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11 Simple Concepts to Become a Better Leader

11 Simple Concepts to Become a Better Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Being likeable will help you in your job, business, relationships, and life. I interviewed dozens of successful business leaders for my last book, to determine what made them so likeable and their companies so successful. All of the concepts are simple, and yet, perhaps in the name of revenues or the bottom line, we often lose sight of the simple things - things that not only make us human, but can actually help us become more successful. Below are the eleven most important principles to integrate to become a better leader:


Via Daniel Watson
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(From the article): The world is more complex than ever before, and yet what customers often respond to best is simplicity — in design, form, and function. Taking complex projects, challenges, and ideas and distilling them to their simplest components allows customers, staff, and other stakeholders to better understand and buy into your vision. We humans all crave simplicity, and so today's leader must be focused and deliver simplicity.

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As a business owner or business manager, whether you like it or not, you are occupying a position that requires you to effectively lead others to achieve required outcomes.


Leadership based on key principles, has been demonstrated to be an effective approach to gaining the support of followers, and then getting those followers to do what they need to do, to achieve results.


This excellent article, suggests that developing likeability is the first step on the path to becoming a better leader, and it outlines 11 important principles for business owners and managers to integrate into their leadership practices to become better leaders.

Claudia Crescenzi's curator insight, February 15, 2013 5:51 AM

Concetti semplici...ma mai banali

Gilles FOURNIER's curator insight, February 16, 2013 4:58 PM

 cc'est est simple mais tellement vrai

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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
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Thank you ....just liked the page Don. Love the elephants :)
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Great page and thank you for creating it!
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5 Reasons Why Having Persistence Pays Off

5 Reasons Why Having Persistence Pays Off | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Persistence is the foundation of taking anything you can imagine, and then creating it in your life. Here are 5 reasons why having persistence pays off.

Via Barb Jemmott
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(From the article): In conclusion, persistence is an important part of life. It’s separates the complete from the incomplete, the wise from the unwise, and just to recap, here are the 5 reasons why having persistence pays off:

 

Most success people have failed at least oncePeople like to test you on persistenceWhat comes easily normally isn’t worth itKnowledge isn’t gained without persistenceThe more you do something, the better you get at it



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How I Made my Business Meetings More Productive in 3 Simple Steps

How I Made my Business Meetings More Productive in 3 Simple Steps | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I am a small business owner and just like many other people in my situation I struggle with the same everyday problems. One of the worst problems I had to deal with were the business meetings me and my team used to have. I thought that these meetings are essential to an organization so we used to hold them regularly, often without good reason. I’m saying this is one of the worst problems I had to deal with because I didn’t know it was a problem until it was almost too late. Here’s what I did to solve it:

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I guarantee you that if you follow my advice you will be able to improve your business meetings too. If you need some extra help you can also get one of the readily available software solutions such as Pronestor, YaRooms and GetaRoomdeveloped for instance. These will make every aspect of organizing meetings a breeze. 

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(From the article): I guarantee you that if you follow my advice you will be able to improve your business meetings too. If you need some extra help you can also get one of the readily available software solutions such as Pronestor, YaRooms and GetaRoomdeveloped for instance. These will make every aspect of organizing meetings a breeze. 

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An Effective Way To Apologize

An Effective Way To Apologize | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Apologies can be one of the more difficult things to do. That's why I'm going to show you an effective way to apologize. You're going to love it.
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The art of giving an sincere and genuine apology is difficult. Here are some great suggestions on how to do it in an authentic manner.



(From the article): I think this is a very effective way of apologizing and I’m going to begin working towards these steps as I make mistakes and need to apologize to those I lead and serve. While I may not be perfect and I may not succeed every time, I will make progress and that’s why I wanted to share this message today.

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Why Your Company Should Consider Banning Email

Why Your Company Should Consider Banning Email | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Not only does email stress you out, but it's a colossal time suck. Then why not ditch it altogether?
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Some food for thought....

 

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The angel investment firm AngelList uses HipChat for team messaging, but founder Babak Nivi strongly believes in face-to-face communication for growing a business.

 

"The biggest companies weren’t built remotely. Families don’t live remotely. Sports teams don’t train remotely," Nivi wrote on his Venture Hacks blog. "Face-to-face is for high-bandwidth communication; sub-communication, such as body language and facial expressions; leaving an impression; new ideas; overhearing other people’s conversations; bonding with your coworkers; whiteboarding; throwing chairs; and everything else you need to say to build a big business."

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How Great Coaches Ask, Listen, and Empathize

How Great Coaches Ask, Listen, and Empathize | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Historically, leaders achieved their position by virtue of experience on the job and in-depth knowledge. They were expected to have answers and to readily provide them when employees were unsure about what to do or how to do it. The leader was the person who knew the most, and that was the basis of their authority.

Leaders today still have to understand their business thoroughly, but it’s unrealistic and ill-advised to expect them to have all the answers. Organizations are simply too complex for leaders to govern on that basis. One way for leaders to adjust to this shift is to adopt a new role: that of coach. By using coaching methods and techniques in the right situations, leaders can still be effective without knowing all the answers and without telling employees what to do.


Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): When you coach as a leader you don’t need to be the expert. You don’t need to be the smartest or most experienced person in the room. And you don’t need to have all the solutions. But you do need to be able to connect with people, to inspire them to do their best, and to help them search inside and discover their own answers.

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4 Stories Great Leaders Tell To Engage Their People

4 Stories Great Leaders Tell To Engage Their People | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What makes a story so engaging that it changes a person’s behavior?

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What makes a story so engaging that it changes a person’s behavior? Leaders need to zero in on the right kind of storytelling in order to engage their teams. 

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Why Emotions Matter In Today's Leadership

Why Emotions Matter In Today's Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Learn what the latest neuroscience studies reveal about the importance of emotions to successful leadership in today's organizations.
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Our emotions not only influence what our brain focuses on, but it can also completely change how we remember details. This is an important key for all leaders to be mindful in their roles.

 

(From the article): Ultimately, what this comes down to and what the various studies from the neuroscience field help us to better appreciate is that our leadership is not defined by us, but through the memories and experiences of those we lead.

And this brings us back to the fundamental truth of succeeding at leadership today – that it’s not about serving our own wants and needs, but about how we can help those under our care to attain that level of success and fulfillment that fuels their drive to do better and to be better going forward.

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These findings also cement the truth of why the command-and-control style of leadership is no longer effective given how we can’t lean on our positional authority to assume our perspective and memories are correct [Share on Twitter].

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3 Business Elements Needed for Excellent Results

3 Business Elements Needed for Excellent Results | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
In the 1980s we were told that profit was king. The whole economy was restructured to put this focus before all else, on the basis that if we did that right then everything else would follow. But the reality is very different. Profit itself follows from putting a sense of wider purpose first, and from looking after people in the way that such a purpose ensures.

Via Roger Francis
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If you want to create something that stands out, something that endures, then first you have to choose your path, not let the market choose it for you.

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Think You Can Lead Without a Vision? Think Again

Think You Can Lead Without a Vision? Think Again | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Think you can lead without a vision? Think again. Leadership is about going somewhere. How do you know where you're going without a clear vision?
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A leader without a vision to serve is in danger of becoming self-serving.

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Why Great Leaders Embrace Uncertainty

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Being confident is important, but giving the impression that you're always 100 percent sure of your decisions can be costly.

Via Anne Leong, Wise Leader™, Roger Francis
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(From the article): "Rather than fooling themselves, or us, we should want our leaders to represent the truth, even when it makes their jobs harder," he says. "That is, after all, one of the great missions to which we entrust them: to take the complex information and broad vantage point to which they have access and convey it to the rest of us in a useful way. Doing so represents authentic and courageous leadership, even if it means being less certain."

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David Hain's curator insight, February 13, 12:15 PM

At top leadership level, making meaning is much more important than giving direction, If more CXOs explored VUCA instead of doing the jobs of their reports, organisations would flourish!

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Technological Disconnect - Can we continue to endlessly process more and more?

There's no question that life seems to have reached a breakneck pace in recent years. This state of affairs seems to be linked with the ability of technology to deliver ever-increasing stores of accessible information.


We long ago entered the Information Age, but can we continue to endlessly process more and more?

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“We’re losing something of great value, a way of thinking and moving through time that can be summed up in a single word: depth. Depth of thought and feeling, depth in our relationships, our work and everything we do. Since depth is what makes life fulfilling and meaningful, it’s astounding that we’re allowing this to happen.” —William Powers

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5 Tips to Stay Present in Business and in Life

5 Tips to Stay Present in Business and in Life | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Below are 5 tips to help you stay present in business and in life:...

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(From the article): Many times in business we may find ourselves on a similar growth path. You want more and more so that you can keep growing your company in order to reach that ultimate destination. However, sometimes the destination or happiness you are striving for is actually right in front of you the entire time. It is hard to recognize this unless you are able to stay present and not keep stressing about the future.

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15 Secrets of Highly Persuasive People

15 Secrets of Highly Persuasive People | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Whether you're convincing your boss to fund your project or your preschooler to wipe his own hiney after using the bathroom, persuasion is a skill that's instrumental to your success in life.

Persuasive people have an uncanny ability to get you leaning toward their way of thinking. Their secret weapon is likeability. They get you to like more than their ideas; they get you to like them.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, Kevin Watson
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(From the article): Persuasive people are adept at reading and responding to other people. They rely heavily on emotional intelligence (EQ) to bring people to their way of thinking. With 90% of top performers high in emotional intelligence, it's no wonder that persuasive people rely on this skill to get ahead. Add these skills to your repertoire, and you're on your way to joining this exclusive group.


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Here are the tricks of the trade that exceptionally persuasive people use to their advantage.

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6 ways to instill a positive corporate culture

6 ways to instill a positive corporate culture | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

6 Ways to Instill a Positive Corporate Culture http://t.co/geJx1J0TKu via http://t.co/uDNqkUgujB #leadership #culture


Via Alexis Assimacopoulos, Jose Luis Yañez
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What are some of the ways an organization can cultivate a strong corporate culture?

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How to introduce someone

How to introduce someone | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

If you’ve ever been introduced by someone and cringed, you’ve felt first-hand why it’s so important to get introductions right.

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What makes a good introduction? Good introductions are genuine, thoughtful, and considered. They are made with goodwill and intention. When you are on the receiving end of a good introduction, you know it.
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Trust is a Relationship (Not a Commodity)

Trust is a Relationship (Not a Commodity) | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

There is a better way of thinking about trust that leads to more positive leadership outcomes.

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Trust is reciprocal, requiring relationship. It is something that must be built over time for mutual benefit, not just the leader’s benefit.

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Taciana Mello's curator insight, February 21, 7:48 PM

Indeed...and as such, willingness to take risks, reciprocity and transparency are key.

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Leadership Lessons From the Woman Who's Made a Career Turning Companies Around

Leadership Lessons From the Woman Who's Made a Career Turning Companies Around | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A lot of what makes a successful CEO can't be measured, and when your one of the few women CEOs the path is even less clear.
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(From the article): Rowlands looks at leadership development much the way she views her work to transform ReachLocal: an opportunity. "None of us are perfect," she maintains, "The biggest way people grow is through self-examination."

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What You Can Do To Be Productive On A Snow Day

What You Can Do To Be Productive On A Snow Day | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Here are some ideas to be productive on a snow day!

 

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A timely article for those of us who are home-bound due to the brutal winter weather.

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Who Wins The Leadership Battle Of The Sexes?

Who Wins The Leadership Battle Of The Sexes? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

How prevalent is the assumption that one sex can lead better than another at work?


Via Roy Sheneman, PhD
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An interesting article. 

 

(From the article): Obviously, the biggest insight comes from the answers to question #3. Clearly, the best bosses, male or female, are the bosses who recognize their people the most.  In fact, findings from a recent global study by the Cicero Group show that 89% of employees who are recognized reported feeling a greater sense of drive and determination. And 81% felt a greater connection to the company. With this kind of data, maybe it’s time to stop analyzing chromosomes and leadership, and instead focus on measuring activities of leadership.

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, February 19, 8:46 AM

Leadership is about the ability to influence others to accomplish a goal. 

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3 Phrases That Will Instantly Calm Angry or Emotional People

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3 Phrases That Will Instantly Calm Angry or Emotional People : These will save you in those difficult client o...


Via Bobby Dillard
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Use these. I can share from experience that they work!

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5 Ways to Turn Good Employees Into Great Leaders

5 Ways to Turn Good Employees Into Great Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Try these strategies to boost employee engagement and productivity and keep your best people around.
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Lead by example!

 

(From the article): Last, but certainly not least, lead by example. Model the leadership skills employees need to adopt in order to become great leaders: professionalism, transparency, confidence, commitment and respect. Employees look to their employers for answers, so leaders should aim to continuously model what it is to be a successful, positive model in the workplace. It doesn’t cost a dime and the results are priceless.

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, February 23, 1:56 PM

Great strategies worth considering and applying to your organization.

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The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change

The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Some aspects of organizational culture are visible on the surface, like the tip of an iceberg, while others are implicit and submerged within the organization. Because these ingrained assumptions are tacit and below the surface, they are not easy to see or deal with, although they affect everything the organization does.

 

 


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, Gust MEES
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Changing an organization’s culture is one of the most difficult leadership challenges. That’s because an organization’s culture comprises an interlocking set of goals, roles, processes, values, communications practices, attitudes and assumptions.

The elements fit together as an mutually reinforcing system and combine to prevent any attempt to change it.

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Metaphors of change

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We need to discover the hidden variables that affect the change process in order to fully understand the task before us.

Roselyne Lecuyer's curator insight, February 16, 6:01 AM

Interesting iceberg representation of organisation culture

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9 Characteristics Of People We Love To Work With

9 Characteristics Of People We Love To Work With | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Some people are a pain to be around. Most are okay. But occasionally we find someone we love to work with.

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Why do you enjoy working with some people - and dislike working with others?  Here are 9 characteristics of people that might help you identify those you like to work with.

 

What else would you add to the list?

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Employees: Be Your Company's Best Ambassador

Employees: Be Your Company's Best Ambassador | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Gone are the days when employers actively blocked employees’ access to social media accounts. For the most part, companies have realized that some waves of change are just too forceful to hold back; their employees can now be found hopping between Outlook, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Whatsapp at their desks, while also attending to their ‘regular’ work. Many of these posts, tweets or photos are in fact work-related, and millions are being shared and re-shared every day across so-called 'personal' networks. Yet despite the public-facing nature of such posts - a
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Managers have a large impact on employee motivation and enthusiasm. They need to be trained to embrace the company’s values in their daily work and cascade their goals to their teams. 

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donhornsby's curator insight, February 10, 8:29 AM

The author hits on a key point - it's up to the leaders in the company!

 

(From the article): Managers have a large impact on employee motivation and enthusiasm. They need to be trained to embrace the company’s values in their daily work and cascade their goals to their teams. Communications, HR and marketing departments also need to collaborate to educate employees about and engage them with the company’s culture. Let it be known that you encourage stories to be told about your company, but bear in mind that not all employees feel comfortable sharing online. For those who are, do recognize their contributions.

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Make Mistakes Part of Your Career Success

Make Mistakes Part of Your Career Success | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Exposing yourself to risk and failure can help push you up the career ladder. Just make sure someone’s watching.
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A helpful and thoughtful look at how you can make mistakes a part of your career. Learn from them and grow from them.

 

(From the article): When turning mistakes into opportunity, the first step is accepting accountability. Too often, when projects or ideas don’t go as planned, managers will look around for someone or some occurrence out of their control on which to lay the blame. Strong leaders can admit when (and where) they were wrong.


“This is a difficult thing to do,” admits Hilary. “People have a tendency to assign blame to others and high performance to their own actions.” By accepting mistakes, executives can show they have a willingness to try new things. They are able to emphasise lessons learned and implement steps to prevent the mishap happening again. In this way they are able to turn mistakes into a positive, and show superiors what they are capable of.



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Lauran Star's curator insight, February 8, 10:26 AM

Risks and failure = success.... what have you risked today