 

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Five habits for successful leadership

Five habits for successful leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The good news is that anyone can learn how to become a successful leader. Here are five good habits to cultivate starting today.


Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): Leadership is noticing talent, nurturing and developing it, demonstrating that efforts to work hard will not go unnoticed, leading from the front, motivating and inspiring, creating a vision and striving for it as a united team. No-one said being a leader was easy, but it can certainly be rewarding. So whether you are new to being a leader, or more experienced, try cultivating the five habits of leadership in your working week, you team will thank you for it.

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These habits would be the bare basics of good leadership. Start with these and then build on it with other leadership traits to be developed.

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How Healthy is Your Leadership?

How Healthy is Your Leadership? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Everyone wants to be healthy. Even when we might appreciate the extra rest and the attention, no one wants to get sick. We want healthy bodies and healthy minds, healthy emotions and healthy finances. We have apps to monitor ourselves and tell us how healthy we are. Many of us work hard to develop good habits …

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(From the article): We all want our leadership to be as healthy as possible. None of us wants to miss any time from work this summer.

 

How is your leadership feeling?

 

When is the last time you had your leadership health checked?

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How Does Struggle Shape Us as Leaders?

How Does Struggle Shape Us as Leaders? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

On the journey to ethical leadership, we all struggle. This struggle is often seen as negative – something that pulls us down and keeps us from succeeding. But what if we looked at it another way? 

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(From the article): We choose our response to the struggle. If we choose a GROWTH mindset, we see struggle as a natural part of our leadership journey. The growth mindset most closely matches the difficult long-term process of human growth that is a critical part of good leadership.


While it may feel like climbing straight up a steep cliff, growth is necessary for good leadership. 


How does this struggle shape us? It helps us develop the capacity to handle increasingly difficult challenges. It helps us stay open to new possibilities. It helps us become the best possible version of ourselves.


Choose to take on this journey, the struggle for growth that helps us become authentic leaders.

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Getting employees to take accountability

Getting employees to take accountability | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Accountability became a management fad in the early 2000s. Unfortunately, in most organizations, accountability has become a hollow and empty slogan that evokes cynicism and sarcasm.

Via Richard Andrews
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(From the article): Any strategy or plan is only as good as people’s relationship with it. When you create a genuine environment of accountability it compels people at all levels to establish a powerful relationship to their company or team’s strategy or plan.


In the words of Margaret Mead: “Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

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A Lesson On Bringing Out The Best In Those You Lead

A Lesson On Bringing Out The Best In Those You Lead | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A lesson on how leaders can bring out the best in those they lead from one leader who achieved this through the most simple of gestures.
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(From the article): Dan understood that a leader’s job is to create an environment where people know they matter and deserve to be heard . That’s why in those impromptu meetings I had with Dan, he always made me feel welcomed and that he appreciated hearing from me. Knowing that he counted on me to bring my best to the work I did drove me to push myself because I knew I was doing work that mattered.

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When Teams Collide, Send for the Glue that Mends: Strong Leadership

When Teams Collide, Send for the Glue that Mends: Strong Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
What does it take and what is the difference in winning teams and winning team leadership?
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(From the article): While there are different kinds of teams and different kinds of team challenges, the goals are usually the same – to win! Whether it’s gaining a new client, coming in first place in a company team challenge, or proving worthy of new venture capital – it’s all about winning.

 

So what does it take and what is the difference in winning teams and winning team leadership?

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The Best Way to Hire from Inside Your Company

The Best Way to Hire from Inside Your Company | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Research shows that formal postings can trump other methods.
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(From the article): Why does posting lead managers to make better internal hiring decisions? For starters, even the most connected managers in large organizations cannot be expected to know about every potential candidate for an open job. By enabling employees outside a hiring manager’s personal network to present their qualifications, the posting process reduces the likelihood an exceptional candidate will be overlooked.

 

In addition, while hiring managers do possess more information on candidates in their personal network, access to information alone is not enough to ensure a good decision; managers must still select which information to use and which information to ignore. Work by Max Bazerman and Dolly Chugh on the concept of “bounded awareness” has identified two common decision-making errors related to managers’ use of information. First, managers often overlook information that could improve their decision-making. The mechanics of posting require a manager to create a formal job description, which in turn establishes a set of criteria against which to evaluate potential candidates, whereas sponsorship lets managers informally mold the job requirements around their preferred candidate rather than evaluating the candidate against the requirements of the job. Having a set of formal evaluation criteria increases the likelihood that a hiring manager will be more likely to both recognize and seek out information that allows her to evaluate a candidate’s ability to perform well in the job.

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Leadership From the Center

Leadership From the Center | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Leadership which inspires me pushes the boundaries on a journey to the center. The leaders I work to follow are geared toward meaningful truths as well as measurable objectives. Their decisions and actions come from places deeper than committee meetings and annual plans.

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Our path toward centeredness with ourselves draws us to act more deeply as we lead ourselves and others.

 

When do you spend time at the center, getting to know yourself well?

 

How will you lead from the center today?

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How to Deal With a Narcissistic Leader

How to Deal With a Narcissistic Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

If you're working under a narcissistic leader, you know that nothing creates a more poisonous work environment. It may seem impossible to overcome, but take heart: It really can be done.


Via Gust MEES, Roger Francis
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Perhaps the best advice in dealing with a narcissistic leader is the last line: "Don't get caught up in other people's stories but do your best with the situation you are in. If all else fails, remove yourself before the toxicity does lasting damage."

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If you're working under a narcissistic leader, you know that nothing creates a more poisonous work environment. It may seem impossible to overcome, but take heart: It really can be done.


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=LeaderShip


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Read this!

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A Wharton professor discovered a psychological trick that will help you stop procrastinating

A Wharton professor discovered a psychological trick that will help you stop procrastinating | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Tie the activity you're putting off to something you enjoy.
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(From the article): Temptation bundling offers a simple way to accomplish these tasks that are always important, but never feel urgent. By using your guilty pleasures pull you in, you make it easier to follow through on more difficult habits that pay off in the long-run. 


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The World's Most Famous (Short) Quotes About Memories

The World's Most Famous (Short) Quotes About Memories | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Our mind's ability to remember things is the most amazing gift nature has bestowed on us. Here's a collection of short handpicked quotes about memories.
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You don’t have to hold onto the pain to hold onto the memory. - Janet Jackson

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Rejecting Ideas Doesn’t Have to Cause Resentment

Rejecting Ideas Doesn’t Have to Cause Resentment | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Preserve your organization’s innovative culture.
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(From the article): For organizations dealing with this kind of toxic or vengeful behavior, there are really only two options for preserving your innovative culture: reformation or termination. If you envision that the resentful party can still be a positive contributor, point out the unacceptable behavior while reaffirming your commitment to that individual. If the individual is unable or unwilling to reform, then they have to be removed. No scientist would ever endanger the outcome of an experiment by allowing toxins to build up in their cell culture, nor should any organization, manager, or mayor, tolerate toxic behavior spoiling the positive effects of an innovative culture.

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So You Want To Be A Leader? How To Unlock Your Leadership Destiny

So You Want To Be A Leader? How To Unlock Your Leadership Destiny | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
There's something that has to come before all the hard lessons - your leadership destiny needs to be unlocked, by using a simple notepad and pen.
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(From the article): If you REALLY want to be a leader, declare that desire. Write it down. Don’t use a computer. Write it down, in your own hand.

 

Tell yourself WHY you want to be a leader, and write that down too.

 

Then, put down YOUR rules of the Leadership road, and fully unlock your destiny as a great More Human leader.

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More politicians need this training.

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7 Warning Signs That You've Got a Highly Toxic Employee

7 Warning Signs That You've Got a Highly Toxic Employee | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
54 percent of good employees are more likely to quit when they work with a toxic employee. Don't let it happen to you.
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(From the article): While no one can have a good attitude every single minute of every single day, toxic employees seem to have a bad attitude all day long. Not only that, but they are never truly happy until they put everyone else in a bad mood, too.

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5 Rules for a Vacation that’s Truly Worth It

5 Rules for a Vacation that’s Truly Worth It | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Approach your vacations with the same tenacity as your vocations.
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(From the article): Consider my friend John, the former chief executive and chairman of a top professional services firm, who is now active in several remarkable social initiatives.  He sees holidays as a way to clear and sharpen his mind and has, for the past 25 years, organized annual hiking trips with his wife and three other couples.  They walk for about a week in stunning mountains, national parks or nature preserves, pairing off differently each day so everyone gets a chance to chat.  Before retiring from the CEO role, he would try to take these breaks just before his global partners’ meetings because he found that his ideas, initiatives, and even speeches would become much more focused, rich, clear and powerful as a result—even though he didn’t spend any time actively working on them!

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Path to Success: 4 Ways to Reignite Your Passion

Path to Success: 4 Ways to Reignite Your Passion | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Have you lost sight of your passion? Find it again and find yourself more successful.
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(From the article): As we grow up we tend to forget what we lost ourselves in as kids. What were the things that lit you up and you could spend hours immersed in? For me, one of those things was basketball. Maybe you loved climbing trees or making up songs or playing video games with your friends. Maybe it was art or music or writing stories in your bedroom.


Try to remember what it was that made you happiest. If childhood doesn’t offer any answers, try digging into the most recent memory of your happiest moments. Name that thing that you love.

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How to Delegate Effectively and Minimize the Risk

How to Delegate Effectively and Minimize the Risk | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Delegating can be one of the hardest things for a manager to do - giving away authority but remaining responsible. Here's how to delegate effectively and avoid the pitfalls.
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(From the article): Make delegation a regular practice, not just when you are overloaded or when tasks are unpleasant.

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Be a Leader Who Can Admit Mistakes

Be a Leader Who Can Admit Mistakes | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It builds your credibility.
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(From the article): Being a leader doesn’t mean that you’re always right or that you won’t err. What being a leader does mean is airing the reasons for why you did something and then making yourself accountable for the results—even if those you’re accountable to don’t directly work for you.


That’s how you truly sow the seeds of engagement. Think about it: who would you rather trust—the person who denies anything is amiss or the person who admits their error and then follows up with a plan to correct it? Better yet, what if that same person who admits they made a mistake reaches out to their team for ideas on how to make things right? I’ve found that leaders who show their vulnerability, and admit that they are human, foster greater engagement among their associates.

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Saying thank you makes all the difference

Saying thank you makes all the difference | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
I was going through airport security the other day, and I thanked the person who checked my bags. He turned to me with a look of shock on his face and said:
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And being thankful in every day life can open up the door to meaningful relationships, which can lead to remarkable collaborations. 

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How Should You Recognize the Work Of Your Employees?

How Should You Recognize the Work Of Your Employees? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

When it comes to recognizing employee effort, it’s time to start worrying less about “fairness” and more about shining the light on work that makes a difference.

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Recognition addresses a deep psychological need that everyone brings to the workplace.


(From the article): Leaders must challenge their definitions of "fairness" with regard to recognition. It's not fair to withhold positive comments about employee performance. It's not fair to conceal what you value most in terms of your team's behaviors or actions. And it's certainly not fair to fail to embrace a leadership practice that can directly affect the bottom line.


So the next time you're tempted to be "fair" by staying silent or you're tempted to start acting like a kids' soccer coach with trophies for everyone on the team, remember that ruining recognition isn't fair either.

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Overwhelmed? Use the Four D’s to Move Projects Forward

Overwhelmed? Use the Four D’s to Move Projects Forward | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Don't let yourself get in the way.
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(From the article): The (desired) byproduct of being good at what you do, is that you’ll get more to do. Beyoncé can only sing, dance, and be a boss within the same finite temporal constraints as yours. But even she has to turn things down or hand them off. Then, and only then, can she focus on moving her enterprise forward. No matter the size of the project, when relevant tasks come onto your plate that you simply don’t have the capacity for, remember the Four D’s: delete, defer, delegate or diminish.

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45 Questions Every Leader Should Answer

45 Questions Every Leader Should Answer | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
One of the best ways to become a better leader is to view your organization in a new light. Here are 45 questions every leader should answer.
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A great list of the important questions that every leader should consider and answer. Which one's are you considering today?

 

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Are we leading or just managing?Do we offer our people more than a paycheck?Are we challenging the status quo?How much time do we spend thinking versus doing?How much do we say, “We should have” when we truly could have?Is there a better way?
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