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Better Leadership Through Social Media

Better Leadership Through  Social Media | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Executives should look at specific social media as a personal toolbox for improving their practice of leadership.

Via ThinDifference
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(From the article): The solution is to stop looking at social media as another platform you have to learn—yet another responsibility—and start seeing it for what it can be instead: a personal toolbox for improving your practice of leadership.

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ThinDifference's curator insight, March 22, 2013 9:34 AM

Simple answer is "yes" but this article highlights some great ideas to use.

donhornsby's curator insight, March 22, 2013 10:18 AM

The article has some great ideas to implement as leaders on social media.

Robin Martin's curator insight, March 30, 2013 10:25 AM

Keeping up with what's going on around them should definitely be a plus for any leader...convincing them to do this may be easier said than done!  

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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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Cruise Line Class'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!
Marc Wachtfogel, PhD's curator insight, August 5, 2:48 PM

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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Research: Technology Is Only Making Social Skills More Important

Research: Technology Is Only Making Social Skills More Important | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

A new NBER working paper suggests it’ll be those that require strong social skills — which it defines as the ability to work with others — something that has proven to be much more difficult to automate. 

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“The days of being able to plug away in isolation on a quantitative problem and be paid well for it are increasingly over,” Deming told me. “You need of have both types of skills.”

 

(From the article): The call for social skills, “soft” skills, emotional intelligence, and the like, isn’t something new. Employers are constantly stressing the need for workers who can collaborate and communicate on teams. Meanwhile, the evidence on how automation effects employment remains inconclusive. (Other studies have posited that robots might be improving productivity, rather than costing jobs.) But while it might be too soon to start bracing for a dystopian no-jobs future, it’s not too early to think about whether people are learning the right skills they’ll need to succeed in tomorrow’s workforce.

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Setting goals? Keep them to yourself

Setting goals? Keep them to yourself | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

It's probably a good time to check back in with some of your personal or professional goals, remember? Those things you promised yourself you'd use to get you to that next step in your personal, professional or business life.

 

You probably went so far as creating smart goals, making sure you took care of each step in the SMART goal process. This Derek Sivers TedTalk suggests you should keep those goals to yourself.

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Maybe it's time to keep those goals to yourself.

 

(From the article): As Derek says, "When you think of your biggest personal goals, you decide you're going to do it, tell people what you're going to do and then you accept their congratulations. Doesn't it feel good to say it out loud?" Well, maybe, the next time you feel like this you should just keep it to yourself and remember to "keep those goals to yourself!"

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7 Traits of Exceptional Leaders

7 Traits of Exceptional Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Successful leadership is half knowing where you are going and half knowing if you're making any progress in that direction.
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(From the article): Be present and show gratitude.

I remember when, as a leader, I rarely took the time to celebrate the organization's accomplishments. Because every moment was filled with business, I never took the time to really be present. Love your business, love your work, be mindful of your accomplishments and live in the moment. It only comes once.

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11 Tips to De-Stress Your Life

11 Tips to De-Stress Your Life | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Stress is an insidious health risk mostly caused by trying to control events and people that we can't.
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(From the article): Besides making you happier, lowering your stress level has proven medical benefits. So, grab your favorite book, pucker up, be grateful for what you have, and stop over scheduling yourself. Taking just a few of these steps will lead to a happier, healthier you.

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Ivan Ang's curator insight, August 23, 6:09 PM

If you are stressed as a leader, it will show before you know. And guess what? Your team and people around you will pick it up too. What are you doing to address it?

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Leaders Should Be (More) Human Too: In Praise of Touchy-Feely

Leaders Should Be (More) Human Too: In Praise of Touchy-Feely | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Leaders should not fear the label of "touchy-feely"; being more human is just good business, because it builds something very important to long-term success
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(From the article): Autocrats can’t be wrong. They can’t be embarrassed.  They can’t ask dumb questions.    That’s a lot of pressure!  I have to say it felt very good to be relieved of that burden when I made my choice.


It’s that “freedom to be human” that will set you apart  – and earn you a loyal and enthusiastic team that will follow you to the top of any mountain, no matter how high.

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Leadership Strength: 6 Reasons Leaders Are Harsh vs. Strong

Leadership Strength: 6 Reasons Leaders Are Harsh vs. Strong | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Leaders, How well do you show leadership strength w/o being harsh? Don't get stuck in the myths of toughness. 

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(From the article): Develop your leadership strength through emotional intelligence. It highlights how well you lead in diverse situations. Harshness and coarseness rarely apply. Emotional intelligence, insight, and inner strength universally apply. 

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SENAME Interactive's curator insight, August 21, 12:13 AM

Emotional intelligence helps for leaders! Do you use the power of emotional intelligence?

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Three Simple Ways To Get The Best From Your Team

Three Simple Ways To Get The Best From Your Team | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
To be a successful leader, you need to get the best from your team in these three ways - recruiting, retaining and developing.

Via Kevin Watson
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By aligning people with your business purpose and goals, they will seek you out for a view on the resources to facilitate their development, including coaching, training or experience.

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Create a “Mastermind Group” to Help Your Career

Create a “Mastermind Group” to Help Your Career | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Why you need one and how to create it.
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(From the article): Anderson has benefited professionally from the group in many ways, from learning about new technologies that improve her business to staying abreast of industry trends. It’s also put dollars into her pocket. When she was being considered as a keynote speaker for a conference and had little experience in the industry, the conference organizer was willing to take a chance on hiring her – purely on the basis of two people from her group vouching for her. She believes the biggest benefit of the group, however, has been the personal growth that’s come from cultivating deep, long-term professional relationships. “It’s scalable, not in terms of more [group members], but in the ways we know to help each other. There’s a record of witnessing each other’s lives,” she says. “It’s made me a better person because of the mutuality at the center of it.”

 

The public conversation around networking is often about the quick hits: how to shake more hands and grab more business cards. But creating a longer-running mastermind group, whether you want it to last a few years or a lifetime, is a testament to the value of depth over breadth. In a fast-moving world, having people in your life who have watched you grow and progress can be a powerful touchstone, with lasting results.

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Being Professionally Personable on Facebook

Being Professionally Personable on Facebook | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

When people talk about using social media to advance their careers, they’re usually talking about LinkedIn, Twitter, or maybe their blog. But the reality is that more people use Facebook than any other social network, which means that sooner or later, you need a Facebook strategy for your career.

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(From the article): Using all of these tactics can ensure you don’t accidentally overshare with colleagues — without denying yourself the pleasure of connecting with them and with your friends. Better yet, once you’ve done a good job of quarantining your personal content on Facebook, you can actually use it to keep in touch with the people you care about, without constantly worrying about the professional impact of each post. When you’re able to use the world’s largest social network for both professional and personal reasons, you’ll rediscover social media at its best: not as a platform for self-promotion, but as a platform for genuine human connection.

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3 tips for developing your high-potential leaders

3 tips for developing your high-potential leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Talented employees will develop faster and further when they have ready access to two important resources: their current leaders and their leadership peers.
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(From the article): Leadership development plays a critical role in safeguarding the future health of your organization. Although your most talented players have a shorter time to grow into their executive roles than in years past, they also have ready access to two important resources: their current leaders and their leadership peers. Companies that maximize these resources will have an easier time filling that elusive leadership pipeline.

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What Successful People Do Within the First 10 Minutes of the Workday

What Successful People Do Within the First 10 Minutes of the Workday | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
What Successful People Do Within the First 10 Minutes of the Workday: These 10 steps will make sure you kick the day ...
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These are excellent suggestions. What would you add to the list?

 

(From the article): They Review Their To-Do Lists and Make Necessary Adjustments


This assists them in remembering the necessity of sticking with the plan and concentrating on the tasks that are truly important, not just urgent. Taking a mental note of the day also assists successful people in visualizing success, tremendously boosting confidence levels. Also, it can help you see where potential challenges might lie with how you have scheduled the day, in order for you to make the needed changes.

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Mike Mowery's curator insight, August 14, 10:09 AM

Great ideas that can help prevent leaders from becoming either reactionary or irrelevant.

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7 Ways To Make Work More Meaningful

7 Ways To Make Work More Meaningful | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
This post describes seven ways leaders can create more meaning at work for themselves and others. The author expands on the seven ways.
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What would you add to the seven markers of meaning?

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Study The Top Leader's Style Before Signing On

Study The Top Leader's Style Before Signing On | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

If you’re interested in gaining insights into how things work in a prospective employer, look to the style, values and priorities of a firm’s top leader.

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(From the article): The firm always reflects the leader(s). They establish the cadence and their styles define the environment during their tenure. Strive to understand what makes a firm’s senior leader tick and you’ll have great insight into what life is like this firm. Choose carefully, because a mismatch between your values and style preferences and those of the leader you go to work for is almost always a formula for trouble.

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30 Ways To Stay Creative (Infographic)

30 Ways To Stay Creative (Infographic) | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Here is a list of 30 ways to stay creative! What do you do to stay creative?


Via Peter Verschuere
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 Creative ideas often come to you when you are least expecting.  Don’t stress yourself out, remember, everyone is creative – different people just have different kinds of creativity and processes.

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5 Ways to Handle a High Pressure Meeting

5 Ways to Handle a High Pressure Meeting | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The simplest meeting can turn into a high-pressure situation. A few simple techniques can help you keep control and moving towards a successful resolution.
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(From the article): Master these methods to give you more control in your meetings, especially when the stakes are high.

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Mark Wilhelms's curator insight, August 26, 12:12 PM

I would add "Learn to Read the Room" and recognize the audience needs and challenges before speaking...look for the guy who will give you the most trouble and win him over first.  Otherwise nice read and if you master these other items, you'll have more control in your meetings, especially when the stakes are high. 

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Is Something Lost When We Use Mindfulness as a Productivity Tool?

Is Something Lost When We Use Mindfulness as a Productivity Tool? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Meditation is not a shortcut.
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(From the article): Looking at mindfulness as a tool for accomplishing what we need to get done keeps us trapped in a future-oriented mindset, rather than encouraging us to dilate the present moment. Of course, this doesn’t invalidate the neuroscience; mindfulness makes us get more stuff done. But what about allowing mindfulness to just be? To have the effects it is going to have, without attaching a marketing pitch to this ancient practice?

 

Psychologist Kristin Neff is renowned for coining the term “self-compassion.” In particular, Neff has asserted that the first component of self-compassion is kindness, the ability to shrug off those times when we “let ourselves down,” when we don’t get to check off everything from our to do lists. The other two components are awareness and, lastly, mindfulness. The goal is not to get more done, but to understand that we are enough, and that our worth is not contingent on what we get done. (Although funnily enough, studies have shown that self-forgiveness helps us procrastinate less.)

 

I’m not an idealist. I’m not saying everyone should start “Om-ing,” devoting themselves solely to self-compassion, and forgetting their to do lists. But I am saying that compassion, and self-compassion, ought to more in the foreground as we talk about mindfulness — even in corporate mindfulness programs.

 

There is no shame in wanting to be productive at work. But there is also no shame in being able to cut yourself some slack, to extend yourself some love during those times at work when things don’t feel so great.

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Work Hard, Live Well — Life Learning

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Amazon isn’t the only company burning out their employees with unsustainable expectations. Let’s break the cycle.
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A thoughtful exploration of work/life balance. Rest Matters.

 

(From the article): The research is clear: beyond ~40–50 hours per week, the marginal returns from additional work decrease rapidly and quickly become negative. We have also demonstrated that though you can get more output for a few weeks during “crunch time” you still ultimately pay for it later when people inevitably need to recover. If you try to sustain crunch time for longer than that, you are merely creating the illusion of increased velocity. This is true at multiple levels of abstraction: the hours worked per week, the number of consecutive minutes of focus vs. rest time in a given session, and the amount of vacation days you take in a year.


Rest matters.

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Forgiveness: It's Good For You

Forgiveness: It's Good For You | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Seeking retaliation, rather than forgiveness, traps you in the anger. The truth is, studies have found that forgiving is good for the body and the soul.
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Forgiveness is essential for any leader and manager. 

 

(From the article): There are several benefits to forgiveness. From a moral imperative, turning your cheek is the right thing to do. Period. Furthermore, it’s a lot healthier and takes a lot less energy to forgive someone than to hold a grudge and remain angry. The fact is, when you’re consumed by bitterness, resentment, and vengeance, you can get swallowed up by your anger. As Lewis B. Smedes, the renowned theologian, said, “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”


Forgiveness does not mean suppressing your feelings or pretending the anger doesn’t exist. Instead, forgiveness requires a conscious decision to release your resentment and thoughts of revenge. It also calls on you to acknowledge and practice the full range of emotions that you possess, such as grief and anger as well as kindness and compassion — even toward someone who has hurt you deeply.

 

That’s tough, you say? It’s important to remind yourself that one of the main reasons to show forgiveness is to benefit yourself. Hate is a cancer on one’s soul. It can cause you to feel helpless and frustrated and trap you in a never-ending cycle of anger and resentment. And although you may have every reason to be bitter, you will be compounding the problem by keeping the issue alive. Think of it this way: While they hurt you once, now you’re doing it to yourself.

 

The truth is, forgiveness reduces the offender’s grip on you and helps you focus on other, positive areas of your life. So follow the wisdom of Robert Brault, the author, who said, “If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one.”

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5 Ways to Lead Larger

5 Ways to Lead Larger | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
If you aspire to be a bigger, better and bolder leader, here five ideas on how to enlarge your leadership abilities and impact.
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(From the article): If you’re not having fun in your leadership journey, those around you probably aren’t either. There are always challenges and difficulties–and dealing with them is a big part of what leadership is about–but focusing on your strengths, opportunities and the people who matter will keep you grounded and prevent you from burning out.

 

Living large isn’t just about wealth and affluence, but attitude and orientation. When you live large, enjoying the people, opportunities and activities around you, you lead larger, too.

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So You Want to Be a Leader? You Better Find a Mentor

So You Want to Be a Leader? You Better Find a Mentor | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I have never met anyone who was successful in life who did not have at least one mentor. Having good mentors indicates that you have a great network—something every 21st century executive and leader should have. However, finding the right mentor can be a challenge.

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(From the article): In the end, each of us has different careers and different needs to mentors. Moreover, we all know people who could benefit from what we have learned from our mentors. As much as you will get from talking and spending time with your mentors, you will get more from mentoring yourself. It really is the best was to ‘pay it forward,’ which in itself, is the sign that you are a 21st Century Executive.

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8 Powerful Ways To Mold Your Children Into Leaders

8 Powerful Ways To Mold Your Children Into Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

We all want our children to become leaders.

 

Whether they spend the bulk of their days in the mailroom or the corner office, we want our children to grow to be courageous, passionate and authentic. We want their actions to inspire other people to be their best, to get more out of life than they ever thought possible.

 

As parents and caretakers of children, their path to leadership is in our hands.


Via Anne Leong, Roger Francis
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(From the article): The beauty of building children into leaders is that it’s the little things we do every day that mold them into the people they’ll become.

 

Focus on the eight actions below, and you’ll build leadership in your children and yourself.

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Create a Culture Where Difficult Conversations Aren’t So Hard

Create a Culture Where Difficult Conversations Aren’t So Hard | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Wouldn’t the ability to share open and honest feedback throughout the organization improve their chances of addressing their issues, and more quickly?

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(From the article): So unless you’ve got the budget to hire a consultant to do the straight talk for you, it’s time for you to lead the way by encouraging difficult conversations inside your organization. If you can tackle these three steps up front, you’ll find your feedback flywheel will begin spinning faster and faster. Otherwise, that elephant in the room is bound to trip you up sooner or later.

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Why Food, Sleep and Exercise Are Critical to Success

Why Food, Sleep and Exercise Are Critical to Success | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Undermining your health actually is not a career advantage.
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(From the article): For busy entrepreneurs, there are a number of ways to slowly transition into a consistent workout routine. First, remember that small changes can make a huge difference. Start by taking the stairs in lieu of escalators and elevators. Adopt a standing desk. Walk to work. You will quickly realize that these minor adjustments aid in reducing stress, building confidence and boosting your energy. Soon enough, you won’t dread going to the gym. At that point, you may even enjoy it!

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The Most Searched Jobs Right Now

The Most Searched Jobs Right Now | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The 15 roles currently coveted by the most job seekers.
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What are the most searched jobs right now? 

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The opposite of good leadership

The opposite of good leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

 The following is not meant to be a political commentary – I’ve made a conscious decision not to wave any political flag in this space. Yet I couldn’t miss the opportunity to point out some disconcerting observable behaviors in a public leader that demonstrate what good leaders shouldn’t do. 

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(From the article): Being direct by telling it like it is can be a great quality for a leader. Today we also need leaders who can connect and develop the kind of inclusive, trusting relationships that foster a sense of commitment and teamwork. That kind of leader is one who listens, respects others, explains their reasons and accepts personal responsibility for their behavior. 

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