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The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question.

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(From the article): Beyond decision making, successful leadership across all areas becomes learned and instinctual over a period of time. Successful leaders have learned the mastery of anticipating business patterns, finding opportunities in pressure situations, serving the people they lead and overcoming hardships.

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Lauran Star's curator insight, February 19, 2013 6:04 PM

If you are looking to advance your career into a leadership capacity and / or already assume leadership responsibilities – here are 15 things you must do automatically, every day, to be a successful leader in the workplace.

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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 in October 2014. 

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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 - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's comment, August 15, 2013 7:49 AM
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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The Best Leaders Are Critical Thinkers

The Best Leaders Are Critical Thinkers | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
The best leaders, are the clever thinkers who are able to sizes things up, connect the dots, see the potential, and act decisively when no one else can.
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Lead From Within: Be the leader who knows that nothing is as it seems. There is always uncertainty; there is always ambiguity. Be clever enough to size things up, connect the dots, see the potential, and act decisively when no one else can. 

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Leadership Lesson From Walt Disney: Communicating a Vision

Leadership Lesson From Walt Disney: Communicating a Vision | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
“The more a vision can be expressed in a vivid, imaginative way, the more it will motivate people to action in the present.”What is the difference between good leadership and great leadership? Walt knew what he needed to do inspire and motivate his team to be as passionate about a project as he was. He had mastered the art of communicating his vision to his team.
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“The more a vision can be expressed in a vivid, imaginative way, the more it will motivate people to action in the present.”

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John Michel's curator insight, November 20, 4:59 PM

Despite facing many challenges and great adversity throughout his career, Walt couldn’t be swayed from his ideas. He was a trailblazer who forged ahead, consistently proving the naysayers and critics wrong.

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22 Top CEOs Reveal Their Favorite Books (Infographic)

22 Top CEOs Reveal Their Favorite Books (Infographic) | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
For your reading enjoyment, here's a list of favorite books from Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, Marissa Mayer, and more.
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Great list. What is on your bookshelf?

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Do you have Moxie?

Do you have Moxie? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Leaders with moxie are leaders that have what it takes to lead others in tough circumstances. They are tough on the outside but soft on the inside. When knocked down they know how to get back up and they can bring others with them because they are likeable. 

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All of us can demonstrate moxie when the going gets tough. Preparing and developing yourself now sets you up to make better decisions when you do get knocked down. 

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12 Psychological Tricks You Can Use to Improve Your Productivity

12 Psychological Tricks You Can Use to Improve Your Productivity | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Do you want to increase your productivity in such a way that you get more done in less time and get more done with less work?


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(From the article): If your mind is dragging with negative thoughts, worry about what you need to do, or even shame or guilt over things you are doing wrong, you simply can’t be as productive. So get rid of those negative thoughts, fix the things that lead to a negative conscience, and get your mind clear!

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wimi.pro's curator insight, November 14, 8:26 AM

Get to grips with your own psychology to improve your productivity. Really like the tip to train your brain's reward mechanism...

Claude Emond's curator insight, November 15, 8:49 PM

Being more productive: A little help from yourself!

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Listen Up, Leaders: We Are All Millennials

Listen Up, Leaders: We Are All Millennials | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

No doubt, Generation Y is poised to make a big impact on the world of work.  But are the supposed differences of the most tech-savvy generation in history all they are cracked up to be? Even more importantly, how will generational differences play out when it comes to leadership development, workplace culture and recruiting?


Via Kevin Watson
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(From the article): Generation Us is entering the workplace in a big way.  We have the power to change the way we work, for the better.  Our tech and digital skills will help us deal with a world that is more global, diverse, and fast-changing than ever before.  We must embrace change, technology, and more disruption because that’s where the future is going, in a hurry.

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5 Great Questions The Best Leaders Ask Themselves

5 Great Questions The Best Leaders Ask Themselves | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Apparently, few people ask leaders questions about leadership. 

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(From the article): The Importance of Answering Great Questions After doing so many of our leadership interviews, we’ve been surprised at one recurring response from the men and women with whom we talk. After we complete the interview, they say in different ways, “Thanks for giving me the chance to think about these questions.” That’s the problem — they had answers; they simply needed someone to ask the questions, not just for people listening but for themselves, so that they as leaders could reflect on their own experiences. I hope someone asks you great leadership questions today. Answering those questions will make you a better leader. But if you go through the day and no one asks, take the initiative and ask yourself. The best leaders do. Shouldn’t you?

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4 Lessons on Staring Down Fear and Taking Risks from Tightrope-Walker Nik Wallenda

4 Lessons on Staring Down Fear and Taking Risks from Tightrope-Walker Nik Wallenda | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Meticulous preparation and tireless practice, not bravado or recklessness, are the foundation of success when failure really is not an option.
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(From the article): The key with this lesson is that true vision needs to be driven by more than just making money. A true vision is driven by passion and inspiration. Entrepreneurs understand that, but must never lose sight of it.

 

The day-to-day challenges for business are not death defying, but they are just as dramatic when an entrepreneur lays it all on the line, or all on the wire.

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The Benefits of Looking on the Bright Side: 10 Reasons to Think Like an Optimist

The Benefits of Looking on the Bright Side: 10 Reasons to Think Like an Optimist | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Research shows that thinking like an optimist pays off big—not just when it comes to your salary, but for your health, relationships, and your overall well-being.

Via Barb Jemmott
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(From the article): Optimists Have Happier 9 to 5s

People who see a glass that's half full tend to rate their jobs as more satisfying than those who don't. A study from Kuwait University found that people who were the most optimistic were also happiest in their jobs and had the fewest work complaints; the opposite was true for pessimists.

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It's At The Top Of Your List For a Reason: Don't Put Off The Hard Stuff

It's At The Top Of Your List For a Reason: Don't Put Off The Hard Stuff | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
It's tempting to skip the hard stuff at the top of your "to do" list, but it's a decision you'll regret. Don't do second things first.
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(From the article): A team isn’t going to accomplish much  if all they are taking on is the easy stuff.  They may feel like they are being “successful” because a lot of boxes are being checked, but it’s an illusion.  All they need to do is stare at their “To Do” lists, and see that doozy staring at them.

 

And that’s the good news in this story -  most teams learn to prioritize well.  What we really need to do is always staring us in the face, at the top of that list.

 

We just need to muster up the courage to do it.  

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Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, November 12, 8:10 PM

It's just like exercising first thing in the morning.  It's counterintuitive, but by doing the toughest thing first, you open up your day to increased productivity and performance.

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On Leadership and Truth

On Leadership and Truth | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders are often put in precarious positions when it relates to truth.  They are expected to withhold sensitive information and be authentic, not disclose everything about direction and motivate.  It is dangerous balancing act that often times results a systemic mistrust of leaders and leadership by employees.
A recent study (find study by McKinsey) showed that less than a 33% of employees believed what their employers and leaders were saying.  33%!  Essentially, that means that employees don’t believe 2/3 of what they are told.
Is there really any question why the rumor mill/grapevine/water cooler talk is so powerful?
Given the nature of the social media, any slip of leaking information of a new product or potential merger could mean the difference between a blockbuster new initiative and an idea that is picked apart before it sees the light of day.

Via David Hain, Kevin Watson
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(From the article): Leaders have to be able dish it out and take it.  It’s not enough to give honest feedback.  That is almost expected.  One of the most important paths to an open honest environment is when employees see that they can be honest too.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 12, 1:10 AM

The grapevine rules in inverse proportion to the quality and authenticity of communication in an organisation.

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Thanks to David Hain for sharing this!

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Leadership is Full of Surprises

Leadership is Full of Surprises | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Leadership is as much about adaptability and being flexible as it is about organization and preparation. It is a real test of leadership when you face something that was not in your plan.

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People who try to plan for everything tend to see surprises as mistakes, weaknesses of their preparation. It is easier for them to see surprises as failures to be ready, rather than opportunities to discover new insights. They often do not like surprises. They may miss significant lessons waiting to surprise them.

The main difference between happy surprises and sad ones, good surprises and bad ones, is how we respond to them.

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Leaders, when in doubt – ask the right questions

Leaders, when in doubt – ask the right questions | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Are you confused and concerned? Do you lack the confidence to move forward? Ask the right questions and you will understand. 

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When you lack confidence: You aren’t sure which road to take because you don’t know if the company is heading for the same destination as you once thought. If you knew the vision you would diligently pursue it. Rest assured, you will lead without fear once again. Ask the right questions and you will understand.

 

“Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.”-  Peter T. Mcintyre

 

If you are feeling confused, concerned and don’t have that old confidence anymore because things have changed, here’s what you do: Ask the right questions and you will understand.

 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 20, 12:30 PM

My reading and writing has taken down a phenomenological path. Leading is about wonder and asking questions which have no presupposed answers.

 

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3 Connections That Propel Every Great Leader

3 Connections That Propel Every Great Leader | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

As a leader, your trajectory and success also depend on your connections. There are three connections I’ve found that propel every great leader in their career.

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Just like redwoods, great leaders become great based on the strength of their connections to their team, to a community of colleagues, and with mentors and coaches.

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2 Life-Changing Lessons No One Ever Taught You

2 Life-Changing Lessons No One Ever Taught You | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Can you see in yourself what others see in you, or do you see in others what you don’t see in yourself? What are you going to do about it?

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(From the article): Lesson #1: It’s easier to see our problems (let’s call them behavioral challenges) in others than to see them in ourselves. For instance, often when I become self-righteous or angry about some perceived injustice, I realize that the deeper issue is often not with “it”, but in me.

 

Lesson #2: Although we may deny our behavioral challenges to ourselves, they may be very obvious to the people who observe us. There is often a great discrepancy between the self we think we are and the self the rest of the world sees in us. If we can listen and think about what others see in us, we can compare the self we want to be with the self that we are presenting. Then and only then can we begin to make the real changes that we need to make to align our stated values with our actual behavior.

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Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

What is excellence? Is it simply achievement above a certain level, an external recognition of one’s accomplishments in comparison to those of others? Might it instead be internally defined as a matter of consistent effort and focus?

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“Average doesn’t work to suppress Passion, Competency, Flexibility, Communication, and Ownership all at one time. . . . He knows that if he can quell just one or two of them at a time, he can keep true excellence away.” —Harry Paul, John Britt and Ed Jent, Who Kidnapped Excellence? 

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The top four leadership myths

The top four leadership myths | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Roxi Bahar Hewertson, author of "Lead Like it Matters...Because it Does” discusses the four prime leadership myths

Via Roger Francis
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You can manage all kinds of tasks that might involve schedules, money, projects, budgets, and so on, and yet everything you do with your staff and other stakeholders involves relationships. How well those relationships work has a lot to do with how much trust is at the center of them and that has everything to do with EQ not IQ.


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To Motivate Employees, Help Them Do Their Jobs Better

To Motivate Employees, Help Them Do Their Jobs Better | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Results drive engagement.

Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): In simple terms, then, if leaders can help their employees and teams perform to the highest levels, and achieve even beyond their own expectations, engagement becomes a happy by-product of success.

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Why Brevity Makes You Look and Sound Like a Leader

Why Brevity Makes You Look and Sound Like a Leader | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
If you keep it short and keep it simple, you'll gain people's attention, consideration, and respect.
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(From the article): Be more than brief. Be interesting. A famous preacher was invited to preach before Queen Victoria. He was warned Her Majesty preferred her sermons short. When the preacher was done, she said, "Sir, you were brief." He said, "Ah, Ma'am, I like never to be tedious." She said, "You were also tedious."
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Think...Better! (Part 2)

Think...Better!  (Part 2) | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
One of my favorite movies in recent years was Limitless. I don’t know if you saw it or not; it was about a little pill which let people tap into their brain’s full potential. Unfortunately, that pi...
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(From the article): Whatever you do, don’t fall into the activity trap and sacrifice your thinking time. If you do, you run the risk of sacrificing your leadership! 

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Still Adjusting to Millennials? Well, Get Ready for Generation Z

Still Adjusting to Millennials? Well, Get Ready for Generation Z | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

As the Millennials populate the workforce, employers are looking at the next wave of employees – Generation Z.

Born after 1994, Gen Zs are different from their predecessors in a number of ways.

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“They witnessed homes being foreclosed, so they’re going to be savers, realistic about how things get done and how hard they’re going to have to work to get them done,” says Jim Link, Chief Human Resource Officer, Randstad North America. “Which will make them more open to new ideas and ways of doing things” and even less inclined to adapt to a hierarchical environment than Millennials.

 

From day one, Gen Zs are bumping up against a crowded field of “career-delayed” Millennials and plenty of older workers who themselves have had career setbacks and are now competing with younger workers for entry-level jobs. However, as long as Gen Zs have the same chance to succeed as everyone else, all will be well with them.

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Every Business Problem Cannot be Solved with Technology

Every Business Problem Cannot be Solved with Technology | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Every Business Problem Cannot be Solved with Technology. Here's a three-step approach to solving problems called STP, which stands for Situation-Target-Proposal
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(From the article): Technology offers us some terrific tools. It can help your business thrive. However, organizations must know the capabilities of your existing systems and have people to develop the strategy behind using them. Solving problems isn’t about buying a piece of technology. It’s about you and your organization – and how you use the technology.

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Choose To Live A Life That Matters

Choose To Live A Life That Matters | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

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Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 12, 12:42 PM

Teaching is one of those lives. Or is it?

 

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SageRave's curator insight, November 12, 4:09 PM

The first step? Understand that your life already matters. Then, find people can embrace you as an equal.

Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, November 12, 8:11 PM

Living a life that matters, is what makes life worth living.

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The Trickle-Down Effect of Deceptive Leadership

The Trickle-Down Effect of Deceptive Leadership | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Well intentioned, or not, leaders that mislead their people are setting themselves up for failure.
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(From the article): They Don't Share: Once the games begin, it becomes every man for himself. Your team loses cohesion and each member becomes selfish, glory hounds out to prove that they're performance deserves a bigger piece of the pie than their contemporaries. Any sense of "being in it together" is gone for good.

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10 Questions Great Leaders Ask Their Teams"

10 Questions Great Leaders Ask Their Teams" | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

How often do you sit down and really communicate with each member of your team? 

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There are perhaps many good questions leaders ask of their teammates each and every day. The starter list above could easily be replaced with ten others. These ten, however, represent the ten that have served me well over the last eighteen years as a senior leader. They solicit open conversation, deter quick “yes/no” responses, and maintain meaningful communication channels with the team. 

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John Michel's curator insight, November 10, 12:54 PM

The ability to ask great questions is a critically important skill for leaders. Questions determine the answer, and the course of a conversation. The moment a question is asked, the entire course of events can change. A well worded question is truly THAT powerful.

Charlotte Hitchcock's curator insight, November 11, 6:50 AM

Communication, so different from talking to or at. 

It speaks of engagement