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5 Bad Communicators in the Workplace

5 Bad Communicators in the Workplace | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

In a recent employee survey of over 500 people, a HR company found that if employees were the CEO for the day their number one change would be communication in the office.

 


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(From the article): So next time you feel that you are dealing with one of these communicators in the workplace, try one of these strategies to get the most out of your conversation and become a business that thrives on great communication.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, March 8, 2013 12:46 AM


Poor communicators cause no end of mayhem in any business environment, and whilst it is not always possible to quickly or easily improve someone's communication style, it is possible to improve how you deal with poor communicators to minimise the mayhem.


Every business has people who exhibit a range of different communication styles, and the key to improving the effectiveness of individual communications, is to identify the communication style used by an individual and adapt your style to suit the situation.


This excellent article, identifies five communication styles commonly seen in workplaces, and it suggests the most appropriate way in which you can communicate with someone who uses any of these communication styles.

Martin Gysler's comment, March 8, 2013 8:27 AM
The lack of communication is, in my opinion, not only a problem of leaders, but a problem of all mankind. If you ask someone if there is good communication in the business, the risk is great that he said "no." But if you ask the same person what they want to do to change the situation, the answer is often, "I do not know" or "nothing" ... I think this is the great challenge of our society, to change this mindset.
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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 2017.

 
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Great page and thank you for creating it!
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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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How Great Leaders Pull and Push To Success

How Great Leaders Pull and Push To Success | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The number one behavior tied to innovation is the willingness to change. We can all probably come up with a variety of activities that we continue to do even though there is a faster, more efficient way. Change takes energy, discipline, and often a willingness to do something we have never done before.

The people who are most likely to be innovative are those who are not satisfied with good performance, but are constantly looking for superior performance. It is amazing how much mediocrity we can all put up with in our lives. Possibly it is the combination of traffic jams, the lines in stores, and the bureaucracy that develops at work that influences expectations that everything is going to be slow and difficult. It is easy for people to simply go with the flow and not look for efficiency or faster options.


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In addition to what needs to be done today, these leaders had the long view of where the organization needed to be in the future. That long view of an aspirational goal and objective keeps people on track, and it provides them with a sense of destination about where they need to go.
 
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Making Time for Learning Will Make You Healthier, Richer, and More Popular

Making Time for Learning Will Make You Healthier, Richer, and More Popular | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
An author runs down the impressive benefits of lifelong learning.
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How many hours a week do you dedicate to learning?
 
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How Feeling Frustrated Can Transform You and Your Business

How Feeling Frustrated Can Transform You and Your Business | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Group, is known for his countless insightful musings on the world of business and entrepreneurship, but there’s one saying in particular that’s been on my mind a lot lately.

“Finding something frustrating and seeing an opportunity to make it better is what entrepreneurship is all about.”

What a simple, yet profound, statement. It’s so true. Think of all the great innovations in history, and the inception of that product or service likely came from someone’s long-held frustration. Frustrated that taxis are expensive and hard to fetch? Here’s Uber. Think hotels are overpriced? Well, here’s Airbnb. Want to eat at a place that doesn’t offer delivery? OK, here’s GrubHub. Are you sick of using slow and ugly looking computers? Welcome to Apple.

The examples are endless.

Frustration is indeed the core of what spawns most great businesses. But, on a deeper level, there’s something even more powerful about being frustrated. Not only can frustration help people come up with ideas or create new ventures, but it can act as a motivator to keep individuals from stagnating when it comes to their own development.

Via David Hain
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Leaders shouldn’t be afraid of frustration. It’s not to say that frustration is an enjoyable experience worth looking forward to, to be sure. But understand that feeling frustrated is a normal part of development. I’d even argue that if you’re not feeling frustration from time to time, you’re doing something wrong. You’re not pushing yourself enough. You’re not thinking big. You’re not growing.
 
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David Hain's curator insight, February 17, 2:58 AM

Welcome your frustrations - they may be giving you important signals!

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The Difference Between Leaders & Managers

The Difference Between Leaders & Managers | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
What is the biggest difference between managers and leaders? This question has been asked many times before both roles are important but they seek to do different things...Leadership begins where management ends and smart organizations value both and great organizations work hard to make each a part of their team.
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Leaders shape culture. Managers enact culture.
 
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 15, 4:36 PM
Management and leadership complement each other. Peter Drucker who wrote about management and Abraham Maslow used the words interchangeably. We lead people i.e. teachers lead students (pedagogy) and we manage things.
Ian Berry's curator insight, February 18, 1:50 AM
There's value in lists like this. I worry though that the perception is that leadership is somehow more desirable work than management. Leadership and management are two sides of the same coin - one is all about people and the other all about processes. We need both operating in harmony.
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How do leaders lead during such uncertainty? 

How do leaders lead during such uncertainty?  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
How has this period of uncertainty challenged or changed the way you lead your organization?
 
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“The lack of trust is (IMHO) the core driver of the uncertainty we are all feeling. Our challenge as leaders is to build trust with our employees, our customers and to make an impact on the broader business community across the globe.” -- Randy Wootton, CEO, Rocket Fuel
 
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 14, 7:23 PM
Reaching out without kindness and generosity have ways of repaying the giver and the receiver.
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Are you giving yourself bad advice about important things?  

Are you giving yourself bad advice about important things?   | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

How much time do you spend – or shall I say ‘waste’ – in your head? I mean listening to your own private thoughts, concerns, and conversations?

 
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Your own private thoughts, concerns, and conversations are often the worst place to get sound and effective advice that will make a difference in helping you reach a new level – especially when you are dealing with upsetting situations. So, stop listening to them!
 
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Arron Saini's comment, Today, 4:44 AM
I was never good at making big decisions but what I found helped is taking the time to write down the pros and cons on a piece of paper. As a result you will be able to see the end results of decision either way thereby making it easier to make the decision. https://goo.gl/MDHyLb
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The 7 Habits that Books and Reading Help You Build 

The 7 Habits that Books and Reading Help You Build  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The most useful definition of technology I’ve heard is simply, “the ability to do more with less.”

I think of books and reading as technologies.
We only live one life, but through books, we can gain the wisdom from thousands. When an author writes, re-writes, and edits, they are turning their words into a more perfect version of themselves. When you read, you get to spend time in a meditative state with a wise person’s more perfect self. 


Books are the most under-valued and under-appreciated technology in the world.
How do we know they’re so valuable? We need only to examine how the best and the worst people throughout history have viewed books.

 

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“Books are the training weights of the mind” –Seneca
 
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David Hain's curator insight, February 14, 5:39 AM

"Books are the training weights of the mind." That Seneca guy was on the money millennia ago!

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Do you have the nerve to be a bold and powerful leader? 

Do you have the nerve to be a bold and powerful leader?  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Do you have the nerve to be a bold and powerful leader?

 
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In today’s difficult economic environment, having nerve is more critical than ever. To hear and address people’s skepticism, doubts, fears or uncertainties requires courage. To infuse hope and confidence in the face of seemingly endless gloom and doom requires a strong backbone. Nerve is what allows leaders to inspire and energize people when many are feeling uncertain or anxious. Nerve distinguishes real leaders from managers, administrators and bureaucrats.
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Lifelong Learning Is Good for Your Health, Your Wallet, and Your Social Life

Lifelong Learning Is Good for Your Health, Your Wallet, and Your Social Life | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Every day, each of us is offered the opportunity to pursue intellectual development in ways that are tailored to our learning style. So why don’t more of us seize that opportunity? We know it’s worth the time, and yet we find it so hard to make the time. The next time you’re tempted to put learning on the back burner, remember a few points:

 

Via Roger Francis
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The reasons to continue learning are many, and the weight of the evidence would indicate that lifelong learning isn’t simply an economic imperative but a social, emotional, and physical one as well. We live in an age of abundant opportunity for learning and development. Capturing that opportunity — maintaining our curiosity and intellectual humility — can be one of life’s most rewarding pursuits.
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Need a Break? 52 Ways to Do It--When You Need It Most

Need a Break? 52 Ways to Do It--When You Need It Most | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
You can do anything, but not everything, so learn to give yourself breaks when you need them.
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There's only one moment in time when it's essential to take a break. That moment is now.
 
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100 Answers to the Question: What Is Leadership?

100 Answers to the Question: What Is Leadership? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
There are as many definitions of leadership as there are leaders. Here are 100 of the best ways to define leadership.
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"Leadership is simply causing other people to do what the leaders want. Good leadership, whether formal or informal, is helping other people rise to their full potential while accomplishing the mission and goals of the organization. All members of an organization, who are responsible for the work of others, have the potential to be good leaders if properly developed." --Bob Mason
 
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I imagine there are more than 100 answers, but this is a great beginning.
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9 Keys To Building Trust And Increasing Influence

9 Keys To Building Trust And Increasing Influence | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The more trust people have in you the higher your influence
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The world is ready for a new type of leaders, one who is trustworthy, and transparent in everything that they do. If you can adopt these nine habits, it will help you on the journey to inspiring trust in yourself, building teams that will follow you anywhere and deliver outstanding results.
 
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Get In The Zone: 5 Strategies To Help You Keep Focus, Be Calm and Perform Under Pressure

Get In The Zone: 5 Strategies To Help You Keep Focus, Be Calm and Perform Under Pressure | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
These are five of many strategies you can begin to develop in your arena. Start with one and see how it can help with your development and training.

Via Stefano Principato, Bobby Dillard
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10 Effective Communication Habits of the Most Successful People

10 Effective Communication Habits of the Most Successful People | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It's not rocket science, but like all good habits, it takes hard work to communicate at this level.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Start and end with the positive. 

 When bringing up sensitive topics, don't jump right into a difficult discussion, which will put the other person immediately on the defense. Open with the positive: Acknowledge what is already working, and what you appreciate about your colleague's strengths. Then ease into how you'd like to see the relationship or partnership improve in certain areas. Ending the conversation is also important. If you can't come up with a solution to your problem, at least end on a positive note with something like "I think it's good that we both got to this point. I know we're getting closer. Let's talk again and see if we can get this thing resolved."
 
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Make a Winning Presentation

Make a Winning Presentation | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Many presentations read like lengthy novels. In business, however, audiences don’t want a book. They want the bottom line. This requires a different approach.

 
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Do you know how to craft a winning presentation? Try these steps on your next one, whether it is a monster deal or an internal project.
 
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9 Personality Traits of the Most Persuasive People

9 Personality Traits of the Most Persuasive People | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

From quiet explainer to energetic pitchman, exceptionally persuasive people are a gloriously diverse group, but they share a few fundamental personality traits.

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The three stages of leadership  

The three stages of leadership   | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Your leadership journey is unique to you, but there are three distinct stages almost every leader will go through on their way to the top. The best ones make moving through the levels look easy. But it isn’t.


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Be conscious of the new skills you’ll need. Be aware that the old skills are still needed on top of the new ones. And know that you’ll need help. None of the world’s best leaders today got there alone.
 
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Stage 1 - Expert at "doing"

Stage 2 - Team Leader.

Stage 3 - Multi-functionnal leadership

Going from Stage 1 to Stage 2 is the biggest step....

Le passage du Stage 1 au Stage 2 est le plus difficile.  L'expert doit apprendre à ne plus faire les choses.  Plusieurs experts promus gestionnaire ont une tendance au micro-management, à être plus intéressés par la méthode que par le résultat, à penser qu'il possède LA bonne façon de faire les choses ...

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How to gain more experience in less time 

How to gain more experience in less time  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
What can new and aspiring leaders do to gain the benefits of experience when they simply don’t have much on-the-job learning under their belts?
 
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Every new leader would be wise to take the necessary steps to gain as much wisdom as possible without having to endure the bitterness of wrong decisions.
 
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What Makes You a Thought Leader?

What Makes You a Thought Leader? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

That was the question I was recently asked by my friend Vivienne Neale. I wasn’t sure how to reply. After all, we all have our “thought leaders” whom we follow. Me, I always wanted to be part of a community where doing meaningful things made belonging matter. Honestly, I don’t consider myself a thought leader. I simply shared my ideas and work because I felt alone in my mission to change the future of business. I’ve always believed I couldn’t do it alone. I, we, needed one another to learn, unlearn, grow and change.

I once said that becoming a thought leader is about YOU being inspired to do something that helps someone else....


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What do you think sets thought leaders apart from the rest?
 
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Brian Solis shares a short and to-the-point definition of thought leadership.

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The Surprising Benefit of Being Inflexible

The Surprising Benefit of Being Inflexible | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

But that’s not a blanket endorsement of flexibility. In fact, flexibility can significantly damage our productivity if we’re not careful. How?

 
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Solid boundaries serve as guardrails for our productivity.
 
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Questions As The Ultimate Leadership Tool

Questions As The Ultimate Leadership Tool | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Another example of a leader who makes effective use of questions is Commander D. Michael Abrashoff. 

 
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When are you going to ask yourself some of these powerful questions?
 
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 10, 4:16 PM
The questions we ask as leaders and teqachers should not presume answers. Hans-Georg Gadamer wrote about eloquent questions without presumed answers. The questions structured the dialogue.
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4 Habits That Separate High Achievers From Everyone Else

4 Habits That Separate High Achievers From Everyone Else | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

After surveying more than 5,000 people who prospered in spite of calamity, one researcher and his team found these practices are statistically linked to higher success in life.

 
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Taking quiet time every day is a powerful habit. When we look beyond the headlines and history books at the personal habits of great historical figures, we see a pattern of self-imposed solitude. It allows us to see the bigger picture. In practice, cultivating this habit means completely turning off all technology for part of each day. Here we can connect with the wisdom within us. Many great ideas come to us in the shower because of the solitude it provides. When we get up and jump right into our day, our brains generate only beta waves, which are associated with alert conscious thought. However, when we meditate, our brains switch to alpha waves, and this is where bursts of creative insights emerge.
 
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Why Some People Get Burned Out and Others Don’t

Why Some People Get Burned Out and Others Don’t | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
People do all kinds of destructive things to deal with stress—they overeat, abuse drugs and alcohol, and push harder rather than slowing down. What we learned from our study of chief medical officers is that people can leverage their emotional intelligence to deal with stress and ward off burnout. You, too, might want to try the following:

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By using and developing your emotional intelligence, you can put a stop to burnout—for you, and for others. Remember, though: improving EI takes time and effort. Be patient with yourself, as well as forgiving and kind. The last thing you want to do is to make improving your EI another source of stress.
 
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Reframe your perspective to deal with stress more effectively!

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9 Best TED Talks to Help You Become a Better Leader

9 Best TED Talks to Help You Become a Better Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
You can't have a list like this without the likes of Shawn Achor, Simon Sinek, Brené Brown, and Dan Pink.
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(From the article): What would we do without TED Talks? I don't know about you, but I would be less inspired. Less motivated. Heck, less of a leader! I've learned so much from TED Talks over the years, and when asked to do this article, I beamed like a kid in a candy story. There are so many stellar speakers with jaw-dropping messages, it was hard to pick just nine. While the list is in no particular order, the first one, by Shawn Achor, ranks as my all-time favorite. Have at it. Take some time to reminisce over your favorites. Bring the popcorn. Dim the lights. And share the knowledge!
 
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For those who enjoy TED Talks--some of he greats...
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If You Ask A Question, You Gotta Listen To The Answer 

If You Ask A Question, You Gotta Listen To The Answer  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

In his book, Great Leaders Ask Questions: A Fortune 100 List, Bob Tiede suggests stimulating questions that will spawn thought and generate conversation in a myriad of situations. It’s practical. And it made me think that if I ask a question, I had better listen to the answer! 

 
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For that to happen we must ask thoughtful questions AND listen to the answers. In response, we must serve well. And then, we all will benefit. - 
 
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