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Reveal Yourself And Others Will Follow - Authentic Leadership

Reveal Yourself And Others Will Follow - Authentic Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
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Jennifer Petrigliere: So, traditionally in leadership studies, we tend to focus on styles or actions of leaders, which of course are important.

Via Eric Vanetti, Create Wise Leader, Aki Puustinen
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This is an interesting interview and video on authenticity in leadership.

 

(KEY QUOTE)  So, traditionally in leadership studies, we tend to focus on styles or actions of leaders, which of course are important. But I think the way research is going, and what we are really uncovering now, is almost as important is the identity of the leader. Because of course if we think of leadership, the counter is followership, and how do we invoke followership? It is often invoked when people see in the leader a piece of themselves. So it is not just about influence and providing a vision, it is about representation. So does this person represent me as an individual? If I feel that they do, they have shared concerns, I am much more likely to follow them and to, if you like, give them leadership or an authority in the group.

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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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So, You Want to Be a Disruptor? 

So, You Want to Be a Disruptor?  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
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Why does it come down to leadership and culture? The answer is simple, leadership drives behavior, behavior establishes culture. It’s that simple! So, here are some basic questions to begin to ask yourself about your organization. The answers to these questions will establish the platform from which to disrupt.
 
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7 Toxic Thoughts That Are Sabotaging Your Success

7 Toxic Thoughts That Are Sabotaging Your Success | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

All actions result from thought, so it's the thoughts that really matter.

 
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Instead of allowing your thoughts to sabotage you, treat them as you'd treat any powerful force: Use them responsibly for good, keep them out of harmful situations, and let them help serve you so you in turn can serve.
 
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Bea Gonzalez on leadership: Help people see what they have in common

Bea Gonzalez on leadership: Help people see what they have in common | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Arrogance and an unwillingess to listen are the opposite of good leadership.
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Advice for a new leader? : "Don't wait to be asked. Be willing to volunteer, to step into a situation. Invest in yourself."
 
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8 Ways Body Language Beats IQ

8 Ways Body Language Beats IQ | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

"When it comes to success, it's easy to think that people blessed with brains are inevitably going to leave the rest of us in the dust, but social psychologist Amy Cuddy knows first-hand how attitude can outweigh IQ.

"Cuddy suffered a car accident at the age of 19 which resulted in brain damage that took 30 points from her IQ. Before the crash Cuddy had an IQ near genius levels; her post-crash IQ was just average.

"As someone who had always built her identity around her intelligence, the significant dip in Cuddy's IQ left her feeling powerless and unconfident. Despite her brain damage, she slowly made her way through college and even got accepted into the graduate program at Princeton.

"Once at Princeton, Cuddy struggled until she discovered that it was her lack of confidence that was holding her back, not her lack of brainpower. This was especially true during difficult conversations, presentations, and other high-pressure, highly important moments."


Via The Learning Factor, Kevin Watson, Jim Lerman
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We often think of body language as the result of our attitude or how we feel. This is true, but psychologists have also shown that the reverse is true: changing your body language changes your attitude.
 
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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, March 21, 10:25 AM
Attitude and confidence can bring down or boost IQ levels as this story would like you to understand. In other words, there  should be a positive correlation between attitude, confidence and intelligence! Somehow there has to be, also a relationship between all of them and Emotional Intelligence.
Bryan Worn's curator insight, March 21, 5:33 PM

If you have not watched (and even if you have) Amy Cuddy's TED Talk read this very useful article from her on body language.

Janet Howcroft's curator insight, March 26, 8:48 AM

Wow this is a great read!

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How Bosses Can Make or Break Leadership Development Programs

How Bosses Can Make or Break Leadership Development Programs | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
CCL’s study of leadership development program alumni found the degree of support from participants’ bosses for their development activities made a significant impact on several outcomes. Selfawareness, leadership capability, leadership effectiveness, and engagement were
all significantly improved when participants had the support of their bosses.

For organizations investing in the development of their people—whether individual contributors or c-suite executives—this research means that participant engagement with a leadership development program is not the only factor influencing outcomes. Maximizing the value of leadership development initiatives requires organizations and their training and development partners to constructively engage bosses as well as participants.

This has important implications for individual leadership development program design as well as broader organizational and leadership development efforts. Companies are increasingly requiring a clear return on investment from leadership development programs and looking for ways to ensure such initiatives have a sustained impact. Engaging bosses is a key ingredient in that effort.

Via David Hain
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The study suggests that when it comes to boss support, a little goes a long way.
 
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David Hain's curator insight, March 22, 5:38 AM

Don't just spend leadership development money on those hi-potentials. Brief,debrief and coach them! Your follow-up is crucial!

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, March 23, 11:21 AM

Title says it all because it is true.

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10 Facts About Happiness From Around the World

10 Facts About Happiness From Around the World | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Happiness stems from all aspects of life, from employment to health to friendships. While the building blocks of a satisfying life are universal, happiness levels vary from country to country.

 
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Self-employed people have higher overall life evaluations. Self-employment has its pros and cons. In developed countries, self-employed people report being more satisfied than those who are traditionally employed. However, they are also more likely to experience negative feelings such as stress and worry.
 
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Make Time: There's No Dress Rehearsal in Life

Make Time: There's No Dress Rehearsal in Life | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It's not that you don't have the time to devote to things that matter to you –– but rather, the time needed was spent doing something else.
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It’s so easy to be blinded by ambition, power, and success that many folks miss out on the simple pleasures of life. For example, did your children’s birthday parties, Little League games, or dance recitals make your priority list? Were you available to counsel your friend in need? Did you make the time to help your kids with their homework, to attend back-to-school nights, or to put down your newspaper/telephone/iPad when your family wanted to tell you about their day? Or was something else more important to you at the time? Now, I know that you lead a hectic life and that you’re getting pulled in a million different directions. The truth is, it’s not that you don’t have enough time to devote to things that matter to you — but rather, the time needed was spent doing something else.
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5 Reasons Why Workplace Anxiety Is Costing Your Business a Fortune

5 Reasons Why Workplace Anxiety Is Costing Your Business a Fortune | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Over 18 percent of the U.S. population has been diagnosed with anxiety, and a large majority cite their workplace as a major contributor.
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As a business owner, it’s important to be informed, know the signs and provide your employees with the encouragement and support they need to manage their mental health. Corporate wellness programs are becoming increasingly popular and are specifically geared toward helping companies improve in all areas listed above. Let’s continue working to improve the culture of corporate America, and learn to take care of each other in and outside of the workplace.
 
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6 Ways To Become A Better Listener 

6 Ways To Become A Better Listener  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Ever zone out while someone is talking? Of course. We all do. The average human has an eight-second attention span. With electronic distractions competing for your time and an abundance of responsibilities at work, it makes listening attentively to someone else speak pretty difficult.

“We are living in a time when it’s more challenging to be consistently aware and intentional because so many things are demanding our attention. Our brains haven’t caught up to the technology that’s feeding them,” says Scott Eblin, author of Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. “The impact of this leaves people in a chronic condition of fight or flight.”


Via The Learning Factor, Roger Francis
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We all require self-focus, but leaders who make a difference are the ones who know the purpose is bigger than themselves, says Gregersen. “When a leader is operating on the edge of what’s possible, they’re in strong listening mode,” he says.
 
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 19, 7:23 PM

Humans have an average eight-second attention span. You’re going to need to do better if you want to get things done.

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Working with your Leadership Vision  

Working with your Leadership Vision   | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

A vision is your overview of the way things could be.  It is your clear image of what you are working towards.  In your role as a leader, you can see how things could be improved and made better.  Putting all these pieces together in a format of how things should be will give you your overall leadership vision that helps you to get your ideas across powerfully, accurately, and quickly.  Once you have a vision, you tell people about it and use it to lead people.


Via Roger Francis, Kevin Watson
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Sharing a vision is a central role of a leader – a leadership vision gives people a viewpoint, something to work towards and an idea of what things can be like. It helps people raise their hopes and expectations; it inspires them. When people are inspired, they are more likely to consistently work on something.
 
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"Effectively communicating the vision means living the vision; that means doing what you say and practicing what you preach."

One thing is not clearly stated in the article.  The vision has to be communicated with our heart and soul; not only with our head.  As en employee, we must FEEL that the vision is sincere, genuine, authentic, ...  We must BELIEVE in what the leader says (and not only understand what he is saying).  Without the personnal involvement from the leader, the vision communicated may remain only bla bla bla.

Combien de fois voyons-nous des situations où les "bottines ne suivent pas les babines"...  Ou qu'on ne sent pas l'authenticité derrière le message...
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Three Steps To Building the Leader You Need

Three Steps To Building the Leader You Need | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
These three steps can be used in order to develop leaders perfect for your organization’s goals.
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How can you build an environment of creative leadership? Educator George Couros tells us, “One of the best ways to derive fulfillment as an employee is to work on projects you initiate.” Environments that allow employees to be creative and follow passions are open to new ideas and accepting of out-of-the-box thinking. They encourage and reward colleagues who consider new approaches and offer unique and exciting plans. More importantly, they make taking such risks a safe and expected behavior. Organizations that build leaders encourage employees to share their wildest ideas and their most practical. The only failure is the person who contributes nothing at all.
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Pressure Doesn’t Have to Turn into Stress

Pressure Doesn’t Have to Turn into Stress | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Four steps to stop it.
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Pressure is not stress.

"While struggling with cancer, it took me a couple of years to train myself to follow these steps. But ultimately it worked. My stress levels went down, my health improved, and my career took off. More heartening, I discovered that everything Derek had taught me could be taught to others, with similar results."
 
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This one simple ritual cures overwhelm for business owners  

This one simple ritual cures overwhelm for business owners   | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Overwhelm is a savage threat to aspiring entrepreneurs and their goals. Once you become infected with it, you won’t be able to avoid being: Constantly stressed out and anxious Increasingly distracted as you switch between tasks Jolted in the gut, remembering important things you’re supposed to do... Read More
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By committing – in advanced – to a specific number of tasks, you can set yourself up to not only get a lot done, but feel good about it too.
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How To Say No

How To Say No | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
As an ESFP-A on the Myers-Briggs personality test, I struggle with pleasing people. I want to make people happy. I want to make sure everyone is having a good time. In doing so, I have a hard time telling others no. Having this personality type doesn’t mean I can’t learn how to say no. I […]
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Count the cost of saying yes. If it’s too much, say no. Look at whether or not it’s actually helping someone. If it’s not, say no. Determine if saying yes keeps you on track or takes you in the wrong direction. If it is, say no.
 
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7 Traits of Exceptional Leaders

7 Traits of Exceptional Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
To lead successfully requires earning the confidence of those who are to be led.
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Other-centered  > When we’re empathic we care about how other people are. Exceptional leaders ask others how they are doing, what they need, and what they feel. This increases bonding, honesty and connection. When we have a clear idea of how others feel about what they’re doing, we can better support and guide them. When others trust that we support them, they realize they’re not alone and without help. We must keep in mind that if we want others to be invested in what we’re doing, and to respond with cooperation to what we’re asking, then we must consider their ideas and also how they perceive who we are. To be great, we must use empathy to guide all aspects of our lives, allowing it to influence not only what we say, but also allowing it to influence how we say what we say, and allow it to direct the kinds of questions we need to ask. When these steps are taken, it naturally inspires the development of empathy within others.
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15 Questions Great Leaders Ask Other Leaders

15 Questions Great Leaders Ask Other Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Great leaders never stop learning. That’s why great leaders never fail to ask other leaders questions about leadership. These leaders are hungry.

 
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The Neuroscience of Trust

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"Consider Gallup’s meta-analysis of decades’ worth of data: It shows that high engagement—defined largely as having a strong connection with one’s work and colleagues, feeling like a real contributor, and enjoying ample chances to learn—consistently leads to positive outcomes for both individuals and organizations. The rewards include higher productivity, better-quality products, and increased profitability.

"So it’s clear that creating an employee-centric culture can be good for business. But how do you do that effectively? Culture is typically designed in an ad hoc way around random perks like gourmet meals or “karaoke Fridays,” often in thrall to some psychological fad. And despite the evidence that you can’t buy higher job satisfaction, organizations still use golden handcuffs to keep good employees in place. While such efforts might boost workplace happiness in the short term, they fail to have any lasting effect on talent retention or performance.

"In my research I’ve found that building a culture of trust is what makes a meaningful difference. Employees in high-trust organizations are more productive, have more energy at work, collaborate better with their colleagues, and stay with their employers longer than people working at low-trust companies. They also suffer less chronic stress and are happier with their lives, and these factors fuel stronger performance."

 

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Very well researched article, very clearly presented. Offers 8 actionable strategies organizations (not just companies) can use to improve performance as well as personal engagement and satisfaction. This holds just as true for the classroom as the boardroom. Well worth reading.


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Compared with people at low-trust companies, people at high-trust companies report: 74% less stress, 106% more energy at work, 50% higher productivity, 13% fewer sick days, 76% more engagement, 29% more satisfaction with their lives, 40% less burnout.
 
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Six Thinking Hats: Looking at a Decision From All Points of View

Six Thinking Hats: Looking at a Decision From All Points of View | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What is your instinctive approach to decision making? If you're naturally optimistic, then chances are you don't always consider potential downsides. Similarly, if you're very cautious or have a risk-averse outlook, you might not focus on opportunities that could open up.

Often, the best decisions come from changing the way that you think about problems, and examining them from different viewpoints.

"Six Thinking Hats" can help you to look at problems from different perspectives, but one at a time, to avoid confusion from too many angles crowding your thinking.


Via Roger Francis
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Often, the best decisions come from changing the way that you think about problems and examining them from different viewpoints.
 
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3 Ways Coaching Can Help You Apply What You’ve Learned

3 Ways Coaching Can Help You Apply What You’ve Learned | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Do you remember a time when you left a training session full of valuable knowledge that you were just itching to apply? Unfortunately, when you got back to your workplace, there was a pile of catch-up work that immediately became your top priority. And time out of the office had caused your inbox to explode. And then your boss informed you about a new project you had to tackle.

When this scenario happens, despite your best intentions it’s likely the session materials—along with your new learnings—will end up on a shelf.

Does it have to be this way? No! What if you had returned to your workplace with the same pressing deadlines, and discovered that your company had assigned a coach to support you and help integrate your learnings back on the job. Wouldn’t that be helpful? You bet it would! In fact, people who get coaching to support new learning exhibit up to two-thirds more improved productivity than those who didn’t have coaching following their training.

Wondering how to get started? Here are three of the ways I work with coaching clients to help them apply what they’ve learned in class. Consider how these strategies could help your people.


Via Roger Francis
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Providing coaching turns a training event into a learning process. It makes the learning stick! Could your people benefit from some coaching to support their learning?
 
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9 Ways to Recognize a Real Leader

9 Ways to Recognize a Real Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Look closely and you'll see who they really are.
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To be a leader does not mean wearing the title of "leader." It's not something you choose to be one minute and then choose not to be the next. A leader is not a leader simply because he or she has been promoted. And a leader is not someone who sits in a position of management.
 
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5 Questions To Ask Every New Team Member

5 Questions To Ask Every New Team Member | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Onboarding a new team member can be a difficult task. You have to train them, integrate them into the team, and get to know them.

 
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When you ask questions of your new hires, it shows that you care. You’re looking out for their well-being and how you can serve them.
 
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This Is The Mind-Set You’ll Need In Order To Thrive In The Future Of Work

This Is The Mind-Set You’ll Need In Order To Thrive In The Future Of Work | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
To stay competitive, we need to get comfortable making difficult, complicated, higher-order decisions more regularly—until we’ve achieved what Harvard psychologist Robert Kegan refers to as “immunity to change.”

Sound daunting? Hopeless, even? Don’t fret. It isn’t about turning yourself into a superhuman or somehow making yourself “smarter.” It simply means tapping into the potential that your mind is already hardwired to possess. Here’s how.

Via David Hain
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As machine learning and other forms of #workplace automation gain ground, technical competence alone doesn’t cut it.
 
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Missed out on undertaking that good intention again? You probably have immunity to change - we all do!

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The Discipline of High Performers

The Discipline of High Performers | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The biggest changes in our lives start by developing discipline around small activities. Here are ideas to help you get started.

Via Bobby Dillard, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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The good news for all of us is that discipline is contagious in our lives. Focus on starting and committing to one thing daily, regardless of circumstances, and you will find this new-found discipline spreading to other areas of your life.
 
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Ginger Jewell's curator insight, March 18, 8:56 AM
This takes a different tack and talks about starting your day with something that we normally wouldn't take time for.
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10 hard skills to learn that will last a lifetime 

10 hard skills to learn that will last a lifetime  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
To survive growing up on a remote cattle ranch in the middle of Wyoming, I needed to be scrappy, gritty, and tenacious. If I wasn’t keeping an eye out for rattle snakes, I was avoiding horned bulls from charging my horse as I tried to cut them from a herd of cows.

 I learned many important life lessons on that ranch, not the least is that it takes hard work, sweat, and mental toughness to get to the top and stay there. I took many of those lessons with me into the FBI as an undercover and counterintelligence agent for 24 years. 

Here are 10 hard skills to learn that will last you a lifetime:
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Positive thinkers are not optimists. Positive thinkers believe they will prevail in their circumstances rather than believing their circumstances will change; optimists believe their circumstances will eventually change for the better.
 
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Here are 10 skills that you should learn that will last a lifetime.
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Management Lessons from One Hospital’s Dramatic Turnaround

Management Lessons from One Hospital’s Dramatic Turnaround | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Putting people at the core is the key to major improvements in financial, performance, regulatory, and quality indicators.
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A vision can create a unity of purpose and spur everyone in an institution to reach higher and contribute to improvement. Data transparency enables everyone to see benchmarks and measure progress. And efforts to upgrade and support talent bring energy and build commitment. Clearly, other institutions could benefit from following NYU Langone’s three-part prescription for organizational transformation.
 
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