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High Impact Communication part 1 of 3: Saying it with Substance

High Impact Communication part 1 of 3: Saying it with Substance | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
What you say has high impact when listeners:  Remember your message beyond the conversation or presentation Have a change of heart brought about by the message Take action as a result Influence oth...
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(From the article): The strong substance of your words and your delivery can create a magnetic pull that draws listeners in. When you speak, people know that you have done your homework. Your wisdom shines through loud and clear. Use this credibility as an asset to move your team forward. 

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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 2016.

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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, 2015 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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Are You Living On Purpose?

Are You Living On Purpose? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
I find the diagram below very valuable as a mainstay for living on purpose.
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Purpose answers the most fundamental core truths of your company; Why are you here? What is the contribution you are making? How is the world better because you exist?
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You Do Not Need the Answers. You Need the Right Questions

You Do Not Need the Answers. You Need the Right Questions | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It’s not the answers you need to build a strong work culture. It’s the right questions. Here's how to ask meaningful questions
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(From the article): Right questioning introduces imagination and possibility. Right questioning is inviting. It invites us into new ways of approaching work, working with others and the different ways they think and process information. To be or not to be one who questions is the question. Not to be one who questions is the problem. My question to you who is, how are your questions influencing your company culture and your impact on it?
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What CEOs Can Learn From Prince’s Presence

What CEOs Can Learn From Prince’s Presence | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

 Your presence precedes you into the room, follows you everywhere, and directly influences others’ decision making and whether your leadership will succeed or fail. 


 Do you have an influential presence? Or are you undermining your leadership by leaving it to chance?

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(From the article): Since his death, we’re now hearing how Prince was a generous cheerleader for budding artists. How was he able to motivate so many? Artists whom he privately mentored said his genius didn’t get in the way. Instead, like a great coach, he brought others’ best talents to the surface by allowing them to be who they were at their core. “When you were in his company,” one mentee said, “you believed you could do anything.” Perhaps he was determined to help identify and tap into others’ greatness because his dad had been so hard on him growing up. In an interview, Prince said his dad constantly criticized him and he never felt good enough around him. Prince also used his generous spirit to help others through tough times. We’re learning that he was a quiet philanthropist, who wrote big checks without revealing that he was the source.
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How to Redesign Your Life With Just 3 Questions

How to Redesign Your Life With Just 3 Questions | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
This is your life. What do you want it to look like?
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(From the article): At first, your actions will be small. Maybe you’ll send an email to a friend to find out what’s hurting them. Or maybe you’ll find some online training that will show you how to achieve more. But over time, this simple exercise will etch away the stone and reveal the singular roadmap for your success. 
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These are three excellent questions when we go deep with them.
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What Happens When Pride Gets in the Way of Leadership 

What Happens When Pride Gets in the Way of Leadership  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Like many things in life, pride can be either a positive or a negative. It’s a great and appropriate thing to feel when you’ve worked hard to accomplish

Via Anne Leong, Roger Francis
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(From the article): Lead from within. Leading with pride can be a problem when it begins to hurt both our life and our leadership. The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us. That is leadership.
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Leadership Cultivates Our Hope 

Leadership Cultivates Our Hope  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Some people believe they have earned the right to be leaders. Some are confident our experience or our education means we deserve to be leaders. Some of us think we have inherited leadership from our ancestors. Some people see themselves as having the personality or the ambition it takes to be a leader. 

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(From the article): The leaders I remember are the people who plant seeds in me every day. Even if it takes a long time for those seeds to grow and produce, they planted and cultivated them. Like persistent farmers, leaders cultivate hope that will produce for years to come. Whose leadership cultivates your hope today?
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 26, 1:15 PM
Leading people involves giving them hope. Managing takes it away.
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"You matter" -- when's the last time you told someone this? 

"You matter" -- when's the last time you told someone this?  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
“You matter” drives outcomes, and it may even surprise you how much exhibiting it will make you feel like YOU matter.
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(From the article): During my executive tenure, I made mistakes I’ll remember for a long time. As an example, there were times I was known to “look through people” when I was processing information or solving a business problem. Not exactly the kind of stuff that puts you in the leadership hall of fame. While I truly cared about my team (and still do), my actions didn’t always express it. So let me ask you, are your actions expressing you care? 

My haircut isn’t just a haircut. It’s in an environment that should be emulated everywhere in the business world. After all, when you’re no longer on this planet, people aren’t going to measure you by the things you did — they’re going to measure you by the quality of your relationships. I know all of this may seem squishy and soft, but it’s transformative to life and business. “You matter” drives outcomes, and it may even surprise you how much exhibiting it will make you feel like you matter.
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People Won’t Grow If You Think They Can’t Change

People Won’t Grow If You Think They Can’t Change | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A fixed mindset could be hurting your ability to lead.
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(From the article): To promote a growth mindset in your team members, have them engage in these same kinds of reflection exercises and experimentation. Additionally, you can serve as a role model by sharing your own learning challenges and strategies with your team members on a regular basis. Make discussions of how your team learns—and how it might do so more effectively—part of planning and review meetings. This is an important practice, because a focus on the process—as opposed to just the outcomes—of learning lies at the heart of a growth mindset. By recognizing when and how you and others have overcome challenges, setting development goals, and sharing learning strategies, you can boost your own learning as well as your team’s. 

 Finally, maintain awareness of your mindset. The next time you catch yourself saying, “There are two kinds of people in this world,” recognize that this is classic fixed-mindset thinking. Retrain your brain to switch to a growth mindset by ending the sentence this way: “There are people who believe that everyone can learn, and people who just haven’t figured that out yet.”
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7 Powerful Reasons Why Doing Good Can Lead to Great Business

7 Powerful Reasons Why Doing Good Can Lead to Great Business | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Learn how a company whose mission is to do good is actually doing great.
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Love, Love, Love this.....

(From the article):  Knowing your values makes hard choices easier. Values are the core principles that guide how we lead ourselves and our organizations. For many startups, choosing the next step is often the hardest thing because so many options seem great when you're looking forward. Being an organization that is committed to strong values makes navigation simpler, easier, and more effective.
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Are you a leader (in name only)? Counterfeit Leadership

Are you a leader (in name only)? Counterfeit Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
This article showcases five traits of an outstanding leader. Is also exposes counterfeit leadership … A leader in name only.
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(From the article): Real leadership also means making hard choices, overcoming difficult challenges, and encouraging constituents to embrace change. Real leaders are not afraid to take a firm stance and accept responsibility for their decisions. In so doing, decisions are never made to win a popularity contest or to placate everyone by being all things to all people. Precious resources are allocated in areas where they provide the greatest good while carefully balancing short-term performance with long-term success. And, while you may not always agree with a real leader’s decision, you’ll always know that every decision was made in an honest, fair, and objective fashion. You’ll never have to second-guess a real leader’s intent; you’ll know what he or she stands for.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 18, 9:38 AM
When we focus on accountability, leadership is no longer leadership. Leadership is about accepting responsibility. Yes, there are external structures that hold us to account, but how we repond (same root as reponsible) is how we experience being a leader. The other thing we do is conflate leadership and management. They are different and play partcular roles in  leading.
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Use These 10 Words And Phrases To Motivate Yourself And Others

Use These 10 Words And Phrases To Motivate Yourself And Others | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
"If," "choose to," "because": There may be a hidden power behind our most common expressions, if you just know ho

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A great list of words and phrases that you need to begin using today! And some you need to stop using too!

(From the article): "When collaborating with others — especially when designers and programmers are part of the mix — watch out for these," he writes. "Be careful when you use them, be careful when you hear them. They can really get you into trouble."
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5 Surprising Habits of Really Likeable People

5 Surprising Habits of Really Likeable People | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Want to be that person who makes and keeps friends easily? Then make a habit of being really likeable.
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A helpful and quick read!

(From the article): Ever wonder what makes some people much more liked than others in social settings? Or why there are certain people that can win over multiple friends without so much as a second thought? Turns out, it's not all natural talent--there are some secrets to the trade as well. Want to become more likable? Read on for 5 habits of immensely likable people.
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Employee engagement ideas: Cut the BS 

Employee engagement ideas: Cut the BS  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Employee engagement ideas are crucial to driving a business forward, but many executives tend to lip-service them. Let's cut the BS, shall we?
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(From the article):  Every speech and article about employee engagement ideas, give or take, is total buzzword-driven garbage. “We embrace our customer-focused vision and believe employees play a key role in that mission of purpose-driven alignment,” says a CEO on stage at a trade show … and then 2 hours later, he’s holed up in his hotel suite with his top dogs chasing nickels in the couch cushions of their vertical. When I say “cut the bullshit,” here’s what I mean: if you think you might care about employee engagement, move towards it logically. If you don’t care and you absolutely know you don’t care, never bring it up. Because when you bring it up but then are constantly two-faced about it and it clearly doesn’t really matter to you, that also sends a message to employees. And it’s not a good one.
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Finding The Final 5% of Productivity – Saving Minutes to Find Hours!

Finding The Final 5% of Productivity –  Saving Minutes to Find Hours! | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Start to connect productivity to thought & perception - rather than action and performance.

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(From the article): The source of productivity is within thought and perception itself. We can perform efficient actions with the help of gadgets, but ultimately to find the final 5% of workplace productivity, we will need to learn how to work with our thoughts.
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Just read a study that says multitasking is all a figment of our imagination. Productivity is all about thought and perception. Good stuff. 
 
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Snake Bit! A Case Study in Making Haste Slowly

Snake Bit!  A Case Study in Making Haste Slowly | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Making haste slowly helps you take the most effective action when time is short; here's how one group dealt with a crisis, and tips for how you can too.
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Thoughtful!

At a training exercise, members of Ken Downer's Boy Scout troop had to deal with a simulated snakebite while out in the backcountry. They quickly found that rushing wasn't the best way to get the victim to safety. Instead, they slowed down, took the time to improvise a stretcher and made it back safely. "If we act hastily we risk making bad decisions and making things worse instead of better," Downer explains.
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Are You Building Leaders for Tomorrow?

Are You Building Leaders for Tomorrow? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Say you've identified an 'A' player on your team. What steps do you take to develop leadership?
Via Richard Andrews, Kevin Watson
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(From the article): That news? Leaders are made, not born. While no one is created with leadership in his or her bones, many people in business are ambitious, strong communicators from the start. So, it’s up to employers to determine who shows the motivation and tendency toward leadership -- and then develop it.
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7 tells you're on the brink of losing your team 

7 tells you're on the brink of losing your team  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
 Employee engagement is at an all time low. What are the tells that you are on the brink of losing your team? Read more! Maybe you can intervene
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(From the article): If you see any or all of these tells, you should wake up and acknowledge you are losing your team. Don’t leave it until you have a high number of open vacancies to understand that you need to do something and fast.
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How to procrastinate productively

How to procrastinate productively | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Our management columnist’s weekly compendium of tips to make you more effective
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(From the article): Cornell University Professor Samuel Bacharach remembers the appeal of the movie Network, when Peter Finch as broadcaster Howard Beale urges viewers to stick their heads out the window and scream: “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this any more.” Almost in unison, from every window in the neighbourhood, others join the chorus, as his fiery call to arms taps into widespread repressed anger. The problem is that once anger is summoned, it is difficult to contain. He therefore warns that all leaders should be wary of using anger. “Your anger and passion may get you on first base and move your agenda forward, but if you’re not careful, you may reap the whirlwind,” he writes in Inc. It’s an important message as we watch Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders appeal to the anger within the American electorate brought on by deprivation, neglect and frustration. But it will be difficult for those leaders – and you, if you appeal to anger within your followers – to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. “Leaders must deliver on their passion and promises. They have to remember that their emotion may push away the moderate core they will need on their side when it comes time to execute. The leadership lesson is to keep your passion and rhetoric in check in the short-term to assure long-term success,” he advises.
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A Leader’s Hard Conversations 

A Leader’s Hard Conversations  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

 I’ve lost count of the number of occasions where I had to confront a person who I was leading or mentoring. Although it’s a natural part of leading a family, team or organization, I would often try to talk myself out of doing it, thinking that if I just ignored the problem it would go away. That, of course, is rarely true. 


I have never regretted confronting a situation when I did it in a healthy way. In fact, I believe successful confrontation was the most important lesson I learned as young leader. 

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(From the article): We live in an age where people seem more wounded than ever. It is now common to come from a past involving divorce, abuse, dysfunction, incest, neglect, addictive behavior or co-dependent relationships. Needy people are everywhere. So, how does this affect our leadership and mentoring? Do we simply try to avoid these issues? Do we ignore them or pretend they aren’t there? Obviously, we can’t do this if we intend to lead well. Instead, we must recover this practice performed by leaders of old with their people and families. This practice came to be known as “giving the blessing” to others. Because most families don’t practice giving this “blessing” to each other, I believe leaders/mentors must pick up the slack and do it for their followers. It is up to us. - See more at: http://growingleaders.com/blog/leaders-hard-conversations/#sthash.B6YCLsKq.dpuf
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Five Levels of Transformational Leadership  

Five Levels of Transformational Leadership   | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

In a business transformation, as a critical mass of leaders within the organization develops to a new stage, a tipping point is reached, enabling the system to make and sustain a leap from one level to a higher-order of the five levels of leadership and system performance: 1) Egocentric, 2) Reactive, 3) Creative, 4) Integral and 5) Unitive.


Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): We live in a time of great opportunity and great peril. The next 50 years will be pivotal. We could either create a new and vital global order of planetary welfare or destroy ourselves. With their global reach, business leaders play a major role in the world’s future. The evolution of ever more effective and conscious leaders is not only a business imperative as complexity escalates, but a global requirement.
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Transformational Leadership: Taught or Talent? -

Transformational Leadership: Taught or Talent? - | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Is being a leader something you’re born with? — What does it take to be a great leader? 


Via David Hain
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(From the article):Perhaps we have so closely tied worth and value as a human being with the title Leader that to say that someone does not have leadership is to dehumanize them to some degree. But whatever we decide to call it, there will always be some people who take charge and inspire change. And there will always be a team of people that take some responsibility in making that change happen. Let’s start appreciating people for who they are and recognize their contributions. Everyone has talent. But we all don’t have to have the same talent. - See more at: http://goodmenproject.com/business-ethics-2/transformational-leadership-taught-or-talent-mrnd/#sthash.BRFl3rQz.dpuf
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Can we be taught to transform, or do we have to be born with the potential? And is leader just another word for human being?

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Great discussion.  Where do you stand on the subject?

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Where will you do some leadership spring cleaning today?

Where will you do some leadership spring cleaning today? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Every so often, we need to look behind things and give our leadership a thorough cleaning.

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It's a great time to pause and consider some deep spring cleaning in your life and leadership.

(From the article): Our leadership may have become too settled, too routine. It may be time for us to mix things up in a new way. Our leadership can become more interesting, more creative when we clean things out and start fresh. Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to ask ourselves questions which will help clarify things. How many copies do we really need? Why are we keeping these things? When will we ever really use this? Where can we make room to add the leadership skills we want to develop? This may be the perfect opportunity to clear the cobwebs out of the corners of our leadership. We can empty the boxes we are storing and clear away the accumulated dust. There may be someone else who will use what we are merely holding. What we do not need or do not use may help someone else.
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5 Habits To Get Over Self-Limiting Beliefs

5 Habits To Get Over Self-Limiting Beliefs | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Identify and get rid of the hidden beliefs that could be holding you back.
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(From the article): Once you’ve started mapping out a way to get to where you want to go, the next step is to set a stretch goal toward what you want to achieve, says New Jersey psychologist Patricia Farrell, PhD and author of How to Be Your Own Therapist: A Step-by-Step Guide to Taking Your Life Back. Choose a goal that will help move you in the direction of your overall objective, but make sure it’s slightly out of your comfort zone, she says. You may not achieve it at first, but the more you work toward them, the more confidence you will build—and confidence is the enemy of self-limiting beliefs.
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How Abraham Lincoln Mastered Collaboration: 4 Key Elements

How Abraham Lincoln Mastered Collaboration: 4 Key Elements | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Do executive leaders always have a clear idea of what powerful collaboration looks like? Do they always understand what it takes to build high-quality, result-focused collaboration between and across teams? What can we learn from Abraham Lincoln when it comes to collaboration? Read mor
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(From the article): Why did Lincoln, hurt and humiliated to the bone, sat down on his pride when he needed a Secretary of War? Why did he call Stanton to the White House six years later? Because he had seen how talented he was, and knew he would be the right man for the job. Now that’s collaborative leadership. That is why Lincoln still sets a great example for executive leaders, and indeed all of us, today.
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But What If My Team Doesn't Want to Change? 

But What If My Team Doesn't Want to Change?  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Change requires confidence and inclusion, not selling. When you can take your audacious vision and make it feel real, practical, and achievable, your team will sail along with you. 

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(From the article): No one wants stuff done to them, or even for them. With them goes a lot further. Ask employees, “What’s working well and how do we leverage it? What enhancements do we need? Where should we head next?” All these questions go a long way. Include employees by involving them in your change efforts. 
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Change happens. It goes on all the time, often unnoticed. It takes leadership without micro-managing and coercing people to follow. Good listening and being present are keys.